Thursday, July 16, 2009
Jerry Pournelle had written of Sarah Palin:
I admire Sarah Palin, and I am astonished at her ability to persevere given the many tasks she has. She was at least as qualified by experience to be Vice President as Obama was to be President, with the exception of the Ivy League education and general membership in the intelligentsia. The most important qualification for President is judgment. The President is surrounded by experts: what is required is the judgment to choose the right people, and decide on the right course of action. No one can be an expert on all the matters on which a President must make decisions.
Palin made one truly great speech, and several very good ones. She doesn't do hostile interviews well. As to judgment, we have her record at Mayor and Governor.
I replied & he published my opinion of Sarah Palin:
"She doesn't do hostile interviews well"
But then the fact that we know that fairly unremarkable fact shows more about her enemies than her. We can't know if Barak does because the media has never given him anything but the slowest of balls. As a private citizen on July 26th she will be able to pick & choose who she speaks to though it is possible this will not absolutely prevent such interviews. A significant proportion of the things she is denigrated for saying were actually said in interviews with Ms Fey. This may be a breakthrough in modern news reporting.
Looking at a supportive interview she did (Limbaugh's) last October she said "I guess that message is they do want me to sit down and shut up. But that’s not going to happen. I care too much about this great country" & other things on the same line, which, if she is as genuine as I think, means she isn't leaving. http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily
I think it is possible, indeed rather human, to honestly convince oneself that she (or almost anybody else one doesn't like) is stupid or too inexperienced for the job but not while saying that Obama is clever or sufficiently experienced.
It is not really proper to enlist the opinions of those who are no longer able to give them but in experience terms she is certainly far more experienced at government than the unnamed female VP Heinlein produced to give a happy ending to Expanded Universe & "Sarah Barracuda" seems capable of being similarly determined.
People often rise to the office. Palin will have an opportunity over the next few years to present herself -- assuming that she wants to.
In Expanded Universe, a collection published in the US, Heinlein's last story is about a black woman actress who had previously been a success on a committee & had been chosen for the Vice President ticket to add glamour to the ticket. When the President dies flying his private aircraft (written before JFK Jnr did this) she succeeds to office & cleans house solving America's problems because "there was nothing really wrong with America we just made some stupid mistakes & compounded them by being stubborn". The character is a closer parallel to Nichelle Nichols than to Sarah Palin but I think "Barracuda" Palin gains strongly by the comparison & while nobody can know I suspect Mr Heinlein would have thought so too.
A significant proportion of the things she is denigrated for saying were actually said in interviews with Ms Fey. This may be a breakthrough in modern news reporting.
The centralized media exists to propagate lies - nothing more, nothing less.
Some may claim that the US has a decentralized media, but that's bull. Think of the last few years, whenever some minor event happens (the death of MJ) the whole media, as if it is a single entity, jumps on it and runs with the story for at least a week. And before MJ there have been a whole string of stories that the entire media decided to focus on, with every channel running the same thing. Generally the media has slow news weeks where they sit on their asses, and then the order comes down from above to feed on some story, often in a way that seems like it is intended to distract from the real news.
While the media was releasing squid ink over MJ's death the House of Representatives passed the Cap and Trade bill, almost as if no one was watching.
In Britain now when a paper uses the word "exclusive" it just means they have paid for an interview everybody wanted, indde 2 Sundays ago 2 separate papers had "exclusives" about Toya Jackson's lucrative sorrow over her borther.
That must have been a long time ago. Several years ago I read The Creature From Jekyll Island and in one of the chapters the author quotes a speech made by the editor of the New York Times at an editors banquet before the turn of the century. In the speech the NYT editor stands up and states that his paper exists to manipulate public opinion and serve the powerful and states that all of the gathered editors do the same. I would have to go back to find the book to get the actual speech, but you get my point.
If you want that to be in charge of the free world then maybe you deserve it.
I really hope Palin does stand for president; she'll split the republicans right down the middle. She'll take the Religious Republicans vote and alienate the Fiscal Republicans vote, allowing Barack a second term. She's probably being paid billions by the Democrats backroom power-brokers to stand.
Haviong balanced the Alaskan budget & called for free enterprise I'm not sure how she alienates fiscal Republicans. But she sure alienates the Democrat's back room money men.
Then I guess you don't need me to publish your fantasies for you do you?
You knows youse in da right when all da gosh-danged branes is on y'all side.
Yac your point is?
Anyone with an IQ over 100 who listens to her meaningless, desperate attempts to give interviews, instantly recognises that she is totally unsuitable for the most powerful job in the world. She is clearly an incompetent devious fool. The rich succesful 'sensible' republican voters will not want her in control of their fiscal security. Ergo, I really hope she runs and rips the Religious Neo-Con nutters out of the Republican party and leads them into the wilderness. And may their Fascism-for-Jesus agenda rot with them.
The rest is just rudeness
"Global warming is god hugging the world more tightly"... "I know a lot about foreign politics, cos I can see Russia from my house." etc Clearly the words of a very uneducated person who doesn't realise how sharply she is being measured by those with brains. And that makes her absolutely unsuitable for president.
We just had 8 years of an ignorant low-brow person as president. The world is in no hurry to repeat that mistake. The fact that she appeals to you and that you think she is a suitable candidate says a lot.
If you actually had some facts that were factual that would be a different thing...
As for publishing whatever I like on SYB, well you have your own blog, so why is so desperately important for you not to be censored on SYB?
What part of - you are a complete idiot so stupid not merely to lie but to hold up a big sign (metaphorically) saying what a lying idiot you are - fails to be comprehensible to you & your kids gang?
Aaaaaaanyway, it's not a "joke," it's what she claims as evidence for her diplomatic skills, and not just in that interview either. You can piss and moan about semantics all you like, but it doesn't change the level of her ignorance that's a matter of record. Remember records? 0.04% of the vote is a record too!
20+ YEARS (verified from reliable sources and newspapers): "I don't believe in interracial relationships, I was born in Idaho and raised to believe
that whites and blacks shouldn't mix or date each other" (1986)
"I want creationism as the only theory taught in our schools" (2001)
"I don't know a lot about Iran, I just heard that they are bad people"(2006)
"He can say he is a christian but as far as I'm concerned, Obama is a muslim, look at his middle name" (2007)
"The bible will at some point, be in every classroom in our great state if I have my way" (2005)
Here you go Craig a Fey/Palin who said what quiz from the Guardian. And you may indeed be right that Fey said the 'God Hugging' one. But, she's still a Dumb ________. Trying to justify your foriegn experience by saying Alaska is near Siberia is going to convince anyone with knowledge of international politics that you are a big eejiit.
These are real Palin quotes, authenticated by Snopes.Com.
"Here in Alaska, we
don't have hardly any black people, I never talk to them, so I was surprised that a black girl beat me in the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant"(1988)
"Todd and I talked about Hurricane Katrina as God's way of
cleansing New Orleans of the blacks who have sinned, the Bible predicted it" (2005)
It is in no way whatsoever verified.
That Palin's supporters are infinitely more honest than Obama's (& smarter) is proven by the fact that nobody put on a "verified" quote from Obama saying "Ah likes eatin' watermellons an rapin' white women"
Nope. That just proves that you think sarcasm is a way of covering up that a quote you say was not authentic has indeed been proved to be authentic.
Seriously, I know we've been busting your balls for the last few days. (You do deserve it for the horrible things you write.) But, after reading your blogs I feel sorry for you too. You are clearly obssesed and driven by inner turmoil. Your delusional conspiracies are text-book examples of mental stress.
There is nothing shameful in getting mental counselling (I have done and it helped me a lot). The NHS could get you a free course of CBT and help you control your anger and paranoia. You would find life a lot more calm and enjoyable. I hope you find some peace and, perhaps instead of trying to change the whole world, you should try to make a few small changes to your own life.
As even Norman has already confirmed I am flexible enough to acknowledge an error it is just that on the Speak your Branes site the ocasion has not arisen.
General membership of the "intelligentsia"????
Why do you subscribe to this paranoid-delusional nonsense? Where is the evidence of this secret clique?
Palin came across as less capable than Obama because she is less capable, not because she has failed to secure membership of the mysterious "intelligentsia". Does it come as a surprise to you that the dice are loaded against the incapable, incompetent, and plain stupid? The reasons for her failure are obvious.
Look up "intelligentsia" in a dictionary.
Not only are you lying Kelvin, (you never put any such post & as your link earlier showed Palin never said these words) it isn't even your lie. This is something a different moron pasted on Branes yesterday
"On Friday, roughly 8ish in the evening I attempted to post on Neil’s site the comment “Why did you censor my last post. Do you hate freedom so much”… He has the choice to post it… and look like a censorer or simply censor it and be a censorer…"
Of course by going public on the fact that he had made up that silly lie he, correctly, made himself & all the little cheerleaders on Branes look like the idiotic liars you are. What on Earth made you think such stupidty would work this time AFTER IT HAD ALREADY BEEN MADE PUBLIC?
It's baffling what Obama gets away with in the US. If you've not already watched his disastrous press conference the other night, I recommend you have a look.
No, there aren't good cultural reasons. Obama lost the White vote, the group that should have some sort of "White Guilt". The media, being the parent of the Democratic party, runs with that line of bull as part of their 24/7 marketing campaign for the Democratic way of life.
If you want to really see what Black-rule in America entails I will be happy to post links to sites showing the arson-swept fields of Detroit.
Or you can look at Karl Denninger's prediction of $12t in federal bond sales this year, which show the same level of destruction happening to the federal balance sheet.
Nonetheless America has had a history of discrimination & there is reason to prove that gone (not good enough reason to elect Obama but still reason) & when you Jesse Jackson is the alternative Obama does look pretty good. Heh he looks good compared to Biden too.
Usually the Black vote is between 85-95% Democratic, with occasional exceptions.
Whether you agree with her or not she is obviously very smart, on top of her brief & understands the health bill better than Obama, its nominal creator.