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On April 3, 2010, before I began writing for Huffington Post, I published an article on my personal blog entitled Palin Prefers Homilies to Homework – “Drill Baby Drill”. This post was written two and one half weeks before the tragic explosion in the Gulf Coast on April 21, 2010. The impetus for the post was the plan unveiled by Barack Obama for additional offshore drilling and Palin’s criticism of that plan. Throughout the 2008 campaign Palin and McCain advocated the need for more off-shore drilling, by saying, “drill baby drill”. Even when the President indicated that he would consider the authorization of additional drilling, after environmental studies had been conducted, Palin was still critical. Let me repeat, Palin was critical of the President’s concern for the environment. At that time Palin suggested by her comments that Obama’s plan was a joke, stating, “…Delays or major restrictions in accessing these resources for environmentally responsible development are not in the national interest…” Now the ever mercurial Palin is attempting to espouse support and concern for the environment, parading around like a card carrying member of Greenpeace.
On April 30, 2010, Palin once again took to her Facebook to express concern for the Gulf Coast. It is as if Palin hopes we have all forgotten her callous attitude and derision of Obama with her slogan, “stall baby stall”. Yet, on her post Palin wrote, “Actions must be taken to increase oversight to prevent future accidents. Government can and must play an appropriate role here…” It is quite a change from the usual, anti-government rhetoric generally spewed by Palin, though certainly within the same vein of Palin’s characteristic superficiality.
In my April 3rd post, I quoted Richard Feinberg from Alaska, who was an oil and gas analyst, and who consulted with Palin’s administration, before she resigned as Governor, in both 2007 and 2008. Mr. Feinberg prophetically declared, “Based upon my first-hand experience, I can tell you that Sarah Palin is misinforming the public on ACES (Alaska Clear and Equitable Share-one of three pieces of legislation for which she takes credit) as she does many other issues…When it comes to the craft of governance, Palin exhibits a superficiality that I find frightening. She tends to prefer homilies to homework and all too often over-simplifies or distorts issues.”
It certainly seems that Palin is once again exhibiting vapid and insincere approach. We probably won’t know for years the extent of the damage caused to the economy and to the fish, birds, and animals in the Gulf Coast. In the Exxon Valdez spill, scientists estimated that some shoreline habitats might take up to 30 years to recover. The Gulf Coast will probably surpass the environmental devastation of Exxon Valdez. Even if you have no regard for the environmental impact of this massive spill, consider its economic impact. Exxon spent an estimated $2 billion dollars in an attempt to clean up of the Exxon Valdez disaster, and another one billion dollars to settle related civil and criminal charges. In that disaster, companies’ dependant upon the local marine population went bankrupt. Other economic effects included loss of recreational sports, fisheries, and reduced tourism. There is no reason to believe that the Gulf Coast spill will have any less devastating economic effects. Moreover, the recent spill emphasizes the urgency of developing alternative sources of energy, and the need to lessen our dependence on oil, from any source.
If someone says they “like Sarah Palin”, or if they think the RNC is looking out for what is best for America, remind them that they were the ones that coined the phrases “drill baby drill,” and “stall baby stall.” Remind them that when Barack Obama suggested we should consider the environmental risks inherent in off-shore drilling, it was Sarah Palin who suggested that it was not in our national interest to consider the environmental impact of such drilling. Both Sarah Palin, and the spill in the Gulf Coast, are toxic to the United States of America. Surely our memories are vibrant enough to remember those memorable words uttered just weeks ago by Sarah Palin. She is not a politician. She is no longer the Vice- Presidential Candidate. She is just a pretty lady who will say or do anything to allow her to continue to rake in $100,000 per speech, fly in private jets, stay in luxury hotels, and entice people to donate millions of dollars to her PAC. The citizens of this country, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents deserve better.
For months we have assumed that when Sarah Palin gave a speech she was saying something worth paying $100,000.00 to hear. Yet as I have listened to speech after speech, I am left with the lingering thought… “What did she say?” A common error in listening to a speech of Sarah Palin is the assumption that Sarah is trying to make some point. Once you realize that she has no point, but is simply trying to fulfill her $100,000 contract, you will find peace. While listening to the speeches you may forget which speech you are listening to, as they all sound identical. Whether speaking at a rally for John McCain or speaking in an interview with Glen Beck, Palin seems to repeat the same phrases and mottos. Thus, perhaps I can be of help by providing this Pocket Guide, for use in translating the words that are coming out of Sarah’s Palin’s mouth. This Guide can provide comfort to you when you are feeling distraught that someone so ignorant ever came so close to being the President of our country. This Pocket Guide should be maintained near your computer or television for quick relief upon listening to anything Grandma Palin might say. It should be current through December of 2012, as there would be no reason for her to change anything, except her clothes, before 2012.
Repetitive Phrases of Sarah Palin
Do You Love Your Freedom?
Palin is asking the question, “Do you love being able to choose whether to attend her church at the 10:00 service, or the 12:00 service?”
She is NOT asking whether you love…
Your reproductive freedom
Your freedom to marry the person of your choosing
Your freedom to read books in your local library expressing views different than hers
Your freedom from having to fund earmarks for Alaska to study the mating habits of crabs or the DNA of harbor seals.
A Poor Man’s Teleprompter
Palin is making reference to her hand.
She is NOT making reference to:
Her own teleprompter, because everyone would agree that if Palin is worth in excess of $12,000,000.00, she is not poor
An actual teleprompter, as we know that if she were a “poor man” McCain would have been embarrassed to nominate such an incompetent man; but he seems to have different standards for the ladies
A real teleprompter because, if she were using a teleprompter of any sort, surely she would make more sense
Don’t Retreat, Reload
Sarah Palin’s “can do” spirit when it comes to giving speeches to liquor distributors, bowling leagues, or any organization about which she knows nothing, but that is willing to pay her fee
She is NOT making reference to:
What the majority of Alaskans do when they see Sarah Palin
Common Sense Conservatism
Palin is making reference to the appropriate use of RNC funds, for:
$150,000 to adorn Sarah Palin
$17,000.00 for private planes during the last month
$12,000.00 for limo service in the last month
$15,000.00 for hotel rooms at the Beverly Hills Hotel
She is NOT making reference to:
Mark Sanford’s use of frequent flyer miles for his trip to Argentina
Americans Now Spend 100 Days Out of the Year Working for the Government
Palin is making reference to her limited time at work as the Governor of Alaska
Government is Deciding How Much Money People Can Have
Palin is making a joke at the expense of those politicians who have not resigned their elected positions, who still receive a pay check from the Federal Government
This is the People’s Movement
Palin is making reference to those people who read this blog and would like to move her off of our computers and televisions.
Nah, We’re Gonna Keep Clinging to Our Constitution and Our Guns and Religion
Sarah’s response to seeing a witch
Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should
This is the lesson Sarah has tried to teach her sister-in-law about burglary
BS from the Lame Stream Media
Sarah’s characterization of the last show she did on Fox News.
Drill Baby Drill, Not Stall Baby Stall
Sarah’s way of telling Todd to “have a good day”, and to ensure that he keeps his job on the North Slope
Sarah placing a wager on the next Iron Dog race
God Created Resources for Our Use, Right Here in America
Sarah’s attitude about marijuana
We are Selfishly Sticking Our Kids and Grandkids with the Bill and that is Stealing From Them…It Is Immoral
Sarah’s expression of shock and dismay that her grandchild should ever be required to pay for his own health care, and should be entitled to rely upon the government to pay because he is 1/32 Eskimo
Freedom is a God-Given Right and Freedom is Worth Fighting for and that’s Why We’re Doing what We’re Doing
Admittedly Sarah is a little confused here. If freedom is a God-given right, then we wouldn’t need to fight for it. Don’t try to make sense of this one… just wink.
We Need to Restore Balance and Common Sense
In Sarah’s mind balance is achieved only when people, not animals, dominate the world, so common sense would dictate killing all animals.
Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan…
Ex-Governor Palin makes reference to Ronald Reagan an average of five times in most speeches, hoping that people will associate Palin with Reagan. In reality the only similarity between Reagan and Palin may be Bonzo, but that may disrespectful to an especially bright chimpanzee.
Special Needs Child
This is particularly confusing as the words are not subject to definition unless you know who is saying the words. For example if a Democrat uses the term it might be f’ing retard. This is offensive and grounds for removal from office. If a conservative talk show host uses the term f’ing retard, he is simply being sarcastic. If Sarah uses the term “the retarded one” she is making reference to Trig, so no offense should be taken.