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Location: Piedmont of Virginia, United States

All human history, and just about everything else as well, consists of a never-ending struggle against ignorance.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Palin, the Empress of Snow Jobs

One reason that my favorite Monster, S. Palin, continues to be so interesting and entertaining to me is that I think that almost from the first, I detected what her main modus operandi is, and I am convinced that it has served the former Miss Heath well, ever since her college days. I can't say anything about her skills in a great variety of other activities, except possibly the craft of making herself look physically good, but I do know that Palin is a master of the variety of obfuscation called "running a smokescreen" or "pulling a snowjob," with the latter being especially pertinent since she still lives in and was once the governor of Alaska. When she abruptly dumped that post, I thought sure that she would quickly relocate to Texas or Florida or the like, though so far apparently she has not.

Recently her main thing has been to apply her verbal and reasoning "skills," that is, as a snow job artist, to pose as an "analyst" on that utterly shaky network called Fox News. Actually Fox is so disreputable that it is the only venue where she could have any credibility at all as an analyst.

From what I always hear about Fox it is not necessary for their people to say anything at all that makes sense. In fact, the commentators there are obviously ordered to indulge always in the exact opposite. The less logical, the better, because Fox's appeal is strictly to the least common denominator among the listening public, namely those who are most likely to vote Republican. The Adelson and Koch-type billionaires are paying the Ailes of the world big bucks to keep as many Americans as possible dumbed down to the maximum possible extent.

Two paragraphs below is a cute little ramble that Ms Palin recently took on Fox, in response to a cue given to her by another Fox unworthy named Hannity. It seems that they were talking about a recent video that A. Breitbart thought would be his latest hard knock at B. Obama -- a move blunted when the Great Skychief, or more likely A. B.'s own ways, snuffed him out before he could do any more gratuitous harm, not that the video amounted to damage to anybody. But that didn't deter these Foxians from giving it a shot anyway.

The video shows Obama as a student 20 years ago at Harvard giving a collegiate hug to a now deceased Rainbow (i.e. "black") professor named Derrick Bell, who had gotten into trouble there for protesting the failure to give tenure to a female Rainbow colleague. This totally innocuous and worthy act is regarded by today's Foxians as an unforgivable radical act, and they saw that long ago salute to Bell as good material for yet another whack at the President of the United States. So Palin said:

What we can glean from this is an understanding of why we are on the road that we are on. Again, it's based on what went into his thinking, being surrounded by radicals. You could hearken back to the days before the Civil War, when too many Americans believed that not all men were created equal. It was the Civil War that began the codification of the truth that here in America, yes, we are equal and we all have equal opportunities, not based on the color of our skin. You have equal opportunity to work hard and to succeed and to embrace the opportunities, the God-given opportunities, to develop resources and work extremely hard and as I say, to succeed. Now, it has taken all these years for many Americans to understand that the gravity, that mistake that took place before the Civil War and why the Civil War had to really start changing America. What Barack Obama seems to want to do is go back before those days when we were in different classes based on income, based on color of skin. Why are we allowing our country to move backwards instead of moving forward with the understanding that as our charters of liberty spell out for us, we are all created equally?

What can this woman be accused of trying to say here? In fact, given the policies and practices of Fox News, could it have been her intent to say anything at all that hung together? After the Civil War, everybody became equal? Really? Then what were the Night Riders, Lynch Law, and Jim Crow all about? What was the question that she was supposed to be answering? What was it about seeing the youthful Obama congratulating saluting a law school professor who had taken a very principled stand that could later be seen as Obama trying to take the entire U.S. back to the days before the Civil War? In short what was Madam's assignment?

Nothing is easier to surmise. Ms Palin herself had returned to college, and she was taking a test for a class that she had never attended, and in fact she didn't even know which class it was -- a common nightmare, I think, for ex-collegiates. So she has to wing it. She has to get out the shovel and start shoveling the white stuff. It's been a while, but she has spent much time since then honing that skill.

As so often before, here she merely takes any talking point that happens to come to her mind, applicable or not and often inaccurate, and flings it willy-nilly at the main theme,which is "hit Obama with anything that comes to hand." When one nonsequitur finishes rolling off him, no problem. Just grab up a handful of something else, throw that, and on and on, until enough time has passed that her target audience can think she has really been authoritative about something, and then she can move on to other statements that likewise definitely don't come from any brain that resides at the top of one's spinal column and therefore must originate in another, more southerly part of Ms Palin's well cared-for anatomy that was originally designed by the Creator to grace beauty pageants but which she later found much more profitable to use in political arenas.


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