Saturday, February 6, 2010

NPN Palin Resources and Links

I have a very good friend who has a very good phrase that has granted me much peace in various situations over the years.  He says, "People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime."  For me, blogging about Palin has been the occupation of a season, and thankfully, not a lifetime. 

Although Palin is still an active celebrity politico, in my heart I do not believe that the Bitter Quitter with the mealy-mouth charisma will ever again actually capture public office.

Nevertheless, interest regarding Palin's bizarre and operatic dance in the American political theater remains strong, and even this inactive blog receives hundreds of hits a month. I do receive your emails and questions and am aware that the archive system on blogspot is awkward at best.  So if you have landed here out of curiosity, or while surfing or searching, or just want to know about Palin stories of 2009, I'd like to make the research, links and essays of NailinPalinNow easy for you to use and access as a resource. (Items are cross referenced, so you might get the same post for different subjects).
 

Below is a linked Index of what you can find at NPN: 


Palin Scandals as Governor:

40+ Palin Scandals as of early 2009
each with a supporting link

Promotion-gate, Prison-gate and Pension-gate
were added later

Palin's March Meltdown, "Palin's Ides of March" 2009 - a detailed accounting of the amazing two weeks when Palin really lost it as a sitting Governor, with supporting links for each event - Alaskan protestors, fighting with legislators, media bashing, stimulus rejection, legal fees, etc


Palin and:

Alfalfa Club Dinner & History
Biblical War, Endtimes, Apocalypse
Blagojevitch, corruption, grifting
Bloggers & Palin Blogiverse
      Murdoch as
Big Oil & Rural Alaskans
China Speech/CLSA/Hong Kong
     China Speech twitters
     Wall Street Journal flushes
Church Fire

Clothing
2008 campaign
Country Of Africa
Croneyism
& Levi
Diva "No Show"
     7 Cancelled Events with links
Emmonak & "Palin's Katrina"
Environment
& toxic dumping
      Beluga Whales
      Arctic Wildlife Dying
      Wildlife "Jihad"/Bears/Wolf puppies/Alaskan Board of Game
Evangalicals & Tax Fraud, Voter Fraud
, Focus on the Family/Dobson
Excuses by Supporters
, C4P (Conservatives For Palin)
"Falafel Lady"
, Andree Mclead & Ethics Complaints
Feminism/Sexism

     Female Power Brokers
Fiscal Irresponsibility
& city, state budget
Highway Funds
& redecorating
Forbes "Most Powerful Women" List

GOP Infighting

GOP "Kingmaker"/Nixon CREEP Malek
March Meltdown, 2009  
Malek, Fred
     Palin not on list
McCain/Chambliss/Veterans

Monegan 
Murdoch, Rupert
    deals, Palin as employee/puppet
Pit Bulls
Rape Prevention Programs Blocked 

Reagan
Scientology & John P. Coale/Greta Van Sustern/Scion Primer/Scientology in Politics/Clintons/PsychRights/Third (3rd) Party/Lobbyist Lawyers
Schaefer, Frank & Evangalicals, home schoolers, fundamentalist, violent Christians, Dominionists, liberal blindness
Schaefer, Frank & "not real Americans", Obama haters, cracker south
Shadow Political Life, political half life, holidays 2009
Twisted Patriotism
White Supremecists/Obama Death Threats/CIA

Humor (It wasn't all bad):

Your Palin White House Headlines
w/ Commenters
Top Ten (10) Reasons Palin Really Really Quit
w/ Commenters
Palin Nicknames, Quotes and Videos, Palin Detoxing

Palin's Hong Kong Speech - Leaked By Tina Fey

And For Those Interested, A Few Further Notes:

I very often see very heartfelt comments like, "Thanks to all the Alaskan bloggers for exposing Sarah Palin" on blogs that originate outside of Alaska.  While the general sentiment is what is important, perhaps it is time to point out that since at least 2008 the web-famous Alaskan efforts of the Immoral Minorty, Celtic Diva, Shannyn Moore and Mudflats have been joined by other blogging voices from all over the world, including activist anti-Palin bloggers in many US states, Canada, France, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Until Palin's political corpse is finally put to rest once and for all, Palin remains the world's problem, and so for those of you that wish to send thanks, be sure to give it to "the worldwide Palin bloggers" when you do so.  Your thanks and the satisfaction of doing the right thing are all that most bloggers receive in return for their work and it means a lot to them!  So think and thank globally.


Of course the silver lining about the general alarm raised by Palin's careening fortunes over the past year or so is the formation of the quite brilliant and energetic online community that holds a lively first line of defense against the Granny Grifter.  Hat Tip to all of us commentors and bloggers, followers, researchers, lurkers, "Pee Watchers" and readers - I love being a part of us and my too-bright orange pic will be bobbing around just as usual online.  If I make a point to disagree with something, please understand that my aim is to keep the liberal community strong by keeping it attractive to moderate voters, as well as flexible enough to embrace the full spectrum of liberal thought. 


The effort to keep Palin out of public office has exceeded my wildest expectations with the breaking news, detailed research and incredible and numerous commenters at my pal the celebrated Regina's Palingates site with her partners Patrick and Kathleen.  Bree Palin has also stepped strongly into the spotlight - congrats my friends!  If you want to scare yourself and drop down the rabbit hole of the religious Dominionist, Evangelical and End Times side of Palin, I urge you to read anything by Frank Schaeffer as well as visit the excellent God's Own Party. The venerable Palin blogs of record are the many Alaskan blogs which are mentioned above and listed and linked to the left.  If you are new to the Palin blogiverse, whatever your question might be you will find answers at these resources, and an active online community more than willing to listen and exchange ideas.

~Happy Palinthropology~

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Palin's "Undead" Political Career Has Malek Looking For Clues


I will be taking a break from blogging for a while for very happy personal reasons, and I've got to say, it couldn't happen at a better time.  Every single day lately the news about Palin must look more horrific from the viewpoint of her Klassless Kooky Klan.

In a playful mood the other night I posted a comment on Fred Malek's blog asking him what he thought about Palin's predilection for 3rd parties. Now I can't presume Mr. Malek took notice of my question, but nevertheless his next post pretty much answered my query.  Malek just posted his "Top 10 Republican Leaders Who Could Be President" and Palin is nowhere to be seen from 1 to 10.


GOP "Kingmaker" Fred Malek knows a dark horse when he sees one, and he also knows when to stop flogging a dead one.  He still gives an obligatory nod to Caribou Barbie in his list of influential Republicans, "...Romney, Pawlenty, Barbour, McConnell, Boehner, Gingrich, Palin, and others."

Palin, and others.

Women that Malek places ahead of Palin on a list of GOPers who "Could Be President" include Meg Whitman, who he says "has a long road ahead", and Kelly Ayotte - "The young and proven Attorney General of New Hampshire is poised to win this Senate seat next year. She has the friendly and reasonable comportment of an Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins but is more center right in her philosophy and thus better positioned for future leadership."

Young.  PROVEN.    Reasonable comportment.  Center right in her philosophy.  Future leadership.  

As we all know so well, not one of those words describe Bad Sarah. And the unspoken criticism is there - Ayotte is a woman who has held and kept a responsible position.  Ahhh, back at the AK pad this has got to be stinging the papery thin-skinned One and her Stapletongued sidekick.  Palin's only DC ally - aside from mad-Scientologist Coale - looks forward to reasonable leadership in the GOP, much like reasonable people from both parties do. There is no place for Palin on his list.


Palin fills a space at the bottom of the post along with a couple of other flops - a no-name-recognition diplomat in Singapore and Marco Rubio who is poised to lose in a Senate race against Crist in Florida.  Here Malek describes the GOP Goodtime Girl as "charismatic", "effective" and someone he "likes a lot." And apparently someone who is so out of touch that he will be perusing her book for "some clues" as to what the heck is going through that "effective" little head of hers.  Malek has telegraphed his meaning very well.  Palin is as much of a strange brew to him, long time GOP insider, as she is to the rest of us. 

Palin's flamed-out comet is becoming just a memory of a bad omen. 

Here's a final likely denouement for Palin's vampiric political career - a career that is already dead, but lives on "undead" in the minds of fantasists, extremists and C4P creepy cringers.  Already forced to dwell in a self-imposed political twilight half-life of Facebook posts and carefully orchestrated appearances, Palin's thinly shrouded and monsterous personal and financial scandals must vigilantly be kept from exposure to the light of day.

Her dwindling faithful may not question her, Team Sarah is melting into the floor, her few close associates are either falling away or considered "muzzled" and "leashed".  She can only hope to live on as a sort of "immortal" in the minds of her cultish clique, whose cash she regularly feeds on through her ungodly speaking fees, corrupt PAC and AK Trust, and pre-orders for propped up book sales.

Palin's ghastly personal scandals could very well finish her off quite soon.  There is a hunter in her woods, and he's got a silver bullet with her name on it.  Palin's phantom hopes are to vegetate in this undead fashion until the US Presidential primaries give her one last stand - a chance for drawing the last precious monies from her charismatic cult.

The spotlight clearly isn't as appealing anymore, as any focused attention could result in a slip or exposure, a release of the bats, the inner demons, the lie that unravels the tattered web.  And yet Palin's Boogeyman will always be the media she despises, who will cover her whether she gets plastic surgery, fights with Levi, or stages a run in Iowa.  These days she prefers the shadows.

If Palin somehow makes it to 2012 without a humiliating exposure, her inevitable defeats in a few primary races will decisively drive the stake through her corpselike political career, finally ending one of the downright spookiest public tales in the history of our country.

On that scary note - I wish everyone out there a delicious and fun-loving Halloween.  BOO!


UPDATE:  Of course everyone is giving thanks to S-error P for once again "Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory" as her hotly backed radical right wing candidate Hoffman lost a New York Congressional seat that has been held by the GOP for over 150 years to a moderate Democrat. For this we liberals heartily give "thanks" to Palin for wielding her anti-matter political clout in reverse as usual, and firmly consolidating her pariah status with the GOP - the party that last night won Governorships in New Jersey and Virginia with candidates that specifically asked Bad Sarah to stay away, please.  (With her usual bad manners Palin actually ran uninvited and possibly illegal robocalls at the last minute in Virginia, no doubt in order to be able to claim some influence in a race that had the winner with a double digit lead two weeks before election night.)  Finally, liberals across the land will also find themselves folding hands in thanksgiving to John McCain, who has anti-heroically managed to unleash the best weapon against the GOP that America has ever seen.

Next the spotlights will shine on Bad Sarah as she boogies with the media to flog her ghostwritten memoir beyond her shrinking sub-base of avid Facebook readers.  Oprah first, then Barbara Walters and a self important march across the land to visit her favorite rabid right conservative holier-than-thou radio and TV hosts that will ask her only fawning and adoring pre-arranged questions, plus stops at air force bases and conservative towns via bus. This will no doubt give the comedians and the rest of us a jolly holiday season filled with gaffes, La Palin word salads, dish on family scandals, and a hissing cameo appearance from Meghan "Scrooge" Stapletongue.  Palin's hasty-pudding of a book is already competing with several other tell-alls and is starting to be a hard sell, even to conservatives. FreedomWorks is now advertising the Newsmax pre-holiday price of "Going Rogue" of "Just $4.97, Best Price in the World".

$4.97 sounds like a lot for a pack of lies, refrigerator magnet wisdom and painfully extended basketball metaphors, but after all it is probably a sort of bargain.  Palin's version of events will to some degree be nailed down in writing, and any subsequent scandals that emerge will show her vividly for the purveyor of falsehoods that she is.  First the 2008 Presidential election, next the splintering of the GOP, and now the superpower to get Republican moderates voting Democratic when she weighs in on local elections.  For liberals in America, Palin truly is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Schaeffer Scorcher: This is rube white America...the cracker fundamentalist South...the Sarah Palin "He's Not-A-Real-American" Obama haters.

Rumors are bounding around the net of late - "The Trig Truth scandal is about to go viral", "An illegal fundamentalist adoption played a part""Alaska Fund Trust and SarahPAC are tainted and not generating enough $$$, hence STUFON..."

Meanwhile Frank Schaeffer continues to warn Americans and support a campaign to warn specific government officials about his very real fears of brewing violence: "I fear another Oklahoma type bombing, and most of all the assassination of President Obama."  As usual Palin plays a part in the nastiness, and now Rupert Murdoch is also named.

"If we take bin Laden seriously when he talks about God hating America's sins, we should take the America extremists as seriously. There should be no free ride for these idiots carrying weapons near presidential or other political gatherings."

"People like Operation Rescue should be investigated to see how many of their members are planning to murder more abortion providers. And if you want to know what the greatest threat to our president is, look no further than where evangelical "Christianity" intersects with Glenn Beck's fans. The FBI should seize his fan letter email. I'll bet they'd find some very interesting folks out there, people in militias, far right hate groups, and all the rest."

"They want revenge on all people not like them -- forever."

"Most of the media have ignored the looming threat of far right violence while conservatives deride those of us who link crazy talk to the potential of crazy actions."

Read Schaeffer's new interview with Raw Feed, and beware, some of the quotes from the rabid Christians threatening Schaeffer contain expletives.

If anyone thinks Schaeffer is being shrill, please note that apparently the White House itself feels "South Carolina Too Dangerous For Michelle Obama" to visit.

"Let’s get this straight: The White House has allowed first lady Michelle Obama to tool around Moscow, the Czech Republic and even Ghana in the past year, but officials are a little worried about her coming to South Carolina.

They consider the atmosphere here too dangerous.

Just when it seemed the summer of shame was over, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn says the White House is wary of bringing the first lady to the state because of the attitude of some of its residents.

Even if they are overreacting, or if Clyburn is overstating the case, it’s embarrassing. If security professionals, who apparently have reservations, actually believe it is too dangerous for the first family to visit a U.S. state, then we have dropped below the status of a Third World country.

It makes us look like buffoons, racists and backwater morons."

(Sorry about that pic everyone.  Like the fundies, it just won't go away.)

Read about fundamentalist religious adoption ring abuses here

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Devils Advocate? Palin Or McCain Should Have Won Obama's Peace Prize

I ask you, Who did more to create worldwide peace right now?

McCain for losing the 2008 Presidential election by being talked into picking the ultimate GOP disaster candidate of all time, or

Palin herself, for almost single-handedly derailing the Republican go-go ride into WW333. Her war was going to be THE WAR TO END ALL TIMES no less.

It's really hard to decide between those two. But overall, my vote goes to Palin for both accelerating the GOP loss in 2008 and the added bonus of her strange political retirement in 2009 from her short stint as a Governor of a US state after a scant 2 odd years to sell a biography and make a formalized speech designed to entertain Red China's Communist elite. By these anti-savvy maneuvers, Palin has deleted herself from possible election to any position of power in 2012 at least. Palin really does deserve some type of embroidered badge for personally derailing her own chance to inadvertently start multiple wars by dipsy-dialing on the Red Phone in the Oval Office in real time responses to bloggers and foreign heads of state.
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The vaulted and intelligent granters of the Nobel Prize seem to be no less aware of the following than you or I:

According to AP Sarah Palin said this about the troops while at church: "Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God..." In other words, war in Iraq is a personal war commission from God himself.

Palin also stated that citizens should:

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God. "

Palin's Dominionist background is far more radical than that of former President George W. Bush, who in the end suffered the nation's lowest popularity of any sitting President because of his horrendous wars. Incredibly, President George W. Bush told French President Jacques Chirac in early 2003 that Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible’s satanic agents of the Apocalypse. Yes. It is true. The former GOP President of the United States of America, in a top secret phone call to a major European ally, asked for French troops to join American soldiers in attacking Iraq as a mission from G-O-D himself.

Anyone paying attention has good reason to believe that war as waged by Americans under a Palin VP "takeover" of the Senate would be of biblical proportions - the US would have no reason to hesitate as it would be on God's side, or God would be siding with the GOP. Whatever. No wonder the usually stoic Scandanavian prize-givers got the bejessus scared out of them.

Regarding the well respected panel who rewards the Nobel Peace Prize. What I have to say is - well done. Controversy Is Good For Peace.

~The Nobel Peace Prize is a private award which may be bestowed on whomsoever is deemed fit by those that bestow it.
~The Nobel Peace Prize committee has banked a great deal of honorable political capital over the past century or so.
~This group decided to spend some of that exceptional capitol on creating peace, rather than capturing it from past efforts.
~In one stroke, this respected group made themselves more relevant to everyday news denizens than could have been anticipated. I ask you - How many times have we ever had so many conversations over a weekend or a watercooler about the Nobel Prize?

I leave it to others to debate the pros and cons of bestowing this honor on the first bi-racial American President, and the first Democrat in office in a world changed by 9/11.

I can only say that the Nobel Peace Prize has entered the 21st Century with a favoured Bang! by making itself relevant, topical and a force for peace rather than just an event that in today's news market would already have been yesterday's harvest. The Nobel Prize committee's wise decision guarantees that "peace" will be on the lips of all and sundry, from GOP lambast arses to well known topical and respected newsmakers to everyday citizens like you and I for at least several months.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Cosmic Joke Or Just Plain Karma? Murdoch Is The Biggest Blogger Of Them All

I have it on good authority that Rupert Murdoch owns the South China Morning Post - the very paper that we saw in the tight clutches of Sarah Caribou Barbie's very own hands at the airport as she left Hong Kong. Palin delivered her speech and like any diva, waited till she was in the right frame of mind to read her most important review. It took a negative spin. The original review is not available at the SCMP site anymore but Bree Palin saved it here.

I thought that the South China Morning Post must still be a "Rupert Free" paper because it published a less than positive review of Palin.

Well I languish in my cotton PJs corrected.

In the 90's, the Dow Jones swapped its holdings in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post for Rupert Murdoch's stake in a paper called - FEER - the Far Eastern Economic Review. (5th Paragraph here)

Then of course Rupurt gracefully and famously took over the Dow Jones. Giving Rupert control of all of the fun media toys, once again. (That must get boring.) In response, "Then editor, Philip Bowring (now Asia columnist for The International Herald Tribune) famously told the staff as he announced he had been sacked 'the carpetbaggers have taken over'." (6th para here)

Canadian Gary Coull, (remember that name) had been a business reporter for FEER and was coincidentally the founder of Hong Kong brokerage house CLSA. Gary Coull died in 2006.

Some English language reporters and investors decided to fight back against Murdoch's control over the less than abundant Asian free press. They did so online and presumably in their silk pajamas.

"Launched in August 2006 by a group of veteran and prominent Asia correspondents, Asia Sentinel is intended to fill a void left by the closure of such publications as AsiaWeek and the weekly edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review or FEER."

On announcement of Palin's visit to China, the Asia Sentinel offered a scathing and critical viewpoint of her selection as a speaker. And this tidbit was interesting:

"Another investor, however, called it [Palin's highly paid appearance] "typical of CLSA's decline since the death of Gary Coull," CLSA's co-founder, who died in 2006. "Or it might be a way of way of ingratiating with Beijing by making America look ridiculous," he fumed."

Coull was gone, and Murdoch had free reign to use Palin to make the United States look ridiculous in Asia, according to this unnamed investor who is in with the CLSA. So the "Palin is getting punked" thing might not have been all that wrong. We just didn't get that it wasn't the CLSA punking her. It was the high command of the Communist Chinese Party, a group Murdoch has been ingratiating himself with for decades.

Rupert seems to be paying Palin to comply willingly with his ruses while playing fast and loose with her in every possible way: moving up her book release by half a year (say what?), putting her speech in his Wall Street Journal Blog and then yanking it offline, and smashing her in print not just once, but twice and this lipstick spokesmodel thing really didn't help. I mean, Girl only came out of hiding to speak less than a week and a half ago! Bus bumping over the top of Palin fast enough Rupert? Training that rouged and rogue-y Pitbull to sit down and shut up can't be an easy task.

Turns out, Palin's karma has a more viscious bite than even Meg Stapletongue.

So has Palin finally met her match in Dominating-Big-Daddy Murdoch? Let's face it. Rupert Murdoch is the Cosmic Blogger of All Bloggers. No? Why not? After all he owns most of the media, and whatever he chooses to say can go right to print, just like all of us blogspot folks, voxers, wordpressers and others. He just doesn't have to bother to type it, and he gets a lot more traffic.

It does seem strange that in so short a time Murdoch would be so publicly cruel to his new playmate. If La Palin deviates even one step out of line, is it Big Daddy Blogger Murdoch's intention to show her exactly how he can make her or break her in an instant? Palin has had a famously thorny relationship with the media and with all bloggers. Why, in the end, should her relationship with Rupert be any different?

As that CLSA investor said, by humiliating Palin, Murdoch achieves the end of showing the high command of Communist China just where his loyalties lie. Making the US look ridiculous isn't so hard these days actually, but the Chinese Top Brass like to be amused, and when Murdoch can lay claim to doing exactly that, they just embrace him more warmly. If you have any doubt about Murdoch's desire to ingratiate himself with the leaders of Communist China, start reading here.

Strange, strange bedfellows La Palin has found herself frolicking with. And all for the sake of helping Alaska and spending more time with her family, right?

(thanks to newscorpse.com for the image.)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Wall Street Journal Flushes Palin's Speech After A Few Hours

Wonkette reports that The Wall Street Journal published the text of the Sarracuda's Hong Kong speech online here, then without explanation, yanked it offline just a few hours later.

Let's not forget of course that The Wall Street Journal is now owned lock stock and barrel by Rupert Murdoch, the one and only media tycoon that also has Palin locked into a book deal, and who also happened to arrange her Hong Kong speech.

So that's why the now-not-so-respectable WSJ is the only media outlet that "obtained" a complete transcript of Palin's speech...but what light does this throw on their decision to yank it? ...Hmmm, Rupurt is managing his Palin brand carefully and thought better of having the whole text out there for all and sundry to see, apparently. Perhaps he intends to recycle the speech at her next engagement - after a month of practice she's got all the words in almost all the right places by now. Why do you think the WSJ would pull a whoopsie like that?

To get a feel for how the speaking engagement went from the point of view of people who actually attended, check out this Bree Palin catch of the less-than-glowing review in the South China Morning Post. Looks like SCMP is one sheet that Murdoch still doesn't own, and it must be somewhat important - Bree also provided this pic of that very paper in Tundra Barbie's hands as she exits Hong Kong for some much needed R&R, no doubt.

This article from the Independent UK by attendee Robert Frisk is along the same lines but even more entertaining.

UPDATE: The WSJ didn't consider Palin's speech part of "all the news fit to print" (ok I know, that's the Grey Lady's motto). But excerpts did end up on faithful Murdoch employee Greta Van Suckup's webpage, and a version sans the silly ending and other changes is posted on Palin's very own Facebook page.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Exclusive! Palin's Hong Kong Speech - Leaked By Tina Fey

Apparently Palin's Hong Kong speech dealt with many serious Chinese/American issues such as the tire trade war, eating with chopsticks, and - shopping in Hong Kong before the pirates show up?

Good Evening then! As one of our past American presidents once famously said, “I am a Berlin pastry.” Tonight I’d like to say as well, “I am a Hong Kong dumpling.” Looking out at this wonderful audience, I’d like to say that I feel I have so much in common with you. Call me a trail blazer (winks) then but as I look out across at the sea of faces, I’m reminded of nothing so much as our own home grown Native Alaskans!

I am so excited about coming to China. From what I understand, unlike America the entire nation of your people here are Red State-ers. And thank you so much for inviting me here to this great land of Hong Kong, the birthplace of King Kong – of course, you know we Americans don’t go in much for Monarchy.

But underneath it all we’re really just so very much the same, aren’t we? For
example, I’m looking forward to trying my first Chinese Egg Roll with all of you, because I had no idea that you celebrated Easter too in such a way in this new land. It might surprise you to know that the Continent of China holds a great fascination for young Americans. As I remember even in high school, one of my basketball teammates telling me about that famous book on your geography called “The Yellow River,” written by I. P. Freely.

I understand that China became a nation just 60 years ago. I just want you to know that we real Americans appreciate your struggle, and are also happy to provide you brand new up-and-comer nations with all the wisdom and insight America has to
offer as the founder of Constitutions. In fact, I’d like to invite you to join me in thinking of the U.S. as just another Big Brother.

China is my kind of place, where the media doesn’t just make things up here. Our good friend Mr. Murdoch told me himself that in Chinese “The Free Press” means that your enterprising local laundries won’t charge for ironing on big orders. But before I spoke today, I found out that you call your President a Premier, which means “the best or the first” in American. I like the sound of that and believe me, if I could be “the
best or the first” Premier the U.S. ever had that would be the door I'd open. And everybody just loves your Premier King Wen too! Apparently there isn’t even one single negative blogger complaining about him on the internet, and that really is something also.

I understand that China does have its historical struggles. For example, in my reading I found that pirates and their pirating are such a problem here. It's no wonder because Hong Kong is just so famous for its shopping! Right when we got here, Piper and I strolled down the few blocks from our hotel and found sidewalks just like an open
air Saks 5th Avenue. It might not be popular to say so with the European Establishment, but when your waitresses wear Chanel and all the school kids have Louis Vitton backpacks, you just know your state is on the right track!

Standing here, It’s just not my style to ignore the recent inroads made by
my former election opponent Mr. Obama to virtually throw a fork in that road of America's usually friendly trade relations with China, paved so carefully by previous Republican administrations. There is no circular logic in slashing foreign tires entering on US soil for example, when we have so much riding on them, keeping our energy needs rolling towards markets both domestic and international. These globalized trade freedoms as they stand can only brighten that shining path that is so very much a part of America’s future with her yellow partner, that we puncture at our peril. Americans such as myself fully support the Hong Konganese in their quest to progress capitalism and entrapreneurialship throughout the mainland, and all the islands too.

In closing, I want to send out a strong message about our International foreign relations and mutual concern over those authors of “War and Peace.” As all know the strong symbol for China is the Dragon, and
also I have been known as quite the Pitbull when necessity calls for. Now I've not yet seen a Dragon being uplifted by a Pitbull, or vice versa, but where there’s a will there’s always away. In other words, if the world is like a Chinese Box, then China, I'm in your corner no matter where in the world I am. It’s such a little known fact that China shares a common border with America right next to my home state of proud Alaska. So I promise you, that the Russian Bear Putin won’t be rearin’ his head over here while I’m nearby, no matter how long your Continental borders run alongside together. I say, not on Mama Grizzly’s watch!

And when you Red men and women too of the Chinese nation might often strive to immigrate to the future great Red States of America, our borders will have open arms and we’ll show you just what we mean when we suggest now that you eat your Chinese food - “WITH FORKS FOR CHANGE”

And Change is what we are really all talking about here, like the Chinese goldfish that refuses to stop swimming in its American bowl. I could say more about that goldfish, but you all know already, you who know me well, that it’s just swimming away from the mainstream, not content to go with the lesser of the two evils like all
the rest.

So for tonight, I’ll just say then, Good Night, and Thank you Hong Kong and God Bless America.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Palin & Co. - "Subversives From Within" By Frank Schaeffer

I feel that this article by an individual who was formerly deep inside the Christian Evangelical movement is absolutely too important to languish on a buried Huffington Post page. I ask everyone that passes this way to please pass this article on, print it out, discuss it with others. It is very hard to accept the information it contains - even those predisposed to accepting what Frank Schaeffer says probably wish to reject the information on some level. I know because that is what I find happening to me.

But Schaeffer's message finally makes some sense out of the nutty turn that civil discourse in America has taken. The point is not to be frightened or defensive here, but informed. In that spirit I am re-posting Mr. Schaeffer's article here in it's entirety.

Acts 9-18 "And immediately there fell from his
eyes as it had been scales..."

Glenn Beck and the 9/12 Marchers: Subversives From Within

Wh
o are these people?! Where do they come from?! Ordinary Americans might wonder why anyone would stoop so low as to follow Glenn Beck, Fox News and Dick Armey (and their corporate sponsors masquerading as "FreedomWorks") as they organize their "9/12 March On Washington" to cynically exploit the 9/11 attack.

Patriotic Americans might question the organizer's aim to provide a media forum for dimwitted right wingers to scream "Liar!" "Socialist!" "Antichrist!" "Muslim!" "Death Panels!" "He's not an American!" and so on and on and on about the commander in chief charged with defending us from further attacks. And some people might even cry "shame on you!" to the more mainstream Republicans participating that include Dick Armey of FreedomWorks, as well as GOP Reps. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Pence of Indiana, Tom Price of Georgia, and South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint.

Ordinary folks from Planet Earth may ask why the Republican Party, right-wing activists and members of the Religious Right seem so unreachable with mere facts let alone decency and decorum. (As the proud father of a US Marine who fought in Afghanistan, I'm particularly outraged that these people would exploit the 9/11 attacks after my son and others were prepared to give their lives in response to our enemies.)

As a former Religious Right leader, who was raised (and home-schooled by my Evangelical-leader parents, Francis and Edith Schaeffer) in the movement, let me explain just why the ordinary rules of decency don't apply to the right these days.

Let me also answer this question: Who are these people?

Protecting Your Children From Satan

A big part of the answer to understanding the heightened climate of outright hate and fear of the "other" is the home school and Christian school movement. It is a modern incarnation of the anti-federal government ideology of earlier firebrands such as John Calhoun who was the 7th Vice President and a Southern politician in the 19th century. Calhoun embraced slavery, states' rights, limited government, and said that Americans should secede from the union if it went against their wishes. (See: "Calhoun Conservatism Raises Its Ugly Head" by Mike Lux in the Huffington Post Sept 11/09.)

In the early 1970s the evangelicals like my late father and James Dobson decided that the our society had fallen so far "away from God" and so far from "America's Christian history" that it was time to metaphorically decamp to not just another country but to another planet:. In other words virtually unnoticed by the media and mainstream political operatives, a big chunk of American society seceded from the union in all but name.

What they did is turn the white race-based in "Christian school" movement of the 1950s into a countercultural phenomena. As tens of thousands of new Christian schools opened, it was no longer just about "protecting" white kids from minorities and African-Americans. It was about protecting your children from Satan in other words the United States government's long reach through the public school system.

To protect your children from Satan -- in other words mainstream, open patriotic and pluralistic America -- you either kept them at home where mom and dad could teach the children right from wrong or send them to a cloistered private evangelical/fundamentalist school. At home or in school you used curriculum prepared by the likes of James--beat-your-child-and-dare-to-discipline-Dobson, RJ-slavery-was-a-good-thing-Rushdoony, or many and other right-wing anti-American activists. That curriculum presented "secular America" as downright evil. Hating the USA became next to godliness.

The Anti-American Home Schoolers Come Of Age

We are now several generations into this experiment of holier-than-thou withdrawal from our American mainstream culture. If you wonder who it is that's both running and underwriting organizations such as the Family Research Council, Focus On The Family, Freedom Works and other organizers of the 9/12 March and who are most faithful followers the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh or viewers of Fox News your answer is: it's the home school/Christian school generation of men and women now hitting their thirties and even forties who might as well have been raised on a different planet.

What are these home school and Christian school children taught? Here's a quote from one of the far right's leading home school curricula creators:

"The stranger in ancient Israel did not serve as a judge, although he received all the benefits of living in the land. The political question is this: By what biblical standard is the pagan to be granted the right to bring political sanctions against God's people? We recognize that unbelievers are not to vote in Church elections. Why should they be allowed to vote in civil elections in a covenanted Christian nation? Which judicial standards will they impose? By what other standard than the Bible?"
(Gary North of Institute For Christian Economics)

The generation raised on the belief that the US government is illegitimate because it is trying to "impose" non-biblical laws on people has hit the streets. These are the people who grew up indoctrinated into an alternative reality. Today they are out there waving signs of Obama dressed as Hitler. They are buying weapons and ammunition. Some are in the growing and revived militia movement. They are Dick Armey's foot soldiers. People like Armey and Beck can count on the ignorance of their dupes. It's against their religion to read a real newspaper, watch anything but Fox or go to a real school.

Evangelical Red Guards

Over the last 30 years Evangelical fundamentalists have managed to do what Chairman Mao failed to do with his Red Guards: indoctrinate a whole generation of evangelical people to see their own society as the enemy and act like subversives from within the culture. These people are more anti-American than Al-Qaeda. The "Christian Reconstruction" movement is working for theocracy. Reconstructionism (of which Gary North is one leader) says that the law given for the political and legal ordering of ancient Israel is intended for all people at all times.

Reconstructionist leader David Barton gives a definition:

"The Christian goal for the world is the universal development of Biblical theocratic republics, in which every area of life is redeemed and placed under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the rule of God's law."

Who are Glenn Beck's foot soldiers? In effect what we have is a group of indoctrinated people who have never actually lived in America because they were brought up deliberately cloistered from it by their parents and churches. Because they are legally "Americans" they can move freely around our democracy trying to destroy it working within the United States. Today they are acting like a fifth column, no, they are a fifth column. Some of them have not just seceded metaphorically, there is even a growing movement for states to secede literally.

Today the right wing America haters actually are doing to America what no "illegal" immigrants ever do: work to overthrow our democracy and replace it with a theocracy. The home-schooled, privately educated brainwashed horde are an antidemocratic, fundamentally anti-American political movement. For a start they do not accept the results of the last election.

Liberal/Progressive Wishful Thinking and Blindness

Meanwhile those ordinary Americans including many Democrats, progressives and liberals who work within the system can hardly imagine that there are people so far outside the lines of what they regard as ordinary decent behavior that the progressives seem psychologically unequipped to deal with this reality.

President Obama is one such person. His talk of bipartisanship is a pipe dream. Why?

Bipartisan Pipe Dream

Because you can't be bipartisan with people who don't play by the same rules -- say accepting the will of the people -- as you do. Obama is not alone in his gentlemanly wishful thinking. For instance consider New York Times book review editor Sam Tanenhaus saying in his book (The Death of Conservatism) that the the conservative movement is over.

Tanenhaus rightly points out that the extremism of the right has driven away traditional Republicans. I ought to know! I, as a life-long Republican and former Religious Right activist helped create this situation. But Tanenhaus and others like him just don't get the fact that the far right is resurgent, in fact more dangerous than ever as a wounded animal is dangerous. They don't get it because kindly liberals also live in a bubble.

The kindly liberal reasonable bubble of an open liberal culture in which reason, argument in fact prevails is far removed from the other America, one of militia training camps, fundamentalist churches, parents who follow Dobson's "parenting" advice by "breaking" their children and whipping them (as Dobson tells them to do in his books) and thus raising the damaged and dangerous automatons of biblical vengeance and sadism.

The Last Chess Game You'll Ever Play

What reasonable people don't understand is this: if one person is playing chess abiding by the rules and their opponent is losing at the chess game it may appear that they have lost the match. But what if one person is willing to change the rules? For instance, if you're playing chess against someone who -- if they start losing -- takes a lead pipe out of their back pocket and smashes you over the head with it the "rules" change.

Serial Killers

The real story of the Religious Right and their power to destroy is told by Max Blumenthal in Republican Gomorrah, and Jeff Sharlet in The Family and by me in Crazy For God. What our books have in common is the understanding that you can lose in the political system but still "win" -- according to your destructive agenda -- if your agenda is non-political but rather religious and apocalyptic in nature.

To understand the Religious Right today and how dangerous they are don't think politics -- think serial killers who "win" by "getting even" with the society they perceive as having disrespected them. It isn't about facts. It isn't about election results. It isn't about truth. It's about victimhood and revenge on the "elite" in other words on everyone not like you. It is about the weird combination of sadism and masochism Blumenthal describes in his book.

Think Republicans who have no plan of their own for health care reform other than stopping Obama. Think "Deathers" and "Birthers" who are all about de-legitimizing our system as "evil" because it includes rights for gays.

New Rules: Anarchy and Scorched Earth

What those who think that the power of the Religious Right and/or the Republicans is ended don't understand is that it's only ended if you believe in the rules. When I say the rules I mean, for instance, that if you lose an election the other side gets to legislate. However if your opponent is not interested in the rules and is, A) waiting for Jesus to return and consume all the "infidels" or, B) you are just waiting to take that "lead pipe" out of your back pocket -- say go to public meetings and intimidate people by carrying loaded weapons to those meetings -- or worse, maybe even use them to shoot down someone -- all polite bets are off!

The fact of the matter is we now know what the experiment in raising children outside of the American mainstream means. It means that there's a whole subculture within American culture that mistrusts facts precisely because they are facts. They glory an alternative view of not just politics but of reality.

They frequent the creationist museum and look at dioramas of dinosaurs cavorting with humans. They believe that gay people choose to be gay just stick it to the rest of us and could change if they invite Jesus into their hearts. They believe that before you run for governor of Alaska, for instance, you should get a preacher specializing in "casting out the spirit of witchcraft" to anoint you so you can win against the demonic forces of secularism -- as was the case with Sarah Palin when she first ran for governor. They believe that the NRA was telling the truth when they claimed that Obama would "take away your guns" and so have loaded up with more guns and ammunition. They think the time has come to rise up and overthrow the government. And yes, most of them also believe that black people are inferior to whites, so to have a black man in the White House is itself "proof" of American's fall from grace.

There's no arguing with such people and no winning against them using mere elections. They are not playing by American rules. Their idea of winning is not fair elections but Armageddon.

Religious Right Growing Again

Those who say that the Religious Right and the far right have lost their power are looking through the lens of rule-obeying democratic liberalism. They don't understand that their opponents will always carry the proverbial lead pipe in his or her back pocket. To the progressives who think that the Religious Right and the right wing has lost its power I say this: You're correct when it comes to political facts (for the moment) of the last election, but you're dead wrong when it comes to the way revolutions work.

Second American "Tea Party" Revolution

Revolutionaries never have played by the rules. They don't have to win by the rules. They hate the rules. They don't live in a rule based or fact based universe.

They believe they are serving a "higher cause" so it makes the "mere human" rules unimportant. They're ready to shout down opponents, call out "liar" about someone telling the truth, undermine public meetings and/or commit physical violence. They are also willing to become the tools of cynical corporate lobbyists using them for ulterior purposes, say stalling health care reform.

In order to "win" -- in other words destroy our country as we know it -- the far right merely needs to be true to its own rule which is, to put it very mildly, that coloring outside the lines is not only perfectly okay but required.

Conclusion

Not only do the Religious Right distrust facts to them facts are evil. You are "satanic" if you believe in evolution. You're also satanic if you believe health-care reform is about anything but death panels and abortions. You're satanic if you don't believe that gay people are evil or that if you think sex education is sensible. You're satanic if you don't believe in Satan!

The tactics that progressives develop for actually winning against the right have to involve far more than politics. They have to also involve ceaseless vigilance against an enemy that has now -- literally -- raised up an armed, paranoid and deluded alternative nation within our borders and created a fifth column to undermine the United States and our democracy. They need to be called out by the rest of us in no uncertain terms.

Long term the Religious Right subculture has to be understood, then exposed for what it is: an anti-democracy movement built on willful lies with potentially violent underpinnings in the thrall of an apocalyptic cult of revenge on everyone not like "us." It is also the useful tool of corporate lobbyists. Who use these shock troops of the proudly ignorant for non-ideological reasons.

The Religious Right may have lost a round politically but they've still got a "lead pipe" in their back pocket. They can still "win" by making the rest of us lose our democracy by increments. They will even spit in the rest of our faces by exploiting the national tragedy of 9/11 in their 9/12 March.

Frank Schaeffer is the author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back and the forthcoming Patience With God: Faith For People Who Don't Like Religion(Or Atheism)

UPDATE - Information IS power, and while I don't want to overburden you many fine readers, this link from GenieO takes you to another absolutely MUST READ article on the business side of the conservative equation. Please take a moment to inform yourself about "Movement Conservatism" - the selling of public policy as a commodity. Murdoch presenting Palin to Hong Kong on Sept. 23rd fits precisely into the whole, crazy quilt puzzle pattern perfectly. (see post below with polls still running to the left.)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Big Scarah In Little China - Murdoch Will Have The Last Laugh

How well connected to China is Rupert Murdoch? According to his former right hand man Bruce Dover's tell-all book "Rupert's Adventures In China," in 1996 media mogul Murdoch underwrote Web site development for the People's Daily, the Chinese Communist Party's "official mouthpiece."

That's pretty damm connected, but that's not half of it.

A quick google will bring up a half dozen connections, including an insider trading scandal involving a wealthy Hong Kong family. But that's just incidental. Murdoch operates as a Shadowy Devil Incarnate doing what ordinary mortals would consider impossible and of course, immoral. This is the man who broke the British printing unions and who launched the 4th US television network in the US. He seduced us with candy like "The Simpsons," began doping us with reality television, then to our eternal dismay and damnation, began systematically raping our nation's weakest minds with Fox News.

Murdoch's decades long campaign to control a portion of China's airwaves, and thus Chinese hearts and minds, has been relentless. He published the memoirs of Deng Xiaoping's youngest daughter and feted her at parties and at his home in the '90s. Murdoch blundered with China's leaders in the beginning, but by abject kow-towing, apologizing, making the Chinese Communist hardliners smile with pleasing censorship, insulting The Dalai Lama and generally acting just as a good propaganda minister to a repressive regime should, he slowly won them over.

Murdoch topped off his China campaign by shaking off his wife of 31 years in a surprise move and marrying Wendi Deng, a Hong Kong femme fatale 38 years his junior who was a media exec and his "great help and adviser" in his own words (pictured with him above and with Bad Sarah below). So even though silk and chopsticks aren't the first things that come to mind when you think of ol' Murder Murdoch, fact is that he and Hong Kong are kinda like Palin and Alaska, cut from the same cloth and inevitably tied together for better or worse.

Does this give any of you dear readers a better idea why, perhaps, the September 23rd CLSA Hong Kong engagement is the only one that Palin has supposedly accepted? Why her speaking fee would be enough to satisfy her insatiable lawyer? Why Meg Stapletongue is no doubt sitting on her twitching hands and refusing to respond as everyone laughs at the Big Joke that is supposed to be on Palin? Rupert Murdoch is calling the shots now for Caribou Barbie, and Beltway GOP insiders can go to hell for all she cares. Greta and John Coale are still useful, but even Greta with her established bully pulpit news program, elite Scientology status and fancy East Coast law degree is, after all, just another Murdoch employee. Just like Sarah.

I don't buy Huff Po's take on this speaking engagement, and frankly I don't understand why we don't see Rachel Weiner, Vincent Fernando at Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal Blog or others looking more closely into the Palin/Murdoch/Hong Kong connection before dismissing the date as a joke. Is even the liberal free press a Murdoch pawn? Palin won't be punked. In fact saying so is the perfect way to lower everyone's expectations. This is an event designed and orchestrated by Murdoch himself. Sarah will appear (gasps, awe and wonder!), she will deliver a speech written by a literate Murdoch pick, and she will have practiced. She will be the toast of Hong Kong, 'cause that's the way Murdoch wants it, and he always gets what he wants.

Wait and see.

In the meantime, anyone care to place some bets?


(Here's a link to a scene from "Big Trouble In Little China" one of the most entertaining B movies ever. I think of the old wizard guy with a beard as dear old Murder.)

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal Blog linked above is owned by Murdoch along with the Wall Street Journal and the Dow Jones Industrial Average Stock Index. Does he own Business Insider as well? It doesn't appear so, but who knows? Perhaps that explains why the "punked" idea got so thoroughly disseminated to lower expectations on behalf of "Sarah Doolittle" (see comments.) That still doesn't excuse Huff Po for picking up the story. Take a moment to look behind you like I just did, and make sure that Murdoch doesn't own your backside. Whew, safe for the time being anyway.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fingers Pointing Backwards - Palin Supporters Make Excuses For Sarah's No Show Blow #7

Vaunted diva of the right Sarah Palin has blown off the Alaska Family Council's much anticipated anti-abortion event at an Anchorage church like so much lint on a fine Saks Fifth Avenue jacket. According to the ADN, "President Jim Minnery said...organizers have been talking to Palin "contacts" for weeks about it..."All we can do is take people at their word..." Minnery said. "We've been working for several weeks on the event, promoting it very heavily..."

Palin "blowing" an event has now become as inevitable as the wind. And according to her so-called "conservative" fans, Palin is not to blame for this 7th fiasco. Seems like no matter what Madam Pit Bull does or doesn't do, she is not responsible for it. It's just not her fault.

IT'S WILLOW'S FAULT

debinOH visited the Cringers4Palin and reported on their comments -

"My favorite from her followers is that maybe Willow is picking up the phone & just saying yes so she can get back on the phone & talk to her friends. Yeah, I am sure that they take a yes from one of her kids. Then they spend tons of money on advertising, etc. Who are these people? I rarely go there because quite frankly I think they are nuts, but I figured it would be good for a laugh today."

NPN also took our chances last night and ventured into C4Pee territory armed with news from the ADN, and using church event organizer Jim Minnery's quoted statements as a body shield. I received very little flak as I subscribed to comments and did no further reconnaisance in the no-zone. Here's what they said:

IT'S THE EVENT'S FAULT

Hefmeir Says - "She NEVER confirmed the event. It is the EVENT's fault, not Palin's fault."

IT'S MINNERY'S FAULT

In Rebecca Mansour's words - "Minnery was the dope who dissed her about her Supreme Court pick and then backtracked and apologized. Why in the world should I believe that he's grown a brain since that stupid occurrence?"

IT'S STAR PARKER'S FAULT

Kenn - "This was a FAKE "appearance", Star Parker invented this fake "appearance."

(Perhaps to take the blame like a good conservative should, Star Parker will be appearing on Eddie Burke's odious radio hatefest today at 4pm.)

IT'S A LIBERAL CONSPIRACY

Ms Liberty says - "As for the ADN piece, perhaps I'm watching too much Glenn Beck and I've become paranoid, (NO? Ya think?) but it seems like these "she's-coming-oops!-she's-not" incidents have happened too many times now to be explained by simple miscommunication with the Palin camp. How many "Palin contacts" are there really anyway? They appear to be a four- or five-person operation at present. Surely if one of these folks misspoke and said she'd be there it shouldn't be hard to figure out who it was. It's certainly telling that these "contacts" are being kept anonymous, no? I seriously wouldn't put it past the Alinskyites to manufacture all of these crossed wires just to make Sarah look bad and her operation seem second-rate."

("Alinskyites" is C4Pee codespeak for all liberals who all rabidly use "Alinsky's Rules For Radicals" when putting forward their agenda to crush conservatives. In retaliation, conservatives must act like Alinskyites or risk a painful extermination. Or something to that effect...)

In a final stupor of Palindoration, Ms. Liberty adds - "Sarah will be remembered in the history books as the leader of the third wave of feminism. Her name will be right up there with Susan B. Anthony's."

COULD IT EVEN REMOTELY BE MEG STAPLETON'S FAULT?

PEC says - "Palin contacts? Anonymous? This is getting so bad Meg needs to put a calendar out there with scheduled events. If it is blank it is blank. I'm fine with that. Now where is Sarah? That is a big question. She is out of State?"

Poor guy, you can almost hear the panic in his pixels.

IT'S EX-GOV STAFF MEMBER KRIS PERRY'S FAULT

HRH pieces it together - "Meg gets a lot of grief, but you know, it was Kris Perry that Palin called her "right hand man" in the resignation speech. And Perry is one of the few who also left state service when Palin did, I'm assuming, to continue to work with Palin. I know we're never s'posed to assume but that was really the impression given.

Perry traveled with Palin during the VP campaign. So maybe Perry's the one who is not getting it together, and Meg as the spokesperson has to keep going out and clearing things up??"

On IM, EyeOnYou noted - "This latest fiasco has her supporters blaming the event organisers/hosts, the media for reporting this, a perhaps "current or former" member of her staff who is out to get her, a non member of her staff who is pretending to be within her clique and acting on her behalf without authorization...the list will no doubt continue on from the supporters who will find ways to blame everyone and anyone except for Sarah Palin."

So if any of you venture into C4P no-no land or heaven forbid Team Sarah, or any other rock Palin supporters can still be found dwelling under, you will no doubt discover many more culprits behind this No Show Blow #7. Kindly gather the names of those responsible parties here in comments. It will be a virtual flower garden of Palinanity, a strange bouquet watered by the tears of the devout.

Who knows, maybe one day one of them will read it and shake free of their delusions.

(Polls are still running, and more choices have been added.)