Saturday, September 27, 2008

Oh dear lord

Sarah Palin is either a complete idiot or a brilliant experimental poet influenced by dada and the cut-up techniques of William S. Burroughs.

Katie Couric: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

Sarah Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundry that we have with Canada. It's funny that a comment like that was kinda made to … I don't know, you know … reporters.

Couric: Mocked?

Palin: Mocked, yeah I guess that's the word, mocked.

Couric: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials.

Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there…

Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It's very important when you consider even national-security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right next to, they are right next to our state.
That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in. Where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping, oh, it's got to be about job creation, too. Shoring up our economy, and getting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions, and tax relief for Americans, and trade -- we have got to see trade as opportunity, not as, uh, competitive, um, scary thing, but one in five jobs created in the trade sector today. We've got to look at that as more opportunity. All of those things under the umbrella of job creation.
PALIN: Every American student needs to come through this area so that, especially this younger generation of Americans is, to be in a position of never forgetting what happened here and never repeating, never allowing a repeat of what happened here. I wish every American would come through here. I wish every world leader would come through here, and understand what it is that took place here and more importantly how America came together and united to commit to never allowing this to happen again. And just to hear and from and see these good New Yorkers who are rebuilding not just this are but helping to rebuild america has been very, very inspiring and encouraging. These are the good americans who are committed to peace and security and its been an absolute honor getting to meet these folks today.
CNN: On the topic of never letting this happen again, do you agree with the way the Bush administration has handled the war on terrorism, is there anything you would do differently?

A: I agree with the Bush administration that we take the fight to them. We never again let them come onto our soil and try to destroy not only our democracy, but communities like the community of New York. Never again. So yes, I do agree with taking the fight to the terrorists and stopping them over there.
Couric: You recently said three times that you would never, quote, "second guess" Israel if that country decided to attack Iran. Why not?

Palin: We shouldn't second guess Israel's security efforts because we cannot ever afford to send a message that we would allow a second Holocaust, for one. Israel has got to have the opportunity and the ability to protect itself. They are our closest ally in the Mideast. We need them. They need us. And we shouldn't second guess their efforts.

Couric: You don't think the United States is within its rights to express its position to Israel? And if that means second-guessing or discussing an option?

Palin: No, abso … we need to express our rights and our concerns and …

Couric: But you said never second guess them.

Palin: We don't have to second-guess what their efforts would be if they believe … that it is in their country and their allies, including us, all of our best interests to fight against a regime, especially Iran, who would seek to wipe them off the face of the earth. It is obvious to me who the good guys are in this one and who the bad guys are. The bad guys are the ones who say Israel is a stinking corpse and should be wiped off the face of the earth. That's not a good guy who is saying that. Now, one who would seek to protect the good guys in this, the leaders of Israel and her friends, her allies, including the United States, in my world, those are the good guys.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

15000 words

Jesus, I could be a quarter of the way through writing a novel by now. And that might have actually been entertaining.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

David Foster Wallace dead

Very, very sad. He was only in his forties.

I never finished Infinite Jest, but it comforted me during a really horrible point in my life.

Friday, September 12, 2008

In God We Trust

McCain on The View (yeah, I know) just cited "in God we trust" as evidence that the founders established the U.S. on Christian principles.

How mortifying is it that someone running for President on a major ticket actually believes that?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The politics of stupidity

There's a Newsweek piece that's spot on about the bullshit we've seen in the past two days.

I thought I'd seen it all during the Bush era. I thought that McCain was the best of a disgusting bunch and would at least be honest.

Wow, was I wrong.

And it looks like this shit is working. If we lose this cycle, I just give up. If the American public still falls for this garbage after eight years of Bush, I don't know what else we can do. These people have figured out how to game the public with demagogic tactics and no amount of truth on our part can do a thing about that.

I don't know if I have the energy anymore. It's just too fucking ridiculous for me to comprehend.

Years ago, I posted about how we had slid over the edge of the tragic into farce. Little did I know how much worse things could get.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Apparently the forty page limit for law review notes includes footnotes.

Oops. Time to start pruning the chaff.

The Shield wins a Buffy

Salon awarded "The Shield" a Buffy award for being the most underrated show on television.

When I first noticed the show, it was during the run up to the Iraq invasion and I assumed it was another 24-esque post-9/11 show about how awesome it is when cops violate people's civil liberties.

My judgment was clouded by the time that I was in and I was really, really wrong.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I thought the 9/11 tribute kitsch couldn't get worse

Oh my god.

Now you can get non-circulating Liberian tender with the numbers 9 and 11 adding up to twenty d0llars with the image of the two towers on the front. It even comes with a display case.

If you watch the TV ad, they're practically celebrating the date. Sure, they say that it's a tragedy but the tone of voice suggests that they're selling Mother's Day cards.