Palin Making News Again

On April 29, 2014, in Barack Obama, Coal, Sarah Palin, by RyderNanya

[guest post by Dana] At this weekend’s annual NRA convention, Sarah Palin made waves with her speech . In typical Palin fashion, she captivated her audience and was met with cheers and applause. One expects the left to be in a tizzy of course, because guns . However, there are a surprising number on the right who have taken her to task for her joke invoking Christianity’s sacrament of baptism with regard to water boarding (beginning at the 6:40 mark). Focusing on the United State’s current counter-terrorism policies, Palin described what she would do if she were in charge, “Come on. Enemies, who would utterly annihilate America, they who’d obviously have information on plots, to carry out Jihad. Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists.” Critics scolded that baptism isn’t a good punchline for a terrorist joke ; disliked her uniting government with religion and making herself both judge and arbiter ; while yet others accused her of sacrilegious jibe and invoking baptism to celebrate torture. I have excerpted a portion of one writer’s take that caught my eye, In our attempts to dehumanize our enemy we end up becoming less than human ourselves. It would be a Pyrrhic victory to save civilization and lose our humanity. We must never hesitate to defend our culture, our future, and our lives against those who seek to destroy us. The liberal cosmopolitan elite appeal to tolerance and understanding in the face of such an enemy is suicidal. However, the right-wing populist position, which is willing to face up to and address the evil of terrorism, fails to understand the ramifications of becoming like the enemy by dehumanizing them. The entirety focuses on the spiritual implications of Palin’s statement, water boarding, and the Christian. However, along with Palin’s controversial comments and the historical treatment of her by the left/MSM, consider the excerpt in a more broad brush generic way as it relates to politics: Becoming like the enemy. In light of that, what are the limits of how far the right can – and should – go when calling out the hypocrisy, smear tactics and campaigns to destroy by the left? At what point do we start resembling the very people we are attempting to expose? When does it end up becoming self-destructive, thus giving an unintended victory to our opponents? In other words, do we play just as dirty as our opponents and is the risk worth it? Post script: Palin is not backing down from her comments. When asked if she thought she would make the remark again, she replied , “Would I make it again?” Palin said. “Why wouldn’t I, yeah, absolutely. Terrorists who want to annihilate Americans, innocent Americans, our children — whatever it takes to stop them. If I were in charge, I’d be stoppin’ em.” Politicians should take note: Stand by what you say. No backing down, no back pedaling, no “What I really meant to say…” shtick. –Dana

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Breitbart California

On April 9, 2014, in Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Sarah Palin, by DanielaGay

Yesterday saw the debut of the new Breitbart page, Breitbart California . However, right out of the gate, Breitbart California stirred up a ruckus with the roll out. The site’s graphic street art depicting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s face photoshopped onto a bikini-clad woman on hands and knees, with tongue hanging out and blood red lips, has possibly distracted readers from the written content, especially now as several prominent women have publicly voiced their objections to the depiction. Some would say the depiction deserves protesting. Others would say Breitbart California handed the opposition a golden opportunity to use to their advantage. War on women anyone? From Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz , “To say the least, the Breitbart News ad is foul, offensive, and disrespectful to all women. It is a disgusting new low and would be reprehensible against any woman – regardless of party. It’s no wonder the Republicans are having problems appealing to women. If GOP leaders are serious about their rebrand, then both their elected and Party leadership should condemn this outrageous behavior, call on Breitbart News to immediately remove the ad, and not continue to use this website as a forum for their views.” She also called on the site to remove the offensive image. Jon Fleishman, the site’s California politics editor, wasn’t having it, “I think the likelihood of that is zero. It’s light-hearted satire.” Like beauty, satire may be in the eye of the beholder. He also gave a glimpse into the mission of the Breitbart California site, “The launch of Breitbart California represents some much-needed reinforcements in the ongoing battle against the institutional left in California. Popular blogger Ann Althouse posted today that she agrees with Ana Marie Cox’s tweet , “The people at Breitbart appear to have gone insane.” And the Washington Post reports that Nancy Pelosi had this to say , “So tasteless, that… I mean, is it even worthy of a question. It’s so undignified.” Breitbart California pointed out that this satirizing of political figures is nothing new. And, if anything, recent history has proven that it only matters when those being ‘satirized’ are of a certain political persuasion: -When making an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night, the house band introduced Michelle Bachmann by playing the song “ Lyin’- Ass Bitch “. Breitbart California notes that there was no cry of protest from either Wasserman Schultz or Pelosi. -And when Bill Maher referred to Sarah Palin as a “dumb twat”, there was, again, no outcry from either Wasserman Schultz or Pelosi. They cite several more crude examples of conservative women being publicly degraded – with no outcry with from either Wasserman Schultz or Pelosi. While I understand the point they are attempting to make, one wonders, if Breitbart California’s goal is to lend support and give voice to Californians fighting the raging battle against the institutional left, is justifying their decision with a cocky, Look, you never made a stink when it was our side being degraded, so it’s okay if we do it to you now, the best way to go? And, does resisting the urge to wrestle in the mud and instead choosing to maintain a high-bar standard, give more power and standing to those on this side of the battle? Residents of the state fighting this battle certainly need strong voices , and Breitbart California will no doubt be an influential one. Hopefully, in their quest, Breitbart California won’t turn away any readers with this debut decision. –Dana

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Just admit you got owned and move on. Via Newsbusters: During the 2008 presidential campaign, GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin made what has turned out to be a prescient remark about the relevance of a U.S. president’s resolve and its potential impact on Russia’s posture with the old Soviet Union’s satellite states. She observed: “After the Russian […]

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On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson are joined by Nancy French to discuss her work with Sarah Palin, Olympian Shawn Johnson and the life of a ghost writer.

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