Archive for Sarah Palin’s Alaska

"Why I'm Not Going on a CPAC Cruise to Alaska with Donald Rumsfeld"

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my buddy Mark Karlin:

On Wednesday, I received an offer that I could refuse.

It was an email invitation from Tom Culligan, vice president of the Rev. Moon-founded Washington Times:

Please accept this as your personal invitation to join me on what promises to be one of the most exciting and enjoyable getaways in recent memory: the August 27 - September 3, 2011 CPAC cruise: North to Alaska!

Don Rumsfeld will be one of your fellow shipmates. As will NRA president David Keene, American Conservative Union chairman Al Cardenas, Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist, and, of course, yours truly....

I have to tell you: when I watched "Sarah Palin's Alaska" on my big-screen TV, I fell in love with that wild and wonderful state. ...

[T]he most inexpensive single cabin was $2,502.

Of course, there is also the Koch brothers' accommodations package for the princely sum of $6,826...

Please read the rest here.

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"Reagan used his status as an entertainer to become a politician; Palin using her status as a politician to become an entertainer."

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There's a good op-ed in today's L.A. Times about Former Half-Gov Reaganette McNotSoMuch. Let's start with that:

...Palin has an appallingly and disturbingly superficial knowledge of Reagan's career and principles. [...] Palin's version of Reagan simply cannot allow for such nuance. Instead, she uses him to simplify issues and to skip serious thinking. [...]

[H]istorical figures become references not to start discussion, but to shut it down. Which brings us to Palin's most egregious analogy: that she and Ronald Reagan are alike. [...]

But Palin's trajectory and Reagan's don't match. Reagan used his status as an entertainer to become a politician; Palin is using her status as a politician to become an entertainer. [...]

Reagan couldn't escape charges of unseriousness. But the truth is, he worked on his content, in addition to his image. On this count, Palin falls disastrously short. [...]

Palin suggested that "it was destiny that the man who went to California's Eureka College would become so woven within and interlinked to the Golden State." Reagan's alma mater is in Eureka, Ill. It was embarrassing, but apparently not for Palin. For her purposes, the details -- and a whole lot more -- simply do not matter.

Her superficiality precedes her. She has no grasp of facts, of reality, of much of anything except how to pose for cameras, pull in cash, and caricature herself. Also. Too.

Which brings me to this morning's "news"cast on MSNBC. I came in on the very tail end of a trio of punditiots-- the quote I managed to catch was Pat Buchanan's*-- who were Very Seriously Analyzing McNotSoMuch's new vanity TV show. You read that right, analyzing.

Her vanity show.

As if it were worthy of analysis.

The clip or two I caught sight of followed Reaganette as she skittered and scurried (barefoot) oh so busily (why must she always try to look so busy?), spouting folksy-wolksyisms that sounded like they came from a cat whose tail has been run over by a snowmobile.

She tried so very hard to portray herself as "normal" and with such overwhelming mommytude, dropping Gs from those pesky "i-n-gs", putting enormous amounts of energy into appearing energetic, and Just Being You... in her pricey frontier mansion.

And then came Pat Buchanan's comment:

"This shows that she has dimension!"

For a split second I was in total agreement with Pat! Holy mother of Wasilliness! A miracle! And then I realized...

He had said "dimension". I thought he'd said "dementia".

*Why is he still on MSNBC again?

UPDATE:

The premier of Sarah Palin's Alaska attracted 5 million viewers last night, according to just-released Nielsen numbers.

The Hollywood Reporter notes the first episode of the eight-part series was the most-watched program launch in TLC's history.

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"Witnesses... during filming of one of the “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” episodes said the whole episode was faked"

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Malia Litman has a killer piece up about Former Half-Gov ShowHorse McShootsBlanks, the former not-hunter who once flaunted "caribou blood" under her fingernails the way Christine O'Donnell flaunts her apparent beating-around-the-bushphobia. Please go read it, it's excellent.

But aside from the snarkalicious Litman treat, I was also alerted to a comment under the post. I wish there were a way to confirm what the commenter wrote, but since I can't, I'll share it without comment.

Enjoy:

September 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

BooBooBear

Caribou hunting? I seriously doubt it………..too much work.

That’s our Sarah! Unfortunately, that is not the Sarah we will see when all the cuts and edits are made to the final episode to be shown to America.

At some point Palin flipped over the side of the boat in the water. As she was being drug back into the boat she called the man a “Pr_ck” and many other 4 letter words.

During the fishing sequence, it bcame evident that Palin did not know how to operate the reel. It was so bad that for the close up shots, they had to use a stand in “double.” Palin later said that the reson she could not operate the reel was that she had a fresh manicure and di not want to ruin it.

I can tell you that witnesses in Afognak during filming of one of the “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” episodes said the whole episode was faked. Upon arriving to the boat that would take Palin and crew out, she noticed a Hispanic man in the boat. She refused to get in. She said she could NOT afford to be photographed with a man who may be an “illegal.” He told he that he was the OWNER of the boat and that he was a thrid generation Alaskan.

EXCELLENT post Malia!

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