Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sarah's Idea of Service

With the inauguration on the horizon today, the President elect has issued a historic call for unity and asked Americans to find ways to serve the country. Bad Sarah took pains on several occasions last year to point out that the real patriots in America live in small towns, like she does. So is BS planning to honor veterans? Plant a tree? Visit a school on MLK day?

Umm. No.

Instead, Sarah Palin has just announced her very own initiative, for which she will mobilize the time of Alaskan public servants and the funds available to the great state of Alaska. It is a unique "call to service" - the threat of a lawsuit by her office against the United States government over the fact that America wishes to protect Beluga whales.

There are about 400 of these animals in Cook inlet presently. The beluga is still recovering from a population loss of two-thirds over the last 30 years. “Once again Governor Palin has demonstrated either a complete lack of understanding or lack of concern over the plight of endangered species," says Brendan Cummings, Center for Biological Diversity.

Sarah Palin seems to be our modern day equivalent of Captian Ahab - a tyrannical fictional character hell bent on killing all whales, but especially one that he considered a personal enemy.

The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them, till they are left living on with half a heart and half a lung...All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick. He piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart's shell upon it.

Guess that's how a real patriot spends their time these days.

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