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The Pied Piper of Wasilla…

Good afternoon, Netizens…


I've often had a spot of fun watching Sarah Palin but David Horsey's cartoon this afternoon absolutely left me gasping with laughter on the floor as it is dead on. Here we have the Pied Piper Palin leading the national news media down the road to perdition without so much as an itinerary, an agenda nor even a promise that she is running for President. Ostensibly she is simply on a vacation with her family to see all the historical sights along the East Coast and along the way even have pizza with the Donald while meandering around in a bazillion-dollar tour bus depicting the American Constitution, American flags and her own signature.


So what is Sarah Palin doing if she is not running for office?


Others have said it, and I concur mightily. Why should she seriously run for an office that entails a lot of hard work when she can garner so much attention without having to issue any of those pesky policy statements, or even make speeches where the news media are eagerly awaiting, like a pack of wolves, for her to drop more of her homespun humor and inadvertent gaffes. Being demure about running for office appears to be working for the Pied Piper of Wasilla; after all, is she paying all the expenses while driving that huge bus around the countryside? You betcha NOT.


After all, she is entertained with all the celebrity status she has acquired, and because she is not entirely a dumb bunny, she is smart enough to know having the “lamestream” news media chasing her around the countryside clamoring for her attention is far more entertaining than actually winning a Presidential election.


David Horsey certainly got this one right. Of course, as always, your opinions may differ.



Find the cost of freedom…


Good morning, Netizens…


Was the person who shot and gravely injured Arizona's Rep. Gabrielle Giffords partially motivated by a website filled with rhetoric by Sarah Palin that featured gun sights in Giffords state, among others? Political rhetoric that encourages violence is not unknown in America, but yesterday's event, which resulted in the deaths of six people, clearly crosses over the line of freedom of speech, in my opinion.


When are angry statements, even implied statements that promote violence on the Internet, such as the gun sights, to be condoned in American politics?


Ultimately Sarah Palin is responsible for the content of her web site, While this web site has been pulled down in most regions, questions remain, grave questions about civility and propriety still linger and all the apologies by Sarah Palin for the death of many and grave wounding of Arizona's Represenative Gabrielle Giffords will not undo one iota of the horrific damage done.


What motivated the shooter? Although we may never truly know that answer anytime soon, once one stirs the pot of righteous indignation by encouraging violence, you have left the world of politics in the dust.



Flexible, not straight, straws…

Good morning, Netizens…

I promised myself after the last go-round that I would leave Sarah Palin alone for awhile despite the fact every time we mention her name everyone jumps on it. However, the news from California this morning and late yesterday simply precludes ignoring her.

She has a speaking contract with California State University’s Stanislaus Foundation, portions of which were leaked to the news media yesterday. The real issue, according to California State Senator Leland Yee, is the University falls under public disclosure laws, despite the fact the contract contains a non-disclosure agreement.

Having said that, some of the technical statements enclosed in the contract are:

The contract detailed the former Alaska governor’s requirements for her visit, including first-class flights from Anchorage to California — if she flies commercial. If not, “the private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger …,” the contract specifies.

The contract includes a suite and two single rooms at a luxury hotel.

All audience questions will be pre-screened and approved by Palin in advance of her speech.

Two bottles of water with flexible straws will be on the podium.

No autographs will be granted.

Ostensibly, no video or sound recordings will be made of Palin’s appearance.

Although the precise speaking fee for Palin is uncertain, the event is being booked as $500 per seat.


Sarah Palin going to Fox News…

Good evening, Netizens…

Picture: AP Photo shot during her resignation speech…

2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is joining Fox News as a contributor, the news channel announced Monday. Now before you toss your beer cans at your monitor, you might think about her press release that stated, “I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News. It’s wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news.”

Fair and balanced news? Oh dear.

As of this evening there has been no release from Fox about when she will begin her new job or how much she will get paid. All that is known is she has signed a multi-year deal to offer her political commentary and analysis across all Fox News platforms, including Fox Business Channel, and Fox News Radio.

Ironically Palin has a college degree in journalism, and a working knowledge of sports.


The Tea Baggers daydream…

Good morning, Netizens…

Somehow in the vibrant corners of my mind, where all kinds of imponderable things rise to the surface, I just knew David Horsey would eventually get around to the issue of Sarah Palin and her book tour again. It isn’t that he has been dodging the issues which Sarah Palin brings to mind, for as many who follow her every statement know, she is quite capable of manipulating the airwaves when it suits her purposes.

However, I suppose if the so-called Tea Baggers were to have Christmas wishes, I could imagine Horsey’s impression of that meeting might be accurate. Sitting on Santa Sarah’s lap would be a high-priority item, and if one were lucky, you might even get an autograph.

At last report her book, which some say was ghost-written, is selling well, especially in the geographical/political areas Palin has chosen. After her ill-fated run at the Vice-Presidency in which she was manipulated by her “handlers” depending upon your view, it is refreshing to see her performing some manipulations of her own. Of course, it depends whether or not you are a “Tea Bagger” sitting on Santa Sarah’s lap or whether you grit your teeth each time Palin flashes her pearly-whites at you.


Going Rogue drawing crowds…


Good morning, Netizens…

November 19, 2009

AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Sam Riche

People carrying their copies of the former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s book, “Going Rogue,” wait in line Thursday morning at the Borders Bookstore in Noblesville, Ind., for a chance to see Palin during her book signing.

Mind you, I never suggested to anyone that we had seen the last of Sarah Palin, former Vice-Presidential candidate, after her failed run for public office went down in flames. In fact, despite losing in the Presidential runoff to Barak Obama and Joe Biden, my instincts all stated strongly we hadn’t seen the last of Palin’s brand of Republican conservatism. I felt that emotion even more strongly after she stepped down from the governorship of Alaska. She simply hadn’t worked out her personal agenda at that point in time, and I believe she is still engaged in that process.

Although Palin is not due to arrive in Coeur d’Alene until approximately December 11 for a book signing, if her appearance at Fort Wayne, Indiana is any indicator of her popularity, her well-oiled public relations machine could catapult her into new heights, this time more or less on her own agenda. Although she has steadfastly avoided any public comments about her Presidential intentions, the fans appear to be actively pushing her in that direction.

Given her popularity, do I think Palin has a chance at the Presidency? A great deal of that depends upon how well President Obama does during the rest of his term of office, based upon my perspective. If the economy continues its downward slide, especially if we have continue involving ourselves in the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, I believe her chances of success might go dramatically upwards.

I submit politics is just a pendulum, generationally swinging back and forth from left to right. For several decades it has swung to the right, under Reagan and the Bush generations. Now with President Obama, perhaps it is, depending upon your view, either centrist or swinging to the left. Some critics suggest it has swung far to the left, which might be true; perhaps not.

In the meantime, read “Going Rogue”. It is selling well at the present. It remains to be seen whether it will win new converts to political conservatism.


Palin: Obama’s plan ‘downright evil’…

Good evening Netizens…


Just because she is no longer the Governor of the State of Alaska doesn’t mean that former governor Sarah Palin off chasing big game and fishing in the Alaska wilderness.

Earlier today Palin called President Barak Obama’s health plan “downright evil”, her first online comment since leaving office. She also asserts that he would create a “death panel” that would deny care to the neediest Americans.

“The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care,” the former Republican vice presidential candidate wrote.

The claim that the Democratic health care bills would promote and encourage euthenasia have been smelling like an overly-ripe fish on the Internet for weeks, and has even been echoed by some Republican leaders. Both the Democrats and the nonpartisan group, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania say the Republican claims are false.

Republican criticism has also included allegations that the reform plans will lead to rationing, or the government determining which medical procedures a patient can have.

Unfortunately, millions of Americans already face rationing, as insurance companies rule on procedures they will cover. Denying coverage for certain procedures might increase under proposals to have a government-appointed agency identify medicines and procedures best suited for various conditions.

Sarah Palin is, of course, believed to be preparing to run for President in 2012, and thus despite her statements to the contrary, she is still a politician advocating policies for the Right Wing of the Republican Party.


Why did Sarah Palin quit?

Good morning, Netizens…

If you are not already tired of reading about Michael Jackson, perhaps David Horsey’s cartoon this morning will suggest new directions in which to vent your spleen. Just why did Alaska’s governor, Sarah (the Diva) Palin quit? Boy, that seems like a good way to get the day rumbling off in unpredictable directions to me. Here are some of the ideas that have sprung to mind:

She already needs a new wardrobe. No hundred-thousand dollar shopping sprees while she is governor, nope. She has to have the assistance of the Republican National Party for those kinds of expense accounts. That may come later on.

She wants to replace either Rush or Hannity as the acknowledged leader of the Republican right-wing news media with her new talk show to be called “Sarah Palin Rambles”.

Her stud muffin husband Todd says, although fishing has been good this year, why don’t we have another baby? As ridiculous as that might seem, I wouldn’t put it beyond either of them. After all, they have good health insurance for the moment.

As soon as Governor Palin gets out of being the Governor of Alaska, perhaps she will just settle beneath the news media radar screens in Wasilla, Alaska, maybe read a few good books, do a little fishing, some hunting, or maybe even write a few books, other than the one she is ostensibly working on now.

Last but far from least, she might even start her Presidential aspirations.

So what do you think Sarah Palin will do once she is no longer the Governor of Alaska? Do you have any juicy theories you’d like to share?


Sarah Palin resignation confusing…

Good morning, Netizens…

Sarah Palin announced yesterday she is stepping down as Governor of Alaska effective July 26. In reading her comments made before a small news media pool in Wasilla, Alaska, she left not only her supporters but portions of the entire Republican National Party asking what is going on. Her rambling statement yesterday, the day before a three day holiday, did not exactly leave anyone clues about her intentions regarding the Presidential election in 2012. After all, she had two years left to serve in her term as governor, two more years spent collecting a good paycheck while basking in the limelight of her run for the Vice Presidency.

Unsubstantiated rumors persist, including a few suggested by the Huffington Post, that a major criminal investigation is underway, and that Palin resigned to avoid further fallout. Other sources suggest it is just another way for Palin to quietly fire up an election campaign for 2012’s Presidential election, all the while making more money than her current salary as Governor of Alaska.

At present, there is not one lick of evidence that would quickly explain her actions, other than she wants out of the public limelight. Of course, every blogger and nincompoop between here and Tuskogee, Oklahoma (and beyond) are touting the latest rumors and half-baked facts on the Internet, but there are not a lot of facts to go on.

I could easily go on and on about the reasons why I think Sarah Palin made her move at this time. Unfortunately, I do not have a shred, one scintilla of evidence that I can point to to justify Palin’s actions. I cannot even point to how something really big is going to break in the near future.

Sarah Palin rocked the Republican Party by being nontraditional, all the while espousing wholesome American values in the face of a out-of-control Fourth Estate, who tried eagerly to make her appear like a complete idiot. Now that a bit more history has unraveled, it appears that a few more staunch Republicans have proven what idiots they are by their unfaithfulness to their spouses and families, to mention a few other subliminal crimes.

Maybe she’s just sick of politics? Now that would make sense.


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