Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The premiere of The View, featuring the new cast, was the best premiere in eight years and the second best of all time.

Courtesy of USA Today:  

The revamping and reinvigorating of The View worked. 

For a day, anyway. 

ABC has happily announced that The View's Season 18 premiere on Monday, showcasing newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace with returning Rosie O'Donnell and veteran moderator Whoopi Goldberg, was the best premiere in eight years. 

The show drew 3.9 million total viewers, making it the best since O'Donnell joined the cast in 2006.

Well I'm still not going to watch, but congratulations ABC.

Of course the first thing that came to mind is that ABC really dodged a bullet by refusing to even consider hiring Sarah Palin. Because that would have undoubtedly driven the show's ratings into the cellar.

And of course the second thing that occurred to me is that this must also just drive the Wasilla Wendigo crazy, and only adds to her worst week ever.

Yes we do. We know that you are NOT a host on The View.
By the way if you missed the episode and really want to see it just click right here.

Seems like a worthy cause. Update: Thompson's wife weighs in.

Courtesy of Go Fund Me:  

Eric Thompson was at a party for about 70 friends on September 6th, 2014. At some point during the evening a massive, "Jerry Springer" type fight broke out involving the Palin family. 

ABC's Good Morning America contacted Eric, most likely because he had given his name to the police for the report. GMA asked if he would give an interview, and did so, not asking for money in return. 

Eric did not make a dime from giving his testimony of the Palin brawl to GMA. 

About an hour after the GMA interview, Eric Thompson received a call from his boss saying that he was being immediately fired. 

Eric really wants a job more than anything, but seeing as this was such a sudden release of employment it has left him in a bit of a bind for the month. Also, lawyer fees are now stacking up thanks to this whole debacle. 

I just donated $100.00 to the cause.

At the time of this post the amount stands at $570.00 which is not going to get him very far.

I think that by the end of the day we can get that up to several thousand. 

Just think of it this way, helping him is sending a message to every other person out there that if the Palins come after you there are those who will have your back.

And really, who better than us?

Update: Eric Thompson's wife has also giving HER eyewitness report.

It essentially matches her husband's, though she did add this: 

She also expressed her frustration about the police investigation and that no charges have been filed. She said she, her husband and a number of other party guests spoke to investigators that night. 

"I just think when people assault other people that they should be arrested," she said. "Or at least charged. Especially when there's that many eyewitnesses. I don't think just because you're a Palin that you should not have to suffer the same consequences as any other person."

I could not agree more.

Vice Chair of the Arizona GOP resigns in the face of criticism over statements he made about sterilizing poor women.

Courtesy of AZ Central:

 Former state Sen. Russell Pearce, who has recently served as the Arizona Republican Party's first vice chair, resigned his post late Sunday over remarks he made about requiring women on public assistance to use contraception. 

The Republican Party announced his resignation around 11 p.m. Sunday -- hours after GOP candidates expressed their displeasure with his remarks and a day after the Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director DJ Quinlan noted Pearce's comments in a news release and pressed his party's candidates to denounce them. 

Quinlan's statement, issued Saturday, highlighted remarks Pearce made on his talk-radio program on KKNT 960 AM. According to the statement, Pearce talked about changes he would make to the state's public assistance programs and was quoted in the Democratic Party's news release as saying: "You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I'd do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations…Then we'll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job." 

In his statement, Pearce wrote that during a recent radio show there "was a discussion about the abuses to our welfare system" and he "shared comments written by someone else and failed to attribute them to the author." "This was a mistake," Pearce stated. 

"This mistake has been taken by the media and the left and used to hurt our Republican candidates."

Yes how dare the media and Democrats use the actual words spoken by a Republican against them.

The audacity!

Of course this is nothing new, as conservatives have long attempted to suppress childbirth among minorities in this country.

This from Public Eye magazine: 

Even a cursory examination of the right's policy agenda demonstrates that, when the focus is changed from abortion to broader reproductive freedom, the right applies race and class criteria that distinguish between the rights of white, middle-class women and low-income women of color. The right has viciously attacked welfare mothers for their "sexuality" and immigrant women for bearing "too many" children. In its worldview, "excessive" childbearing by low-income, single women causes poverty. To eliminate poverty, it is necessary to prevent that childbearing. 

Right-wing activists reserve their most vicious attacks for these groups of women, promoting negative stereotypes of low-income women of all races as dependent, irresponsible, prone to addictions, and inadequate mothers. They use these stereotypes to inflame public opinion against all sexual behavior that lies outside the narrow parameters of right-wing ideology.

So all Russell Pearce was doing was openly expressing an idea that is discussed in the back rooms among conservatives, and he felt safe is saying it aloud because the audience for his radio show would all be nodding in agreement with him.

But you know I can't get over the idea that I have seen this guy before, but where?

 Oh that's right! That is him right there in the middle between Joe Arpaio and some crazy lady from Wasilla.

So I watched The Insider episode about the Palin brawl finally.

"People I have spoken to in Anchorage are very tight lipped. And it seemed to me that there may be some fear of retribution by either the Palins or somebody associated with them."

That is how the segment started with these words from Elizabeth Applegate.

The Insider, which I had to DVR because it did not come on until 3 AM here in Alaska,  then laid out the story as they heard it from witnesses.

In their version Track was definitely the one that started the fight with Willow's ex Connor Cleary. His dad tried to break it up and Todd put the dad, Steve Cleary, in a headlock.

That was all the detail they provided but it does lay blame where it belongs.

They also reported that Bristol punched the party's host and that Sarah jumped into the fray. This also falls in line with what others, not associated with the Palins, have reported.

Then there is Applegate again speaking to the camera and saying "The Palins are the most powerful family in Alaska and nobody is going to want to go up against them." (Wanna bet?)

Then she follows that by saying "Ultimately money may unseal the truth. I spoke to one party goer who wanted to sell his story for a hundred thousand dollars."

Then they show part of Eric Thompson's interview, followed by Applegate saying that he told her exclusively because he talked he was fired from his job.

Afterward the two hosts joke about how gangsta it is that the Palins have this kind of control, and the female host jokes that she cannot talk because she might, or might not, have received a call from the Palins.

Now as you can see there is really NOTHING new here for most of us.

However I was pleased that this is yet another source confirming that the fight was started by Track, and that people are being bullied into silence for fear of losing their jobs or other types of retribution.

I think THAT is an important message to get out there so that people understand why it is so damn hard to get people to tell the truth about the Palins.

Now I have no idea if anybody is willing to pay $100,000 for a tape of this incident. The last quote I heard from a tabloid was between $10,000 to $15,000.

But I seriously doubt that if there is footage that it will stay hidden for much longer.

P.S. I thought I should add that thanks to some sleuthing by y'all we know that the yoga studio that Palin is emerging from is Anchorage Yoga. Which is literally only about ten to twelve minutes from my house.

However I have NO plans to show up there and take pictures or confront Palin, since I think that would be stepping over the line. Despite allegations to the contrary I am not a stalker and have never harassed Palin, or her family, in a public venue.

First it was teachers reducing homework to hide their socialist agenda, and now it is meatless Mondays in the school cafeteria to brainwashing children into the liberal vegan lifestyle. The horrors!

Courtesy of Salon:  

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples recently published an op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman in which he condemned school districts that instituted a “Meatless Monday” program, which involves cafeterias serving vegetarian fare one day per week. On Monday, Fox News hosts Steve Doocy and Elisabeth Hasselbeck invited Staples to back up his views on the air: 

“Our schools are doing a really fantastic job of meeting the nutritional needs and educational needs of our kids,” said Staples. “But what we have here is a ‘Meatless Mondays’ campaign that’s really an agenda-driven campaign. And the people who are behind this, they don’t want you to not just eat meat one day a week, but seven days a week. Obesity and unhealthy lifestyles are caused because of inactivity and because of not having a balanced diet. It’s just sending the wrong message to our kids. This is not about meat– it’s about hunger, and we need to educate our kids the right way and not have agenda-driven campaigns.” 

“So you say that Meatless Mondays are brainwashing?” Doocy asks. 

“Clearly it is because we know that a balanced diet is what children need. And the people that are pushing this are saying that having Meatless Monday options is somehow a healthier option menu and that it’s better for the environment. This all stems from anti-animal agriculturalists who are trying to blame animals for some of our environmental problems… They shouldn’t castigate one type of food category and give the false impression to our kids that this is healthier for the environment and healthier for them as individuals.”

Yes leave it to a Texas Agriculture Commissioner to freak out about the idea of less meat being served in schools. I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that Texas is the leader in livestock production in this country?

As you may remember Fox News also recently warned us that teachers were sending students home with less homework to limit parental involvement in their school work.

Gee where would we be without Fox News hysterically warning us about imaginary dangers in our public schools?

What's next, are they going to warn us that too much PE time is wearing out children's bodies prematurely?

Nate Silver bemoans the difficulty with accurate polling in Alaska.

Courtesy of TPM:  

It is one of a handful of races that could determine which party controls the Senate next year, but analysts -- including the veritable Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight -- agree that the polling in the Alaska Senate race is an absolute mess. 

It's nobody's fault. Just a historical fact. But it complicates the process of capturing the dynamics of the battle between Republican Dan Sullivan and incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK). 

"Alaska is a hard state to poll accurately," Silver wrote in his Sunday review of the polling there. He also concluded that in seven statewide races since 2000, Alaska polling has overestimated the Democratic candidate by 7.2 points compared to election day returns. 

The problem, as best that experts can figure it, is the low-response rate that plagues pollsters everywhere -- but has an outsized impact in a state with such a small (730,000) and transient population. 

Whatever the reasons, the bottom line is that the electoral picture is decidedly fuzzy in one of the most important elections of the year.

Silver is essentially playing a tune that many of us up here in the Great Land are all too familiar with.

Because our population is diverse and far flung it makes getting an accurate read close to impossible.

However what is also true is that Alaska has a long history of loyalty to their Senators and Representatives, which goes to explain how Don Young has remained in office for so many years, and unless there is a federal prosecution or scandal involving Mark Begich he may simply find himself back in Washington due to name recognition and a lack of a good reason NOT to send him back.

Begich has deep roots here in the state, and a name that is well respected by many.

That, more than ad campaigns and buckets of money, may be the factors that have the biggest impact on the voters.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Okay so this is happening tonight.

You may remember the Applegate is also the one who tweeted this:
And that AK Cleary was the Anchorage party goer who tweeted this:
So all things considered this might be quite interesting indeed.

So the season premiere of The View happened today, featuring their new cast, and guess whose name came up? Update!

Courtesy of Mediaite:  

Whoopi Goldberg couldn’t get through asking about Palin with a straight face, and Rosie Perez jumped in with a few questions of her own. She asked Wallace, “One, what was it like when you first met her? Two, did the winking get on your nerves? And three, when did you want to just pop her?” 

Wallace laughed a bit before explaining that the first time she met Palin, she was on Vicodin and had absolutely no idea who she was. And while Palin was “cool” at first, Wallace said, “Our relationship really erupted and exploded, and it was irreparably damaged after the Katie Couric interview when she thought I set her up for failure and I felt like the questions were pretty fair.”

Here is the video:

You know all I can think when I look at this lineup is "Could you just imagine how quickly these women would destroy Sarah Palin if she had the cojones to sit on that couch?"

But of course she doesn't.

For some reason it does not seem that the ladies of The View brought up the drunken brawl, which I find inexcusable, but that does not mean it is not still receiving plenty of attention.

Famous award winning TV news anchor Deborah Norville talked about it briefly on a South Florida radio show:  

Norville’s appearance started out by her asking the hosts, Paul Castronovo and Young Ron, if she could play their trademark Q&A games. 

Of course, the hosts obliged here request to play the game, and to limit it to one “easy” question. 

Castronovo: What northern redneck thing was Sarah Palin’s family involved in? 

A) A drunken fight at a snowmobile party 
B) Midnight moose hunting 
C) Eskimo hunting 

Norville: It should be all of the above, but the actual answer is ‘A’ 

(Palin’s son Track and daughter Bristol, were both involved in a fist fight a few days ago) 

Norville: Ok, let me ask you that, just as a follow up, wouldn’t you want to ask John McCain if he is sorry now? 

Castronovo: Of course he is. 

Of course he is, the only question is when will he admit it?

Perhaps my favorite mention of the drunken brawl comes to us courtesy of that defunct website Breitbart, which of course ignores all of the sourced reporting by various blogs and news sites, and instead uses that Real Clear Politic's schmoe as their primary source:

By now you've all heard about the infamous drunken brawl the Palin family was supposedly involved in last week. While Sarah Palin screamed "Do you know who I am!" (which she didn't), the Governor's 20 year-old son Track (a Veteran), 50 year-old husband Todd, and 23 year-old daughter Bristol, were all bloodied up in a beer-soaked melee they started (which they didn't). Fun fact: according to the media, the left-handed Bristol rains down blows with her right.

Then to drive home their point they bring up the IRS "scandal" and Benghazi as more important stories that the left leaning media is simply ignoring.

Yeah go figure.

To help out the Washington Post's Jonathon Capehart even offers two graphics to keep the stories straight.

First the Palin's version:

Then, you know, every other person's version:

Well you know what, that does kind of help.

Thanks Jonathon!

P.S. By the way apparently Palin did not get the memo that she is now a national laughingstock and politically poisonous because she actually went and endorsed another candidate today.

You know what they say, denial is not just a river in Egypt.

Update: Check out Palin's newest Facebook post:

Feel bad for the poor paparazzi hounding outside my truck this morning hoping to capture a tabloid "exclusive" of me coming out of Bikram Hot Yoga. How about we take away their "exclusive" and I'll give you the photos first, for free! Yup, here's what I looked like sans makeup, drowning in sweat when the camera rolled; looking much like a sheepdog, I'd say. No one said workouts were glamorous!

Hmm, so there is a tabloid up here taking pictures of Palin? That is VERY unusual.

I wonder if they asked her any questions as well?

Update 2: Mystery solved it was Radar Online that snapped the pics.

Update 3: Oops the Daily Mail has the pics too, as well as a longer article.

By the way both articles mentioned Palin's missing wedding ring.

Salon lists the Sarah Palin "apology" as one of the "5 worst Right Wing moments of the week."

Courtesy of Salon:  

Clamoring to stay relevant, Sarah Palin hit the airwaves this week for some startlingly incisive commentary on Obama’s speech outlining his strategy to fight ISIS Wednesday night. Just kidding. She went on Hannity to bash the president some more for playing golf that one time rather than immediately declaring war. It only stands to reason that Palin would be asked to comment on geopolitics. She can, after all, see Russia from her house. But Palin had something really important to say. She feels she owes us all an apology. Great, we feel that way, too. For dumbing down every debate in America (not single-handedly, but she really helped), for using made-up words like “refudiate,” for advocating policies that decimate the earth, and for that brawl her idiot familygot involved in over the weekend. We have a list. Contact us, Sarah. 

But no, she wants to apologize because John “Bomb Them to Smithereens” McCain is not president. And, we guess, although she did not say it exactly, she blames herself for destroying his chances. “

As I watched the speech last night, Sean,” she said, “the thought going through my mind is, ‘I owe America a global apology. Because John McCain, through all of this, John McCain should be our president.’” 

A global apology. Global. Wonder what the hell she means by that.

You know with all of the coverage over the brawl, this lunacy kind of got lost in the mix.

Any other time I am pretty sure that this would have received a lot more coverage, and have been mocked more efficiently than has been the case this last week.

And speaking of videos that did not receive an adequate amount of attention, Wonkette finally took notice of Palin's two "surprise" Jewish visitors from last month.
Gif courtesy of Jezebel

Here was their take:

“So Todd just comes beepin’ up — be-boppin’ on up stairs, right? Um…interrupted me a little bit…and he says, ‘Hey, Sarah, there’s these two really nice guys from New Jersey, they’re in the dri–.’ C’mere, Todd!” 

And then Todd shows up, and he is rockin’ Transitions lenses and a black mock turtleneck. Todd says that he saw these two dudes out near the Palin’s fence, and it seemed like they wanted to come in.

Right about here is where Wonkette shares the video, that all of you have seen already, followed by some rather hilarious transcribin'. And then they close the post with this:

So there you have it: the First Dude let in two sorta socially awkward and completely starstruck visitors, because they showed up, and the Sarah Palin Channel filmed the whole thing and then put it up online. It was as weird as it sounds. 

Yes it is, it is exactly as weird as it sounds.

You know the great thing about the national coverage the Throwdown at the Hoedown is receiving, you know besides the fact that a giant brawl featuring almost the entire Palin clan is receiving national attention, is the fact that the increased interest means that these older videos and interviews are now receiving more attention as well.

It also means that people who did not want to talk, are now willing to talk, but more on that later.

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic candidate challenging Mitch McConnell for his Senate seat, has new ad featuring a gun. I usually hate these things, but this not so much.

Courtesy of Politico:  

“Mitch McConnell wants you to think I’m Barack Obama,” she narrates as she’s shown firing a shotgun. “Mitch is the same guy who thought Duke Basketball players were [from the University of Kentucky]! Or who’s attacking me on coal after doing next to nothing while we’ve lost thousands of coal jobs? He even said it’s not his job to bring jobs to Kentucky.” 

Then she talks straight to camera. 

“I’m not Barack Obama,” she says firmly. “I disagree with him on guns, coal and the EPA.” 

Finally a photo appears on screen of McConnell speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year. He carried a musket on stage to give as a gift to retiring Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn. 

“And Mitch, that’s not how you hold a gun,” says Grimes, before approving the 30-second message.

Okay I have to admit that when I first learned that Grime had made an campaign commercial featuring a gun, I was all ready to rip it to shreds and criticize her for lowering herself.

The first thing that I noticed is that the ad clearly shows Grimes firing at skeet targets and hitting them. In a lot pt ads you see the candidate fire the weapon, and then there is a close up of the target getting hit.

But you are really never convinced that the bullet that hit the target is the one fired by the candidate.

I call this the "Sarah Palin effect."

So not only does Grimes demonstrate quite effectively that she is comfortable with guns, and has experience firing them, she also uses this ad to point out her opponents less than convincing red state credibility and awkwardness with firearms.

Grimes is running in a deeply red state, so she is not going to be the kind of Democrat that east coast liberals identify with, but she may be EXACTLY the kind of Democrat that can take McConnell's Senate seat out from under him.

Hey guess who got mentioned in People magazine?

Oh if only they had known way back when.
So the magazine weighed in on the big fight, and in doing so quoted from ABC News, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Amanda Coyne, and yours truly.

That's right, little old me.

Here is what they mentioned concerning this most humble of blogs: 

Police were called to the scene, and the Anchorage Police Department said in a statement to the Times that "alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the incident" and the investigation was continuing. Although no charges have been filed yet, the police department's communications director Jennifer Castro confirms to The Immoral Minority blog that the case is currently "under investigation." 

This may seem like no big deal to some, but trust me getting mentioned along with ABC, the Post, and the New York Times is pretty damn satisfying after all of these years.

But that is just the beginning, because folks let me just say that in the very near future I am going to make your years of trust and loyalty to IM pay off.

Hee hee, this is the part where I chuckle to myself and say "stay tuned."

This, this is why we need to always vote Democrat.

Courtesy of the New York Times:

Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy. 

For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees. 

Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took office, only one of those courts had more full-time judges nominated by a Democrat. 

The shift, one of the most significant but unheralded accomplishments of the Obama era, is likely to have ramifications for how the courts decide the legality of some of the president’s most controversial actions on health care, immigration and clean air. Since today’s Congress has been a graveyard for legislative accomplishment, these judicial confirmations are likely to be among its most enduring acts.

Yes, this is how we protect our country and our civil liberties from the conservatives who have tried to knock us back to the judicial stone age.

Just imagine if Hillary wins two terms. Justice Kennedy is 78, as is Scalia.

Ginsberg is 81 and Breyer 76.

The others are somewhat younger, but you never know what can happen with a person's health.

And besides even if Hillary only manages to replace Scalia on the conservative side of the bench, and the not always reliable Kennedy she will have made an incredible impact on this country for decades to come.

And of course that does not take into consideration all of the federal judges that will, and have been, appointed during the Obama and Clinton administrations.

Just look how many Obama has appointed already.

Yes this is where the real political impact is felt, and of course the conservatives are well aware of that fact. So expect this next election cycle to make the previous look like a trip to Disneyland. 

Colorado teenager invents smart gun that only works after identifying owner's fingerprints. Now that's what I'm talking about!

Courtesy of Tech Crunch:  

Colorado has a history with gun violence so it’s only appropriate that 17-year-old Kai Kloepfer, a high school student from Boulder, would want to apply biometric user authentication to firearms. Kloepfer just won the $50,000 Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge for his smart gun prototype. 

Angel investor and gun reform advocate Ron Conway became the main backer of the $1 million Smart Tech prize to spur gun safety solutions earlier this year. “Let’s use innovation to bring about gun safety. Let’s not rely on Washington,” Conway told the SF Examiner in January. According to the Smart Tech Foundation, a total of 15 innovators will receive a part of that million dollar prize. Kloepfer is the first to get the award.

The gun works by recording the fingerprints of the user inside its self contained data base, which means no information is uploaded to any other server.  This makes the weapon's computer very hard to hack, and does not jeopardize the owner's  personal information.

Kloepfer came up with the idea two years ago when he needed something for his high school science project. “The idea came to me right as I was falling asleep. It was kinda in the back of my mind because of the shooting,” said Kloepfer, alluding to the Aurora, Colorado shooting that had been on everyone’s mind at the time. The shooting was just an hour’s drive from his home. “I scribbled it down before I went to bed and fell asleep and then in the morning I began my research,” He explained. 

Kloepfer’s parents helped him in monetary increments to get the parts needed for each improvement. It would eventually cost $3000 for the whole thing to come together. “At first it was just a concept on paper,” he tells me. The gun went from phase to phase with each science fair. “Right now it’s a prototype on a plastic model. Its not entirely there but it works,” he says.

There is NO reason why this kind of technology should not be embraced the NRA and gun owners around the world.

And if they did so it could dramatically reduce the number of accidental shootings, increase the safety of our loved ones, and do a great deal to qualm the fears of those calling for stricter gun laws.