Sunday, 15 August 2010

Sarah Palin's twitter madness: Lessons in fear mongering and being disrespectful - Get on twitter, everyone, and tell Sarah what YOU think! - UPDATE!

Sarah Palin's meltdown can be watched in real time - thanks to twitter. Yesterday, she went again on the Islam-bashing trail, as there is hardly another topic with which it's easier to whip up the right-wing masses. We have an enemy again! It's the Muslims! The ones who brought you 9/11! They look dark, foreign and suspicious! Almost like our President! Don't trust them!

mosque tweet 1

...which resulted in a "twitter explosion" - people weren't accepting the hate mongering and thousands of tweets were sent off against the ex-Governor who simply "loves to hate."

It seems that Sarah was somewhat dismayed by the negative reaction. So the Quitter Queen, who hates nothing more than other people objecting to her ("OBEY!"), sent off a series of "take that, libruls" tweets today. As usual, her stupidity knows no bounds - however, she also included a nasty, ugly and utterly disrespectful tone against President Obama, which seems to get worse by the day. If that's not inciting hatred, then I don't know what it is:

mosque tweet 2

mosque tweet 3

mosque tweet 4

mosque tweet 5

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She also published a facebook post:

Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they? And, no, this is not above your pay grade. If those who wish to build this Ground Zero mosque are sincerely interested in encouraging positive "cross-cultural engagement" and dialogue to show a moderate and tolerant face of Islam, then why haven't they recognized that the decision to build a mosque at this particular location is doing just the opposite? Mr. President, why aren't you encouraging the mosque developers to accept Governor Paterson's generous offer of assistance in finding a new location for the mosque on state land if they move it away from Ground Zero? Why haven't they jumped at this offer? Why are they apparently so set on building a mosque steps from what you have described, in agreement with me, as "hallowed ground"? I believe these are legitimate questions to ask.

- Sarah Palin

"Not above your pay grade?" Is this how you "talk" to the President of the USA these days? Interesting...because your President is just upholding the constitution!

So why do we even have worry about this loose canon, who is clearly out of her tiny mind?

Because she has powerful friends - that's why.

As we all know, Rupert Murdoch stands firmly behind her. Apart from that, I would like to mention that for example just recently, the RNC "employed" Sarah Palin to write a long "begging letter" for them. I know that there will come the time when the RNC won't even admit that they ever heard of Sarah Palin, but we won't forget. Thankfully, the website "blacktalkradio" published a scanned copy of the letter which was sent out to Republicans all over the country several days ago. Attached to the letter was a survey, which apparently just matches Sarah Palin's limited intellectual capabilities:

Letter 1

Letter 2


Take notice of what Sarah Palin writes in the second paragraph of the letter: If you agree with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, than "put this down" - the survey "isn't for you."

So Sarah Palin doesn't even pretend to be interested to hear from anyone who disagrees with her!

What kind of President would Sarah Palin make? I think some famous dictators in history had exactly the same approach. We know how that ended!

Please also listen to the broadcast on "blacktalkradio" about this topic, it's very good!

So, what to do now?

Everyone, let's get on twitter and let the Quitter Queen know what you think about her and her hateful and ignorant tweets!

Opening a twitter account is easy. Everyone can do it! Please click here for video tutorial, explaining the most important functions of twitter.

A very helpful tool for everyone who would like to get serious with twitter is tweetdeck.

Please click here for a tutorial which explains the functions of tweetdeck. I know that several Gators are already successfully using tweetdeck.

What you then should do is to connect with all the other Gators, follow them and collect new followers. This way, a very powerful twitter chain can be created which ultimately will be able to spread around new messages wide and quickly.

If you for example go to the Palingates twitter, you find immediately lots of other people to follow - and they have other friends. And don't forget to follow Palingates! ;-)

Important: Please retweet the twitter messages of your friends that you like! All you have to do is to click on the "retweet" button next to the tweet.

In order for your tweets to show up in searches, make sure that you include terms for example like "@sarahpalinusa" (meaning: message for sarahpalinusa) or "#palin" (meaning: the hash tag indicates that the message deals with Sarah Palin).

We also would like more people to publish twitter messages which contain links to Palingates. If you want to share the blog post, there is a very easy way: Our new fancy wibaya-toolbar has a function to share the posts over twitter. You need to be logged in to twitter before you do that.

If you click on "twitter" in the wibaya toolbar at the bottom of the page, the following window opens:

Palingates twitter toolbar

On the left hand side, the wibaya toolbar has already included a shortened link to the blog post you are reading at this moment. You then just have to type the message and send the tweet off!

If you want to include links in twitter, you will usually be required to shorten them in order to fit them into 140 characters. For that, I would recommend - at this website, you paste the original link (which can be very long, it doesn't matter) and receive a short "tinyurl" link which you then copy and paste in your tweet.

If somebody isn't sure how to copy and paste - here is a video tutorial.

We should all make sure that twitter doesn't belong to the bigots and hate mongers, especially now where it has turned into Grandma Palin's favorite propaganda tool.

It's easy, and it's fun! As a bonus, you can also send private messages on twitter, which is an efficient way to get in touch with each other.

Now, please don't forget to tweet this blog post! ;-)



Our reader SALLY_M had some brilliant advice:

There is a service called "twitter100".

That's incredibly helpful for everyone who wants to build up a network. You can search for users and see the latest tweets from their followers, for example:

You have to wait several seconds for the page to load!

Try it! Works great!



Existing mosque alert!

Our reader PaulaCD just let us know in the comments that there is already a mosque existing close to Ground Zero - just four blocks away! It's run by the non-profit organization Masjid Manhattan.

So what's the big deal with building the new "mosque", which actually will be a multi-functional Islamic Community Center with prayer room? This new "mosque" will be two blocks away - is this really any significant difference?

On the website of Masjid Manhattan, it says:

Masjid Manhattan, established in 1970, is a not-for-profit organization currently located in the heart of downtown Manhattan, near City Hall and the World Trade Center. Wa'al-hamdulillah, our Masjid, has become one of the most famous and most visited Masajid in New York City. Additionally, it has become "The Castle of Da'wah" for non-Muslims bringing many of them, through its Da'wah program, into Islam.
Since its opening, the Masjid has been offering various services to the Muslim community. Some of these services are:

  • Five (5) Congregational Salahs (Jammah) every day, seven days a week. Hundreds of brothers and sisters gather here to worship Allah (SWT).
  • Congregational Friday Sermons (Ju'mmah) where more than 1,000 brothers and sisters, who come from all over Manhattan and the Tri-state area, gather in unity to praise Allah (SWT).
  • Daily Iftar and Taraweeah prayer during the month of Ramadan.
  • Islamic education on: Tajweed Al-Quran, Tafseer Al-Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, Sirah and Arabic language.
  • Hajh seminars and trip arrangements for Hajh.
  • Da'wah program.

Here is a website with further info about Masjid Manhattan, and here is a small picture:

Masjid Manhattan pic

This is the location of Masjid Manhattan on the map:

Masjid Manhattan Mosque NY

See in comparison the location of the planned, controversial "Ground Zero mosque":

map Cordoba House

This makes it even more obvious that the current "mosque-controversy" is just a big show, a despicable manufactured controversy, designed to whip-up the right-wing base.

This manufactured controversy can easily damage the relations to American Muslims on a long-term basis, and we should not let this happen.

In addition, I would like to add an excellent comment by our reader maelewis:

Last week, The Daily Show and Jon Stewart did a wonderful segment about that mosque. They began by showing all of the food carts that sell food on every street corner in New York City, including close to the site of the former World Trade Center. The food carts are called Hallal stands, meaning Kosher for Muslims, who will not eat pork, and require meat to be slaughtered in a traditional way. The cab drivers who drive past Ground Zero are of every nationality, including Muslim cab drivers. The entire sketch was developed in a humorous way, rather than using a preaching tone. I hope that it is still there on the Comedy Channel website.

I might add that there is another mosque, ten blocks away. How far is too far, or how close is too close? The Pentagon was also attacked on September 11. They have had a mosque in there; Moslems serve in our armed forces, and Moslems died in the attack on September 11. One Moslem was a policeman who rushed in with an emergency aid kit, trying to rescue people. Some worked in investment offices, others worked as janitors,or as waiters in the Windows on the World Restaurant at the top of one of the Twin Towers.

New York is a very heterogenous city. In a city block, one can hear different languages spoken, and see people in different forms of national dress. There is a section of Manhattan west of Fifth Avenue, from the 30's south through the 20's. This was once the vibrant garment district. In a couple of blocks, there are Korean wholesale costume jewelry stores, wedding suppiers with signs in Spanish and English, Japanese beads, Indian fabric stores. A few blocks to the north at 47th street, very religious Jews sell expensive jewelry. Everyone goes about their business. I was in that area a month after September 11. There were handwritten signs in windows with messages of love and support beautiful expressed. People walking into a shop asked carefully if the people knew anyone who had been involved in the attack. People openly hugged in the street. I can state that Sarah Palin has absolutely no concept of what it is like to be a New Yorker, to live in New York and deal with people of all backgrounds, cultures, languages and customs on an ordinary day.

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