Of Martyrdom and Dog Whistles

Hours before President Obama is to arrive in Tucson for a memorial service for the six people killed in Saturday’s rampage targeting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — and showing that even with six dead and 14 injured, in her narcissistic mind it’s all about her — Talibunny released an eight minute video in which she fires back (so to speak) at those pointing out her past use of violent imagery and placing gun sights on Giffords’ district during the 2010 campaign.

Palin says of those who criticized her and other politicians and pundits for a toxic political environment, that “journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn.”

Blood libel? Did I hear a high-pitched whistle? Or is that the sound of someone nailing herself to a cross? Or both?

Talibunny loves the persecuted martyr role, whether the one oppressing her is the media, Kenyan Mooslem community organizers, or people who use their brains for critical thinking.

I don’t know much about religion, so let’s go to someone who does, Anthea Baker, a professor of religion at the University of Pennsylvania, to explain the dog whistles:

Blood libel, a term rooted in medieval Christianity, started as a rumor that Jews were killing Christian babies, and using their blood to mix into matzoh. The blood libel, refuted first by Pope Innocent IV through a series of papal bulls, has nonetheless persisted throughout history as a way for Christians at times to scapegoat Jews. Palin, by calling the media’s alleged persecution of her a “blood libel” plays into this evil history by inference. But does she understand how this comment of blood libel appears anti-Semitic? Not only is Rep. Giffords Jewish, but accusing the media of “blood libel” could be seen as playing into anti-Semitic memes that Jews control the media.

Earlier in the week, Glenn Beck, her BFF, sent Palin an email of “concern,” stating that she should get “protection” because an attempt on her life could “bring the republic down.” …By equating the potential for an attack on Sarah Palin as an event that would “bring the republic down,” Beck plays into the martyrdom fantasy he promotes daily. It is this type of bombastic hyperbole that has the nation in mourning. By turning the tragedy inside out, making it about themselves, and not about Palin’s “don’t retreat, reload” refrain, and the crosshairs map smack dab over Congresswoman Gifford’s district, Beck and Palin are taking advantage of the situation by attempting to cast themselves as the persecuted.

Meanwhile, 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, one of the true victims, will be buried tomorrow.

[Politico: Full Text of Sarah Palin Statement on Tucson Shooting]

I expected nothing less than this from her.

Self involved… self pitying… martyr complexed…mind numbingly dumb… evasive… sociopath. Must be hell to be one of her kids.

The nicest thing that I can say about her is that she’s a sociopath.

Is auto-messianism a recognized diagnosis in the DSM?

Lefty, she’s an ‘Anthea’ – first I’ve seen. Not ‘Althea’ which I’ve seen everywhere forever.

@FlyingChainSaw: Sorry, I am married to a Deadhead. Will fix it.
@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: That’s two more than me.

Just woke up. What’s happening?

@nojo: Sarah Palin is waiting for an apology from America

@nojo: Oh, the usual. Caribou Barbie is outraged, just outraged, by the attempted assassination of a Member of Congress, shooting of 20 people and murder of six people criticism of her past rhetoric.

@JNOV: I’d like to thank our esteemed commenters for suggesting the tweet that’s going to be running through my head for the next few hours.

Kos sez you can see the teleprompter in her glasses. I’ll deal with that later, since watching her is the last thing I want to wake up to.


In similar news, this:

Newly elected teabagger school board in NC working to re-segregate schools

Oh, they’ll swear up and down that that’s not what they’re doing. But when your school board campaign is all about “ending forced busing”, it’s pretty clear what’s being dog-whistled.

Wow! I’ve avoided Palin footage for a while now. After watching her for the first time in a while, nothing’s changed. She is still the worst.

Also, lady went to sportscasting school and that’s the best she can do reading a teleprompter?

@Marcel Parcells: It took this many days for an official response to come out because they kept having to do takes.

@Benedick: Fascism came to America wrapped in a snuggie and carrying a bag of Cheetos.

Howard Kurtz:

“I would say that sounds like the response of someone who wants to stoke her base and further her lucrative career as a culture warrior — not someone who is plotting to run for president.”

Glad to see everybody’s catching up.


It is unfortunate that the tragedy in Tucson continues to stimulate a political blame game. Rather than step back and reflect on the lessons to be learned from this tragedy, both parties have reverted to political partisanship and finger-pointing at a time when the American people are looking for leadership, not more vitriol. In response to this tragedy we need to rise above partisanship, incivility, heated rhetoric, and the business-as-usual approaches that are corroding our political system and tainting the atmosphere in Washington and across the country.

It was inappropriate at the outset to blame Sarah Palin and others for causing this tragedy or for being an accessory to murder. Palin has every right to defend herself against these kinds of attacks, and we agree with her that the best tradition in America is one of finding common ground despite our differences.

Still, we wish that Palin had not invoked the phrase “blood-libel” in reference to the actions of journalists and pundits in placing blame for the shooting in Tucson on others. While the term “blood-libel” has become part of the English parlance to refer to someone being falsely accused, we wish that Palin had used another phrase, instead of one so fraught with pain in Jewish history.

“Still, we wish.” Selling out is a bitch, Foxman.

Palin blew another opportunity to take the high road and be a bigger person and instead chose to be petty and small–color me surprised.

Related, from the Department of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot:

Joe Wilson’s “You Lie” to be etched on a limited edition sale of AR-15 assault rifles.

On a lighter note, Lady Gaga is in our building for a second day in a row to attend a yoga class.

Ruh roh. Not that any of us can actually bear to watch it, but do you have this video cached too, Nojo?

@flippin eck: Ha! Not just us, they’ve ripped it off of the NYT website as well!

@SanFranLefty: Hilarious!

Just to double-check that it wasn’t a copy — Palin’s own Vimeo page was the originator and they have deleted the video.

Poor Talibunny!

Wow! The post is still on her FB page but the video box shows the same message.

When the “new” version comes up, who will she piss off next?

@SanFranLefty: Let’s not forget to add “control issues” to her growing list of mental disabilities.

This woman needs to be shunned and ignored. On a day when the President is attending a memorial service for the shooting victims, her insane ramblings are leading all the headlines in my RSS feeds. Too bad NYT, CNN, MSNBC, Reuters, the BBC, et al. allowed this narcissist to make it all about her. What she said is repugnant, but if you continue to feed the trolls, they’ll never go away.

What the fuck…?

Okay, I’m on it.

@nojo: I found a cached version. Adding it now.

@SanFranLefty: Good for you. I’ll download the original and keep it on hand.

@karen marie has her eyes tight shut: Oh, wow.

From the Vimeo page: “This is a password protected video.”

Shit be goin’ down.

“Blood Libel means what? Really? TOOOOODDDD! Call the web-thingie guy!”

@Mistress Cynica: You’re absolutely right. This nasty moron is a media-created monster. Ignoring her is the equivalent of tossing a bucket of water on the Wicked WBitch of the Northwest. Oh whatta world, whatta world!

Okay, I’ve got a backup of the YouTube version. I’ll post mine when she yanks the one we’re running.

And, it’s live again. I’m downloading the original now.

@Mistress Cynica: You’re right of course, and I debated whether or not to post this. And now her handlers’ attempts to scrub away the existence of the video will become the story. I’ll find something non-Talibunny related for a mid-day break.

@SanFranLefty: Please, dear FSM. Anything to wash the taste of vitrolic hyperbole out of my brain. Maybe some kitties? I’d even take another Jon Hamm post, to Benedick’s everlasting delight.

@nojo: What shit is going down? At work … can’t check in much.

@blogenfreude: The video was briefly “password-protected” on the Vimeo site (stopping all embeds), and then the password was lifted.

I’m not familiar enough with Vimeo to know whether you can swap files under the hood. If it was YouTube, you’d have to delete and repost.

@Mistress Cynica: @SanFranLefty: @IanJ: More hilarity (and some special graphics) from our second-favorite* Aussie to the rescue!

*After CheapBoy, obvs.

@Mistress Cynica: Despite my convictions otherwise, Sarah Palin remains a Presumptive Presidential Candidate, and anything she says is news.

Once it’s certain that she’s not running, she just becomes another wingnut talking head, and free to ignore. Just like we ignore Rush and Beck most of the time.

@IanJ: Give me about 15 minutes, unless Nojo has something already in the queue.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: I haven’t watched either one yet, so I don’t know whether she’s now saying “Flood Ride”. I advise we keep the YouTube version here, since we know that’s a reposting of the original.

By the way, I’ve been thinking all day of a Star Trek episode where Kirk tries to convince an old captain to quit being a sock puppet for a Nazi-inspired regime.

@SanFranLefty: All yours. I was planning on taking a lonnnnnnng break after this one…

And, from the Twitters:

Newly restored Palin video contains bonus gaffs and hilarious biblical bloopers not in original.

I can see the end of Sarah Palin’s career from my house!

Party line tweet from Politico:

Palin video was NOT pulled. Am told it was a tech issue and has been fixed.

Golly, that’s the first “tech issue” like that I’ve seen from Vimeo…


Don’t Retreat, Delete!


The FBI on Wednesday arrested a 32-year-old Palms Spring, Calif., man on charges of making intimidating phone calls to a Democratic Washington state Congressman Jim McDermott that included threats to kill him, his family and friends.

Calls were made in December.

@IanJ: I’m working on a short video of Lucy frolicking in the snow but Youtube’s audioswap is slow.

@nojo: You’re shitting me, they redubbed it? Tech issue, right. Classic PICNIC* issue.

@IanJ: Go cleanse your palate.

*PICNIC = Problem In Chair, Not In Computer. Can’t remember if it was Nojo or Manchu who first used the phrase.

@SanFranLefty: Must have been Manchu. I still use GIGO.

And no redub that I’m aware of, although I’m sure a squadron of Geeks are checking that right now.

Meanwhile, the “tech issue”: My guess is that somebody on Team Palin clicked the wrong boxes. Although that raises the question why they would be clicking boxes at all on a posted video.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One:
Doesn’t he have an animal he needs to illegally kill or an underaged teenage female to screw or poop in his pants to avoid the draft?

@nojo: My guess is that someone at Team Palin thought they could unring the bell and then discovered otherwise. Or, thought that by posting it on Vimeo (appears to be a new account, there’s nothing else there) they could control who was able to view/post it.

@karen marie has her eyes tight shut: Or maybe they thought they were on their Facebook page and started deleting everything in sight out of habit…

Honestly, their use of Vimeo surprises me. It definitely has its fans — especially among filmmakers who prefer its quality to YouTube — but it doesn’t have anything like the familiarity of its competitor. One of my first thoughts was whether Google pissed them off for something.

Impressive. The geek is strong among us, young Skywalkers.

@IanJ: Not so much with the Hamm. You of course must follow your own bent.


I’ve heard PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair), but my favorite is still the tech support standby “ID10T error” – it has the bonus of sounding official enough that you can tell users to repeat it to the next level of support (ie, “Tell level 2 that you’ve got an ID10T error and they’ll help you out.”)

@flippin eck: You probably read the same NYT opinion piece as I did about how Talibunny’s long delayed public comments would reveal the warp and weft* of her presidential cloth. Come to think of it, her handlers must have read it as well and then rushed this vid to the tubes.
@SanFranLefty: Do you think Roger Ailes has to pay residuals to John McCain every time she’s billed as “2012 presidential hopeful”?

*ADD: given the dog whistle aspect, that should read “warp and woof“.

@Nabisco: Doh! I need to remember that if I’m going to blatantly crib talking points from another source, that source probably shouldn’t be the most liberal mainstream publication on the planet.

@flippin eck: HA! ETA: Laughing at the portal post.

Broad question: Why a video? Why now? Why today? Why not just a written statement on her Facebook page?

Any why the faux-presidential setting?

Once you get past “blood libel”, it gets even uglier. The medium is the message.

TJ/ Watched The Odessa File — was up until 5 AM for some reason. Anyway, snowed in. No cigarettes. No car. Anyone wanna wager on how long I’ll wait to walk to the Wawa in the snow?

@nojo: Haven’t brought myself to watch it yet. I tried. I really did. But, yeah. The background doesn’t look real. Green screen? How many people have a full-size flag on a pole beside their fireplace?

@nojo: Is that rhetorical? Her show isn’t renewed, her popularity in the dumps. She needed this to stay in the public eye.

I actually am starting to think she’s going to run. Never forget that at the bottom of all this handling, such as it is, is an ego like an infected boil and a well of incredible stupidity and self-delusion. She thinks stuff like this will make her a contender.

@JNOV: I’m going to attempt to watch it tonight. I’ve been avoiding it all day.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Semi-rhetorical. It just struck me that she’s releasing a video on the same day Obama’s going to address the nation.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: Too much work for her to actually be the Executive in Chief. She’ll milk it for all the coin she and Todd can make off this, then make a dramatic withdrawal of her candidacy, probably just before she loses South Carolina to Huck, refusing to throw her support behind any candidate. Pawlenty will be the Preferred Candidate, Newt the potential spoiler.

@nojo: Ding, ding, ding. You just answered your “broad question.”

Of course that’s why she did it today. What were the (b)lamestream media talking about all day today? Not Obama, not Congress.

@JNOV: I thought you and baked were quitting smoking.


I finally read the damn thing, since I’d have to don Clockwork Orange headgear to watch it.

And since everybody has already said all there is to say about it — and especially since I’m in a much better mood after the memorial — I’m going to drop it for now.

With one note: Let’s see what language she chooses to use from now on.

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