Sarah Palin’s Hunting Fiasco

Dec 09 2010 Published by under Featured News, Issues, Republican Party

The Great White Huntress

Sarah Palin’s folksy outdoor image has taken a hit in light of her obvious shortcomings as a modern-day Jim Bridger, ironically while exercising her Second Amendment rights. It’s one thing to lie to the Lower 48 about being a wilderness scout in larger-than-life Alaska, but when you put it on TV for everyone to see, the mystique wears off pretty quickly.

People aren’t complete idiots, even people naturally disposed to like Sarah Palin – like hunters and conservatives.

And that’s just what Sarah Palin did. The former governor of Alaska brought a TV crew on weekend-long trip to the Arctic tundra to do some shooting for her Sarah Palin’s Alaska show on TLC (The Learning Channel) and her shortcomings became evident immediately. Among her errors:

  • She shot 4-5 times at a wandering caribou and missed
  • When she shot the first time and missed, she panicked and shot at it as it moved, apparently thinking it would be easier to hit that way than when standing still
  • She took no practice shots
  • She didn’t check the sites (they were off)
  • She didn’t carry her own rifle; she let her father and his friend carry it for her (her father is 72-years-old to Palin’s sprightly 46)
  • She let her father load the rifle
  • When the rifle was passed to her, MamaGrizzly “moved her finger inside its trigger guard, a breach of basic safety rules” as one website noted
  • “On leaving her hunting camp one morning, Ms Palin pointed to the horizon and declared ‘Let’s go west.’ There followed an awkward pause. “That’s east,” noted her father.”
  • She was under-armed (her father called her weapon a “varmint rifle” yet she expressed concern that it might have a kick)

The problem for Sarah Palin fans is how to reconcile her obvious phoniness with her claims. Republicans have shown a breath-taking ability to put facts aside for the sake of ideology, “what should be” for “what is” but can they do it when it’s blaring in their faces on their big screen HD TVs?

The reaction from liberals has been more predictable. Aaron Sorkin, who created West Wing, told Huffington Post that she had made a “snuff film”  and called her a “phony Pioneer girl” and a “witless bully.” Animal rights groups and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have also complained.

Sarah Palin’s witty Facebook response?

“Unless you’ve never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather chair or eaten meat, save your condemnation.”

At least she used Facebook rather than treating the English language the way she treated that caribou on Twitter.

That’s scant justification for putting herself, her crew, her father and his friend, and the animals she is shooting at in danger through inept handling of firearms. There are reasons people take lessons in handling those things, Wannabe Huntress-in-Chief.

Sorkin’s response was typically witty and scathingly to the point:

I don’t think I will save my condemnation, you phony pioneer girl. (I’m in film and television, Cruella, and there was an insert close-up of your manicure while you were roughing it in God’s country. I know exactly how many feet off camera your hair and make-up trailer was.)

Palin isn’t likely to care what Hollywood thinks, or what leftist elites like PETA think, but she should care about what her supporters and potential supporters think, and she’s just misfired on that front. Imagine hiring a guide to take you over the Rockies only to discover he’d never been out of the city himself? That’s what Republicans are doing when they put their trust in a savvy-common sense politicians only to discover that she’s simply a self-promoting grifter who has no idea what she’s talking about.

She’d be a fish out of water in the White House, as out of water as she has been hunting and fishing on her self-promotional TV show. She’s a fake and a phony and it has never been more obvious. Take note, America, especially you Republicans.

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Gibberish Results as Sarah Palin Attacks Obama’s Tax Cut Compromise

Dec 08 2010 Published by under Featured News

Sarah Palin took to her Twitter account today to show her displeasure with the Obama/GOP compromise on the Bush tax cuts. The result was a bit of classic Palin Twitter gibberish where she both criticized Obama and urged fiscal conservatives to fight. What they will be fighting for is something only Sarah Palin knows.

On the subject of the tax cut compromise, Sarah Palin tweeted from her Blackberry, “Obviously Obama is so very, very wrong on the economy & spins GOP tax cut goals ;so fiscal conservatives: we expect you to fight for us & America’s solvency.” What exactly does this mean? How is Obama spinning the Republicans’ tax cut goals by giving the GOP what they wanted? Is Palin arguing that in the name of fiscal conservatism the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire? Do you think she has any idea what she is talking about?

The joke here for anyone who knows anything about Sarah Palin is that she is still trying to sell herself as a fiscal conservative. Palin is cut out of the George W. Bush mold. She talks the fiscal conservative talk but she is really a tax and spend Republican. As the mayor of Wasilla, Palin took a surplus and turned it into debt as the budget rose from $3.9 million to $5.8 million. Palin pushed through a sales tax to fund a $15 million sports complex for the city that was such a boondoggle that Wasilla has been dealing with budget shortfalls for years.

As governor this “fiscal conservative” continued her spending spree. Spending rose sharply during her time in office. From 2008 to 2009, the state’s budget increased 34%. Palin governments love to spend, and she had no problem with the idea of borrowing in order to fund her spending binges. Palin is no more of a fiscal conservative than George W. Bush was. In fact, one of the Rovian techniques that Palin has picked up is to say one thing in public, but do the opposite in private.

The notion of compromise seems to have Palin befuddled. Goodness gracious, who should she attack? Being that Palin is the breed of political beast that always requires conflict and an enemy, since she could not figure out who to attack, she attacked everyone (in 140 characters). The resulting tweet was a mash up of attacks on both Obama and the establishment Republicans who cut the deal. The tweet was a look into Palin’s clueless, fluttering, failing psyche, where an animalistic need for power has replaced all signs of serious study and intellect.

Sarah Palin can’t politically function without an enemy. Her modus operandi is a two pronged strategy of conflict and victimization. Within her tweet, Palin did her best to rally the troops to fight an enemy. Who were they supposed to fight, and what were they fighting about? These questions weren’t answered, but Sarah Palin knows that if there is no enemy then her conflict based power erodes to nothing, so if she can’t think of an enemy then she’ll make everyone the enemy and sort it out later.

It is stunning that anyone would want to elect a woman president who appears to have no clue, or not even curiosity about the most basic of current events. Palin had no idea what the tax cut compromise was about, but her undying need for the spotlight compelled her to inject herself into the discussion. There are usually only two outcomes that occur when Palin tries to insert herself into a policy debate. She either misinforms and creates conflict, for example death panels, or she makes herself look like a fool. Judging from this tweet it is clear that Palin has returned to her role as the jester of the 2012 Republican presidential candidate court.

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Meet Denmark’s Sarah Palin

Dec 07 2010 Published by under Featured News

Meet Pia Kjærsgaard. Pia is a woman who is going places. Specifically, she is going to the salon to have her hair bleached an even starker blond – but after that, she’s going to pose for a photo shoot wrapped in the Danish flag, and then she is going to make a heroic stand against the foreign hordes who threaten to overrun her fairy tale vision of a Denmark where everyone is a Lutheran, monarchist, pork-eating blonde.

Pia is trying very hard to be the Danish Sarah Palin. Having risen to the top of her political party, Dansk Folkeparti – literally The Danish Peoples’ Party – she has gone on to claim copyright on the Danish flag and the Danish national anthem. She has gathered around her a loyal army of flag-waving minions; xenophobic old Lutheran priests who pine for the good old days when you could sterilize people who couldn’t memorize their psalms. And immaculately polished young patriots with a short, carefully rehearsed range of facial expressions that would remind you more of the baring of teeth than smiling. But Pia has done even better than that. Pia has enlisted the very spirit of the Danes, the mythological hero Holger Danske. Holger is temporarily unable to comment, as he is presently a statue. But one day, legend has it, when Denmark is threatened by foreign invasion, Holger will arise from his stony slumber to crush the foe. The fact that Holger failed to arise when Denmark was invaded by the Third Reich in 1940 does not bother Pia. You may draw whatever conclusions you want from that. Dansk Folkeparti has been highly influential in shaping the current draconian Danish legislation on immigration. The party is right-wing and hyper-nationalistic. It has been part of a coalition government in Denmark since 2001.

“We already have a religion in Denmark, in the thousand-year old Kingdom that Denmark is. Therefore it is essential that Islam does not spread in Denmark,” Pia asserts. She adds:

“I agree with [Dansk Folkeparti member and Lutheran priest] Søren Krarup, it is the exact same symbol, the Muslim veil and the swastika.” How droll. The irony is striking.

Just like her spiritual cousin Palin, Pia Kjærsgaard knows what’s what. Any criticism of her policies becomes either a Muslim plot or a nefarious conspiracy engineered by the unpatriotic liberal media elite. Indeed, she often casts herself as the selfless martyr. Outrageously offensive statements demonizing immigrants become unmissable opportunities for self-promotion. And of course, immigrants does not mean Swedes or Americans or a few wayward Scots. No, indeed. You know who we mean. They have darker skin than us. Their language doesn’t sound anything like ours. The women wear scarves over their hair, and they read from a strange book called the Koran. They don’t even celebrate Christmas! How are you supposed to deal with people who don’t even celebrate Christmas?! But fear not, Pia is on a mission to rescue Denmark from this scourge of barbarism.

“It has been said that 9/11 caused a struggle between civilizations. I can’t agree with that. A struggle of civilizations implies that we are talking about two civilizations and that is not the case. There is only one civilization. Ours,” said Pia in a parliamentary speech.

And to Pia, the dangers are obvious. “Our social welfare legislation is passé, because it fit the Danish family tradition and work ethic, not Muslims who think it’s honorable to sponge off others while the wife is at home producing offspring. Child support is abused, because immigrants can achieve a record-high income by procreating. Immigrants breed like rabbits.”

A loyal party member, Ib Krog Hansen, chimed in with a variation on Pia’s theme: “To say that all Muslims should be thrown out of Denmark? That’s harsh, because there are some actual human beings among them, too. But how are we supposed to sort them?” Oh I don’t know, Ib. Maybe we could start measuring their skulls or something?

Recently, Pia and her party members ran into difficulty yet again. After an article in the party magazine claimed that the reason Danish hospitals and waiting rooms no longer offer free cake and juice to patients was that huge Muslim immigrant families were selfishly eating it all, the party office received in the mail a small mountain of sponge cakes from sympathetic Danes who felt that poor Pia clearly needs more cake. They say sarcasm is the root of all evil, but sometimes it can be so utterly satisfying.

More serious criticism haunts Pia’s every step, as well. In an interview with a Danish newspaper, former Danish Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen accused Dansk Folkeparti of inciting racism among the Danish electorate. Nyrup is now the European chairman of the Social Democrats.

“The party is democratically elected and legitimate, that’s not what I mean. But the attitudes they have towards people from other countries will never become socially acceptable in my view,” he said.

Nyrup made a similar statement in 1999, causing a political row. The actual word he used to describe Dansk Folkeparti was stuerene, which literally translates as ‘housebroken.’ As in, my pet is housebroken, so I can let him out when there are visitors in the house without fear of him embarrassingly crapping on the floor. More loosely, the term translates as ‘socially acceptable’.

Nyrup added that he did not feel worried about the storm of protest his statement would raise from the right wing. “Sometimes you have to stand up and take the beating you’ll get when you say: that’s enough, you have crossed the line and it’s time to stop.”

In a feat of mental acrobatics that would put Palin to shame, Pia Kjærsgaard offered the following analysis of Nyrup’s statement:

“Nyrup has shot himself in the foot in a big way. His statement helps Dansk Folkeparti and harms the Social Democrats. He is clearly mocking the many people who vote for Dansk Folkeparti. But that is so typical of the Social Democrats. It’s just that few of them dare to say it out loud.”

In a world where Palin’s and Pia’s  strategy of saying something astoundingly offensive and seeking attention by belittling and demonizing others, and then whining like a martyred saint when you run into criticism, it is to be hoped that more sane people will do what Nyrup has done and call a spade a spade. Enough is enough. The statements coming from the likes of Pia, Palin, the Danish Peoples’ Party and the Tea Partiers must not be accepted as legitimate, acceptable social commentary but as the gratuitous hatemongery it is. Alternatively, let’s keep attempting to bury them under mountains of sponge cake.

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Wikileaks and The Extreme Hypocrisy of Sarah Palin

Dec 05 2010 Published by under Featured News, Issues

The release of documents by Wikileaks has caused some embarrassing moments for American diplomats, and there are calls for the arrest of Julian Assange for treason and many on the right claim he is a traitor. One could excuse the harsh rhetoric from the right if they had expressed the same outrage during the Bush era for the lies and deception used as a reason to invade Iraq and wage war on innocent Iraqis.

Sarah Palin, the quitter half-ex-governor of Alaska claimed she could have stopped Assange from publishing the leaked documents in court although she refers to a court case that is not remotely similar to the Wikileaks matter. Palin also declares that the CIA should hunt Assange down like Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda, because according to Palin, ‘He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands.” Palin suggested that the CIA should consider killing Assange as an enemy combatant even though he is a journalist. In Palin’s infinite wisdom as master of all journalistic endeavors, she claims with utmost false authority that, “Assange is not a ‘journalist,’ any more than the ‘editor’ of al Qaeda’s new English-language magazine Inspire is a journalist.”

Palin goes on to attack the White House for not pursuing Assange and chides President Obama’s administration as being ineffective for not putting out the effort to stop the treasonous Assange and claimed that, “the administration’s inability to hunt down Assange showed a lack of effort.” Apparently, Palin’s gravitas as the authority on journalism misses the 1st Amendment’s freedom of the press meaning as well as the meaning of traitor and treason. Assange is Australian, and did nothing treasonous to Australia, and he certainly cannot be a traitor to the United States because he is not American.  As usual, Palin distinguishes herself as a fool and continues to believe that just because she believes or declares something, it is a fact.

Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and current false-Christian preacher said that Assange should be executed for treason for harming American relationship and foreign policy. The follower of Christ and preacher went farther and claimed that execution would be too kind for Assange. Huckabee must have missed Jesus Christ’s message of peace and admonition to forgive offenders and reject violence.

It is not so surprising that Palin and Huckabee espouse anti-Christian actions or ignorance of the definition of treason. It is somewhat curious that they forget that real traitors in the Bush Administration were given a pass when they exposed an active undercover CIA operative as punishment for a report that said Bush’s evidence for war with Iraq was false.

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and their cast of traitors deliberately ‘outed’ Valerie Plame, an undercover CIA operative whose identity was classified and her operational status was covert. Now if there ever was a case for treason, the Plame affair qualifies easily, and any American official who had information of covert actions and disseminated it to the public is clearly a traitor. When the Bush administration exposed Plame as an operative working to protect national security, they committed treason pure and simple.

During the past 2 years, conservatives have demonstrated that they work under authority of hypocrisy as a matter of course. Republicans fought against the stimulus that the Obama Administration provided and claimed it produced no jobs, but they were the first ones to lobby for stimulus funds and claimed it would create jobs in their home districts. When the money was granted, they took credit and posed with the big Publisher’s Clearinghouse checks as if they advocated for the stimulus from the start. It is worse that after they received stimulus funding that created jobs, they continued to claim the stimulus did not work and created no jobs. They can’t get much more hypocritical.

To demand execution for an Australian citizen for being a traitor against America is ridiculous in itself, and it boggles the mind until the source is considered. Palin or Huckabee never called for the execution of Bush, Cheney, or their cohorts because they were Republicans drooling to go to war. It didn’t matter that to sell the war the Bush administration committed treason by endangering an American spy, or that they lied to the American people causing the deaths of thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens.

If an American commits treason or is a traitor, there are laws to deal with them.  The law makes no distinction between a public servant and private citizen, and it is clear that exposing a covert operative’s (spy’s) identity by a president and vice-president is treason. Bush and Cheney were traitors, but Republicans never called for their execution. But when a foreign national releases documents that embarrasses diplomats, conservatives like Palin and Huckabee call for their execution displaying the characteristic hypocrisy of the Republican Party.

Julian Assange may have released embarrassing documents about diplomats, but he is not a traitor. If Assange can be prosecuted for releasing the documents, it will not be for treason, and he will not be executed like Palin and Huckabee propose. It is the epitome of hypocrisy for Palin and Huckabee to call for an Australian’s execution when they condoned Bush and Cheney’s truly treasonous acts. Hypocrisy is a Republican hallmark, and besides being liars, cheaters and fake Christians, Palin and Huckabee epitomize the Republican Party’s double-standard, and there is no sign they will relinquish their title of Supreme Hypocrites anytime soon. At least their hypocrisy is consistent, albeit shameful.

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Republicanism Kills History on Contact

Dec 04 2010 Published by under Featured News, Issues, Republican Party

Republicans are fond of describing liberalism as a disease of some sort which infects the body politic, weakening it and eventually, destroying it. You’ll find this on countless conservative websites and blogs. You will find it on the racist white supremacist site Stormfront. This is no coincidence. You can Google it (feel free to take some time to laugh, or perhaps to cry).

The truth of course seems to be rather the opposite. Liberalism, the idea of liberty, the endorsement of the idea that people possess certain inalienable rights – natural rights – is a development of the European Enlightenment. Liberalism freed Europe from the Dark Ages and from the horrors of state sponsored religion, from inquisitions, holy wars and witch burnings.

Before liberalism, it was impossible to talk about individual human rights.

Disease?

No. Liberalism is not the disease. It is the cure.

Republicans hold that universities are places of evil because they are liberal-leaning – meaning students are not properly indoctrinated per Texas School Board Standards.  Academics are obviously as ill-thought of as under various totalitarian regimes – Communism and Nazism come to mind. In this anti-intellectual atmosphere, education is a weakness and people with book learning are, in a monumental display of insecurity, to be despised and feared.

Any of us who have cited our sources in our writing have experienced the reaction, generally an infantile rejection along the lines of “you’re childish!” – a remarkable claim from people who apparently can’t think without being told what to think. The poster of Reagan shown above is really rather ironic. Conservatives really don’t believe in common sense.

Remember, modern Republicanism, wedded to Christian fundamentalism (Christofascism), endorses the idea that choice is heresy (and yes, that’s the meaning of the word heresy – choice). If common sense and choice entered into it, it is difficult to believe so many Republicans would say the absurd things they say, let alone believe them.

Speaking of absurdities (and childishness), you can’t go far down that road without Glenn Beck’s name coming up.

Media Matters for America presents a truly remarkable example of Republicanism’s historical revisionism. Glenn Beck has become obsessed with historical parallels, mostly recently with the Roman Empire. He fancies himself a student of history (much like Newt Gingrich, I suppose) but he shows the understanding one would expect of somebody who got their history from comic books.

Glenn Beck Invents Roman History

Some of Beck’s mischaracterizations:

  • Beck Points To Beginning of Roman Empire As Example Of “What’s Happening To Us”
  • Beck Ignores Years Of Slaughter To Claim Octavian Rose To Emperor “Without Violence”
  • Beck Misleadingly Claims Roman Republic Was Characterized By “Freedom”
  • Beck Incorrectly Claims That First Emperor Of Rome “Refused To Be Called Caesar”
  • Ignoring Caesar, Beck Calls Octavian “The Last Guy Of The Republic”

If you know any Roman history you are now pulling your jaw up off the floor. Neither Hollywood nor Television are famed for their faithfulness to the historical record, but even the HBO miniseries Rome got history better than Beck. In fact, it is difficult to imagine getting history more wrong.

There are a great many lessons to be learned from history, but as philosopher Georg Hegel observed, “What experience and history teach is this – that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it” (Philosophy of History, 1832). We can add Glenn Beck and the Republican Party to this list.

But then, we are talking about principles here.

It might seem remarkable that a person who occupies such a public position as Beck would not bother to check his facts, but then Beck knows his audience – his audience won’t fact check. They listen avidly, feverishly, hanging on every word – and believe all of them. They have had their Republican-approved history lesson and they will all feel the required levels of righteous anger at the evil liberals who have brought low the American Republic.

It doesn’t matter that the evidence speaks to the opposite conclusion because they won’t be checking the evidence either.

Beck, like other Republicans, have fabricated a history more congenial to Republican ideology. Real history – that is, the actual facts of the past 2,000 years, are inconvenient – Stephen Colbert’s reality has a liberal bias lament. Since the real history won’t do, a new one must replace it. History books must be re-written in the same way the Communists and the Nazis rewrote the history books. History must be understood from an ideological perspective. The problem is, history does not survive contact with ideology. If you invent the history, what can you learn from it?

Nothing.

You can justify what you have done, but what you have done is in ignorance or defiance of the past and its lessons. Marx’s demonstrably false claim that “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles” (The Communist Manifesto, 1847) comes to mind.  Demonstrably false, yes. Yet millions died for that demonstrably false claim.

If the Republican revision of history runs its course, millions more might die from their demonstrably false claims. Bush made a good start in Iraq. Other Republicans want to continue to pogrom in Iran or North Korea. And they kinda like the idea of state-sponsored religion too. It’s no accident that the only vice-presidential candidate to have a witch hunter for a pastor is Sarah Palin.

Ironically, given Beck’s complete disregard for Roman history, it was a Roman historian who said it best: “The knowledge gained from history is the truest education and training for political action” (Polybius, The Histories).

It’s a shame Republicans seem aware of this, and would rather do whatever they want and then re-write the history books to justify it because they’re not the only ones who will pay the price of their ignorance.

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America By Fraud: Sarah Palin Buys Her Way On To NYT Bestseller List

Dec 02 2010 Published by under Featured News

Sarah Palin Buys Her Way to Popularity

Money may not be able to buy Sarah Palin popularity, but it has bought her the illusion of popularity. As they did with her first book “Going Rogue,” Palin’s own PAC and right wing outlets like Newsmax have been buying Palin’s latest book “America By Heart” in order to push her up the bestseller list. Palin’s #2 New York Times bestseller ranking is a fraud.

Earlier today Palin celebrated her #2 NYT bestseller ranking via Twitter of course:

The only problem is that Sarah Palin really shouldn’t be thanking the American people. You see, as she did with “Going Rogue” Sarah Palin has had a little help in reaching near the top of the bestseller list. As Politico pointed out today, Palin has managed to boost her own sells by having SarahPAC purchase $64,000 worth of her books. Oh but the Grifter in Chief was not satisfied with taking donations from her supporters and buying books, no the true genius was the twist that Palin has been trying to sell signed copies of the books back to her followers for $100 a pop.

Palin bought books with donor money, jacked up the value of the books four fold, and then sold them back to the same people who paid for the books in the first place. $64,000 in books may not seem like much, but when you consider that she paid the wholesale not the retail price for each copy it adds up quickly. If we estimate that SarahPAC paid $ 5 per book, Palin padded her sales with an additional 13,600 books.

Newsmax is once again offering Palin’s book for free, which means that they once again have falsely inflated her sales, as they did with “Going Rogue”, by purchasing a ton of her books. This doesn’t even include of all of the conservative think tanks and book clubs that have bought copies. Of course, gaming the bestseller list is nothing new, but an attempt to game the bestseller list in order to propagate the myth of power and popularity is a uniquely Palin creation.

Others on the right learned from Palin after “Going Rogue.” Mitt Romney crafted a bestseller for himself this year by declining speaking fees, and instead requiring institutions to buy thousands of copies of his book. Notice that this is basically a right wing phenomenon. The two top selling Democratic authors, Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter have never required anyone to buy their books. Carter and Obama have sold millions of books and they have never had to game the system to do it.

A more accurate measure of how Sarah Palin’s America By Heart is really selling is the Amazon.com 24 hour bestseller list. This is a list of what “Real Americans” are buying at Amazon, and Sarah Palin isn’t doing so well. America By Heart is currently 20th on the Amazon list. On the ground, the lack of excitement is visible in the decreased attendance for Palin’s book tour. Compared to the attendance on the previous, book tour, the tour for “America By Heart” is a nonevent.

Sarah Palin’s # 2 bestseller ranking is a legitimate as Bristol Palin’s vote totals on Dancing with the Stars. This is yet another fraud being perpetrated by The Great Pretender in an attempt to fool the American people into believing that she should be viewed on par with Barack Obama. Palin may be able to buy herself on to the bestseller list, but America has not and never will buy Palin as anything more than what she is. Palin who has been labeled a, “boorish drunkard bawling obscenities at a funeral,” is only on the national stage because she hit the desperate for the White House John McCain lottery in 2008. You can’t call a never-was a has-been, and Sarah Palin is best described as a delusion of what will never be.

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Foreign Press Says What America’s Won’t: Sarah Palin is a Traitor

Dec 01 2010 Published by under Featured News, Issues, Republican Party

The GOP's Tabloid Patriot is an International Embarrassment

Sarah Palin has made it to the big time; she’s now being called out by international media. Yesterday, the Russian newspaper Pravda (this same paper has been quoted in numerous Right Wing publications when it criticized President Obama, and was considered a paper of merit at such time) eviscerated Sarah Palin for her unrelenting attacks upon the democratically elected President, at a time when America needs to stand together, united. When members of the International Press call Sarah Palin out for her lack of American patriotism, it’s time for the American Press to pay attention. It’s about time someone did.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey writes in Pravda:

“By attacking the democratically elected President of the United States of America at a sensitive time in her country’s history, she shows the tact of a boorish drunkard bawling obscenities at a funeral….

And now she turns not only against the fibre and backbone of her country, but against its democratically elected President, accusing him of being incompetent for not stopping Wikileaks. Where was she and where was her GOP before and during the 9/11 attacks? She accuses President Obama of not taking “steps” to assure the leaks were not published. What “steps”?……

If anything is a threat to the national security of the United States of America, it is this screaming, unrefined oaf with as much class as a searing release of flatulence followed by hysterical giggling at a state banquet. Is this what the people of the USA deserve?

To attack the President of the country at a time when the USA needs to close ranks and stand together to consolidate the enormous strides his (President Obama’s) intelligent and respectful approach has achieved in building bridges, when her party’s period in government bombed them, Spankin’ Sarah Palin comes across as a pitifully inadequate anachronism from the times of the Far West.”

The American Press won’t say what the International Press will for a variety of reasons, but suffice it to say that there are many agendas at play here, causing truth to take a back-seat to dollars. As a noted US media critic once said, “everything to sell and nothing to tell.” And what a shame, because this isn’t about partisanship or even elitism; it’s about patriotism and who better to cover this issue than our domestic press?

Ms Palin cloaks her myth in her flag, but one has to question just what that symbol represents to Ms Palin, given that she won’t stop attacking this country’s sitting President during each crisis that presents itself. The word patriotism derives from the Greek patriōtēs meaning “fellow countryman”; that would include all of us, even President Obama. I’m afraid Ms Palin and her followers conflate their false community of nationalism with patriotism, and under the guise of said nationalism, justify harming America’s standing in the world along with the very unity of our nation. One can’t help but question Ms Palin’s true motives, along with her jingoistic, tabloid-driven patriotism, since she beats this drum of division in each public appearance she makes.

One wonders, can Sarah Palin can see what the Russians see: a shrill, desperate demagogue more interested in making money and getting famous than in the best interests of her country; a woman so jealous of a sitting President that she takes every blow her country faces and exploits it, turning it into an even more negative, frightening moment while distracting from the real work – never once stepping into the debate to lead, to soothe, to unite.

Never once has Ms Palin shown her love for this great country by standing by it and her President in a time of need. Instead, she views each crisis as a cynical opportunity to sow the seeds of division among fellow countrymen. During the oil spill crisis, she took to Fox News to spew nonsense about the Dutch not getting their phone calls received, claiming she knew how to fix the leak if only the President had called on her. Of course, since she was on Fox News, no one bothered to ask her why, then, she did nothing to stop the oil spills that took place during her brief tenure as Governor of Alaska.

When she went to Hong Kong for a speaking engagement, Ms. Palin attacked her President on foreign soil during a time of war. On her first book tour, Palin and her entourage of hit men (aka, her father, et al) attacked the Commander in Chief on military bases. In times of major decisions regarding the war in Afghanistan, Palin has mocked the President when he followed the course of action recommended by his Generals. On 9/11, Palin bashed the President. In her speeches, Ms Palin is sure to remind her followers that Obama’s foreign policy is weakening America while she accuses the President of not loving his country. During the WikiLeaks crisis, Palin blamed the President instead of calling for a united front for our country.

Ms Palin and her followers justify this unpatriotic behavior by claiming the President is “un-American”. We all know what that’s about but if we’re left with any doubt, we have only to listen to Ms Palin assure her listeners that they have every right to ask for the President’s birth certificate:

And here she is just weeks ago suggesting that the failure to vet the President and his associations has harmed our democracy. Talk about projection.

Ms Palin’s heavily moderated Facebook page was just months ago full of comments calling for the death of our President, sedition, and the overthrowing of the Obama administration as being God’s will. Those comments were left standing while comments questioning Ms Palin in any way were scrubbed. Ms Palin stands for a level of vitriolic, simmering revulsion so steeped in delusions of self-righteousness, it’s tough to swim to sanity once you’ve been washed in the blood of her particular lamb.

We are at war, facing a global economic crisis, still reeling from a devastating oil spill and now facing the challenges brought on by the WikiLeaks dump. Yet, on every issue of importance, Palin has inserted herself with jarring accusations against the President, offering nothing but malicious hate fueled by a failure to understand what she doesn’t understand.

Ms Palin’s particular brand of tabloid patriotism leaves out anyone who disagrees with her, beats her in a contest, dares to question her, or has the temerity to actually read and debate important issues. She’s become an international embarrassment:

“If Sarah Palin is not some kind of a massive political joke in the USA, wheeled out to liven up the political scene from time to time with nonsensical and pastiche (one hopes) displays of sheer and utter ignorance, then it is worrying.”

Sarah Palin is the figurehead for an unpatriotic movement here in the United States of America. A movement so bereft of love for this country that they would go to any means to see it fail, in order to elevate themselves into power. A movement which just yesterday met with the democratically elected President of this fine country and then immediately stabbed him in the back in their post-game press conference.

And nestled into this web of traitors is one particularly odious senator, Senator John McCain, upon whose shoulders the blame for this national embarrassment rests. Ms Palin is the front-runner of this group for Presidential candidate in 2012 according to polls. This makes sense, given the Republican Party’s current gamesmanship of our political system, wherein their only goal is to destroy the President – not to lead, not to govern – but to destroy. At any cost necessary.

When the Russians are calling you out for failing to support your country in a time of need, for attempting to bring her to her knees with petty attacks on the President, you have seriously jumped the patriotism shark. Sarah Palin is the traitorous figurehead of the GOP, whose only purpose seems to be to assist them in their goal to bring down President Barack Obama.

So while a scant few of them (Rove, Scarborough, and a few of the “elites” who are not elected officials; the elected officials are quivering in the corner rather than standing up to the myth of Palin lest they alienate what little remains of the Republican Party base) make the rounds distancing themselves from her now, do not forget how they set her into motion in 2008 to do exactly what she’s doing now. And do not forget that even as they take a slight step away from the noxious whiff of disgust that follows in Ms Palin’s wake, they’re not silencing her; they’re not calling her out for her attacks on the President. No, the most they can muster from their cowardly bunkers of fear from which they wage their war on America is mild outrage that she would insult the Bushes or Reagan.

Nary a word about her outrageously destructive actions toward our current President. And why is that? Because Ms Palin is doing the dirty work for the Republican weaklings; sowing seeds of division, suspicion, hatred, and rage against a sitting President.

And those, my friends, are not the actions of a patriot. True Glasnost has arrived when the International Press says what the American Press will not. Sarah Palin is no patriot.

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Joe Scarborough Exposes Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck’s Fake Palin Support

Nov 30 2010 Published by under Featured News

Palin in Scarborough's Crosshairs

It turns out that Joe Scarborough’s criticism of Sarah Palin in a column for Politico today was just the tip of the iceberg. On his MSNBC program Morning Joe, Scarborough exposed the truth about the right and Sarah Palin. Talk radio hosts and Republican leaders privately say they don’t want her, but they are afraid to take her on. Scarborough basically accused the talk show hosts, who defend Palin for 3 hours a day on the air but don’t really support her, of lying.

Here is the video from MSNBC:

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Scarborough opened his Politico piece by discussing the GOP’s Palin problem, “Republicans have a problem. The most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected. And yet the same leaders who fret that Sarah Palin could devastate their party in 2012 are too scared to say in public what they all complain about in private. Enough. It’s time for the GOP to man up.”

Scarborough expanded on his comments during Morning Joe today. His co-host Mika Brzezinski opened up the segment on the Politico story by saying, “But the bottom line is you know, we talk off set with a lot of major Republican figures, and they say all this. They refuse to say it on the record.”

Scarborough then expanded on her point, “All of them. All of them say it offset. All your talk radio show hosts that will defend Sarah Palin for three hours every day, all offset quietly say this, all your leading conservative figures, off the record, will say all of this about Sarah Palin but they want ratings and book sales and don’t want to upset the 18% of Americans who like Sarah Palin. I, however, my main concern with actually good governance.”

It doesn’t take much effort to figure who Scarborough was referring to when he mentioned talk show hosts who take the airwaves for three hours a day to defend Palin. Of course he was referring to Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and especially Glenn Beck. Judging from his statement that the talk show hosts support Palin to boost ratings and book sales, I think that he was especially taking aim at Beck.

The reason why these talk show hosts are lying to their listeners can be found by examining demographics. The average viewer age for Sarah Palin’s Alaska is 57 years old. Roughly 80% of Fox News viewers are over 50 years old, and it has been estimated that 70%-80% of Rush Limbaugh’s listeners are over 50 years old. Palin’s supporters also listen to and watch Beck, Hannity, and Limbaugh, so it is in their financial best interests to never let their true feelings about Sarah Palin be known on the air.

In order to make a buck, these right wing talkers go on the air, and lie about their support of Sarah Palin every day. What Scarborough did this morning was provide an insider’s view of how the right wing media works. It isn’t about beliefs for them. It is all about feeding the audience what they want to hear, and making money. The problem is that what that audience wants to hear could bring down the Republican Party if Sarah Palin is allowed to become their 2012 nominee.

I think almost everyone who is not on the right underestimates what a powerful brand and marketing machine Sarah Palin has established with evangelical and social conservatives. People like Beck, Hannity, and Limbaugh are happy to keep milking the Palin cash cow, and are afraid of rocking the boat. These so called voices of right wing truth are so terrified of Sarah Palin and her cult like following that they tell them exactly what they want to hear.

It will be interesting to see how long it takes these propagators of false reality to line up and proclaim their love and support of Sarah Palin, and even though some on the right will see Scarborough as a traitor or a closet liberal, he is actually doing his party a favor by exposing the dirty business of selling Sarah Palin.

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WikiSqueaks: Sarah Palin’s Incoherently Dangerous Wikileaks Criticism

Nov 29 2010 Published by under Featured News, Issues, Republican Party

Sarah Palin Doesn't Understand the Limits of the US Government

GOP: Please Come to Claim Your Lost Candidate: Sarah Palin is on the Loose

As stuffed as you are from turkey, one imagines you are also stuffed full of Sarah Palin at this point, she who has infiltrated our media for two years now at a breakneck speed which leaves lesser infiltrators like Paris Hilton green with envy.

But just in case you still thought there was an ounce of “there” there with the “common sense conservative”, today the GOP’s best and brightest tweeted what she intended to be a dig at President Obama over his handling of the Wikileaks situation. Unfortunately, as is so often the case with Ms Palin, her jab is going to come right back at her, so full of tells as to why she shouldn’t be anywhere near power as it is.

Here’s what Ms Palin tweeted:

“Inexplicable: I recently won in court to stop my book “America by Heart” from being leaked,but US Govt can’t stop Wikileaks’ treasonous act?”

In case you are going to defend this tweet as a one-off, Ms Palin has backed it up on Facebook, taking aim at Obama over and over again over his “failure” to protect the troops by stopping Wikileaks, so sadly this can’t be chalked up to a bad moment on twitter.

Okay, I’m not sure where to start here so I’ll just dive in.

“Inexplicable: adjective meaning inexplainable” and inexplainable means “difficult or impossible to explain.” Yes, I’m sure you had me at hello, but we need to walk this one through from the beginning, because you see…..

It’s not impossible to explain why the President can’t stop Wikileaks. It’s very easy. Deep breath:

Not only is Wikileaks is hosted in Sweden where, I feel duty bound to point out, the President of the US does not have sovereignty as of yet and where it is impossible to commit treason against this country unless one is a US citizen residing in Sweden, but also, as Ms Palin must be aware (given her recent claim to a comminications degree that qualified her to discredit all American media save Fox News) there’s that pesky Pentagon Papers ruling (this was discussed in more depth earlier today) that all journalism/communiction majors learn about fairly early on.

Furthermore, the cables and emails of diplomats are not copyrighted, so while this comparison may make some sense to the person unschooled in law, upon examination, Ms Palin’s ability to sue Gawker over her book has nothing to do with the President’s ability to shut down any publication or organization he doesn’t like. It’s worth noting that Ms Palin actually failed to stop the leak of her book onto the internet. She did manage to get an order to have the offending pages pulled down long enough after they were posted for mirrors to be created for the curious.

And this is where the real trouble begins. Are we to believe that in Ms Palin’s America, she would assume the right to shut down any blog, paper, or freedom of information act organization she disliked by claiming they were a threat to national security (and the troops)? Would it be asking too much for American citizens to get more information on Ms Palin’s understanding of the fine tightrope between transparency and security, court precedent and a general understanding of the balance of power inherent in our government? Does Ms Palin think Americans are entitled to hear her discuss these complicated issues on a regular news outlet at some point, as the rest of our lawmakers and leaders do?

Ms Palin claims the latest round of leaks prove Obama’s incompetence:

“…the latest round of publications of leaked classified U.S. documents through the shady organization called WikiLeaks raises serious questions about the Obama administration’s incompetent handling of this whole fiasco.”

One wonders then how Ms Palin explains the leaking of her yahoo account she used to conduct Alaskan state business on to Wikileaks during the 2008 campaign. Thank goodness Sarah Palin didn’t have access to our national security secrets at that time.

She concludes with this:

“We are at war. American soldiers are in Afghanistan fighting to protect our freedoms. They are serious about keeping America safe. It would be great if they could count on their government being equally serious about that vital task.”

Ms Palin is charging the Obama administration with neglecting national security on purpose, implying that he is anti-American, as she did during the 2008 campaign. And that must sting the President, coming as it does from a person married to a once-registered secessionist. But she hits her mark with her first commenter, who picks up the dog whistle Palin is throwing down:

Gail M: “Incompetent or with some nefarious purpose? You never know with this administration.”

Well played, Ms Palin. If ya’ can’t get ‘em on policy or even a dim grasp of our laws here, why not sell ‘em some fear.This is the person John McCain just touted as a great candidate for President of this country.

It isn’t that she doesn’t know the law, it’s that she doesn’t care to know the law. It isn’t that she assumes dictator like powers as President, it’s that she has already proven in Alaska that she governs with reckless abandon for the law. This is the person quoted as saying to the Wasilla City Council leader, “‘I’m the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can’t.”

Indeed, Ms Palin. We see.

Hear that, Mr Assange? She’s comin’ for ya’. And speaking of coming for people, I urge the Republican Party to gather up Ms Palin before their reputation is forever branded as the Party of Palin.

Please, GOP, come collect your candidate. She’s on the loose again.

Note: Sarah Palin’s Facebook commenter’s last name redacted.

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Decrepit Meets Delusional As McCain Compares Sarah Palin to Reagan

Nov 28 2010 Published by under Featured News, Republican Party

While appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. John McCain continued to carry 2012 water for Sarah Palin by actually comparing her to former president Ronald Reagan. McCain said, “I think that anybody who has the visibility that Sarah has is obviously going to have some divisiveness. I remember that a guy named Ronald Reagan used to be viewed by some as divisive.”

Here is the video from CNN:

When asked about Palin’s new book and her political future McCain said, “I read I think she’s keeping her options open, and I think she should. I think she is an incredible force in the American political arena.” McCain went on to compare her divisiveness to Ronald Reagan, “I think that anybody who has the visibility that Sarah has is obviously going to have some divisiveness. I remember that a guy named Ronald Reagan used to be viewed by some as divisive.” He concluded by lavishing more praise on Palin, “I think she’s doing a great job. I think she’s doing a great job. I think she has motivated our base. I think she had a positive impact on the last election, and I’m proud of her.”

I could spend pages and days pointing out how Sarah Palin is not like Ronald Reagan in any way, shape, or form, but it is so absurd to even use Palin’s name in the same sentence with the two term governor of the very large state of California, who was such a popular candidate that he had the support of many Independents and Democrats in both of his presidential campaigns, that I won’t waste the time. Anyone who believes that Sarah Palin is the next Ronald Reagan is either desperate or a fool.

John McCain’s political legacy is tied to Sarah Palin. If she were to get elected president, it would validate his 2008 choice to put her on the ticket, and remove what looks to be a permanent stain from his legacy. McCain is desperately hoping that he isn’t remembered for unleashing a mentally ill, crack pot, Alaska hillbilly onto the national political scene. It isn’t unusual for Republican presidential contenders to battle each other in an attempt to inherit the Reagan mantle, but what is striking is that since 1992 there has not been a Republican presidential candidate who so shamelessly painted themselves as the return of Reagan in the way that Sarah Palin has.

Ronald Reagan whether one loves or loathes him, was qualified to be president. Sarah Palin is not. Reagan may have been an actor, but once he launched his political career, he left Hollywood. Palin has done the exact opposite. She has used her 15 minutes of political fame to become the celebrity D-lister who will not go away. As a candidate, Ronald Reagan never had approval numbers as low as Palin is carrying around. America liked Reagan as a person. America despises Palin, and views her as nothing more than fodder for the excellent comedy of Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live.

Palin is the ultimate pretender to the GOP throne of Reagan, but Republicans are so desperate that they might actually buy the hype and feel good talking points and nominate the Wasilla reject rodeo clown as their nominee. McCain is dreaming if he thinks that Sarah Palin would beat Barack Obama or is fit to govern this country. McCain may be a decrepit old fool, but those who believe that Sarah Palin is the next Ronald Reagan are completely delusional.

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