Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Palin’

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DONALD’S DETOUR

April 18, 2011

If any of you seriously believe Donald Trump is running for President, it’s time to re-think your meds. And if you think you would actually vote for him, just quit taking them altogether.

Donald Trump is not going to run for President. His current “birther” antics are simply a scheduled detour on the path of drumming up attention for his TV series which, after this season, needs some help.

He can’t be a presidential candidate and keep the show, so he says he’ll announce his decision on the season finale of Celebrity Apprentice. When the fall line-up for NBC is announced in May (around the same time as the May 22nd finale), his show will be on that list, according to those who work at NBC/MSNBC.

Also, according to the same personnel, he has not been offered a three year contract, as he recently stated. That’s not how things work in the “here-today, gone-tomorrow” world of entertainment.

For those who may not know, most of Trump’s money was inherited from his father, Fredrick Trump, a real estate developer who left his children over $400 million. Donald has not done well managing his portion. Bankruptcies and re-financings have forced him to relinquish ownership of nearly all of his real estate.

Most of what Trump currently “owns” is really owned by financial institutions and other real estate entities that pay him a fee to use his name for promotional purposes. He calls himself the “founder” of this and the “president” of that, but the truth is Trump is the sole owner of very little.

Bottom line: The “money-is-my-god” Donald will not give up a $3 million an episode job for a $450,000 a year job that has real-life responsibilities he can’t ignore like he does his accounts payables.

As for the $600 million Trump said he would invest in a campaign? He doesn’t have that kind of liquidity. He would have to borrow the money or do many, many fundraisers. Either way, it would be an embarrassment for this self-proclaimed billionaire.

Trump’s attention-getting stunts are simply filling the “Narcissism Segment” of the media once occupied by Sarah Palin.

Nothing more.

Sincerely,

www.MichaelKontras.com

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PALM PILOT

February 12, 2010

 

I was absolutely not going to write about this, even though its comedic value is priceless.

Then the title came to me, and… well… I succumbed to my lesser instincts.

Sad, isn’t it?

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I am not a Sarah Palin fan. She has the ability to capture media’s attention due to her camera-friendly face – that’s it. Past that, old proverbs come to mind: “Beauty’s only skin-deep.” “Never judge a book by its cover.” “You are the company you keep.” (My grandmother loved the last one.)

And so it goes with her latest attention-grabbing stunt, which did what it was intended to do: put her back in the spotlight for yet another few days. This is where any level-headed person realizes media is not motivated by liberal or conservative agendas. It’s profit-driven, owned by large corporations, competing for the same thing – advertiser dollars. Real news has not been the motivation for nearly two decades, which, sadly, is why all three cable “news” networks covered this event.

On February 6th, addressing the Tea Party’s Convention at Nashville’s Opryland Hotel – which I can attest first-hand, is a stunning venue – in one of the smaller banquet rooms, to a crowd of about 650 people, Palin gave a speech that was obviously not written by a professional speech writer, such as Matthew Scully (George W. Bush’s speech writer) who wrote her debut speech for the 2008 Republican Convention. And, unlike the week she spent at John McCain’s home practicing the delivery of that speech, she obviously spent very little time going over this one. To say the content was less than substantive, is being very generous.

But the Q and A that followed was the highlight of the evening – not for the substance – but for the grade school level competency she displayed answering questions. Not trusting her intellect – which oddly, was the right move – she created her version of a Palm Pilot. She wrote seven “key” words on the palm of her left hand. Deciding that was too many, she crossed one off the list, leaving six words she needed “on hand” to “pilot” her through a “handful” of pre-planned questions for half an hour.

Wasn’t that considered cheating in school? Could this be why it took her attending five different colleges over nearly a decade to receive a Bachelor’s degree? Did she get caught cheating on tests?

Enough digression.

Sarah Palin may be meat and potatoes for the Tea Party movement, but as far as I’m concerned, she’s nothing more than spoiled milk.

Sincerely,

www.MichaelKontras.com

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TOO CLOSE TO HOME

November 25, 2009

It’s become “one of America’s great reality shows.”

This, according to Peggy Drexler, author and assistant professor of psychology at Cornell University, is the life of Sarah Palin.

“Reality TV has a formula,” says Drexler. “One of the surprisingly numerous guides I found to selling a reality show said that the key is the right mix of four elements: talent, love, torment and sex. Others pointed out that the most important thing is letting people watch other people fail at something they desperately want to do.

“Studies show that American Idol loses a large segment of the audience after the ritual tortures of the early rounds. Another attraction, the guides point out, is spying on our neighbors without risking a restraining order. We don’t necessarily feel their pain. We just like to watch it.

“One of the best story lines is to yank people out of their normal lives, and throw them into unfamiliar situations — think wives swapping families. It’s even better when you do it to a C-list celebrity — think Paris Hilton shoveling manure.”

This “reality show” passed through my home town a few days ago. I wouldn’t even be mentioning it except for the video that showed up on YouTube of people waiting in line to get a glimpse of Palin outside a local Border’s Bookstore – twenty minutes away from my house.  😦

That’s too close to home.

There was an interviewer on the scene asking people why they support Palin.

 

They were also asked about Palin’s views on issues and policies. Here’s a few gems.

There’s SO MUCH more. Here’s the whole video.

Let’s face it: you can’t fix what is wrong here without therapy.

Drexler describes her reality show comparison. “We take a C-list first-term governor from a state with a population the size of the city of Charlotte. She’ll have this hot-for-teacher thing going on; tight skirts, high heels, hair tied up in a twist. She’s a huntin’, fishin’, scrappy hockey mom, who tells it like it is.

“She’ll have a pregnant daughter. She’s hot. She’ll have a hunky husband who doesn’t say much. He’s hot. The pregnant daughter will have a boyfriend. He and the mother say they love each other, but as the story line progresses, they hate each other. He’s hot, too — kind of a young Donny Osmond, but buff. They’ll all live in the same house.

Later she writes, “The boyfriend will make the cover of America’s leading liberal magazine, space usually reserved for stars, models and politicians.

“Just when the audience thinks it’s over, she’ll write a book, which will sell out before it’s published.”

Towards the end of the article, Drexler writes, “She won’t rule out running for president, which gives us a bridge to a second season. She’ll hug Oprah.”

Drexler closes by saying, “It’s great TV.”  This is where Ms. Drexler and I part ways in our thinking. I am not a fan of reality shows. I doubt that I’ve seen even one, beginning to end. My idea of great TV includes well-written and acted scripts, great character development, talented actors and actresses, great music, good lighting and sound – the works.

The “Sarah Palin Show” is the anathema to great TV.

Sincerely,

www.MichaelKontras.com 

PS1 – Deepak Chopra wrote an article on Palin recently called “Fooling None of the People, All of the Time.” I think he’s right.

PS2 – Martha Stewart was asked about Palin in this brief interview.

I’m not a huge fan of Martha’s, but I agree with her statements here.

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CONTENDER

November 19, 2009

As we approach the mid-term elections in 2010, it seems all of the focus is on the inevitable: the Democrats will lose seats in the House and Senate. The erosion of a president’s approval rating is also part of the political cycle. We Americans like diversity in our government. When one party controls both houses of congress and the White House, we get a little nervous.

Although the Republican Party is leaderless, the hardcore Conservative Movement has many leaders (*see the partial list below) and is pushing hard to cleanse the party of moderates. This is a HUGE mistake. Moderates attract independent voters. Without them, you’re left with the extremists in your party. By the time we get to the next Presidential Election, the number of people who call themselves independents will probably grow to about 40% of the voting population – not a good sign for the hard right or the hard left.

There’s been much discussion about who will be the Republican Nominee in 2012. Naturally, people go back to the names they know: Palin, Huckabee, Romney, etc. But there is a Republican you may not have heard about.

He’s fiscally conservative, voting “nay” on virtually every appropriations bill that comes up, including T.A.R.P. Obviously, he is already holding an elected office in congress. He is Pro-Life and pro-guns, including advocating for conceal carry laws. He seems to be moderate on climate and energy issues. He’s also seems to be down-the-middle on education issues, but does think “No Child Left Behind” is a good model for improving our schools. He’s very pro-military, possibly bordering on neo-conservatism.

According to Real Clear Politics, he’s considered a “dark horse” for a presidential bid in 2012, but I disagree. He knows how to raise money. (He’s sitting on $5.5M for his re-election bid next year.) He’s younger than most of the potential candidates, camera-ready, and could easily appeal to conservative independents.

Could he beat Obama in 2012? I doubt it – unless our President completely falls apart in his first term – an extremely unlikely scenario. But he could use the exposure in 2012 to make a very strong bid for the White House in 2016. Typically, second terms for Presidents are not as strong as first terms. Because of this, vice-presidents running for their boss’s position are not usually successful, historically speaking. Considering Biden will be 74 years old on November 20, 2016, there is a very good chance he won’t run for President. This would certainly create a scenario that could give a well-known, seemingly moderate Republican, a 50-50 shot at winning the White House. If Obama’s second term goes well, a Republican’s chance of winning decreases substantially against a formidable Democratic candidate.

The Republican I speak of is John Thune of South Dakota. 

Among the other “dark horses” mentioned in the Real Clear Politics article are Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn.

There was one other “dark horse” mentioned: Dick Cheney.

Sincerely,

www.MichaelKontras.com

* Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Mike Huckabee, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, among others.

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ANIMAL INSTINCT

November 18, 2009

“I firmly believe she will say or do something that will completely eliminate her from even considering a Presidential bid – ever.” 

My quote back in July, from Not in 2012 – Not Ever, seems to have become reality. Sarah Palin’s book, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” has eliminated any hopes she might have for a presidential bid. This golden opportunity to show she could possibly have some depth and gravitas as a viable national candidate has been squandered on petty gossip and fabrications about last year’s election and her version of events within the McCain Campaign. At least 18 statements were debunked within hours of the book’s release.

And sales?

NewsMax.com is offering the book for FREE with a subscription to their magazine. This means they had to have purchased thousands of copies at a ridiculously low price for this promotion.

According to MediaMatters.com, the book, which was released November 16, 2009, can be purchased at Amazon, Walmart and Target, among other retailers for $9 and less. It is also being used as a loss leader to attract customers. By comparison, Barack Obama’s two books, which were written in 1996 and 2006 are still selling for over $25.00 each.

Sarah’s quest for fame appears to be far more important to her than seeking elected office. Personally, I think she knows she can’t hold up under any real media scrutiny, and does not intend to be a candidate for any office. For entertainment’s sake, I hope I’m wrong.

And now, it seems that some may be looking beyond the former governor to the “next” Sarah Palin – Carrie Prejean. Lest you think I jest, here’s what Rep. Jason Caffetz (R-UT) has to say about the now infamous, un-holier-than-thou, Ms. Prejean.

I wonder how his wife of 18 years feels about the sex-video beauty queen?

Is the Conservative Movement embracing beauty instead of brains? Is animal instinct now a part of the vetting process? Why would anyone think that either of these women are remotely capable of winning an election for any national office? If you’re anti-gay, you qualify? If you’re Pro-Life, you qualify?

Does it matter that both are clueless on the foreign and domestic issues affecting our country?

Apparently not.

Sincerely,

www.MichaelKontras.com

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PHYLLIS WHO?

September 30, 2009

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The latest in the serious of fear-evoking events is the How To Take Back America Conference. McCain 2008The fact that Joe, the Plumber is speaking tells you all you need to know. Add Michelle “I think certain members of congress should be investigated for un-michele-bachmann-150x150American views” Bachmann, throw in Mike Huckabee, and you have the Loonies Reunion Tour. The only one missing is, you guessed it, Sarah Palin.  The person sponsoring the event? Phyllis Schlafly, the anti-feminist, pro-lifer who authored the book, “The Supremacists.” She’s been called the Conservative Movement’s Godmother. Truth-be-known, I knew very little of this woman until I did the research on this conference. She’s a throw-back to the Reagan days, and before. Here’s some of her better-known quotes:

“Sex education classes are like in-home sales parties for abortions.”

“Just tell them to keep your hands out of what’s inside your swimsuits – that takes care of most girls and boys.”

“It’s very healthy for a young girl to be deterred from promiscuity by fear of contracting a painful, incurable disease, or cervical cancer, or sterility, or the likelihood of giving birth to a dead, blind, or brain-damaged baby – even 10 years later when she may be happily married.”

“The atomic bomb is a marvelous gift that was given to our country by a wise God.”

“Many years ago Christian pioneers had to fight savage Indians. Today missionaries of these former cultures are being sent via the public schools to heathenize our children.”

“I suspect that the picture of the woman soldier with a noose around the Iraqi man’s neck will soon show up on the bulletin boards of women’s studies centers and feminist college professors. That picture is the radical feminists’ ultimate fantasy of how they dream of treating men.”

Holy crap! Are Republicans actually embracing her words? Do they really think this is the way back to power? Seriously?

Here’s audio from the 80-year-old Schlafly about this event. The Agenda tells you everything you need to know about her views. 

Here’s a brief introduction of the conference and how our country is moving toward Marxism.

At the risk of stating the obvious: there is not a person of color featured at this conference. This does not make it a racist event, but it does illustrate how far removed these people – and their sponsors – are from mainstream America.

Speaking of sponsors, here are nearly all of them – some of which you’ll recognize from the last fear-mongering event: the 2009 Value Voters Summit.

01AFASponsor

02BottRadioSponsor

03EagleForumSponsor

04HSDLASponsor

05JudicialActionGroupSponsor

06WorldNetDailySponsor

07VisionAmericaSponsor

08WallbuildersSponsor

09WorldCongressofFamiliesSponsor

10Faith2ActionSponsor

Thomas Edison once said, “It is remarkable to what lengths people will go to avoid thought.”

Thought avoidance = fear.

Sincerely,

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www.MichaelKontras.com

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NOT IN 2012 – NOT EVER

July 20, 2009

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When she debuted at the RNC Convention last year, she delivered her speech very well. What many people don’t know is that not one word was hers. The speech was written by one of the best speechwriters in the business, Matthew Scully – a writer for George W. Bush. Her ability to deliver the speech via teleprompter came from her experience as a local sportscaster. She rehearsed the speech for several days (with teleprompters), away from the media spotlight.

This was the only way the McCain Campaign was going to gain traction.

It worked until Sarah had to be Sarah:

After these interviews, media and entertainers had a field day:

Pundit World tells us “the Republican base really loves her.” What they are not saying is that this does not represent nearly enough votes to win the Republican nomination for President, much less the Presidency.

While  7 out of 10 Republicans say they would vote for Palin for President in 2012, only 1 out of 5 Americans identify themselves as Republicans.

122,394,724 voted in 2008.

Based on these figures, approximately 24,500,000 people consider themselves Republican. That translates into 17,200,000 votes for Sarah Palin in the 2012 election. Even if she split the independent vote (27% in 2008) with Obama – a highly unlikely scenario – she would add approximately 16,500,000 votes.

Based on her current popularity, Sarah Palin would get approximately 24% of the vote in the 2012 Presidential election.

These facts are not lost on level-headed Republicans. They know Palin can’t win. So do many others. If Obama’s first term is even slightly successful, no Republican can win in 2012.

Then again, that might be the very reason to nominate Palin.

Get her bid for President out of the way in 2012 (figuratively throw her to the wolves) so that a viable contender can run against what may very well be an open field of Democrats in 2016. (Joe Biden will be 74 years old on November 20, 2016.) If she waits until 2016, she would be going up against qualified candidates with the gravitas she’ll never have.

You can’t teach what Sarah Palin needs to learn.

I firmly believe she will say or do something that will completely eliminate her from even considering a Presidential bid – ever. Quitting her job as Alaska’s Governor mid-way through the first term with ethics charges flying is a very good indication of how she handles responsibility. Again, level-headed Republicans are aware.

Sarah Palin will not be the Republican nominee for President.

Not in 2012.

Not ever.

Sincerely,

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www.MichaelKontras.com

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WITH FANS LIKE THESE…

July 8, 2009

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On July 3rd, using a rambling narrative that sounded like a third grade composition, the Governor of Alaska stood with her family at the water’s edge and resigned.

Naturally, op-ed journalists and pundits started figuratively chewing off each other’s arms trying to be the first to write about what they thought was the reason for her resignation. They narrowed it down to four:

A.)  Running for President in 2012.

B.)  Paying off debt by doing speaking engagements on the “Lecture Circuit.”

C.)  Getting out before one of her ethics violations starts morphing into an indictment.

D.)  All of the above.

Personally, I couldn’t care less that Sarah Palin no longer holds public office in Alaska. Her activities mean nothing to me. She is not a viable political force on the national stage. I’m dumbfounded that there are rational, reasonably educated people who will watch these nineteen minutes and disagree.

I have no desire to create an opinion on this event. There are plenty being thrown around by all segments of the press and blogosphere.

Instead, allow me to share two insightful comments from among her more eloquent supporters:

Slamahammer writes: “the republicans and dems are scared of this woman– she would expose the corruption, kickbacks, ect. going on in washington.. she is just what we need, a stand up true american with great values, and one hell of a record..washington dont need somebody disrupting there scams and stealing our freakin money..i just hope that america will realize that sarah is one of us..“

Tbenzadrine adds: “I sure hope Sarah Palin goes on to run for president. We need someone with conservative values rather than a lying, closet Muslim, socialist, liberal (progressive) freedom stealing, bastard like bHo and his scum sucking administration.”

With fans like these…

Sincerely,

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www.MichaelKontras.com

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R.I.P. GOP

May 7, 2009

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Let me begin by saying I want AT LEAST two strong political parties in Washington D.C. This is how our system of government works best. The graphic is an illustration of where the GOP seems to be headed as long as they allow Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin – via Rush – to be the loudest voices in the party.

Republicans continue bowing to Rush’s every word. I illustrated this back on March 12, 2009 in Checkers and Chess and it happened again a few days ago with Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA). During the first NCNA (National Council for a New America) “stop” on their “Listening Tour”, Cantor, along with (Jeb) Bush and Romney said that the Republicans were there to listen to Americans – to get their thoughts on the issues. Then Rush “educated” them, forcing Cantor to retract the “listening tour” statement.

As for Sarah Palin, Rush thinks that SHE is the future of the GOP.

If the intellectually challenged Limbaugh thinks that the educationally challenged Palin is the future of the GOP, and the GOP will not separate itself from Limbaugh, then maybe a Palin/Limbaugh ticket isn’t so far fetched!

Bottom line: the Republican Party needs to get as far away as possible from Rush Limbaugh and his support of Palin – now – while there is still time to repair its reputation. Here’s a few lines from his Heritage Foundation Speech in September:

LIMBAUGH: “But during all this growth I haven’t lost any audience. I’ve never had financially a down year. There’s supposedly a recession, but we’ve got – what is this May? Back in February we already had 102% of 2008 overbooked for 2009. [applause] So I always believed that if we’re going to have a recession, just don’t participate.” [laughter]

Here he is talking about food stamps.

Homeless veterans are “another myth.”

How the current recession isn’t that bad.

On the 1 out of 50 children that are homeless.

Limbaugh doesn’t care about the Republican Party or the Conservative Movement. He has an eight-year, $400,000,000 contract and he feels that gives him a license to say and do anything. He is intentionally throwing all the moderate Republicans “under the bus” because… he can. And the GOP just continues to kiss his… (insert your choice of body part.)

My idea of a moderate Republican is Colin Powell. No one can deny that Powell is one of the eloquent, rational, calm voices in the GOP. Here’s what he had to say about the “far-right” elements within his party that seem to be the dominating the conversation.

Rush shot back, calling Powell a “turncoat” for supporting Obama in the 2008 election.

Being the gentleman that he is, Former Secretary Powell never said a word about Limbaugh going after him during the 2008 election – a perfect example of how all public officials should conduct themselves.

The fact that Limbaugh supports Palin should tell every rational-thinking Republican that Sarah Palin should NOT be a leading voice. She’s a long way from being a viable candidate for any national office. Even her popularity as Governor of Alaska has greatly diminished.

Besides ignoring Limbaugh and Palin, there are three things Republicans must do to even begin to be relevant in the 21st Century.

(1) Quit talking about Ronald Reagan! Jeb Bush – a member of the “listening tour” – said it. The conservative Wall Street Journal said it. Nothing says “backwards thinking” like the name Reagan. His ideas have come and gone. They will not work going forward. Our country is too diverse for such narrow thinking.

(2) Get past the cultural issues. Let go of the religious right – what’s left of it – and move on. They will still vote Republican long after gays are allowed to marry in all states and the Roe v Wade decision is no longer debated.

(3) Tell the NRA (National Rifle Association) to pipe down! No one in this country is going to lose their right to lawfully own firearms. The Supreme Court decision on June 26, 2008 makes this a non-issue.

Republicans need to start seeking REAL leaders. They’re out there. And they are not attention-seeking egomaniacs like Limbaugh and Palin.

True leadership is recognized for the good ideas it brings to the table – not for how much noise it makes.

Honest debate is healthy and necessary, but it must also be intelligent and respectful.

Sincerely,

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www.MichaelKontras.com