• Once it became clear that you were the twenty-first victim of the Tucson shooting, how did it make you feel?

• Is there anything you’d like to say to the people who are spreading that blood-libel about you?

• Why do you think President Obama hates America so much? Do you sometimes wish he would move back to Kenya, where he belongs?

• What do you think it says about liberal blood-lust that they deliberately mistook the surveyor’s marks on your target map for the crosshairs of a gunsight?

• Now that it’s established that liberals have muzzled you, and your only way of communicating with the public is through Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Fox News Channel, and every other media organization known to mankind if you so choose, how will you handle the oppressive weight of liberal censorship?

I’m sure I’ll be able to think of a few more by Monday. 

And this from Andrew Sullivan’s blog: 

This next decision—to face the public through the propaganda mouthpiece Sean Hannity—is just more ridiculous posturing.  Hey, ex-half-term governor:  hold a press conference.  And why have you never done so?  Is it, in your view, beyond your skill-set?  But it’s a critical part of the skill-set of any president.

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You see what she did there?  By posting this carefully staged and rehearsed video to her Facebook page (judging from the rectangular reflections on her glasses, it does appear that she is using a teleprompter, does it not?  For shame!) Sarah Palin avoided any confrontation in the form of simple questions that the regular media may have asked.  (I refuse to use her cutesy “lamestream” media label ever again.)  And I guess she realized it wasn’t the time to have her own 9-year-old daughter present as she usually does, to use as a human shield to ward off potentially difficult questions, as she has done on numerous other interviews that had the possibility of being uncomfortable for her.  (You know, the kindof interviews where legitimate questions, possibly even follow-up questions, might actually be asked of her.)  That wouldn’t have been in good taste, considering the circumstances of last Saturday’s tragedy.  It might remind people of somebody else’s 9-year-old daughter.

I don’t know what to make of this.  I guess she is testing the water, to see if it’s safe to come out now.  Or she’s running this crap up the flagpole to see if anyone salutes.  I won’t.

Once again, words fail me when it comes to Palin.  So I’ll let others speak for me.  Here’s a sampling of random comments from various places on the Internet about Sarah Palin’s latest one-way exchange with the public:

From The Immoral Minority:

Now we know what she has been working on while she has been so quiet.

Almost all of her props are present.

Flag in the background?  Check.

Flag pin nestled just above her bosom? Check.

Teleprompter reflecting off of her glasses?  Double check.

Reference to Ronald Reagan? Check.

Did she just refer to the Blood Libel that Christians have used for centuries to demonize the Jews?  I do believe she did.

Reference to Founding Fathers? Check.

Reference to 9-11?  Check.

Reference to prayer and God?  Check.

Too little too late. 

Update: The Huffington Post has a transcript.

I almost cannot believe that she said this:

Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.

Was it was “reprehensible” for journalists to discuss the possibility that Palin putting crosshairs over Gabby Giffords’ district, and her being shot might be connected?  Well that is interesting.  Because if that is the case, than journalists from ALL over the world engaged in this same “reprehensible” behavior. I guess that must be THEIR fault Ms. Gifford was targeted and not anybody else’s, is that right Ms. Palin?

Every single thing that Sarah Palin has done, has been in some way reprehensible!  Too bad it took this long for one of her ghostwriters to teach her the word.

Here are more comments from around the blogosphere about this video:

I think what is lost in all this, at least to our rightmost friends, is that while violent imagery and rhetoric can be found all along the political spectrum, it is only right-wing LEADERS and politicians who’ve been explicitly calling for violence uprising:  Bullets instead of ballots, don’t retreat–reload, Second Amendment remedies, and so on. People with large followings whose exhortations to violence can get carried across the airwaves to millions.
 
30 seconds in the beginning and 10 seconds near the end she acknowledges the tragedy to the victims and their families. The remaining 7 minutes is politics and deflection. She is sick, sick, sick. 

Rush Limbaugh seems to think that the shooter listened to heavy metal music which contribute­d to his actions. So, Rush is making the point that people can be influenced by things they hear on the radio, right?

 She remains silent for days, then CRASHES THE MEMORIAL DAY OF THE VICTIMS!!!  No sense of decorum.  Today has been set aside to honor the victims of the Tucson massacre. And Sarah Palin has apparently decided she’s one of them.

As a private citizen holding no government office, she is pretending to be the president. Fireside chat, flag pin, flag in background. The presumption is staggering. 

She blames “journalists and PUNDINTS (sic)”.
 
NOW she argues for finding common ground?  NOW???!!!  Umm, up until last weekend “compromise” was the dirtiest word in her book!  HYPOCRITE!!!!! 
From James Walcott’s column:

It is not one of them: It’s ALL of them.

It is not a straight line between A and B: it’s the immersive, rage-drunk, paranoid, casually eliminationist sewage in which they all luxuriate.

It is their raving, clattering, hysterical, Wall of Wingnut Sound — underwritten by their own billionaires, amplified a million times and megaphoned into every corner of America from the pages of Regnery Press trash, from Rush Radio, from Fox News and from the pulpit — that drowns out everything else. That has conditioned a generation of weak-minded rubes to mindlessly dehumanize and hate Liberals.

It’s obvious this young man had mental problems. Just what we have heard about him, he was distraught and angry with the world. He must have had exposure to the hate in this country and he had heard the dog whistles to take up arms….don’t retreat, reload….guns…free speech…2nd amendment rights….and it fit into his mental disturbance.

This is a panic attack in slow motion. Sarah had to roll out the presidential look a little early didn’t she?

Sarah Palin is nothing if not predictable. She waits until the day of the memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shootings to read a speech someone else wrote for her off of a teleprompter, and points the finger at everyone but herself.

Here’s my take:  Sarah Palin and some of the Teabaggers don’t know the difference between free speech and hate speech.  Since when is criticism of your violent rhetoric an infringement upon your liberties?  Your right to freedom of speech doesn’t mean people cannot criticize you!  Your violent rhetoric and imagery was noted and commented upon by many, and you decided to stand by it.  No one denied you the right to put up that crosshairs map and no one forced you to take it down.  It has not gone unnoticed that it was taken down right after the shootings, however. 

Try watching this video with the sound off.  (Some people swear by this method.)  You will see nothing but anger.  She is clueless.

Can’t Ignore It Anymore

January 12, 2011

I’ve wanted to write something about the tragedy in Tucson, but could think of nothing new to add to the steadily increasing opinions being offered.  So I tried to distract myself by posting snow-related nonsense—you know, for LAFFS—until something profound came to me, but I cannot ignore it any longer.  We all know what went down in Tucson this past Saturday, but I have not yet had the heart to broach the subject of this tragedy.  So I’ll just post this letter to Sarah Palin, written by Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s cousin, in the aftermath of this carnage.  Ms. Gifford’s cousin’s letter expresses my feelings exactly, so I’ll let her do the talking:

Dear Sarah Palin:

I am writing today about how you are responding to and how you will respond to the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the murders of six other people.

By way of introduction and background, I am a cousin of Congresswoman Giffords. I am also an ally of Dr. George Tiller, the Kansas doctor who provided abortion services and who was assassinated on May 31, 2009.

When the Congresswoman’s offices were vandalized after her vote on healthcare reform, I wrote to her. As I recall, I congratulated her on her strong spirit in the face of that attack and other threats. I told her that I was proud of her courage on behalf of health care reform and sorry that she had to show the same courage as those who provide health care to pregnant women who need abortions and other reproductive health care services. Both have been the subjects of hateful, vitriolic language. Both have been put in rifle crosshairs.

In the aftermath of the murder of Dr. Tiller and the attempted murder of Congresswoman Giffords, many have spoken out about the role that hateful language played or might have played in encouraging these acts of violence. Immediately after Congresswoman Giffords was shot, many people voiced concern about such things as your “Take Back the 20” map targeting congressional districts of those representatives, including Congresswoman Giffords, who voted for health care reform by placing their districts in the crosshairs of a gun sight. Commentators have also noted your advice to people disappointed in the outcome of the 2008 elections to “lock and load” and “don’t retreat, reload.”

As I am sure you are now aware, Congresswoman Giffords herself had expressed concern about your map in particular. She said: “We need to realize that the rhetoric, and the firing people up and … for example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, the way she has it depicted, we’re in the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they’ve got to realize that there are consequences to that action…”

Your response so far, has been to defend the images and language you use. In an e-mail to Mr. Glenn Beck you said, “Our children will not have peace if politicos just capitalize on this to succeed in portraying anyone as inciting terror and violence.”

Ms. Palin, the moment calls for more than this. I am a strong supporter of the First Amendment and of your right to defend your words and to challenge those who seek to connect them to the assassination attempt and murders in Tucson, Arizona. I also know that there is often a very long distance between words and actions.

But even if your map and your language had nothing to do with these murders or any others that might occur in the future, a compassionate response would acknowledge that possibility and indicate a willingness, in her honor, in honor of the people who died, to consider this concern.

Whether or not you are willing to take this concern seriously, it is, nevertheless a critical moment to clarify your beliefs and principles. Now is the time to answer these questions and lead.
Do you believe it is appropriate to bring about political change in America through the use of or threat of violence?

When you suggest targeting candidates, use gun-sight crosshairs to do so, and speak repeatedly about guns, locking and reloading do you mean that violence is or could be properly used to encourage or ensure certain outcomes of elections or legislative votes?

If you do not mean literally that elected officials should be targeted with rifles and threatened by political activists armed with loaded weapons, what do you mean? What should politically frustrated Americans do when their views are not prevailing?

Throughout the course of history people have demonstrated that the most effective change comes through non-violent action. Many of us believe that the most courageous leaders and activists are those who are willing to be attacked for their beliefs not those who threaten to attack.

Ms. Palin, if you are among those who believe that political change can come about non-violently, without hate, violence, or the threat of violence, now would be an excellent time to say so.
Lynn Paltrow

Congresswoman Giffords voiced her concerns about the angry rhetoric and violent gun imagery:

Even after Congresswoman Giffords—and others—who voted in favor of the healthcare bill had their offices vandalized and had received threats, and even after she and others spoke out about it, Sarah Palin thought the proper response to these very real concerns was to post a snotty Facebook retort to the world:

Warning: Subject to New Politically Correct Language Police Censorship

by Sarah Palin on Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 4:59pm
March Madness battles rage! My family and I join millions of Americans enjoying college basketball’s finest through March Madness. Underdogs always get my vote as we watch intense competition bring out the best in these accomplished teams.

The Final Four is an intense, contested series (kind of like a heated, competitive primary election), so best of luck to all teams, and watch for this principle lived out: the team that wins is the team that wants it more.

To the teams that desire making it this far next year: Gear up! In the battle, set your sights on next season’s targets! From the shot across the bow – the first second’s tip-off – your leaders will be in the enemy’s crosshairs, so you must execute strong defensive tactics. You won’t win only playing defense, so get on offense! The crossfire is intense, so penetrate through enemy territory by bombing through the press, and use your strong weapons – your Big Guns – to drive to the hole. Shoot with accuracy; aim high and remember it takes blood, sweat and tears to win.

Focus on the goal and fight for it. If the gate is closed, go over the fence. If the fence is too high, pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, parachute in. If the other side tries to push back, your attitude should be “go for it.” Get in their faces and argue with them. (Sound familiar?!) Every possession is a battle; you’ll only win the war if you’ve picked your battles wisely. No matter how tough it gets, never retreat, instead RELOAD!

– Sarah Palin

I do not lay entire responsibility for this massacre at Sarah Palin’s feet.  Her angry rhetoric and violent imagery was supported and echoed by others in her political sphere.  I don’t need to name them, do I?  Or the network they work for?  Or the radio stations they bloviate on?  The climate was there for violence, and a lone nutjob hears those things, you know?  These ideas get through.  This clearly insane person had a MAJOR distrust and hatred of government.  That concept has been ricocheting around the right-wing echo chamber of public discourse ever since our President was elected.  I’m sure this climate of hate had some influence on his actions.
Anyway I just heard that Palin has made a video statement on this issue, distancing herself from it  and has posted it from behind the safety curtain of Facebook.  Where else?  She is too much of a coward to appear on any news network other than Fox.  Any of the “lamestream” media would be glad to give her airtime so she could express her feelings about this tragedy.  But no, she chooses Facebook and Twitter as the media from which to issue her statements, because these are her safety zones, and no one can issue a face-to-face challenge.  I may post her homemade Facebook video later.  In the meantime, I await the statement our President will make from Tucson later this afternoon.  And while I wait, here’s how a real leader addresses a crisis:
Finally, this from The Immoral Majority:
This is our president talking to the American people about a tragedy that has affected virtually ALL of us.

You will notice that he is standing up in front of the cameras, so that we can both see and hear him. He does not lay blame, but instead reaches out to provide leadership and emotional support for all of us who are suffering and need comfort.

He did not Tweet his message, nor did he Facebook it, because either of those would have been ineffectual and cowardly.

And those who deserve to lead our country understand that.

How to Survive a Snowstorm

January 10, 2011

For those of you (including me) who completely lose their shit over news of an impending snowstorm—there’s a greeting card for that:

Remember:  milk, bread, toilet paper, and of course, WINE (perhaps a nice red zin) will get you through this. 

Happy Feet

January 6, 2011

Happy feet, indeed!

I think this heavy metal penguin is tweaking on crystal meth, which is pretty easy to come by up there in Alaska, I hear.  Did you know that it’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska now?  It’s true, according to The Learning Channel.  She bought it.  I wonder if they will do an episode on crystal meth abuse in SPAK?  It would be so educational, like all of TLC’s other programs: 19 Kids and Counting, Cake Boss, Hoarders, I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant, Kate Plus Eight, Toddlers and Tiaras, and the newest brain-expander:  Strange Addictions, which, in its premiere episode, featured a woman who ate a half a roll of toilet paper a day.  So it’s no stretch that SPAK is on The Learning Channel.  All of its episodes are totally educational.  So, why not an episode on crystal meth use by penguins (or Palins)?  Get on it, The Learning Channel!