Showing posts with label margaret thatcher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label margaret thatcher. Show all posts

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Did Sarah Palin know Margaret Thatcher is pro-abortion?

Sarah Palin admires Margaret Thatcher sooo much.

Did she know this?

Margaret Thatcher, unlike some American conservatives, did not demand any religious commitment from her political allies. One of her leading spokesmen - and a hardline rightwinger - Norman Tebbitt was a professed atheist. Thatcher also, throughout her parliamentry career, voted in favour of liberal abortion laws, and appointed a number of [closeted] gay men to her Cabinet [one - Lord Avon, son of Harold Macmillan, was an early victim of AIDS], and her government initiated and extensive safer sex campaign.

It's on Conservapedia as well:

Oh boy, in her career as a politician and as Prime Minister, Thatcher didn't bother with religion very much, was pro-choice, ok with gays and didn't buy into abstinence teachings, preferring to promote safe sex instead.

That puts the Iron Lady, Sarah's political heroine, on the same footing as president Obama regarding abortion.

Sarah Palin described Obama as "the most pro-abortion president to occupy the White House" at a Dallas event, which was sponsored by a nonprofit organization that promotes an anti-abortion message. Sarah Palin also said the federal health care law is the "mother of all unfunded mandates" and means federal funding will go toward abortions.

She reiterated her attacks at a Susan B Anthony event:

Perhaps Sarah Palin could use Margaret Thatcher's disregard for every single precious life as an excuse to bail out on the much anticipated visit to the old lady.

Baroness Thatcher will be so disappointed...

(H/T to femme7)

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Thatcher to Palin: "Don't call us, we'll call you (never)" - UPDATE

Sarah Palin told the Sunday Times:

"I am going to Sudan in July and hope to stop in England on the way. I am just hoping Mrs Thatcher is well enough to see me as I so admire her."

A person close to Margaret Thatcher told The Guardian:

"Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts."

Who's this Palin woman?

Please read the rest of the article, it's fun!

(H/T to Palinized)


The Independent also had an article about Sarah Palin and Margaret Thatcher. One Tory MP would love to meet Sarah Palin:

Fervent admirers who can be expected to send their own high tea invitations to the Alaskan include the maverick Conservative MP Nadine Dorries. "Palin is a toughie," she said. "She has passion, charm, drive and ability along with a huge, massive connectivity to the American people. She continues to demonstrate her willingness to tackle tough domestic and international issues, in doing so she presents herself as a serious 2012 contender who is not willing to be defined by the liberal media."

Nadine Dorries is very ethically challenged and has some very weird ideas. It doesn't surprise me that she holds Sarah Palin in such high esteem.

The Independent has a few bloggers and these are the opening lines of a post about Dorries, written by Fatima Kanji:

Britain’s answer to Sarah Palin

Nadine Dorries, tory MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, is once again hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons. This time, it’s not because of her affair with a family friend or because she left her ex-husband who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in order to pursue her career ambitions.Or because of her 10-min rule bill on the importance of abstinence, passing by 67-61, aimed at JUST girls, (because in Nadine’s view, boys apparently don’t feel pressured to have sex). No, no this time, it was her views on sexual abuse…

Nadine also had some problems with her expenses:

MPs' expenses: Nadine Dorries claims allowance 'counted as part of MP's salary'

Nadine Dorries, the backbench Tory MP, has claimed that the additional cost allowance has "always been counted as part of an MP's salary" - but "done quietly".

The high-profile Tory MP has faced questions over her parliamentary expenses after admitting she only spends free weekends and holidays in the property she designates as her main home.

She was forced to apologise to her constituents for keeping the location of the house a secret.

MPs' expenses: Nadine Dorries pays £50,000 of allowances to close friend

A Conservative MP whose parliamentary expenses are under investigation by the Commons sleaze watchdog paid more than £50,000 of public money to a close friend.

Yes, I'm sure Sarah and Nadine would get on like the house on fire. They're like two peas in a pod.

Picture credit: Obliged to Offend

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Claire Berlinski, Margaret Thatcher's biographer about Sarah Palin: A "ridiculous candidate for the Presidency", "case of mass psychosis"

There have been a few very interesting statements made about Sarah Palin recently. Let's start with an incredibly important statement which has so far not received the attention it deserves.

On October 1, Matt Lewis from interviewed Claire Berlinski, the writer of a highly acclaimed biography about Margaret Thatcher: "There Is No Alternative - Why Margaret Thatcher Matters."

Way into the interview, Matt Lewis brings up the topic of Sarah Palin. In my opinion, it's more than fair to compare Sarah Palin to Margaret Thatcher, as she is supposedly Palin's favorite "role model", next to Ronald Reagan. Just a few months ago Sarah Palin and/or her handlers had the "brilliant" idea of arranging a meeting with Margaret Thatcher in the UK. However, it appears that the meeting didn't happen in the end, as Thatcher suffers from dementia, which made the visit appear as an act of exploitation.

You might think that Claire Berlinski sees obvious similarities between Palin and Thatcher, because the mantra of the Palinbots. As is already apparent from the first 17 minutes of the interview, Berlinski is a sharp thinker and straight-shooter, so her statements regarding Sarah Palin are very much to the point and can only come to as a surprise for the members of the Palin-cult, but will be less of a surprise for intelligent people.

Regarding how Sarah Palin compares to Margaret Thatcher -- a predictable question, to be sure -- Berlinski told me that Palin "has to be looked at as sort of a fluke, because she was elevated by the McCain campaign into a position of prominence that I don't think ordinarily she would ever have been in."

Berlinski added that Palin is

"obviously a talented politician ... [but that] there's something so ridiculous, however, about Sarah Palin as a serious candidate for the presidency. It's really a case, almost, of mass psychosis -- that anyone could ever have been seriously considering this."

Claire Berlinski also calls Sarah Palin a "figure who is out of place" - if she "had remained in Alaska, I would have been perfectly happy with that."

I highly recommend to listen to the full excerpt of the interview which deals with Sarah Palin, as Claire Berlinski also draws unflattering parallels to Margaret Thatcher, which makes the statement even more powerful. The above quotes are only part of what she is saying about Sarah Palin.

The complete interview can be accessed HERE.

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There is more.

As Malia Litman has reported earlier today, Aaron Sorkin, creator of the West Wing, also said something about Sarah Palin. Yesterday he was a guest on CNN's "Parker Spitzer" and said about Sarah Palin:

"Sarah Palin's an idiot. Come on. This is a remarkably, stunningly, jaw-droppingly incompetent and mean woman."

Watch the CNN clip:

Parker jumped in: “Wow. What do you base that on, the meanness part?” Sorkin explained: “When she talks about real Americans versus not real Americans, that's a divisive thing. I'm pretty sure I fall into the category of a not real American.”

Parker came back with a quip instead of a serious rejoinder: “Right. You're not real. Because you have those horn-rimmed glasses.” Sorkin proceeded to show his resentment:

Because I have these glasses, because I'm from New York, and because I work in Hollywood. Let's ignore the fact that my father fought in World War II, put himself through college on the GI bill, that his parents were immigrants who came here and my paternal grandfather was one of the founders of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

Aaron Sorkin then "reloaded" and added, echoing Bill Maher:

“The Democrats may have moved into the center, but the Republicans have moved into a mental institution.”

In celebration of Aaron Sorkin, we have chosen an especially moving scene from the "The American President", written by Sorkin. The President's speech you all would like to see!



Sunday, 13 June 2010

Sarah Palin wants to meet Margaret Thatcher

The Daily Mail reports that Sarah Palin has arranged a visit to London to meet Margaret Thatcher.

Controversial US politician Sarah Palin could soon be on her way to Britain to boost her hopes of challenging Barack Obama in the 2012 US presidential election.

Her representatives approached Margaret Thatcher to ask for a meeting as part of a bid to enhance her claim to be the ‘heir to Ronald Reagan’ and prepare to challenge Mr Obama.

And Lady Thatcher has agreed to see Mrs Palin, who stood as the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008. A spokesman said: ‘We had an informal approach asking if Lady Thatcher would meet Mrs Palin if she comes to Britain and we said yes.’

The conversation between these two war loving, divisive women who think they're some kind of queen may be a little bit one-sided:

The daughter of former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher has spoken for the first time about her mother's struggle with dementia.

In her new book, serialised in the Mail on Sunday, Carol Thatcher says she first noticed her mother's memory was failing over lunch in 2000.

Ms Thatcher goes on to describe how telltale signs of dementia then began to emerge.

"Whereas previously you would never have had to say anything to her twice, because she'd already filed it away in her formidable memory bank, Mum started asking the same questions over and over again, unaware she was doing so.

Ms Thatcher describes how she had to learn to be patient and that her mother "had an illness and that it wasn't personal".

"That's the worst thing about dementia: it gets you every time," she says.

"Sufferers look and act the same but beneath the familiar exterior something quite different is going on.

"They're in another world and you cannot enter."

On bad days her mother can "hardly remember the beginning of a sentence by the time she got to the end", she says.

Thatcher won't have the foggiest idea about who this "Sarah Palin" is. As a matter of fact, I doubt Margaret Thatcher is aware of who the president of the United States is at the moment.

The old "Iron Lady" gets carted out very now and then to visit Downing Street in a purely ceremonial exercise, very much as a... prop. I suppose British leaders need to have their photos taken with the old trout before she pops her clogs...

Sarah Palin would be better off having her photo-op at Madame Tussaud's wax museum. She could pose with Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan!

thatcher reagan tussaud 2


It's a pity the series "Spitting Image" is not on TV anymore. I wonder what Sarah Palin's puppet would look like... Patrick found a couple of good Margaret Thatcher moments from "Spitting Image" and a Ronald Reagan classic as a bonus: