Monday, April 2, 2012

Weekly Roundup, March 26-April 1, 2012

by Blueberry T

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Had you missed hearing from Michelle Bachmann these last couple of months? Me neither. Well, surprise, she thinks race shouldn’t be an issue in the Trayvon Martin case and plans to support the GOP nominee, whoever that may be. Guess what, Michelle, no one is going to pick you for VP anyway. Dusty also unearthed (via HuffPo) some opposition research on Rick Santorum from his 1994 Senate campaign; the one thing you can say about him is that he is consistently Neanderthal. He is a true believer in himself and his views… no chance of flip-flops from Frothy. Then there’s Mitt. No one will ever accuse him of not changing his mind, or being likable either. Too bad Sarah has the victimhood niche all sewn up, because Mitt is really being picked on these days by everyone who doesn’t like him (which is pretty close to everyone).

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Leadfoot keeps a close eye on Levi (too bad about that photo of Levi and Sunny, Leadfoot!), and as it turns out, there is some news from the Johnstons. Sadie is heading to LA, doing another Playboy shoot, and planning to “speak out.” Right. I advise you not to hold your breath. As Leadfoot points out, Sadie must know that Bristol was pregnant in 2007… but there are too many things that the Palins can hold over the Johnstons’ heads for her to be able to tell the truth – although she could make serious cash if she did, and Leadfoot could help! The bigger bombshell: a new photo of Bristol from November 2007, showing what looks to me like a definite baby bump. (I call ‘em like I see ‘em, folks.) Very pregnant-looking in my opinion. So, the plot thickens, just like her waistline.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Sarah Palin is not only a chronic psychological projectionist, but also pretends that she is qualified to pass judgment on President Obama (as well as to lecture America on most any topic). Sunnyjane puts together a lot of pieces in her comparison of the background and associations of Palin and President Obama. The basic message is that there is no comparison. Education? Perhaps Sarah Louise thinks that it’s the number of colleges attended that counts ;-) as she took a rather circuitous quest to try to get some college to give her a diploma…while Barack Obama’s academic credentials are impeccable. Obama worked in business and as a – wait for it – community organizer and later as a professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago. Sarah Louise? Let’s see, there was the sports desk internship, the Wasilla City Council, the mayor’s job that had to be done by a city manager…in other words, not so much. Sunnyjane also explores Palin’s attacks on Obama’s associations with Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers, along with Palin’s affiliation with the John Birch Society, lunatic fringe preachers, terrorists and secessionists. Well done to put all this in one place, with many excellent links.

Friday, March 30, 2012
Ebbtide’s excellent post takes us on a stroll down memory lane to see how advertising and TV has depicted women over the past 60-70 years. I lived through it, and I’m still shocked to see how women were shown as powerless objects, brainless slaves to men, and subject to overt physical abuse and demeaning imagery. Lysol? OMG. But the timeline is also a record of gradual progress, as the cultural shifts led to bolder characterizations of strong, capable women willing to take roles as leaders outside the home. I especially love the interplay between the historical background and the evolution of the imagery of women. As we know all too well, the past decade has seen some giant steps backwards, with the rise of the incompetent nincompoop (AKA Palin, Bachmann, O’Donnell, Haley, Brewer, etc.), and the overt GOP War on Women that is taking place across the country. This post shows us the image of women that they want us to go back to. I hope that a LOT of young women will read this post and realize that it’s time to get involved. This is a thoughtful, thought-provoking and beautifully constructed post, Ebbtide – thank you!

Sunday, April 1, 2012
Kathleen is a grandma!!!! Welcome, Nathan, and congratulations to Jenny and Myles. Best wishes for a happy future. We will try our best to make the world a better place for little Nathan to grow up in. Patrick’s video is a wonderful reminder of how helpful people can be, when given the opportunity.

Some Comments and Links:
Cackling Rad: …in watching Sarah's recent interview with Greta, I couldn't help but marvel at how clearly her personality now shows on her face. There was a time she could say the nastiest things with that sweet smile on her face; now, it's an obvious sneer. Her hatred, frustration, and fury these past four years have eaten her alive from the inside out… in an interview she looks like an angry old shrew. Imagine what she will look like in another four years. When I was a child and would pull a face, my mother would say, "Careful or your face will freeze like that!" She was right.
Spinner: I…[asked my sister] why she would be against: insurance for those with pre-existing conditions; insurance coverage for dependents up to the age of 26; temporary re-insurance for early retirees; preventive health care to mediate long-term issues (the obesity epidemic and related type 2 diabetes will increasingly consume an unsupportable amount of the U.S. GDP); elimination of lifetime and unreasonable annual limits on benefits; prohibition of rescissions of health insurance policies; create uniform coverage documents so consumers can make apples-to-apples comparisons when shopping for health insurance; cap insurance company non-medical, administrative expenditures; etc?
MamaGrisly: That really says it all. She is definitely her own worst enemy. My pet theory is that she is truly delusional enough to believe that one good interview, speech, or publicity stunt can turn it all around. She won a lot of people over by delivering just one speech at the RNC in 2008. I think she's just crazy enough to think that one magical performance now will make everyone forget about the ineptitude, the lying, the quitting, the grifting, the trashy family, the hypocrisy, etc. I think the ridiculous EPIC mistake Blood Libel video was intended to be one of those magical performances, as well as the sad little bus tour, the propaganda "documentary," the tacky reality show, and the CPAC speech.
Linda1961: Clearly Brissie gained weight, judging from KAO's photo progression. I think that the weight gain is due to pregnancy - Brissie is Trig's birth mother. Trig was born earlier than stated, and was going to be adopted out. When he was born with Down's Syndrome, the adoption fell through, and Quitter saw an open door from God. Well, that's how she would put it. She stole Trig from Brissie, so Brissie got pregnant again to "replace" Trig and to embarrass her mother.
To this, Peacepax and others added the theory that Trig was originally named Tripp. (This seems to be the consensus current operating theory among Politicalgates readers.)
Sunnyjane and Lilly-lily pointed out this beautiful performance on Britain’s Got Talent:
Sassy linked to this on Sam Donaldson; make sure to read the Sarah Palin barb near the end.
Cheeriogirl found this from Andy Borowitz as well as this great comment on
"Why do lawmakers make it harder and harder to get an abortion, even in the cases where the mother will die, but easier and easier to get a gun? Do they only care about a life before it is born?
Why don't gun buyers have to follow the same rules women are forced to follow? Wait 48 hours after applying. View on ultrasound of a body with a bullet in it. Listen to the heartbeat of someone as they die of a gunshot wound. Get a lecture from a surgeon on what it is like to operate on a gunshot wound. After all that, if a person still wants a gun, he or she can buy one. Why should buying a gun be any easier than having an abortion?"
KatieAnnieOakley had a great find: report by KTVA on Troopergate from July 2008. 87+% of respondents thought Palin was lying.
The Last Word: President Obama, with h/t to sunnyjane

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