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If Sarah Palin were black, her daughter’s out of wedlock, “baby daddy drama” would have been presented as an example of both pathological behavior and a dysfunctional family that is symbolic of the social problems in that community. If Sarah Palin were black, never would the poor decision making by the Palin family be marked off as challenges overcome, or deeds to be valorized. If Sarah Palin were black, her neo-secessionist husband would have been the death knell for her political career, because as we all know you can’t trust “those people.” If Sarah Palin were black, her lack of intellectual curiosity, willful and cultivated ignorance, and lack of grace both written and spoken, would not be taken as “folksy.” Instead, Palin would be viewed as unqualified for any public office. If Sarah Palin were black she would be tarred and feathered as an “affirmative action baby.”

If Sarah Palin Were Black (via azspot)

Just goes to show how far Palin’s whiteness can take her. Zero intellect, two high school drop-outs, an unwed teen mother, a quitter of the one major job she had. Master of hateful coded language targeting opponents as not “real Americans”. Belongs to a church outside of the mainstream. Still a top GOP candidate.

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Meanwhile, Michelle Obama, a Princeton and Harvard Law School graduate, lawyer, and university dean who made over $200K/year, gets called “ghetto” and a “welfare queen”.

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This is so obviously true, I’m ashamed it didn’t occur to me until I read it.

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It didn’t occur to me either, because it’s impossible. Sarah Palin could not be black, because our culture does not present pretty, viciously ignorant black women with the same rewards it bestows upon the white. If Palin were black, she’d be a drop-out with a criminal record, a terrible low-income job, a Section 8 apartment, and exactly the same number of awful illiterate children — and politicians would be using her as a bone-chilling example of what comes of minority dependence on the nanny state. I’m not kidding about this; Palin wouldn’t have been a beauty queen, because there were few black beauty pageants in the early 80s and black contestants in white pageants were vanishingly rare. She wouldn’t have been a weather girl, or a sports girl, or whatever she was. She wouldn’t have gotten elected to so much as city council, in Alaska or anyplace. Her inability to express herself eloquently would be thrown in her face every day by her betters. She would suffer, quite literally, the real cruelty and harassment that she utilizes as a pretense in her public dumbshow. She wouldn’t even be a Republican (unless she’s actually retarded). She would be, in fact, the natural enemy of everyone who currently holds her in high esteem. They wouldn’t want to pay for her birth control, or her college education, or her car, or her food stamps, no matter how much better she could prove those things made her life.

Why am I trying to “fix” this miserable country, again? And for whose benefit?

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Disagreements aside, I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.

Al Gore: “Climate change is coming, bitches.”

… I was at the gym when the [Palin] news broke, hence the late post. And, of course, the news was juxtaposed by the untimely death of Steve Jobs. Leonard Cohen once said of America that it was “the cradle of the best and the worst”. Today, we lost one of the very best in American history, a reticent genius and entrepreneur, an inspiration for countless of us who has changed the very fabric of our lives. And we also saw the end of the road for one of the very worst: a nasty, callow, delusional, vicious know-nothing, brewed in resentment, and whose accomplishments could fit on a postage stamp. It’s a fitting comparison: achievement versus resentment, creativity versus narcissism, hope versus fear. I know which one will get the bigger headlines tomorrow. And there is some comfort in knowing it will pain her.

Andrew Sullivan (via callumswood)

Erudition meet bitchiness. Love it.

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Admittedly, it would have been more satisfying to have Palin run for president, if only to watch her throw millions down the drain, embarrass herself repeatedly, and finally run her campaign into a dirt ditch. But this is still pretty good. 

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There is nothing unusual about Governor Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every period of history, and they are not unknown in high office. What is unusual about today’s Republican party (I disavow the ridiculous ‘GOP’ nickname, because the party of Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt has lately forfeited all claim to be considered ‘grand’) is this: In any other party and in any other country, an individual may occasionally rise to the top in spite of being an uneducated ignoramus. In today’s Republican Party ‘in spite of’ is not the phrase we need. Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory. Intellect, knowledge and linguistic mastery are mistrusted by Republican voters, who, when choosing a president, would apparently prefer someone like themselves over someone actually qualified for the job.

…The population of the United States is more than 300 million and it includes some of the best and brightest that the human species has to offer, probably more so than any other country in the world. There is surely something wrong with a system for choosing a leader when, given a pool of such talent and a process that occupies more than a year and consumes billions of dollars, what rises to the top of the heap is George W Bush. Or when the likes of Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin can be mentioned as even remote possibilities.

…a politician’s attitude to evolution, however peripheral it might seem, is a surprisingly apposite litmus test of more general inadequacy. This is because unlike, say, string theory where scientific opinion is genuinely divided, there is about the fact of evolution no doubt at all. Evolution is a fact, as securely established as any in science, and he who denies it betrays woeful ignorance and lack of education, which likely extends to other fields as well. Evolution is not some recondite backwater of science, ignorance of which would be pardonable. It is the stunningly simple but elegant explanation of our very existence and the existence of every living creature on the planet. Thanks to Darwin, we now understand why we are here and why we are the way we are. You cannot be ignorant of evolution and be a cultivated and adequate citizen of today.

Mainline: Richard Dawkins Takes on Gov. Rick Perry and the Republican Party


The Atlantic has compiled a list of Sarah Palin’s feuds that have broken out in the media, which it can’t stop updating as more and more come to memory.”

David Letterman
Wall Street Journal/Sudeep Reddy
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R)
Levi Johnston
Shannyn Moore
Katie Couric
Nicolle Wallace
Steve Schmidt
Kate Gosselin
The Fed/Ben Bernanke
Pete Rouse
Joe McGinniss
Peggy Noonan
Ashley Judd
Congressman Spencer Bachus (R)
Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten
Joe Miller
Karl Rove
State Department (Ahmadinejad’s birthday)
Rahm Emanuel
Family Guy/Seth MacFarlane
Michelle Obama
President Barack Obama
Kathleen Gustafson
Brian Williams
Emily’s List
Ed Gillespie
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)
Michael J. Gross
Vice President Al Gore
Charlie Gibson
Maureen Dowd
Rachel Maddow
60 Minutes
Mark Halperin
John Heilemann
Nick Denton/Gawker
Barbara Bush
U.S. Export Import Bank
Blogger Jesse Griffin
Blogger Dennis Zaki
Andrew Sullivan
Keith Olbermann
CSU students AKA “Dumpster Divers” Ashley Briggs and Alicia Lewis
Blogger Jeanne Devon
Linda Kellen Biegel AKA Celtic Diva
Oliver Stone
John Bitney
Senator Scott Brown (R)
Alaska State Senate President Lyda Green
Andree McLeod
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
Bill Ayers
Secretary Madeleine Albright
Sen. John Kerry (D)
Jonathan Martin
Rep. Alan Grayson (D)
Stephen Colbert
Helen Thomas
Anchorage Daily News
Tina Fey
Andrew Halcro
Kim Chatman
Julian Assange
Frank Gwartney
Aaron Sorkin
Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan
Charles Krauthammer
Rick Santorum
TIME Magazine
Westboro Baptist Church
Michael Moore
Blogger Taegan Goddard
Kathy Griffin
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
David Kernell
Daily Caller/Chris Moody

I lol’d.