It must be very strange to be a former highly-compensated abstinence spokeswoman who is now the never-married mother of two children by two different fathers. It must take a fair degree of mental reconciling to be closely aligned with a political party that is so consistently and so vehemently disparaging of single mothers — well, at least when they’re not the daughters of their own former governors. But Bristol Palin somehow makes it look easy.
On December 24, the 25-year-old “Dancing With the Stars” veteran announced she’d given birth the day before to daughter Sailor Grace, and that “my heart just doubled.” Saying that “our family couldn’t be more complete,” she also shared a photo of her Tripp — who turned seven this week — meeting his baby sister.
The whole family seems delighted at the new arrival — Palin’s mother Sarah took time out of her burgeoning comedy career to share a message declaring Sailor “The best gift ever!” and saying, “Thank you, Bristol, for your strength and good heart and your love of life. The most important people in Bristol’s life were there to witness the miracle of Sailor Grace Palin’s arrival last night. Thank you for sharing the miracle with Piper, Marina, and me, Bri! And we thank Todd for taking care of the rest of the family during this most precious beginning of a great new chapter!”
Though Bristol’s ex-fiancé wasn’t included in Sarah Palin’s litany of her daughter’s “most important people” or given a last name credit, Dakota Meyer seemed to confirm his paternity on Christmas Eve with a tweet saying, “Best Christmas present ever!! I couldn’t be more proud of this little blessing.”
Bristol Palin is likely going to have her hands full for some time now, raising her two young children. But wouldn’t it terrific if now that’s got a daughter of her own, she could spend a little time to finally get more realistic about the world our girls and women live in?
I know it’s a long shot. When she announced, back in June, that she was expecting, Palin knew she was in for a heap of accusations of hypocrisy, and she stated firmly, “I do not want any lectures and I do not want any sympathy.” She also admitted, “I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you….Tripp, this new baby, and I will all be fine, because God is merciful.” It was a plea for compassion — but one undermined when she abruptly turned around and lashed out at “these giddy a$$holes” and insisted, “I have never been a paid ‘abstinence spokesperson.’”
That’s a claim that seems to ignore her gig with the Candie’s Foundation and her speaker’s bureau listing, which put “abstinence” as her primary topic. Palin then soon after wrote a straight up ignorant, facts-challenged blog post about a Washington state birth control program. In August, she unsurprisingly jumped on the anti Planned Parenthood juggernaut, with a post about “dead babies.” And just earlier this month, she listed “Eleven selfish excuses women give to justify ending their pregnancies.” Her Instagram, meanwhile, contains jokey retweets imploring poor people, “Instead of burning the American flag, why don’t you burn your welfare checks?”
How does she have time to pick so many fights and spew so many half truths while raising a family? On Monday morning, she found time to post a video on Facebook mocking Kwanzaa. Talk about leaning in.
In spite of the obstacles she’s faced, in spite of the unjust shaming for her private life, Palin seems resolutely determined to demand she not be judged while judging others. She seems fine with ignoring how unsustainable the abstinence she built a tidy side-career preaching is. She is no longer the teen America first met when her mother was on the campaign trail. She is a woman and a mother of two. Maybe now it’s time for her to grow up.
MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir has tendered his resignation to MSNBC. More than likely he was asked to leave by cowardly MSNBC Management. This leaves a huge hole in MSNBC’s lineup, taking away what was by far, their best interviewer. I mean I love you Rachael, but although she is smarter than the entire collection of Faux News bimbos combined, cutting through the bullshit in an interview isn’t her strong point. Bashir is a victim of responding to the Sno’ Ho’s ignorant and racist comments in kind – saying what a lot of us would if we had the microphone.
To be honest, if MSNBC is too chickenshit to call Palin on her pernicious and offensive racist statements…
Then they are too chickenshit for this viewer.
Putting this one under the heading of Domestic Terrorism.
Martin Bashir has resigned from MSNBC following weeks of controversy over his incendiary comments about Sarah Palin, he announced in an email posted byMediaite on Wednesday.
“Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the president of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation,” the email read in part. “It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.”
In a statement, MSNBC president Phil Griffin paid tribute to Bashir:
“Martin Bashir resigned today, effective immediately. I understand his decision and I thank him for three great years with MSNBC. Martin is a good man and respected colleague – we wish him only the best.”
Bashir had been a host on the network since 2011, and had frequently raised eyebrows with his hyperbolic commentary. But his comments in November in response to remarks about slavery by Palin touched off a firestorm. Among other things, Bashir said that someone should defecate and urinate in Palin’s mouth, a punishment delivered to some slaves. He apologized, but the comments continued tohaunt him.
Bashir’s resignation came shortly after Alec Baldwin parted ways with MSNBC over anti-gay comments he made towards a photographer. At the time, many wondered why Baldwin, who was suspended for two weeks for statements he made off the air, was seemingly being punished more than Bashir, who was not given any immediate suspension.
Bashir’s departure leaves a hole in MSNBC’s afternoon lineup. Leading candidates for the slot include MSNBC contributor and guest host Joy Reid, along with the recently hired Ronan Farrow. For the time being, Reid will fill in as a guest host.
MARTIN BASHIR: We end this week in the way it began — with America’s resident dunce, Sarah Palin, scraping the barrel of her long deceased mind, and using her all time favorite analogy in an attempt to sound intelligent about the national debt.
SARAH PALIN: Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children, and borrowing from China. When that note comes due and this isn’t racist, so try it. Try it anyway. This isn’t racist. But it’s going to be like slavery when that note is due.
BASHIR: It’ll be like slavery. Given her well-established reputation as a world class idiot, it’s hardly surprising that she should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history. So here’s an example: One of the most comprehensive first-person accounts of slavery comes from the personal diary of a man called Thomas Thistlewood, who kept copious notes for 39 years. Thistlewood was the son of a tenant farmer who arrived on the island of Jamaica in April 1750 and assumed the position of overseer at a major plantation.
What is most shocking about Thistlewood’s diary is not simply the fact that he assumes the right to own and possess other human beings, but the sheer cruelty and brutality of his regime. In 1756, he records that a slave named Darby catched [sic] eating canes; had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, S-H-I-T in his mouth. This became known as Darby’s dose, a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of the slave owners savagery and inhumanity.
And he mentions a similar incident again in 1756, this time in relation to a man he refers to as Punch. Flogged Punch well and then washed and rubbed salt pickle, lime juice and bird pepper. Made Negro Joe piss in his eyes and mouth. I could go on, but you get the point.
When Mrs. Palin invoked slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.
Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, a conservative political advocacy group, said the country is “ruled by a president who bows down to Allah,” and “is not a president of ‘we the people.'”
“I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come up with his hands out,” he said.
Klayman was joined by a group of veterans protesting the memorial closures that followed the government shutdown earlier this month. The demonstrators, who were met by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former Alaska Gov Sarah Palin, pushed through the barriers at war memorials and carried the barricades back to the White House, Confederate flags in tow.
Yup _ the president has family ties to none other than Sarah Palin, according to the genealogists atAncestry.com, a discovery the family history site made when looking for connections between political foes.
And that’s not all _ Obama also is apparently related to radio host and relentless critic Rush Limbaugh. Might you want to reconsider some of your recent comments, Mr. Limbaugh, now that you’re apparently family? Read the rest of this entry »
Weeks after losing the Republican primary to Joe Miller in one of the Tea Party coups of the 2010 election, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has announced that she will run in the general election as a write-in candidate, setting off a competitive three-way race for the seat.
Murkowski made the announcement to supporters at an Anchorage convention center on Friday.
“The gloves are off,” Murkowski said at the event, adding that Alaskans deserve a choice between the “extremist views” of Joe Miller and “inexperience” of Democratic candidate Scott McAdams.
Miller, a slightly bearded political neophyte, is strongly backed by both the Tea Party and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
The National Park Service said Thursday that it has approved the permit for the Aug. 28 Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin rally at the Lincoln Memorial.
Park Service spokesman Bill Line said the permit indicates that organizers expect 300,000 people to attend. Line said it is a “fixed rally” without a march. The rally will go from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The park service is processing a permit request for a counter demonstration and rally by the Rev. Al Sharpton on the same day along Independence Avenue, south of the memorial. Line said the Sharpton rally organizers list 3,000 expected attendees on their permit request.
Seems to be a lot of heartburn in South Caroliana Republican circles that a “Sikharoon” could soon become their Governor…
Less than two weeks ago, on Republican legislator called her a “Raghead”.
Several others have suddenly discovered they had sexual relations with her despite her being married – although such recollections seem seriously questionable at this late date.
Mrs Haley, trying to follow the Bobby Jindal path to Republican power grew up as a Sikh, her parents from India. Like Jindal, she converted to christianity and apparently found fun and fortune being a semi-white person in the Republican Party.
It would appear that at least some South Carolina Republicans aren’t real excited about her tan – although not enough to keep her from nearly winning the Republican primary.
In true South Carolina Republican form – the dirt is now really going to fly!
While national Republicans are busy advancing state Rep. Nikki Haley’s bid for governor of South Carolina, much of the state GOP establishment is working furiously to torpedo her chances in the June 22 runoff.
Gresham Barrett, the GOP congressman backed by a high-priced team of veteran consultants, has launched a two-week, take-no-prisoners assault to defeat her. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who came in a distant fourth in the Republican primary, has endorsed Barrett. So has the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. And some of her statehouse colleagues, after eight tumultuous years of Gov. Mark Sanford, are determined to stop Haley — a Sanford protégé — from taking the top job.
It’s an unusual spectacle: a rare instance in which state and national GOP interests are utterly divergent and at odds.
National Republicans — including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the Republican Governors Association — have pushed hard for Haley, pointing to her as a rising star, a potential leader in a party that’s long struggled to bring diversity into its ranks.
Both Palin and Romney endorsed her during the primary, and Romney will campaign for her again on Friday. The RGA — which claimed on primary election night that voters made a “clear choice in Nikki Haley” in spite of the looming runoff — has assisted with money and messaging. Prominent national conservative voices have jumped in to defend her. Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol and Gary Bauer, a leading social conservative, have condemned Barrett’s campaign for advancing stories suggesting Haley is not a true Christian and still attends Sikh services, as do her Indian-American parents. Bauer has even called for Barrett to fire the campaign consultant responsible.
Barrett’s having none of it, attacking Haley as “the Sanford candidate,” which for many voters conjures up the outgoing South Carolina governor’s embarrassing jaunt to Argentina to visit his mistress. Read the rest of this entry »
Guess I’m not the only one who has grown tired of the MSM’s breathless fawning over the Tea Baggers – actually going so far as to classify it as a “movement”. You’d think the Sno’ Ho’s new fence was as worthy of note as say – the looming possibility of another Military confrontation in Korea, or the rapidly deteriorating situation in the Middle East with Israel’s massive mishandling of their interception of the Aid ships bound for Gaza.
I mean, a bunch of racist, horny, old white men willing to shell out good money to see a woman too stupid to remember what her party stands for without writing it on her Hillbilly Palm Pilot is hardly news in this country. Entire movie careers have been built by women being beautiful, and at least pretending (unlike the Sno’ Ho’) to be stupid. The fact that she can’t hallucinate about seeing Russia from her back door anymore because of a 12′ tall fence…
Benjamin Todd Jealous
When I was a kid in this country we celebrated our best and brightest.
Conservatism in this country has reduced the body politic to the venal, banal, hypocritical, and stupid.
In the 60’s, the anti-Vietnam war and liberal movements germinated from the Civil Rights Movement. Historically, black folks in this country have been front and center in the causation of a lot of our history – both good and bad…
Maybe Mr. Jealous can do it again, and help inspire some folks to step away from the precipice.
The tea party movement sweeping the U.S. political landscape has benefited from voter mobilization techniques pioneered by the NAACP, and the nation’s oldest civil rights organization needs to rely on that outreach to fight back in the midterm elections, two NAACP leaders said Saturday.
“I think they took a page out of our own play book, and we have to beat them at their own game. We ought to know how to meet them on the front line,” board chairman Roslyn Brock said in a town hall meeting at the NAACP’s annual youth leadership summit.
Brock and Benjamin Todd Jealous, the organization’s president and CEO, urged their members not to become complacent about their achievements or dissuaded by media attention on small, but loud, gatherings of conservative protesters.
If intelligent alien life forms do exist out in the vastness of the space, they might not be the friendly cosmic neighbors the people of Earth are looking for, famed British scientist Stephen Hawking says in a new television series chronicling his work to explore the secrets of the universe.
An advanced spacefaring extraterrestrial civilization could end up wandering the universe in enormous spaceships on the prowl for vital materials after consuming the natural resources of their own world, Hawking explains in an episode of the show “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking,” which premiered Sunday on the Discovery Channel.
“Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach,” Hawking said. “If so, it makes sense for them to exploit each new planet for material to build more spaceships so they could move on. Who knows what the limits would be?”
In the four-part series, Hawking explores topics such as aliens, time travel, and the origin of the universe.
In one episode, he suggests an alien species could be capable of harnessing solar energy to open up a wormhole in space to travel to distant parts of the universe.
“It might be possible to collect the energy from an entire star,” he says. “To do that they could deploy millions of mirrors in space, encircling the whole sun and feeding the power to one single collection point.”
Hawking, one of the world’s most famous scientists, is a British theoretical physicist and former professor at Cambridge University in England. He gained fame through his bestselling book, “A Brief History of Time.”
The Times Joe Klein says the “S” word relative to some of the right wing media activity. He isn’t the only person saying that, as this article over at HuffPo by Andrew Reinbach points out:
Meanwhile, the Right-Wing media has been doing everything it can to whip up anger and hatred against government at every level, and the Republican Party has been pandering to the Tea Party movement by steadily moving to the Right, hoping thereby to be able to count on those votes come November.
Some of that whipping up is dangerously close to sedition — incitement to revolt against established government — even if it is cloaked in calls to defend the people’s government from Socialism, and similar fantasies.
The resulting hysteria has intensified since the 2008 election. In that one-year period, the number of Right-Wing militias has mushroomed–according to the Southern Poverty Legal Center, from 42 in 2008, to 127 in 2009.
The issue here is that the Faux News Media personalities have crossed the line from dissent into the realm of Treason and Sedition. As much as I hate the idea of repressing Free Speech, there comes a time to ask some serious questions.
I disagree with Joe Klein only based on the fact that Beck and Limbaugh are on the public airwaves – and as such, when lying or deliberately providing flase information over the public airwaves in an attempt to incite insurrection…
Are committing Sedition. Sarah Palin doesn’t have that publicly provided soap box. What she says in front of a froth mouth group of Tea Bagger idiots speaking before the nimrods…
As such, short of actually calling for and inciting violent acts – is protected.
Blagojevich, referring to the president as “this guy,” says Obama was elected based simply on hope.
“What the (expletive)? Everything he’s saying’s on the teleprompter,” Blagojevich told the magazine for a story in its February issue, which hits newsstands Jan. 19.
“I’m blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived,” Blagojevich said. “I saw it all growing up.”
Next we’ll have the Sno’ Ho’ – Claiming “I can see black people from my porch in Alaska!”
To hear conservatives tell it, President Obama’s poll numbers are dropping faster than some of our more published black conservatives to their knees…
When confronted with a white conservative with his pants unzipped.
Unfortunately for conservatives and Republicans, between the self inflicted political suicide by bimbos (conservative toast), and the general lackluster talent available in the conservative sphere…
That still doesn’t mean a Republican can win an election.
According to the latest Poll of potential candidates for the 2012 Presidential race – Obama led:
Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, by nine points: 47 percent to 38 percent, with 15 percent undecided
Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, by 10 points: 48 percent to 38 percent, with 15 percent undecided.
Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, by 18 points: 52 percent to 34 percent, with 15 percent undecided.
Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, by 19 points: 53 percent to 34 percent, with 13 percent undecided
Meaning the Neutered One, and the Sno’ Ho’ don’t stand a Sno’ Ho’s chance in Hell .
As for Romney, non conservatives like him more than conservatives – who won’t vote for him because he’s a Mormon. Which in their view is “non-christian” and “Satan’s religion”.
Huckabee, at this point has to be the odd’s on favorite to be the Republican candidate sans another “Bimbo eruption” so seemingly common to the sanctimonious. This anti-conservative actually likes Huckabee (not enough to vote for him against Obama at this point), not the least because unlike many of his fellow conservatives…