Palin Continues Her Crusade of Stupid

I know some people don’t like it when I call people stupid, but if Sarah Palin isn’t stupid then we might as well erase the word from the English language and pretend that everyone is really, really smart. She alternated the factual but irrelevant with the highly dishonest and the outright moronic in an appearance on the Hannity show.

“Anyone who carries the common-sense gene would know that Putin doesn’t change his stripes, he harkens back to the era of the tsars, [and] he wants that Russian empire to grow again, he wants to exert huge power and dominance, so he has to get to those border areas and he has to capture them,” Palin said.

Yes, that much is true. Putin is a Russian nationalist who wants to expand his sphere of influences and has strategic and financial interests in the former Soviet republics on his border. Which is exactly why that prediction she is now using to claim her status as prophet was hardly a stretch. He’d already invaded Georgia and Russia’s most important naval base is in Crimea, so anyone could have predicted that if the opportunity arose he would make his move. And it’s also why all this talk about Obama being “weak” is irrelevant nonsense. The situation has virtually nothing to do with us.

The Ukraine crisis also proved her right on the need for more domestic oil production, Palin said.

“I’m right when I talk about that inherent link between energy and security, energy and prosperity, and when we don’t develop our resources and when we are not able to feed others with our resources and so many others are reliant on Russia who does develop their resources and with that wealth able to strengthen their military and their influence and power on the globe, then other nations are in trouble,” she said.

Apparently she hasn’t noticed that oil production in the United States has increased significantly under Obama, rising by almost a million barrels a day last year. In fact, we now produce more oil than we import. She has a talking point she memorized 6 years ago and has ignored reality ever since.

The reality TV show star mocked the concerns of protesters arrested Monday afternoon and others who fear potential environmental catastrophe if the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is built across central north America.

“That building of pipelines is an example of developing natural resources and what they can provide to a region and here today, wasn’t it in Washington, D.C., we had all these protesters against the Keystone pipeline,” Palin said. “Look, America needs pipelines, just like the other parts of the globe that we were just talking about need their pipelines, we need ours, and those protesters griping about — oh, I don’t know, perhaps an earthworm will be displaced when a pipeline is built in America. That earthworm, it can take one for the team.”

Oh, of course. It’s just an earthworm, a single earthworm. It’s not the massive risk of leaks that are far more dangerous in the environment than regular crude oil (the first phase of the Keystone pipeline has been open about 3 years and has already leaked more than 30 times, despite TransCanada’s lies about it being state-of-the-art and virtually leakproof). It’s not the fact that extracting tar sands oil uses massive amounts of clean water and makes it unusable, or that it takes large amounts of energy to extract it, or that it releases far more greenhouse gasses, heavy metals and other forms of pollution during extraction, refinement and use. No, it’s just one lonely earthworm.

Palin also expressed her admiration for the Russian leader and the masculine self-image he projects in comparison to President Barack Obama.

“Obama, the perception of him and his ‘potency’ across the world is one of such weakness,” she said. “Lookit: People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil, they look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates. We are not exercising that peace through strength that only can be brought to you courtesy of that red, white, and blue that only the strength of the United States military can do.”

See, this is exactly what I was talking about the other day. The American right admires Putin. They want to gush over how manly and strong he is while simultaneously calling him a tyrant. That’s where all this “wrestles bears” bullshit comes from. Like Putin, the American right only has one definition of masculinity and that’s the tendency to be authoritarian and violent.

If Putin were an American politician, he would be a wildly popular conservative. He hates all the right people, strikes the macho pose whenever possible, advocates for theocratic government and is a hyper-nationalist. He’d fit in perfectly.

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  • daved

    Well, I certainly object when you call Palin stupid. She’s actually stupid and lazy.

  • Abdul Alhazred

    Is Sarah Palin stupid?

    Or does she just hope you are?

  • John Pieret

    It is clear that Obama has to start showing his pecks and gobbling up parts of Canada. (Sorry Canada, but gobbling up parts of Mexico would just get us more wetbacks Mexicans and gobbling up Cuba, Bermuda and the Bahamas just isn’t manly enough!)

  • daved

    Hey, gobbling up Cuba was manly enough for Teddy Roosevelt. That’s should suffice.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    I bet I could make a mint selling posters of Putin shirtless on his horse in the restroom during the CPAC and RNC conventions.

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    Like Putin, the American right only has one definition of masculinity and that’s the tendency to be authoritarian and violent.

    Or they at least project the right image of authoritarianism and violence. I highly doubt that if you showed Putin’s “bear wrestling” likely included a ton of precautions to prevent serious injury and death and the like, thus showing his image is manufactured, that they’d really care. Just like Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” photo op in the flight suit it boils down to face. Nevermind that Bush’s military record was pretty pathetic, he looked the part of the “War President”. So long as everything looks fine it’s all cool, regardless of the real problems lurking and growing behind the scenes.

    Some years ago I saw a stand up show with comedian Geechy Guy. During his act he mentioned that he was going to have to shell out a lot of money to get new speakers for his car. See, his old ones were starting to go out and now he could hear that awful noise his engine was making. I think that sums up the right wing as inhabited by Sarah Palin.

  • sharonb

    When Sarah (the Quittin’ator) looked out from her house and saw Putin, I bet she saw starbursts, too.

  • Félix Desrochers-Guérin

    I bet I could make a mint selling posters of Putin shirtless on his horse in the restroom during the CPAC and RNC conventions.

    This one is much better.

  • bushrat

    As a Canadian I can’t wait for Americans to gobble my cock “country”. Please send Scarlett Johansson to “negotiate” my surrender.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    …they look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates.

    That will come as quite a surprise to Osama bin Laden, or any of the others on the kill list whose last experience on Earth consisted of a roar and a flash of light and heat.

     

    Like Putin, the American right only has one definition of masculinity and that’s the tendency to be authoritarian and violent.

    Obviously. But it’s the odd kind of masculinity where one runs and hides under the bed when the idea of closing Gitmo and moving its prisoners to secure mainland facilities is proffered. What is that? Coward? Bully?

     

    If Putin were an American politician, he would be a wildly popular conservative.

    Sure, but if he was Obama he would be wrong. Because Obama.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    John Pieret #3: It is clear that Obama has to start showing his pecks and gobbling up parts of Canada…

    Brilliant! We build the XL pipeline, and then invade Canada through the pipeline! They’ll never see it coming.

  • John Pieret

    bushrat @ 9:

    As a Canadian I can’t wait for Americans to gobble my cock “country”. Please send Scarlett Johansson to “negotiate” my surrender.

    Sorry, Scarlett is already in Canada nagotiating on behalf of Obama to rent the Canadian Army to come down here and shoot all the right wing nuts patriots because your soldiers sneakily don’t swear allegence to the US Constitution.

    (Psst! Reginald, that’s when we sneak through the pipeline! Keep it quiet!)

  • Doubting Thomas

    To me, the term ‘stupid’ always implies that one makes decisions and acts on ideas based in emotion not logic or reality. At the least, emotion has the upper hand over rational thinking.

  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    Are we seriously hearing negative comparisons between Obama and Putin because Obama doesn’t make shirtless public appearances to wrestle animals from the same right wing nutcases who lost their collective sh*t over the “dignity of his office” when Obama showed up to an interview without a tie?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    somnus, I’m pretty sure a shirtless, bear-wrestling Obama is a character in The Turner Diaries.

  • leonardschneider

    Personally? Putin is gonna be dead within four years. He’s gonna step out from a “coke-stroke,” a massive coronary incident brought on by a cocaine binge. My understanding is they’re a bastard to remedy, because of all the drugs still swilling around in the patient’s system.

    And you’re wondering how I came to this conclusion. A few things: first, Putin demonstrates the combination of egomania and paranoia long-term coke users get; look at what an asshole Chevy Chase was in the ’70s just as one example. Putin thinks he’s indestructible and that nothing can go wrong, ever: I’ve witnessed that one myself in other people (although people spike-riding with cocaine are the worst). With his obsession with personal health, especially the weight-lifting, he’s at even higher risk if he is doing cocaine. In a strange way, he’d be better off using speed: overexert on meth and your chest starts pounding like a muscular dwarf is trying to fight his way out. It’s an uncomfortable enough feeling to make you go, “Whoa, I better take a break.” You won’t feel that on coke… And that’s dangerous.

    So why am I assuming cocaine use on Putin’s part? I think he likes to enjoy The Good Life. He’s the head honcho for one big-ass country, and dammit, he’ll do whatever he wants with his leisure time. As far as that goes, he’s not quite as arrogant as— shit, what’s his name, the Italian prime minister who couldn’t keep his dick in his pants, was fucking some underage girl. You know who I mean, I’m just blanking on the name. Anyway, Putin has the sense to keep his partying behind closed doors… But the man is such an egotist that you know he will engage in any behavior he feels like when he’s in private. Cognac, nitrous oxide, fifteen year old girls, indoor gun use, cocaine… Our boy Putin could be trying to ring the bell on the decadence meter.

    And he’s self-confident enough that if he’s gonna touch coke, he’ll either be smoking rock, or snorting up full gram rails. His near-delusional egotism is a classic sign of cocaine use. So yeah, he’ll be droppin’ dead in the next few years, and that Snow White will be a factor.

  • cptdoom

    People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil..

    Why do I get the feeling that Putin is to Palin as Palin was to that conservative blogger who thought she winked at him during her 2008 convention speech? Maybe she thinks Putin’s so strong and manly because he has a full-time job and doesn’t need to (at least partly) live off his wife’s income?

    It is clear that Obama has to start showing his pecks and gobbling up parts of Canada.

    Is he going to use farm produce in this invasion? IIRC, it’s 4 pecks to the bushel, so he’ll probably need quite a few if he’s using them as a diversion.

  • felidae

    Lemme get this straight–we need a pipeline to carry Canadian oil across our country to the Gulf coast to where there is a glut of heavy crude so it can be refined and exported as refined products while we bear the risks of spills and the pollution generated by refining it stays here. Sounds like win-win for the Canadians and the Chinese and the fine folks in the USA are the losers–go Sarah,go!

  • leonardschneider

    ADDENDUM:

    Yes, I know there’s a difference between a cardiac event and a stroke. “Coke stroke” is just the name it was given when you snort (or, more often, smoke) yourself into a heart attack: “Aw man, my left arm’s all numb and my chest hurts. Wassup with that?” “It means we’re going to Highland [Hospital], get in the car, stoopid.”

    Why I say cocaine-induced cardiac events are such a bitch to deal with medically is that, so far as I know, there is no drug that will counteract cocaine… And it’s gotta be a drag to be treating someone who’s in cardiac arrest, but still full of a drug that is fighting whatever measures you take. In a way, junkies have it easier. I forget the name of the stuff, but there is a drug carried by every ambulance on the planet which nullifies any opiate in someone’s system: just completely renders it null. It’s saved a lot of lives of overdosing heroin users. (It’s also pissed off a lot of junkies, because it completely kills their high.)

    So, not being an MD, I have no idea what they do with cocaine users whose hearts are dancing the Watusi in their chests, and the rock they smoked is saying, “Keep dancing! Keep dancing!”

  • jnorris

    Half-governor Palin is not stupid. Far from it. She was smart enough to learn in 2008 how gullible the GOP base was/is and that money raised for politics in a PAC doesn’t have to be spent on politics at all.

  • jaybee

    Obama, the perception of him and his ‘potency’ across the world is one of such weakness

    That is why we would have been so much better off electing Mitt Romney in 2012. Sure, he comes across as prissy, but he totally would have totally wiped out Putin in a man-on-man sword fight, if you know what I mean. Those tall guys are known for it.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    jaybee “Sure, he comes across as prissy, but he totally would have totally wiped out Putin in a man-on-man sword fight, if you know what I mean.”

    What? No. Romney would have taken a highly-leveraged position in Putin, loaded Putin up with debt using Putin as collateral, paid himself a bonus out of that debt, laid off some of Putin’s internal organs, and sold Putin’s hollow shell off for a sizable profit to the next layer of vultures.

  • colnago80

    Re cptdoom @ #17

    It is my information that Putin and his old lady went splitski a year or two ago.

  • Michael Heath

    jnorris writes:

    Half-governor Palin is not stupid. Far from it. She was smart enough to learn in 2008 how gullible the GOP base was/is and that money raised for politics in a PAC doesn’t have to be spent on politics at all.

    I don’t think this accomplishment requires mediocre or better intelligence. Every single observation I’ve encountered of Ms. Palin clearly puts her in the category of stupid, and a liar.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    She’s not stupid, Michael, She’s no genius, but her IQ is certainly above average. That’s coming from someone who has done many comprehensive evaluations that have included intellectual assessment. She isn’t constructing and presenting her thoughts to be logical or grounded in facts. She’s organized around attention-seeking, control and emotional manipulation. She quite good at all of that, but you have to understand that to understand that her communication is almost like a different cognitive language form yours, one that goes straight for an affective reaction. I’m quite sure that her results on an IQ test would surprise many liberals because they mistake her cognitive style for stupidity.

  • dingojack

    Leonard – Silvio ‘Bunga Bunga’ Berlusconi.

    Dingo

  • gog

    @leonardschneider #16

    Narcan. Naloxone. Not only emergency medical personnel, but in my area police cruisers are being outfitted Narcan kits to keep with them to combat a rash of heroin overdose deaths.

  • Michael Heath

    Dr. X writes:

    I’m quite sure that her results on an IQ test would surprise many liberals because they mistake her cognitive style for stupidity.

    My reference to Ms. Palin being stupid wasn’t framed solely on how she’d score on an IQ test, but predominately considered the quality of her judgments. The fact Ms. Palin’s behavior causes poor results for her family, friends, associates, and society at large is convincing evidence she lacks wisdom. I find such stupid.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Brilliant! We build the XL pipeline, and then invade Canada through the pipeline! They’ll never see it coming.”

    Why would we even do that? We already have something like 25M Chicomislamofascist troops there (I think the 50M yellowperil troops are about evenly split between Canada and Mexico) we just tell them to look at their paystubs and realized who’s PAYING them. It’s either conquer Canadiastan or get a fucking job at Walmart.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Brilliant! We build the XL pipeline, and then invade Canada through the pipeline! They’ll never see it coming.”

    Why would we even do that? We already have something like 25M Chicomislamofascist troops there (I think the 50M yellowperil troops are about evenly split between Canada and Mexico) we just tell them to look at their paystubs and realize who’s PAYING them. It’s either conquer Canadiastan or get a job at fucking Walmart.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Wow, aternate univese versions of the same comment.

    Michael Heath:

    Sarah Palin isn’t stupid in the tactical sense, just the strategic sense. She’d make a perfect CEO for a lot of companies. Brutal enough to fuck/kill anybody who gets in her way (figurativley or not); completely unaware of and unconcerned about the realities of how the business actually operates–including basic knowledge about its product and service offerings– and perfectly happy to declare a dividend and have the board vote a bonus for her and themselves while the company’s finances are circling the drain.

    Gosh, I just realized that I was describing a run of the mill KKKonservative pol.

  • Michael Heath

    democommie writes:

    She’d make a perfect CEO for a lot of companies.

    When I worked in corporate America I held positions in Purchasing that eventually led to a tenure as Director of Purchasing. During all those years I personally dealt with hundreds of companies, from the very big to small family run businesses. I can confidently assert that Ms. Palin would have had an extremely difficult time securing any professional position in any of those companies, and then holding it. That, let alone rise to an executive capacity.

    And she certainly couldn’t get hired in any administrative capacity and then hold that position. Her inability to coherently think and communicate is a show-stopper for either type of position.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    Micheal Heath:

    I never doubt your veracity and I rarely doubt your judgment (St. Ronnie notwithstanding); however, I stand by my previous assertion.

    I don’t mean that The Impalinator could run an honest, decent enterprise. I’m talking about her running companies that don’t give a fuck about honesty, integrity and morality. I mean, well, Exxon, Monsanto, Walmart–that sort of company–a largish chunk of the corporate community. I don’t doubt that many CEO’s care deeply about the people in their immediate circle. I also know, from personal experience, that some of them give less than a tired fuck about the hired help, the customers or the small shareholders.

    Jack Welch and Al Reynolds, a couple of fucking pirates who received enormous piles of money for screwing everyone except their own families (in Jack’s case, the family–at least his ex-wife–screwed him, financially) and a small (relatively speaking) circle of associates, large shareholders and various congresscritters.

    It is sad. It is also true. Sarah Plainly Greedy has demonstrated a level of excellence at one very highly prized attribute of modern commerce/politics*, an ability to grift sufficient of the rubes to make a killing. With that skill set people who are seriously deficient in other areas have enjoyed/currently enjoy great success in many enterprises.

    * The two are hard to separate, at times.

  • Michael Heath

    democommie,

    I agree Ms. Palin’s moral standards make her a good candidate to run some companies. I’m only pointing out other attributes to rise to such a level are also required, where she couldn’t make into an entry-level position, let alone rise to the top.

  • velociraptor

    Michael Heath, democommie, Dr. X –

    I have always qualified discussions of Sarah Palin’s intelligence by giving her credit for being smarter than her fans are. Anyone who falls for her schtick deserves to be serparated from their money.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    @34:

    We can agree to disagree on that one, Michael Heath. I’ll concede that she isn’t smart enough to run companies that you would do business with.

  • leonardschneider

    @ dingo and gog:

    Thank you. I was just totally blanking on those names. (I especially should have known Narcan: I lived in the Tenderloin for long enough.)

    @ gog: Damn dude, where do you live? I mean, shit was hectic in the Tenderloin and in West Oakland, and the ambulances all carried Narcan, but having to outfit the cops with the stuff? That’s just….. Daaang, that’s way out there. Here’s hopes from me that game is being played way across town from you. Junkies ain’t nothing but a Class-A headache. This sounds mean, but I was around them for too long to have any sympathy for their plight. Heroin addiction is a hole they dug themselves, it takes a while to dig that hole, and they don’t want to be pulled out, they wanna pull you in…. So sticking your arm in that hole to offer a helping hand is gonna do nothing but bring you grief (and they’ll steal your watch and rings while your arm is in the hole).