Tuesday, July 7, 2009

OK - One Last Comedic Commentary About Sarah Palin. Then I'll Be Quiet. Probably.

Two items I noticed today that sort of mesh together.

The first -
Sarah Palin has stated that the time and money spent dealing with the numerous ethics complaints filed against her were a major factor in her stepping out of the Governor's office:
"I'm not going to let Alaskans go through a year of stymied, paralyzed administration and not getting anything done."
Of course, a number of skeptics asked if some ethics complaints made her unable to govern a state, how in the heck could she deal with the far more complex and weightier problems of being the President of the United States?

Her answer: The President is protected from such problems by the Department of Law.
"I think on a national level your department of law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we've been charged with and automatically throw them out," she said.
There's one major flaw in that reasoning.

There IS no Department of Law at the White House.

The second-

For your enjoyment, Letterman's take about Palin's resignation on last night's show.

h/t to The Huffington Post.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Who Owns Congress? When It Comes To Health Care Reform, We Know Who's Trying To Own It. UPDATED.

In an article from today's Washington Post, it's made startlingly clear that the health care industry is buying as much influence as they can in the battle over health care reform.

To the tune of $1.4 million a day.

You read that right.

$ 1,400,000 A DAY.

From the article:
"The nation's largest insurers, hospitals and medical groups have hired more than 350 former government staff members and retired members of Congress in hopes of influencing their old bosses and colleagues, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosures and other records."
The article goes on to say:
"The hirings are part of a record-breaking influence campaign by the health-care industry, which is spending more than $1.4 million a day on lobbying in the current fight, according to disclosure records."
If this doesn't piss you off, it damn well should.

h/t to Bob Cesca for getting my attention, and to Sarah Forrest and Eva Pesch for the image.


Check out this video wherein MSNBC's David Shuster asks Senator Thomas Carper (D) from Delaware:

How Can We Believe You're Not Influenced By All The Money You Get From Insurance Companies?

Senator Carper is a bit... uncomfortable.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Shannyn Moore Responds To Palin's Threats With Her Own Press Conference

By the time you read this it will not be "fresh" news, but it still bears repeating.

At 2:00 pm this afternoon, radio personality, political correspondent and blogger extraordinaire Shannyn Moore held a press conference outside the Anchorage Governor's Office, in order to respond to tle legal threats against her issued by Soon-to-be Ex Governor Palin and her mouthpiece, Thomas Van Flein.

The text of Shannyn's prepared statement:
"On the Fourth of July, when Americans everywhere were celebrating our most sacred national holiday with parades and barbeques, Governor Sarah Palin was busy having me, Shannyn Moore, declared an Enemy of the State.

In a rambling quasi-legal letter, the most powerful person in this state accused me of defaming her for pointing out the fact that there have been rumors, -rumors- of corruption, rumors that have been around for years.

When Sarah Palin gave her three-weeks notice to the people of Alaska, aborting her term as Governor, a lot of people wondered why she quit. Mid-level managers turn-in their notice, not elected public officials. It didn’t make sense. It still doesn’t. People have been trying to guess why she really quit, and everyone in Alaska has been playing the guessing game. They’re rumors. There are a lot of rumors. And with all the corruption we’ve had here in Alaska, of course we wonder what’s really behind her resignation.

Governors don’t just quit. But Governor Palin did.

The governor’s massive overreaction -on the Fourth of July no less- should make any reasonable person wonder what’s wrong with her. The Lady protests way too much. Eventually we’ll all find out why she really walked off the job.

Sarah Palin is a coward and a bully. What kind of politician attacks an ordinary American on the Fourth of July for speaking her mind? What’s wrong with her? The First Amendment was designed to protect people like me from the likes of people like her. Our American Revolution got rid of kings. And queens, too. Am I jacked-up? You betcha.

Sarah Palin, if you have a problem with me, then sue me. Shannyn Moore will not be muzzled!"


Shannyn, my sincere thanks and admiration go out to you.

Sarah Palin's NEW Plan To Retain Fame and Achieve Fortune - SUE THE INTERNETS™!

Shannyn Moore, gird your loins for a legal battle, and such as!

AK Muckraker, you're next! And also!

Via her Twitter pages, Sarah Palin's made it clear that her attorney, Thomas V. Van Flein, is not going to take this "reporting of rumors" by those Alaska bloggers lying down!

He's gonna sue the Internets™ if he has to!

Sound unbelievable? Check it out on Sarah's BFF, Greta Van Susteren's (the woman with the biggest Sarah Palin girl-crush ever) page... but frankly, I like Wonkette's take on the whole shebang a whole lot better.

This just gets richer and richer.

Dear Mr. Van Flein:
Stop being an idiot. Everyone knows you can't sue the Internets™.
It's just a Series Of Tubes!

Dear Soon-to-be Ex Governor Palin:
Since you've taken to heart the advice of the late President Harry S Truman -

"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen," let me add this not-so memorable addendum:

Once you're out of the kitchen, stay the hell out.


h/t to cminri