Thursday, September 25, 2008
And Matt Taibbi over at Rolling Stone has had it with all of you. He tells you so in "The Lies of Sarah Palin," available here.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
And now, someone I never thought I would praise: Patrick J. Buchanan, who, uncomfortably, appears to have been, well, right the whole time. Maybe not about everything, but certainly about one big thing he predicated his entire presidential run on: the economy.
And strict constitutional constructionist Ron Paul also appears to know what he's talking about, after being mocked by many, many people (including myself), namely the stupid, stupid STUPID bailouts of institutions that broke themselves on greed.
And finally, Jonathan Lethem on politics in the most recent Batman movie, which he only saw for the first time as the market started to slide into oblivion. Please note: NOT BORING.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The screencaps of her account were almost immediately taken down, but "almost immediately" is like, years in internet world. Manhattan media blog Gawker picked them up, and since this is both depressing and newsworthy, they will be all over the internet very soon (click to enlarge).
"This is a shocking invasion of the Governor's privacy and a violation of law," says to McCain-Palin campaign manager Rick Davis. "The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them. We will have no further comment."
And I hope that anyone in possession of a winning lottery ticket will turn it over to me, but the chances are slim. Sadly for Mr. Davis, having nothing to do with the theft of this information I am free to post as much of it as I want, due to pesky amendments like that great big one at the beginning.
Accordingly, here is real live proof that Sarah Palin was using her personal email address to conduct government business, along with a screencap via Gawker, which has the rest of the emails and quite a bit of other material, altered to redact the Sean Parnell's email address (c'mon, guys, that's no way to behave). Palin's account is closed for the duration, so no point in hiding it. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for a bounceback proving that she has closed the account, presumably destroying evidence in the ongoing "Troopergate" investigation in the process.
From: Sean personal2
To: Sarah's Personal Email
Sent: Jul 23, 2008 5:40 PM
Subject: Re: Looks like it's my turn in dan's crosshairs
Yesterday, as I set the record straight on my support for you and my ads, Fagan asked if I supported ACES. I told him I did, gave my reasons why and now he's replaying it over and over next to my ad where I tell people I'm for lower taxes. (which was my legislative history, voted against a state income tax, fought Tony's long range financial plan that included five new taxes, didn't raise taxes when oil was at 9 dollars a barrel, cut spending instead.)
It got ugly and will be.
Thursday, July 24, 2008 2:14 AM
To: "Sean personal2"
Subject: Re: Looks like it's my turn in dan's crosshairs
Arghhh! He is so inconsistent and purposefully misleading! I am sorry Sean. He can keep trying, but you are the right one for the congressional position and he KNOWS it (that's the inconsistency!)…remember how he said it all only really matters on matters like LIFE, honesty, ability, etc…all those things you are (as opposed to attributes of your opponents)? He knows you fit all of this, and conservatives', and Alaskans' criteria. His fighting you reveals some evil stuff going on with him. Does he want someone OPPOSED to the life issue in Congress? NOT capable of working with both parties? NOT experienced and capable and standing strong on all the right issues?
I am so sorry he does this.
Monday, September 8, 2008
"The prayer of the scientist if he prayed, which is not likely:
'Lord, grant that my work increase knowledge and help other men.
'Failing that, Lord, grant that it will not lead to man’s destruction.
'Failing that, Lord, grant that my article in Brain be published before the destruction takes place.'"
- Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins
Sunday, September 7, 2008
P.J. O'Rourke: "The Problem is Politics"
"Laugh, Both of You" will be a weekly addition to this blog in which I try to find something both Republicans and Democrats will find funny. Republicans, for example, will be amused that the Democratic entry is a music video and the Republican entry is an essay, while Democrats will giggle that P.J. O'Rourke is still the funniest Republican.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
PAPPY whips off his hat and slaps JUNIOR with it
- Joel and Ethan Coen, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
THEY WANT A WEAK AMERICA
When another friend suggested that Obama was much more popular in Europe than he is here, Jason responded, "Of course he is! They want a weak America!"
As a whole, Europeans don't, of course, want a "weak America" if they know what's good for them. Europe is filled with borderline or full-blown socialist republics that can't afford to spend a penny on defense because of bloated public works and benefits programs; in England, you have to make a significant amount of money for it to even be worth working - going "on the dole" is a decent living. With words and with soldiers supplied to the UN, we keep their countries safe for them.
In this country, a similar scenario has been a conservative nightmare for decades. Ronald Reagan sold himself to the American public as the scourge of the "welfare queen," a woman he had read about in the New York Times and described with some measure of hyperbole (four welfare-collecting aliases became "eighty," $8,000 in fraud became "$100,000"). If enough of these people become a drag on our public funds, the theory goes, we'll have to cut defense spending, which would put us at the mercy of those people who want a weak America, whoever they may be.
And the new version is probably not worth restarting the Cold War over.
"That's a little cowardly," said my friend.
"Think what you want," said his grandmother. "The whole nursing home feels the same way."
I ranted to David, my editor, who is a native Australian, that this was the exact opposite of what old people actually need: Obama wants to start wide-ranging healthcare reforms, using taxes on the wealthy to benefit the poor and indigent. If you're elderly and in a nursing home, you stand a good chance of reaping the benefits of an Obama presidency.
"And racism keeps them from voting in their own self-interest!" I practicallly screamed.
David was unperturbed.
"Then they deserve exactly what they get."
Yes, as Mitt Romney so often said during his campaign, "Washington is broken!" and as he said last night, "We need a conservative Washington!" These aren't out-of-context quotes, mind you - they were the mantras of his campaign for the nomination and now they're part of John McCain's presidential bid, which supposedly exists to use Republicans to shake up a Washington, DC that overwhelmingly supported President Bush whenever it could, to the extent of prosecuting a war on false pretenses and creating an illegal prison in Cuba.
Sarah Palin has joined the McCain campaign to represent voters who feel disenfranchised: normal people who have problems with their kids, need to juggle engagements, grew up worrying about money, and don't trust the federal government.
The choice, as Mike Murphy accidentally pointed out in that MSNBC clip, is entirely cynical. On the one hand, Palin is the governor of Alaska. As long as McCain is alive and in office, she will never be able to affect policy or change any significant aspect of the government; McCain will do as he pleases, which, given his impulsive remarks about Georgia, will be unpredictable at best.
On the other hand, if (God forbid) the 72-year-old cancer survivor dies in office, America will be left with a mother of five (including a Down syndrome infant), who was last seen threatening to fire the town librarian for refusing to censor books that Palin didn't like, who got her passport in 2006, who drove a rift between townspeople by dragging, of all things, abortion into a mayoral election in a town of 6,000, and who considers the Iraq war and a $30 billion oil pipeline missions from God like some mirror-universe Blues Brother.
Palin has been lauded, by McCain and by herself, as someone who opposed the "bridge to nowhere" (which she not only supported until it was all but scuttled, but used as campaign point in her gubernatorial campaign), who fought evil dumbass Ted Stevens (for whom she created an admiration society), and as an enemy of earmarks (which, in the pork capital of the universe, she of course is not).
Obama, bizarrely, has revealed himself to be not merely the wiser and more gracious candidate, suggesting that the media "back off" stories about her family life without even a mention of her incredible claim that she has just as much experience as he does (20 months as leader of the country's 47th-largest state - by population - apparently equals three years in the senate, eight years in the state legislature, and 22 years as an organizer on the South Side of Chicago), but also the more conservative.
Sam Thielman is a New York-based writer. He can be reached by email at sam.thielman at gmail dot com.