Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter! - Easter politics: Conservatives slam Sarah Palin for the disastrous performance of SarahPAC, get into epic twitter-fights with fanatical Palin-fans

By Patrick




Easter has arrived! Hope you all have a quiet and enjoyable time.

As it is traditional on Politicalgates on such occasions, let's post a little bit of music, for your enjoyment.

There is a "hot new boy group" in town, but this time, a little bit different. Three young Italian singers formed the group "Il Volo", and they are not your "average boy group." They sing so beautifully, that even Barbara Streisand" could not resist and performed together with them.

I found this really sweet recording of the three "boys" (born 1993, 1994 and 1995) together with Barbara Streisand, who also sings absolutely beautifully in this clip:



From Kathleen I got one of their CD's for Easter today (thank you, honey, I love you!), and it's very good! 

The next one is a magical song by the amazing "Webb Sisters", who we saw a few years ago when they toured together with Leonard Cohen - "Words that Mobilize" (read the lyrics):



The next song is a "classic." I love it: "Invincible" by Muse, an incredibly inspiring song:



OK, the next one is unusual. It's actually a commercial for Wrangler from brilliant director Jonathan Glazer. I include it not only because it is real art in my opinion, but my question is: Have any of you ever done such a "wild trip?" :-)

Check on youtube for more excellent commercials by Jonathan Glazer.



Jonathan Glazer also created very creative music videos (for Radiohead and others), for example "The Universal" for Blur:




OK, enough videos for today!

There is another message I would like to emphasize for Easter: Be nice to each other! I say that because during the last two days, we witnessed with astonishment how "pro-Palin" and "anti-Palin" right-wingers got into a series of pretty brutal cat- and/or dogfights on twitter.

The underlying cause for these fights was the reporting by Wonkette on the March 28 and by the Daily Beast on March 29. There it was reported by these outlets that Sarah Palin SarahPAC spent more than twice as much on consultants in the 2012 election cycle as it did on candidates, despite the fact that Sarah Palin slammed consultants as a profession in her recent CPAC speech. It was also reported that 94 percent of the whole expenditures of SarahPAC went to the "overhead."




This was partially caused by a devastating post by A.J. Delgado at Mediaite, who is an author with excellent conservative credentials (she even wrote a book about how "cool" it is to be conservative).

I say "partially" because her article was preceded by "conservative outrage" on twitter about the laughable financials of SarahPAC, where the "enemy of consultants" Sarah Palin spent virtually all her money on consultants. The right-wingers gave the Palinbots a good beating on twitter.

From our "new friend", the right-winger Nathan Wurtzel, who is a long-time Republican Consultant and fundraiser (no, not a friend, he blocked us on twitter for being "Trig Truthers"):








An exchange with fanatical Palin-fan Gary:




From the usually "pro-Palin" website "The Right Scoop":




The right-wingers are simply sick of Sarah Palin and her insufferable cultists.

In pretty amazing exchanges, some right-wingers even agreed that the conservative media is just a big propaganda machine:




Nathan Wurtzel with another right-wing friend:



I exchanged some tweets with the conservative author of the mediaite articel, A.J. Delgado:


The following were particularly good tweets by A.J. Delgado in my opinion:

Tweet 1:


Yes, debunked indeed! In the report of Alaska state investigator Tim Petumenos from June 21, 2010 it was publicly revealed for the first time that the State of Alaska was actually willing to pay for Sarah Palin's legal defence - but she refused, for reasons which remain in the dark up until today.

Quote from the report:



Tweet 2:


Tweet 3:



I tried to be a positive example for being nice on twitter, and had a very civil exchange with Palinbot and C4P-writer Adrienne Ross, in which she was surprisingly tight-lipped:



Same with Palinbot and C4P-writer Michelle McCormick, who didn't answer my question about the funds, and who really should ask Sarah Palin for Trig's birth certificate next time she sees her (just to make sure!):


So, we had lots of fun on twitter!

What's left to say on this memorable Easter 2013? Let's give the last word to grumpy cat! :-)


Friday, March 29, 2013

SarahPAC – Effective PAC or Sarah Palin's Personal Slush Fund?

"Got a penny?"

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By VinnieF

Sarah Palin released a new video that is being promoted by her political action committee, SarahPAC. The video makes the case that Sarah Palin is a powerful voice of the conservative movement that has influenced key elections in 2010 and 2012 and she stands to do so again in 2014.




The underlying message is that SarahPAC, not just Sarah herself, is behind these electoral victories.  And it needs your money to continue.

This article digs into what exactly SarahPAC has done as a PAC to help get people elected.  One must separate an endorsement from Sarah and her speaking on behalf of a candidate, which can easily be done without a PAC, vs. the typical activities that a PAC does (i.e. mailers, TV ads).

While Sarah does do the former, SarahPAC does little of these typical PAC activities, leaving one to wonder what the donors are getting for their hard earned dollars.

Sarah’s supporters will tell you that she had to quit her job as governor due to the personal financial hardship of numerous, bogus ethical investigations. But even they can’t deny that Sarah has done rather well for herself after leaving the Governor’s mansion and its $125,000 salary (and its restrictions on earning outside income). ABC News conservatively estimated that Sarah Palin has made $12 million from her book deals, speaker’s fees, TV reality shows, FOX News appearances, etc. since resigning. While everyone has a right to cash in on any fame that should come their way, it’s easy to argue that Sarah’s number one cause after resigning as governor has been helping out herself and her family.

A good charity will spend at least 75% of their funds on their actual programs as opposed to administrative costs (good read: Charities with the highest admin costs in the USA). While comparison to a charity may have its limitations, it’s obvious that SarahPAC doesn’t exhibit the “fiscal responsibility” one would expect of a fiscal conservative.

FEC filings show that between 2009 and 2012, SarahPAC took in $10,600,000 and spent about $9,500,000. During this period she gave only $815,000 to the candidates she endorsed. That’s less than 9 percent spent on actually helping other candidates get elected!

A review of her expenditures doesn’t show any independent expenditures which is what most PACs do. By comparison, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads PAC spent 89.5% of its total expenses ($117,000,000) on independent expenditures for the two year period from 2011 to 2012.

The high point of SarahPAC’s spending orgy was arguably during the six month period from 1/1/11 through 6/30/11 where nearly $1.6 million was spent. Keep in mind that this period is during the low point of the campaign season. The consulting fees are astounding; $18,000 for ‘coalition consulting’, $30,000 for ‘chief of staff consulting’, $45,000 for ‘issue consulting’, $44,000 for ‘logistical trip consulting’, and $47,500 for political consulting. The great speech giver Sarah needed $40,000 to help write those speeches. Over $50,000 was spent on legal fees and $90,000 was spent on six months of the treasurer’s salary. Of course, the millionaire Sarah can’t pay for her own travel. The PAC paid for $103,000 in airfare and $15,000 in lodging. Over $550,000 was spent on direct mail and postage! This is Sarah asking her fans for more money. Priorities. Finally, the bus wrap for the infamous bus trip cost $13,700 and Sarah’s Israel trip cost at least $5,800.


"I need the consultants to read my newspapers, god dammit!"

So, what did her fans see as a result of all of these costs? Well, there was the bus tour and numerous posts on her website talking about the bus tour. I’ll let Sarah explain how all of this actually led to more conservatives being elected. I certainly can’t figure it out.

After her great tease in 2011, SarahPAC laid low during the critical 2012 election. She almost endorsed Gingrich during the primary and only endorsed Romney with a few days left in the campaign. The PAC gave Romney $5,000.

The SarahPAC site continued to lay low in 2013 with only four posts all year. The latest post is about the new fundraising video, the prior two talk about her CPAC speech, and there’s one from January where Ted Cruz thanks her for her support. Going back last year there is a Christmas/Newtown post in Sarah’s typical word salad. The post before that is from June 25 bragging about her inventing the term ‘death panel’. Yes, the influential SarahPAC went through the entire 2012 campaign season without adding a single post to their website.

Sarah’s YouTube channel isn’t much better. Besides this latest video, the next most recent one is an 11 month old, 20 second trailer from FOX News.

Now, with Sarah not having a regular job and people being wise to her teasing ways, she sees a new niche rife for grifting – anger at moderate Republicans for not sharing the views of the extreme right. Not having any real world responsibilities, it’s easy for Sarah to talk as if she has all the answers to today’s problems. Sarah says she could get the right people in office and successfully rebrand her party. Just give her enough money and she’ll get it done.

Ted Cruz is playing along and saying he couldn’t have gotten elected without Sarah. SarahPAC gave him $5,000 in 2012.  This represents a whopping 0.034 percent of the $14,511,279 that Cruz raised altogether. So, it clearly wasn’t SarahPAC’s money that made the difference.

While Palin did give a speech at one of his campaign events, she was hardly out campaigning regularly for Cruz or any of the other candidates she endorsed.  Again, we don’t see any of the typical activities that a PAC does to help out a candidate. Indeed, most people who do exactly what Sarah did for Cruz, do so for other candidates without asking for any money, let alone having to form a PAC to do so.

In conclusion, Sarah’s PAC doesn’t do much to help candidates get elected outside of putting up a website that lists Sarah’s endorsements and redirecting some money their way. We don’t see any strategic campaign assistance, volunteer coordination, mailers, etc. Less than 10 percent of the money generated by SarahPAC actually goes to candidates and their campaigns. Given all this, the fiscally responsible thing to do would be for Sarah to put up her list of endorsed candidates and have her minions give their money directly to the candidates. If your goal is really to get ‘common sense’ conservatives elected, there is no need for SarahPAC at all.

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Bonus (by Patrick):

Many thanks for our reader VinnieF for this excellent post! Today, Sarah Palin has become the laughingstock of the media (again), following an article by the Daily Beast about the expenditures of SarahPAC to Sarah's numerous consultants. This article has quickly been picked up by Huffington Post, TPM and others. Good! It's always nice to see when the hated "lamestream media" takes on Quitler, the fraudster from the North.

There is another noteworthy development. The fact that Sarah Palin takes credit for Marco Rubio's election in her new clip, as VinnieF also mentioned, raised eyebrows, to put it mildly. The "Tampa Bay Times" felt compelled to publish what could be regarded as an "inside view" in response.

The "Tampa Bay Times" make some interesting observations, and the do not agree with the claim made by Sarah Palin:

Sarah Palin, enjoying a mini resurgence after her CPAC speech, is trying to feed her PAC and promoting herself as a kingmaker. In a new video, her PAC takes credit for picking winners from Ted Cruz to Marco Rubio.

But anyone who follows Florida politics knows Rubio kept a distance from Palin and she only showed interest after he was surging.

From a Nov. 8, 2010, Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald story: Rubio had an opportunity to cozy up to tea party darling and former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, but his campaign never emphasized her support. "Marco, keep up the good work. Call me. Can I help ya?" Palin told a conservative blogger who asked about Rubio at a conservative gathering in New Orleans in April. He never did. In the final stretch of the campaign, when it was clear he would win, Rubio showed up to a big rally in Orlando featuring Palin. But he left before she came on stage, denying opponents a photograph that could be used against him in the future.

Well, I am sure that in her head, Sarah rules the world.

Finally, I would like to quote the late Walter Cronkite, only slighty altered (original quote at 0:23 in this clip):

"Old grifters, you see, don't fade away, 
they just keep coming back for more."

Unfortunately, there are too many "low information voters" around who might fall for Sarah Palin's "easy to see through propaganda." The great folks at "NewLeftMedia" again provided more than enough evidence for the existence of these voters a few months ago when they interviewed supporters at a Mitt Romney rally. As I said before, it is always scary as hell to witness that the propaganda of Fox News and others actually works (clips HERE and HERE).

Have an enjoyable Good Friday, everyone!

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UPDATE:

Let's give the "Last Word" to Lawrence O'Donnell and his guest Krystal Ball!



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UPDATE 2:

Daily Beast and CNN contributor John Avlon, who became the object of hate today for the Palinbots due to his widely read article in the Daily Beast, appeared on CNN and explained again his criticism regarding SarahPAC:


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Marriage Equality - Challenge to Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act at the Supreme Court

By Kathleen

Mother Jones reports that "today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the first of two marriage equality cases." George Clooney reminds us that:

Move On.Org


Enough said and just another reason why I





George Clooney. 

Mother Jones has by far the best reporting on the issue and an audio recording of today's proceedings:

  


In 1991 the Golden Girls were way ahead of their time and understood that marriage should be for everyone. That it is the love between two people that makes a marriage a marriage. Not a persons gender.




Now is the time for the Supreme Court to finally make marriage equality a reality. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Paul Ryan's 2013 Budget: Fatuous Figure Finagling

by Sunnyjane

Can I interest you in my latest scheme to screw over average Americans?  Hello?  Anyone?  Would you like some candy?

Paul Ryan's latest budget iteration is much like naugahyde stew prepared in your slow-cooker: no matter how you slice it, dice it, and spice it, the results will be completely devoid of the essential nourishment that poor and middle-class Americans need to survive.

Priorities, Priorities, Priorities 


We can and must be smarter with our spending decisions and make cuts in ways that do not intentionally and unnecessarily inflict hardship and aggravation upon the American peopleIf you think this sentiment might possibly appear in the new and improved budget, you'd be wrong, of course.  So it must surely have been a noble caution from President Obama, right?  No, no, that indignant little homily was put forth courtesy of Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas.  And was he talking about the budget?  Good gracious, NO!  Senator Moran has his Jockeys in a jumble because White House tours have been canceled due to the sequestration -- which, of course, the Tea Party legislators were all for until they came up against a cut that is not only easily observable by the public, but one that has a direct and immediate consequence.  Oops!  See how that works, guys?

As the Daily Kos reported recently, When Rep. Paul Ryan insisted two years ago that his budget "vision" wasn't truly unpopular, it was just misunderstood, it made for a good laugh. The laughs only got better when he insisted that his constituents love his vision after he got booed out of a town meeting. After Ryan's vision was put on the national ballot, and lost, you might think Ryan would change his tune.

So don't expect that Paul Ryan will go all mushy for the least of us.  While the newly elected pope of the Roman Catholic Church has been hailed as a fighter for social and economic justice, don't count on seeing any of that in Ryan's 2013 effort to swindle average-income and poor Americans.  To whit, at his papal installation Mass on March 19, Pope Francis implored world leaders to protect the environment, the weakest, and the poorestAs a practicing Catholic, perhaps the representative from Wisconsin needs to rethink his budgetary priorities and engage in a little more, um, practice

2012 Election Rejection

It's what the people want.  Honestly!  Cross my heart and hope to...OK, maybe I won't go THAT far!
The latest Republican failed vice presidential candidate, like many on the dark side of the political spectrum, simply refuses to admit that the American electorate soundly rejected his ad nauseam budget plans in November 2012.  Americans want jobs.  Americans need jobs. Americans need jobs NOW. Oh, well, I guess Ryan figures that at least he's keeping the Government Printing Office folks employed.

It's worth noting that the Congressional Progressive Caucus has presented a starkly different alternative to the Ryan plan, the Back To Work BudgetThis is an easy-to-read detailed outline for job creation.  And no, it's not a make-work, herding-unicorns proposal.  Rather, it's a plan that would, in part, spend money to repair the country's crumbling infrastructure.  But like all Republicans and too many Democrats who would rather see children murdered by AR-15s than risk their do-nothing jobs, so might they rather see a school bus full of dead children at the bottom of an abyss, thanks to a collapsed bridge. 

When the Future is the Past -- On Steroids


I realize this may come as something of a shock, but the newest version of Ryan's piece of shit budget legislation easily passed the House of Representatives on March 21st.  Not long afterward, the Senate soundly rejected it, 40/59.  Even five Republicans didn't like it enough to vote for it, because it projects a balanced budget in a decade but relies on $600 billion-plus in tax revenues on the wealthy enacted in January to do it.  The three Republican Tea Party members (Rand, Cruz, and Lee) couldn't let that happen, now could they?  The two other Republicans, Susan Collins and Dean Heller voted Nay because it cuts sharply from safety net programs for the poor and contains a plan to turn the Medicare program for the elderly into a voucher-like system for future beneficiaries born in 1959 or later.

Earlier on that same historic day, Michele Bachmann (she of the President has five Air Force One chefs, two projectionists, one dog walker -- and, I suppose, a partridge in a pear tree) took to the floor of the House to beg for the repeal of Obamacare before it strangles all of us  in our beds.  Or something like that.  Forget that repeal of Obamacare has been tried more than thirty times in the past, plus having been found Constitutional by the Supreme Court.  The Republican Tea Party needs to get over it!  

(Though I have not been able to find a second source -- and I have no intention of listening to the entire speech -- Jason Linkins at HuffPo reported that at one point in her CPAC 2013 spiel Bachmann also said, You can never count on your cat.  Okey dokey, then!  I declare, y'all, it's just so difficult to keep up with the rantings coming from Our Crazy Lady of the Old Testament Church, isn't it?) 

End Note


Only the skeletal bones of a once proud and powerful Grand Old Party remain.  Today’s Republicans are arrogant, obtuse, crass, and deceitful.

The GOP is now controlled by the scum who run for office by saying that “Government is bad, Washington is broken.”  And once elected, they do their damnedest to make it so. 

News alert to Republicans: It's the GOP that is broken Washington and government are what the House and the Senate make it.  YOU are the problem.  Try being part of the solution for a change.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

It's Women's History Month 2013, and the Republican War on Women Continues


By Ebbtide

 


It’s Women’s History Month again, and the Republicans are still at it. Although Ann Romney   loves you women and Michele Bachmann has stated that the GOP is really very good on women’s issues, the proof is in the pudding ridiculous, offensive, soul-hurting comments they make about women and, more devastatingly, the horrible laws they try to (and often do) pass.

Hard to believe it’s been a year since my last post about the Republican War on Women. Last year about this time was when Rush Limbaugh was on his slut rant; Virginia Governor, Bob McDonnell had just earned his “Governor Ultrasound” title; and the rest of the gang were doing everything in their power to marginalize and malign women. Hmm, how’d that work out for you guys come November 2012? What’s that?

According to CNN's exit polls, 55 percent of women voted for Obama, while only 44 percent voted for Mitt Romney… and women made up about 54 percent of the electorate. In total, the gender gap added up to 18 percent -- a significantly wider margin than the 12-point gender gap in the 2008 election.

But Republicans won’t let something like losing a Presidential Election stop them from doing everything in their power to keep the “little ladies” in their place. Let’s look at some of their more heinous actions during the past year, shall we?

Here’s a Moveon.org video about the subject:


 And now let’s "move on" in a musical fashion--

MY FAIR LADY


Hey, GOP, Lerner and Lowe were writing a musical, not proffering a manifesto, when they penned “A Hymn to Him” (Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man) with lyrics that included:

Women are irrational, that's all there is to that!
Their heads are full of cotton, hay, and rags!
They're nothing but exasperating, irritating,
vacillating, calculating, agitating,
Maddening and infuriating hags!

Yep—that apparently is really what the GOPers think. Last year, my Women’s History Month post examined anti-woman legislation, month by month, but they’ve stepped up their game and amped their stupidity to the point where what the GOP doesn’t understand about women could fill a 12-book encyclopedic series. So this year, we’ll just have to restrict ourselves to the highlights lowlights of their incredible ignorance and denigration of women.

While we're on a musical bent, remember that great Sam Cooke song, What a Wonderful World It Would Be? Well, it's not a wonderful world with the Republican attitudes, but they certainly... 

DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY...




While Ann Romney was LOVING YOU WOMEN, 2012 had the second-highest number of new anti-abortion laws enacted in the decades following Roe v. Wade. Rachel Maddow’s blog has a great recap of the Guttmacher report and its analysis of the new data,  that shows more than half of the 43 new anti-abortion laws of 2012 were enacted in just six states. 

Reproductive health and rights was once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2012. Over the course of the year, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services. Although this is a sharp decrease from the record-breaking 92 abortion restrictions enacted in 2011, it is the second highest annual number of new abortion restrictions.

As of 9/13/2012, according to Think Progress:
REPORT: HOUSE GOP HAS HELD 55 VOTES ON ANTI-WOMEN BILLS | House Democrats have released a new study tracking the House GOP’s harmful anti-women agenda. Since January 2011, the Republican-controlled House has voted 55 times on bills to “undermine women’s health, roll back women’s rights, and defund programs and institutions that provide support for women,” according to the report prepared by the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Democratic staff. The votes — including 17 about health insurance, 11 to cut access to preventive care, and 10 to limit abortion access — make up 5 percent of all the House legislative votes in the 112th Congress.
And although 2013 is just getting started, the anti-choice gang of Republicans are chipping away at reproductive rights from all angles, particularly on the state level.

DON’T KNOW MUCH BIOLOGY...




Who can forget Foster Friess saying, “Want contraception? Put an aspirin between your knees.”  Yeah, that’s the kind of contribution Republicans are making to the conversation. Here is video clip  of the amiable Mr. Friess explaining things to an astounded Andrea Mitchell.

I could write interminably about Republicans’ views on rape, but eclectablog.com has put together some excellent graphics depicting the GOP Rape Advisory chart, so I’ll just let it speak for itself (NOTE--this is not something new with Republicans. They've been saying stupid, misogynistic things for MANY years.)


And if that's not enough, Volume 2:

And Volume 3:

DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT A SCIENCE BOOK...



U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) comment that it is "rare" for a woman to get pregnant after a "legitimate rape" because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Celeste Greig  who leads the California Republican Assembly, trying to clear up Akin’s comment, goes even further in the weeds.  "That was an insensitive remark," Greig said. "I'm sure he regretted it. He should have come back and apologized."
She then went on, however, to agree with Akin's premise that such pregnancies are uncommon.
"Granted, the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it's an act of violence, because the body is traumatized," she added. "I don't know what percentage of pregnancies are due to the violence of rape. Because of the trauma the body goes through, I don't know what percentage of pregnancy results from the act."

AND WHAT ABOUT THE WOMEN?


Sadly, it’s not only Republican men—their women seem to be almost as anti-woman (if THAT’S not an oxymoron, I don’t know what is)
Here’s the list of the ten female members of Congress who voted against protecting women from domestic violence and other forms of violence against women (note—they’re all Republicans, of course):
·         Michele Bachmann (MN-06)
·         Diane Black (TN-06)
·         Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
·         Renee Ellmers (NC-02)
·         Virginia Foxx (NC-05)
·         Vicky Hartlzer (MO-04)
·         Cynthia Lummis (WY)
·         Kristi Noem (SD)
·         Martha Roby (AL-02)
·         Ann Wagner (MO-02)


WE CAN DO THIS


Let’s remember, women are the MAJORITY of voters in this country, and more and more, are standing up and being heard.
  • For an up-to-date listing of personhood bills and ballot initiatives and what you can do to help stop the madness, Resolve.org provides an incredible amount of information.

REMEMBER, from the 2012 campaign...



Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sarah Palin at CPAC 2013 - "Gulp Fiction" for desperate Republicans - UPDATE: "Wonkette" reveals that the teleprompters were specifically set up for Palin's speech - UPDATE 2: "Wonkette" editor Rebecca Schoenkopf writes that Sarah Palin "did not have her own baby"

By Patrick


"Mr. CPAC Chairman, when I told ya I needed a lotta coke to speak this isn't exactly what I meant."

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Yes, she is back! The most famous Republican clown has spoken again! One thing is for certain now: If you love sugar, the drug of choice for billions of humans, then you have to love Sarah Palin. She is the new self-appointed ambassador for the white, crystal stuff. To hell with the nanny state! We want sugar, and lots of it! Sarah to the rescue! Sugar for the masses! And down with Bloomberg and Obama!




However, Sarah apparently did not even finish her sugary bombshell:



In case you missed Sarah's diabetes-inducing CPAC speech:



What else can be said about Sarah's desperate attempts to stay in the limelight and to fleece her gullible followers for their hard-earned cash? She is still stupid, she is still mean, she is still mentally disturbed - but according to some, she at least puts on a good show. So it appears that she finally found her destiny: Being some kind of sinister entertainer. But then, she can only dish out and not take it, as she has proven over and over again.

Following the special wish of our reader "Enigmaplanner", here is a picture of the "free Sarah Palin poster" that somebody had been giving away at CPAC:




Oh yes, and then there was this "rifle and rack" joke. She sounded like a parody of herself. It is so hard to take her seriously, especially for people like us who have followed her closely for years. There is one thing to say: She certainly is unique. There will never be a second Sarah Palin, ever. Also, she will fool nobody any more. Anyone with a few brain cells left has realized that Sarah Palin is all about the show, and the money, and the mean attacks towards anyone who dislikes her and is more successful than her.

She is the ultimate mean girl, and will always be. But she also is a clown, and will always be.




So, in honour of Quitler, the curse from Alaska: Please cut down on the sugar, everybody! Sugary drinks for example, just avoid them, please. :-)



Click to enlarge:


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UPDATE:

Just minutes after Sarah's speech, SarahPAC sent out a fundraising appeal - no surprise!

Big h/t to KatieAnnieOakley!


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UPDATE 2:

"Wonkette" just published a great article about Sarah's speech, by an author who attended the event - and Wonkette also reveals that the teleprompter for her speech had been specifically set up for Sarah!

Excerpt:

Palin threw a lot of raw meat and big gulps at the crowd, and they ate it allll up, despite the fact that it was so unfresh it could have starred in a Massengill ad. Because, seriously, it was the same old tired shit. Sarah tossed out all of her old favorites: Obama’s takin’ our guns! Hey Crowd! Where’s the liberal media? We got some surveyor marks for you guys, why dontcha stand up? Where are you liars? Sidenote — honestly, it is sort of terrifying to be called out in a crowd full of rabble rousers when your rabble is the one they are actually getting whipped up to rouse. It just is.

She also went kinda slutty, “Todd’s got the gun and I’ve got the rack!” Gross. Then Sister Sarah skirted into Birther territory when she said “Obama wants background checks before we can exercise our 2nd Amendment rights, but maybe we should have had a background check on Obama first!!!” HEY! THAT’S a new idea! Why hasn’t ANYONE vetted the now second-term President and his Kenyan background? Like, Ever? It’s almost as bad as that time when John McCain chose a vice presidential candidate after some cursory googling by his staff.

(...)

But, her most ridiculous moment of all ridiculousness had to be when the jabbering hockey-momming-lip-glossing-pit-grizzley-bullying 2008 reject read an Obama-Teleprompter joke, throwing out there a tired four-year old remark to the effect, “Hey Mr. President, its time to step away from the teleprompter and do your job.” Nothing new here, just some old rotted raw meat for the crowd, like the rest of her speech, but the amazing thing was, she read her Obama teleprompter joke FROM A TELEPROMPTER.

Yes, just before she was to take her turn with the talky-hatey thing, something very odd happened, for the first time all day. The stage crew appeared and set up … teleprompters. NO ONE had used them up to this point, they weren’t even on or near the stage for anyone else at all. Not even Michele “one L, two crazy eyes” Bachmann had used a teleprompter til then, but Sarah had to have them, because her speech was too long to have written on her hands. Talk about your choots-pah!

Picture from Wonkette - Stage hands install Sarah Palin's teleprompter:



Another picture from Wonkette - Sarah Palin and the teleprompter during her speech:


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UPDATE 3:

Apparently Comcast, for example in TN, is having a major technical problem right now and can only show CSPAN - with Sarah Palin's speech. This resulted in some very delightful tweets. Examples:







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UPDATE 4:

A very pleasant surprise - again from "Wonkette!" Their editor und publisher Rebecca Schoenkopf made an unexpected remark about Sarah Palin's pregnancy and therefore deliberately rejected the "consensus" amongst liberal media outlets that there is nothing wrong with Sarah's pregnancy.

In the report about Sarah Palin's CPAC speech, Rebecca Schoenkopf yesterday wrote:

2:13: It’s not about the bad guys. It’s all about the lead. “Background checks? Yeah I guess to learn more about a person’s thinking and associations?” And then there’s the Trumpian birther stuff we guess? That we should have learned more about Obama’s background? Birther stuff is a little odd coming from Sarah Palin, of course (BECAUSE SHE DID NOT HAVE HER OWN BABY).


Interesting! Is there hope? :-)

As I have said many times before, we already know with absolute certainty already since spring 2009 that Sarah Palin faked her pregnancy with Trig, and we have written about it extensively. I get the feeling that at some point the discussion about Sarah's pregnancy will start again, especially if she continues to stay in the limelight. One of the biggest political scandals is still waiting to be exposed - and it will also expose the character of Sarah Palin herself, who is a mentally disturbed woman and habitual liar, a person who should play no role in public life.