The Watering Hole: December 28, Reviewing Palin

Good morning, all.  I found this book review of “Going Rogue” written by Leslie Thatcher at truthout.  It’s composed entirely of quotes taken from other articles written about Palin — with the quoted articles listed at the bottom.

It’s sad and creepy that such a review was even possible, but that seems to be our “star struck” culture.

Read and cringe…I’m sorry for adding to the Palin stock quotes.

I am having Sarah Palin nightmares.(1) Few things draw in readers and garner clicks more reliably than articles (or, even better, pictures) of Sarah Palin. We can’t look away.(2) Like everyone else, I can barely take the waves of embarrassment that come from watching someone do something so badly.(3) My cringe reflex is exhausted.(4)

It was not my intention to be writing about Sarah Palin, since everyone with a laptop, a No. 2 pencil, or a red crayon seems to be covering that beat.(5) We can’t stop talking about her even when we desperately want to.(6) Pundits … rushing to place the gleaming crown of populism atop the head of this shameless corporate servant … are the ones who have driven me to write about Palin. Someone has to nail the media establishment for its willing perversion of language, American history, and the substance of today’s genuine populism.(7)

Right-wingers of the Bush/Rove ilk have had a tough time finding a human face to put on their failed, inhuman, mean-as-hell policies. But it was not hard to recognize the genius of wedding that faltering brand of institutionalized greed to the image of suburban-American supermom. It’s the perfect cover.(8) Huge chunks of American voters no longer even demand that their candidates have actual policy positions; they simply consume them as media entertainment, rooting for or against them according to the reflexive prejudices of their demographic, as they would for reality show contestants or sitcom characters.(9) There is indeed something mesmerizing about Palin, with her manic beaming and fulsome confidence in her own charm.(10)

Read the rest here, if you dare…

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The Scary Part Is…

… these mindless and unthinking people vote.  They proudly display their ignorance.  Their comments demonstrate what happens when people are under educated and use Fox News and News Max as their sources for information.

(h/t to Dr. Hussein Matt at TP for the link)

Stewart: Palin is a ‘talking points machine’

This was an amazing clip by Jon Stewart. It really grabbed me starting at about 4:25 into the segment.

Stewart shows clips of Fox News talking heads surmizing why people can’t stand Sarah Palin – reasons ranging from her looks, that she shoots things, she’s from Alaska, her pro-life stance, her ‘conservativeness’, she prays.. Take your pick.

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Going “Rogue” – Republican Style

From Merriam-Webster: (pick the definition that best fits)

Main Entry: rogue
Pronunciation: \ˈrōg\
Function: noun
Etymology: origin unknown
Date: 1561
1 : vagrant, tramp
2 : a dishonest or worthless person : scoundrel
3 : a mischievous person : scamp
4 : a horse inclined to shirk or misbehave
5 : an individual exhibiting a chance and usually inferior biological variation

Buoyed to the top of best-seller lists by pre-orders from the Neo-Conservative/Christian/Anti-Obama/Teabagger coalition, Sarah Palin is “going rogue” on the American public, and, apparently, on the truth, as well.

The Associated Press obtained advance copies of Palin’s first tome, and, suffice to say, it didn’t pass the truth check:

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Sarah Palin speaks in Hong Kong – Here’s the transcript, wink, wink..

This is far too precious to hide away in a comment on an open thread.

In her first trip to the region, the former Alaska governor, Sarah Palin addressed an annual conference of investors in Hong Kong in what was billed as a wide-ranging talk about governance, economics and U.S. and Asian affairs.

The Zoo’s regular contributor and guest-blogger 5thstate has issued a transcript of the speech as it could have been. As no journalists were allowed in at that event, we will have to take 5thstate at his word, you betcha!

Hi-ya (wink).

It’s really great to be here in this great nation of Hong Kong with all you patriotic Kongans to tell ya about governance, economics and U.S. and the Asian affairs also.
Ya kno Todd is part Eskimo so he’s just like ya, except he’s a much better driver.

I’m going to call it like I see it and I will share with you candidly a view right from Main Street, Main Street U.S.A., from where you can see those pesky Russians from and how perhaps my view of Main Street , how that affects you and your business, because as Governor of Alaska government interference got us into this mess in the first place in the respect that proud Alaskans like me aren’t interested in government fixes, we’re interested in freedom and the Reaganomics also and those things that Margaret Thatcher did in the Kingdom of Britain as well so now 10 months later, though, a lot of Americans are asking: more government? Is that the change we want?

Because that fella said some nebulous utopian sounding things with his health care reforms and death panels that infringe on private enterprise that real Americans aren’t comfortable with and it’s also like the Uighurs and the Han goin’ at-it but ya know ya just don’t seem to have any mechanisms to deal with regional ethnic issues and maybe you should get some of those ethnic mechanics also, too, don’tcha think? So that’s a business opportunity that can affect you in this great state of Asia without government interference interfering with your governance and freedom like I’ve been fighting for in the great state of Alaska also in that respect because it is in the interest of our safety for China to work out its contradictions and ya know we hope for china to rise responsibly because that fella in the White House over there is cutting the defense budget whilst I’ve seen Russia beef up when I go jogging and I bet you’ve seen China doing the same thing because its got to be about jobs also and if it weren’t for America’s commitment to security in this region your economic prosperity wouldn’t be on account of those missiles pointed at Taiwan and we don’t want a one-nation Asia do we?

But I’m glad the press isn’t here makin’ things-up, like I’m trying to burnish my foreign policy credentials, because I’m just here to benefit my knowledge base and defray some legal bills, you betcha.

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President Obama Dispels Myth Of “Death Panels” At NH Town Hall

President Obama said, “it turns out that this I guess rose out of a provision in one of the House bills that allowed Medicare to reimburse people for consultations about end of life care” as well as living wills, hospice care, and the like. The “intention,” the president said, was to help patients prepare for “end of life on their own terms.”

President Obama said the “irony” is that one of the chief sponsors of this idea was Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who “sensibly thought this would expand peoples’ options.”

Special Comment: Sarah Palin rhetoric putting nation at risk

Raw Replay:

In a Special Comment, Countdown’s Keith Olbermann decries former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s “death panel” invention in her criticism of President Barack Obama’s health care agenda, pointing out that by peddling frightening lies to her mob of ill-informed followers she puts the safety and security of the nation at risk.

Why do we pay so much attention to Sarah Palin?

By Guest Poster misscoleopteramolly

Why do we pay so much attention to Sarah Palin? I’m guessing it’s the same reason Florence Foster Jenkins was so popular in her time.

For those of you unfamiliar with FFJ (and I only know of her historically, since she died before I was born), she was a woman who had always wanted to sing, and once she had inherited a sum of money that allowed her to pursue her dream, she went for it. God love her, she was so talentless that listening to cats fighting in an alley was probably a better musical experience than listening to her. But she never allowed anything to discourage her, and categorized herself with the other (genuine) great sopranos of her day.

Her popularity was due to people finding the way Mrs. Jenkins murdered the classics to be highly entertaining. Tickets to her recitals were highly sought after, and her single Carnegie Hall performance in 1944 was sold out weeks in advance. Her performances were delivered in serious earnest, and she seemed quite oblivious to the fact that she provided her audience with comic instead of musical entertainment.

And here we have Sarah Palin. A woman so completely unfit for national office that it’s laughable. This laughter keeps her in the public eye, of course, but her popularity appears to have given her the idea that she’s statesmanlike, politically intelligent, and a leader of her party.

She really doesn’t have a clue that her party regards her only as a token woman when they needed one, an attention-getter who could draw a crowd, someone who looks good on the teevee, and a sock puppet for the PNAC and other party power.

And the rest of us regard her as an endless source of entertainment — a guilty pleasure. Because a Sarah Palin interview (or speech, or column) makes as many people laugh today as an aria sung by Florence Foster Jenkins did over 65 years ago.

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Move Over Britney, Here Comes Sarah

It wasn’t too long ago, that Britney Spears was covered by the media on a daily basis.  We knew when Britney Spears went shopping and where she shopped.  There were constant stories about her marriage and her babies.  Nothing was secret.  We heard it all, on a regular basis.  Occasionally, the media would update us on the affairs of a young woman named Paris Hilton.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Then we had the “Runaway Bride,” the “Diaper Woman” and of course, Anna Nicole Smith.  All of these women kept our media busy.   In the meantime, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were trashing our Constitution, bankrupting our nation, and sending Americans off to die in a war based on lies, but the media never took their eyes off of these women.

Now it’s time for Britney and Paris to step aside.  There is a new woman in town and she will do and say anything to get the attention of the media.  Why just the other day, she single handedly re-directed the media’s attention away from its constant coverage of Michael Jackson and right to her.  Since John McCain yanked Sarah Palin out of Alaska and into the view of the lower 48, a week hasn’t gone by without someone from the media placing the spotlight on Sarah.  Last Friday, Sarah Palin announced that she is aborting her position as Governor of Alaska and moving onto a “higher calling.”   She claimed that she was resigning for the good of Alaska.  If this were true, she would quietly leave the scene.  Instead, Sarah Palin has been on the news every day.  On Friday, she announces the abortion of  her responsibilities to the citizens of Alaska; Saturday, she threatens to sue anyone that spreads rumors about her; Sunday, she again announces to her supporters that they should stay tuned; on Monday, she appeared in front of the cameras wearing fishing waders; and today, another stay tuned day.

Oh Sarah, we are waiting with baited breath.  When will you announce your true intentions?  Stay tuned.  There will be more tomorrow.  Are you bored yet?

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(This post is a “Point of View” by Cats r Flyfishn and may not represent the opinion of other Zoo Critters.)

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Paul Begala eviscerates Palin

Huffington Post

I wish Hunter S. Thompson had lived to see this.

As Hunter said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” Sarah Palin makes Mark Foley, the congressman who sent filthy emails to pages look almost normal. She makes David Vitter, the senator who was hanging out with hookers, look almost boring.

Heh...

Heh...

She makes Larry Craig, caught hitting on a cop in a men’s room, look almost stable. She makes John Ensign, the senator who was having an affair with a staffer, look almost humdrum (and compared to the rest of the GOP whack-jobs, he is). And she makes Mark Sanford, the governor with the Latin lover, look positively predictable.

It was an almost impossible mission, but in resigning from office with 17 months to go in her first term, Sarah Palin has made herself the bull goose loony of the GOP.

Let’s stipulate that if there is some heretofore unknown personal, medical or family crisis, this was the right move. But Gov. Palin didn’t say anything like that. Her statement was incoherent, bizarre and juvenile. The text, as posted on Gov. Palin’s official website (here), uses 2,549 words and 18 exclamation points. Lincoln freed the slaves with 719 words and nary an exclamation; Mr. Jefferson declared our independence in 1,322 words and, again, no exclamation points. Nixon resigned the presidency in 1,796 words — still no exclamation points. Gov. Palin capitalized words at random – whole words, like “TO,” “HELP,” and “AND,” and the first letter of “Troops.”

Gov. Palin’s official announcement that she is resigning as chief executive of the great state of Alaska had all the depth and gravitas of a 13-year-old’s review of the Jonas Brothers’ album on Facebook. She even quoted her parents’ refrigerator magnet. (Note to self: if one of my kids becomes governor, throw away the refrigerator magnet that says: “Murray’s Oyster Bar: We Shuck Em, You Suck Em!”) She put her son’s name in quotations marks. Why? Who knows. She writes, “I promised efficiencies and effectiveness!?” Was she exclaiming or questioning?

Wowie…ouch!

I’ve always thought of Begala as a kindly milquetoast sort of moderate guy.  I think Sarah Palin stomped on his last nerve.

Read the rest of Begala’s post here.

Ann Coulter On Palin: She is “Too Big” To Be Alaska’s Governor

At this point, I don’t know why anyone interviews Coulter anymore.   She thinks it shows great intelligence that Sarah Palin is abandoning her post as Governor of Alaska.  Like Newt she adds no value; the only thing those two are good for, is making inflammatory statements so that the Media will plaster their faces on the six o’clock news.

Poll: Why did Sarah Palin resign as AK Gov?

Inquiring minds want to know…

BREAKING: Sarah Palin to resign as Alaska Governor

Gov Palin

Gov Palin

According to MSNBC, Sarah Palin will not finish her first term as the Alaska Governor.  No news yet as to why.

Lt Gov Sean Parnell will be the new Governor.

Stay tuned…

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UPDATE:  I just watched Palin’s speech on the teevee machine.  Wow.  I wonder if she’s trying to give Mark Sanford a run for his money on rambling speeches.

Palin talked about not wanting to be a “lame duck” governor, because it would cost the state lots of money and waste time, and she was going to be effecting change in some other arena.  She said she loves her job, but she feels resigning is the best thing to do for the state (she’s probably more right than she knows).  She made a totally lame basketball analogy, and talked about the sacrifice of the troops in Kosovo.  She said people were mean to her baby, Trig, and that she asked her kids if she should resign.  WTF?

Basically, this was just a long, rambling, ridiculous, and illogical resignation speech.  If she has hopes of a presidential run in 2012, she’s just shot them down today.  If she’s hope ing to run for the AK senate seat in 2010, she’s just shot herself in the foot.  Politically, none of this makes sense.

Something else is going on, and I can’t wait to find out what it is.  Hopefully, if it involves any of her children, she has the grace to keep it out of the limelight.

Conclusions?  Well, without further information, I’d have to say that the Governor of Alaska just wasn’t having fun anymore — so she quit her job.

Stay classy, Palin!

UPDATE: MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports:

Talking to people who are very close to Sarah Palin, I have been told that she has told her supporters that she is out of politics, period. She is fed up with politics. She doesn’t like her life. She feels like she has to raise her family. She’s sick of the commute from Wasilla to the capital and she really does not want to run for higher office. This is not the case where she is stepping down in order to figure the way for a presidential run. In fact, she has told some of her biggest backers in the national Republican Party that they are free to choose other candidates for 2012.” (Source, Think Progress)

No, that’s not it.  Whatever it is, IT’S BIG.

UPDATE:  Here’s the YouTube of Palin’s speech.  If your ears start to bleed, please stop the video and seek medical attention.  ;)

UPDATE:  From The Brad Blog

[Shannyn Moore] says Palin is “resigning as part of damage control” due to a scandal this is “not of a family nature.”

“The governor would not be able to continue her job when it comes out,” she told me on the phone just now, before adding: “Why would Mark Sanford not resign, but Sarah Palin did? Her family didn’t even know about the resignation until they were standing with her by the lake” when she made her announcement.

Wow.