No, I’m not referring to Voldemort of the Harry Potter movies. I’m referring to Sarah Palin, who I’ve resisted mentioning, because she has been serving as the perfect freak show for our conflict-obsessed media, which uses her freakness simply to sell faux “news.” Or maybe not. Depending on who you listen to, she might actually be the future face of the Republican Party, despite the fact that she has never uttered an idea useful for solving a real-world political problem. Or maybe, as Andrew Sullivan writes, she is not a political phenomenon at all, but a religious leader. If you doubt Sullivan’s claim, check Palin’s recent quote, which Sullivan quotes at length in this post from The Daily Dish.
Sullivan’s characterization of Palin doesn’t surprise me, though; I’ve come to see most religions as special cases of politics. Both are elaborate systems that use vague and largely unsubstantiated fables and threats to enable small elite groups to coordinate and control much larger groups of people, for better and worse.
The Canada Press reports that when Sarah Palin goes on a book-signing tour in Canada, no one is allowed to ask her any questions. But someone named Mary Walsh nonetheless asked a Palin for a comment. Here’s what she got:
Palin strolled over, looking down on Walsh and her crew to tell them that “Canada needs to dismantle its public health-care system and allow private enterprise to get involved and turn a profit.”
“Basically, she said government should stop doing the work that private enterprise should do,” Walsh said.
And Palin’s new book is full of strange claims, according to Andrew Sullivan.
Yes, it’s true. Sarah Palin resigned today. Although the collective political IQ in America just went up about fifty points, the Alaskan moose just became a little bit more endangered.
Here’s PZ‘s take (presumably with apologies to Monty Python & The Holy Grail):
Brave Dame Sarah ran away.
Bravely ran away away.
When danger reared it’s ugly shead,
She bravely turned her tail and fled.
Yes, brave Dame Sarah turned about
And gallantly she chickened out.
Bravely taking (“I never did!”) to her feet,
She beat a very brave retreat.
Bravest of the braaaave, Dame Sarah!
Yeah, I LOL’d.
We’ll miss ya Sair … you betcha.
Andrew Sullivan offers some shocking statistics to back up the claim that Alaska is not a place that values education for its children. And nothing like the anti-education governor to serve as the spokesperson for this anti-education: Her eldest son has a history of vandalism and was given a GED on the way to Iraq; [...]
What else didn’t Sarah Palin know? It’s starting to leak out of the McCain camp now. Check out this site and Bill O’Reilly video. It shows that Sarah Palin was abhorrently uninformed about basic matters affecting national security and that John McCain was trying to commit a fraud on the American people by nonetheless presenting [...]
A clip from last night’s show:
Palin argues that Obama is trying to steal your freedom by stealing your money. He’s essentially a Communist, and he wants to give your money to someone else, like they do in some other countries where people aren’t free. Or so the argument goes (Huffington Post interprets Palin’s rant similarly). I think I know what [...]