So, I suppose we all knew, deep down in our hearts that it would come to this. But we tried to pretend otherwise, didn't we? Oh, we tried our best. We used all our powers of self-delusion to make ourselves believe that we would never be reading about, writing about or talking about this terrible, terrible thing. But here we are now, and we're just going to have to face up to reality.
Sarah Palin and Family Guy are in the middle of a media brawl.
This is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do on this blog, but please let me explain.
A few weeks ago, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel called a bunch of Democrats "fucking retarded." Unfortunately, Sarah Palin — who, in case you missed it the first million times she mentioned it, has a mentally-disabled child that she did not abort — heard about Emanuel's comment and demanded! that he be fired.
Now, the Fox cartoon Family Guy went made a joke about Sarah Palin's Down Syndrome baby Trig, except that they forgot the first rule of "retard jokes" (not to mention the first rule of "jokes"), and forgot to make it funny…
In the episode, a main character, Chris, dates a mentally disabled girl. While never mentioning Palin by name, the girl drew a clear comparison to her son, Trig, when she told Chris, "My dad's an accountant, and my mom's the former governor of Alaska."
Obviously, Sarah Palin — who apparently has amnesia about her "satire" rule — was quick to claim her share of the daily headlines and respond via Facebook (because that's how serious politicians communicate with the world)…
People are asking me to comment on yesterday's Fox show that felt like another kick in the gut. Bristol was one who asked what I thought of the show that mocked her baby brother, Trig (and/or others with special needs), in an episode yesterday. Instead of answering, I asked her what she thought. Here is her conscientious reply, which is a much more restrained and gracious statement than I want to make about an issue that begs the question, "when is enough, enough?":
"When you're the son or daughter of a public figure, you have to develop thick skin. My siblings and I all have that, but insults directed at our youngest brother hurt too much for us to remain silent. People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront, and yet they are some of the kindest and most loving people you'll ever meet. Their lives are difficult enough as it is, so why would anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them? As a culture, shouldn’t we be more compassionate to innocent people — especially those who are less fortunate? Shouldn't we be willing to say that some things just are not funny? Are there any limits to what some people will do or say in regards to my little brother or others in the special needs community? If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed. All they proved is that they're heartless jerks. – Bristol Palin"
I think that Sarah Palin summed it up best when she asked "when is enough, enough?" seconds before dragging another one of her children into the controversy.
I wish I could answer that question. I truly wish I could.
Tags: Bristol Palin, Family Guy, Rahm Emanuel, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Trig Palin
The real life reality show that is the Palin family continues on, showing no sign that it will be canceled anytime in the foreseeable future.
In today's episode, the crazy lady who thirsts for fame and money and also wants to be President of the United States one day fires off a frothing rebuttal of allegations that she has ever done anything unpleasant ever, made by a guy who's getting ready to begin his career in soft core porn…
During an interview on CBS' "Early Show,"Johnston repeated and expanded upon an allegation he'd made earlier, that Palin refers to her son Trig — who has Down Syndrome — as "retarded."… Palin has issued a statement responding to Johnston…
"We have purposefully ignored the mean spirited, malicious and untrue attacks on our family. We, like many, are appalled at the inflammatory statements being made or implied. Trig is our 'blessed little angel' who knows it and is lovingly called that every day of his life. Even the thought that anyone would refer to Trig by any disparaging name is sickening and sad. CBS should be ashamed for continually providing a forum to propagate lies.
"Consider the source of the most recent attention-getting lies – those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention."
How long before they add a an alcoholic dwarf character into the mix, you think?
Tags: Levi Johnston, Sarah Palin, Trig Palin
This poor lady, Sarah Palin, she just cannot catch a break! For whatever reason, she keeps drawing the kinds of attacks normally reserved for people in positions of power, like elected officials and Simon Cowell.
Now the Alaska state legislature has jumped into the fray by undoing the one positive thing Sarah Palin tried to do for her state: refusing to help reduce energy costs…
The Alaska Legislature voted Monday to override former Gov. Sarah Palin's veto of $28 million in federal stimulus money for energy cost relief. But it was as close as a vote can get.
Reversing a governor's appropriation veto requires a vote of 75 percent of the Legislature, a hurdle rarely met.
And yet this hurdle was met, in a 45 to 14 vote, so now innocent Alaskans are going to suffer unspeakable tragedies like energy-efficient public buildings.
Obviously, this is all part of the master plot to torment Trig Palin with lower utility bills.
Tags: Alaska, Sarah Palin, Stimulus, Trig Palin
This latest Hitler re-dub (or re-sub or whatever you call these things) is pretty funny and all, but not particularly convincing.
You just know that Obama's bunker — wherever it is — is almost certainly laid out with a lot more satin and plush…
And, come to think of it, where's the smooth jazz background music playing on the hi-fi?
Tags: Adolf Hitler, Barack Obama, Health Care, Sarah Palin, Trig Palin
As if suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous bloggers wasn't bad enough, now Governor Sarah Palin faces the ultimate indignity: watching as the president of the United States develops a complex, multi-agency health care reform plan designed to do just one thing.
Ha, no, I'm not talking about baby-killing. That's ridiculous.
I'm talking about killing one specific baby in particular…
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
This, of course, is from Sarah Palin's first (!!) Facebook note since leaving office, and if you think it sounds far-fetched, well, you just hold your mooses. Sarah Palin got her information from a very reliable source…
Rep. Michele Bachmann highlighted the Orwellian thinking of the president's health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the White House chief of staff, in a floor speech to the House of Representatives.
Say no more, Sarah. Say no more.
Tags: Barack Obama, Health Care, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Trig Palin