September 7, 2012
Even Sarah Palin Thinks We Should Ignore Sarah Palin

In his surprisingly punchy speech at the Democratic convention Thursday night, Senator John Kerry delivered this zinger: “Folks, Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska. Mitt Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV.”
Shortly thereafter on Fox News, Neil Cavuto asked Palin to respond. And it seems Palin is now in agreement with all the exasperated liberals who wish the political world would just ignore the former Alaska governor and onetime vice-presidential nominee:
PALIN: I think he diminished himself by even mentioning my name. How does he even know my name?

[Image: Reuters]

Even Sarah Palin Thinks We Should Ignore Sarah Palin

In his surprisingly punchy speech at the Democratic convention Thursday night, Senator John Kerry delivered this zinger: “Folks, Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska. Mitt Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV.”

Shortly thereafter on Fox News, Neil Cavuto asked Palin to respond. And it seems Palin is now in agreement with all the exasperated liberals who wish the political world would just ignore the former Alaska governor and onetime vice-presidential nominee:

PALIN: I think he diminished himself by even mentioning my name. How does he even know my name?

[Image: Reuters]

April 30, 2012
The Tea Party Is Not Happy With Chicago’s Sarah Palin Sculpture

You’d think that folks who love both red meat and Sarah Palin would rally behind a sculpture devoted to both. But for some reason, the Tea Party is not happy with this BBQ smoker in the shape of the conservative firebrand’s freedom-filled noggin.
News organizations have been rooting and snuffling around the immense Palin head, titled “We’re Having a Tea Parody” (not “Pear-ody,” as reported elsewhere), ever since mixed-media artist J. Taylor Wallace debuted it in 2011 at a Memphis public-art show. The anthropomorphic cooker hit the news again last week, when Wallace fashioned a meal with it to celebrate the opening of a new sculpture garden in Chicago.
Read more at The Atlantic Wire. [Image: J. Taylor Wallace]

The Tea Party Is Not Happy With Chicago’s Sarah Palin Sculpture

You’d think that folks who love both red meat and Sarah Palin would rally behind a sculpture devoted to both. But for some reason, the Tea Party is not happy with this BBQ smoker in the shape of the conservative firebrand’s freedom-filled noggin.

News organizations have been rooting and snuffling around the immense Palin head, titled “We’re Having a Tea Parody” (not “Pear-ody,” as reported elsewhere), ever since mixed-media artist J. Taylor Wallace debuted it in 2011 at a Memphis public-art show. The anthropomorphic cooker hit the news again last week, when Wallace fashioned a meal with it to celebrate the opening of a new sculpture garden in Chicago.

Read more at The Atlantic Wire. [Image: J. Taylor Wallace]

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Filed under: Politics Art News Sarah Palin Chicago 
April 12, 2012
An Open Letter to Sarah Palin: Why Do You Mistreat Your Donors?

Ms. Palin,Your supporters trust you. For all their cynicism about politics, they believe that you’re different: a faithful Christian with small town values and a commitment to doing right by regular Americans. You’ve used that trust to ask homemakers, retirees and small businessmen and women to send you their money. As the Web page of your official political action committeeputs it, SarahPAC is “dedicated to building America’s future by supporting fresh ideas and candidates.”But that isn’t how you’ve been spending the money. Sure, you’ve given to candidates in the past. But you spent $418,000 in the first 3 months on 2012, and none of it has gone to candidates! Nor has it gone to “fresh ideas.” In fact, as Kenneth Vogel points out, it appears that you spent $19,000 on a video that argues an HBO film about your role in the 2008 presidential campaign gets its facts wrong. Is that correct? It’s 2 minutes and 38 seconds long.
Do you think that is worth $19,000? Or $1,000? Given that you have a popular Facebook page, regular gigs on national television, and the ability to summon multiple reporters to a press conference at any time, why would you spend $19,000 saying to very few people what you could’ve said free? Even if the short video is worth thousands to you, why do you think it’s appropriate to spend money raised on the promise that you’ll support fresh ideas and candidates on contesting events that a) happened in 2008; b) have no bearing on this year’s political races or issues; c) mostly just affects your reputation; d) is unlikely to change anyone’s opinion of it? Why should your donors bankroll this?
Read more. [Image: AP]

An Open Letter to Sarah Palin: Why Do You Mistreat Your Donors?

Ms. Palin,

Your supporters trust you. For all their cynicism about politics, they believe that you’re different: a faithful Christian with small town values and a commitment to doing right by regular Americans. You’ve used that trust to ask homemakers, retirees and small businessmen and women to send you their money. As the Web page of your official political action committeeputs it, SarahPAC is “dedicated to building America’s future by supporting fresh ideas and candidates.”

But that isn’t how you’ve been spending the money. 

Sure, you’ve given to candidates in the past. But you spent $418,000 in the first 3 months on 2012, and none of it has gone to candidates! Nor has it gone to “fresh ideas.” In fact, as Kenneth Vogel points out, it appears that you spent $19,000 on a video that argues an HBO film about your role in the 2008 presidential campaign gets its facts wrong. Is that correct? It’s 2 minutes and 38 seconds long.

Do you think that is worth $19,000? Or $1,000? Given that you have a popular Facebook page, regular gigs on national television, and the ability to summon multiple reporters to a press conference at any time, why would you spend $19,000 saying to very few people what you could’ve said free? Even if the short video is worth thousands to you, why do you think it’s appropriate to spend money raised on the promise that you’ll support fresh ideas and candidates on contesting events that a) happened in 2008; b) have no bearing on this year’s political races or issues; c) mostly just affects your reputation; d) is unlikely to change anyone’s opinion of it? 

Why should your donors bankroll this?

Read more. [Image: AP]

March 13, 2012
Palin Can’t Tweet Away HBO’s Ratings Bonanza for ‘Game Change’

Game Change,HBO’s docudrama about the McCain-Palin presidential bid, pulled in 2.1 million viewers on Saturday night. The New York Times' Bill Carter reports that the film, based on Mark Halerpin and John Heilemann’s behind-the-scenes book about the 2008 presidential campaign, received the highest ratings for an HBO original movie in eight years.
For her part, the former Alaska governor and controversial vice presidential candidate tried to get her followers to tune to ReelzChannel, for the television premiere of a more complimentary film about her. The Undefeated airedthe following night. ”To get the true story, please watch the premiere of The Undefeated tonight on the REELZ channel at 8pm ET.,” she tweeted Sunday. “You can follow this link for the REELZ channel listing in your area,” she followed up. No word yet from Reelz what the ratings for The Undefeated were, but it’s hard to imagine they’d be stellar given the fact that the movie grossed $116,000 at the box office this summer.
Read more.

Palin Can’t Tweet Away HBO’s Ratings Bonanza for ‘Game Change’

Game Change,HBO’s docudrama about the McCain-Palin presidential bid, pulled in 2.1 million viewers on Saturday night. The New York TimesBill Carter reports that the film, based on Mark Halerpin and John Heilemann’s behind-the-scenes book about the 2008 presidential campaign, received the highest ratings for an HBO original movie in eight years.

For her part, the former Alaska governor and controversial vice presidential candidate tried to get her followers to tune to ReelzChannel, for the television premiere of a more complimentary film about her. The Undefeated airedthe following night. ”To get the true story, please watch the premiere of The Undefeated tonight on the REELZ channel at 8pm ET.,” she tweeted Sunday. “You can follow this link for the REELZ channel listing in your area,” she followed up. No word yet from Reelz what the ratings for The Undefeated were, but it’s hard to imagine they’d be stellar given the fact that the movie grossed $116,000 at the box office this summer.

Read more.

June 10, 2011
cheatsheet:

Toldja it was going to be good.

Wow. Just…wow.

cheatsheet:

Toldja it was going to be good.

Wow. Just…wow.

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Filed under: Sarah Palin palin emails 
June 6, 2011
"LISTEN, my children, and you shall hear
Of the early evening ride of Paul Revere,
On the twentieth, or twenty-first, of May, or possibly June, in Seventy-six, or maybe Seventy-seven;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who refudiates that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, while ringing those bells, ‘We must see the French a-coming
By land or sea or some other way, maybe by air, from the town to-night,
And tell our British friends, and our British enemies,
And warn them of bears, the big majestic polar bears, that lurk amid the French a-strumming
Their mandolins, and other French instruments, that make a patriot so squirmish.
Shoot a flair up at Lexington and Concord,
Those fabled towns of New Hampshire and Vermont
Where General Lee made his valiant stands;.
And no one will take that flair gun away from me,
Not from my cold, dead hands.
Of that church, you know the one, with the name, whatever it’s called, up in the tower as a signal light,—
One, if by land, and two, if by air;
And I on the opposite shore will be, in a very large bus;
That is painted so patriotically;
And I will ride my white steed so fair.
Then I will ride a Harley, that I was pulling on a trailer behind the bus, and spread the alarm,
Man, I love the smell of that emissions
That smell is freedom, carried by horse,
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
Not horse emissions, chopper emissions.
But horse emissions are very patriotic.
And I will warn the British that the British are coming.
Which should confuse them very much.

Then he said, ‘Good-night!’ and with shotgun in hand
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore, that Last Frontier,
We were rowing because the outboard motor didn’t work, thanks to the EPA;
Just as the sun rose over the Mighty Mississippi,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
Which sounds a little gay;
A phantom ship, part of our hollowed-out Democrat Navy
Across the moon like a prison bar, where we should lock up all the French,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified, by Fox,
And by its own reflection in the tide, not the detergent, but the water that comes in from the sea in waves, I’m not sure how exactly."

Just dug this up in The Atlantic archives. Apparently, this was Longfellow’s first draft of the immortal "Paul Revere’s Ride," written with a certain 21st century former governor in mind.

March 7, 2011
The Sarah Palin Feud Watch 

When has Gawker’s Nick Denton ever had anything in common with former first lady Barbara Bush? Or director Oliver Stone with Senator Lisa Murkowski?
The answer: When Sarah Palin has feuded with them.
Palin has monetized micro-blog bomb-throwing. She attacks people via her one-way Internet communication — the “lamestream” media reports it and she stays topical. It’s catnip. It’s a Real Housewives level of guilty pleasure voyeurism. She’s tapped into our love of shamelessness. The more we reward her with attention, the more she keeps giving … and giving.
To quantify this point, I’ve assembled a list of her media feuds since she was tapped to be veep. Call it a supplemental: A hyperlink to her hyper-sensitivity.

Read the rest of the story at The Atlantic
[Image credit Shannon Stapleton/Reuters]

The Sarah Palin Feud Watch

When has Gawker’s Nick Denton ever had anything in common with former first lady Barbara Bush? Or director Oliver Stone with Senator Lisa Murkowski?

The answer: When Sarah Palin has feuded with them.

Palin has monetized micro-blog bomb-throwing. She attacks people via her one-way Internet communication — the “lamestream” media reports it and she stays topical. It’s catnip. It’s a Real Housewives level of guilty pleasure voyeurism. She’s tapped into our love of shamelessness. The more we reward her with attention, the more she keeps giving … and giving.

To quantify this point, I’ve assembled a list of her media feuds since she was tapped to be veep. Call it a supplemental: A hyperlink to her hyper-sensitivity.

Read the rest of the story at The Atlantic

[Image credit Shannon Stapleton/Reuters]

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