Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Spankin' Sarah Palin: A clown short of a circus
I have already called Sarah Palin a pith-headed bimbo from the back of beyond, in this column. I shall now go one step further. 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.
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. It is even more so if anyone other than a manic depressive suffering from a chronic lack of lithium takes this...female...seriously.
Hockey Mum Sarah ex-Governess of Alaska is famous for her shrill shrieking style, displaying a pitifully shallow persona which one hopes is stage-managed to give the rest of the world a good chuckle at the Americans' ability and unique quality to make fun of themselves, a real-life female version of Homer Simpson-cum-Belching Barney at Mo's, giving us ever-more hilarious soundbites as she sets herself up as the dumbest woman on Earth.
Just occasionally, one encounters a bar-room idiot whose party piece is belching loudly before falling backwards off his stool, bouncing off the floor on his backside with a background provided by guffaws of laughter, yet who winks knowingly as he is carried out with his feet scraping along the ground and says "Don't worry son, most of it is an act".
The act. It reminds one of Marilyn Monroe putting on the act of the dumb blonde. But an act it was, a character projected by a shrewd, intelligent and charismatic woman with the ability to invent a persona. Sarah Palin, however, is the real-life thing. And it is becoming patently obvious that it isn't an act.
Sarah Palin, the one famous for ludicrous statements such as "I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree"; she is after all someone who "must have lived such a doggoned sheltered life", Sarah "We're all Arizonans now" Palin, cracking down on immigrants when the US of A is after all a country formed by...whom?
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"?
Sinister Sarah Palin then goes on to insinuate that she is an advocate of cyber terrorism, questioning "Did we use all the cyber tools at our disposal to dismantle WikiLeaks?" Surely a more sensible question would have been why the material for the leaks was provided in the first place...and this has nothing to do with President Obama, but indeed speaks volumes about the State apparatus itself which goes beyond party politics. Her question also speaks volumes about her own inability to perform logical and strategic thinking.
President Obama after all knows the difference between North and South Korea, he knows that Hawaii is the largest US island and not Kodiak and he does not use the expression "refudiate".
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 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 United States of America has evolved. She has not.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Sarah Palin is "a mother of the country"? Huh? Well she is a mother in this country; and she is a mother who lives in the country; and she is country and a mother. Wow, I just put way too much thought into that statement - it's as if I was temporarily Palinized.
"OK ,you don't like her why? because she like the rest of us? family that it to has problem. You might just want to listen close to her. Look at all the others people in politic they all have problems. I am not big fan of palin's but she did sell out in 24 hours so who was the big dogs that pay 100.00 and 200.00 dollars. Maybe the new paper or media my tells us that bet there are people in politic that there just see what if any thing she say that might interest them . Its about time some come out and tell the American people what reality goes on in politic is those the lies you are talking about ? You all might just want to take your blinder off and look at and listen to what a mother of the country has to say and then look at your family and people around you ans ask is there any thing what she say true."
Have mercy on me.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Well, he is certainly right that racism is alive and well in America - that it is being expressed through some parts of the anti-Obama movement, and that it is also sometimes disguised as opposition to Obama's policies. But we must be careful not to label all those who disagree with the president as "racist".
It has been difficult for many people to watch the recent goings-on and not to think that the sentiments that have been expressed go, as Carter also said, way beyond reasonable debate. The virulence of some anti-Obama sentiment is shocking and one wonders how it can be based on policy alone, when all the man says he wants to do is to ensure that all Americans have access to basic healthcare and that he wants to encourage bi-partisanship. (Of course, those are not the entirety of Obama's policies, but they are the ones that people have apparently been railing against recently.)
Unfortunately, many people who have openly shared Carter's view have been accused - either of seeing racism where it doesn't exist, of being overly sensitive, or of trying to make white people feel guilty. And it is probable that Carter will be dismissed as a white liberal who also apparently feels the burden of white guilt.
It is disappointing that this is the case, considering that the election of the president was supposed to be a sign of progress in America's attitudes towards race. But, in all honesty, we saw this coming. Remember the town hall meetings that John McCain hosted before the elections? How about the old woman who expressed how afraid she was because Obama looked likely to become president. That exchange resulted in John McCain, Obama's then opponent, having to defend Obama's honor. How about the man who said he feared for his unborn children if Obama became president?
John McCain and Sarah Palin gave us a preview of what's happening now, with their linking of Obama to terrorism and terrorists, the suggestion that he was a foreigner and that he wasn't one of "them". Even Hillary Clinton insisted on playing on fears about Obama being "the other". So even then - way before Obama was even elected - that feeling that Carter talks about was in evidence. It didn't suddenly disappear on November 4th last year.
There is no doubt in my mind that some elements of the anti-Obama movement - particularly the birther movement - have racist undertones and that there are some Americans who don't want a black man in the White House. The most vocal and high profile right-wing commentators - such as Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Pat Buchanan - are certainly standing in as figureheads for those who don't like the idea that a black man now runs the country.
The truth is, though, that there are many Americans who are strongly opposed to Obama's policies. Some do genuinely disagree with his health care plan and believe that he wants to turn America into a mini-version of a European social democracy. There are those who are afraid that America will no longer be a capitalist country if Obama has his way. And those people, even if one doesn't agree with them, should not be lumped into the racist box.
The problem is that right now, it is hard to know who is who. Those who genuinely do disagree with the president should discuss their opinions based on policy, not on codes that appear to carry racist implications. But there is certainly something ugly going on. And that needs to be discussed - and most importantly, confronted.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Death Panels. Really? Sarah Palin is ridiculous. However, I think we all know that there has always been a certain level of society that is already being denied health care based upon race and/or "value to society". There are already doctors who will not tell you all your options because they don't think you can afford it. Likewise, there have always been insurance companies telling hard working folks their benefits can't cover something. Are these the "death panels" she is referring to?
W.Va. African-American Ministers Speak Out About Health Disparities
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A group of black West Virginia ministers believes federal health care legislation could narrow the disparities separating the races in the Mountain State.
Members of the Partnership of African-American Churches say they were alarmed by a recent report that found that blacks in West Virginia live six to 10 years less than whites, and suffer an infant mortality rate that's 60 percent higher.
That's why they're speaking favorably about the Obama administration's proposed health care overhaul that's under fierce debate on Capitol Hill.
But the ministers are also calling for a thorough follow-through if any plan passes. They say the same officials who would carry out a new policy have also allowed these disparities to persist. (emphasis added is mine)
Newsflash Ms. Sarah... evil exists.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
In an article in today’s Washington Post, allegedly written by Sarah Palin, she comes off very clear about what she feels it will take to make America energy independent (I bet Todd is her Czar). I can feel the enthusiasm she has for the subject matter. When she speaks on this, she is very comfortable, even (dare I say)...(big gulp) knowledgeable.
Americans continue to struggle with ever increasing electricity bills and unfortunately we don’t see a lot of effort on behalf of the government to stop the rising costs. With this platform and at this time in our history, this Uber Miss America just might have legs. Below are excerpts from her Washington Post article (of course she has to start with the snark, because otherwise it just wouldn’t be Sarah)...
"Unfortunately, many in the national media would rather focus on the personality-driven political gossip of the day than on the gravity of these challenges. So, at risk of disappointing the chattering class, let me make clear what is foremost on my mind and where my focus will be:
We must move in a new direction. We are ripe for economic growth and energy independence if we responsibly tap the resources that God created right underfoot on American soil. Just as important, we have more desire and ability to protect the
environment than any foreign nation from which we purchase energy today.
In Alaska, we are progressing on the largest private-sector energy project in history. Our 3,000-mile natural gas pipeline will transport hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of our clean natural gas to hungry markets across America. We can safely drill for U.S. oil offshore and in a tiny, 2,000-acre corner of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if ever given the go-ahead by Washington bureaucrats.
Of course, Alaska is not the sole source of American energy. Many states have abundant coal, whose technology is continuously making it into a cleaner energy source. Westerners literally sit on mountains of oil and gas, and every state can consider the possibility of nuclear energy.
We have an important choice to make. Do we want to control our energy supply and its environmental impact? Or, do we want to outsource it to China, Russia and Saudi Arabia? …
For so many reasons, we can't afford to kill responsible domestic energy production or clobber every American consumer with higher prices.
Can America produce more of its own energy through strategic investments that protect the environment, revive our economy and secure our nation?
Yes, we can…"
I can just see her now, sitting down with Oprah (after receiving thounderous applause from the audience, of course)... “It’s been a wonderful whirlwind affair for me, and I owe this to my preparation by the Miss America organization”.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I remember during the campaign suffering through another dry, frustrating Chuck Todd interview, when Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter, Peggy Noonan was caught on tape talking sideways about John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate. How did she put it? Ahh yes, I believe she said - "It's over" . Peggy has even more to say now...
"In television interviews she was out of her depth in a shallow pool. She was limited in her ability to explain and defend her positions, and sometimes in knowing them. She couldn't say what she read because she didn't read anything. She was utterly unconcerned by all this and seemed in fact rather proud of it: It was evidence of her authenticity. She experienced criticism as both partisan and cruel because she could see no truth in any of it. She wasn't thoughtful enough to know she wasn't thoughtful enough. Her presentation up to the end has been scattered, illogical, manipulative and self-referential to the point of self-reverence. "I'm not wired that way," "I'm not a quitter," "I'm standing up for our values." I'm, I'm, I'm.
In another age it might not have been terrible, but here and now it was actually rather horrifying."
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, November 17, 2008
The reports of the increase in racial incidents are soaring since the election of Barack Obama. The McCain Campaign was successful in two ways: 1. The introduction of Sarah Palin as the spokes model for the republican base; and 2. condoning hate mongering, which was directed towards a fellow United States Senator of a different race.
Perhaps the meeting that President Elect Obama is taking with John McCain, is an attempt to show the nation some solidarity. Can a highly publicized meeting with President Elect Obama assuage the flames of hatred that the McCain Campaign have fanned? Below are a just a few of the incidents that are being chronicled by Editor & Publisher:
*A popular white supremacist Web sites got more than 2,000 new members the day after the election, compared with 91 new members on Election Day. The site, stormfront.org, was temporarily off-line on Nov. 5 because of the overwhelming amount of activity it received. One poster, identified as Dalderian Germanicus, of North Las Vegas, said, "I want the SOB laid out in a box to see how 'messiahs' come to rest."
* From the Orange County (Ca.) Register: "Two gang members pleaded not guilty Thursday to hate crime and attempted robbery charges in connection with the beating of a black man who was trying to buy cigarettes at a Fullerton liquor store." The two men shouted racial and anti-Obama epithets in the attack.
* From today's New York Times: "Two white Staten Island men face hate crimes charges after they were arrested on Friday in the beating of a black teenager on the night that Barack Obama was elected president, the police said on Saturday. The teenager, Alie Kamara, 17, was walking home on Pine Place in the Staten Island neighborhood of Stapleton when several men hit him on the head with a baseball bat and yelled 'Obama,' said Aliya Latif, the civil rights director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who was in contact with Alie's family since the attack and spoke to his mother on Saturday after the arrests were announced."
The Editor & Publisher list does not include the increase in incidents of burning crosses on front lawns. Although the incidents that Editor & Publisher have been able to chronicle are terrifying, just IMAGINE the threats which are directed towards the President Elect and his family that the press have not been privy to. Frightening.