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Sarah Palin has taken to Facebook, declaring that the President is “fearful.” Being critical of the media for not “vetting Barack Obama” Palin suggested that “maybe this time around they can do their job.” Palin also said that President Obama wants the country to return to a time before the Civil War; to move backwards, when people were not treated equally.
Taunting the President, Sarah Palin, who is not a politician, hockey mom, or Governor, challenged our President to a debate. She said, “anywhere, anytime.” Of course the President has not indicated a willingness to debate Sarah Palin, but its fun to imagine a debate between the two. These are imaginary answers Palin might give in a debate on the Civil War.
1. Q: Who was Harriet Tubman?
Palin’s Answer: She was a young girl who hid in her southern plantation and wrote a diary about her oppression, which later became famous.
2. Q: Which side won the civil war, and who was the commander that was victorious?
Palin’s Answer: The winner was North Korea. It was General George Patton who lead our allies to victory.
3. Q: What famous song was written by Francis Scott Key?
Palin’s Answer: Oh, that’s an easy one…Brick House.
4. Q: Who was Betsy Ross?
Palin’s Answer: She was the mother of Terrence.
5. Q: Why was the battle of Gettysburg memorable?
Palin’s Answer: That was when we dropped a “nucular” bomb, and that ended the war.
6. Q: What was Abe Lincoln famous for?
Palin’s Answer: Quitting his job before his term in office was finished.
7. Q: What was the Underground Railroad?
Palin’s Answer: It was all about job creation back in the days of the civil war, so the Republican President commissioned 1.2 million Black men to build a railroad that ran underground from Alaska to Washington D.C. That was the origin of the phrase “Drill Baby Drill.”
8. Q: What was Sherman’s “March to the Sea?”
Palin’s Answer: That was a patriotic march written by John Phillip Sousa that inspired patriots across this great country.
9. Q: What was the role of General Petraeus in the Civil War. ?
Palin’s Answer: He was in charge of the fighter pilots.
10. Q: -What were the Lincoln-Douglas debates?
Palin’s Answer: That was a series of debates hosted by CNN between Abe Lincoln and Michael Douglas to bring public attention to conflict in the Middle East.
11. Q: What was the Dred Scott vs. Sanford case about?
Palin’s Answer: That was the famous Supreme Court case that preceded the Roe vs. Wade case. In that case the Supreme Court ruled that only white women impregnated by a black man could have an abortion.
12. Q: Who was Ulysses Grant?
Palin’s Answer: He is the one who later changed his first name to “Hugh” because nobody could spell Ulysses. He was a famous mortician.
13. Q: Who was Robert Lee?
Palin’s answer: He was a famous football player. You just thought you could trip me up by calling him “Robert”. Of course Robert is more commonly known as “Bob.”
“Book burning is antithetical to American ideals. People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation – much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.”
“Our nation was founded in part by those fleeing religious persecution. Freedom of religion is integral to our charters of liberty. We don’t need to agree with each other on theological matters, but tolerating each other without unnecessarily provoking strife is how we ensure a civil society. In this as in all things, we should remember the Golden Rule. Isn’t that what the Ground Zero mosque debate has been about?”
Now that President Obama has recently apologized for the inadvertent burning of the Koran by U.S. military in Afghanistan, Palin has changed her attitude. The controversy arose when U.S. troops mistakenly placed Korans with other material destined for the incinerator at Bagram air base last Monday, Afghans and some Muslims in other countries have staged multiple protests and several deadly attacks. Thirty people, including four U.S. troops, have been killed, and scores wounded in response to the burning of the Koran. In an effort to save further unnecessary retaliation and killing, President Obama issued an apology for the accidental burning.
“The error was inadvertent; I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible.”
Obama has come under attack by Rick Santorum for his efforts to limit the response of the Taliban to what was an accident. Newt Gingrich called the apology from the President “astonishing” and undeserved. Yet when it was George Bush, a Republican, responding to a similar incident, and he apologized, we heard no criticism from the right. Today, in an effort to divert attention from his poor performance in the Arizona and Michigan primaries, Newt is attacking Obama again over this apology.
Even more offensive is the Sarah Palin facebook post where she says:
“Obama apologizes for the inadvertent Koran burning this week; now the U.S. trained and protected Afghan Army can apologize for killing two of our soldiers yesterday.”
Not only is she critical of Obama’s attempt to bring about peace and end the senseless loss of life, but one man’s life hangs in the balance. Many more may be affected by the outrage over the Koran burnings, but one man may loose his life as a result of tension in Iran associated with his religious beliefs even if they are related to U.S. actions in other countries. Christian pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, has been sentenced to death for his Christian beliefs.
While Hillary Clinton and NATO have been working hard to convince the Iranian government to spare the life of Youcef, the Republicans, including Sarah Palin, have attacked President Obama’s efforts to minimize the tension over the Koran burning. Jesus and Ronald Reagan have been cited most often as respected leaders of the Republicans. If Jesus or Reagan were faced with this situation they would say:
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16
“Peace is not absence of conflict; it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.
Now that the Commander in Chief has apologized for a mistake made by soldiers for whom he is accountable, Palin attacks Obama for apologizing for the same conduct she previously called “unnecessary” and “insensitive.” It appears Sarah Palin makes decisions about acceptable conduct based upon whether the person committing the act is a Democrat or a Republican. The Islam religion is the second largest in the world with 1.5 Billion followers and over 22% of the earth’s population. While the Christian religion is the largest religion in the world, it represents only 33% of the world’s population. Christians teach that we should “love one another” and burning the holy book of 22% of the world’s population doesn’t seem to be in keeping with that message. If the apology of our President saves even one life, wouldn’t that be a good thing?
I have documented the reasons Sarah Palin was appropriately given the nick-name “barracuda.” Giving Sarah a name describing a predator with sharp-edged, fang-like teeth which is voracious and opportunistic was a vivid and insightful way to describe the half-term ex-Governor.
Yesterday I learned another valuable lesson about barracudas and Sarah Palin. Both are cannibals, because they eat their own. The barracuda has the excuse that it doesn’t know if a smaller barracuda is its offspring. The barracuda is just hungry and the smaller barracuda may provide a tasty treat.
In the past, Sarah Barracuda insulted and attacked the “lame-stream” media for reporting facts. She called reporters child-molesters and puppy kickers.
Palin has also attacked President Obama for everything he has done from his Christmas card to his decision not to release the picture of a dead man with a hole in his face. She declared that the President should stop “pussy-footing around” and release the picture of Osama bin Laden’s body.
When Ginger White came forward and admitted to a 13 year sexual relationship with “Herb” Cain, apologizing to the wife and kids of Cain, Palin didn’t applaud her honesty or willingness to tell the truth. Instead she called her a “broad.”
Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was elected in 2010, and has served as the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, meaning he has already served as Governor as long as Palin did before she resigned. Not only was Chris Christie a potential candidate for President, but he may be considered as a potential pick for Vice President. Christie recently gave an interview during which he referred to Newt Gingrich as an “embarrassment” to the party.
Even though Palin has not officially endorsed Gingrich, the barracuda went on the attack stating, “Well, you kind of get your panties in a wad and you may say things you regret later.” Palin’s comment towards Chris Christie was disrespectful and totally unnecessary. Christie was not commenting on Sarah Palin, and had not mentioned her in the conversation. Moreover, Palin’s attack this time was on a fellow Republican who has not quit the office his supporters elected him to fill. Christie was not attacking Palin and had not been disrespectful in his comments. He was making an observation, and telling the truth about Newt Gingrich who had embarrassed the Republican Party by being fined for violating the ethics code while Speaker of the House, and presiding over Bill Clinton’s impeachment proceedings while Newt was having an affair of his own…for the second time.
This was not the first time the barracuda has said something disrespectful.
Remember her “yo mama” outburst?
One of my favorites was her “WTF” moment.
Recently she used the word “dumbarse” ,as if her comment was more polite than simply saying “dumbass”.
Then who could forget Palin’s reference to the President’s testicles?
Karl Rove described Sarah Palin as thin skinned. Perhaps a voracious, opportunistic, cannibalistic predator would be more appropriate.
Yesterday we celebrated Martin Luther King’s birthday. Coincidentally Sarah Palin reminded me of my favorite MLK quote, “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Although it would be a stretch to describe Sarah Palin as “sincere” or “conscientious,” she is dangerous because of her ignorance and stupidity. Almost two years ago, when this blog was very new, the lack of education, understanding, and willingness of Palin to give her opinion on things about which she knew nothing was unparalleled.
Since that time we have learned that Palin’s typical response to any unfavorable reporting is not to respond to facts reported, but to attack with colorful personal attacks. In previous posts I have listed these names and insults Palin has used in responding to reporters who were not complimentary of her by making reference to them as “elites,” “impotent,” “gutless,” “limp,” “puppy kicking,” “chain-smoking,” porn-producers,” “corrupt bastards” and “child molesters.” We can understand how she earned her nick-name “barracuda” which is a sharp-edged, predator with fang-like teeth, which is voracious and opportunistic.
We can add a new name to the list, “kook writer.”
Palin was making reference to Andrew Sullivan’s cover story in Newsweek.
Palin wrote, “Know what’s truly ‘dumb’? Giving a cover story to the Trig-Truther conspiracy kook writer who thinks I didn’t give birth to my son”.
The amazing thing is that Mr. Sullivan doesn’t mention Sarah Palin, or the controversy over the identity of Trig’s biological mother. In fact this article is a well reasoned and revealing look at Obama’s first three years in office. In this four page article Sullivan reports on many issues facing President Obama, including jobs, the stimulus, taxes, Obamacare, foreign policy matters (including Libya, Osama bin Laden, and the Iraq war), the auto bailout, gays serving in the military, gay marriage, energy, the end of torture, appointment of two women to the Supreme Court, and banking issues. Mr. Sullivan’s conclusion is that Obama has been underestimated because he has been very insightful about decisions he has made and has taken a long-term, big picture, approach to these very difficult issues. While Obama has thoughtfully considered the best way to deal with this multitude of problems, Sarah Palin’s approach is to respond in less than 24 hours of publication to this “kook” by calling him names, and completely failing to cite a single fact that was reported in error.
Andrew Sullivan, the “kook”, describes himself as a conservative and is the author of The Conservative Soul. He supports a broad range of traditional conservative positions. He favors a flat tax, limited government, privatization of social security, and opposes welfare state programs and interventionism. His position on abortion is mixed; he says that he personally finds it immoral and favors overturning Roe v. Wade, but can accept legal abortions in the first trimester. Sullivan supported G. W. Bush in the 2000 election. In 2004, Sullivan reluctantly decided to support John Kerry‘s presidential campaign, due to his dissatisfaction with the handling of the postwar situation in Iraq by the Bush administration, their views on gay rights, and their fiscal policy. In 2006, he supported the Democratic Party. Sullivan (like a number of other conservatives) endorsed Senator Barack Obama for the Democratic Nomination in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, and Rep. Ron Paul for the Republican nomination. Sullivan endorsed Obama for President on the eve of the election.Sullivan has declared support for Arnold Schwarzenegger and other like-minded Republicans, and written sympathetically about Republican congressman Ron Paul, whom he endorsed for the 2008 and 2012 Republican presidential nomination; he later withdrew the 2012 endorsement. He is an author, editor, political commentator and blogger. Sullivan is a speaker at universities, colleges, and civic organizations in the United States. He has been a guest on national news and political commentary television shows in the United States and Europe. Sullivan is a former editor of The New Republic and the author of five books. He is perhaps best known as the author and editor of his blog, The Dish, which mainly focuses on political issues.
The funny thing is that this “kook” spent a lot of time, researching writing, and analyzing the facts supporting this article. Sarah Palin spent about 15 seconds sending out her tweet. The most thought she gave to her words was to select the most offensive name to use, and then to find a way to make the article all about her. “Dumb” and “kook” would suggest that the barracuda is getting old. Making reference to the “Trig-Truther” would indicate that she is more focused on the story she told almost four years ago about Trig’s birth, rather than making plans for his 4th birthday.
The GOP debate last night was a free-for-all. More than any other GOP debates, we watched as the candidates directly attacked each other. There was yelling. There was mocking. Condescension was the only thing these Republicans seemed to share. SNL couldn’t have done a better job of mocking the Republicans. Every now and then Michele Bachmann would say nothing relevant to the discussion or question, but she would lodge another attack on Obama. Jon Huntsman wasn’t there. Ron Paul repeatedly attacked the previous speaker, with a goal of saying that we should have less government, and even advocated cutting government spending on the military. Some attacked Rick Perry for supporting education for the children of illegal immigrants. Rick Perry responded by attacking Mitt Romney for hiring illegal immigrants. Romney gave Perry a lesson in etiquette for a Presidential-wannabe. Newt Gingrich tried to point out that fighting among them was only helping Obama. “Herb” Cain said he would never negotiate with terrorists, and was later embarrassed after the debate when Anderson Cooper played a clip of Herman saying that he would. Poor Herman was also forced to defend his position that we should tax the poor and middle class by creating a federal sales tax. Cain tried to suggest that the candidates were mixing apples and oranges. Romney was confident he wasn’t making a fruit salad. A tax was a tax. The Republicans as a group looked foolish and hypocritical. There was no clear position or message. President Obama won this debate.
The best part of the entire debate was an interchange between Rick Santorum and Rick Perry.
Rick Santorum lodged a full-frontal assault on Rick Perry for saying one thing, and doing another. Imagine a Republican suggesting that another Republican might be a hypocrite. In a fit of anger, Santorum specifically pointed out that Perry had supported TARP by sending a letter encouraging all legislators to vote for it. Perry denied that he wrote such a letter. Santorum was adamant that Perry had written such a letter, and Perry was adamant that he didn’t.
Rick Perry did write such a letter encouraging the passage of TARP. In the gubernatorial race of 2010 his authorship of this letter was a point of contention. Thus, there was no excuse for Perry’s complete denial of having written such a letter. He didn’t try to explain the letter, or to explain his position at the time. He simply denied that he had ever sent such a letter. The issue has been so highly publicized, Ron Paul included the issue in a campaign commercial.
The fact that Rick Perry took totally opposite positions regarding TARP should come as no surprise. His history of saying one thing and doing the opposite is long and colorful. Who could forget his position that the government should get out of the way, and then issuing an executive order that teen girls should be required to get Gardasil immunizations, and then passed legislation that required any woman wanting an abortion to first undergo a vaginal ultrasound? Just this last week the “holy” couple Rick and Anita proclaimed that they were being “brutalized” by the media because of their religion, and then Anita lied about the reason her son was unemployed. After he cut the Texas budget for protecting Texans from fires, he then asked the federal government to protect us. After promising that he wouldn’t cut the budget for Texas schools, he did.
However the worst was that on the very day that Governor Perry accepted billions in federal government money to balance the budget in Texas he started a petition to complain about the federal government bailouts.
While liberal bloggers have been speaking out about the hypocrisy and corruption of Rick Perry, it doesn’t have the same impact as a Republican highlighting this hypocrisy on national television. Rick Santorum Rick-Rolled Rick Perry.
In 2008 I had the privilege of hearing candidate Obsma at Reuinin Arena in Dallas, during the campaign. There was standing room only in the arena that held 17,000 people. When the results of the 2008 election were final, Dallas celebrated the victory.
While most of Texas is Republican, the two most populated cities, Houston and Dallas, favored Obama.
Today our President was back in Dallas. Much has happened since the election of 2008. America has been so focused on the economic problems that we have forgotten much of what this man has accomplished. He won the Nobel Prize. It was under the direction of Barack Obama that we located and completed a precision raid on the compound of Osama Bin Laden.
The first bill signed by Obama was the Lily Ledbetter Act, requiring equal pay for women.
He appointed two women to the Supreme Court, one of whom is Hispanic.
Nationalized health care was passed.
President Obama took the heat for bailing out the auto industry. Both GM and Chrysler were bailed out of unmanageable debt by the federal government, by making loans to the companies of roughly $50 Billion Dollars. GM has already repaid almost $7 Billion dollars. GM has added shifts and rehired laid-off workers. GM is profitable. The US auto industry is growing stronger and has gained 55,000 jobs at a time when we desperately need more jobs in the country.
What would President Obama talk about in this 30 minute luncheon presentation? Would he have the courage to address the economic issues facing the country? The presentation began with a video presentation which served as a reminder of the accomplishment of his administration over the last three years, and the importance of the next four years.
He emphasized the importance of the passage of the American Jobs Bill. The need to put pressure on Congress NOW was emphasized. It is not about the 2012 election but about creating jobs NOW. He emphasized that the importance of creating new jobs can’t wait for the election of 2012.
In a brave move he addressed taxes. It was a brave move because the luncheon was a fund raiser where tickets were $500.00 each. Thus many of the people in the audience were the very people who would be in the top 1% who would realize an increase in taxes. The President explained that many Americans, like Warren Buffet, feel like an increase in taxes is necessary to get the country back on the road to recovery and to reducing the debt. Speaking to the audience in an honest and direct way the President explained that taxpayers don’t like to pay taxes, and they would never volunteer to pay more. But we have to ask! By raising taxes for the wealthiest 1% of Americans, we come closer to resolving the debt which is spiraling out of control.
The luncheon resulted in raising more than $1,000,000.00 for the President’s re-election campaign. Without doubt the economic crisis facing the United States is worse than any other in my lifetime. However the Jobs Bill is a very specific and reasonable approach towards getting people back to work. If this plan is not accepted by Congress, it is clear the Republicans are motivated by political considerations, and not what is in the best interest of the country. Political considerations are what got us into this mess, and if we are to dig ourselves out it must be a united effort of all the politicians in office. How absurd to oppose a bill because it might help the country which might mean that the President would receive favorable reviews in Nov of 2012 and be reelected. Are politicians so focused on the hope for failure of President Obama, that they would refuse to vote to restore stability to our national economy?
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Don’t you hate it when people use an acronym? It’s like they are testing you to see if you are part of the “club.” People who know the meaning of the acronym are members. Those who don’t are excluded.
Sarah Palin has previously shown her mastery of acronyms by her clever use of “WTF.” She is definitely a member of the club. She has been remembered by many journalists for her “WTF Moment.” They would be remembering her use of the acronym “WTF.” They would NOT be thinking about her use of words like squirmish, refudiate, misunderestimate, repill, and wee-wee up, although WTF might be an appropriate reaction. They would not be making reference to her comments about building dikes, our North Korean allies, reading “all of them”, her favorite founding father being “all of them,” or Ronald Reagan attending college in California, even though WTF might be an appropriate reaction to those pearls of wisdom.
Now we have a new Palin acronym. This time it’s ABO, meaning “Anybody But Obama.” Here is the specific quote that Palin shared when the Daily Caller asked her about some comments from some members of the Tea Party who pledged to make sure Romney didn’t get the Republican nomination. She said:
“I’m of the mind of ABO — Anybody But Obama, at this time…
… we need a Republican to get in there. And whether that’s Mitt Romney or one of the other candidates or one of the potential candidates, I have great faith that we will get back on the right track when things change in 2012.”
However today she needs a different acronym. Today it should be IFU, which stands for “I F*cked Up”. Now we know that she didn’t really mean ABO and she didn’t really mean to indicate her support of Mitt Romney.
“So you’re saying that I said that I support Mitt Romney?”
“And what’s your headline? You need to be clear, otherwise people really lose faith in the state of journalists today and that is, I said ‘ABO’—anybody but Obama. And I would support the candidate who surfaces to take on Barack Obama. But no, your headline leads readers to believe that I’m supporting Mitt Romney at this time in this process, and no that’s not accurate.”
So Palin needs to learn two new acronyms. The first, which has multiple applications to her life is “IFU.” The second is what she really meant when she said ABO. The more accurate acronym was: “ABOBNMRAIVFM,” which stands for “Anybody But Obama, But Not Mitt Romney, And Instead Vote For Me.”
President Obama explains in a short time in easily understandable language why the country MUST enlarge the debt ceiling. Contact you Congressmen and women now, especially if they are Republicans.
MSNBC has reporters reviewing the Palin e-mails page by page. Two important e-mails are being discussed this am.
1. Palin documented her approval of Obama.
2. Frank Bailey in his book Blind Allegiance reported that Palin and her staff would manipulate polls regarding Palin’s favorability. An e-mail among the 27,000 confirms Bailey’s account.
Here is a summary of significant e-mails produced and reviewed at this time.
This is an interesting round table discussion regarding Sarah Palin. They agree that the world is not big enough for Bachmann and Palin. They also report that Democrats would be thrilled to have Palin as the opponent of Obama. She is not a strong candidate in the general election, and what she is doing will not broaden her base. Thus there is real question about what she is doing and why.