Palin’s chunky cross switches (again) to Star of David

Oy to the Goy.

NBC New York, obligingly feeding the beast that is Sarah Palin’s gaping narcissistic maw (and bus tour) runs an article and story about Sarah’s magically transformative neckwear. Outside of New York, it’s a chunky cross; in New York, it’s back to the Star of David (Jews!).

Notes NBC/NY’s Roseanne Colletti:

NBC New York asked Palin about the significance just as she boarded her bus outside Fox Newschannel to head off to Boston.

“Today is the 44th anniversary of Jerusalem being reunited,” she said. “We want to call attention to that.”

The pendant is in every photo she took with fans and supporters and can be seen in every sound-bite captured by television crews.

Some analysts wondered if the possible Republican candidate for president was actually wearing the necklace to play to the hometown audience as she hop-scotched around New York on her national bus tour.

Gee, do ya think? The Boston Phoenix’s David Bernstein has been noting humorously on Facebook since the bus tour started how Palin’s necklace has been changing with each new area in which she steps foot.

We ought not be surprised that a politician tailors her messages and appearance to her audiences, but the difference is that folksy, aw-shucks Palin tries to portray herself as being above such concerns.

Your daily dose of screwball

His name is Brandon Barthrop, he’s a dude evangelist for Christ if there ever were one, and he claims to have diverted (or dissipated or toked away) a tornado in the Minneapolis area, purely through the power of intercessional prayer and dead brain cells. (“Where we’re high on Jesus all the time and the drunken glory.”)




Why don’t the birthers give up? (and other pointless questions)

Michelle Goldberg examines at The Daily Beast why birthers hold onto the settled question that is Obama’s birth certificate:

Corsi is, in many ways, a preposterous figure. He’s fallen far since 2004, when he co-authored the influential Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry. These days, he’s broadly seen as a crank; in addition to birtherism, he’s dabbled in 9/11 Truth and wrote a book warning of an imminent merger of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. But with Where’s the Birth Certificate? he’s managed to get a book steeped in white nationalist extremism onto The New York Times bestseller list. His movement might be diminished, but it’s still there, and it’s more rabid than ever.

The shorter version:

The real birther motivation?

A site for straight Christian men who enjoy skinny dipping with other men

It’s called Gymnos Aquatic Saints and it is so TOTALLY not gay:

This website is for males only. If you are under the age 18 and is a male, please have a male adult with you while viewing this website.  This website contains male nudity. (Mostly Antique  Photos and Paintings) This website might be offensive to homosexuals , and modern ways of thinking. This website is grounded on old fashion Christian principles. If you are a Christian and struggle with homosexual desires, we ask  you to leave or have a Christian male friend with you. Thanks for visiting, and God’s blessing be upon you.

Okey dokey, then.

…”please have a male adult with you while viewing this website“?

People like this creep me out. Who do they think they’re fooling? Aside from themselves, of course, so perhaps they do think they’re fooling everyone else.

Sarah Palin’s Tour Bus Vandalized [PIC]

Sounds about right.

Just when you think the media stupidity can’t sink any lower….

Oh, for chrissakes, everyone’s favorite nepotism golden boy, Luke Russert, the chipmunk-cheeked offspring of deceased NBC hack Tim Russert, manages to get the media in an uproar over what seems like a gotcha! moment with Rep. Anthony Weiner over Bulge-gate:

This afternoon MSNBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert got to spend time interviewing the man of the hour who of course is Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). And here’s what happened…

RUSSERT: The picture that went over Twitter to Gennette Cordova from your account, is that you?

WEINER: Let’s keep in mind what happened here. I was pranked, I was hacked, I was punked whatever it is – someone sent out a picture. I’m an easy name to make fun of, and I think that’s what happened there. It’s a terrible thing that this poor woman got dragged into it. She says she knows nothing about it, and I obviously don’t know anything about it. I didn’t send the picture.

RUSSERT: That’s not a picture of you?

WEINER: You know, I can’t say with certitude. My system was hacked. Pictures can be manipulated, pictures can be dropped in and inserted. One of the reasons that I’ve asked a firm that includes an internet security arm is to take a look into what the heck happened here to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But let’s kind of keep in mind why this is so silly. You know, someone committed a prank on me. Someone somehow got access to my twitter account, and right away put up a picture that made fun of the name Weiner and that’s what happened.

RUSSERT: But Congressman, you would remember if you were to take a photograph of yourself like that.

A picture “like that”? Snort.

Luke Russert

Perhaps it is a picture of Weiner, perhaps not. In any case, Weiner has made it pretty clear that he did not send the picture under the circumstances which have the right-wing media echo chamber in an expectant tizzy.

Can we please some day become a country where a shot of a bulging dick in underwear is not seen as a reason for allegedly serious journalists to ask moronic questions? I mean, it’s not as if we don’t have more important things to worry about?

I know the mainstream media love to look at Russert the Younger as some sort of emotional heir apparent to the Russert legacy (such as it is), but if this is what we’re going to get from Luke-y boy, I’d rather he just STFU and live off his inheritance.

Will be on WGBH on Monday, June 6

I will be on for an hour (and taking calls), along with Fenway Community Health Center Executive Director Steven Boswell, on Monday, June 6, on the Callie Crossley Show on WGBH. The fun should start around 1:00 PM.

Why this? Why now?

There are several reasons why, at this late stage, I decided to start a blog:

  • I wanted a bit more separation between my Facebook account, which includes people I know through work, and my political views.
  • I don’t want to burden my Facebook friends with every single one of my random and (at times) weird posts. This way they can choose to see them (or not).
  • It gives me a platform to get more eyes on my writing.
  • It offers more options for posting, formatting, etc. than do Facebook or Twitter alone.

That’s it. Simple.

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