Barbara Bush Wants Sarah Palin To Stay In Alaska

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Larry King interviewed George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara for an interview to be aired on CNN this coming Monday but the cable news network has released a clip with some highlights including one where King asks Mrs. Bush on her thoughts on Sarah Palin.

The former first lady takes a swipe at the quitting Governor: "I sat next to her once. I thought she was beautiful and I think she's very happy in Alaska and I hope she'll stay there."

Here's to that. The clip is AFTER THE JUMP.


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HRC to Sarah Palin: Use Daughter’s Facebook Slur as Teachable Moment

According to media accounts, someone watching the new Palin reality show posted on Facebook that the show was failing.  That prompted Willow Palin to respond by saying, “Haha your so gay. I have no idea who you are, But what I’ve seen pictures of, your disgusting… My sister has a kid and is still hot…. Tre stfu. Your such a faggot.” [sic]

Today HRC called on the former Republican Vice Presidential candidate and current reality TV show star Sarah Palin to come out against the kind of anti-LGBT bullying sadly typified by her 16-year-old daughter’s posting on Facebook. 

“Anti-gay language by teenagers often starts at home – or at least, that’s where it should be stopped,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.  “It is our sincere hope that Sarah Palin will take this opportunity to speak out and condemn these kinds of insensitive remarks.  It’s time for ‘Mamma Grizzly’ to teach all youngsters a lesson in decency and respect.”

Over the past year a number of teenagers have taken their own lives after being the victims of anti-gay bullying or harassment by other teenagers – most predominantly in the mid-teenage age range of Willow Palin.  Many public figures, including President Obama, have addressed the issue, telling teenagers who are struggling with their sexuality and the bullying and harassment that sometimes goes with it, that it will get better. Sarah Palin has remained silent about the bullying-related suicides while publicly supporting political candidates who oppose equality and have anti-gay records including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and Sharron Angle in Nevada.

“Sarah Palin has gotten away with not speaking up when the nation’s kids needed her most,” Solmonese said. “Sarah Palin, we ask you, will you use this as a teachable moment and tell all of our young people that this kind of language is simply unacceptable?”

To help stop the name-calling, bullying and gender stereotyping that so many students face every day, the HRC Foundation has developed the Welcoming Schools initiative.  This innovative program gives elementary school administrators, teachers and parents across the country the tools to prevent bias-based teasing and harassment among elementary school students.  It helps kids learn respect and tolerance early on, to prevent violence later in middle and high school.

“Willow Palin might not have gotten the kind of anti-bullying and name-calling lessons that could have made her think twice about this kind of language,” added Solmonese. “But there’s no reason her mother can’t use this moment as a way to reach out and make every young person feel valued and accepted.”


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Sarah Palin’s ‘Refudiate’ Added to New Oxford American Dictionary, Declared ‘Word of the Year’

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Remember when Sarah Palin used the word "refudiate" and then compared herself to Shakespeare?

The Oxford American Dictionary says that "refudiate" has not only been officially added to the dictionary, but they have declared it "word of the year."

Palintweetrefudiateverb used loosely to mean "reject": she called on them to refudiate the proposal to build a mosque. 
[origin -- blend of refuteand repudiate]

 They write:

From a strictly lexical interpretation of the different contexts in which Palin has used 'refudiate,' we have concluded that neither 'refute' nor 'repudiate' seems consistently precise, and that 'refudiate' more or less stands on its own, suggesting a general sense of 'reject.'

Although Palin is likely to be forever branded with the coinage of “refudiate,” she is by no means the first person to speak or write it—just as Warren G. Harding was not the first to use the word normalcy when he ran his 1920 presidential campaign under the slogan “A return to normalcy.” But Harding was a political celebrity, as Palin is now, and his critics spared no ridicule for his supposedly ignorant mangling of the correct word “normality.”

Also, Palin's TLC show Sarah Palin's Alaska was the most-watched debut in the network's history, bringing in 4.96 million viewers.


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Sarah Palin’s endorsement worth squat in Washington. How about in your state?

Map last updated Nov. 3rd. I re-colored the WA figures to reflect outcomes as of Nov. 12th.

Sarah Palin really bombed in Washington state.  Palin endorsed Clint Didier for Senate and John Koster and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for House, according to Washington Post‘s Palin endorsement tracker (pictured right).  Didier lost in the primaries, Koster lost in the general and McMorris Rodgers was a shoe-in regardless.

There’s no doubt that some of the Republicans newly-elected to the House of Representatives were endorsed by Sarah Palin.  But in how many races was her endorsement actually meaningful?  I wonder how many times Palin stacked her “success” deck by endorsing sure-winners like Washington’s Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.  

From what I can tell, the candidates that Palin endorsed in Washington all won or lost independent of her endorsement.  Below the fold are some details on the three of them.

What about in your state?  Did Palin wave a magic tea bag and influence the outcome, or was she a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing?
Clint Didier (U.S. Senate challenger)

Washington Redskins tight end turned eastern Washington alfalfa farmer and tea party darling, Clint Didier was the first candidate in Washington to be endorsed by Sarah Palin.  In a publicity stunt, Palin summoned Didier away from potential supporters at the Washington State Republican conference back across the state to Richland for a meeting.  ”All geared up for the convention. Then I got the call from Sarah,” he tweeted.

Palin’s endorsement probably didn’t hurt Didier’s tea party credibility, but it couldn’t counterbalance serious credibility flaws in the candidate like this:

Despite his fierce anti-government rhetoric, Didier’s 1000-acre Pasco farm has benefited from direct federal crop subsidies, as well as government-subsidized irrigation water. See my article on that from earlier this week.

Other embarrassments included Didier’s participation one week before the primary in a smear campaign aimed at Dino Rossi, Didier’s major Republican opponent.  A proxy war, the smear campaign was conducted by fixtures of Washington’s radical-right, Sen. Val Stevens and Pastor Joe Fuiten.  Stevens endorsed Didier, Fuiten endorsed Rossi.  Beginning with an open letter from Stevens, the Didier camp alleged that Rossi wasn’t anti-choice enough.  The unseemly sight of “pro-life” advocates turning the fetus into a political football earned the Didier campaign criticism from other conservatives.

Didier came in 3rd in the primary with only 12.8% of the vote.  Dino Rossi would go on to challenge Senator Patty Murray in the general election.

After getting routed in the primary, Didier held hostage his own endorsement of Dino Rossi, conditioning it on Rossi agreeing to pledge.

Didier said he wants Rossi to sign a pledge that he won’t raise taxes, to promise to vote against any plan to increase federal spending, and to personally sponsor the Sanctity of Life Act, a measure that would attempt to ban the U.S. Supreme Court from ruling state abortion restrictions unconstitutional.

Didier quickly became a laughingstock.

[Former state Republican Party Chairman Chris] Vance said Didier, as a political newcomer, didn’t realize how politics should be played. For example, he noted that once Didier made his demands public, Rossi would only seem weak if he agreed to them.

“I would not be so arrogant to give Clint Didier advice on how to block an outside linebacker, but he’s brand new to politics and he doesn’t know how things work,” Vance said.

John Koster (WA-2 House Challenger)

Arch-conservative” is the term that usually comes to mind when describing John Koster.  After the 2010 election, perhaps “law-breaker” and “debate-ducker” will be used as well.  Late in October Publicola reported

…Koster has been accepting illegal corporate campaign contributions. The Federal Election Commission wrote Koster an angry letter back in September, demanding he return all the campaign contributions he received from corporations during the July expenditure reporting period. (Corporations are prohibited from giving money directly to federal political campaigns). …

This quarter’s reports have just been filed, and we checked them today to see if he’d returned the money. Nope. In fact, it looks to us as if Koster is still taking contributions from corporations. Silvergate Farms LLC, Quantum Construction Inc, and Boyden Robinett Association all sound like contributors that are sure to raise flags with the FEC.

On the matter of ducking debates, by the time Koster had backed out last minute of an October 21st televised debate, he’d already ducked three previous public fora.  The press was particularly mystified over Koster’s October 21 cancellation since the reason given by his campaign was that Koster didn’t “like one of the proposed debate panelists, a reporter who works for a newspaper that endorsed him.”.  Poor performance in public debates and interviews was widely recognized to be an Achilles heel for Koster’s big endorser, Sarah Palin.  Indeed, The Stranger‘s Eli Sanders postulated that Koster was avoiding televised debates because his campaign realized that he came across as angry and extreme on television.  The best bet was to just stay out of the spotlight and try to ride the anti-incumbent wave.

Although the 2010 election result wont be officially certified until November 22nd, as of Nov. 12th Koster was trailing Rep. Rick Larsen 48.9% to 51.1% and has conceded.  A few days previously, as Koster’s election-night lead began slipping away, Koster’s campaign manager Larry Stickney “implied Democrats might try to steal the election.”

Though John Koster remains in a position to win, we are keenly aware that there are those who will do everything they can to keep this seat out of the hands of the new House majority,” Koster’s campaign manager Larry Stickney said in a statement.

Larry Stickney also managed Koster’s 2000 bid for the same seat which he also lost to Rick Larsen.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-5, WA)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a 3-term Republican incumbent in a heavily Republican district covering half of eastern Washington.  Running for re-election against a little-known Democrat, McMorris Rodgers was heavily favored to win re-election before Palin’s endorsement, and did so easily.  Palin’s endorsement was entirely superfluous.
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News: Sarah Palin, Mr. Gay USA, Lea T, Nascar

 road Mr. Gay USA descends upon Philadelphia this weekend.

Sarah  road A slew of promo pictures for Sarah Palin's new television show have hit the Web. One question: isn't holding little pups supposed to make you more likable?

 road Openly gay Congressman Jared Polis on yesterday's decision by the Supreme Court: "While I'm disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision today, the silver lining is that it gives Congress another chance to change the policy in an orderly way that incorporates the concerns of the military."

 road A vote to ban circumcision on newborn baby boys in San Francisco may end up in the hands of the city's voters.

 road Lutheran Church in Illinois ditches its affiliation due to gay pastors.

Upright Citizen's Brigade make Justin Bieber's life story a lot more interesting.

Lea2  road Transgender model Lea T graces her first magazine cover.

 road NY Times profiles gay NASCAR fans: “Nascar has more fans who are accepting of me being gay than gays have been accepting of me being a Nascar fan.”

 road Who wears a tank top better: Channing Tatum or Kellan Lutz?

 road Another hate crime investigated at the University of Wisconsin.

 road David Beckham and his boys craft an early Mother's Day gift for mom.

 road Bill Maher re-titles some romantic comedies, Tea Party style.

 road First people were successfully sending iPhones and cameras into space. Now they're sending paper planes.


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Charlie Crist Lashes Out Against Less Orange Extremists Sarah Palin, Marco Rubio

Charlie Crist has one more week to find out whether Floridians will let him replace the title "Gov." with "Sen." Running as an independent candidate (find him on Line 9 on your ballot, all the way at the "bottom"), he is now free to (read: forced to) take on establishment Republicans so he can nudge in between the Dems and GOP. How to do so? Assault the Tea Party "extremism" where "Roe v. Wade is overturned and being moderate is a curse." You can do this by not voting for Sarah Palin in Florida, apparently. And be sure to on this video in the space below, because Mr. Crist's campaign has disabled comments on the YouTube page, lest you get any silly ideas.


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News: Glee, Kellan Lutz, Sarah Palin, American Apparel

 road The Union Leader publisher Joseph W. McQuaid can learn a few things from Spider-man and Jesus.

Kellan-lutz-spain-mens-health-10222010-03-430x576  road Kellan Lutz's abs just might be the real Situation.

 road Men attacked and called gay slurs at 7-11 in Denver. Police are reviewing surveillance footage of the crime.

 road Openly gay New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora's "It Gets Better" video.

 road One of the suspects in the death of a transgender Maplewood, NJ woman surrenders to police.

 road American Apparel has donated 500 "Legalize Gay" t-shirts to the University of Wisconsin for those students who want them, this after an attack last month on a female student who was wearing one.

 road Facebook reportedly shuts down group, 12,000-strong, calling for a kiss-in in front of the Pope in Barcelona on November 7.

 road One of the best lines from last night's SNL was when Emma Stone, as Lindsay Lohan, said about the possibly of going to jail: ”I’m way too busy to go to jail. I have a career. I’m just gonna tell them that. They’ll totally get it.”

 road Celine Dion gives birth to twin baby boys.

Palin  road Republicans haven't been all that happy with the demands Sarah Palin has put on those she is supposed to be helping win office this election year.

 road While stumping for GOP candidates, Palin's also been promoting her upcoming TV show by telling crowds: "You're lucky, you're going to get to learn a little bit more about my state here in the coming weeks."

 road SyFy plans to produce a pilot for a Battlestar Galactica spin-off.

 road The New York Times has published an interview with the man who gives Sue Sylvester her voice, Ian Brennan. Jane Lynch herself says this about him: “Ian is this incredibly nice, incredibly sweet guy who just happens to have a really cruel, supremely mean sense of humor. I think it has something to do with growing up Irish Catholic.”

 road Rally held in the West Village to condem attacks on gay New Yorkers.

 road Gay voters are so angry at Democrats that they many intend to ditch the party on election day. Head of Chicago GLBT community center: "Once they're elected, they're not fighting for things like civil unions or same-sex marriage or ending 'don't ask, don't tell' because they're hot-button issues."


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News: Archie Comics, Miners, Sarah Palin, Dinosaurs

 road One of the Chilean miners responds to the rumors that their so-called Pact of Silence has to do with gay sex: "No, nothing like that ever went on. We were too busy trying to survive to think of sex."

Kevin  road Archie Comics's first gay character, Kevin Kellar, has been such a massive success that he will get his own four part mini-series in the summer of 2011.

 road Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel says that her country's multi-cultural appraoch is a failure: "We feel tied to Christian values. Those who don't accept them don't have a place here."

 road Antoine Dodson is squeezing out as much as he can out of his 15 minutes.

 road Former Governor Jesse Ventura bashes former Governor Sarah Palin: "Anybody that would put Sarah Palin to the top of their list will never get me. She's a quitter…She quit in the middle of her term. That's the contract you have with the voters."

 road Bill Clinton's back out on the campaign trail.

Mannish  road Models are becoming less boyish and more Jon Hamm-ish than. Even Jim Nelson, the editor of GQ, tells the New York Times that “The twink thing seems over.”

 road The Tyrannosaurus rex was even more savage than first thought; they wouldn't even think twice about eating their own kind. Said one researcher: "If something is dead, it's lunch."

 road The Scream 4 trailer is coming.

 road That was quick. The lesbian couple asked to leave a mall in North Carolina for kissing get an apology from the owners: "We welcomed the opportunity to sit down with the women and offer our sincere regrets over last week's incident."

 road Jake Gyllenhaal looks great for someone who is about to hit the big 3-0.

 road Alexander Skarsgard wins a giant fang.

 road Maureen Dowd on what she calls "the era of Republican Mean Girls": "Grown-up versions of those teenage tormentors who would steal your boyfriend, spray-paint your locker and, just for good measure, spread rumors that you were pregnant."


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Sarah Silverman Uncensored Re: Bullying

Have I ever mentioned I love Sarah Silverman because she is so brutally honest? Vulgar, in a funny way, yes, but HONEST until it hurts.




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Glenn Beck And Sarah Palin Hold 9/11 Event In Alaska

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Fresh off their tag team rally in DC a couple of weeks ago, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin reunited in Anchorage on the ninth aniversary of 9/11. Thousands of people (over) paid somewhere between .75 and 5 to hear the two talk for about 2 hours.

The New York Times reports on the details of the event:

They shared somber remembrances of the terrorist attacks nine years ago, reiterated the “Faith, Hope and Charity” message from the last time they appeared together (at Mr. Beck’s massive “Restoring Honor” gathering in Washington on Aug. 28). They bashed the media.

“Let me tell you, folks, it’s a brutal, leftist-dominated lamestream media world out there,” Mrs. Palin screamed to a cheering crowd of about 4,000 at a sprawling downtown convention center here.

Beck claimed that the country has become complacent in its safety since the attacks (“I fear that we are forgetting what it takes," he said) while Palin pointed the finger at President Obama:

“It starts from the top,” she said. “Those who kind of set the tone in our country that would lead us towards a complacency that is very, very, very dangerous. I fear that is why we are seeing the patterns we’re seeing right now, especially over the last 20 months.”

As for if either will run for president, Beck: "They joked about a potential partnership in 2012. 'We would like to announce that in 2012…' Mr. Beck said, pausing, pausing, '…that we will both be voting.'”

Earlier in the day, Palin spoke at a 9/11 event organized by the Conservative Patriots Group in Wasilla in which she asked the crowd "What would we do without Fox News? I don't know."

I think I may have a pretty good idea.

Watch a clip of her Wasilla speech AFTER THE JUMP.


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