Monthly Archives: August 2009

Mary Shelley brings us Sarah Palin

In today’s exciting “Grooming the Bride of Frankenstein” news…AP tells us:

“HONG KONG — Former U.S. vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, once questioned about her lack of foreign policy experience, will make her first trip to Asia in September.

The former Alaska governor will visit Hong Kong to address the CLSA Investors Forum, a well-known annual conference of global investment managers, the host announced Monday.

Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Alan Greenspan have spoken at the event, hosted by brokerage and investment group CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets.”

Palin and Greenspan. Peas in a pod, those two. And there’s this:

“”Our keynote speakers are notable luminaries who often address topics that go beyond traditional finance such as geopolitics,” company spokeswoman Simone Wheeler said in a statement.”

Make that Palin, Greenspan and George Kennan. What the F? Quite bizarre really. CLSA is the Asian investment branch of Credit Agricole Bank, baning/insurance/investment giant. Not exactly who comes to mind when we think of Palin’s base.

“”We just felt it would be a fabulous opportunity for CLSA clients to hear from Mrs. Palin,” Wheeler said.

Yes, fabulous, simply fabulous. And Wheeler added that…

“CLSA approached Palin with the offer.”

Yes. OK. But WHY? Why Palin over, say, Irv Thistlethwaite, former mayor of Knackers Junction, Saskatchewan? Or even (because they can pay the big bucks for speaker fees) Brittney Spears?

It’s another step in the Bride of Frankenstein product roll-out. To remind ourselves:

Step 1) Keep her out of ANY situation where she might open her mouth unscripted (thus the resignation/hiding strategy)

Step 2) Have professional PR types write her intimate Facebook entries

Step 3) Have Rush Limbaugh point to these Facebook entries as proof positive that Mary Shelley’s Palin has intellectual heft

Step 4) Get invitations from high-profile institutions (who’d love to have a corporate-friendly puppet President again) to invite her to speak on economics and geopolitics (she has advanced degrees in both, as we know, and got them without reading any books even which is impressive)in closed to the public and press venues.

Step 4: (this will be next week or the week after) Limbaugh and the Weekly Standard will proclaim her clear leadership/brainyhood/knowledge on the high shout of trumpets.

Politics as consumer marketing. Personally, I’d recommend a different product.
Here, god help us

Update: Greta Van Sustern, on FOX, did the predicted piece on Palin’s invite.  Her phrasing…

“along with other big hitters, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Allan Greenspan”

So, the playbook is pretty clear and we can continue to predict how this will be staged.  And of course we can note again that Van Sustern is husband to Joan Coale who ran (and we preseume) still runs SarahPac, the PR initiative for Palin as future hope.

Update 2: Goodness.  No-longer-welcome-in-the-house Levi Johnston does an interview with Vanity Fair.

Sarah told me she had a great idea: we would keep it a secret—nobody would know that Bristol was pregnant. She told me that once Bristol had the baby she and Todd would adopt him. That way, she said, Bristol and I didn’t have to worry about anything. Sarah kept mentioning this plan. She was nagging—she wouldn’t give up. She would say, “So, are you gonna let me adopt him?” We both kept telling her we were definitely not going to let her adopt the baby. I think Sarah wanted to make Bristol look good, and she didn’t want people to know that her 17-year-old daughter was going to have a kid.

And then, there’s this…

Sarah was sad for a while. She walked around the house pouting. I had assumed she was going to go back to her job as governor, but a week or two after she got back she started talking about how nice it would be to quit and write a book or do a show and make “triple the money.” It was, to her, “not as hard.” She would blatantly say, “I want to just take this money and quit being governor.” She started to say it frequently, but she didn’t know how to do it. When she came home from work, it seemed like she was more and more stressed out.

That last paragraph suggests a motivation different than the theory I’ve advanced above, of course.  So, we’ll watch and see.

You can link to the article herel


Goddamn, I love this skinny, drug-ingesting jewish troublemaker

Quote of the day – “We love euphemisms” category

Curiously, there is a reference to the American cold war past in the CIA report. After Vietnam, it said, US interest in interrogation faded, only to re-emerge with US intervention in Central America as a way to “foster foreign liaison relationships” – presumably with the anti-communist governments such as El Salvador and Guatemala. But in the mid-1980s, after two CIA officers were investigated for killing a detainee – in a country blacked out in the report – the agency said it ended its so-called “human resource exploitation” programme.


Ya gotta love it.  Torture = human resource exploitation.  Let’s try another.   Violent rape of children = facilitated inter-age maturation assistance.

And read the whole piece to find out which individuals involved in the torture stuff are now making the big bucks in the military/industrial complex.

American exceptionalism

I’ve found myself defending David Gergen rather often in various debates with other lefties.  I’d found his appearances on Jim Lehrer’s News Hour (he preceded Paul Gigot who preceded David Brooks in the Friday night slot) uniformly careful and thoughtful and ready to correct himself when he got something wrong.  And, when one looks across the broad narrow spectrum of modern American conservatism, very very few individuals look better than this fellow.  But as to the following … what the fuck?

I think one of the other aspects of this is very fundamental to who we are as a people. There are a lot of sociologists and historians will tell you we as American people are just different. We’re an outliers measured in many ways. Our value system is different. We don’t think like Canadians. We don’t accept government the way it is. We’re not deferential to authority the way Canadians are or in Western Europe.

Well, sure, every nation/culture show differences from others but how odd that folks like Gergen so commonly see these differences as pointing to America’s unique wonderfulness.  The exceptionally ugly, for which there is also persuasive evidence, doesn’t get much mention.  Even less commonly opined upon is America’s claims to a rather pedestrian set of characteristics.

“Not deferential to authority” like those Canadians?!  What is this man talking about?  American politicians, particularly the President, are treated by the media as something akin to the Pope or the King.  Sit quietly.  Be polite.  Follow the conventions exactly.  It’s only a step above “Do NOT under any circumstances gaze directly into His eyes when asking a question”.

Recall, for example, the interview of George Bush and the female Irish news woman.  She challenged him!  The very effrontery of it!  She failed to be obsequious.

All of this (and Gergen is only mildly guilty but quite unconscious of his guilt) is extremely well delineated in Anatol Lieven’s “America – Right or Wrong” and when I get to be World Ruler, it’s going right into every state high school curricula as item #1.

h/t Digby

Chuck Todd, media celebrities, priviledge and the degradation of news operations

I was going to post an exchange between Jeremy Scahill (auther of the extremely well-researched and well-written book on Blackwater) and MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on the Bill Mahrer show last week but opted to go make some money rather than write sentences few will read (I’m working on prudence).

But Glenn Greenwald this morning related a message he got from Scahill of a conversation between Todd and Scahill that occurred immediately after and it is so representative of a serious problem with modern cable “journalism” that I thought it ought to be here.

You can see a bit of the Mahrer exchange  here (apparently, youtube pulled the full piece, apparently on a complaint from HBO?).

So, Scahill takes Todd to task on the show for shoddy journalistic standards and performance.   And after the show, Scahill recounts this exchange:

Right as we walked off stage, he said to me “that was a cheap shot.” I said “what are you talking about?” and he said “you know it.” I then said that I monitor msm coverage very closely and asked him what was not true that I said on the show. He then replied: “that’s not the point. You sullied my reputation on TV.”

Frank Luntz, George Orwell and reverse-ethnic cleansing – a propaganda primer

So, 1) Israel occupies Palestinian land.

2) as that occupation is tenuous, Jewish settlements are built on the Palestinian land which makes extrication much more complicated (think Ireland and Protestant settlement)

3) as an obvious consequence, Palestinians are driven from their own land

4) world sentiment, UN resolutions, prior agreements between Israel and the US, and the Obama administration put constant pressure on Israel to stop new settlements and find a solution to those previously made on Palestinian land.

5) Frank Luntz (Republican marketer and strategist for hire) is hired by pro-Likud groups (or by Likud or both) to handle the PR problem in all of this.

6) Luntz devises a strategy where this pressure on Israel to cease new settlements on Palestinian land and to return prior land to displaced Palestinians will henceforth be described as ethnic cleansing of Jews and as anti-semitism.

7) various pro-Likud groups and supportive politicians in the US are instructed to sing the same song.

Read it here

Billionaires For Wealthcare

Very smartly done.

h/t crooks and liars