Six Inches Forward and Five Inches Back

We passed on the Shocking! Sarah Palin Disses Teacher! video Monday because, well, it didn’t seem as Shocking! as advertised. Supposedly she Rolls Her Eyes! when the teacher identifies her profession, which was taken as an affront to anyone who has to babysit a bunch of insolent runts five days a week.

But, as often happens, the Cover-up is proving more entertaining than the Crime.

First, Talibunny strongly denies her response:

The LSM has now decided to use this brief encounter for another one of their spin operations. They claim I — wait for it — “appear to roll my eyes” when the lady tells me she’s a teacher. Yes, it’s come to this: the media is now trying to turn my eyebrow movements into story lines.

Do winks count as “eyebrow movements”?

While we’re waiting for a ruling from the judges, let’s explore today’s Shocking! Development! from Gateway Pundit:

THAT WAS NO TEACHER… Unhinged Leftist Who Confronted Palin Is a Singer in a Drag Queen Band (Photo)

And the caption on the (Photo)?

(HOMER TRIBUNE/Randi Somers) – Director Kathleen Gustafson (left) steps in to provide harmony as Hedwig (Atz Lee Kilcher) polishes up his performance at Pier One on Aug. 28.

Yes: Hedwig. Please don’t get ahead of us.

The source for this, um, angery column inch (we have no shame) is a blogger who has been hyperventilating through eight updates on the identity of the woman who dared disrespect a local celebrity filming a reality show. As the updates unfold, we learn that Ms. Gustafson indeed works at Homer High School (D’Oh!) as a theater tech, not a teacher: “I wonder how the school district would feel about her misstating or more appropriately impersonating a teacher.”

And we wonder how the blogger could get away with identifying Alaska’s capital as “Juno,” but maybe we missed a movie tie-in.

But to that “impersonation”: If you look at the school district directory linked by the blogger, you discover that nobody is identified as a “teacher”, except for principals. All the faculty members are associated with their subjects — “math”, “science”, “theater tech” — not their titles. So all this effort expended to smear Ms. Gustafson may be thoroughly wrong.

Anyway, good luck with your Drag Queen Band, Ms. Gustafson. If all goes well, you might turn it into a musical.


All this episode of “As the Talibunny Spins” reminds me how much I miss the Three Stooges.

An I thought this was going to be related to reports that America’s Hero™ flight attendant was banging his boyfriend when the cops arrived.

@Mistress Cynica: I was watching a news clip and wondering who the black man in cuffs was in front of him. (Or it appears that he’s in cuffs too). No wonder Slater had such a shit-eating grin on his face when he was perp-walked out of his house.

@Signal to Noise: A little over ten years ago when I was getting sick of how my old non-profit environmental law firm was being run (legal skills declining while I served as half-time fund raiser, being passed over for managing attorney while flighty rich girl from New York got the gig*), the director walked in an said “do you expect to keep working here while you look for another job?”

“Yes,” I replied.

* Her parents were semi-major donors, apparently. She later blew a deadline on a NEPA case that I’d won the first time around (EIS remanded for further analysis and agency bias for the project) because she was going rafting and mountain bike riding all the time.

@Signal to Noise:
I thought my 45 minute “exit” interview where I basically ranted and shit on the entire “management” team at 120 decibels was going out in style.

She had wit rather than my foaming at the mouth.

@ManchuCandidate: My buddy who was over last night was telling us about when he quit as an insurance adjuster in the early ’60s. He said his supervisor spent an hour trying to get him to change his resignation letter in which he said he quit in part over protest of the firm’s promotion policies that had him advancing over a couple of black guys who were hired before him.

It’s old home week.

I remember Hedwig back when he was doing the show as Hedwig’s boyfriend, years ago, at Squeezebox. It slowly morphed into what it is now.

Grungy alternative Asian boys with tattoos and piercings. Yum.

Ever notice how Squeezebox always smelled like piss no matter where you were? Good times….

Rank and file don’t get to do stuff like this. They’re expected to agree to every atrocity thrown at them with a smile and then beg to be beaten unconscious and ass raped to death for their inability to sacrifice more for the advancement of the enterprise. Just an unexplained gap of a month or two in a resume sends your application into the hopper. Likely neither of these people will ever see another job. EVP to board level is where enterprise participants are allowed to have an emotional life.

@FlyingChainSaw: Directors are left alone, too. Its the great faux-title, useful to get you covered under the officers and directors policy, without giving you authority over anything.

@Prommie: I’d include them in that term. All true. Potency of directors tends to decrease in direct proportion to the size of the company.

I don’t have sound on this machine but the body language the Talibunny uses really screams school yard.

@FlyingChainSaw: I thought her body language screamed milk maid.

Perhaps she thinks she can literally milk a cash cow.

Finally watched that clip. Two thoughts:

1) Kathleen Gustafson is my hero. She was channeling her inner Al Franken in keeping the calm voice you use when talking to people in the psych ward or riding on the short bus, asking Palin to give specific answers, and it completely unhinged Talibunny.

2) What the FUCK was Talibunny wearing? Silky Adidas basketball warm up pants tucked into aquamarine galoshes with flowers or monkeys printed on them? I don’t think they sell that at Needless MarkUp in Minneapolis.

@SanFranLefty: Agreed on all points. But I wouldn’t waste good insults on someone living in Alaska wearing stuff you can cover in shit and mud and not care about.

@FlyingChainSaw: Does she really still live in Alaska? Seems like she spends an awful lot of time down in the Lower 48 flying by Learjet and drinking diet Coke through bendy straws, and leaving her kids up with the First Dude to get into trouble.

My take-aways, and one question:

1. Definite eye roll, with an overly dramatic shoulder shrug, hip sway, and other body language screaming”Oh, a teeeeacher, well there you go you lesbo commie stinquebug”;

2. SarPal has been in Boehner’s tanning bed (but now with Extra Milf!);

3. Those boots are fugly.

4. Who’s the skank wearing the camo hoodie, Pillow?

@SanFranLefty: She has to go back to provide a backdrop for her Fox appearances. And their native fishing franchise is really way too valuable as even a PR exercise to allow to let lie fallow.

@Nabisco: Yes, those teachers, who are all so edumakated with their book learning and such, and not letting the kiddos pray to Jeebus. I think that was daughter #2 – not the teen mom, the other one that was caught trashing an empty house with some friends.

Gustafson’s banner reminds me of the DaDa-esque “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” banner that was displayed outside of a Juneau high school, resulting in the 2007 Morse v. Frederick Supreme Court decision that limited free speech rights of students. Those Alaska theater students and teachers sure now how to make the eye-catching horizontal banners.


“SarPal has been in Boehner’s tanning bed (but now with Extra Milf!)”

She wanted a change of pace from Levi?

@Nabisco: Beesco, did you get my email about labor day? Yes, I said.

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