Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Pissing on My Leg

And telling me it's rainin'.

I gotta hand it to the Republicans, y'all. They have done it again.

Without a real record to run on, as the executive policies of the last 8 years have ended so badly for this country; no booming trickle-down economic gains to point to, as home foreclosures increase and the value of the American home -the basis of the middle class financial security- continues to go down; and with folks burned out on the culture war promises that Repbulicans have used to gain office and then failed to deliver; with no plans to change any real policies save increasing tax breaks for the top 1% and continuing our disasterous foreign policy that has left us hamstrung and war weary after protracted conflicts and only emboldened the likes of Russia, Venezuela and Iran to continue shenanigans; they have finally found a way to change the whole context of the debate, nationwide.

Let's make the election a referendum on Gov. Sarah "Media Hate Me" Palin from Alaska.

To quote ATL recording artist Lil' John: WHAT!?!?!

My pops called me this morning to ask about the latest Sarah "Media Hate Me" Palin media frenzy. I told him: "sorry, pops, but ever since this woman arrived on the Bush - McCain ticket durning the evacuation of New Orleans, the only places I've been able to get real news have been the Weather Channel, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated, and the blogs I have been able to read."

That I sould learn more about the state of Baton Rouge's recovery from Hurricane Gustav from sports writers and Every Day Should Be Saturday than from MSNBC, Fox News and CNN is absolutely shameful. That there has been no national news about places like Houma or anywhere in south Louisiana, is just a testament to how childish the national media is.

Texas, at least Louisiana and Florida will be able to commisserate with your coming troubles. Moving 1,000,000 + civilians out of harms way should be stories of the year in our "Post-9/11 Society", and the Republicans and Democrats, civilians and soldiers who mobilized so readily should be more than mere pieces of interest in the next round of independent documentaries.

And I heard for about two minutes the day before yesterday that Russia, agressors of past and present, will now be conducting naval excercises with Venezuela. That's a slightly important change in world affairs to slip in under the radar. You'd think something like that would even be considered helpful to the McCain campaign. But it isn't really about John McCain any more, is it?

But they have more important things to worry about in the national media, like digging up rumors about Sarah "Media Hate Me" Palin, discrediting them, and taking hours of on-air time to do it. But remember folks, Republicans say the media is attacking Sarah "Media Hate Me" Palin, so it must be true. You know, there are awful rumors they are talking about awful things: including banning library books and arguing with Alaska state troopers and attending a crazy church for years. Oh, Jeez!

Not like that guy for change, Barak Obama, who still has to fight the perception that he is a Muslim, had cartoons of him drawn depicting he and his wife burning American flags, and made a hand gesture (one I and about 50 million other Americans make every day) that a Fox News anchor called a 'terrorist fist jab.' And he went to his own crazy church for years, too, but his was more anti-American than the end-times fundamentalism of Palin's church (because during the rapture, we all know that Jesus will come back wearing an American Flag pin on his lapel...). Yeah, the media just loves Barak Obama. < / sarcasm >

So, here we go. Instead of talking about the economics of the nation that continue to slow, the disaster management and recovery of three major states, the continued disaster recovery of several more states from storms years ago, the foreign policy that has emboldened our rivals at our own expense, how dangerous to human populations and the environment that drilling for oil has proven to be (especially in the Gulf of Mexico), the socialization of risk where taxpayers bail out stockholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac coupled with the deregulation that caused it to happen in the first place, and a dozen and a half other things that are far, far more important to the day to day lives of everyone in America not making $250,000 per year (or $5million a year), we're talking today about...

...wait for it....

...Sarah "He Hate Me" Palin's lipstick.

Wow.


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10 comments:

patsbrother said...

Wow.

Just...wow.

You must really hate Sarah Palin.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

HA! I don't know how you could read that post and after reading it think that I "hate" Sarah Palin. That was a post about the media and the brilliant politics of her selection.

But I guess when anyone says anything negative that is related to Sarah "He Hate Me" Palin these days, it will be spun by media, talk radio, and family members to mean "Wow. You must really hate Sarah Palin."

Thanks for proving my point so nicely. Way to stay on message!

Dante said...

So the solution is to post a blog entry on Palin? If you're not happy with all the coverage, then why be part of the problem (unless you just hate Sarah Palin :) )? I don't really keep up with her. I never keep up with running mates. But I do understand how seeing an actual conservative in the wild can fire up the Republican base.

We could talk about Russia's newfound penchant for all things military but I'd be quick to point out that Russia's military focus is directly proportional to how much money they as a nation have. I'm sure we influence them some but to think they wouldn't go back to their pre-Cold War ways just as soon as they have cash in their pocket again is more than a bit naive. When they start lobbing missiles at nations we are under treaty to defend, I'm sure they'll take some spotlight. Until then, looks like a bunch of penis waving to me.

What else you got? Hurricanes? Evironment? Don't care...

"Instead of talking about the economics of the nation that continue to slow"

You confused "slow" with "grow" but good point...

"the socialization of risk where taxpayers bail out stockholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac coupled with the deregulation that caused it to happen in the first place"

I kind of see it this way. We haven't really paid the piper yet. We've had some bumps but we're nowhere near a recession. If we dodge one here, we might've come out ahead economically. It's kind of like the bad guy winning at the end of the movie, but I can live with it as long as we learn from the mistakes. I'm not a big fan of what's happening with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac but where we're at now, it's better than the alternative. And this is small government guy talking.

S.A.W.B. said...

Whether you believe it, or as you so obviously don't, paT, there has been no small amount of palpable and real bias on the part of the 'mainstream media' with regard to the type of coverage given Barack Obama and Sarah Palin.

While I don't think that the media 'hates' Sarah Palin, I do find it amusing the questions being asked of her, and the digging into the background, and the rumors being spread are being done willfully and gleefully at some points by the 'mainstream' media, while the large majority of the hard questions, and digging into the background of Barack Obama is being done by the 'mouthpiece of the vast right-wing, Bush/Cheney/McCain conspiracy machine', talk radio and bloggers.

If the Obama camp, and Democrats at large, are shocked by the coverage he's getting for his playground insult in the direction of Sarah Palin, they might want to go ahead and roll their pants up for the impending flood of vitriol heading their way the next time your candidate sticks his gloriously annointed foot into his mouth.

In other news I'm delighted to watch the Democrat party finally squirm a little bit as they realize that this election may not be the cakewalk they were hoping for...

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

@ Dante: The reason I bring this up is to examine how media and popular culture work in our society. Even while I find it infuriating much of the time, it is fascinating to watch.

@ SAWB: We Democrats knew this wouldn't be a cakewalk. Maybe some deluded souls somewhere deep in an echo chamber did, but those cats are pretty much irrelevant.

That you somehow believe that the mainstream media has given Obama some sort of a free pass, and is somehow raking Sarah Palin over the coals is beyond me. The right wing talk radio and blogs have had their chance for months. And the things they 'uncovered' - those that had any credibility at all - were exhaustively examined in the mainstream media a la Rev. Wright. They were non-starters or they were too small to have much effect.

The things that had the most effect are the obnoxious: the Muslim thing, the New Yorker cover, the "terrorist fist jab." The mainstream media repeated all of these things, and they are still on people's minds.

Now, because Palin was selected at the eleventh hour, the media has to go over a relative unknown in a short period of time. All her dirty laundry has to come out at once. While these are mostly small and obnoxious things, they are also proving to be non-starters. (I mean, comparing the rumor of banning Harry Potter books at a library to the rumor of attending an anti-American madrassa in Indonesia as media bias is nothing short of laughable.)

The thing is, this process is wholly dominating the national conversation right now. But this is the reason why she was selected, to change the game, and it is working - as unbelievably and infuriatingly as that is.

patsbrother said...

Dear Cousin Pat:

Personally, I thought my last comment was palpably funny. Perhaps you are so high-strung and worried about the election that you forget your brother has a sense of humor. Ironically, I was making a joke in favor of your perception of the media (i.e., anything critical of Governor Palin must mean the messenger is a hater). Perhaps you think I'm some partisan who would never make a joke against the ticket I am voting for. I'm sorry for whatever I've done to make you think so ill of me.

As far as the "hater" story goes, I think you fundamentally misunderstand the problem. "Troopergate" (it is my supreme wish we could have an issue that does not end up with -gate added to it) and certain other issues ARE real news, and actually do concern me. However, I am open-minded enough to recognize when someone reports things impartially and when they do not. It's not that the media reports on these things; it's HOW they do it. Reporters have been saying things like: Is Palin blah blah blah nice, or is she EVIL EVIL EVIL. What do you think: is she EVIL EVIL EVIL? EVIL. Evil. Meanwhile, is Obama GOD?

(Billy my ex-roommate wants me to say "yo". Also, please to be spelling your candidate's name correctly. LOL k thx by.)

If anything, the RRRFO (the Really Real Reporters for Obama) may have just shot Obama in the foot. Because of their general jackassery and oversensitivity to danger, they may have convinced Americans once and for all that they are biased. In other words, more Americans may be predisposed to believing legitimate concerns regarding the Republican ticket are really just conjured-up foolery.

Obama can also thank DKHO (Daily Kos Heart Obama) for that lovely PALIN'S KID IS REALLY HER KID'S KID crap. Good one, guys. Real smooth.

And I know they're not really media, but the Huffington Post people went into conniption mode shortly after McCain chose Palin and went into anuerysm mode after her speech. They seemed to have calmed down now to a mere boil, but any possible negative of Palin they make a headline and lurch to present the case in the light least favorable to Palin (which is not always the truth). I read Huffington Post, so I can say they changed by degree from their normal basic slant in the past two weeks to flat-out anti-Palin pavement.

People notice this crap.

And again: I thought I was being pretty damn funny.

patsbrother said...

Oh, and by the way: twice you have referred to the terrorist fist jab as Barack's. Unless I am horribly misinformed, the terrorist fist jab comment referred to Michelle Obama's appearance on The View. (I've stopped shaking hands for the most part. Now, it's terrorist fist-jab all the way! I also suspect the newscaster who originally said that was only joking, but let's put that aside.)

As far as things coming up regarding Obama: you forgot his ties to known former domestic terrorists. Obama's response: well they did it before I knew them. Before I knew them, the unrepentant bombers stopped bombing places. Which, you know, they stopped doing once three fellow Weathermen accidentally blew themselves up in a Manhattan townhouse paid for by daddy. You know: those guys.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

You have a sense of humor, yeah? Guess you didn't notice that the first word of my response was "Ha."

If anyone is reading this and wondering: yes, this is exactly what the holidays are like at my parents house. For hours and days. And they wonder why I spend most of the time drinking.

And the Fox News anchor that started the whole "terrorist fist jab" thing was not joking, and it had nothing to do with Michele Obama on the View. It came from video of Michele and Barak appearing on stage together and dapping up. Kind of like a "high five" but modernized since, oh, about 1998. But that wasn't what the "Obama loving media" said.

patsbrother said...

Okay. I youtubed it. That is one of the silliest causes of a brouhaha yet. That wasn't even blah blah nice, or EVIL EVIL EVIL?

E.D. Hill said, evenly: "A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? The gesture everyone seems to interpret...differently. We'll show you some interesting body communication..."

She says it as part of a list, says it is merely an interpretation, and says that is just one interpretation of many.

I recite this only to say: if you're going to harp on something bizarre and inappropriate that Fox News has done, why wouldn't you focus on the tag they gave Michelle: "Obama's Baby Mama"?

I mean: really.

patsbrother said...

And just to let you know, if you want me to distinguish your humor from your brand of defeatist cynicism (which is known to raise its head from time to time), perhaps you should stop using your loud fake laugh as a depressive exclamation.

Then maybe you'd be able to halfway convince me you're not in despair.

But we cool, we cool. Now terrorist fist jab! HA!