Word Salad

The wit and wisdom of bible spice:

“He’s not lying, in the sense that those two words will not be found in any of those thousands of pages of the different variations of the health care bill…No, death panel isn’t there. But he’s incorrect. It’s kind of what Reagan used to do though when he used to talk about, say, the Evil Empire. You’re never going to find ‘The Evil Empire’ on a map of the world. He talked about that in terms that people could understand.”

Actually, yes you could find the Soviet Union on the map. In fact, you can allegedly see the remnants from your goddamned house. I think I need a drink.

This is the most exasperatingly stupid woman on the planet.

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145 replies
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    The Very Reverend Crimson Fire of Compassion says:

    Leave Sayrah aloooooooooooooooooone!

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    Robin G. says:

    Sometimes I think we’re OD’ing on starbursts, but it’s like a trainwreck.

    On Friday night, some friends and I are going to get a bottle of Jameson’s and perform dramatic readings from a copy of Going Rogue.

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    calipygian says:

    I wonder what part of the Soviet Union she didn’t think was “evil” or an “empire”?

    I guess that “not evil” part was the socialist part, which is just like the windfall taxes she raised on Alaskan oil companies to hike the yearly Alaska fund (re) distribution to Alaskan residents to 3200 bucks a year.

    Who is it in today’s political arena who has REAL experience at socialist wealth redistribution again?

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    dmsilev says:

    She probably thinks that the Evil Empire are those guys that went after Luke Skywalker in those movies. I mean, Reagan was talking about Star Wars all the time, and after the second one came out, Sarah instructed the Alaskan National Guard to start building defenses against giant armored walking things.

    -dms

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    calipygian says:

    @calipygian: Oh, and I guess that part of the Soviet Union that’s not an empire is that part she can see from her window.

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    beltane says:

    A front page story over at GOS claims that Palin plans on running in 2012 with Glenn Beck as her running mate. It’s not even April 1st. Why are we hearing horrible stories like this?

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    Leelee for Obama says:

    I, for one, would gladly take my chances with a death panel if I thought Sarah would have to face the same one. I am seeing starbursts myself lately because of this dipshit, from slamming my palm into my forehead over her completely vacant cranium that still provides the word salad you mention.

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    Scruffy McSnufflepuss says:

    In an alternate Universe, this woman is a heartbeat from the Presidency. Actually, in an alternate Universe, this woman probably IS the President, assuming America still exists and hasn’t been reduced to a post-nuclear, apocalyptic wasteland by now.

    Pray for our alternate-Universe selves. Pray for them.

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    valdivia says:

    OMFG. Can anyone be more stupid and still get the respect of the MSM asking her questions? Like Chip whatever his last name is asking in an interview of Obama if he thought Palin’s grading of him as a 4 out of 10 was correct!

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    This is true:
    __

    This is the most exasperatingly stupid woman on the planet.

    And yet we keep giving her relevance by talking about her. Let’s change the subject. I know there are some pTerry Pratchett fans here. Anyone besides me disappointed in his new book?

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    Alex S. says:

    Sarah Palin’s stupidity is like a black hole. Extremely massive and extremely dangerous. Maybe it’s time to get away before it swallows us.

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    mcd410x says:

    Just. Awesome.

    I think I may have to go silent after that one!

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    How can you not love watching this woman completely discredit everyone who supports her? Every time she opens her mouth it’s like a kick in the nads to entire GOP. The best part is some of them won’t even realize what’s happening until their balls fall into their shoes.

    @Robin G.: Holy shit that sounds like fun. I think you may have just started a new party game.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Comrade Scrutinizer:

    I know there are some pTerry Pratchett fans here. Anyone besides me disappointed in his new book?

    It was OK. I suspect it would have come across better if I cared at all about soccer.

    -dms

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    calipygian says:

    @Alex S.:

    Sarah Palin’s stupidity is like a black hole. Extremely massive and extremely dangerous. Maybe it’s time to get away before it swallows us.

    It’s way too late for that. We are already swirling down the vortex of her singularity.

    It’s Sarah’s world now, and we’re all just making moose sausages in it.

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    gizmo says:

    It’s time to stop kvetching about Palin and start kvetching about the godawful political / media culture that continues to keep her on stage.

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    Mark S. says:

    More Palin stupidity:

    I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon, because that population of Israel is, is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead. And I don’t think that the Obama administration has any right to tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand.

    Christ, she has no idea what the fuck she is talking about. I was willing to cut her some slack for not knowing anything about foreign policy last year; she was plucked out of nowhere to be the VP candidate and the Mid-East peace process is probably not a crucial issue in Alaska. But she has had plenty of time to bone up now that she is no longer governating and she still sounds every bit as stupid as she did in the Charles Gibson interview.

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    demkat620 says:

    In conservative land it is always Reagan’s Morning in America land.

    OT but, my 11 yo son is a liberal, Obamabot, Star Trek fan who thinks James Tiberius Kirk is a pretty cool guy.

    My work here is done.

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    valdivia says:

    You think Fey is getting ready for a skit this weekend??? I hope they have a walters interview where she repeats her stuff verbatim

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    Her fans aren’t much smarter.

    But, you know, LIEbrul media bias for pointing out wingnut stupidity.

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    Leelee for Obama says:

    But she has had plenty of time to bone up now that she is no longer governating and she still sounds every bit as stupid as she did in the Charles Gibson interview.

    If anything, it’s gotten worse. Perhaps that is due to the fact that Steve Schmidt isn’t around to gag her every once in a while. She is rogueddy rogue, rogue now, and it bodes ill for the national intelligence quotient.

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    calipygian says:

    @Mark S.:

    More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead.

    I’m just scratching my head, wondering why Jews are going to be flocking to the Promised Land in the days, weeks and months ahead specifically, as opposed to just generically in the long term.

    If this isn’t a fundie dog whistle, saying that Jews are flocking to Israel because of the threat of Armageddon in the near term, I don’t know what is.

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    Robin G. says:

    @kommrade reproductive vigor: The plan is thus: If it’s your turn, you read to the group. (It should be noted that none of us have read it before.) If you giggle, blink excessively, are stunned into silence, or in any other way are so thrown by the text that you’re incapable of continuing, you take a drink and pass the book to the next person.

    I doubt the group will make it past 30 pages, but we can always try again another night. It’ll be a fun way to pass the winter.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Mark S.: By her “logic”, the US should invade Canada for all the empty living space there.

    As was once said of Pat Buchanan, that argument probably sounded better in the original German.

    -dms

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    Alan says:

    This is the most exasperatingly stupid woman on the planet.

    And no one more qualified to lead the GOP.

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    freelancer says:

    I’m going to have to chase my bleach with rum tonight me droogs.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    @dmsilev:

    Hahahaha! Nicely done right there.

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    beltane says:

    @Mark S.: If Palin ever became president I suspect many American Jews would be “flocking to Israel” out of fear. Other than that, one can only assume she is referring to the End Days.

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    valdivia says:

    @Robin G.:

    sounds fun!

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    Chad S says:

    I can’t wait for the first time Reagan is used to justify butt sex.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    $20 says this guy’s a die-hard Palinite.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    @dmsilev: I didn’t have problems with the football. Without getting spoilery, I thought that the sudden appearance of an institution competing directly with UU (after years of UU being the one and only) a bit jarring. (I except the one in XXXX because it is a special case). And I found the changes in Vetinari, Ponder, and Ridcully hard to handle. Vetinari being loquacious? Please.

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    cmorenc says:

    Sarah Palin parading her irresponsible stupidity and transparent lying before the raptly attentive focus of America’s mass media [i]should,[/i] in any sort of rational sane world with a huge majority of the American electorate having greater intelligence than a chipmunk, quickly lead to the humiliating self-destruction of this woman and her band of wingnut GOP followers.

    The only thing wrong with this is…she has the rapt attentive focus of America’s mass media, which simply can’t let go of such a shiny object that requires so very little thought and work on their part. And the fact that around 25% of the American electorate isn’t doing very well convincing the rest of us that they’re even as smart as a chipmunk. Or a moose.

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    Brick Oven Bill says:

    Re: This is the most exasperatingly stupid woman on the planet.

    Someone needs to get out more. Sarah is actually pretty smart. Tonight I purchased a roader. Which, of course, was to be consumed at home.

    In the line in front of me was a woman with a cup of coffee, a donut, and a corn-dog, which she had half-way eaten by the time she got to the cash-register. This was at 5pm. She was cute.

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    freelancer says:

    @beltane:

    Here you go:
    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/.....beck-2012/

    and some more genius:

    PALIN: I disagree with the Obama administration on that. I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon, because that population of Israel is, is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead. And I don’t think that the Obama administration has any right to tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand.
    ___
    WALTERS: Even if it’s [in] Palestinian areas?
    ___
    PALIN: I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expand.

    I believe this falls into the “Fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here” category.

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    kay says:

    Like Sarah Palin read any portion of any version of the health care proposals.
    Please. Why do they let her get away with this? Ask her.
    It’s not like that hasn’t come up before. The moment she referenced anything written I’d ask her if she read it. We already know the answer.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    @kommrade reproductive vigor: Unseen Academicals. (UA, a nice twist on Arsenal United). Came out the first part of last month.

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    Alan says:

    @beltane: They’d probably be safer in the States. Isn’t Armageddon supposed to take place right there next to Israel? When her church laid hands on her asking God to do his will through her, she can only do one thing. Shape that battle field, baby–a river of blood.

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    Woodrowfan says:

    I am working my way slowly through Pratchett ‘s books. just finished “Thief of Time.” it was a little disappointing.

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    Annie says:

    To quote Sarah:

    “I am not lying. See the fact that my huband belonged to a secessionist movement in Alaska is not included in my book. So, it never happened.

    Oh, wait. It did happen…I just thought if I didn’t write about it, it didn’t exist. What, what is the problem????? I am just talking in terms of what people understand.”

    And, yes, I already have started drinking….

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    @calipygian: It’s the LaHaye/Jenkins foreign policy.

    However it is not a TalEvangical dog whistle. Dog whistles can only be heard by dogs. That one has people in Tel Avi looking around and saying “Dude, what the fuck was that?”

    I say again. This woman is a gift from God.

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    Ben JB says:

    This isn’t word salad, it’s deep-fried word-butter: it’s just that bad for you.

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    Trinity says:

    This is the most exasperatingly stupid woman on the planet.

    This.

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    Ben JB says:

    Also, I’d like to put my name on the list of people whose iphone’s crash with balloon-juice. My computer was broken for a few days, so I couldn’t comment on anything or even see the comments. So this is late, but…

    In reference to the mix of right-wing 1) Punisher-wannabes and 2) bedwetters, that just seems to be part of how this ideology works: have you ever seen a hate-based thought process (say, racism) that wasn’t equal parts “we’re gonna whup their asses” and “they’re after our women!” In history, this generally looks like “Blacks are savage, and we can kick their ass, but they have special powers! Jews are degenerate, and we can kick their ass, but they have special powers!”

    And now: “Arabs / Muslims are savage zealots, so we can kick their ass, but they have special powers!”

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    Petra says:

    I find Palin as dumb as the rest of you, but I think Palin’s statement is being misinterpreted.

    When she says you can’t find ‘The Evil Empire’ on a map, she means it literally. So yes, you’ll find the Soviet Union on the map, but it won’t be labled as ‘The Evil Empire.’

    In essence this genius is saying, yeah, I know you won’t find something literally called a ‘Death Panel’ in the HCR bill, but it’s a catchier way of getting my point across.

    No?

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    gbear says:

    Sarah is so dependent on the fact that half the population is below average.

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    Michael D. says:

    It’s a good thing we have Balloon Juice. I was going through Sullivan withdrawal today. :-)

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    Mark S. says:

    @calipygian:

    I’m just scratching my head, wondering why Jews are going to be flocking to the Promised Land in the days, weeks and months ahead specifically, as opposed to just generically in the long term.

    That didn’t make sense to me either. With Palin, I can never tell if she just misspoke (like Bush I would do from time to time) or if she is really stupid (like Bush II all the time).

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    Steve Benen, bitchez, with a great take-down of her idiocy. You know when he gets impatient with someone (instead of just ironically incredulous), that person is a lost cause.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Mark S.: The latter. Except, she is even stupider than W. She is frighteningly stupid.

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    @Chad S

    I can’t wait for the first time Reagan is used to justify butt sex.

    It’s not gay if you’re thinking of Ronald Reagan while you’re doing it.

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    San says:

    @Comrade Scrutinizer:

    Yes, I am was a bit disappointed. But I will not admit it really. It is just too sad to think of Alzheimer’s robbing the man.

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    Darcy says:

    @Woodrowfan: I feel you. “Thief of Time” was a bit of a slog. But “Night Watch” is right up there in the top five.

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    Sully's ghost says:

    She’s not lying, in the sense that those four words will not be found in any of those thousands of pages of her book…No, “Bristol is Trig’s mother” isn’t there. But she’s incorrect. It’s kind of what Reagan used to do though when he used to talk about, say, the Evil Empire. You’re never going to find ‘The Evil Empire’ on a map of the world. He talked about that in terms that people could understand.”

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    Sully's_ghost says:

    She’s not lying, in the sense that those four words will not be found in any of those thousands of pages of the different variations of the health care bill…No, “Bristol is Trig’s mother” isn’t there. But she’s incorrect. It’s kind of what Reagan used to do though when he used to talk about, say, the Evil Empire. You’re never going to find ‘The Evil Empire’ on a map of the world. He talked about that in terms that people could understand.”

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    @calipygian: The up side is we get to eat moose sausage. So we got that goin’ for us.

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    Darcy says:

    @Darcy: Hear, not feel. Fail.

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    Alex S. says:

    @Petra:

    I think you’re right. And it made me think, but it only confused me more. I think she tries to deflect the accusation of having lied about the “death panels” by an inaccurate comparison. Yes, “evil empire” was a catchy way of saying that the Russians have a dangerous expansionist communist empire. And Sarah now claims that she used the term “death panel” to get her point across that there is a government bureaucracy that decides who gets to live and who gets to die. But…. there are no death panels or anything like it in the health-care bills as proposed. In fact, private health insurance is probably much closer to this vision of profitability-based health-care. So either Palin is trying to cover up her lie or she is just uttering random words to get through the interview.

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    Jacob Davies says:

    The reference to Jews returning to Israel is absolutely, unequivocally a callout to the Left Behind crowd.

    http://www.gotquestions.org/end-times-Israel.html

    What is Israel’s role in the end times?There will be a mass return of Jews to the land of IsraelThe Antichrist will make a 7-year covenant of “peace” with IsraelIsrael will finally recognize Jesus as their Messiah

    These are people who believe that Armageddon is imminent, that Israel is crucial to that, that Jews will be flooding to Israel, that Israel will then be invaded and basically destroyed, and that then the Jews will accept Jesus as the Messiah.

    You know, your basic, ordinary, run-of-the-mill neighborhood schizo lunatics. Palin’s base. Those guys.

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    DaveInOz says:

    and they shall name it Tunch

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Need distraction? The full Senate health bill is here. A TPM summary is here.

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    Alex S. says:

    @Jacob Davies:

    Oh my god….

    didn’t Palin say that she would only run for president if she heard a call from god or something like that? The rapture might just fit the bill.

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    The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge says:

    @gbear:

    Sarah is so dependent on the fact that half the population is below average.

    “Breaking News: A new study released today shows that over 50% of Americans are in the majority, while less than 50% are in the minority. More on this story as it develops.” [/Kevin Nealon]

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    aimai says:

    Look, she’d like to say “It was hyperbole, ok?” but she can’t use a word her base doesn’t know. Give her a break. Imagine if you had to explain everything only by the use of faulty analogies and broad winks and hand gestures.

    aimai

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    @Darcy: Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a hard-boiled egg! Sums up political idealism vs political practicality better than any other slogan.

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    DarrenG says:

    @Petra: Exactly.

    What’s happening here is the end game of 30 years of Reganomics devolving into a cargo cult. Wingnut dogma on this, or any other government program, follows a similar path of non-logic:

    – Government wants to control (the rate of growth of) health care costs.

    – Doing this will inevitably require providing less care than we do now (rationing!).

    – Rationing requires an Official Rationing Board, or somesuch government agency to decide what care is provided, to whom, when, and under what conditions.

    – Official Rationing Board will therefore have the power to decide who lives and who dies.

    – Since only wingnuts have the intelligence and foresight to see this, they need to boil it down to simple terms the plebes can understand (only they can hear the Hayekian Bells).

    – Ergo, Death Panels!

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    The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge says:

    Sarah is so dependent on the fact that half the population is below average.

    That was blockquoted, I swear!

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    MikeJ says:

    @The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge: Sadly she’s not trying to appeal to the %50 that’s below average. With a crazification factor of %27, she’s trying to appeal to the stupider half of the below average.

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    Annie says:

    @Michael D.:

    Me, too.

    I don’t get it. He wants her to go away, but his strategy is to elevate her importance by giving her so much of his time. No matter what he finds, it will never change the minds of those who adore her. Her intelligence or lack of it already has been written about. The fact that her book is mean, petty, and lacking any substance again has been commented on. I just don’t understand what he can add. I do hope that he adds a lot.

    If nothing else, conservatives who support her, and pundits who support her, have shown that in their minds the “dumbing down of American,” is now a conservative virtue.

    To them, a dumb conservative “leader” is better than an intelligent Democratic leader any time.

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    Bud says:

    Bible Spice!

    Damn, when you’re good, you’re GOOD!

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    @Comrade Scrutinizer: Meh…vociferous little dweeb.

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    Svensker says:

    @Bubblegum Tate:

    Her fans aren’t much smarter.

    I like the earnest young woman who insists that Palin didn’t support the bailout, even when the newsperson shows her evidence that contradicts her. She says, “I still don’t think she did.”

    It’s faith.

    Idolatry, actually.

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    Jay Rosen says:

    John: to follow me on Twitter don’t add http://twitter.com/jayrosen, which is inactive; instead add http://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu

    Cheers.

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    WereBear says:

    It has occured to me that she is a star; because she is the first one they feel belongs to them, yet is also known to the wider world.

    They are offered role models of Christian women, but this is the first one that the rest of the world knows about. They can befirend her on Facebook, they can see videos on Youtube, they can wait on line all night and get her autograph… just like everyone else.

    That is pretty powerful. All else is incidental by comparison.

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    Svensker says:

    @aimai:

    she’d like to say “It was hyperbole, ok?” but she can’t use a word her base she doesn’t know

    I think you’re giving her waaaaaayyyy too much credit.

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    SpotWeld says:

    That, in a nutshell, it what a moron thinks good statesmanship sounds like.

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    @Brick Oven Bill: Well, my God, you’ve just splooged on your shoes again. Damn, what did we tell you about that? you’ve simply got to stop doing that in public, BoB.

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    Zuzu's Petals says:

    OT, but I just came across one of the most nauseating comments I’ve yet seen on Obama’s “otherness” :

    It’s no fault of the president that he has no natural instinct or blood impulse for what the America of “the 57 states” is about. He was sired by a Kenyan father, born to a mother attracted to men of the Third World and reared by grandparents in Hawaii, a paradise far from the American mainstream.

    Would you be surprised that it appeared in the Washington Times?

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    Comrade Kevin says:

    The beast has awoken! John Cole is twittering…

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    Joshua Norton says:

    I’ve come up with a new word for Oxford to mull over. “Dumbassification”.

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    Cain says:

    @Alex S.:

    What’s fucked to me was the fact that her explanation talks about bureaucrats having control over your heatlhcare based on whatever. I’m trying to think how that is any different with a for-profit company. I mean haven’t we seen ridiculous number of cases of healthcare being denied due to “pre-existing cases”.

    Speaking of which who gives a shit if it is a pre-existing case or not. Are you going to provide healthcare or not? This is regarding a human being you fucking choot!

    cain

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    @gbear: Hell….more than half…..haw.

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    freelancer says:

    @Svensker:

    agreed. I think if you used the word “hyperbole” in a conversation with her, she would react the same way she reacted to Couric asking “What do you read?”

    “We do have newpapers and magazines in Alaska. I read all of them (you effete East Coast elitist liberal media gotcha-question asking cunt)!

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    Betsy says:

    Jesus fuck I am tired to death of hearing about the snowbilly grifter. (possibly my favorite phrase ever coined by Wonkette.)

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    @Mark S.: It could be both…just sayin’.

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    Joshua Norton says:

    I mean haven’t we seen ridiculous number of cases of healthcare being denied due to “pre-existing cases”.

    Oh no. In Repug land the insurance companies shove big stacks of bills in you pockets any time you’re feeling a little under the weather.

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    @Mark S.:

    Would she say the same if the scenario were “the Iraqui people are going to grow and grow and grow and there is no reason to think that they cannot expand into Kuwait” huh Sarah?

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    @aimai: Well…hey….fuck…..ya know? also…..hey? …too, also.

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    Cat Lady says:

    Would someone in the media please ask President John “Maverick” McCain to please explain what the fuckity fuck he was thinking? Since he’s on my TV every Sunday could some asswipe media “star” cough*Gregory*cough ask him how he could have let this moranic bimbo be so close to running the show?

    kthxbai.

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    maus says:

    How can you not love watching this woman completely discredit everyone who supports her? Every time she opens her mouth it’s like a kick in the nads to entire GOP.

    I don’t love watching it because the base is happy, GOP doesn’t care because the idiots will still vote for them, and the media is happy because the GOP is happy.

    If the Republicans and faux-independents weren’t so great at turning every single downside to their candidates into strengths, this might mean something. Instead, Dubya and Palin are just driving the level of discourse down further and further while mutually masturbated by the Media.

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    Alex S. says:

    @Cat Lady:

    John McCain knows Sunday-morning-talk-show-material when he sees it.

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    Tsulagi says:

    Bible Spice? That’s pretty good. It could stick.

    the most exasperatingly stupid woman on the planet.

    She’s GW in heels and lipstick. In public. She has a bright future in the R-party where “most exasperating stupid x on the planet” is cause for celebration breaking out the foam fingers.

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    Liberty60 says:

    @Alex S.:

    Oh my god….
    didn’t Palin say that she would only run for president if she heard a call from god or something like that? The rapture might just fit the bill.

    I know I am praying that she runs.

    Please sweet Jeeezus, let that woman be the GOP!

    Palin/ Jindal 2012!

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    kay says:

    @Zuzu’s Petals:

    It is disgusting. It’s also a direct refutation of the entire immigrant story, which is so central to us “regular Americans”, beginning in about 4th grade.
    What continues to amaze me about them is how oblivious there. There’s no thought process when they write. None. How could any person write that and not think “you know what, this ‘American blood’ test I’m instituting could apply to my grandparents. Better reconsider this theory!”

    Forget “American”. They lack some basic human attributes.

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    valdivia says:

    Lost in the world salad is the point she is making that she is Reagan and Obama and the health care plan are the Evil Empire. That these two can be compared, are equal and on the same level. Gawd.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Ben JB:

    This isn’t word salad, it’s deep-fried word-butter: it’s just that bad for you.

    WIN!

    The only possible improvement would be to add “… deep-fried word butter on a stick“.

    While she’s not very smart, Palin is not unintelligent so much as she’s anintelligent. The issue of smartness or the lack thereof is not only unimportant to her base, they’re actively hostile to the concept that intelligence might be important to the way American voters are permitted to choose their president. For the Palinistas, the issue is not stupid-versus-smart, it’s ‘we make our own reality’-versus-‘the reality-based community’… and we of the RBC are the Enemy. She is actively courting (supporting) the preliterate-revanchists who still believe, like preschoolers, that wishing for something, insisting upon its reality, will make it true.

    But she’s also being fed talking points by smarter people. Bringing up ‘the Evil Empire’ in reference to ‘death panels’ is less about making a coherent analogy — there’s an argument to be made, but Palin doesn’t seem capable of making it — than it is about linking Un-Preznidt Barackobama and his (established trope) death panels with the ancient (pre-American Idol!) & revered tradition of hating on the Evil Empire. Another catchphrase entered into the Palinista lexicon for future Two Minute Hates — mission accomplished! And the “Jews flocking to Israel in the coming days” phrase, as other commentors have pointed out: reminder to the Rapture-tards that Sarah unnerstands how Jeebus is a-comin’, and she’ll do whatever it takes to he’p Him! — The real question there is not Palin’s un-subliminal dog whistle, it’s who put the leading question into Barbara Walters’ mouth.

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    And the stupid is just getting better. Sarah is now calling for a primary challenger against Lindsey Graham in 2014. From an interview with Sarah in <a href=”http://www.nationalreview.com”, an interview done by none other than Rick “Starbursts” Lowry.

    How about in South Carolina, where McCain buddy Lindsey Graham has angered conservatives with his various apostasies? “What I love about the Republican party is how we invite — or at least we should be inviting — healthy competition in our primaries,” says Palin. “It makes every candidate more candid, more truthful, and really wear their positions and their values on their sleeve.”

    “As for Lindsey, individually, I really like him,” she says. “His constituents may want to send him a message to say ‘shore it up’ and come back to some more commonsense, conservative ideals.”

    It’s meta-stupid. Indeed because it remains stupid regardless ofwhat scale you use to examine it or what angle you view it from it’s beyond meta-stupid and is in fact fractal stupid. Let’s see, we have Rich I Touch Myself Lowry doing an “interview” with Sarah Palin. An event which I’m sure had him texting everyone at NRO and annoying the fuck out of them with messages like “ZOMG! IM WITH SARAH! I CAN HAZ STARBURSTS”. Then we’ve got Rich, who with Sarah in the room is as giddy as my nephews on a sugar jag (but nowhere near as cute, intelligent or appealing) deciding to pitch a softball question to Sarah and to twit Lindsey Graham, who has been a very, bad, bad, bad naughty Republican. The stupidity then continues because Sarah tosses the softball back to Rich and gives him what he wants, which is an affirmation that Lindsey Graham is a very bad, bad, bad, naughty Republican and that perhaps voters should primary him so that the boy can get his mind right.

    But the stupidity is only beginning, because Lindsey Graham was re-elected in 2008 and, barring an Act of God, or getting shot by a wingnut, is going to be in the Senate until 2014, where he can pretty much do anything he likes, regardless of how many sadz it gives to Rich and the usual gang of idiots over at NRO. I mean Graham could just come out tomorrow and say “Fuck you Rich Lowry, and fuck everyone at the Corner except that fat, ugly twat Kathryn Jean Lopez because I wouldn’t even fuck her with zombie Ronald Reagan’s cock. I’m going to kick back for the next five years, relax and let Al Franken tell me how to vote, oh, and I’m never, ever again going to go back to South Carolina.” and there is not one goddamned thing that anyone in South Carolina, much less at NRO could do about it because you can’t recall Senators.

    But hey, when you’re suffering from terminal starburst intoxication shitting on someone over whom you have absolutely no power whatsoever, and face it, 2014 is a long ways away, and who could, if they desired, jack up your already fucked up party in a big, bad way, probably seems like a really good idea.

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    kay says:

    @valdivia:

    She’s always conflated the end of life counseling provision with the “best practices” provision. She did it again here. She started with end of life and then applied some best practices fear-mongering to end of life.
    Barbara Walters didn’t call her on it because Barbra Walters has no idea what’s n any of the proposals either, and that’s why Palin accepted the interview.
    When you actually make some effort to read the various bills you really get a feel for how ignorant she is on what they contain.
    Palin didn’t read a word of those proposals before she opened her big mouth.
    It’s insulting, because as pissed off as we may get at Democratic legislators, those proposals are the product of six months hard work by hundreds of people.
    Palin smeared them without bothering to understand any of it, and she hasn’t written a single word of legislation in her entire life.
    Some ego, huh? The nitwit thinks real highly of herself.

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    calipygian says:

    The only possible improvement would be to add “… deep-fried word butter on a stick“.

    And you know what? It isn’t even dipped in powdered sugar. It’s like it’s dipped in shit – like we ALL are.

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    tomvox1 says:

    Um… if we’re going to whine about all the free coverage given Lady Starbursts by the MSM, isn’t it incumbent upon us not to give her any more? She’s not worth the last, oh I dunno, fifteen fucking posts on Ball Juice, let alone the kabillion others in the liberal blogosphere since her Ode to Dumb tour began. Like a wise man once said: No use publicly handicapping Pauly Shore for Prez–why bother with Palin? (I know, I know: Cause we’re all secretly afraid the stupid could re-ignite and make the Bush years look like the reign of Marcus Aurelius but honestly, this person is beneath consideration…isn’t she?!?)

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    reality-based says:

    @Robin G.:

    well, the Jameson’s part sounds good – love the stuff – but you’ll have to drink an awful lot, won’t you?

    I mean, trying to intelligibly perform the Literary Stylings of Sarah Palin’s lunatic wingnut ghostwriter – you might just as well do Dramatic Interpretations of Jabberwocky.

    Come to think of it, Jabberwocky makes more sense. And it rhymes.

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    calipygian says:

    ST. PAUL – Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, seeking to overcome a turbulent debut, last night introduced herself to the country as a tough-talking small-town “hockey mom” eager to play the traditional running mate’s attack role, mocking Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama as an ill-prepared politician driven by personal ambition.
    Echoing the McCain campaign’s critique of Obama as a shallow celebrity, Palin asked, “What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet?”

    Sigh

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    Svensker says:

    @Tsulagi:

    She’s GW in heels and lipstick.

    Yeah but at least Dubya had the advantage of growing up around his Dad and all the wonks, so he was a moderately educated moron. La Palina is a moron who knows moose. Not a big help in Washington, D.C.

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    Frank West says:

    When, oh, when will the great karma ball roll over this wretched creature?

    Sarah Palin is living proof that Yeats was correct: “… the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

    Anyone listen to Talk of the Nation today (Wednesday)? The subject was Palin and her place in the political landscape. They wanted to hear only from Republicans; their lone guest was another uber-conservative (who wrote the book “The Persecution of Sarah Palin”…. NPR is leaning farther right every day.

    Here’s a question: what would be fitting karmic justice for this woman? Though I do not mean this is a really-and-truly sort of way, I think it would be great if a ravenous polar bear devoured this strident figure (possibly after having his way with her).

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    kay says:

    @valdivia:

    In a way, she’s worse than Bush. She doesn’t even have the natural reluctance to attack specific provisions that someone who has never written a law usually has. She was a mayor and then a governor. She doesn’t know jack shit about writing law. Bush didn’t attack S-CHIP on specific provisions. He opposed it on purely ideological grounds. He knew he had no fucking idea what was in that legislation, and he didn’t pretend he did.

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    Frank West says:

    Forgive my typo; that should have read: “Though I don’t mean this IN a really-and-truly sort of way….”

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    Morbo says:

    Benen:

    “Conspicuous uninteeligence”

    FTW

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    Morbo says:

    Benen:

    “Conspicuous unintelligence”

    FTW

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    RandomChick says:

    @Wile E. Quixote:
    That was a thing of beauty and inspirtation. Well done.

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    […] Balloon Juice… Actually, yes you could find the Soviet Union on the map. In fact, you can allegedly see the remnants from your goddamned house. I think I need a drink. […]

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    JGabriel says:

    Today’s Precision in Language Award goes to Josh Marshall for this editor’s note following a description of Sarah Palin:

    (ed.note: This post has been revised since first publication. Though I had originally used the word ‘moron’, I decided this was too ungenerous, harsh and perhaps even inaccurate and opted for the more descriptive and I think appropriate ‘ignoramus’.)

    That’s my absolutely favoritest sentence of the day.

    .

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    valdivia says:

    @kay:

    yes and it drives me coo coo bananas that the media treat her as if she knows/does policy.

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    Mike G says:

    I think it would be great if a ravenous polar bear devoured this strident figure (possibly after having his way with her).

    Bear-sex enthusiast Scooter Libby is writing fantasy fanfic for this right now. This is what comes of allowing gay marriage.

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    Kyle says:

    What’s fucked to me was the fact that her explanation talks about bureaucrats having control over your heatlhcare based on whatever. I’m trying to think how that is any different with a for-profit company.

    The corollary of IOKIYAR is It’s Only Evil When Government Does It. Being denied care by a government entity is evil soshulist-Nazi-Maoist death panel tyranny. Being denied care by a profit-seeking health insurance corporation is red-blooded manly all-Murkan free-enterprise Jesus and shut up you DFH.

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    demimondian says:

    @kommrade reproductive vigor:

    I say again. This woman is a gift from God

    . Only in the sense that she believes that the battle of Maggido is divinely ordained…

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    Jager says:

    Some say that Rich Lowry may have been touching himself under the table while interviewing Ms Palin.

    Others with knowledge of the interview say that Lowry dropped his pencil 14 times during the interview, obviously hoping for a peep up her skirt.

    Lowry was seen earlier in the day with a mirror taped to the toe of his right shoe!

    Sources at the NRO said Lowry’s trousers had a large stain and he seemed rather spent after the interview. He was seen, leaning back in his chair, smoking a cigarette, muttering something about red high heels.

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    jcricket says:

    @Kyle: Right – and when there’s, say 1-5% waste discovered in government spending it’s all “SEE GOVERNMENT CAN NEVER DO ANYTHING RIGHT SHUT IT DOWN AND TURN IT OVER TO THE CORPORATIONS!”

    But when company after company fleeces the living daylights out of consumers (cable cos, cell phone cos, insurance cos, Enron, etc) it’s all “well, that’s just one bad apple”.

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    jcricket says:

    @kay: When I first learned Sarah Palin was the VP nominee and heard her speech, I was a little shocked/didn’t know what to do.

    But then watching her approval ratings dive into the fucking tank and never recover as the people (not DFH/political junkies like me, but “every day” peeps) got to know her, I quickly figured.

    And then seeing all the Republicans in Alaska abandon her and go after her made me even less afraid of her.

    She’s fine, like Paris Hilton, in the world of reality/TV celebrity, but she’s a fucking loser in the world of politics. A one-trick pony whose 15-minutes of political importance were up the minute she quit her job in AK.

    Despite all that, if she does become the GOP nominee in 2012 I fully expect her to get 35% of the vote, minimum. Crazification factor + fear of a black planet.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    @Svensker:

    It’s faith. Idolatry, actually.

    Indeed. She may as well be Mooby the Golden Calf.

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    Martin says:

    Actually, yes you could find the Soviet Union on the map.

    You’ve never dealt with a compulsive liar before, have you? I have. It works like this:

    Palin can say that she’s a millionaire because she has a million skin cells. She doesn’t see it as lying – she sees it as a technicality. She’s projecting that reasoning on Obama.

    My guess is that if you went back and parsed her statements on various things, you’d find a lot of that. No, she didn’t buy all of those clothes – somebody else actually handed over the credit card, even though she kept them – not a lie to her. She didn’t fire the police chief, she forced him to give her a resignation letter when she was elected that 6 months later she pulled out of a drawer and accepted – not a lie. And on and on.

    She’s not stupid, she’s a compulsive liar. Read her statements through that lens.

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    Church Lady says:

    It’s cracking me up that both you and Steve Benen have ads featuring Sarah Palin’s photo on your blogs. I guess it’s like the Pamela Anderson boobs ad that used to be here – you just have no control over the ads placed here, but you’ll take the money they bring in.

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    New Yorker says:

    I barely know where to begin. I can feel my brain cells dying just reading this woman.

    From the Washington Monthly link:

    And yet [Reagan] talked about that, in terms that people could understand — kind of rationing down, not complicating the issue. But he, with the issue of the evil empire at the time, used those two words to get people to shake up, wake up, find out what’s going on here.

    What the hell does this even mean? Is she suggesting that before St. Ronnie, nobody knew that the Soviet Union was bad? I would suggest Lady Starbursts try reading Solzhenitsyn, but we all know that’s “old writing”.

    Now, had he been criticized and, and mocked, and, and condemned for ever using a term that wasn’t actually there on a map, or in documents, we probably would never have succeeded in, in crushing the evil empire, and winning that.

    Um….what? As far as I know (I was born in 1980, so correct me if I’m wrong), he was criticized for needlessly inflammatory language, not because “Evil Empire” wasn’t literally on the map. Also, is she really suggesting that we won the Cold War because St. Ronnie used that term? Sarah, let me introduce you to a couple of my friends: Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel. They had something to do with the collapse of communism. Please don’t giggle like an idiot because they have funny, not-real-mur’kan names, OK?

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    Zuzu's Petals says:

    @kay:

    Just as mind-boggling is the fact that there are 400+ comments mostly (from the looks of it) agreeing with this guy.

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    jayjaybear says:

    @Zuzu’s Petals:

    An editorial written by Wesley Pruden, Jr., the Moonie Times editor in chief. Whose father was Wesley Pruden, Sr., the chaplain for the Little Rock branch of the White Citizens’ Council.

    Apples don’t fall far, do they?

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    Mark S. says:

    @Church Lady:

    Before I realized that she was just a clown who would say anything to get attention, Ann Coulter used to send me into fits of rage. It would piss me off to see ads for her on all of these liberal blogs. But then I realized if World Nut Daily or whoever was paying for them were actually wasting their money plastering her face on blogs where no one was going to click it and my blood pressure went down immensely.

    That said, Balloon Juice has had quite an eclectic collection of ads. Along with the three armed Pamela, there was also the BBQ fork dog and Christian Filipina mail order bride service. It pays for the Tunch food.

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    Mark S. says:

    But then I realized if World Nut Daily or whoever was paying for them were actually wasting their money plastering her face on blogs where no one was going to click it and my blood pressure went down immensely.

    That was not one of the better sentences I’ve ever written. Been reading too much Palin.

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    D-Chance. says:

    Sully UPDATES! He’s back!

    Wanna bet his Atlantic overlords forced him into a time-out?

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    Mark S. says:

    @D-Chance.:

    And I hope to be up half the night trying to write a post on the great mystery of the stories about Trig, stories that have bedeviled the blogosphere and many others for months. There is no proof here of anything, but there is a much more nuanced and detailed narrative of the events (especially now we have Palin’s first considered version of the events since the campaign) that when taken together has definitely helped illuminate what was once obscure and, well, bizarre. Believe it or not, it makes a little more sense now.

    Sure it does, Sully. The obsession with Trig Palin is something that you alone possess. But I’m sure reading Palin’s book five times has allowed you to figure out things that were missed by the rest of the world.

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    Fulcanelli says:

    If Palin actually manages to make a serious bid for the Presidency, the comments coming from Hillary’s direction in her support of Obama as her president and party leader will be the ones I’ll be watching with glee.

    Watching Hillary go all Joan Crawford on Palin as the Republican nominee will be pure gold. The Clintonistas and Hillary’s PUMA minions savaging Palin in unison if and when Palin dares retaliate will be teh awesome. Female mud wrestling at it’s finest. BoB will be pleased, I’m sure.

    Good Times for the Dems.

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    Martin says:

    @D-Chance.:

    Well, I don’t know about that – but The Atlantic subscribers don’t go for the tabloid shit, so Sully needs to restrain himself a bit here. A year or two back the print mag had Brittney on the cover (it was an appropriate article) and they apparently got a shitload of negative feedback about it.

    I’m guessing the grown-ups are going to want to see what he tosses up first. I wouldn’t trust his judgement on this topic.

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    Zuzu's Petals says:

    @jayjaybear:

    I think Wonkette said it best:

    The Washington Times could shut down any day, so its columnists have precious little time to liquidate their massive inventories of Insane Racism! In his column today, editor emeritus Wesley Pruden writes THIS about the current Lion King, Barack Obama: “It’s no fault of the president that he has no natural instinct or blood impulse for what the America of ‘the 57 states’ is about. He was sired by a Kenyan father, born to a mother attracted to men of the Third World and reared by grandparents in Hawaii, a paradise far from the American mainstream.” See, as long as you spare Obama the blame for being a black savage, then it fits the Moonie definition of “nuance.”

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    Xenos says:

    @New Yorker:

    he was criticized for needlessly inflammatory language, not because “Evil Empire” wasn’t literally on the map.

    I was just 16 at the time… at that moment in history the Soviet Union was badly overextended in Afghanistan and people were openly talking about the financial collapse of the USSR. Much like now with Iran, the weak strategic position of our opponent was paying dividends diplomatically, and strategic arms control talks were making substantial progress.

    Then Reagan remembered that he was John Wayne and that his real constituents were the heavy industries producing strategic weapons. He escalated the rhetoric, in March of 1983, when there was not even an election cycle underway to excuse it. This pretty much sank the strategic arms treaties for three or four years. Once the MX missile system was full funded, along with the completion of a major fleet upgrade and the first round of billions dedicated to the Strategic Defense Initiative, Reagan started talking about peace again.

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    Jason says:

    @calipygian: This means we all have less than a year to live.

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    Original Lee says:

    @Petra: I agree. We truly do not speak her language.

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    EconWatcher says:

    @Xenos:

    I don’t buy the wingnut meme that Reagan single-handedly brought down the Soviet Union. Obviously, Gorbachev, Walesa, and others were critical to the outcome. The falling price of oil and other commodities that the USSR sold to buy food also helped. And Chernobyl exposed the regime’s bankruptcy. Finally, of course, the loss in Afghanistan.

    But actually Reagan played the situation pretty well. He stepped up the pressure in a way that probably helped exacerbate the internal tensions, and then cut a deal when he thought it could help shore up Gorbachev in his internal battles for reform. You may not remember this, but Reagan was heavily criticized from the right at that point.

    The current Reagan hagiography is of course ridiculous. But he, Bush the Elder, and Clinton were all, in different ways, pretty good presidents who achieved some real successes for the country. Bush the Younger was something new under the sun, an unashamed fraud who did nothing but bring the country to ruin.

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    Original Lee says:

    @Cain: Bureaucrats in Palinspeak are always government bureaucrats. For some reason, wingnuts don’t seem to understand that bureaucrats exist outside of government offices, even though some of them probably fit that job description.

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    Original Lee says:

    @Anne Laurie: This. For. The. Win.

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    ksmiami says:

    @Frank West

    Karmic justice would be for Palin to step outside of her home and be consumed by starving wolves, but this is too perfect to happen so I am hoping for an unfortunate choking incident at a Republican dinner party…

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    binz says:

    He’s not lying, in the sense that those two words will not be found in any of those thousands of pages

    This is Bible Spice’s version of McMegan’s “technically true, but collectively nonsense bit”.

    These people are all stupid in the same way and underneath have a common core of dishonesty. We only see variations on the theme.

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    binz says:

    should have been “….collectively nonsense” bit. not “…collectively nonsense bit”‘.

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    Xenos says:

    @EconWatcher: If Reagan did anything good for this country it was purely by accident. Luckily for all of us the GOP had not yet decayed into a completely corrupt, grossly incompetent passel of felons. They were just a mostly corrupt, often incompetent passel of felons.

    Ahhhh…. those were the days.

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    Rick Taylor says:

    This is the most exasperatingly stupid woman on the planet.

    And the current de-facto leader of the Republican party, thanks to John McCain.

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