A Present for Linda! (VIDEOS)
Please join me in wishing Linda Kellen Biegel a very happy birthday!
Linda is one of the three managing editors here at the Mudflats, and probably the one that gets the least appreciation and understanding of exactly how much she does. Linda’s the one that sits through endless school board meetings, Assembly meetings, brainstorming meetings… She’s the one who volunteers to oversee vote counts, examines ballots, and watch polls. She’s our workhorse, our researcher who disappears, burrows to the center of the earth, and comes up with a carrot. She’s our APOC guru, our ethics expert, and the one who makes elected asshats literally run the other way when they see her coming. She files ethics complaints, and public records requests when they’re needed, never ever forgets anything, and takes no guff. Remember when they said Sarah Palin was a “pit bull?” We laugh.(insert laughter here) Next to our Linda, Palin’s a toy poodle with a runny nose.
So, here’s the story of Linda’s present.
Old-time Mudflatters will remember back in the day when a member of Palin’s zombie army, who had lots and lots and lots of time on his deranged and untalented hands, made us a little movie. Our readers got sort of upset because being awesome and supportive, they didn’t like to see the Palinbots attack. But we three (Shannyn, Linda and I) were used to dealing with much worse than this little video that popped up, and we thought it was the funniest thing we’d ever seen. It was practically covered with Cheeto dust, and fresh from Mom’s basement.
The message was simple – the three witches of Alaska (us) were so heinous, so ridiculous, and so boring that we were driving voters to Sarah Palin’s side in droves! Droves, I say! We were basically handing her the election. Stupid us. And because we were such effective recruiting tools for the other side, our buddies in Chicago and The White House decided we needed to be thrown under the bus.
We don’t know exactly how we were thrown under the bus… Maybe it was George Soros, and Barack Obama cutting us off from our huge sneaky paychecks they were sending to our secret offshore accounts in the Caymans (that was another video). But in any case, it was all going Palin’s way so perfectly, that all they needed to do was sit by and let us hand Palin the election. But no… the guy in the basement had to spend dozens of production hours make this video telling us to knock it off. Total sense, right?
So, we watched it while talking on the phone to each other. We watched it alone, over and over. I even posted it on the blog because it just made me laugh so hard – the flames, the spinning graphics, the crazed soundtrack, the overt sexism, and who could forget that memorable subtitle: “spew venom hate spew venom hate spew venom hate.”
Luckily, it’s still stuck there in the series of YouTubes for your viewing pleasure, with misspellings and all.
After this, we dubbed ourselves “The Three Witches” – Shannyn was the deadly poison one, I was the Typhoid Mary/Bride of Frankenstein one, and Linda was the nuts one with the crazy dress.
Even now, every time I see a fun witchy Facebook graphic, I have to pass it along to my fellow witches so we can recall the good old days and chuckle.
Which brings us to today – Linda’s birthday. She posted one of those fun graphics of witchiness on her Facebook wall, and got a comment she didn’t expect.
Remember when Linda wrote that piece a little while ago entitled “Don Smith Must Go?” And then Don Smith mouthed off in a school board meeting at Shannyn and Linda by name? Well, then there was the school board election, and go Don Smith did. He got utterly squashed by former Senator Bettye Davis. You could almost hear it – like a sound effect of squashing.
Well, apparently Don Smith has a hard time controlling himself on Facebook, and the soon-to-be-ex school board member (who is clearly not thinking about being elected to anything) decided it would be fun to comment on the picture. He just couldn’t resist.
I’m the one that got to call Linda this morning and wake her up so she could see. I felt like Birthday Santa. And she loved it! It’s not often the birthday girl says, “Thanks for waking me up!”
Here it is.
So, thanks Don Smith. Thanks for giving Linda the best birthday present ever, and at the same time reminding us all of why your temperament is utterly unsuitable for public office, and why we are so glad that Bettye Davis will shortly be filling your seat.