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    what goes around lands in your lap..., 2008-09-05 20:25:44 | Main | I was going to flaunt my lack ..., 2008-09-08 12:09:05

    does she really eat mooseburger, even?:


    She campaigned on the bridge to nowhere, she didn't send the money back to taxpayers, she requested over half a billion in earmarks, she raised taxes, she pigged out on over 25 million from the federal trough, and even then she increased deficits. She's stood tall against the lobbyists by hiring them to lobby Washington for the pork she decries, she's fought the old boy network by working for it, she never issued one order to the Alaska National Guard, she cut funding for renewable energy rather than support it, and she's under ongoing investigation into ethics violations for trying to fire her ex-in-law. I ask you, does she really eat mooseburger?

    I just need one splinter of truthiness to grab onto, that's all I ask.

    update: We've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, two wish sandwiches, it's dark, and we're on a mission from God.

    update: I understand the following is typical for Assembly of God parishes and should be celebrated as one of the many creative manifestations of the human mind's imaginative undertakings. Whatever you go for, I'm for it. On the other hand, that imagination could be one ambien away from running the mechanisms of state. Make of it what you will. I take that it'd be a gas.

    She clearly believes that prayer is the oil well of faith (@6:30), and that ain't no lie:

    PALIN: God is going to tell you what is going on and what is going to go on and you guys are going to have that within you and it's just going to bubble up and bubble over and it's going to pour out throughout the state of Alaska.

    [yadda yadda, part two, yadda yadda]

    PASTOR: There were some things [Sarah said] about our natural resources in the state. There were some things that God wants to tap into to be a refuge for the lower forty eight, and I believe Alaska's one of the refuge states in the Last Days. And hundreds and thousands of people are going to come to the state for refuge and the church has to be ready to minister to them. Amen.

    [yadda yadda]

    PALIN: [Some Pastors come up to me and say] 'now don't be surprised if a parishioner or two may want to raise their hands and clap', and I say I grew up at Wasilla Assembly of God, nothing freaks me out.

    The story goes that Assembly of God member and Secretary of Interior James G. Watt explained Reagan's environmental policy to congressional committee as "After the last tree is felled, Christ will come back." The story happens to be false, which is why it fits so well here.

    But I feel reassured. She is ready to lead. Après moi, le déluge

:: posted by buermann @ 2008-09-05 21:26:26 CST | link

      Cookin' the goose of the moose! Now seriously, she may be somewhat eccentric. She may be wholly unqualified, except in the most cynical sense. She may even be batshit crazy. But where's the harm? She's going to be constrained no more and no less than Obama or any other. Once the Ambien calls Poopdeck Pappy for that final flight, the ethnic cleansings, here and abroad, will be couched in millenarian terms rather than technocratic yuppiespeak. The bail outs, the reregulation, deregulation and economic sophistries will be dressed up with snatchings from Romans and Acts, not the latest platitudes from Brookings. The media cretins will gawk in wonder at the transformation that set Elmira Gantry on the road to greatness. A zolofted, ritalined nation will shudder in sympathy as the latest little Gantry hits the skids and the wingnuts will whine about her RINO ways.

      I think it would be good for Democrats to have another four years, and possibly eight, of enforced cretinization, wingnut style. Then they can have their technocratic yuppie, if they still have enough higher brain functions to elect him.

    posted by Zomg @ 2008-09-06 14:27:24 | link

      Palin-McCain sounds so boring, compared to the intrigues of technocratic debate over neoliberal puppetry that we all enjoyed so much last decade, that I can't help but pull a little for my fellow Irishman, Barrack O'Bama. But on less masturbatory grounds I could come around to your perspective. It's not really heightening the contradictions if the only difference is between displaying them out in the sun or leaving them in the overgrowth.

      I mean, what are the differences? Aside taxes and energy, anyway, where he's merely less reckless. His healthcare plan doesn't do anything to address the cost crisis that is the root of the problem, his foreign policies are everywhere a reversal of Bush's benign neglect and focused destruction to restoration of the ancien regime. There's so little to get excited about outside the never ending opportunities for mockery.

    posted by buermann @ 2008-09-06 15:31:23 | link

      When I found myself with a choice of supporting roles in an overall noncooperative equilibrium, in which not playing is not an option, and all outcomes are bad, I choose to pay whatever price there is for not playing. But that's such a personal choice that I can't work up any steam for recommending it wholeheartedly. Mockery, on the other hand, is always in order. And as Dr. Long pointed out recently, even a blog post does more than the ritual ephemera of entrusting a "choice" to the whims of the formalization machinery.

    posted by Zomg @ 2008-09-06 17:28:02 | link

    go ahead, express that vague notion

    your turing test:

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