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Tag: Sarah Palin

April
20th

The birther conspiracy Kool-Aid flows uphill

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Normally we’d wait for Donald Trump’s “presidential campaign” to die a natural death, but his embrace of the birther lunacy makes for too sweet a target.

Trump’s taken to trumpeting his doubts about Barack Obama’s citizenship and demanding that the president produce his birth certificate. Obama – who appears to relish the spectacle – has turned the pseudo-controversy into comedy material.

Trump is one of a handful of Republican leaders (if that’s what he is) willing to sound like an actual birther. Michele Bachmann prefers artful coyness; all she wants is that Obama “just answer some questions” and produce his original birth certificate. Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee have alluded darkly to the president’s supposed Kenyan background. Read more »

Jan.
27th

Palin, Pierce Transit and WTF

Are Sarah Palin and opponents of Pierce Transit Proposition 1 in cahoots? Well, probably not. But both are using “WTF” to make their points.

According to the Associated Press, Palin noted on her Facebook page that President Obama’s State of the Union address was dubbed “Winning the Future” and suggested that the acronym for that title, WTF, aptly sums up the speech.

Like LOL is an Internet acronym for “laugh out loud,” WTF has been used to ask “What the ….?”

Opponents of the transit ballot measure, which would raise the transit sales tax

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Jan.
13th

America must chill the rhetoric of political rage

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

For vociferous conservatives who think that the calls for more civility since the Tucson shootings are all about shutting them up, here are a few examples of what’s going around on the Web lately:

“Sarah Palin is the single most dangerous threat to the future of the human race. Thick venomous cretin she is. Someone bloody shoot her.”

“My hate for Sarah Palin continues to grow. I think this woman should be assassinated.”

“Sarah Palin should be shot for her encouragement of fanaticism against Democrats.”

“Ugh! All the wrong people get shot. Why doesn’t this kind of thing happen at a Sarah Palin event?”

Those lovely tweets were captured in a YouTube post this week that has since been shut down. Their tone echoes the worst rantings of the angry right, including recent threats of violence against Washington’s U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.
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Jan.
10th

What we know about Jared Loughner: Not much

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Sometimes a deranged gunman is just a deranged gunman.

At this point, no one has a clue as to why a 22-year-old misfit with a Glock opened fire on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and a crowd of others in Tucson, killing six and nearly killing her.

We won’t have a clue until Jared Lee Loughner himself starts talking, and maybe not even then, given the odd workings of his disordered mind.

Was he triggered by the general “vitriol” in the air? Arizona’s bitter disputes over illegal immigration? The fact that Sarah Palin talked about reloading instead of retreating and once drew a cross-hairs on Giffords’ district during the last election?

Not a shred of evidence for any of that so far. You’d think the chattering classes would observe a decent interval after Saturday’s massacre
before turning it into political ammunition.
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Dec.
28th

‘Death panels’ are back, and patients will profit

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

President Obama appears to have slipped “death panels” back into federal health care law via executive authority. Good for him.

To paraphrase Mark Twain, there are lies, damn lies and the death panel scare. The ever-inventive Sarah Palin came up with the term last year in a drive to whip up fears about health care reform.

Section 1233 of the health care bill, she said, would allow “Obama’s death panel” to judge whether “my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome” are “worthy of health care.”

Others took up the cry – Section 1233 made a convenient target – and they were so successful that Congress eventually dropped the measure from the reform bill.

Back to the world of facts. Only a certified paranoid could have read the actual text of the section and concluded that someone was trying to pull the plug on grandma. It simply allowed Medicare funding for discussions, every five years, between doctors and patients about their end-of-life options. That’s it.

These conversations happen all the time right now. Patients dying of cancer, for example, already consult with their doctors about what treatments are available, whether they want aggressive medical intervention, what life-sustaining measures they are willing to accept, the value of advance directives and the appointment of health care “proxies” – typically family members – who can make decisions on their behalf if they are incapacitated.
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Oct.
21st

Things that go bump in the night

With Halloween losing its steam, maybe it’s time to take fear mongering to a new level. Maybe it’s time to take it to the children.

When tucking the kids in tonight, instead of reading them bedtime stories about cows that jump over the moon, tell them about things that go bump in the night.

Tell them the horror stories FOX and its Bad News Bearers have been telling the rest of us since President Obama took office. Then, tell them the truth. They’re going to need the truth.

But first, have the little ones check under their beds. When Glenn Beck announces that the president and his progressives “are taking you to a place to be slaughtered,” and even gives a target date — “probably sometime after Christmas”– a quick glance under the bed couldn’t hurt.

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Sep.
18th

This isn’t my nightmare. It’s Karl Rove’s.

I went to bed Tuesday night, a good, liberal woman — radio tuned to NPR, issues of New Yorkers stacked high on the nightstand, and socialist thoughts of government takeovers lulling me to sleep.

I woke Wednesday morning to my worst nightmare: the cloning of Sarah Palin.

Sometime during the night, “disenfranchised” Tea Party voters rolled out its Beta version of Mama Grizzly 2.0.  No longer was there one shrill pit bull in lipstick yelping “You betchas!” There were now two.

Where was Murphy Brown when you needed her?

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May
7th

Upside to the oil spill

I tried to come up with a single positive to the big BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

I could only think of one: I suspect we will never again hear someone say: “Drill, baby, drill.”

I don’t think even Sarah Palin would have the guts.