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Add this piece to the ravenous media fawn that it is itself decrying, that would be the obsessive and at times goofy media attention the former Governor from Alaska has racked up in the last two years—especially in the months since Sarah Palin, in fact, early-departed the very gubernatorial position that led to her assault on our collective psyche.

Other than the daily Palin onslaught what, you might ask, is prompting such a bah-humbug lament, especially at a time of the year when we should focus on kindly old men with gifts (see: John McCain)?

Just this: a whimsical Google search — or ping, in current parlance — of various terms as they pertain to Sarah Palin, during which I discovered that no politician save President Obama, and not many celebrities (thank you, Justin Bieber, which I can’t believe I’m saying) outranked the Alaskan assault rifle. Not surprising, perhaps, but really, Sarah Palin’s Alaska??

The latest of these inanities has Ms. Palin taking on the First Lady for supposedly dictating to Americans what we should and should not eat — desserts falling into the latter category.

Only Sarah Palin could reduce a childhood anti-obesity campaign to an infantile suggestion that we eat all the s’mores and cookies and sweets we can wrap our independent, free, and over-governed teeth around. It’s useful, I suppose, to know that the former Governor, who hands out cookies while expressing her view, knows her way around a kitchen.

But really, other than aiming for the low fruit of another kooky comment, what is behind this fixation? What makes Palin so worth the coverage? Probably, it’s that she is the political equivalent of Ms. South Carolina or, recently, Ms. California—two pretty women who infamously miscued on “serious” questions about politics and culture. The two beauty queens, though, went quickly away, their moments having passed fleetingly.

But Ms. Palin is the train wreck that keeps on crashing, over and over. We can’t watch or look away while Ms. Palin manages her own personal tea party, and nothing is being tossed overboard this time — except common sense and intelligence. We worship or fear or condescend to Palin, and the political Ms. Alaska continues taking questions and vying for the crown — and in the meantime the bank is always open.

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  • Stephen, you may just have done enough to stir our own Al Barger from his self-imposed silence to leap to an indignant and vigorous defence of Gov. Palin. We wait with bated breath…

  • Dear Comrade Foster,

    Rather short and pithy. Well done. But I must ask, don’t you elitist commie-lib qua commie-symp, self-appointed mavens and arbiter elegantiae et gustium have anything better to do than to obsess tediously with Sarah’s level of intelligence or lack thereof, or her lack of an Ivy League education with its supposed, so-called superior cultivation, belles lettres and high-blown intellectual and cultural sophistication?

    Would it be better for you, would it make you truly happy if she had a Ph.D in let us say French Renaissance Humanism from Princeton with a stint as an undergrad at La Sorbonne? And could quote at will Montaigne and Rabelais and their contemporaries at length – in let us say, the original French? Or would it make you even happier if she were a Classicist and had a Ph.D in Greek Tragedy or Philosophy or History with a stint at Oxford or Cambridge? And could quote at length and at will; Euripides, Plato and or Thoucydides – also in the original Greek? Would that ultimately make you happy?

    Why do I doubt not? Why do I doubt your motives? Could it be because you’re a typical pretentious and pompous commie-lib etc., elitist cultural phony and basic, devious and deceitful ideologue? Who in mindless phobia and commie-lib bias and hatred must get his or her intellectual, ideological jollies off by attacking good ‘ol Sarah with a rather nauseating uniformity and conformity of shared consensus?

    I suggest you stick with culture and go read a book, preferably a Great Book, something in Greek or Latin or French, but in translation will do too – just read something worthwhile with “ideas” which educate and inform, but most importantly, which inspire and uplift your mind and soul.

    But again, why do I doubt that you could possibly achieve the former? Could it be that you are much too smug and complacent, and much too much self-satisied and into yourself? And much too much into belaboring the point of this shared crusade of yours and your ilk to disparage and ridicule the supposed non-intelligence and utter vulgarity of the extreme commonness and ordinariness of dear ‘ol Sarah? Could that be the root of this obsession of yours? Naaaaahhhhh!

  • Baronius

    Based on the writing style, I figured that Stephen is Irv, playing devil’s adocate.

  • Irv is Al on speed…

  • All is Irv.

  • Pythagorus said, All is numba, but he was wrong.

  • Ruvy


    All these stupid attacks on Sarah Palin leave me more and more amused. Instead of doing what an intelligent person would do when trying to deal with an annoyance – ignore it – you attack and attack and attack. And you bring a woman like her closer to the executive mansion every single day.

    If Palin is indeed the empty-headed floozy you would make her out to be, eventually even Americans – who are notoriously stupid about these things – they have an empty-headed floozy for “first lady”, along with her thief and liar of a husband – will figure it out. Even if they do it too late, as they figured out Obama too late.

    Frankly, I suspect that Palin is not the empty-headed floozy you would make her out to be and millions of Americans have figured that out. When it is truly too late – when your dollar is no longer a reserve currency and your living standards have plummeted through the basement – a lot of Americans who dislike Palin now will change their minds. And then all of HER rhetoric about hope and change will be useless to you. A pity.

  • Yes, Sarah Palin is playing the long game and disarming her opponents by just pretending to be stupid. Brilliant!

  • zingzing

    ruvy, the “empty-headed floozy” in the white house actually graduated from princeton and harvard law. she could hack it at two of the most prestigious schools in america. take from that what you will. (didn’t you drop out of law school? it ain’t easy, i know, but you should know better.)

    and if you think palin is getting “closer to the executive mansion every single day,” you don’t pay close enough attention to american politics. then again, why should you, just to have an opinion?

  • Frankly, I suspect that Palin is not the empty-headed floozy you would make her out to be

    She just plays one on TV.

  • Ruvy

    It don’t matter how many diplomas you get or from where – it’s what you do with them that counts, zing.

    Michelle Obama will be remembered for having married a thief and a liar who hung around gay bars. One hell of an accomplishment, wouldn’t you say?

    As for Ms. Alaska, well it is is an interesting world, isn’t it? Looks like George Soros has your prez in his pocket along with Ms. Alaska – he’s got the whole world in his hand, eh?

  • zingzing

    “It don’t matter how many diplomas you get or from where – it’s what you do with them that counts, zing.”

    if you think she’s dumb, you might be in for a surprise. and she worked for a law firm, was assistant to the mayor, was the director of a non-profit, was on the board of directors for several organizations, was an assistant dean of student affairs at UoC, and worked with the UoC hospital as well. seems like she did a lot with her degrees before she had to give it up.

    “Michelle Obama will be remembered for having married a thief and a liar who hung around gay bars. One hell of an accomplishment, wouldn’t you say?”

    i dunno what the gay bars comment is supposed to say, but i think if you look her up, she’s probably accomplished a bit more than you have, sir. what have you done with your degree(s)?

  • Cannonshop

    The less you do in your professional life, the more likely people are to remember what you do for recreation, Zing. Considering prior to his trip to the white-house, Michelle’s Husband basically did nothing but run for office-his list of accomplishments after college is shorter than MINE.

  • zingzing

    you could put it that way if you want to, although that would be a rather dim view of things, but how does that make obama’s wife an “empty-headed floozy?”

  • zingzing

    and say what you will, but a guy who clawed himself up from a little community organizer to harvard law to editor to president of the harvard law review to law professor at university of chicago to several positions on board of directors to (concurrent to several of these positions) the state senate to the us senate to the presidency is no mean list of accomplishments.

    in fact, i call your idea that “his list of accomplishments after college [even if this does include some college accomplishments] shorter than MINE” to be utter bullshit. unless you save babies for a living or something like that.

  • It don’t matter how many diplomas you get or from where – it’s what you do with them that counts, zing.

    you mean like being an internet wind bag?

  • Cannonshop

    First off, Zing… yeah, I exaggerated…a bit. There are lots of college profs, the measure of a prof, of course, is the quality of his output-that is, how good (in the case of a law-prof) your former students do the Lawyer thing.

    So…can you name any former Barack Obama students who reference his work in the Harvard Law Review after they get out of school, judges maybe?

    (Don’t cheat on this, I did my homework.)

    HOw about that community organizing-is the community he organized in better shape for his having worked with them, worse shape, or the same shape? did his work actually accomplish anything POSITIVE for the people he was serving?

    (also did my homework here, Zing, so don’t bother lying or splitting hairs).

    As a LEGISLATOR (remember, served in the State and Federal roles here) did your hero PRIMARY sponsor any successful legislation-this is different from going “Me Too” with a co-sponsorship. This, too, is fairly easy to check.

    Does your Hero read the bills he signs into law? (he is, after all, both a Law Prof, and technically a Lawyer-he went to law school and everything. Reading is fundamental to the career he trained for…) Has he ever mis-stated the outcomes of laws he’s signed off on?

    (Easy to check here too.)

    Here’s what I see…

    You support this man, not because he deserves it or earned it, but because he has a “(D)” next to his name for political affiliation.

  • Dear Cannonship,

    Bless you.

  • zingzing

    cannonshop: “can you name any former Barack Obama students who reference his work in the Harvard Law Review…?”

    well… who says he was writing? maybe he was, but we know he was the editor, and when’s the last time you referenced an editor? care to name an occasion?

    “did his work actually accomplish anything POSITIVE for the people he was serving? (also did my homework here)”

    care to link?

    “Does your Hero read the bills he signs into law?”

    i hope so. maybe he does. does he not as far as you know? i’m sure you can provide proof that he doesn’t. also, he is not my capital-h “hero.” why is he your capital-e “enemy?”

    “Has he ever mis-stated the outcomes of laws he’s signed off on?”

    undoubtedly. laws, as applied, always have unintended consequences. that’s the problem with laws.

    “You support this man, not because he deserves it or earned it, but because he has a “(D)” next to his name for political affiliation.”

    maybe. it’s also because i like a lot of what he’s done. would i give him the benefit of the doubt with an “r” beside his name? i dunno, maybe not. but i’ve pointed out such ridiculous conundrums in the past. such is the nature of american politics. isn’t it?

  • STM

    Sarah would be OK if she had half a clue.

    Right now, she comes across as someone whose only genuine reason to visit a service station is to get more air pumped into her head.

    Sadly, though, I suspect if she one extra half a brain cell, she’d dangerous.

    Like, you run for VP, and potentially end up as the Prez, and have your finger on the big red button. Now people are talking about her as a potential president of the US in her own right. Geez.

    On that basis, it’d probably be an idea to know that Africa is a continent not a country, and that South Africa is a country (and one that has undergone momentous change in the past two decades … how could she miss that??), not just a geographical location in Africa “the country”. That’s only one of the bloopers.

    Seriously, I find it bizarre that any American could even contemplate voting for her just on that basis alone.

    If she has no clue about one the major global issues of the past 20 years, what else doesn’t she have a clue about??

    Oh, I know: tea. It’s for drinking, not for partying.

    Although given Americas new fascination with tea, the Obamas should throw a tea party on the front lawn of the White House – like the ones Liz puts on at Buck House, with cake and cucumber snadwiches and everything – for all them nice tea party folks.

    Imagine that, eh? The Tea Party mob standing around drinking cups of the precious leaf, and with their pinkies up as they chat away to Barack and Michelle.

    Tea hee.

    Americans should remember that the election of a US president is no longer just about America, whether some Americans like that or not, and the reason is: the modern world is a world largely of America’s making.

    You fart, the rest of us get the smell.

    Think: GFC.

    And blame George Bush and Co and the unregulated greed of Wall Street and their mates in London for that, not Obama.

    He was just the poor bastard who was left to pick up the pieces.

  • El Bicho

    “Does your Hero read the bills he signs into law?”

    A statement that’s a sure sign someone is ignorant of how Congress works and shouldn’t be listened to.

  • STM

    Things are bad enough as it is. Obama might be ineffectual, but in his defence, he has been required to push shit uphill and has spent most of his term watching it slip out of the barrow whenever he thinks he’s getting somewhere. But he’s not a complete idiot.

    The last thing you need is a fool in the White House.

  • STM

    Look what happened last time.

  • zing, Roger, I’m sure it’s been fun but this particular exchange has run its course. Any further outbursts will be sin-binned.

    [Your friendly comments editor for the evening]

  • STM

    Doc, you’re not censoring the rapier-like repartee are ya??

  • El Bicho

    Wouldn’t want zing and roger getting in the way of the spambots and marketers who drive so many conversations

  • STM

    EB: “Wouldn’t want zing and roger getting in the way of the spambots and marketers”.

    You mean … they’re not?

    Sh.t. All this time …

    KY, Rog. Kentucky, right??

    Surely can’t be that bad. Louisville’s a decent-sized city even if a comparitively small one.

  • STM

    And quite a pretty place, too, from memory. Only there for a couple of nights, though.

  • zingzing


  • Arch Conservative

    Gee another Palin bashing article.

    Meanwhile back in the real world…”the one we have been waiting for” and his party have spent trillions of dollars and delivered a stagnant economy with greater unemployment. they’ve just had their asses handed to them at the polls by the American voters and every leading poll shows that the citizens believe this nation is headed in the wrong direction.

    We know who the real joke is and it aint Sarah Palin.

  • Ruvy

    Hi Bing! How true. When your currency loses its reserve status (there is no longer any “if” about this) Americans’ standards of living will plummet because the dollar will be highly discounted overseas and hyper-inflation will set in in the United States. But before that happens and this internet magazine gets abandoned for lack of real money to operate it, let’s note for the yokels that the death panels that Sarah Palin predicted are coming true via the administrative end runs of the joker in Washington.

    Just for your own interest, you may want to Google up ICANN and check out the recent change in the make-up of their board of directors. Just another little thing to get you on blood pressure medication.


  • Or, as a NYT correspondent points out:

    “The new rule is specifically designed to give patients the opportunity to explain their wishes about end-of-life care to their personal physicians. It represents a thoughtful and valuable step toward allowing patients to control decisions about their own health care.”

    Ruvy, I do wish you’d stop making shit up, or swallowing whole the dribblings of the idiots who do.

  • Ruvy


    Swallowing shit is what happens to people who actually believe what the Lying Grey Lady says. It’s because the NYT has become such a pathetic lying rag that we need to look beyond the sweet glycerin of bullshit served up by these propaganda organs. It’s a shame to say that, but having grown up reading the paper, I know whereof I speak. ONCE UPON A TIME one could respect the New York Times. No longer.

  • You’re committing the ad hominem fallacy, Ruvy. Refusing to believe something for no other reason than because it’s in the New York Times makes no sense whatsoever.

    Some of us prefer to actually check the facts – unlike you, who have unquestioningly decided that Pajamas Media‘s writer, whose sole source ironically is the NYT, is telling the unvarnished truth.

    You’ve been doing that a lot lately – for example that nonsense about the “Chinese missile” the other day.

    Since Bryan Preston seems unwilling to supply a link to the regulation in question (perhaps he is afraid that people will actually read it and see through him for the cynical liar he is), we’ll have to rely on the original proposed legislation, which was dropped by the Democrats but apparently was much the same idea.

    I dare say there are a few unscrupulous doctors who will pressure their elderly patients into signing DNR orders so that they can get extra money from Medicare, and there are doubtless one or two Washington bigwigs who hope this will (a) happen and (b) have the effect of thinning the herd.

    BUT YOU WON’T FIND IT IN THE LEGISLATION. And without that, you have no proof that this is the intent: you just have Preston’s say-so.

    And Preston is either mistaken, or more likely he is lying to score a cheap political point. Giving the elderly improved access to information and resources on directing the management of their own healthcare at a future time when they may no longer be capable of making those decisions is a good thing, and to suggest, based on nothing more than malicious imagination, that the “regulation” is anything other than that does a massive disservice to older citizens and insults their intelligence.

  • Hillbilly heaven

    Gotta watch them thar death panels, Cletus. Them new city slicker folks moved in nixt doe-ah is putting ’em up on the roof of the trailer now and ah reckonz they’z attracting rays from the sun.

    They sez it’s fer free hot water and that new fangled leck-trickery, but ah reckonz theyz’re secret sun-ray death panels.

    Hey Billy Sue, any mo’ a that fraaahd possum?? Ah sho is hungry after chasin’ that dang pig aroun the yard … I cayn’t unnnerstand why she plays so hard to git.

  • Irvin F. Cohen

    Dear Hillbilly heaven,

    Cute, very cute thread of yours (#35), and exquisitely tongue-in-cheek funny.

    But I must take you to task on at least two counts. First, Hillbilly is incorrect, the correct appellation is “hilly-billy.” But “shit-kicker” and “dumb hick-hayseed-country bumpkin” and of course, genetically inbred mongoloid and animal-loving sodomite will also do, as well as father, mother, brother and sister and first cousins too, incestuous fornicator. Which both expands and gives even greater meaning to the words sodomy, incest, bestiality, buggery and the phrase “motherfucker.”

    I just have one question for you, didn’t your people, I mean kith and kin, ever hear of the term “onanism?” I mean it’s in the Bible. Oh I keep on forgetting, your people, I mean kith and kin, can’t read – my bad.

    And secondly, as to that diffident and unreceptive pig of yours, did you ever contemplate some perfume, such as “l’eau du sueur de cochon?” You know all of the Ivy League, Harvard, liberal brainiacs all use it. A reasonable English translation is: “Essence dah pig sweat.” I suggest the next time you feel frisky, you just slop on a whole passel of that oh so sophisticated perfume and have at it – whether with a pig or a cow or a donkey, your sister or your eight year-old nephew.

    Till then I must doubt whether you are a true, bonafide and legitimate hilly-billy, shit-kicking, genetically inbred mongoloid, sodomite practitioner of bestiality, incest and buggery. I am sorry, but you see I must abide by and obey a much higher intellectual calling – can you dig it, motherfucker, can you feel me? Know what I’m sayin’.

  • Irvin F. Cohen

    Dear Hillbilly heaven,

    Not to belabor a point, well actually, make that to belabor a point and do so in spades to boot; I wish to relay to you a true story. Well, admittedly it is secondhand, but it’s from my cousin and I have no reason to either doubt or not trust him in this matter.

    My cousin a few years back was traveling throughout the deep south on business. Nothing untoward or out of the ordinary in that. However because of the nature of his business he had to travel on off the beaten path, backwoods roads, far from the safety and convenience of modern highways.

    As fate would have it his air-conditioning broke down in the midst of a heat wave in the middle of August. So he pulled into the first town, really hamlet, that he could find. But it was hot and he was thirsty, so instead of finding the first auto repair shop he could, he stopped at a small bar.

    Again, nothing out of the ordinary. As he entered he noticed it was rather typical of the area, dimly lit and a bit musty, but it was also air-conditioned which made it the right choice for him. He saw that the barkeep was at the other end of the bar with some good ‘ol boys who were drinking cold beers.

    The barkeep addressed my cousin, “can I help yall?” with an air of both unease and trepidation.

    “Yes,” my cousin responded reflexively, “I’ll have a Périer with a twist of lime.”

    The barkeep looked at him quizzically, as if he were from another planet. “Say what?”

    “Never mind, make that an iced cold, diet coke with plenty of ice”

    “Sure thing…got plenty of that.” And as he fixed his drink he asked, “say… you ain’t all from these here parts…where you from?”

    “Pennsylvania…from Philadelphia to be precise.”

    “What yall doin’ bout here? What is it yall exactly do?” he asked my cousin as he brought him his ice cold coke.

    “I’m a taxidermist and I’m here…”

    The bartender stopped him at that point, “…taxi…what?”

    “Taxidermist…I mount animals…”

    The bartender again interrupted him but this time turned toward his good ‘ol boy patrons and friends at the other end of the bar. And with a broad smile on his face and a look of relief on his countenance as well, he said,

    “it’s alright boys…he’s one of us…he fucks animals too.”

    True story – trust me.

  • STM

    Ruve writes to Bing: “Americans’ standards of living will plummet because the dollar will be highly discounted overseas and hyper-inflation will set in in the United States.”

    Sorry to burst your bubble Ruve, but my own experience says that’s not true.

    We prefer to have our dollar lower here because it means we can be competitive with our export prices.

    It makes no difference at the supermarket or the car yard if you’re buying Aussie-made or Aussie-grown or produced goods.

    The only time it bites is when you want to go on holidays to the US or Europe and you get shortchanged. It also leads to slightly higher petrol prices … but it’s negligable really.

    Now, with the Aussie dollar at one for one (even higher today, I think), that’s great for punters wanting to go to America and Europe for holidays, but it’s no good for the economy generally. Our exports – and this country depends on them – are costing other people a pretty penny.

    Of course, they then go and look for cheaper stuff elsewhere.

    Part of America’s problem was that the dollar was artificially high, which froze out a lot of America’s export industries.

    Why buy an American car when you can buy an Aussie one or Jap one, or even a German one, for the same price or less, and get more?

    This year, I have seen more American fruit at the supermarket – out of season – than ever before, and lots of American goodies on the shelves over Christmas that would never have been there if our dollar was worth 80c of a US dollar.

    There’s a silver lining in every cloud, but in the case of the US dollar coming down slightly, there’s no cloud in every silver lining.

    Americans won’t be worse off … in the long run, they’ll be better off.

    But if they come to Oz for a vacation, they’ll be shelling out the same as Aussies for food and the like, instead of getting it all cheaper through the advantage of the exchange rate.

    That, truly, is the only real downside. The downside for us with a high dollar is that our tourism industry goes out the window. In America, expect more visitors spending their bucks, euros and pounds, and keeping Americans in work.

    There should be no ego – no “king dollar, we’re the best mentality” – involved in this on the part of Americans.

    America needs to export and do what it does best: Make or produce or grow quality stuff and sell it on the interrnational markets at competitive prices.

    That can only happen in any meaningful way if the greenback is at the right level.

  • Hillbilly heaven

    Irv: “True story – trust me.”

    Crocodile walks into an outback pub, orders a beer, smacks his lips and asks the barman: “What’re them boots made from, mate.”

    Barman: “Kangaroo skin.”

    Croc: “Thank Christ for that, then … if I’d wanted something that tastes like chicken, I’d have gone to KFC for lunch.”

    True story … trust me.

  • Cannonshop

    #19: Zing, first off, you’re giving him credit for what NANCY PELOSI and HARRY REID accomplished (don’t feel bad, Archie does the same thing), along with their Congressional and Senatorial colleagues. Barry just followed party-orders and signed the bills, he’s a good apparatchik, and pretty good at looking out for his own ass-but that’s it, a stuffed shirt and a clean, young face for the cameras-you could put Paris Hilton in the same job, and get the same results if she were a devoted Democrat.

    The work was done in Congress and the Senate-as it SHOULD be done. (and Yeah, I disagree with it, and see serious negative consequences are coming of it-as have already begun manifesting. if they weren’t, over a hundered large national employers wouldn’t be getting waivers wrt Polosi-Reid’s Health Insurance Scam-as signed into law by Barack Obama.)

  • Irvin F. Cohen

    Dear Hillbilly heaven (or shouldn’t that read “hilly-billy, shit-kicker, genetically inbred mongoloid, hick, hayseed, country-bumpkin, sodomite with a lascivious penchant for bestiality, intra-familial incest and all-purpose buggery?”)

    Oh yes, to be sure, I truly trust you with all my being, mind and soul. Of course it’s absolutely true!

    However I have this one slight, little question for you: Isn’t this true, little story of yours supposed to be funny? Or humorous? Or full of meaningful irony? Or something?

    So again, I must ask why is it so fucking lame? Why is it so fucking esoteric and arcane that only an elitist, pompous, condescending, arrogant, overbearing, patronizing, disdainful intellectual with acrocephaly and or oxycephaly could possible understand that piece of mysterious esoteria? Unh, unh, why? why?

    Why? Because you ain’t no goddamn hilly-billy, that’s why. Because you’re a sly, slimey-limey, actually I surmise an Aussie scion and progeny of slimey-limey convicts, criminals, paupers and deadbeats, and the worst crime known to humankind – wanton obscurantism, which appears to be the case here with your so-called sense of humor and supposed sophisticated wit or lack thereof, therein.

    So don’t be casting your humorless, unfunny, bland and insipid wanton obscurantism around here – got it?…”mate.”

  • zingzing

    cannonshop–what are you talking about? #19 makes no specific comment praising anything obama or anyone else has accomplished since becoming president. it responds to your “homework,” with both questions and requests for links to said homework, which you neglected to answer or provide.

  • Irvin F. Cohen

    Dear Hillybilly heaven,

    Correction on thread # 37 where it goes,

    “It’s alright boys…he’s one of us…he fucks animals too.”

    Should read,

    “he fucks DEAD animals too.”

    The key operative word here is “dead.”

    By the way, I still don’t get the joke, wait a minute, I think I get it now. However, sorry, still ain’t funny and still plenty dumb-ased lame.

  • Ruvy

    Stan, try reading the full quote before you attempt to impeach it.

    When your currency loses its reserve status (there is no longer any “if” about this) Americans’ standards of living will plummet because the dollar will be highly discounted overseas and hyper-inflation will set in in the United States.

    The key phrase is “when your currency loses its reserve status”.

    I’m not talking about some itty bitty adjustment, I’m talking about the fact that trillions of worthless dollars floating around will be refused as the worthless toilet paper they are – or will be deeply discounted on acceptance to create at least the illusion of making money off of a bankrupt. That’s what happens to the notes payable of a bankrupt, and each of those dollars is a note payable.

    Sarah Palin is a whole generation late in trying to save her country – if that is indeed what she is trying to do. And Barack Hussein Obama is flushing his nation down the toilet. It’s not all his “fault” that he inherited the shit sandwich he did, but his policies have only made that shit sandwich far far worse. He is indeed the bankers’ dancing boy, and the Americans will suffer for what he is doing. And since when the Americans fart, we all get to smell the stink, there will be one awful stink hanging over the planet for a long, long time. The American economy will take a shit of monumental proportions.

  • Ruvy

    And the toilet paper to wipe it up will have to be the Chinese yüan.

  • Clavos

    You make some excellent point in #34, Doc, but the discussion still misses the central point, which is that Congress struck down the end-of-life counseling provision and now Mrs. Sebelius and the administration are attempting to reinstate it by fiat, which appears to be unconstitutional.

  • Ruvy

    You’ve been doing that a lot lately – for example that nonsense about the “Chinese missile” the other day.

    You just do not want to believe that the Chinese are bullying the United States, do you, DD? That “normalcy bias” gets in your way terribly.

    This article shows how the Chinese are bullying the United States by making harder and more expensive for Americans (and others) to get the rare earth minerals they need to manufacture computers.

    It’s this “normalcy bias” that makes it easy for you to swallow the baloney about the Chinese missile not ever having existed, and makes it very hard for you to see that the United States is being bullied more and more. The world is changing – faster than any of us like.

    The American Empire is rapidly going the way of the British Empire – and the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

  • Clavos

    Erratum: Congress has not yet struck down the end-of-life provision, but is likely to do so. HHS’ move is preemptive.

  • You just do not want to believe that the Chinese are bullying the United States, do you, DD?

    What has that got to do with you and a bunch of other deluded idiots mistaking a plane for a missile?

  • The American Empire is rapidly going the way of the British Empire – and the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

    Wrong analogy, Ruve. The British Empire did not fall, like a tree: it eroded, like a mountain.

    Britain is doing just fine without its empire, actually. It just took a bit of adjusting to. Our perspective on the world is much healthier for it.

  • Ruvy

    What has that got to do with you and a bunch of other deluded idiots mistaking a plane for a missile?

    It has to do with your normalcy bias – your inability to believe something might threaten you – instead of a laboured bullshit argument that proved nothing. It wasn’t idiots, DD, who identified this as a Chinese missile. It was a whole pack of retired military. The fact that they were retired is important. THE PENTAGON WASN’T PAYING THEM TO SHUT UP, as it did active duty personnel on the payroll.

  • That “normalcy bias” gets in your way terribly.

    And what’s the “normalcy bias” here, Ruve? I should conclude from the photographs of identical contrails taken over Los Angeles on the evenings following this non-incident that the Chinese Navy has set up a missile test-firing range in the eastern Pacific?

  • It wasn’t idiots, DD, who identified this as a Chinese missile. It was a whole pack of retired military.

    Just because General Batwing says it’s a missile doesn’t make it one.

    But you just keep those appeals to authority and all those other informal fallacies coming, Ruvy.

  • And while you’re about it, you might care to explain how your missile, which as I recall was launched from somewhere in the South Pacific between Peru and French Polynesia, was seen in the Northern Pacific… coming out of the west.

  • Jordan Richardson

    That is one magic missile.

  • Hillbilly heaven

    Crocodile walks into an outback pub and orders a beer.

    Barman says: “Why the long face, mate?”

    True story trust me.

  • STM

    Doc: “The British Empire did not fall, like a tree: it eroded, like a mountain.”

    No, Doc, if freedom and democracy is a flower, it grew into something special, then blossomed like a garden …

    A crumbling mountain? Hardly. Take a look at the modern world and see the evidence.

  • Hillbilly heaven

    Irv: “So again, I must ask why is it so fucking lame?”

    Come on, Irv … you can work it out.

  • Irvin F. Cohen

    No I fucking can’t.

    By the way, I wish you would stop using such fucking vulgarity lest you be sin-binned by the fucking KGB and Gestapo agents of fucking bland and insipid and banal censorship. Hannah Arendt called it the “banality of evil” – well actually that’s a stretch but sounded good. The motherfuckers wouldn’t dare shit-can and or wipe out dear ‘ol Hannah, or would they?

    Changed my mind, cuss all you fucking want to – cause as long as they don’t censor me it’s OK.i

  • Stan, I don’t think my metaphor is too far off.

    The Appalachians used to be a mountain range as high as the Himalayas.

    Now (I’ve heard – though I’ve yet to go there) it’s a fraction of its former height, but one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

  • zingzing

    stan, you might want to look at the modern world again. and please don’t blame it all on the british. that would be rather cruel.

  • FifthBusiness

    What defines this string is the hysteria of conservatives. The article only said that Palin is pretty and vacant–or, if you will, pretty vacant. Is anyone claiming she’s Rhodes Scholar material? There, I didn’t think so.

    Irv: reading you is tiresome.You are as logorrheic as you are misinformed.

  • Irvin F. Cohen

    Dear comrade Fifth Business,

    You are as misinformed as you are mindlessly laconic and I surmise both are Himalayan in scope.

    Oh by the way, comrade Fifth Columnist, the word “tiresome” I suppose is more than adequate, but you might want to explore the word “irksome” while you’re at it.

    In fact I take it as a badge of honor that I so thoroughly annoy and irritate and possibly torment and vex such [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor] as yourself. I only hope that when you read this little missive of mine, you will be utterly annoyed and exasperated, infuriated and maddened because then I shall know that I have done my job and done it well.

    But as is so wont and typical of your ilk, I expect you to reply to me with ad hominem attack and name-calling insults such as the adjective “logorrheic” – but again that is only to be expected and de rigueur of your sort.

    But then again you could possibly resort to your time-worn, leftist dribble and warmed over Marxist spittle, in which your ilk so mindlessly cites and regurgitates your propaganda and talking points and spin as facts and the godawful truth.

    So go ahead, make my day…I dare you…nay, I double dare you…prove how right I am. Tiresome? Tiresome? How deliciously ironic, for it is thee who is so fucking tiresome and so fucking lame in the fucking brain. And I? I am simply sui genneris, which means to say pompous, overbearing, pedantic, pretentious, irksome and tiresome, verbose and vexing and irritating ad nauseam, ad infinitum.

    [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor]

  • FifthBusiness

    How dare you! My Marxist spittle is not warmed over! You… you… you beast you!

  • Irvin F. Cohen

    Dear Comrade Fifth Columnist,

    Me again.

    As for “Rhodes Scholars,” I know something thereof, therein you so condescendingly and pretentiously speak.

    I personally over thirty years ago had a rather slim chance at a Rhodes Scholarship but ignobly and cowardly forewent the effort. In my current abuse of hindsight, I was rather pessimistic and fatalistic about my chances but suffice it to say that in hindsight my chances were much better and more viable than I credited myself at that point in time.

    Nevertheless I still doubt I would have been awarded one. Perhaps it would have been closer than I again credited myself, but also again, in the final analysis, it would have been close or closer but definitely “no cigar.”

    Which brings me to your “Rhodes Scholar material” (actually it should read “Scholarship” and not “Scholar” here), my response to you is rather plain and simple, direct and straightforward:


    We have evidence of one Rhodes Scholar who was elected president and was somewhat successful. In fact one could reasonably argue that he was one of the best Republican presidents we’ve had in the past fifty-plus years.

    But he was and still is a moral and ethical scumbag, lowlife opportunist, slime dog, good ‘ol boy, piece of trailer-park white-trash. Look here, you can take the good ‘ol boy out of the trailer park, but evidently you can’t take the good ‘ol boy, white trash out of the good ‘ol boy. No matter how many fucking degrees he has from no matter how many prestigious institutions of higher learning he also possesses.

    That sort of twisted, malevolent, deceitful, cunning, clever, amoral and sophistic, opportunistic intellect and persona is no guarantee of anything – of anything good or moral or even effective. Yes, he was and still is disarmingly charming, but so was Alcibiades.

    You and your ilk’s bias and preference toward a more professorial and academic, so-called, supposed pragmatist and instrumentalist mindset, I maintain, is more dangerous and harmful and destructive than it is beneficial and or efficacious. Our current true-believer, Marxist ideological, shrewd and clever acrocephalac/oxycephalac, numb-nuts, idiot president clearly proves this proposition – in spades.

    I, as William F. Buckley once opined, I would rather choose our political leaders at random from a phone book; than from the faculty index of Harvard University. As I see it, the choice of the Harvard faculty listing is between the utter folly and fecklessness of “Cloud Cuckoo-land” or the Red Queen at the Madhatter’s Tea Party; and that of the truly sinister and evil machinations of left-wing, Marxist Machiavellians. The choice is rather simple and straightforward; you can choose a shit-load of fools and clowns, of Thersites; or you can choose a cabal of truly evil, leftwing, Marxist Iagos.

    At least the virtue of common and ordinary men and women is that they: one, happily possess common sense and a visceral understanding of right and wrong, good and evil, and that which is moral and that which is immoral, and why they ought, should and must make those distinctions, and therefore can consequently rise to the task; and two, they are unburdened by the crippling and paralyzing affects of academic folly with its utter, Himalayan mountains of intellectual masturbation and refried-shit-for-brains. (Sort of like the general pseudo-intelectual, leftist and Marxist commentary and mindless, brainless, hypocritical, double-standard censorship here at Blog-o-critter-o-land-world.)

    Let us have “doers” for our political leaders, yes, preferably somewhat thoughtful and rational, sane and reasonable, but nevertheless, still “doers;” and not sinister, destructive and deleterious, feckless intellectuals of an overly academic strain and mindset.

  • STM

    Zing, take a look at all the places that are good. Many of them have one thing in common. English as a first language (or as a de facto national language), or parliamentary democracy (or a form thereof).

    Like I say, the evidence is there. Being blind to that doesn’t mean it isn’t good evidence.

  • Irvin F. Cohen


    Are you certain that your “Marxist spittle” is not warmed over?

    Because if it’s not, that means it’s cool or cold. Which presupposes the question, do you have a pulse and is your blood warm? Or do you flit about at night and sleep during the day so that you won’t shrivel up and die due to the effects of sunlight upon you? And are you repelled by garlic and repulsed by the sign of the Christian cross? And can you only be killed with a silver bullet and a wooden stake driven through your heart?

    Well, if the answer to any of these queries of mine is yes, then it is rather obvious and patently self-evident that you truly are a Marxist scumbag!

  • Hillbilly heaven

    Ahs a roads scholar.

    Ahs allus studyin em.

    You can git yersel some naaahce fresh meat off the sides a them roads.

    Good too if yer leave it a whaaale. Week or so’s about right.

    Possum needs to be aged slightly before ya eats it.

  • Irvin F. Cohen

    Dear Hillybilly Devil,

    I’m sure you’re a rodes skoller, and of course, a Ph.D. from Cambridge or Oxford or both, in Classical Greek, Philology as well as an expert in Medieval, Wanton Obscurantism to boot.

    However I regret to inform you that possum tastes and smells worse than death and that most roades skolliars eschew its meat assiduously.

    However I suppose if you’re really, really hungry you’ll just simply have to pinch your nose and close your eyes. But before you eat it, I suggest you pound it vigorously for a long period of time, then mount it. [Gratuitous vulgarity deleted by Comments Editor] If you’re lucky, that should remove the gaminess from it.

    Unfortunately however, that won’t remove its overpowering foul odor and stench of death [Gratuitous vulgarity deleted by Comments Editor].

    At any rate, bon apétit e mangia bene!

  • zingzing

    stm: “Many of them have one thing in common.”

    a lot of them also kicked the english out. a lot of them feature bugs bunny cartoons on saturday morning television. and a lot of places that are well-off don’t have english as their official language.

    but i think you missed my point.