Friday, June 03, 2011

Quote of the Day (And Favorite Thing of the Week)

"He who warned, uh, the, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringin’ those bells and, um, makin’ sure as he’s ridin’ his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that, uh, we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free and we were gonna be armed."

-- Sarah Palin describing Paul Revere's ride

Contrary to what one commenter said last week, the groan-inducing return of Sarah Palin to the national media spotlight doesn't mean I'm going to have a lot more material to work with around here. As far as I'm concerned, Sarah Palin is the exact same thing this week that she was last week or last month: a D-list reality show nobody whose 15 minutes of fame mercifully ran out right about the time Gabby Giffords took a bullet to the head and who's only making news because the drooling boobs in the mainstream press inexplicably call her current publicity stunt "news."

But every once in a while it's good to let Palin remind us why she shouldn't be allowed out of bed without a protective helmet on much less be allowed to even flirt with the notion of trying to become President of the United States. Hence the above quote -- and this fucking moron's lack of even an elementary school-level knowledge of American history and inability to so much as fake her way through a serviceable answer to a simple question without choking on her own tongue or resorting to stale talking points.

The Favorite Thing of the Week that I referenced in the headline, though? It's this -- Brooke Baldwin's reaction to Palin's Revere revisionism:

I could watch Brooke read Tolstoy for two-hours a day, she's so stunningly gorgeous. But this -- the look on her face that says what she can't: "idiot" -- has earned her a place in my heart next to Häagen-Dazs white chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream.

One more thing: If you liked Palin's doofus version of what Paul Revere's ride was all about, you're gonna positively swoon over this whopper from two days ago. I give you Sarah Palin -- on the true meaning of the Statue of Liberty:

"Lady Liberty is the symbol of unity and friendship we have with other freedom-loving nations. It’s also a 'warning' of sorts, as France encouraged us to keep democracy alive as the recipient of this gift -- basically telling us not to blow it. Thank you for this reminder, France!"

If that sounds familiar (or just gives you a throbbing ache in a very specific part of your brain, one that you recognize) it's because last year Palin said this about Lady Liberty:

"This Statue of Liberty was gifted to us by foreign leaders, really as a warning to us, it was a warning to us to stay unique and to stay exceptional from other countries. Certainly not to go down the path of other countries that adopted socialist policies."

Right. Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses -- an inscription written on a statue in what's essentially a national park. Nope, no "socialist" agenda there.

Stupid, stupid woman.


Ahcuah said...

The Statue of Liberty? According to her tweet, it was the "Statute of Liberty".

Amy said...

That moment of silence after the tape was PRECIOUS!

Stephen said...

Häagen-Dazs eh? Sounds like elitist ice cream to me. You got a problem with Breyers you pinko?

VirginiaO'Possum said...

When I hear her talk this way it always gives me a twinge of guilt, like I'm laughing at a person with some form of brain damage or developmental disorder, and like the media and the Republicans are doing something cruel by exposing this person to national attention. And then I remember that some people take her seriously, and that she was, briefly, governor of a state, albeit one with a population about equal to that of my hometown, Syracuse, NY. She uses this gibberish to lend a veneer of plausible deniability to everything she says -- it's like a horoscope, you can read anything into it, anything at all. You can't protect some people from themselves, not Ms. Palin, and not her supporters among the electorate. But I hope she donates her brain to science; there's probably some new strain of alien prion-eating maggots in there.

VirginiaO'Possum said...

Oops -- that's, the population of the Greater Syracuse, NY, Metropolitan Area, not just the city. Sorry, Alaska.

kanye said...

Not just a national park, but built atop a decommissioned fort on land donated by The Dept. of War.

Even with that, the statue almost didn't get built. The world was in the midst of a global monetary crisis, fomented by the manipulation of silver and gold supplies by international banking and financial interests; a purposely-created worldwide depression that was quite a bit worse than even the "Great Depression."

With that level of fear and insecurity gripping the nation, coming on the heels of the Civil War, many in this country turned to the darker side of human nature as a salve against the creeping horror that their daily lives had become. Religion may be that which opiates the masses, but it's hate that gets them through the day.

Jingoism, racism and especially nationalism ruled the day. Phrases like, "We don't need no statue designed by no foreigner," became mantra.

Of course, the statue did end up getting built. Not due to govt. funding or an act of largesse by the monied interests, but through the tiny contributions of everyday, ordinary people; and in no small part, children.

It wasn't socialism that got the statue built, but rather a movement built on good feelings, camaraderie and pure populism.

Too bad there isn't a way that I couldn't throw all of that into a blender and force it straight down her fucking throat, Dr. Phibes style.

And the cherry on top? That beautiful inscription, carved deep for all to see...written by a Marxist Jew.

You really can't make this shit up, can you?

Steve said...

I sort of wonder what the ultimate media narrative will be of this farce? They were pretty much back into drool mode after the motorcycle pictures, but as the week wore on and the pile of miserable Piper pictures grew, culminating with the instant classic fractured history lesson, you have to wonder if the whole thing is a bust for her. As it should be, yet many in the press seemed determined to cast winging it as a clever "playing them like a Stratovarius" strategy. Interesting to see if the whole thing is a blip by the time of the Sunday talk shows or we they double down on the ridiculous notion that she must be taken seriously as a potential president.

Marsupialus said...

I have run Chez's 2nd graph through Babel Fish's faux Palinizer and arrived at this:

But everyone from time to time it's to do good to remember of the Palin we because it shouldn't the it is come to an agreement of the bed without a fall helmet that protect very more on little one, with which the notion to try comes to an agreement also flirter, the president of the United States comes to an agreement also to be. Therefore the line enunciated cited over and a quest for a last sentence of a moron to the acquaintance of American history and of the inability of the school obligatory own to counterfeit their way with a useful answer to a simple issue, without to strangle on their language or to take a shelter to the prescribed topics.

See how easy it is? Makes as much sense as she does I think.

VirginiaO'Possum said...

I was really hoping "Stratovarius" was the name of Fender's electric violin.

Stephen LaRose said...

Virginia O'Possum: I thought that was the original name of the B-52 intercontinental bomber.

Anonymous said...

Of course, somebody on the right had to rise to the challenge of proving that Sarah Palin understand history more than anyone on the left...

The comments are especially amusing.

Riles said...

Interesting take:

...but she's still wrong, and an idiot, and I doubt this is what she was trying to get at.

John Foley said...

The description of the Statue given by the tour guide in Splash was more accurate.