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I say so far because I'm waiting to watch The Rachel Maddow Show tonight and I am pretty sure Rachel will be amazing.

The source.


Hey Sarah, At Least Stand By Your Free Speech
 

January 10, 2011 by Tina Dupuy


Last Saturday morning 20 people were shot in a Tucson Safeway parking lot by a 22-year-old who stated on YouTube he "won't pay debt with a currency that's not backed by gold and silver." Fifteen minutes after the news broke, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin tweeted, "The price of gold today is at $1,368.90 an ounce."

Coincidence?

Yes.

None of us want to live in a society where hyperbole, exaggeration, satire, bad taste and horrible timing are subjective. Stupidity is legal. So are bad jokes. Ditto for calls for revolution. As are declarations using violent imagery. Pornography, too.

So Sarah Palin has a right to display images on her sites SarahPAC, Facebook and TakeDownthe20.com. On those sites she had riflescope icons over the districts of Democratic congresspersons who voted in favor of health care reform. She stated in bold red letters: "We've diagnosed the problem. Help us prescribe the solution."

In March, shortly after TakeDownthe20.com was launched, the window of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' Tucson office was shot out with a pellet gun. Giffords said in an interview, "The rhetoric and firing people up..we're on Sarah Palin's targeted list. But the thing is that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gunsight over our district. And when people do that, they've got to realize there's consequences to that action."

There were reports of Tea Party protesters outside her office with signs like, "It's time to reload" and "One way or another, you're gone."

Why? Because people listened to Sarah Palin. They listened to her debunked baloney that reforming health care would kill your grandmother. According to Palin, Giffords was trying to kill everyone's favorite elderly relative. Therefore, there was a target on her.

There is no evidence any of those people who listened to Palin shot the member of congress in the head with a semi-auto Glock. Besides being steeped in revolution, a cockeyed view of The Constitution and anti-government rhetoric, the shooter has no connection to Palin.

However, minutes after the former governor tweeted about gold, her website was scrubbed of the now infamous crosshairs graphic. It was gone. Then there was a note on her Facebook page: "On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice."

So in a moment of national peril - when a political "enemy" who was on a hit list had been "taken down" - the FIRST thing Palin does is act in her own interests?

In a word: yes.

This is the most cowardly thing I've ever witnessed. If you are going to say outrageous things, then you are going to have to stand by outrageous things.

By law Palin has the right to hurl verbal grenades. But free speech doesn't mean you're not accountable for the things you say. It means the government can't pass laws to make saying them a crime. It doesn't mean you can beat the drum of rebellion, sell a couple books, delete a graphic, embrace the Bill of Rights and you are magically not a selfish weasel.

Sarah Palin has the courage to delete her convictions and saunter away whistling like nothing happened. All of it is legal. I agree, and I will fight for that: Sarah Palin has the right to be spineless.

Here's the thing: Palin had an opportunity to have a "bullhorn moment." She had the opportunity to rise to the occasion and prove all her critics wrong. She could have proven she truly is a leader. That she's not just a capitalizing catty mean girl who can't tell the difference between an opponent and an enemy. That she is worthy of all this presidential buzz and not just skating by on some mushy conservative platitudes and good looks. She could have come out strong and expressed regret for demonizing a member of Congress who was shot in the head with a 9mm.

But instead.she cowered. Pitiful.

To be clear, I'm not blaming Sarah Palin for 20 people being shot - six of them dying from their injuries. I'm blaming Sarah Palin for taking down her "take down" map sans comment. I'm not blaming her for throwing bombs. I am blaming her for not uttering remorse when they explode.

Palin wants her followers to "stand up?"

Her first.


 
 
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pudge
12 November 2010 @ 06:58 pm
This is for Ria Face who doesn't have enough Maddow in her life. She's also a really big fan of Jon Stewart. So here you are monkey :)



EDIT: it's awesome when I embed the right clip. Here is the full 49 minute interview. :)

 
 
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pudge
30 September 2010 @ 08:59 pm
Izzy is at it again. She killed another chipmunk. :( I can't help but be proud of her hunting prowess but I am so sad for the lil rodents. They just don't have a chance once she spots them. I came out of the house and saw it at the foot of the stairs and she came scampering around the side of the house, meowing, chirping actually, and did a little dance. She was so happy with herself. Then Irvy walked over it and his lame back leg stepped on it so he turned around and gobbled it up. I shrieked. He dropped it. Then Izzy hissed at him. Pawed the dead chipmunk, saw it was relatively the same as she'd left it then moved on. Then I walked Irvy. My animals are awesome.

Speaking of awesome animals: WILD TURKEYS!!!!!!! There were 4 wild turkeys on my street today. Four JUMBO wild turkeys!!!! I tried to get pictures but the humidity fucked up my camera lens. :(

It is the last night of September and you know what this means kiddies. OCTOBER!! So ... 31 horror movies!! No no for real. I'm going to do it this year. Probably more than that (as usual) but at least one a day. I'm going to have to use HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and Encore to add to my own collection. Although I might actually own over 30 horror movies. Hm. I shall check. I'll let you know what I watch. :)

I think I'm going to promote [community profile] shaki  in [site community profile] dw_community_promo and see if I can't get some more members.

I just checked out some previews for all of the tracks off Shaki's new album Sale El Sol and you guys..she wasn't lying when she said there are some songs that are a lot like songs off of Pies Descalzos. YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!! I am so fucking excited for this album now. Also the new video is out and I AM SO THRILLED with how screen-cappable it is. ICONS GALORE!!

 



And with that I am done. It's almost time for The Rachel Maddow Show. Hope all of you are well. :)
 
 
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pudge
Hi kiddies! It is time to squee!! Yay!!

First off, this wonderful quote from Madonna: "Speak your mind but not louder than me." haha I love her so fucking much. Who doesn't really, deep down, feel that way? Exactly. We all want to be educated and hear from each person and see every side of the situation but deep down we expect that we'll be logical  / right and therefore unless you agree with us, shut up. But yeah. She said it during an interview with Lola on the red/pink carpet of Lola's new clothing line Material Girl. Speaking of which, I cannot get over how grown up Lola and Rocco are. I feel so old but then, I suppose, Madonna does, too.


The preview clip for the music video to Shaki's new single "Loca" is out today and I'd like to make a prediction based on these 30 seconds: I will make more icons from this music video than any of Shaki's previous videos. Ohmyeverlovinggod does this look like a fun time. :)
the clip plus 99283758235 things unrelated to Shaki )

 
 
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