Sarah Palin Again: THIS is News?

18 04 2010

Sarah Palin criticized President Barack Obama on Saturday . . .

Not news to me! And certainly this fact about Sarah Palin herself isn’t news, except maybe that she is so freely admitting it?

“I don’t understand. . .”

So this next part can’t be news to anyone!

The Republican criticized Obama throughout her speech –

Btw it also is not news that the other Big O in Palin’s newfound fame, you know, Oprah, famously intones: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

Back on the first of August 2008, when everything about this fascinating new political persona really was news and we couldn’t get enough about her, JJ wrote:

“I never heard the woman’s name until this morning, so I looked around for clues to her character. Is she indeed Saint Sarah, fresh-faced military mom and public corruption crusader? One thing’s clear, she’s working class and no elite intellectual. . .
[And] never mind what happened to the actual men whose careers were damaged by Palin’s self-justifying actions. Winning is the only thing that counts, right?

She showed us the same thing this week, in this story:

Palin said she hopes the November elections will produce winners

John McCain has showed so many different selves as authentic that I can’t believe any of them any more — except that he’s come full circle now, once again pretty compelling as desperate prisoner feeling the pain who will say anything to save himself — and Palin has been showing us exactly who she is from Day One, so it shouldn’t be any news that I believe that’s who she really is.

But I guess it might be news that even some smart conservative kids are seeing who she is, and believing. And criticizing her publicly for it and cashing in, with or without bendy straws.

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18 04 2010
Lynn

The first Sarah Palin quote with which I agree!: “I don’t understand.”

19 04 2010
JJ

Bill Clinton said the day before (Friday) that it’s time to pay attention, that the words we use matter because they echo through space and “fall upon the serious and delirious” alike.

19 04 2010
JJ

The Serious and Delirious should be a blog name or band . . .

19 04 2010
JJ

Congresswoman Bachmann calls our duly elected national president the head of a “gangster government” and no one in her party repudiates her as dangerous/delirious?? On Morning Joe they said she “made a mistake” and it was “a stupid thing to say” tsk tsk — excusing hers as a mere social faux pas while completely ignoring her intentionally violent, racist, treasonous pattern of public speech.

And knowing it’s a complete inversion (perversion) but because he has the biggest microphone and absolutely no accountability for whatever he’s wreaking (reeking?) — Rush Limbaugh responds with Palinesque NewSpeak and charges that CLINTON is the one inflaming the dangerously delirious.

Bill Clinton fired back at radio host Rush Limbaugh Sunday, saying the conservative talker “doesn’t make any sense” in an exclusive interview with ABC.

Limbaugh said Friday that Clinton and Barack Obama will be responsible for any future domestic terror attack after taking exception to language Clinton used at an event that morning while speaking about the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

“I’m going to state right now, if there is a future incident such as Oklahoma City the blame is squarely on the shoulders of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama,” Limbaugh said on his radio program Friday.

“Bill Clinton just gave the kooks out there an excuse to be violent,” he continued… and yet they sit here, Clinton and Obama, and try to blame me, and us on the radio, for something that has not happened while setting the stage for it to happen.”

Speaking to ABC’s Jake Tapper on This Week, Clinton said that Limbaugh doesn’t know what he was talking about.

“Only point I tried to make is that when I went back and started preparing for the 15th anniversary of Oklahoma City, I realized that there were a lot of parallels between the early ’90s and now,” Clinton said. “In the feeling of economic dislocation, and the level of uncertainty people felt, the rise of identity politics, the rise of the militia movements and right wing talk radio with a lot of what is going on in the blogosphere now, and in the right-wing media.”

In his speech to the Center for American Progress, Clinton warned that “the words we use really do matter, because there’s this vast echo chamber, and they go across space and they fall on the serious and the delirious alike. They fall on the connected and the unhinged alike.”

19 04 2010
Lynn

JJ: “And knowing it’s a complete inversion (perversion) but because he has the biggest microphone and absolutely no accountability for whatever he’s wreaking (reeking?) — Rush Limbaugh responds with Palinesque NewSpeak and charges that CLINTON is the one inflaming the dangerously delirious.”

But, it’s okay if it’s en-ter-tain-ment, right?

20 04 2010
JJ

I don’t need to keep finding new ways to say this now that Eugene Robinson has put it so plainly:

The overhyped Tea Party phenomenon is more about symbolism and screaming than anything else.

A “movement” that encompasses gun nuts, tax protesters, devotees of the gold standard, Sarah Palin, insurance company lobbyists, “constitutionalists” who have not read the Constitution, Medicare recipients who oppose government-run health care, crazy “birthers” who claim President Obama was born in another country, a contingent of outright racists (come on, people, let’s be real) and a bunch of fat-cat professional politicians pretending to be “outsiders” is not a coherent intellectual or political force.

***********

And on the dangerous celebrity rhetoric, a trueblue Republican shoots straight to Rush Limbaugh’s heart and though it was pre-Obama, it’s still the plainest political speech I’ve seen to do that:

. . .I am comfortable neither as a Republican or a Democrat. Both parties are controlled by interests of the past. Both have marginalized those of us who advocate integrative politics that bring together the strengths of the left and right. . .

Rush Limbaugh is a powerful driver of this democracy-destroying tactic, in his ruthless drive to elect ideological Republicans who tow to his line only. . .

It took courage for a few Republicans to take down Limbaugh’s disturbed predecessor, Senator Joseph McCarthy, when his megalomania began to fundamentally threaten our freedoms.

Now it is time to open our eyes to who Rush Limbaugh is. He is precisely the kind of person he rails against most: an insecure dependent that relies on what he perceives to be unearned money and undeserved notoriety to exercise unacceptable power in order to assuage his unquenchable insecurities.

22 04 2010
Crimson Wife

My mom emailed me a NYT article the other day about Palin, Bachmann, and Nancy Pelosi all being moms of 5 kids each. I’m not totally sure if her motivation for sending me the article was inspirational as she claimed (“see, you can have a larger family AND a high-powered career”) or subconsciously a warning (“better think carefully about whether to have more kids ‘cuz just look whom you might turn into!”), LOL!

26 04 2010
Nance Confer

Definitely a mixed message. 🙂

Nance

26 04 2010
JJ

The New York Magazine think they’ve got it figured out. 😉

How Sarah Palin has become president of right-wing America — and how much that position pays!

26 04 2010
JJ

And at the end, there’s a note I chuckled at, about the name of her grandson’s daddy’s custody lawyer: Rex Butler. Fiddle-dee-dee.

She was healthy, headstrong, unrefined, a minimally educated young woman with a very sharp tongue, getting by with her natural resources — breathtaking beauty and carefully cultivated feminine wiles. Scarlett produced several beautiful children not because she had any real choice or felt called to “actual” mothering as her own life purpose, but because it was inevitable in her society.

Lucky for her and her ruthless pursuit of money and power and control out in the business world among men, then, that in that old-fashioned life, she had ample family and social resources at her disposal through which she could avoid bearing many “actual responsibilities” of active motherhood herself.

Living large the unexamined life, as it wreaks havoc on everyone else’s life.
Fiddle-dee-dee. She was the still most popular girl in three counties.

. . .It’s Power of Story and we already know Palin’s story by heart.

2 05 2010
JJ

Speaking of cashing in, I just realized that at least this time it’s a bizarre and expensive problem that isn’t primarily in FLORIDA’s lap, so I suppose my Palin complaints oughtn’t take primacy. This WAS news to me:

“It boggles the mind when you think how Alaska has been used as Sarah Palin’s personal ATM. “

17 05 2010
JJ

When Palin signed up with the new Arizona governor’s campaign to politicize human suffering for their own strong-female power grab as rogue politicians, she shamelessly brought young girl athletes into her personal war:

This week she railed against a suburban Chicago high school for skipping a girls’ basketball tournament in Arizona because of concerns over the new law.

Palin said Wednesday night that people should help the Highland Park team get to Arizona even if the girls have to “go rogue.”

It made me think of the USA boycott of the Moscow Summer Olympics in 1980, which came at the end of my decade as a summer sport competitor (fencing) traveling to regional and national events having once known my own Olympic dreams.

So — is Palin’s current position on going rogue against your sport’s school team and coaches and official organization, in conflict with the position she would have argued in support of that sports boycott, to be loyal and patriotic by uniting under the commander-in-chief to stand up for people not being used as ammunition in other more powerful people’s power grabs?

Or conversely would she have argued consistently that the president 30 years ago (about when she was playing high school basketball, I think) was disloyal to America and hurting humanity himself by robbing athletes of a sports experience, and thus they should go rogue against the USA itself, even if it played into the hands of communists and socialists?

Does she realize the 1980 boycott was because the USSR had invaded Afghanistan?? Ironic that she now has a son fighting in the US invasion of middle eastern nations including Afghanistan (for “our freedom” as she so proudly puts it) and I wonder how she’d justify which individual and which nation rightfully has more freedom to go rogue than others?

Speaking of irony in athletes boycotting AZ government and USSR government, the American-born athletes who DID successfully go rogue and compete in Moscow despite the boycott, were those who had citizenship in another country!

The pros and cons of the boycott . . . partly surrounded the perception that the action could be perceived on the worldwide stage as a sentimental rather than a strategic act.

. . .The United States was joined in the boycott by some other countries – including Japan, West Germany, China, the Philippines and Canada. . . .the United Kingdom, France, and Greece supported the boycott but allowed their athletes to participate if they wished (the U.S. did not). . . Italian athletes belonging to military corps did not attend the Games, due to the government’s support of the boycott, which severely affected many events.

Some American-born athletes who were citizens of other countries, such as Italy and Australia, did compete in Moscow.

Is she ever on anybody’s side except Sarah’s?

Probably she wouldn’t be able to understand the questions, sigh. Or care.

17 05 2010
Nance Confer

Does she realize the 1980 boycott was because the USSR had invaded Afghanistan??

I’ll bet you dollars to donuts the answer is: “No.”

Nance

17 05 2010
JJ

Another connection is that she is proclaiming “we’re all Arizonans now” — John McCain used this same construct first and for the same self-serving political reasons but taking the opposite position, when he said about Russia invading Georgia, that “we’re all Georgians now.”

17 05 2010
JJ

Btw as I was reading about autism this morning I learned a new phrase: “verbal stimming.” Stimming being short for self-stimulation as compulsive comfort behavior. It hit me how much that sounds like what Palin is doing, just mindlessly repeating sing-song gibberish that she finds comforting in situations where she is stressed and clearly doesn’t have “actual” policy analysis in her repertoire. Maybe real Americans generally could understand and cope with her rants and insults more meaningfully, if we thought of her not so much as stupid but as somewhere on the spectrum?

17 05 2010
JJ

Contrast her with James Madison, for example, who was of course more like ME! 😉

“What made Madison different is that he had a remarkable capacity to reason both empirically and abstractly. … Madison had the remarkable facility of balancing his keen observation of particular points and then taking a couple of big steps back and asking, ‘What do these things really mean about the underlying structure of government?’ “

And Madison, like his contemporaries, grew in the role. . .

Notice he “grew in the role”, not grew RICH in the role.

17 05 2010
JJ

Here’s her (verbal stimming?) Afghanistan rant from 2008 as reported then by FOX News and it does nothing to help clarify:

“Some of his comments that he has made about the war that I think may — in my world –- disqualifies someone from consideration as the next commander in chief. . . Some of his comments about Afghanistan and what we are doing there supposedly –- just air raiding villages and killing civilians. That’s reckless.

“So I wanted to talk about things like that. So I guess I have to apologize about being a little annoyed, but that is also an indication of being outside that Washington elite and being outside the media elite also and just wanting to talk and just wanting to talk to Americans without the filter and let them know what we stand for.”

17 05 2010
Lynn

🙂 “Verbal stimming” is a brilliant new term for what it is that she does. (Who knew it had a name?) Given how coveted her candidate endorsements have become these days, there must be some “aural stimming” going on, too.

JJ: “Maybe real Americans generally could understand and cope with her rants and insults more meaningfully, if we thought of her not so much as stupid but as somewhere on the spectrum?”

Okay,.. I can consider her “on the spectrum,”… as long as she’s not on the ballot.

17 05 2010
Nance Confer

Maybe listening to the stimming from Palin is a comfort to some Americans. “The black guy is wrong. He’ll be gone soon. We will take our country back from all these brown people.” Etc. Second-hand stimming?

17 05 2010
Lynn

Is there such a thing as “spam stimming”? Because I just received this.

I need help in decree the beneficial one. I haven’t met any attendant crumpet in time to come but I visited some leader sites some time ago and became interested in one maid. Maybe someone knows anything about her? I am asking this because this is prosperous to be my start with congress and I am not convinced if it’s the defeat choise looking for the senior time. I hope to coax some info almost this girl.

Whaddya think? A congress hopeful looking for an intern?

17 05 2010
Nance Confer

For what purpose?!? 🙂

17 05 2010
Lynn

Something to do with crumpets?? I don’t know.

17 05 2010
JJ

Geez, I leave for a couple of hours and you people have a great conversation without me! Good goin’ (rogue) —

Nance, what about “symbiotic stimming” for your related phenomenon? Lynn, do you think your spam stimmer (spimmer?) was trying to suggest the word “strumpet?”

17 05 2010
JJ

And something else I’d ask Palin if she were capable of considering a meaningful answer and debating the point: does AZ feel invaded by Mexico, is that the idea of using the “we’re all in solidarity with those who’ve been invaded” construct?

So then, if that’s it — why isn’t she demanding AZ unilaterally declare war on Mexico, never mind those socialist sissies in DC, maybe invade back, swarm over the border and take the fight to our enemies? Now THAT would be her style of going rogue.

17 05 2010
JJ

I was listening to Limbaugh and Hannity in the car radio. Ranting about the sovereignty of our laws so nothing can happen before our immigration paperwork is enforced first.

But the problem they dramatize in AZ is drug-cartel crime. One of them claimed the other day that Phoenix had become the kidnapping capital of the US, or maybe it was of the whole world. And murders of course. Sometimes they do mention those sneaky Muslim terrorists exploiting our southern border, but not nearly as often as the drugs.

So if — as they surely are — those deadly community-imperiling crimes are way more serious than immigration law and dangerous for the whole community no matter who is committing them or what color they might be, then why aren’t we hearing directly about funding and fighting the “war on drugs” any more, rather than this new war being declared on anyone who might be an undocumented immigrant?

Is it because they rode the war on drugs as far as it would go but now people won’t believe it’s winnable no matter how much we spend or what freedoms we’re willing to give up in its cause? Isn’t AZ an object lesson in how unwinnable the war on drugs really is, how costly and counterproductive (and conservative-led) that government policy meme proved to be in practice?

Seriously, I’ve been wondering this for a couple of weeks now and haven’t seen anything written about it.

17 05 2010
Nance Confer

Memo to JJ: We lost that-there war on drugs. Danged Americans kept buying!

I do think the new psychological illness you have invented will come in handy though — a teabagger rants, you just have to nod and say, well, of course, he suffers from SSP (symbiotic stimming phenomenon), poor thing.

Nance

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