Friday, September 26, 2008

Forgetting Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin's most singularly offensive quality is the one she shares with George Bush: a near-lethal combination of arrogance and ignorance -- as if incurious provincialism is something to revel in and be smug about, rather than be embarrassed by. Case in point, this laughable exchange from yesterday's interview with Katie Couric:

Couric: You met yesterday with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who is for direct diplomacy with both Iran and Syria. Do you believe the U.S. should negotiate with leaders like President Assad and Ahmadinejad?

Palin: I think, with Ahmadinejad, personally, he is not one to negotiate with. You can't just sit down with him with no preconditions being met. Barack Obama is so off-base in his proclamation that he would meet with some of these leaders around our world who would seek to destroy America and that, and without preconditions being met. That's beyond naïve. And it's beyond bad judgment.

Couric: Are you saying Henry Kissinger ... is naïve for supporting that?

So let's recap: Henry Kissinger, who was secretly waging wars in countries Sarah Palin's never evern heard of while she was giving her first blow jobs to boys to get them to like her, is naïve and Palin has the credentials to say so.

Seriously, when can we put this fucking idiot behind us and let her get back to waiting for the rapture?


Anonymous said...

It's not really funny. Okay, it is, but it's also really REALLY scary. These people believe that they are right about EVERYTHING and that anyone who has different beliefs is flat out wrong, and they don't need to search out logical explanations or evidence for why that's true because God is on their side and God wouldn't lead them astray.


Richard Dawkins has stated that if someone showed up one day who could walk on water and cure the sick with a pass of his hand, and there was no evidence that he was doing so through new technologies or trickery, Dawkins would become a theist then and there. He's admitted that he is technically an agnostic since the possibility of God cannot be entirely discounted, merely written off as so extremely improbably that it's not really worth talking about.

Sarah Palin and her ilk take the opposite position. No matter how much evidence exists to contradict their view of the world they cling to it. Sarah Palin believes 'the rapture' will come in her lifetime. It won't. And after she dies unraptured the next generation will expect it during their lifetimes. And it will never come and each generation will go on believing and expecting and ignoring evidence and reason and facts.

The same is true of her political beliefs. No matter how frequently or spectacularly they fail she will continue to believe what she's been told in the face of all evidence (The only exception being her willingness to violate her beliefs for pragmatic purposes, but all politicians do that.)

We are in an extraordinarily difficult time where the situation seems to be constantly in flux. We need a leader who can adapt quickly and effectively to change, and who has the agility of mind and the flexibility needed to respond to new evidence and shifting circumstances. We need a leader with strong basic principles but a willingness to use any and all strategies and options to achieve those fundamental goals.

Barack Obama will have to do.

Dave B. said...

Do you think if we gave Ron Jeremy 15 minutes with her, he'd be able to pound some sense into her feeble little mind?

This, of course, precludes she has an actual brain in her skull,not a gerbil with emphysema trying to run in a rusty wheel.

That's not to say that Kissinger is the pinnacle of ambassadorial achievement, but who the hell is this woman kidding?

Besides the party-base, that is.

Then again, we've established that they are all retarded. So there we have it.

Anonymous said...

*Thunk* (jaw hits floor) *Smack* (hits head).

"Stupid is as stupid does." Forrest Gump

Does she listen to the stupid that comes out of her mouth? And she's so damn smug about her stupid.

Anonymous said...

Here's a link to the transcript:

Steve said...

Couric in 2012.

Deacon Blue said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

...any Christian who is convinced the Rapture/End Times/Etc. will happen in their lifetime is an idiot.

I say that as someone who is Christian and believes that some kind of big event will happen to begin wrapping up the affairs of this world spiritually.

Jesus himself said HE didn't know the time, and as the son of God, if he don't know, ain't none of us gonna know either, no matter how much we look for correlations between world events and biblical prophecy.

If Sarah Palin has said she believes wholeheartedly the Rapture will come in her lifetime (as opposed to perhaps merely suspecting it might), it's simply another piece of evidence to me that she's dumber than mooseshit.

As for me, I doubt my great-grandchildren will see it happen, much less me.

Anonymous said...

Jesus said it is not for us to know. We should not believe those who say they do know.

As soon as someone says they know, I click off and tune them out. They have zero credibility.

Chez said...

Well, if Jesus said it...

Anonymous said...

Well if she really believes it will happen in her lifetime then maybe she thinks she can help it along by being president. And her african witch doctor pastor will be there to advise her. He has already blessed her and made it possible for her to become governor of Alaska at least in her mind and that of her crazy supporters.

The cocky no blink self assuredness she exhibits while speaking in a condescending off handed manner about world matters such as starting a war with Russia should scare the living shit out of anyone with half a brain.

Personally, this all has me past scared. What little money I have is in an account at Washington Mutual. Having recently taken early retirement for health reasons and have no health insurance, I was hoping to have a president who would help but the wall street criminals and Bush administration seem to have made it impossible for even Barack Obama to do much at least in the short term. He won't have the money.

Duane said...

Jesus was the ultimate con-man.

The bible was written by men to create rules for mankind. There is no God. Anyone who believes otherwise is a sucker.

Deacon Blue said...

Chez, Duane...I respect your desires to make fun of us or ridicule our savior, whether with jokes or in acid tones.

My point is simply that if she is operating from a biblical standpoint, she is still showing her stupidity, ignorance and inability to consider learning anything because she has failed to learn her damn Bible.

That's all I'm saying. I'm not asking anyone who's non-Christian to take Jesus' word for shit. That would be, well:


VOTAR said...

Petitio Principii.

Jeremy said...

Dear Lord, please come back to us and kick these fucking money changers out of the temple... they are giving you a BAD name.

Deacon Blue said...

Well, Votar, that may be...that may not be...I choose to disagree with you.

Even if you believe that theology is a crock of shit, I don't think it's a circular argument to take someone to task for making stupid decisions based on the Bible when they are completely ignoring the Bible they profess to believe in.

To me, that's a sign of a HUGE character flaw, as well as hypocrisy and just plain laziness.

Not a circular argument in my book. But hey, you're the college/university professor (or instructor...I've never been 100% clear on your exact position)...while I'm just a mere holder of a master's in journalism. I'm better at writing than semantics.

Charly Gordon said...

"Seriously, when can we put this fucking idiot behind us and let her get back to waiting for the rapture?"

On Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Ann said...

I never thought I'd say this, but Couric was brilliant.

Anonymous said...

I have never understood the obsession with doomsday people have. Just statistically speaking Armageddon predictions are about 0-381 so I'd say its not a pony worth betting on. Just about every culture in history has predicted some kind of doomsday, usually sooner rather than later. All were wrong. Why would we be any different?

Anonymous said...

really, to be fair to poor Sarah, we should move to a "who wants to be a vice president" format for future interviews.. It could play something like this

Katie: can you give one example of a bill sponsered by Sen. McCain supporting regulation? Just one.

Sarah: ummmmm

Katie: would you like to use a lifeline?

Sarah: yes, I'd like to phone a friend

Katie, we have your friend Johnny M. on the line, would you like to pose the question to him?

Sarah: ok, Johnny, can you name one time the you, I mean Sen. McCain supported further regulation of the financial market?

Johnny: I spent 5 1/2 years in a prison cell. I didn't have a house, I didn't have a kitchen table, I didn't have a table, I didn't have a chair.
I have a long voting record in support of deregulation. Now get off my lawn!

Sarah: Um, I'll have to get back to ya..

Katie: this is a lot like the bowel prep for a colonoscopy, necessary, but shitty just the same.