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Jun 07 2011

History as allegory

A commenter at Sullivan’s blog has it nailed down:

I think it helps to understand that, for right-wing populists, this thing we call “history” is less about real people who did real things in the real world, and more like just the Bible Part II. It’s a myth that can be manipulated to suit their purpose, which is usually to establish themselves as the only Real Americans. When Palin says she got it right, I believe she believes that, because her story wasn’t really about Paul Revere. Her story was a thinly veiled allegory of the Tea Party worldview, and in it, Tea Partiers are Paul Revere and the British stand in for Obama, the foreign usurper who is out to take their guns.

Speaking of Palin-here are some more interesting [fake] Tweets-that given time, she would have written:

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Jan 13 2011

The end of having to hear about Sarah Palin?

One can only hope.

A certain segment of the American people love Governor Palin because she’s attractive and represents the final triumph of ignorance in political discourse. She speaks almost entirely in bumper sticker sized soundbites, which is fine with them because they have no desire to even think in anything more complicated than slogans.

She’s often compared to Reagan, which is profoundly unfair to the late president. While Ronald Reagan mastered the soundbite, if you asked him to explain why he believed what he did, he could. For most of his career, Reagan wrote his own speeches and syndicated a political column in the years between his being governor and president. Sarah Palin wrote a powderpuff of a book who’s main hypothesis was that nothing is ever her fault.

I think we saw, for all intents and purposes, the beginning of the end of Sarah Palin yesterday afternoon with her videotaped response to this past weekend’s shooting in Tucson..

Sadly though-the bitter “dead enders” who created her in the first place,  will not let her just go quietly into that great good night.

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Nov 06 2010

Standing up to bullies……

It’s about time:

Edward Sabin, COO
Eileen O’Neill, President
The Learning Channel (TLC)

David Zaslav CEO
Peter Liguori, COO
Discovery Comm., LLC

Mark Burnett, President
Mark Burnett Productions

RE: “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” // Invasion of Privacy of Joe McGinniss

Dear Ms. O’Neill, Mr. Sabin, Mr. Zaslav, Mr. Ligouri and Mr. Burnett:

This law firm represents Joe McGinniss. It has come to our attention that the first episode (titled “Mamma Grizzly”) of the above referenced television show, scheduled to air on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 9:00 PM on TLC, contains unauthorized videotaped images of Mr. McGinniss which were obtained without his knowledge or consent. In addition, you have already placed a video clip containing this image of Mr. McGinniss on your website and it has been picked up and reproduced by the Huffington Post and many other online sites.

Mr. McGinniss was not asked if any production crew could videotape him as he read a book on the secluded deck of the house he was living in at that time. He was not aware that any camera crew was in fact videotaping him. Mr. McGinniss had a reasonable expectation of privacy under those circumstances. The mere taking of the video therefore gives rise to an actionable claim for invasion of his privacy. The publication of the video on your website and in the television show constitutes an additional wrong – the unauthorized use of the likeness of Mr. McGinniss. Finally, the manner in which Ms. Palin describes Mr. McGinniss in the episode is defamatory: Mr. McGinniss has never invaded the Palins’ privacy, contrary to the many statements made by Ms. Palin and her husband, both prior to this television production, and now repeated in the episode referenced above.

DEMAND IS HEREBY MADE upon each of you that all images of Mr. McGinniss be removed from any television show produced by any of you, and removed from any website controlled or operated by any of you. If you do not do so, Mr. McGinniss will be forced to pursue all his available remedies. Please confirm in writing by November 12, 2010, to this office that you will remove these images.

Mr. McGinniss reserves all of his rights.

If you would like to discuss any of the above, contact this office.

Very truly yours,
Dennis Holahan

Details here.

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Sep 13 2010

Fighting back…..

At least in Montana, there can be found a newspaper with the gumption to expose yet another of Sarah Palin’s lies.

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Sep 03 2010

Nice work if you can get it………

Especially when you are incapable of telling the truth.

The details of Sarah Palin’s contract were ordered released by a California judge who pointed out that University of California officials had violated state public records laws in agreeing with Palin to keep the contract secret.

On top of a $75,000 dollar speaking fee (half payable up front)-it has some other particualr goodies:

If flying on a private plane IT MUST be a Lear 60 or a Hawker 800. (These don’t come cheap).If flying commercially two first class seats and two full fare economy seats must be purchased. Internationally two first class and two business class tickets-no business class 4 first class tickets please.

She gets a suite, complete with laptop and printer (guess she can’t afford her own)-SUV transportation to/from-bendable straws. While none of the foregoing is that surprising, the billing to her agent of all fees, and no accountability or traceability of expenses to Palin directly provided in the contract is interesting.

For the media-Sarah Palin remains behind her force shields, not taking direct questions, all questions screened and accepted or rejected in advance, and photographers have a lot of restrictions placed upon them.

Read the whole contract here.

So by my conservative math-if you want Tea Bagger Barbie at your next shindig, it’s going to cost you and your financiers somewhere in the neighborhood of 125,000 dollars to stage the event.

So much for the common touch.

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Jul 21 2010

So long as I am dealing with stupidity…….

I find the need to share some with you.

So as a public service, I want you to read Jeffery Goldberg who points out for literally the thousandth time-why Palin is an idiot ( albeit a dangerous one):

There are those on the Interwebs who doubt whether I possess any sort of “liberalism” whatsoever, but let’s put that issue aside, because this reader asks a fair question: Why do I find Sarah Palin dangerous?

There are two reasons, the first having to do with Israel, the second with America, though they are related. I certainly appreciate the sincere feelings of Christian Zionists. I have theological, spiritual, political, and personal trouble (nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen) with the branch of Christian Zionism that yearns for the destruction of Israel because it holds that Armageddon will be the harbinger of Christ’s return, and Sarah Palin has affiliated herself on occasion with people who adhere to this branch. But mainstream Christian Zionists — people who believe that God blesses those who bless the Jews — well, I’m not going to argue with that point. It is not, then, Palin’s theology that bothers me as much as her actual understanding, or lack of understanding, of Middle East politics that is so troublesome. Palin has positioned herself as a territory maximalist, arguing for the righteousness of continued Jewish settlement of the West Bank, including those parts of the West Bank, presumably, beyond the security fence. This line of argument places her well to the right of the position taken, late in his career, of Ariel Sharon. As I have pointed out on innumerable occasions, this position, seemingly Zionist (or super-Zionist, even) on the surface, actually undermines the idea of Israel as a Jewish state, because settlements are the vanguard of eventual binationalism, not of a Greater Israel. Israel simply cannot absorb the West Bank’s Arabs and remain either a Jewish state or a democracy. For an American politician to argue otherwise is a danger to Israel. Sarah Palin encourages the most recidivist elements of the Israeli right, and it is absolutely vital for the Israeli right to grapple with demographic, political and moral reality, before it’s too late.

The last sentence is critical-because too many Americans-especially of Palin’s moronic political persuasion- think they understand Israel. In reality, the country is in no way like their pre-conceptions. Israel is NOT, America in the Middle East. It is a different culture with different values-and while we may be committed to supporting them-we should never, ever forget that what Israel wants is not always what America needs. Palin forgets that at our peril.

Sarah Palin, from what I see so far, views Islam as a monolith, and because of this view, she argues for policies that could do severe damage to American national security. This is a complicated war we’re in, and Sarah Palin is, by the evidence at hand, dangerously simple-minded.

Now I am no fan of Islam-but Goldberg is right. And Palin is once again wrong-unless you really think we have the moral and physical ability to destroy a worldwide population of almost a billion people.


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Jun 14 2010

A really great non-event…….

Under the category of ” I did not see that coming…” it would seem that when Sarah Palin needs to inject herself into the news cycle, and she is out of ideas ( a process that takes all of 30 seconds), she falls back on her funbags:

Which brings me, in a roundabout way, to the former governor’s tits. Mrs. Palin is possessed of a remarkable rack. Those are truly formidable funbags, particularly for a middle-aged woman who has had no fewer than five kids. She’s nothing less than three times hotter than America’s next sexiest governor, the Canadian Jennifer Granholm.

Because there hasn’t been anything serious happening in America this past week, there has been a great debate over whether Palin’s had her milkbags enhanced. Enquiring minds, after all, need to know … like me. Not that I care all that much. I’m of the unyielding conviction that all women over thirty should have their cans done, if only because I’m a compassionate conservative who cares deeply about family values. Nothing has driving up the divorce rate quite like wives with droopy jugs. Don’t those wives know that there are young secretaries with perky knockers out there just begging for overweight, balding husbands?

Palin denies having work done and I have no reason to disbelieve her, which might be a first. I think that she might be genetically perfect, or as polite society would put it, a mutant.

But that’s why she’s popular in the first place. I’m actually shocked that normally serious people would suggest otherwise. I can’t think of another reason why sa rational adult could listen to someone who’s being paid $2 million from America’s largest cable news network rail against “the lamestream media” without breaking out into hysterical laughter. That someone like Bill O’Reilly can pretend to take her seriously says more about O’Reilly’s skills as a thespian than it does about Palin’s integrity or intelligence.

I seriously doubt that Palin got a boob job-although it would be great to think that she did.  Where is Elaine when you need her?

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May 26 2010

There goes the neighborhood…..

Seems Sarah Palin begrduges members of the press-the same freedoms she espouses elsewhere.

Can somebody explain to me how this isn’t a despicable thing for Palin to do? She describes McGinniss as the author of “the bizarre anti-Palin administration oil development pieces that resulted in my Department of Natural Resources announcing that his work is the most twisted energy-related yellow journalism they’d ever encountered.”

Another way of putting it would be that McGinniss is an investigative journalist who wrote his first best-seller at age 26 and was shopping a book about Alaska and the oil industry when Palin was named John McCain’s running mate. And another way of describing those “bizarre” pieces is that no one has ever challenged the facts in them.

Palin, who has an undergraduate degree in journalism, should understand that articles don’t become untrue when the subjects don’t agree with them.

She is lucky I did not move to Alaska. Then she would have something to moan about:

I don’t think she would dig REM and beer bottles thrown from the edge of the Jacuzzi at 2AM either.

(BTW-I love the original version of the Goodbye Girl with Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfus. Its a chick flick to be sure-but a chick flick with class).

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Apr 11 2010

She’s back!!!!!

Tina Fey that is-doing a better job of being Palin than Palin does.

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Feb 20 2010

Why I like Family Guy…..

Because they still understand the meaning of the word satire.

Which is apparently, a word Sarah Palin learned , in any one of the six colleges she attended:

Mr. MacFarlane said in an e-mail message that “Family Guy” was proud of the way that the Ellen character was portrayed. “She is headstrong, outspoken and, at times, almost domineering,” he wrote. “The fact that she has Down syndrome was deliberately played as a secondary element to her character… ”
One person who supports the “Family Guy” staff in this latest debate is Andrea Fay Friedman, the 39-year-old actress and public speaker who provided the voice of Ellen in that episode.
In an e-mail message sent to The New York Times, Ms. Friedman wrote, “I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor.” She added that in her family, “we think laughing is good,” and that she was raised by her parents “to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life.”

Ms. Friedman continued, “My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes.”

In a telephone interview on Thursday, Ms. Friedman, who has also appeared in television shows like “Life Goes On” and “Saving Grace,” said she was perplexed by Ms. Palin’s criticism.

“I’m like, ‘I’m not Trig. This is my life,’ ” Ms. Friedman said. “I was making fun of Sarah Palin, but not her son.”

The irony here is just great.

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Feb 11 2010

The subtle difference….

Of when its OK to call someone a retard. Stephen Colbert explains:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Sarah Palin Uses a Hand-O-Prompter
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Economy

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Jan 08 2010

True to her principles……

Sarah Palin and where she chooses to speak.

The principle being: “If you want her to perform-you have to pay her.”

Not unlike this place:

Birds of a feather and all that.

 “Madame, we’ve already established what you are-now we are just haggling over the price!”

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Nov 17 2009

Deconstructing Palin……

I'd do it myself, but it appears to have already been done for me:

Any one who has watched enough early morning Sunday TV will recognize some of the appeals to dog whistle listeners within:

Palin wants to be a celebrity, and was willing to act out what she understood to be a politician’s role to get the prerogatives of celebrity. When Bill Kristol’s Cruise Ship of Fools Neocons breezed into Juneau, Palin had aged out of the beauty-queen pageantry competitions that seem to have been her formative social training, her unwillingness or inability to handle the tedium of actual governance had her underlings trembling on the edge of revolt, and her attempts to reclaim Modern Supermom status on her own or by proxy weren’t going so well. It was… providential!… that Someone should send unto her a Messenger, trailing clouds of astroturfing calculation, proclaiming that Sarah Palin could be chosen to stand among the Elect. For lo, all her life she had been journaling, recording both the firewood-stacking and the prayers that were the Aleph and Omega of her Real American™ small-town red-state life—and at last her determined piety was rewarded! Prosperity Gospel, unbelievers!

For in her latest incarnation, Sarah Palin represents an American stereotype at least as old as the Chatauqua circuit and as new as the American Idol wannabes who get showcased in the early episodes of each new season for their combination of fervent conviction and utter lack of talent. She wishes—she feels entitled—to be Famous, in the way a thirteen-year-old writing fanfiction understands “famous”: Everyone should know her name, and want to be just like her, and love her not for her talents or her achievements but just because she’s Sarah. After all, God wants her to be happy, and how can she be happy if she’s not famous?

The beauty queen analogies are particularly apt if you ask me-think of Saint Sarah as a 1980's version of Miss California.


I haven’t seen many comments about the similarities in the behavior of these two beauty queens.

Both expect to be treated with deference by journalists, and accuse the most milquetoast of old, male interviewers of bias.

They’re both conservative fundamentalist megachurch attendees.

Much of what they say is later proven to be a lie.

Both quit their day job to cash in.

Both have big skeletons in their closets, if you believe Levi Johnston.

Both have a gay blogger nemesis.

I think if you try to understand Palin as a beauty queen, it really explains her behavior as AK Gov—it was just a title to her, and she loved the ceremonial aspects while she dodged the real work. That’s also why I don’t really take her seriously as a candidate. She’s never going to do the work to win enough primaries to get the GOP nomination. Her campaign will look a lot like Rudy Guiliani’s—well financed, based on a few minutes of fame, and ultimately unable to engage with primary voters.


And finally, what of those vaunted "qualifications" my commenters keep talking about? I'll let Marc Ambinder explain for the fortieth time:

President Sarah Palin. That's an ankle-snapping stretch. But to be the GOP nominee? That's merely a strain. I think she can make a comeback. From where she comes back, I'm not sure. The truth is that Palin's threshold problem is sobriety. Americans don't think she's experienced enough to be president. Palin has displayed no evidence that she accepts this judgment. A few Randy Scheunemann epistles on her Facebook page do not convey experience. A mid-summer's dalliance with Death Panels made her look foolish, or worse. The key to a comeback is to change something about yourself, and Sarah Palin is making it too easy for us because nothing seems to need changing. If populism fuses with cultural conservatism, Palin can probably win a Republican nomination, or — because the rules of the GOP nomination process still favor the establishment — a spot on a third party ticket.
She's still the Panglossian archangel of the anti-intellectual strain in conservatism? She blows off evolution and asserts that humans can eat meat because animals are made of meat. Evolution might reply that if Sarah Palin didn't exist, God would have had to invent her. The conviction that she's the talisman for a vital center in American politics? Check. The ability to capture the patronizing — and yet pornographically attentive — focus of the establishment media? Check. The preternatural skill at making the other side feel good about making the other other side feel bad? All there.
Somehow, Palin is supposed to represent a revanchist populism that has its lineages in Andrew Jackson and William Jennings Bryant. Why? Because she angers the media elites. She's from Alaska. She's… Well, that's really the case. That's all there is. Put aside for the moment that Jacksonian Democracy preceded Jackson and was grounded in a technological revolution, rather than a sense of anger at banking or financial elites. Palin's resume is thin. What distinguishes her from other Alaskan politicians is not that she worked to get the state off the dole, but that she relied on the dole a little bit less. She was a pragmatist, not a conservative. Her sole claim to the Bryant-Jackson mantle is that she can ape the talking points of modern movement conservatives and do so with a twang that annoys liberals. Her hagiographer, Matthew Continetti, writes that she has not "tied her pointed criticisms of the Obama agenda and the liberal media to a larger argument about how ordinary people with common sense can rescue the American economy and revitalize American democracy. Palin has Jacksonian instincts, but she still hasn't forged her own political persuasion."

That's curious. Her "pointed criticisms" of the Obama administration aren't revolutionary. They usually begin with an out of context quote from Ronald Reagan and end with a clever allusion to the faith she has in the American people to do what's right. The reason why there is no larger argument is because no larger argument exists. Sarah Palin is as much a personal vessel as Barack Obama. Her appeal, as Continetti must recognize, is much more limited than this, even though, to him, it is quite considerable. There is absolutely no evidence that the American people are looking for a candidate whose principle attribute is her willingness to pretend to know less than she really knows.

It's limited because — and this ain't the media's fault — the American people don't generally think Palin belongs on stage with other presidential candidates. If that's the truth — and that is what the polls show — then it would behoove Palin to address that concern. The Palin Populist Persuasion is self-limiting, since it praises "common sense" over problem-solving, which necessarily requires a will to suspend common sense when it doesn't work. (Common sense, in this recession, would dictate a massive additional stimulus from the government. But that's not going to happen, for reasons of pragmatism and politics.)



So save your self time and money and buy the Cliff Notes version of her book instead: 


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Nov 10 2009

Point well taken….

By David Frum:

Palin supporters have constructed an alternative reality in which their heroine is wildly cheered by the American yeomanry, and despised only by a small coterie of sherry-drinking snobs. No contrary evidence, no matter how overwhelming and uncontradicted, can alter this view: not the collapse in Palin’s support in just 5 weeks in 2008, not the statistical studies that show her as the only vice presidential nominee in history to have hurt her ticket, not her rampant unpopularity with American women, not her own flinching from a second encounter with the Alaskan electorate.

In this regard, Continentti’s comparison of Palin to William Jennings Bryan begins to look not only apt, but ominous.

Take this as an opening salvo-its time, yet again, to disabuse the Palinistas of their fantasy once more-and show them them what lies beneath the glasses, the dress and the lipstick. A cold hearted fraud, who is in it for number one.

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Aug 31 2009

There goes the neighborhood…….

You ran for Vice President-that did not quite work out the way you had hoped.

After that, you became bored running America’s largest, most homogeneous, and easiest to run state.

It’s still a month or so till moose hunting season.

The kids are all back in school-except Bristol, who’s got child care worries of her own.

So how does one fill the time?

You go to see Spike of course!

I’m not sure Spike is thrilled to hear that Sarah Palin is coming to visit-with every thing else he has to think about.

Now why,  exactly, would Sarah Palin make her first trip to Asia to Hong Kong?

So she can tell people she’s seen the "real China".  That’s rich. Of course she can tell every one "she saw Taiwan from her hotel room "in Central.

Then again, if you really want to be President, maybe its a good idea to meet the people who are going to finance your tax cuts. That of course assumes rich Chinese businessmen are still wanting buy American Treasuries in 2013………….

Maybe she could get a few minutes with Sir Bow Tie-to compare notes on in office buffoonery.

Maybe, when her speechifying is done-she can drop by Hari’s and have a drink with women who are in the same profession as Sarah Palin is now. Professional courtesy and all that. Only Palin gets better paid.

If she really wanted to accomplish something-she would drop by the HSBC building on a Sunday afternoon and get an up close and personal look at the type of capitalism she is defending.  The type of people who are employed at a ridiculously low salary by the people she will be addressing. Do you think she even has any idea of the struggles these women go through? I sincerely doubt it. She probably thinks its all their own fault anyway………….

But I’m sure she will get some shopping done-considering her yearly income just went up 400%!

You know the world is really screwed up-when Sarah Palin gets to go to HK-and here I sit in Shopping Mall USA. She should come here-and I should go there, we’ll both enjoy it more.

Still, I’d love to see Spike and Sarah Palin in the same room together. My money’s on Spike.


 UPDATE: I guess minus a campaign staff, old Todd is missing more than a couple of things as Saint Sarah pares down the list of money making opportunities. Like the fact that she is speaking to a firm that is:

1) Owned by a lot of Frenchmen: CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets is Asia’s leading, independent brokerage and investment group. The company provides equity broking, capital markets, merger and acquisition, and asset management services to global corporate and institutional clients. CLSA’s major shareholder is France’s Credit Agricole, which merged in 2003 with Credit Lyonnais. CLSA enjoys substantial staff ownership, which contributes to its independent stance and operations. As an independent sub group of Credit Agricole, CLSA provides brokerage and execution services for Asian equities to the bank’s global clients.

2) Supports climate change and cap and trade: CLSA is committed to raising awareness of climate change among the public, investors and regulators and has initiated measures to reduce its own carbon footprint. CLSA issues reports on the environment and CLSA Capital Partners invests into companies that support resource efficiency and environmental technology. CLSA offices throughout Asia are ISO 14001 certified and CLSA has a published environmental policy.

3. Is heavily invested in things she purports not to like: CLSA is a sponsor of the Clinton Global Initiative (‘CGI’) meetings, which bring together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

So whose palling around with Socialists now?

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