<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">His behavior is not anomalous. Steele is representative of a fascinating but little noted development on the right: the rise of buckrakers who are exploiting the party’s anarchic confusion and divisions to cash in for their own private gain. In this cause, Steele is emulating no one if not Sarah Palin, whose hunger for celebrity and money outstrips <u>even his own.</u> As many suspected at the time, her 2008 campaign wardrobe, like the doomed campaign itself, was just a preview of coming attractions: she would surely dump the bother of serving as Alaska’s besieged governor for a lucrative star turn on Fox News. Last week she made it official.
Both Steele and Palin claim to be devotees of the tea party movement. “I’m a tea partier, I’m a town-haller, I’m a grass-roots-er” is how Steele put it in a recent radio interview, wet-kissing a market he hopes will buy his book. Palin has far more grandiose ambitions. <span style='font-size: 14pt'>She recently signed on as a speaker for the first Tea Party Convention, scheduled next month in Nashville — even though she had turned down a speaking invitation from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the traditional meet-and-greet for the right. The conservative conference doesn’t pay. The Tea Party Convention does. A blogger at Nashville Scene reported that Palin’s price for the event was $120,000.</span>
The entire Tea Party Convention is a profit-seeking affair charging $560 a ticket — plus the cost of a room at the Opryland Hotel. Among the convention’s eight listed sponsors is Tea Party Emporium, which gives as its contact address 444 Madison Avenue in New York, also home to the high-fashion brand Burberry. This emporium’s Web site offers a bejeweled tea bag at $89.99 for those furious at “a government hell bent on the largest redistribution of wealth in history.” This is almost as shameless as Glenn Beck, whose own tea party profiteering has included hawking gold coins merchandised by a sponsor of his radio show.
Last week a prominent right-wing blogger, Erick Erickson of RedState.com, finally figured out that the Tea Party Convention “smells scammy,” <span style='font-size: 14pt'>likening it to one of those Nigerian e-mails promising untold millions. </span>Such rumbling about the movement’s being co-opted by hucksters may explain why Palin used her first paid appearance at Fox last Tuesday to tell Bill O’Reilly that she would recycle her own tea party profits in political contributions. <span style='font-size: 20pt'>But Erickson had it right: the tea party movement is being exploited — and not just by marketers, lobbyists, political consultants and corporate interests but by the Republican Party, as exemplified by Palin and Steele, its most prominent leaders.</span> </div></div>
READ THE WHOLE THING HERE (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/opinion/17rich.html?)
Palin can't construct a coherent sentence and she gets $120,000?
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Sarah Palin and her daughter, Bristol, earned an eye-popping $100,000 for their new In Touch Weekly cover, sources say. For just eight hours' work at her own home, Palin pocketed nearly as much as her $125,000-a-year salary as Alaska governor. It seems her decision to quit her political role is making big financial sense. Palin also reportedly earns $100,000 per public-speaking engagement, while she has a multiyear deal as a Fox News Channel analyst. Reps for the magazine and Palin refused to comment on the deal. But in a classic example of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, Bristol -- who gave birth to son Tripp in 2008 after a brief liaison with Playgirl-posing flop Levi Johnston -- told In Touch the experience has made her <span style='font-size: 20pt'>a born-again virgin </span>and announced, "I'm not going to have sex until I'm married. I can guarantee it."<span style="color: #990000">Heard that one before. LMAO</span>
LOL...............pretty sickening really. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif
Gayle in MD
01-17-2010, 10:55 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Even given the low bar set by America’s bogus conversations about race, the short-lived Harry Reid fracas was a most peculiar nonevent. For all the hyperventilation in cable news land, this supposed racial brawl didn’t seem to generate any controversy whatsoever in what is known as the real world.
Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
GoEugene Robinson, the liberal black columnist at The Washington Post, wrote that he was “neither shocked nor outraged” at Reid’s less-than-articulate observation that Barack Obama benefited politically from being “light-skinned” and for lacking a “Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.” Besides, Robinson said, Reid’s point was “surely true.” The black conservative Ward Connerly agreed, writing in The Wall Street Journal that he was “having a difficult time determining what it was that Mr. Reid said that was so offensive.”
President Obama immediately granted Reid absolution. A black columnist at The Daily News in New York, Stanley Crouch, even stood up for the archaic usage of “Negro.” George Will defended Reid from charges of racism as vociferously as Democrats did. Al Sharpton may have accepted Reid’s apology, but for once there’s no evidence that he ever cared enough to ask for one. So who, actually, was the aggrieved party here? What — or who — was really behind this manufactured race war with no victims?
It would be easy to dismiss the entire event as a credulous news media’s collaboration with a publisher’s hype for a new tell-all-gossip 2008 campaign book, “Game Change,” which breathlessly broke the Reid “bombshell.” But this is a more interesting tale than that. The true prime mover in this story was not a book publicist but Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican Party and by far the loudest and most prominent Beltway figure demanding that Reid resign as Senate majority leader as punishment for his “racism.”
Steele is widely regarded as a clown by observers of all political persuasions, but he is clownish like a fox. His actions in this incident offer some hilarious and instructive insights into what’s going on in the Republican hierarchy right now as it tries to cope not just with our first African-American president but with a restive base embracing right-wing tea-party populism that loathes the establishment in both parties. And though Steele is black, and perhaps the most enthusiastic player of the race card in American politics today, race was a red herring in his Reid vendetta. It threw most everyone off the scent of his real motivation, which had nothing to do with black versus white but everything to do with green, as in money.
A profligate spender, Steele had inaugurated his arrival as party chairman by devoting nearly $20,000 to redecorate his office because he found it “way too male” for his sensitive tastes. In the weeks just before “Game Change” emerged, Steele was in more hot water. Over the holidays, G.O.P. elders were shocked to learn that their front man had a side career as a motivational public speaker at up to $20,000 a gig. The party treasury, which contained $22.8 million upon Steele’s arrival at the end of January 2009, was down to $8.7 million by late November, with 2010 campaign expenditures rapidly arriving. “He needs to raise money for the party, not his wallet,” one Republican leader griped to Politico.
Then, just after New Year, Steele published an unexpected book of his own, “Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda.” He hadn’t told his employers that the book was in the works, and, to add further insult, he attacks unnamed party leaders in its pages for forsaking conservative principles. Since it hit the stores, Steele has pursued a book tour for fun and personal profit, all the while daring his G.O.P. critics to bring it on. “If you don’t want me in the job, fire me,” he taunted them. “But until then, shut up. Get with the program, or get out of the way.”
Fire him? Steele knows better than anyone that his party can’t afford what Clarence Thomas might call a “high-tech lynching” of the only visible black guy it has in even a second-tier office. Steele has said that white Republicans are “scared” of him. They are. He loves to play head games with their racial paranoia and insecurities, whether he’s publicly professing “slum love” for the Indian-American Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal, or starting a blog on the R.N.C. site titled “What Up?,” or announcing that he would use “fried chicken and potato salad” to recruit minority voters. As long as the G.O.P. remains largely a whites-only country club, Steele has job security. But he had real reason to fear some new restraints on the cash box; last year the party was driven to write a rule requiring him to get approval for expenditures over $100,000.
On Jan. 9 The Washington Post ran a front-page article headlined “Frustrations With Steele Leaving G.O.P. in a Bind,” reporting, among other embarrassments, that the party had spent $90 million during Steele’s brief reign while raising just $84 million. Enter “Game Change,” right in the nick of time for Steele to pull off his own cunning game change. On Jan. 10 he stormed “Fox News Sunday” and “Meet the Press” to demand Reid’s head. There has been hardly a mention of Steele’s sins since. He can laugh all the way to the bank.
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> <span style='font-size: 17pt'>The Democrats’ efforts to counter the deprivation and bitterness spawned by the Great Recession are indeed timid and imperfect. The right has a point when it says that the Senate health care votes of Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana were bought with pork. But at least their constituents can share the pigout. Hustlers like Steele and Palin take the money and run. All their followers get in exchange is a lousy tea party T-shirt. Or a ghost-written self-promotional book. Or a tepid racial sideshow far beneath the incendiary standards of the party whose history from Strom to “macaca” has driven away nearly every black American except Steele for the past 40 years.
<span style="color: #000066">Pigs! Not only pigs, but racist pigs.
Their hypocracy is evidenced by their use of black faces on cable, juxtaposed against their voting records, and their consistant anti gay rights votes, juxtaposed against their party's own many closeted gays. Melmann, former republican leader and pundit...gay....Cross eyed Ron Christie, gay as well...Lindsey Graham, gay, the list is so long it's incredible.</span>
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Thursday, July 9, 2009
Ron Christie,The Republican Strategist, Has Just Been Inducted Into The Lawn Jockey Hall-Of Fame In Jump Back, Mississippi
The newly formed Lawn Jockey Hall-Of Fame located in Jump Back Mississippi, has just inducted the Republican attack dog strategist, Ronald Christie into its ranks.
Mr. Christie who is a lawyer and a former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney is seen regularly on MSNBC, Fox News and CNN, denigrating African Americans and progressive thinking people in the Democratic Party.
Christie, the Black Republican apologist and strategist is forever trying to convince us that White right-wing reactionary Republicans like Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney and Russ Limbaugh always mean just the opposite or something other than what they've stated or written or that they are badly misquoted, misunderstood, or misinterpreted. Mr. Christie has it backwards and he needs to learn more of the facts of life and nature......it is the dog that wags its tail, not the tail that wags the dog.
Criterion for membership in the Lawn Jockey Hall-Of Fame is one has to have a consistent proven demonstrated track record for being a sellout(House Servant) to your people, community, county, state and country.
I accept Malcom X's definition of a sellout or House Negro for membership into the Lawn Jockey Hall-Of Fame.
Membership is open to all political parties, organizations and individuals in the United States and abroad, and no one from any political party, organization, corporation, and individual is exempt from consideration for induction into the Lawn Jockey Hall-Of Fame.
There is also an International Lawn Jockey Hall-Of Fame, which has its first inductee--Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir, President of the rogue regime in Sudan.
Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee is head of the Lawn Jockey Hall-Of Fame. Present members are as follows :
1. Ward Connerly-Businessman-Front man for White Supremacy
2.Ronald Christie- Lawyer, Republican Strategist.
4. Clarence Thomas, United States Supreme Court Justice
5.Walter Williams-Newspaper Columnist, Professor, George Mason University
6.Amy Holmes-Republican Strategist
7.Juan Williams-National Public Radio,News Commentator
8. Larry Elder-Media Commenatator& Front man for White Supremacy& Fox News.
Amy Holmes Repubilcan Strategist has just been inducted in to the Lawn Jockey Hall-Of Fame.
Jeez! Is that your only comment? Do I have to spoon feed you?
Here we have the darling of the Right, Sarah Palin. You know, the pitbull hockey mom who loves her country and is only too willing to serve because God choose her!
Once she got a sniff of big Dollars she QUIT her CALLING. Now she is on Fox.....!
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Palin's stunning announcement raised more questions than it answered: Is she bowing out of public life? Is there a more nefarious reason for her resignation after only 2˝ years in office — yet another GOP scandal in the offing? Or is the woman who tops most GOP 2012 short lists to challenge Barack Obama stepping down to get a head start on her next presidential campaign? <u>Palin <span style='font-size: 20pt'>took no questions</span> <span style="color: #990000">Just a point. SHE calls a press conference and takes NO Q,s??????????????</span>after her unscripted, rambling address, </u>and her comments seemed to hint both ways: that she's "passing the ball" of elected office and that she plans to work for all Americans, not just Alaskans. "Some are going to question the timing of this, and let me just say that this decision has been in the works for a while. In fact, this decision comes after much consideration," Palin said, holding up her left index finger as she amended her thought. "Much prayer and consideration. <span style='font-size: 17pt'>And finally, I polled the most important people in my life, my kids.</span> And the count was unanimous. While in response to asking, <span style='font-size: 23pt'>'Hey, do you want me to be a positive influence and fight for all our children's futures from outside the governor's office?'</span> it was four yeses and one 'Hell, yeah.' The 'Hell, yeah' sold it."
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1908669,00.html#ixzz0cviHvCJg
With Palin its all about HER........ and now its the money. She couldn't give a rats ass about anyone else. Every time I see her on TV it makes me feel sick.
We all know Palin is as dumb as a rock so the Q has to be asked, "how come someone so ignorant can get so far?"
Another thing. If Palin was pig ugly, would she even have been considered for the VP spot?
[ Palin thinks the Q "what news sources do you read" is a trick question?] LOL
This is just for starters!
Then why the pot shot at her daughter?
Because they are leftists driven by petty hatred and practice the politics of personal destruction?
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