Monday, 4 April 2011

Recent bits and pieces about Sarah Palin

We have been very interested in other events taking place in Iowa, but there's politics going on as well:

A Tea Party Star Stirs Iowans, and She Isn’t Palin

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Sarah Palin, the reigning heroine of many social conservatives, has given few signals that she will make a presidential bid. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 on the strength of his appeal to evangelicals and other constituencies, has mostly offered reasons for not joining the race.

So into that space has come Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

I found a brief, but good article about Sarah Palin's interference in Wisconsin politics:

The Foul Phoniness of Sarah Palin’s David Prosser Endorsement

Palin today urged her Wisconsin Twitter followers to “please remember to vote for Justice Prosser on April 5,” a virtual endorsement of the conservative judge who called Wisconsin’s Chief Justice, Shirley Abrahamson, a “total bitch” that he would “destroy,” and voted against ethics rules requiring judges to recuse themselves from cases involving their campaign donors.

Gryphen had a post on The Immoral Minority about some ugly developments in Canada:

Candidate's posters defaced with rifle-target symbols

Disturbing graffiti has turned up on Liberal campaign posters in an Ottawa-area riding, stirring up parallels to the anti-politician rhetoric that became an issue in the U.S. earlier this year.

Malia Litman had a number of posts about Sarah Palin's "energy expertise" and one of her readers unearthed this video:

Bill Maher is still having fun with Sarah Palin, this time about her birth certificate. Most of the articles about Maher/Palin seem to be against Maher. He's a comedian, and his comedy is a bit explicit, but at least he's saying some things about Sarah that are closer to the truth than what the media has given us in the past two years...

Bill Maher Finds Sarah Palin’s “Birth Certificate,” Says She Was Born Pregnant

Tina Fay has written a book and it seems to have a very different tone from Going Rogue:

'Bossypants' by Tina Fey is funny and heartfelt

That she manages to completely avoid a memoir's biggest pitfall — oblivious narcissism — is proof enough that a sense of humor is crucial to most storytelling.

Which brings us to a post about narcissism (H/T to Kilob). Funnily enough, the article doesn't mention Sarah Palin at all!

Do Narcissists Know They Are Narcissists?

[...] how can narcissists maintain their inflated self-image even though they know full well how they are perceived by others? The researchers suggest a few intriguing possibilities.

Perhaps narcissists assume that others are just failing to realize how bitchin' they really are. They may think that people are just too dim to recognize their brilliance. Another possibility is that narcissists may think critics are just envious of them. Narcissists may take negative feedback and think to themselves, "Those haters are just jealous!"

To follow the progress of the baby eagles, I suggest opening this link on a separate tab (press control key and click on the link). That way you don't have to restart the video when refreshing the page to read new comments.