Sarah Palin

Not the Onion: Sarah Palin calls on immigrants to ‘speak American’

Sarah Palin speaks to CNN (screen grab)

Sarah Palin speaks to CNN (screen grab)

Ponder this for a second…had John McCain won the election back in 2008 this woman would be campaigning for the Presidency  right now as Vice-President Palin. (ks)


Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said on Sunday that immigrants should speak “American” while visiting the Unite States.

Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Palin disagreed with GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s assertion that Donald Trump was intolerant for insisting that candidates not speak Spanish while campaigning.

“I don’t know what choosing to speak English or Spanish in a conversation, what that would have to do — somebody opposing it — with tolerance or not,” Palin explained. “I think it’s a benefit of Jeb Bush to be able to be so fluent in Spanish because we have a large and wonderful Hispanic population that is helping to build America and that’s good and that’s a great relationship and connection that he has with them through his wife and through his family connections.”

“On the other hand,” she continued. “You know, I think we can send a message and say, you want to be in America, A, you better be here legally or you’re out of here. B, when you’re here, let’s speak American.”

“I mean, that’s just — let’s speak English and that’s kind of a unifying aspect of a nation… That’s one of those issues too where, whoop, it goes right over the public’s head, legitimately so, they’re on to the next issues that are very important for the candidates to be debating.”

Watch the video below from CNN.

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump whine about “gotcha” journalism in inane interview straight out of “Idiocracy”

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump whine about "gotcha" journalism in inane interview straight out of "Idiocracy"

Sarah Palin, Donald Trump (Credit: One America News Network)


“He’s avant garde,” Palin said in a desperate attempt to convince America she knows what that phrase means

On Friday’s episode of a program whose title isn’t the least bit ironic, “On Point with Sarah Palin,” the former Alaskan governor and failed vice presidential candidate conducted an interview with Donald Trump in which the pair of strong American patriots did little more than whine about the unfairness of it all.

“This is a movement,” Palin said introducing her guest, “of Trumpeters or Trumpservatives or whatever these folks are called. He’s avant garde, and crushing it in the polls. One America viewers, he wants to connect with you, to those who are going to show up at the polls and elect the next leader of the free world.”

Palin said that she spoke to Democratic strategist James Carville, who to her mind is famous for having said, “it’s the economy, silly,” and asked Trump how he felt about the current volatility in the world market.

“It’s really pretty sad,” he replied, “they’ve just destroyed our job base, and we have to make a lot of improvement.” That sort of banal generality characterized much of the interview, whether the subject was the venal nature of the IRS or the unquestionable awesomeness of the United States military.

For example, she asked Trump what it’s like to be respected by the military for being “a truth-talker, instead of being punched in the nose for seven years by Obama.” To say that it played out like a scene from “Idiocracy” is an insult to the denizens of Mike Judge’s fictionalized future, especially when the issue of “gotcha” journalism was raised. Palin lamented a journalist’s attempt to “get” Trump by asking him to name his favorite biblical verse, which was totally “off the table” despite the fact that Trump’s repeatedly declared the Bible to be his favorite book in interviews.

“I listened to that going, ‘Do they ask Hillary that? What does it have to do with running for the office of the presidency? Is it anybody’s business?’” she asked, unaware that Clinton had been asked that selfsame question earlier this year and recited Corinthians 13 by way of answering.

“These personal ‘gotcha’ questions, really trying to get you, us, anybody running for office off game,” she continued. “How are you finding that, and finding a technique to put them in their place so that the American public isn’t wasting their time and actually get to hear what’s important via candidates’ message?”

“You saw that. I love the Bible, and I’m Protestant, I’m Presbyterian. And they were hitting me with different questions, one right after the other,” Trump replied. “I don’t know if it’s ‘gotcha questions,’ it probably is. And then they said, ‘What’s your favorite verse?’ You know, that’s a very personal thing. I don’t like giving that out to people that you hardly know. Frankly, I don’t know if they’re fair questions, or not fair questions, but there are certain things that you, myself and a lot of other people think too personal.”

Palin did not press Trump on why it’s not too personal to declare the Bible your favorite book, then decline to provide any evidence you’ve read it or regularly attend church services, because of course she didn’t.

Watch the entire interview below via One America News Network.

Donald Trump Promises To Put Sarah Palin In His Cabinet If He Is Elected President

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Is Trump trying to alienate the GOP even further?


Donald Trump is threatening America with a promise to put Sarah Palin in his cabinet if he is elected president.

Audio of Trump:

According to Politico, Trump said that he would put Palin his cabinet or seek her advice:

“She’s really somebody who knows what’s happening. She’s a special person. She’s really a special person. And I think people know that and she’s got a following that’s unbelievable,” he
continued. (Palin has more than 4 million Facebook followers.)

“I’m looking at some of these candidates, they’re weak, they’re ineffective and to a degree that’s almost hard to believe. And, you know, they like the Sarah Palin kind of strength. You just don’t see very much of it anymore,” Trump mused.

He noted that Palin has come up in his interactions on the campaign trail. “I’ve still got people saying, ‘Oh, get Sarah’s support, get Sarah’s support.’ No matter where I go, everybody loves her.”

There are only two things that Sarah Palin has ever been good at, and they are failing and quitting. If America did not have enough of a reason to vote against Donald Trump, the idea of Palin serving in a presidential cabinet should be enough to scare voters away in droves.

The Trump circus is an out of control joke that has now added Sarah Palin as a featured clown. It is impossible to imagine Donald Trump’s cabinet because this man is never going to be elected president. It is natural that two phonies who have been playing Republicans for years with empty bluster and cartoonish behavior would team up to suck all of the oxygen out of the 2016 campaign.

Just when voters thought that the Republican primary could get less intelligent, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump have teamed up form the ultimate dumb Republican dream team.

Jason Easley

The Sarah Palin era is over: What the end of her Fox News contract really means

The Sarah Palin era is over: What the end of her Fox News contract really means

Sarah Palin, Roger Ailes (Credit: AP/Rebecca Cook/Reed Saxon)


The one-time superstar is out at Fox News, and barely an afterthought as it is. What a difference five years make

In 2010, Fox News announced with great fanfare that it had hired Sarah Palin as a contributor. On Wednesday morning, Politico’s Mike Allen informed his readers that her days with the network were through — and that she’d actually severed ties with Fox nearly a month ago. The former conservative superstar had found her tenure at the leading conservative news outlet quietly smothered with a pillow.

What a difference five years make.

The reasons for the split are easy enough to divine. Fox News must have decided that it wasn’t worth paying Sarah Palin a very large sum of money (her first contract was worth $1 million a year) to ramble on incoherently, especially when Sarah Palin isn’t what she used to be. The network’s core viewership is ultra-loyal — the only thing that makes a stalwart Fox News viewer disappear is death — and unlikely to switch to CNN just because Palin isn’t around as much as she used to be. Any way you look at it, Fox News needs Palin far less than Palin needs Fox News. (Casual observers could be forgiven for having forgotten that Palin was even on Fox anymore.)

It wasn’t that way at the beginning. When Palin first signed on with the network in 2010, she was a far more potent force, thanks to her post-2008 celebrity and her successful second act as the face of the Tea Party. Her every utterance was national news, especially since she kept dropping hints that she might run for president in 2012.

As we all know, Palin didn’t run in that election, and her value to Fox News chief Roger Ailes cratered the second she announced the news. Just like his boss, Rupert Murdoch, money is only part of the reason that Ailes is in the game. He also sees himself as a crucial GOP power broker and gatekeeper. Despite his lousy track record at picking winners, Republican hopefuls still want to be near Ailes; at one point in the 2012 cycle, a large portion of the eventual GOP field was on the Fox News payroll.

So when Palin took herself out of contention, a large part of her attractiveness to Ailes evaporated. To make matters worse, she enraged him by breaking the news on Mark Levin’s radio show, not Fox News.

Things got so bad after that that Palin was reduced to publicly complaining when her appearances got canceled. Relations haven’t improved much since then, even after Fox News signed a new contract with Palin in 2013. Her most memorable appearance in the years since was when she went on Megyn Kelly’s show and delivered a monologue about everything and nothing, which was incomprehensible even by her paltry standards.

Given all of that, it’s no shocker that Palin found herself slipping down the Fox News hierarchy. What’s more, the political landscape has shifted in fundamental ways since her heyday. Nobody’s thinking too much about the Tea Party these days. In a world where the continual murder of black people and the omnipresence of the surveillance state are the dominant themes of our discourse; where gay marriage is on the cusp of nationwide victory and the South is finally getting embarrassed about the Confederate flag; where the only woman people are really thinking about for 2016 is Hillary Clinton, what is the point of Sarah Palin anymore? Even Fox News itself seems to be moving away from those days, at least superficially. Its big star now is Megyn Kelly, who is positioning herself as an independent-minded heir to Barbara Walters.

It’s all very end-of-an-era, isn’t it? You almost want to thank Fox News for allowing everyone to begin to move on completely from Sarah Palin, and hastening her consignment to the dustbin of history, where she belongs.

H/t: DB

Sarah Palin’s Embarrassing Speech Raises Massive Amount Of Money… For Hillary Clinton

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There is nothing quite like watching Sarah Palin struggle with coherency to remind Democrats of what could happen if they don’t go out and support liberal candidates. If the midterms were a rude wake up call, Palin is a flashing warning of just how crazy Republicans are willing to go if they think they can get away with it.

As Republicans have long feared, and Democrats are fast learning, Palin is a massive liability for the Republican Party that hopes to prove that it is a serious political organization. Despite the tendency to do more harm than good, Palin keeps making her way in front of cameras and microphones. The results are usually bizarre, and almost always hilarious.

During the Iowa Freedom Summit, where Palin dropped hints that she may be exploring another run for president, she delivered a rambling, embarrassing speech. A speech so bad that her handlers quickly made the excuse that her TelePrompter was broken and her remarks were off-the-cuff. (Hey, remember when conservatives, including Palin bashed Obama for using a TelePrompter? I do.)

Whether the speech was planned or a bit of free association improvised jazz, the results were disastrous. Even Fox News, the primary enabler of Palin relevancy, seems to want to get as far away from the half-term Alaskan governor as they can.

Her only friends now seem to be Democrats who are eating up each trainwreck with glee. And Palin is making it easy for them. It’s no wonder the Democratic National Convention released a statement after the Iowa speech publicly thanking Palin.

There is reason to be thankful. Palin is already turning her unique brand of idiocy into major profits for the Democrats. For example, during her speech, Palin held up an “I’m Ready for Hillary” magnet in an effort to mock the presumptive Democratic candidate. It was a moment that the “Ready for Hillary” PAC was happy to exploit – with major success.

Later, they expanded on their Palin-based fundraising efforts.

The effort appears to have paid off. Big time. According to Mediaite, “I’m Ready for Hillary” raised well over $25,000 to help her eventually campaign for president. Her (inadvertent) boost to Hillary’s campaign made such an impact that the PAC made Palin an “honorary co-chair” to the organization. Considering the Koch brothers have already vowed to spend nearly $1 billion on ensuring Democrats lose in 2016, this Palin money is going to come in handy.

Meanwhile, Palin will likely not make her own presidential aspirations go beyond a few rallies and television interviews. She may want to consider joining the Hillary campaign full-time. It’s likely the only job offer she’ll have after this election.

GOP Summit—The Good, The Bad And The Absolutely Crazy

Half-Term Governor of Alaska: Sarah Palin | Jim Young/Reuters

 The Daily Beast

GOP presidential contenders flocked to Iowa on Saturday to try out their pitches on the unofficial beginning of the Iowa Caucus. Hint: Sarah Palin has lost her mind.
You’re going to read a lot of analysis of this weekend’s Freedom Summit as the unofficial beginning of the Iowa caucus.Whether that’s true depends entirely on how many of those who attended are still standing one long year from now—and how many of those who didn’t attend (Jeb Bush, Rand Paul) have campaigns that are still alive and well.The event does serve as a gauge for a candidate’s willingness to pander, and it is the beginning of serious media scrutiny for all the candidates as 2016 candidates,not as quaint spectacles (Donald Trump, Ted Cruz) or interesting anomalies (Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina)…. or familiar former presidential candidates, who made up a non-shocking majority of the featured speakers (Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin).

What did we learn?

Palin is past her sell-by date.

It’s the unofficial policy of many serious political reporters (myself included) to not cover Palin speeches.  So it’s entirely possible I missed a key stretch of her decline that would help make sense of, or have prepared me for, the word-salad-with-a-cup-of-moose-stew that she presented.

Sample passage: “Things must change for our government! It isn’t too big to fail, it’s too big to succeed! It’s too big to succeed, so we can afford no retreads or nothing will change, with the same people and same policies that got us into the status quo! Another Latin word, status quo, and it stands for, ‘Man, the middle class and everyday Americans are really gettin’ taken for a ride.’”

The speech (perhaps a generous description) went on 15 minutes past the 20 minutes allotted other speakers. And even as she ended it, one sensed less a crescendo than the specter of a gong, a hook to pull her off, or—a sincere thought I had—an ambulance to take her… somewhere.

No one else embarrassed themselves out of the race.

The event was organized by immigration hawk Rep. Steve “Cantaloupes” King (with the help of Citizens United) and many pundits fretted (or eagerly anticipated) 47-percent-style gaffes in the service of speakers trying to out-xenophobe each other. I may have missed something, but the anti-immigration rhetoric stayed on the “self-deport” side of offensive. Santorum did some under-the-breath dog whistling in reference to legal immigration, positing that the U.S. is home to more non-native citizens than ever before. He contrasted those non-native-born workers to, ahem, “American workers.” As far as I know, if you work in America, you are an “American worker.” Unless Santorum is thinking of something else.

The soft bigotry of low expectation works!

Scott Walker continues to clear the “not Tim Pawlenty” bar, but no one seems to realize how weak of a standard that is. National journalists cooed over Walker’s relatively energetic speech, apparently forgetting they were comparing it to other Walker speeches. In a similar vein, Chris Christie did not intentionally piss anyone off or bully the audience. Christie gave what seemed a lot like a national-audience speech—probably the only speaker that played it so safe.

Sen. Mike Lee gave some sensible, serious suggestions.

I may be engaging in more expectation management, but I was pleasantly surprised by Lee’s earnest and non-applause-line-ridden speech. He beseeched the audience to look for a candidate that was “positive, principled, and proven”—all while explicitly taking himself out of the running. In what could have been a direct jab at his fellow guests, he quipped, “The principled candidate is not necessarily the guy who yells ‘Freedom!’ the loudest.” He could have been quoting Elizabeth Warren when he softened typical GOP bootstrap rhetoric: “Freedom doesn’t mean ‘You’re all on your own,’” he said, “It means, ‘We’re all in it together.’” Elizabeth Warren would approve.

The GOP is going to need to figure out how to run against someone who is not Obama.

Even Lee, who gave what might be the most forward-looking speech, hung many of his arguments on the framework of undoing what Obama has done. Every other speaker followed suit, and some of the night’s biggest applause lines had to do with the same “fake scandals” that already proved insufficiently interesting to the American people: Benghazi, with a dash of IRS. They speak of repealing Obamacare with the zest of people who think of the House’s own fifty-plus attempts as mere warm-ups. Even their foreign policy script has Obama and the specter of American decline as its primary villains—foes that have defeated them twice before.

Sarah Palin Poses With ‘Fuc_ You Michael Moore’ Crosshairs Sign At Gunshow

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Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper is stirring passions and debate on both sides of the aisle. Not one to shy away from interjecting herself into controversial topics, half-term Governor Sarah Palin propelled herself right in the middle of it today.

While attending the SHOT firearm trade show on Friday Palin posed with two men and held a sign that read “Fuc_ You Michael Moore.” If you’re not able to make out what else is contained, there are two crosshairs in the “O’s.”

Filmmaker Michael Moore ignited controversy with a series of tweets sent last weekend which some considered to be about the film and its subject, sniper Chris Kyle. Moore referred to snipers as “cowards” and relayed that’s how his uncle lost his life while serving in World War II. Never mentioning the film-or Kyle-by name, the tweets kicked up an amazing dust storm on the right. Moore attempted to clarify, claiming he was thinking about Martin Luther King, Jr.-whose birthday was about to be marked, and whose life was ended at the hands of a sniper.

As you may have guessed, that didn’t temper the hate, as we can see in the sign held by the failed vice presidential candidate.

This isn’t the first time Palin has used murderous imagery to target people. SarahPac released an image featuring crosshairs on a map of legislators who voted for the Affordable Care Act that she was “targeting.” One of those targets was then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot in the head a few months later at an event in Tucson.

Apparently Palin hasn’t learned her lesson, and continues to revel in violent imagery and language hurled against those she disagrees with politically.

Posing with a sign featuring crosshairs, at a gun show no less, makes you no better than those who celebrated the deaths of the twelve individuals at Charlie Hebdo, Governor Palin.

10 things you need to know today: October 29, 2014

The unmanned Antares rocket exploded on Tuesday night.

The unmanned Antares rocket exploded on Tuesday night. | (NASA/Getty Images)

The Week

Obama rejects automatic Ebola quarantines of health workers, rocket bound for space station explodes at launch, and more

1. Obama argues against automatic Ebola quarantines
President Obama implicitly criticized automatic quarantines of health workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, saying that “we don’t want to discourage our health care workers from going to the front lines.” Obama did not directly address the controversial quarantine policies imposed by the governors of New York and New Jersey, but he said, “We know that the best way to protect Americans ultimately is going to stop this outbreak at the source.” Liberia’s president called the quarantines a troubling “overreaction.” [The Washington Post]


2. Iraqi Kurds join fight to save Syrian town from ISIS
About 150 Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq arrived in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday on their way to join the fight against ISIS militants trying to take over the Syrian border town of Kobani. The reinforcements were the first to be permitted to travel through Turkey under a new policy allowing foreign forces to cross its territory to join the fight against ISIS in Syria. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said only Iraqi peshmerga fighters and Syrian opposition fighters can save Kobani. [The New York Times, Reuters]


3. Security increased at federal buildings after Canada attacks
The U.S. is increasing security at some federal buildings in Washington, D.C., and other big cities in response to terrorist threats and recent attacks in Canada, including a shooting in the Parliament building in Ottawa, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday. Johnson called the decision a “precautionary” move, and did not specify which facilities would get greater protection. “Given world events, prudence dictates a heightened vigilance,” Johnson said. [NBC News]


4. South Korean spies say Kim Jong Un had ankle surgery
South Korea’s spy agency has concluded that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s mysterious six-week absence from public view was due to ankle surgery, Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday. Kim’s failure to appear at public events set off weeks of speculation. Some observers suggested he had dire health problems; others said he might have been brushed aside in a coup. South Korea’s National Intelligence Service told lawmakers that Kim had a cyst removed. He reappeared on Oct. 14, using a cane. [Voice of America]


5. Tsarnaev friend convicted of lying to Boston Marathon bombing investigators
A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on Tuesday of lying to FBI agents. Investigators had asked the man, Robel Phillipos, 21, whether he had been in Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth when two other friends removed a computer and a backpack containing fireworks. Phillipos’ lawyers said he didn’t mean to lie, but had smoked so much marijuana on the day in question that he could not answer the agents’ questions accurately. [The New York Times]


6. Sarah Palin says she wants to run for office again
Sarah Palin told Fox Business Network on Tuesday that she hopes to make another run for public office some day. The former GOP vice presidential candidate resigned as governor of Alaska in 2009, but remains popular with conservatives. Palin said her critics only inspire her. “The more they’re pouring on the more I’m going to bug the crap out of them by being out there with a voice,” she said, adding that Republican leaders “need more guts” to pursue the party’s agenda. [The Associated Press]


7. Hackers attack White House computers
Unclassified parts of the White House computer network have been attacked by hackers in recent weeks, the Obama administration said Tuesday. The cyberattacks did no damage to the system, but efforts to foil the hackers resulted in temporary disruptions of internet service for users. Government cybersecurity experts suspect that the Russian government is behind the hacking. NATO, the Ukrainian government, and U.S. defense contractors also have been targeted in recent months. [The Washington Post]


8. Phil Collins donates Alamo collection to Texas museum
British rock star Phil Collins brought his collection of Alamo memorabilia — the largest in the world — to the site of a San Antonio museum that will house the donated artifacts. Collins’ collection includes Davy Crockett’s musket ball pouch and a rare Jim Bowie knife. Many of the artifacts had not been near the famous mission since it fell to the Mexican army 178 years ago. “I’m really happy that it’s going here,” Collins said. “It’s where it should be.” [The Dallas Morning News]


9. Unmanned rocket explodes on launch
An unmanned rocket carrying cargo intended for the International Space Station exploded on launch Tuesday night in eastern Virginia. The Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft, built by Orbital Sciences Corp. under a contract with NASA, lifted off the launch pad with 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments, then exploded in a giant fireball. Nobody was reported killed or injured. Mission control could not immediately say what went wrong. [CNN]


10. Royals rout Giants in Game 6 of the World Series
The Kansas City Royals trounced the San Francisco Giants 10-0 in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday night, forcing a winner-take-all Game 7 Wednesday night in Kansas City. The result of Tuesday’s game was never in doubt after the Royals scored seven runs in the second inning. The Royals have a key advantage as they try to deny the Giants their third Major League Baseball championship in five years — the home team has won the Series the last nine times it went to a decisive seventh game. [The Associated Press]

Palin Goofs: Truth Is Endangered At ‘1400’ Penn Avenue (VIDEO)


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This woman’s fatuous character is both hilarious and pitiful…

TPM LiveWire

Sarah Palin probably meant “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” when, during a speech at the 2014 Values Voter Summit on Friday, she said there’s a lack of truth coming out of “1400 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

The comments came during a speech Friday at the Values Voter Summit. Palin was describing how conservatives shouldn’t retreat when they’re accused of being racist. Palin said “truth is an endangered species” at “1400 Pennsylvania Avenue.” The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

In the same speech Palin said she, like many people, rarely wear jewelry in Alaska where people are more often “out chopping wood or butchering a moose.”

Watch the video of Palin, via Right Wing Watch, below: