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You have entered the random thinking space of Morgan Bell. These are my musings, things about my life written either off the top of my head or in a completely calculated fashion. This is where i flesh out writing ideas and discuss my life and my opinions.

Author bio: Bell’s short story "It Had To Be Done" was first published in the Newcastle Writers Group Anthology 2012, and her short story "Midnight Daisy" was published by YWCA Newcastle in 2013 as part of the She: True Stories project, with live readings on ABC 1233 in February 2014 and Newcastle Writers Festival in April 2014. Bell contributed a short story to the 2014 Hunter Speculative Fiction Anthology called “The Switch” which is based on Germanic folklore. It is due to be published in May 2014 alongside award-winning authors such as Margo Lanagan and Kirstyn McDermott. In March 2014 Bell's short story "Don't Pay The Ferryman", an anti-travel piece, was shortlisted for the Hunter Writer's Centre Travel Writing Prize 2014. Sniggerless Boundulations is Bell's debut collection of fifteen stories, touching on themes fear, time, aging, anxiety, and jealousy. The work is experimental in form and length, including flash fiction and vignettes, and is an examination of the horrors of life.

The Palin Mockery: Gina Gershon, Harry Shearer, and Barbra Steisand weigh in

October 9th 2008 10:53
The decision to nominate Sarah Palin as a candidate for Vice President in the up-coming USA election was an unexpected move. Criticising Palin's policies and inarticulate public speaking has become something of a national pastime for disgruntled celebrities infuriated and confused by the strange choice. Many say it is dangerous and offensive and that John McCain is out of touch with women and dishonouring the seriousness of the position of VP.

Tina Fey

Tina Fey has made a SNL comeback by portraying the "folksy" Sarah Palin in a series of parodies highlighting Palin's inability to speak with specific detail on any given topic. Fey depicts the inexperienced candidate as a ditzy beauty queen who tries to bluff her way through answering questions by appealing to public sympathy and playing on the American love on pagents. See the skit videos go HERE, HERE, and HERE (accompanied by Natalie's insightful analysis on My Life My Muse).

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Steisand has blasted McCain's decision to select Palin. On Streisands personal website she is clearly offended at how the Republican Party and John McCain have grossly under-estimated the intelligence of females voters. Streisand says it is a transparent ploy and expresses many concerns about both the decision and the motives behind it:

"[John McCain] sent a very clear message to America about how he views female voters. Women, he thinks, will vote another woman into office regardless of the candidate's values, experience and political positions. "

"[Sarah Palin has] no foreign policy experience, no national experience and limited state government experience…. a virtual unknown who has only been Governor for a less than 2 years of a state with a population of fewer than 680,000 people…a woman who condemns a woman’s right to choose."

"As someone who has spent over 40 years advocating on behalf of women both politically and philanthropically, as someone who was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton and as someone who cares deeply about the health and welfare of all women, hear me Senator McCain: “This calculated, cynical ploy to pull away a small percentage of Hillary's women voters from Barack Obama will not work. We are not that stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” "

Read Streisand's full statement HERE

Gina Gershon

Gina Gershon has appeared in her own parody of Palin, but unlike Fey's "air-head" interpretation, Gershon presents Palin as menacing and unhinged. Gershon's version highlights the agressive nature of many of Palin's political positions and her flippant attitude towards to role of Vice President.

See more Gina Gershon videos at Funny or Die

Harry Shearer and his wife Judith Owen

Harry Shearer (the Simpsons) created a music video about The Bridge To Nowhere starring Judith Owen (Shearer's wife) as Sarah Palin. Its quite surreal and trippy, I think it could be a big hit . . . theres plenty of singing salmon and moose!

Matt Damon

Matt Damon likened Palin's selection to an absurd Disney movie and warned the public to find out more about her positions on Creationism and Censorship. CLICKHERE to see the video of his interview and an excellent analysis by Ruby on ThoughtZone.

An important reminder from Matt Damon was: She’s going to have the nuclear codes!

Gloria Steinem

Also for the quintessential Feminist opinion see what Gloria Steinem (Ms. magazine, NWPC) says about the selection of Palin HERE. Steinem echoes the sentiment of Barbra Steisand and perfectly sums up how progressive women are viewing Palin and her rise to infamy:

This isn't the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything most other women want and need.

To vote in protest for McCain/Palin would be like saying, "Somebody stole my shoes, so I'll amputate my legs."

It seems John McCain's strategy has backfired and he has lost the respect of educated and influential women (and the men who support them) everywhere.

(don't miss your deadline)

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Comment by RubySoho

October 9th 2008 12:35
wow that bridge to nowhere video is really trippy. not sure about the gina gershon impersonation. palin is much more animated than that. i think everyone just wants to get in quick and have their say before her 15 minutes are up. the only way way she and mccain can win this election is if they steal it.

Comment by Morgan Bell

October 9th 2008 12:45
hi Ruby,
i know, the music is so bizarre, you start to feel like you are flying too! haha
Gina Gershon can barely disguise how angry she is long enough to complete the sketch - i can tell she is fuming on the inside!

Comment by alt_ed

October 9th 2008 12:56
Hey I love that Gloria a chick; I'm fairly certain I've plagiarised *cough* I mean summarised her writing's re: Palin before lol

Comment by Morgan Bell

October 9th 2008 13:03
hi alt_ed,
yeah i first saw the essay on your blog, the link in the text that says "HERE" goes to your post!
im sure Ms Steinem would love you calling here "that Gloria chick" haha

Comment by alt_ed

October 9th 2008 13:06
hahaha really? shit, I guess I should start clicking on the links eh lol

Comment by RubySoho

October 9th 2008 13:09
i can't get it out of my head. bridge to nooooowhere.....

Comment by Morgan Bell

October 9th 2008 13:24
hi alt_ed,
it must been hard for you to concentrate with all those feet to check out! haha

hi Ruby,
i hope they release it as a single!

but you became a notorious curse
bridge to nowhere
just leave me alone
we keep the money,
honey youre on your own

Comment by Cheryl J

October 10th 2008 08:43
"Every time I step outside my back door it's freezing, end of experiment". That cracked me up.

Bridge to Nowhere should be Yoko Ono's new single. Watching that clip made me feel like I took too many of my painkillers

Great stuff Morgan!

Comment by Morgan Bell

October 10th 2008 08:55
hi Cheryl,
i like the voiceover at the end "if she shoots you in the face its because she was aiming for it"
sheesh, talk about painting her as deliberately malicious!
i have had Bridge To Nowhere in my head all day!
thanks for stopping by!

Comment by Morgan Bell

October 10th 2008 11:00
Esquire Magazine endorsed Obama - their first official presidential endorsement in their 75 year history!

They referred to Palin as "stunningly unqualified"

[McCain] now genuflects to Pastor Warren and a hundred other preachers who are a hundred times worse, people whom he called "agents of intolerance" eight years ago, when John McCain still had the soul he's sold off piecemeal to pay the salaries of the men he's hired out of Karl Rove's shop.

Then, of course, he picked an agent of intolerance to join him on his ticket. ... her selection is the clearest indication yet of the contempt that Senator McCain -- transformed into nominee McCain -- now feels for the process of governance.

CLICKHERE for the full editorial

The tagline is "We thought this election would be a serious fight over the future of this country, but only one candidate showed up."

Comment by RubySoho

October 10th 2008 12:16
That tagline is awesome. NOW also endorsed (Obama of course) for the first time in their history.

Seriously, the McCain campaign is starting to really scare me. They are actively encouraging their base to view Obama as a terrorist. That is just not on. I'm going to do an in depth blog on this next week but just as a summary Palin keeps referring to Obama "paling around with terrorists". People are screaming out things like 'treason" and "kill him" at their rallies.
At a recent rally, the attendees started abusing the camera crew and one man told a black sound man to "sit down boy". How is McCain getting away with this?

I'm so pissed off. These people look at Obama's name and assume he is a terrorist. According to them i must be a terrorist too. I can't tell you the anger and sense of sheer unfairness I feel knowing that people would judge me, not by my words or deeds but by my ancestry. Something I can do absolutely nothing about. i am amazed that Obama has managed to hold it together so gracefully. I would have lost the plot by now in his position.

Comment by Morgan Bell

October 10th 2008 12:33
hi Ruby,
i saw some footage today where Cindy McCain was saying that Obama personally tried to kill her son in the war by witholding funding . . . someone in the crowd yelled out "off with his head"
scary times!
im pretty disappointed in McCain allowing his campaign to appeal to irrational fears and untruths rather than presenting workable plans
wouldnt it be good if you had to be sent to tolerance and general info anti-racism workshop to be eligible to vote?
heres another astute observation from Esquire:

And even though his own body bears the scars of torture, he has silenced himself on the issue of the torture sanctioned and designed by the government he seeks to lead, so as not to alienate "the base."

i really look forward to reading your article - i need a fix of common sense!

Comment by RubySoho

October 10th 2008 13:08
Yeah, it was a great editorial. thanks for the link. i really liked how they commented on Obama's flaws, yet still acknowledged that he is by far the better candidate. I also like how the stated just how much McCain has changed over the course of the campaign.

so much for "maverick".

I have found two really scary video's showing McCain supporters on their way to rallies, one in Ohio and one in Pennsylvania. Terrifying stuff.

Comment by Morgan Bell

October 10th 2008 14:01
hi Ruby,
make sure you post the link on here when you put your post together, id like to see those videos and your opinion on the whole situation!

Comment by Morgan Bell

October 26th 2008 06:22
Gina Gershon does Part 2

See more Gina Gershon videos at Funny or Die

A woman our vaginas can relate to:

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

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