Rick Santorum Needs a White Hood

January 20, 2011

Rick Santorum is the hood in the middle

Rick Santorum, former right-wing Republican (redundant, I know) Senator from Pennsylvania, not only wants to tell women what to do with their own body, he’s willing to play the Klan Kard. (Sorry, had to do it.) Speaking on a public access Christian tv show, Santorum said:

“The question is — and this is what Barack Obama didn’t want to answer — is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well if that person, human life is not a person, then, I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, ‘we are going to decide who are people and who are not people.'”

In a different interview, Santorum took the same tact:

“Today other human beings, the unborn of all races, are also wrongly treated as property and denied the right to life for the same reason; because they are not considered persons under the constitution.”

Wow. Santorum invoked the three-fifths compromise so he could take rights away from women. Wow. That’s a two-fer. A racist AND a misogynist. What an asshole. But, hey, at least he’s efficient.

Santorum had his fifteen minutes of fame several years ago when Dan Savage (gay activist, columnist) had a contest with his readers to create a definition for Santorum that best reflected his virulently homophobic positions. Even the poopdeck has standards so you’ll have to click on this link to see what the readers decided and how Santorum has been immortalized to the non-bible thumping, non-homophobic among us.

 


Weep Not For The Wealthy

January 20, 2011

What the GOP wants for America

Julian Assange says he will, er, wikileak on some of the wealthiest people in a future confidential info. dump. A former Swiss banker has provided Assange with two CDs of financial details for 2,000 of the richest individuals and corporations, including 40 politicians and celebrities.

This leak is particularly apropos right now as President Obama failed to secure an expiration of tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. Fueled by a massive misinformation campaign paid for by these wealthy Americans and enacted by their toadying congressmen, the U.S. will now operate with $700 billion less than it should have as states face unprecedented cuts to essential services such as fire and law enforcement and education. The rhetoric includes bogus claims of taxing employers (approx. 2% of the wealthiest Americans actually hire employees) and a devastating blow to purchasing power. It’s all lies, of course — and the majority of Americans opposed this tax break extension — but a sizable amount of people still buy into the bullshit that doesn’t even pass the retard test.

Conservatives like to say that corporate taxes are prohibitively high and force companies to send jobs overseas. Another lie, of course, but it’s standard rhetoric. The oil and gas companies are making record profits but are paying virtually no income taxes AND they receive government subsidies. In 2009 Exxon-Mobil paid NO income tax at all. I hate to nitpick, but I hardly consider that tax burden to be prohibitive.

And then we have the classic comments from Warren Buffett, the third-richest person in the world. Buffet made $46 million last year and paid a tax rate of 17.7%. Buffett, of course, famously said in the interview below that he pays a far lower income tax rate than his secretary does.

And, of course, we have my favorite industry: health insurers. Even as millions of Americans are losing their health insurance because it has become unaffordable, insurance companies are making record profits. Some highlights from an ABC report:

  • Wellpoint increased profits 91 percent from 2008 while it chopped 3.9 percent of its total enrollment.
  • United Health’s profit increased 28 percent from 2008, while enrollment dropped by 3.4 percent.
  • Cigna’s profit increased 346 percent and enrollment dropped 5.5 percent.
  • Humana’s profit increased by 61 percent while enrollment decreased by 1.7 percent.
  • Aetna was the only company with a drop in profit and a gain in enrollment. The company’s profit declined by 8 percent from 2008, and enrollment grew by 7 percent.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Huffington Post lists the top 11 companies that are hoarding the most cash. Taxes are too high? Hardly. Some lowlights of the cash reserves some corporations are sitting on:

  • Apple Computer – $25.6 Billion
  • Total S.A – $27 Billion
  • Google – $33.3 Billion
  • Cisco – $38.9 Billion
  • Microsoft – $43.2 Billion
  • GE – $78.3 Billion

So, with all these absurdly profitable corporations and wealthy Americans not paying their fair share of taxes, what is going to be cut from the federal budget? Good question. Well, the benevolent GOP has some answers. In the $2.5 Trillion proposal put forth by House Republicans, they want to cut the stimulus spending that is saving our country from a devastating depression, environmentally friendly programs such as public transportation, assistance to people below the poverty line, assistance to Washington, D.C. (ya know, that federal district that relies on federal dollars to function), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (ie, those ‘liberal’ propaganda outlets NPR and PBS), and pretty much everything else that is not beneficial to the wealthy, big corporations and defense. (cuz, ya know, just because we spend more on military than the rest of the world combined, it’s more important than making sure our citizens are fed, housed, and cared for.) You can read about it here and here. Bring your barf bag.

According to G. William Domhoff, professor of sociology at UC Santa Cruz, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.

“In the United States, wealth is highly concentrated in a relatively few hands. As of 2007, the top 1% of households (the upper class) owned 34.6% of all privately held wealth, and the next 19% (the managerial, professional, and small business stratum) had 50.5%, which means that just 20% of the people owned a remarkable 85%, leaving only 15% of the wealth for the bottom 80% (wage and salary workers). In terms of financial wealth (total net worth minus the value of one’s home), the top 1% of households had an even greater share: 42.7%.”

Aren’t you glad the GOP is here to make sure that trend gets even worse? Fuckers. Every single one of them. The last time wealth disparity in the U.S. was this bad was in 1929. Ya know, right before the Great Depression. Awesome.


Sarah Palin Gets a Battle Hymn

January 17, 2011

If you’re stupid and hate the right people, you too can be honored with a battle hymn of your own.

What I like best about Palinistas is that they’re too dumb to know when they should be embarrassed. It creates and perpetuates a very enjoyable cycle.


Sarah Palin In The Crosshairs

January 13, 2011

Palin's "surveyor's symbols" of death

I won’t bore you with a summary of the recent Sarah Palin catastrophe, but if you’ve been under a rock like I’ve been for the last month, here’s an article you can read on it and here’s an article you can read about the Sarah Palin connection.

It was only a matter of time before someone was killed.  In this case, six people have died so far and Gabrielle Giffords, Democratic Congresswoman from Arizona, is in critical condition after being shot in the head from point blank range.  It didn’t take a sage to see this coming.  Heck, I wrote about the dangers of the right-wing violent rhetoric in this blog months ago.

Ever since Obama was elected, we’ve seen a disturbing amount of violent rhetoric and symbolism fueled, in large part, by talk radio, FOX news and the teabagger movement.  Teabaggers have been loitering outside Obama rallies openly carrying guns and waving “don’t tread on me” signs.  Violent and insurrectional language has become a staple of right-wing media and politicians.  Several of the countless examples include (via Miles Mogulescu at The Huffington Post):

Sharron Angle: ”I hope that’s not where we’re going, but you know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I’ll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.”

Glenn Beck: “I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I should kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could.”

Ann Coulter: “My only regret with Tim McVeigh is that he did not go to the New York Times building.”

G. Gordon Liddy (on how to kill law enforcement officers): “…head shots, they are wearing body armor, head shots… or shoot for the groin”.

Dick Heller, the plaintiff in District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the US Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects the right of individuals to own guns: “We the people,’ armed, are TRULY what the Writers of the Constitution intended for us to be in Art. 1, Sec. 8, para. 15, and that is the CITIZEN MILITIA. If suicide terrorists DO attact our city, ARMED CITIZENS could be the First to counter these hostilities in our individual neighborhoods.”

Mogulescu goes on to cite The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence which lists 21 armed attacks on innocent people by right-wing vigilantes since 2008.

Sarah Palin’s role in this is not to be understated and she’s taking some serious, er, heat for it right now.  Palin is desperately trying to backtrack from the map with crosshairs she posted prior to the midterm elections, but this is one lie that is particularly difficult for her to pull off.  I mean, really, when she promotes a map like that and then comments on that map with, “Don’t retreat, instead – RELOAD!” it’s kinda hard to beg for plausible deniability.  Her sycophants will buy it, of course, because they’re fucking imbeciles, but poor ol’ Sarah is S.O.L. when it comes to people who can tie their own shoes.  But this point has been played to death as the media loves to do, so let’s move on to some more entertaining aspects of this shit pie.

Team Palin has defended her election map by stating that the targets were not, in fact, crosshairs as they appeared, but rather, “surveyor’s symbols.”  Seriously.  Personal responsibility?  Not from a right-winger and certainly not from Palin.  So, not only does Palin abhor accountability, but she also thinks everyone is as stupid as her apologists.

Thankfully for Palin, she’s not in any danger herself.  After all, she said words do not incite violence.  All is well.  Her good buddy, Glenn Beck, isn’t quite as confident, though.  In a recent email, Beck expressed a fear for Palin’s safety.  This shouldn’t be surprising coming from a guy who sees conspiracies under his bed and who wears a bulletproof vest to his own rallies, but he really has nothing to worry about since Palin says words are just words.  Beck wrote to Palin, “But please look into protection for your family. An attempt on you could bring the republic down.”  Aww, that’s cute.  I think it’s pretty clear that Beck wants to get into Palin’s waders.  Here’s some advice for you, Glenn: Cue the porn music and invite Sarah over for some moose burgers.

In typical Palin fashion, she is claiming that criticism of her is an “obscene” and “appalling” attempt by liberals to score political points.  Oh. My. Fucking. God!  This chick is unbelieable.  But, hey, we’re used to this from Palin by now.  Criticism of her is either an unfair attack by the “lamestream” media, or it’s an attack on her free speech, or it’s an attempt to score political points at her expense.  The hypocrisy defies words.  But let’s look at her free speech double-standard just for shits and giggles.

In Palin’s world of bizarre illogic, anything she says is free speech and anything critical said of her is an attack on that free speech.  Palin Lane is obviously a one-way street.  Perhaps you’ll remember when Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff, called some liberal groups “fucking retarded” for which he earned a strong rebuke from Sarah Palin.  Palin called for Obama to fire Emanuel for his comment.  Palin was offended, of course, because her son has Down Syndrome.  Palin is a principled woman, so this was important to her.  She most certainly was not trying to score cheap  political points.

Oh, wait.  Actually, she WAS trying to score cheap political points.  When Rush Limbaugh, obese mouthpiece for the GOP, said, “Our politically correct society is acting like some giant insult has taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards.  There’s going to be a retard summit at the White House,” Sarah Palin was surprisingly silent on the issue.  I guess she just thought Limbaugh, unlike Rahm Emanuel, was just exercising his god-given rights to free speech.

When the Family Guy cartoon aired an episode with a retarded character intended to be Sarah Palin’s daughter (n.b. Palin’s retarded child, Trig, is her son), Palin immediately condemned the tv program.

When “Dr.” Laura Schlessinger, reich-wing radio demogogue and righteous bitch, quit her job after criticism for using the N-word 11 times in one short radio segment, Palin immediately jumped to the good “doctor’s” defense.  Tweeting in defense of Schlessinger, Palin wrote, “”Dr.Laura:don’t retreat…reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence ‘isn’t American,not fair’)”.  Hey, lookie there!  It’s that “don’t retreat … reload!” thing again!  Moreover, Palin said that Schlessinger was being forced out of her job because her rights to free speech were being abridged.  (And, no, Palin clearly does not understand the first amendment.  No shock there.)  But, you see, in Palin’s world freedom of speech means right-wingers can say whatever they want without consequence.  And when liberals say anything negative about conservatives, then it’s an attack on the conservative’s free speech.  Apparently liberals do not havethe same rights.

But I digress.  This whole mess is nauseating.  Instead of apologizing for making some unwise decisions, Palin blames everyone but herself.  She’s not burdended with a conscience and her morals are pig shit so there’s no way she’ll change her M.O. in the future.  It’s going to be more of the same from the Palins of America and more people are going to get killed because of it.

To put a chilling point on this, Congresswoman Giffords made a prescient comment about her placement on Palin’s bullseye map when it happened:

“We need to realize that the rhetoric, and the firing people up and … for example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s ‘targeted’ list, but the thing is, the way she has it depicted, we’re in the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they’ve gotta realize that there are consequences to that action….”

Whoa.  I’m a pacifist by nature but I have to be forthright here: I will not be upset if someone puts crosshairs ‘surveyor’s symbols’ on Sarah Palin.


FOX ‘News’ Makes You Retarded

December 17, 2010

profile of typical FOX viewer

(** updated: 6:00 pm)

We interrupt this hiatus to confirm the obvious: FOX news makes you stupid.

As I addressed previously, a 2003 study from the University of Maryland found that FOX news viewers are significantly more ignorant than people who primarily get their news from … well, anywhere else.   A follow-up study is now available with data that demonstrates FOX is better than ever.  And “better” in FOX parlance means it’s now even more effective in dumbassifying its audience. 

Some quick highlights of the misinformation and you can then read the survey for yourself. 

  • 91 percent believe the stimulus legislation lost jobs
  • 72 percent believe the health reform law will increase the deficit
  • 72 percent believe the economy is getting worse
  • 60 percent believe climate change is not occurring
  • 49 percent believe income taxes have gone up
  • 63 percent believe the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts
  • 56 percent believe Obama initiated the GM/Chrysler bailout
  • 38 percent believe that most Republicans opposed TARP
  • 63 percent believe Obama was not born in the U.S. (or that it is unclear)

Yikes.  Stupidity of that magnitude takes vigilant, determined effort. 

We now return you to, er, my hiatus.

* hat tip to Julia for the aforementioned study.

**  Update: Michael Clemente, FOX’s senior vice president of news editorial, responded to the study by telling the New York Times:  “The latest Princeton Review ranked the University of Maryland among the top schools for having ‘Students Who Study The Least’ and being the ‘Best Party School’ – given these fine academic distinctions, we’ll regard the study with the same level of veracity it was ‘researched’ with.”

The only problem is that Mr. Clemente is wrong.  What the Princeton Review actually says is that the University of Maryland ranks among the “Best Northeastern Colleges.” It was No. 19 on the Review’s list of “Best Party Schools.”

So there ya have it.  FOX News excuses its misinformation with … misinformation.

Only at FOX, folks.


Palin Is Angry … Again

December 8, 2010

Palin: a 'real' American making a 'real' mockery of herself

Sistah’ Sarah recently shot a caribou on her god-awful ‘reality’ tv show.  (She also held in her hand the beating heart of a fish which I found chillingly apropos.)  I’ve never hunted and even I could see that she didn’t know what the hell she was doing.

Aaron Sorkin wrote a good column on this.  And by good I mean funny and snarky.  I like snarky.  Obviously.  Because I’m a dick.

A few quotes and then I suggest you read the whole piece yourself at the link.

“Unless you’ve never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather chair or eaten meat, save your condemnation.”

You’re right, Sarah, we’ll all just go fuck ourselves now.

The snotty quote was posted by Sarah Palin on (like all the great frontier women who’ve come before her) her Facebook page to respond to the criticism she knew and hoped would be coming after she hunted, killed and carved up a Caribou during a segment of her truly awful reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, broadcast on The-Now-Hilariously-Titled Learning Channel.

I don’t watch snuff films and you make them. You weren’t killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals. I can make the distinction between the two of us but I’ve tried and tried and for the life of me, I can’t make a distinction between what you get paid to do and what Michael Vick went to prison for doing.  I’m able to make the distinction with no pangs of hypocrisy even though I get happy every time one of you faux-macho shitheads accidentally shoots another one of you in the face.

And you didn’t just do it for fun and you didn’t just do it for money. That was the first moose ever murdered for political gain.

Well said, Mr. Sorkin.  To quote my hot (and crazy) friend Amy: “I like the cut of your jib.”  (Yes, I said jib.  And cut of.  Deal with it.)


Palin Platitudinalisms Paloozaganza

December 7, 2010

embarrassing successful, self-respecting women since 2007

Hey, if Sarah Palin can make up words and get them in the dictionary, then I can too.

All of this Palin stuff is really late but she’s always good for a laugh.

* As you know, one of Palin’s verbal gaffes has made it to the New Oxford American Dictionary.  Once on FOX and again on Twitter, Palin (created and) used the word refudiate.  Not refute; not repudiate.  Refudiate.  Responding to critics, Palin said, “Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!”  Seriously.  That imbecile compared herself to Shakespeare.

* Kelly B gave me the 4-1-1 on a Twitter page dedicated to Palin’s elocution: Shakespalin.  A couple of humorous Shakespalin quips in response to Palin’s Oxford honor:

Bristol on Mom’s “WordOfTtheYear” #Refudiate: “Kinda bummed. At our house the Dictionary WAS the perfect place to hide weed” #palin

Mock not my senseless conjugation, just tell me where I can pick up my Oxford “Word of the Year” prize money. #refudiate #palin

* Sarah Palin’s Alaska on TLC has received a bunch of attention, too.  Apparently TLC is targeting the train wreck demographic among us.    Also from Kelly B is a New Yorker article about the tv show that perfectly expresses what most of us feel.

“When it comes to Palin specifically, there is the fundamental problem that some of us don’t want to see or hear any more of her than we have to. And there are those whose objections have a physiological basis as well as an ideological one: the pitch and timbre of her voice, the rhythms of her speech, her syntax, and the way she coats acid and incoherence with cheery musical inflections join together in a sickening synergy that distresses the listener, triggering a fight-or-flight reaction. When Palin talks, my whole being wails, like Nancy Kerrigan after Tonya Harding’s ex-husband kneecapped her: “Why? Why? Why?””

Here’s a quote from her tv show.  Apparently she thinks her audience are fucking morons. (Ironic, I know.)

“The plane alights on a glacier. Do you know about glaciers? They are made of ice. Perhaps for that reason, “pilots have to be so extremely careful in landing their bush plane up there on the glacier,” Palin tells us. “It’s not like landing on a gravel strip or a paved strip. Landing on a glacier is completely different, much more dangerous.”

Palin seems like a provincial hillbilly whose only human contact and worldly experience has been with her fellow corncob pipe smokers and of whom she is the undisputed intellectual.  I can’t fathom any other reason she’d think people are so fucking dumb that a commentary on the intrinsic dangers of landing a plane on a glacier would be enlightening.  Or that she would even explain that a glacier is made of ice.  Is this woman really capable of comprehending climate change science never mind contriving policy on it?

But perhaps best of all is this quote from the half-term governor:

“About halfway up the rock, I did not know if I was going to be able to finish the task,” she tells the camera. “But I didn’t want to quit. I didn’t want to quit in front of other people.”

Ha!  I think she meant to say, “I didn’t want to quit in front of other people …AGAIN.”

* Onward … perhaps you remember the Facebook kerfuffle her kids – Bristol and Willow – had with some peers who were not big fans of the Palin tv show.  With apparently nothing cogent to say, the Palin girls resorted to homophobic invective.  TMZ turned the Facebook dialogue into a .pdf file which you can torture yourself with at the link.  It’s important to note here that Willow is 16 and Bristol is 20.  We’re not exactly talking about little kids here.  A whole family of white trash.

* Here we see that the Mama Grizzly is not the salt of the earth, folksy gal she says she is and she really only cares about herself.  A shocking revelation, no doubt.  When asked by Christine “cuddles” O’Donnell, Delaware Senate candidate, to campaign on her behalf, good ol’ average Jane declined and instead spent the day watching the Jets game from the team’s owner’s luxury box.

* This one is great.  Palin’s very own FOX “news” was caught making fun of her during a commercial break.  Uh oh.  I guess we have to now classify FOX as part of the ‘lamestream media’ that unfairly attacks Sarah the Martyr.

* And FOX isn’t the only friendly fire Palin is under.  Conservative columnist Mona Charen blasted her for, well, the obvious.

“Palin was advised by those who admire her natural gifts to bone up on policy and devote herself to governing Alaska successfully. Instead, she quit her job as governor after two and a half years, published a book (another is due next week), and seemed to chase money and empty celebrity.”

“Perhaps the former governor should not be blamed for the decisions of her adult daughter. Yet there in the audience we see Sarah and Todd Palin, mugging for the camera and cheering on their unwed-mother daughter as she bumps and grinds to the tune of “Mamma Told Me (Not to Come).” Her parents had advised her, the 20-year-old Bristol told an interviewer, that she had to stay “in character” if she expected to win. Being “in character” apparently meant descending to the vulgarity that “DWTS” peddles on a weekly basis. The momma grizzly was apparently unfazed by — or, equally disturbing, unaware of — the indignity. And this is supposed to be a conservative culture warrior?”

Ouch.

* And it gets worse.  Beloved former First Lady Barbara Bush – a.k.a. The Quaker Oats Guy – got in on the act.

Barbara Bush is also the Quaker Oats guy

“I sat next to her once, thought she was beautiful, and I think she’s very happy in Alaska …and I hope she’ll stay there.”

Oh, my.  Sarah Palin got sucker punched by a grandma.

* Peggy Noonan, another (female) conservative columnist, had a few choice words for Palin when she compared herself to Republican God Ronald Reagan:

“Excuse me, but this was ignorant even for Mrs. Palin. Reagan people quietly flipped their lids, but I’ll voice their consternation to make a larger point. Ronald Reagan was an artist who willed himself into leadership as president of a major American labor union (Screen Actors Guild, seven terms, 1947-59.) He led that union successfully through major upheavals (the Hollywood communist wars, labor-management struggles); discovered and honed his ability to speak persuasively by talking to workers on the line at General Electric for eight years; was elected to and completed two full terms as governor of California; challenged and almost unseated an incumbent president of his own party; and went on to popularize modern conservative political philosophy without the help of a conservative infrastructure. Then he was elected president.”

* A columnist at CNN jumped in on Palin’s Reagan analogy.

“Ms. Palin, serious stuff needs to be accomplished in Washington.

If you want to be a player, go to school and learn the issues. Put smart people around you and listen to them. If you want to be taken seriously, be serious. You’ve already got your own forum. If you want to be a serious presidential candidate, get to work. If you want to be an imitator of Ronald Reagan, go learn something about him and respect his legacy.

If you want to be a gadfly, just keep doing what you’re doing.”

* And last but not least, conservative MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough has seen enough of the Dipshit From The North.  Responding to Palin’s criticism of George Bush The Elder, Scarborough said:

“I suppose Palin’s harsh dismissal of this great man is more understandable after one reads her biography and realizes that, like Bush, she accomplished a great deal in her early 20s. Who wouldn’t agree that finishing third in the Miss Alaska beauty contest is every bit as treacherous as risking your life in military combat? Maybe the beauty contestant who would one day be a reality star and former governor didn’t win the Distinguished Flying Cross, but the half-termer was selected as Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants.”

Oooooh, sarcasm.  A taste of Palin’s own bile.  Nice!

* There are two main reasons Sarah Palin is such a pinata: she’s dumb and she’s mean.

* A sample of her mean streak.  Palin recently blasted Michelle Obama for the latter’s anti-childhood obesity campaign.  Who other than a few racists and Palin could possibly trash such a nice woman who is trying to help kids?  In her new book (no word yet if she wrote this one herself or if she hired a ghost writer like last time), Palin said of Michelle Obama:

“Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat. And I know I’m going to be again criticized for bringing this up, but instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician’s wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.”

Really??!!  It takes a special kind of asshole to advocate against healthy children in order to score cheap political points.  The irony here is that the only people who listen to Palin are the same ones who need Michelle Obama’s help the most: the uneducated trailer trash who serve their kids Velveeta and Pepsi casseroles.

* This isn’t the first time Palin has sharpened her cat claws and gone after Mrs. Obama.  Palin repeatedly misrepresents a quote from her in which she said she was very proud to be American for what she saw during the Presidential campaign.  Combining her best petty vitriol and race-baiting rhetoric, Palin said of Michelle Obama’s quote:

“Certainly his wife expressed this view when she said during the 2008 campaign that she had never felt proud of her country until her husband started winning elections. In retrospect, I guess this shouldn’t surprise us, since both of them spent almost two decades in the pews of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church listening to his rants against America and white people.”

What’s both humorous and shameful about Palin’s above remark is that she’s always complaining about being misquoted and misrepresented by the ‘lamestream media.’  Apparently Palin has a double standard.

* Palin’s stupidity is legendary at this point, but I’ll highlight a few examples just for my own amusement.  First, we have her college career.  She went to six colleges in five years until she eventually found one easy enough for her to squeeze out a degree in communications for which she then became a sports reporter on local tv.

* Even more impressively inept is her high school transcript.  Her innate brilliance and diligence earned her a 2.2 GPA.  On her SATs she averaged the 34th percentile.  Call me an elitist snob, but I don’t think that’s presidential material.  I don’t even think that’s 7-11 material.

* Of course there’s that little faux pas in which we learned that Palin did not know there was a difference between North and South Korea.  Not once, but twice.

* Immediately after the Wikileaks scandal, Palin said Obama should be able to take legal action against Julian Assange (the Australian Wikileaker) just like she won a court injunction for leaked excerpts from her new book: “Inexplicable: I recently won in court to stop my book ‘America by Heart’ from being leaked,” she wrote, “but US Govt can’t stop Wikileaks’ treasonous act?”

Yikes.  In just one sentence Palin proved she knows nothing about ‘fair use’ copyright law (and she claims to have studied journalism?!), she doesn’t even understand the basics of international law, and she doesn’t know what treason is.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen stupidity packaged so efficiently.

* In November Palin attacked the state of Pennsylvania’s plans to provide healthier food to public school children.  Palin – as usual – did not understand the state’s plan but that didn’t stop her from lambasting the state.  If you ever fear your cookies will be taken away, you definitely want Palin on your side.

Before meeting with (private) school children in PA, Palin Tweeted on Cookie-gate: “2 PA school speech; I’ll intro kids 2 beauty of laissez-faire via serving them cookies amidst school cookie ban debate;Nanny state run amok!”

She then met with the students, brought them cookies that she allegedly made herself and said, “I wanted these kids to bring home the idea to their parents for discussion.  Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents.”

Wow.  Not only were her facts completely wrong, but she somehow managed to get laissez-faire into her shtick.  Laissez-faire?  Really?!

Oh, and it doesn’t appear that Palin ever corrected her mistake or apologized.  Yup, trailer trash.

* Lastly, let’s touch upon one last time Palin’s disgusting race-baiting.  As said in an article at The Root:

“Her most unflinching comments, however, center on race — specifically, the racial dynamics surrounding the Obama presidency and the increasing suspicion by many progressives that Palin, the Tea Partiers and the entire anti-Obama establishment are motivated by racism.

Palin clearly thinks not. In fact, on Planet Palin, racism essentially does not exist but is merely a misanthropic by-product of African Americans’ refusal to shut up, toughen up and truly become American patriots. This question of patriotism versus racism has been tackled by both white and black leaders since before the Civil War.”

There really shouldn’t be any doubt what an awful, vile human being Palin is.  A dumb, mean, racist.  There’s really nothing more to say; Palin adequately (albeit unwittingly) says it all for us.