While Americans continue to struggle with unemployment, increased job losses, foreclosures and the like and those in D.C. spend their time battling over whether Americans deserve the same healthcare they need, Sarah Palin spent her week filling her pocketbook.
In spite of her repeated lies, falsehoods, ass-backward statements and obvious disdain for anyone not ‘like her’ many continue to cover for her and pay her $100,000+ to tell more of her lies, falsehoods and made up life history.
First we have Jay Leno allowing her to spend 20 mins complaining and whining about the constant media interest in her family. He also allowed her an attempt at stand up where she attempted to make jokes at other’s expense to show just how great she is and how all the negative attention she creates is everyone’s fault but hers.
If you watched the broadcast you probably thought, hmmm she’s seems to be well liked by the audience and drawing a lot of support and laughter for her comments. They was clapping and laughing after all so she must have pulled it off, hey?
Maybe not. Turns out someone in the audience has a completely different take on her appearance at Leno. It not only makes clear that she is no policy wonk; it also appears she wasn’t very welcomed by the audience. At least not as welcome as Leno and NBC wanted you to think.
He and his wife created the “Going Rouge: The Sarah Palin Rogue Coloring and Activity Book” but that doesn’t mean his version of the events shouldn’t be discounted or ignored:
I’ve dealt with sound engineering for 30 years, as a film maker, interviewer, musician, working with master reel to reel tapes/decks at EMS Music in Seattle in the 80’s as a sound duplication engineer, or setting sound levels for my and other bands in live situations at shows. I won a Hollywood award for animation in 2000. I know sound. And it’s my opinion that audio portions of Sarah Palin’s March 2nd appearance on Jay Leno’s Tonight show were added or amplified, edited before broadcast to make it appear that Sarah Palin was more welcome than she was.
I know. I was there.
They added laughter where there was none during uncomfortable portions. Well, there was some laughter. Mine, of derision. During those pregnant pauses in her performance I was laughing long and loud, couldn’t help myself as much of what she was saying was utterly surreal, ridiculous, hypocritical – nonsense, spewed platitudes, pushed buttons. I was seriously thinking of leaving as it was getting hysterically unfunny.
After sitting through the taping of the show in the studio I can recount many portions where there was little or no laughter or response, but at the later broadcast they are smoothed over with applause and laughter that WERE NOT THERE at the taping. Groans, hoots, grumbling, or just dead silence – all missing.
He goes on:
Jay came out to raucous applause, hell, we clapped too, I like the guy, not as much as Letterman or Conan but I’m a comedy fan, and some of the show as funny. Shaun White was way cool, funny, authentic, there multiple ovations, and Adam Lambert ROCKED the house, as the latest and future incarnation of David Bowie. Lots of fun.
But when Jay brought out Sarah Palin, she was completely nerved. Watch the video; check out her breathing, she’s Freaked and talks a mile a minute. Both my wife and I agreed – when you actually get close enough, she’s just plain Creepy, and those yech vibes filled the room. Never mind the applause sign – something that’s a staple of late night shows.
Nothing in the rules said that laughing at all the Wrong Times would be a problem; the wrong times in this circumstance were when she was bringing the crazy that no one wanted to touch, or call her out on. And Jay, while he chided her, didn’t really put down the hammer. Ratings. Shame.
And while NBC Sold Palin, she sold her body, jiggling, teasing, pushing the cutesy-pie, what we used to call in the military, a “prick tease”. She short circuits brains, deflects the fact that most of what she says is nonsense or hateful, as lizard layers of right wing men’s brains hum a sexual fantasy tune, and women who have thrown all sense of propriety to the wind, watching her strip, want to be just like her. Rich. Stupid. The sweet “Bite Me” bitch attitude she’s honed to an art form. No, she doesn’t just “wink” – she uses her whole body to sell the package. Turn off the sound, just watch her body language. I find it whorish, repulsive, and I’m no prude.
At least four points in the show she was getting so far out in screwball territory, or was just so damned unfunny that I couldn’t help but laugh when no others were, at the absurdity of her statements. Literally biting off yards of tongue, because at home I’m ready to throw bricks at my TV when she’s on. The TV, not Her, let’s be clear.
One: She was so happy to back John McCain’s bid for re-election in Arizona, at least for now, left the audience puzzled, confused. I Chortled with great vigor. Not in the broadcast.
Two: During the monologue when she made a crack about No Tomatoes being allowed, even the Teabaggers in the audience didn’t want to touch that one. The Sarah Sucks crowd, my people, said nothing. Crickets. The whole audience seemed stunned, and again, I howled. Not in the broadcast. Nothing. Nada. (You may recall that after someone threw a tomato at her in a mall, at the following Costco Book signing ALL Tomatoes were removed from the store prior to her entrance.)
I was sitting by the band. They don’t mike the BAND? C’mon.
Three: Explaining how it’s cool to write on her hand. She lied about what was on there, then sails to pluto with, “my dad, a teacher, used to come home with notes (answers?) written all over his hands…” again, dead air. No ONE was buying it, it was just too bizarre. The answer? Just ADD canned Laughter. A lie.
Four: Was directed at US. (Of course this joke was written long before we were in the audience, and hey, she kills moose, so, it’s kind of an obvious one) The Moose Joke. We feature a layout in our book of a whole, cooked moose on a platter surrounded by vegetables as a Palin “recipe”. I wrote copy about her getting beauty sleep in a crashed plane, stealing canoes from natives, packing 800 lbs of moose out after plugging it, sitting on its body as it dies, all just to get back and feed her family.
Now, if you watch the video, Palin looks hard Left, right at us, pauses, as we wave our coloring books. Don’t look for footage of the coloring books being bandied about like a prize bass, you won’t see that. And I’m not saying that was edited out, audience video is very controlled, not everyone gets seen, though they try like hell – but she looked us in the eye. Sarah doesn’t like us much. We expose many of her anti-environmental policies in our book, her cruelty to animals, destruction of ecosystems, being in the pocket of the oil companies, all in a humorous way.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve eaten moose myself, lived in Alaska for 12 years. I know Alaska. I’ve crashed in helicopters in ANWR. She’s not the Alaska I know, and doesn’t represent those fine people, or their ways.
She’s a fraud, and I was beginning to think she knows it, deep down inside, when my wife said, “She’s Very Competitive, and she’s not about to give up. We may have actually spurred her on with our antics and the book.” Oops. We’ll spur her on with some more in the next one.
But Sarah Palin is vengeful. She ever gets into office again; she might have us sent to Siberia, or worse, Wasilla.
The real heroes of the night were Shaun White and Adam Lambert – the audience was delighted, all of it, and blew the roof off the place when they were mentioned and appeared. Meanwhile, Leno’s show used the ambience to give Palin Cover. They sold her. Her book, her body, her celebrity, her future, all of it. And 70% of an audience weren’t buying it, but you can’t tell from the broadcast.
I know. I was there.
They should bear some responsibility for hawking a defective product. This is corporate shilling in the worst way, not only to raise Leno’s ratings, but to push Palin on a crowd with fake laughter and applause. The applause sign is one thing, an American institution. But INSERTING Laughter for Sarah Palin? Try to realize that while you may be laughing at the things she says, because she’s a train wreck, the corporate powers that be are ADJUSTING the laughter so it appears APPROPRIATE. I worked in a mental institution. The very basic definition of insanity is “inappropriate laughter”.
WHO decides what’s “appropriate”? Apparently, corporations. Not you.
Your reality no longer belongs to you. There is at this time no way of telling if a crowd actually backs a person or not. (Enter Twilight Zone music here, or Outer Limits, your choice.) Because…
Your reality has been hacked.
But not mine. I was there.
I wanted to say that Leno has earned his ratings, that he’s funny, and he is at times, and deserves his talk show.
Can’t. Not now. Sorry to say, The Tonight Show is a lie, more than ever a corporate shill that’s performing a cultural engineering service. Selling garbage, that is literally ruinous to our nation and women’s rights. That destroys the fabric of our society. It’s real.
Oh how I so agree. Our reality was hacked a long time ago, but my personal belief is the Presidential election that led GW Bush to be placed in the White House as the duly elected POTUS was an amplification of all that has been hijacked. We’ve become so used to it that we don’t even notice. What we see on TV and on broadcast ‘news’ shows isn’t news, it is whatever hot story will get you to tune in for a few minutes and help their ratings. Nothing more than crap and the powers that be are taking full advantage of the train wreck that is Sarah Palin until it drives right off the track. More likely they are playing the Palin lying game because they all suspect and most likely have evidence that when the Palin train goes off the track it will be one hell of a wreck and one more news story they’ll over expose.
So in the name of truth, what else can we garner from Mrs. Palin’s financial tour for America over this past week. Well, first we realize maybe she didn’t really mean it when she told Jay Leno she can’t understand the media’s obsession with her family and children after all because the next day we learned Palin and Survivor producer Mark Burnett were making the rounds to the various studio executives in L.A. pitching a reality show all about Sarah Palin and what else. …..you guessed it………her family in Alaska. Kind of reminds of her “I said no to the bridge to nowhere’ even though she campaigned for it and had no problem cashing that check.
It was also quite surreal watching Palin complain about the whole Family Guy episode and how she just told some poor ‘special needs family’ that asked her opinion what she thought and claiming it then just got ‘all over the internet’. You mean like your Facebook page Sarah where you posted the statement from Bristol? She actually sat there complaining that everyone had a chance to discuss this whole misunderstanding except for her and that no one allowed her a chance to address it.
Really, not Bill O’Reilly or your employer Fox News (full access to all the air time you need honey)? Not say while you’re sitting there on Jay Leno with access to a world full of ears? Nah, just roll with the same old victim line Sarah. Kind of like joking about all the Botox in Hollywood when you’ve got a face full of your own, huh Sarah? Poor girl, too bad she doesn’t have some type of outlet to make her side of the story heard. But I digress.
Then we learned that even though her book Going Rogue has been dissected by several various sources as nothing but a book of lies, Harper Collins doesn’t really care because they announced they are using her name again as another way to sell as worthless book. This time Harper tells us the book will “include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have inspired her, as well as portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her love of country, faith, and family”. So in other words this will be a book full of other writer’s works and Palin’s name will just be added to the cover for sales. What wonderful insight will she share with us about the pieces she’s ‘chosen’ to highlight as her inspiration………….Oooooh I really, really, really like this one.
I guess it’s a safe bet for Harper Collins since this one can’t be fact checked like her first. No worries about more lies from Sarah in this one. She won’t even have to be involved. But in the meantime, journalists do still exist that believe facts and truthful statements are important. One such journalist from Cedar Rapids, IA shared with us this week that Sarah Palin couldn’t even be bothered with the truth about a McCain-Palin campaign stop in Cedar Rapids in 2008:
In September 2008 Cedar Rapids was only three months removed from the most devastating natural disaster in its history, and thousands of residents and small business owners were still in the process of mucking out and gutting flooded properties.
But none of that is what former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin remembers about her visit.
On Sept. 18 — two weeks exactly from the close of the 2008 Republican National Convention — the McCain-Palin campaign planned their first joint stop in the Hawkeye State. The event was initially planned as a rally at the local airport; however, public outcry forced the campaign to make time for a trip into the city for a short walking tour of flood damage.
In her book, “Going Rogue,” Palin briefly discusses the visit to Cedar Rapids as follows: “… Jason, Jeannie and Bexie were there at one of our first campaign stops after the convention, a stop I’ll never forget. It was at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The town was a slice of Americana, with its quaint town square with mom-and-pop stores; red, white and blue bunting; moms and dads; kids in strollers; seniors; and people of every color. …”
Green Square Park, located in downtown Cedar Rapids, is likely the only place in the city that could be mistaken for a traditional town square. Located on 4th Avenue SE, it is bordered by a large parking ramp, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the True North building, the First Presbyterian Church and Waypoint Services. None of the facilities that surround Green Square Park could be misidentified as mom-and-pop businesses, and those larger businesses in the area, like the museum, were open but still renovating and restoring at the time of the McCain-Palin visit.
More importantly, though, the downtown area was not a portion of the city that McCain and Palin visited during their flood tour. According to several reporters and local officials who participated in the tour, the campaign drove from the rally at the airport directly to a predominately residential section on the northwest side of town, known locally as the Time Check neighborhood.
Sarah Palin’s description on page 248 of her book “Going Rogue” of a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids can only be described as fiction. The campaign event was held at the airport, and there was no quaint town square with patriotic bunting in the wake of massive 2008 floods.
After walking roughly four blocks of residential streets flanked by flooded-out homes and curbside debris, McCain and Palin paused in front of a completely gutted structure on which someone had hung an American flag to make brief remarks for the accompanying press pool. American flags were a commonplace feature in the flood zones of the city, and perhaps those are what Palin mistook for “red, white and blue bunting.”
While it may be easy to excuse a politician for confusing towns along a long campaign trail, this error happens against the backdrop of numerous concerns about facts in Palin’s book. The Associated Press dedicated a team of reporters to the book and found numerous discrepancies, ranging from her contention that President Barack Obama pushed the through a bailout package that actually was achieved by his Republican predecessor to her statements with regard to travel expenses.
But the Cedar Rapids stop should have been memorable because of the one thing that Palin appears to have forgotten: The flood-ravaged neighborhood she toured.
When local Republican officials complained that McCain and Palin were not making time to see the devastation in Cedar Rapids first-hand at the time of the September airport rally, the campaign made time concessions so that the short walking tour could take place. A month later, in October 2008, both the McCain-Palin campaign and the Republican National Committee targeted Iowans with mailing pieces and robocalls that indicated Democrats “went on vacation” instead of helping flood victims.
The stop described in Palin’s book might very well be one she’ll “never forget,” but it did not take place in Cedar Rapids.
The Iowa Independent requested comment from Palin’s political action committee. There has been no response as of publication.
On a side note this article was posted at the Iowa Independent on 03/02/10 but as of today has conveniently been deleted from their website. The link provided above takes you to the cache page from Google so you can still see the article for now. A search for Sarah Palin takes you to a ‘404 Not Found’ page so I have to wonder is this more over the Media’s Reality or ours? Where did this article go? Why was it removed from their site?
We also learned that Sarah’s not the only one in L.A. this week, nor is she the only one shopping or doing reality TV. Bristol was also in L.A. this week on the set of ‘Secret Life of an American Teenager’ to film her appearances on the show. Bristol supposedly had her son Tripp in tow and Sarah drug along daughters, Willow and Piper.
While Bristol was taping and getting ready for her debut at a pre-Oscar party, Sarah was busy teaching Willow the many virtues and values of the political life. Free Schwag and how to grab it while the getting is good.
“like locusts” on the Oscar swag suite, scarfing up freebies in a binge that “practically cleaned the place out,” celebrity gossips reported Thursday.
The former Alaska Gov’s Wednesday pigout included jewels from Pascal Mouawad, watches by Skagen and a fancy new hairdo for her daughter Willow. The new coiffure came courtesy of Erick Orellana, Jennifer Aniston’s longtime hairstylist, witnesses said.
The Los Angeles Times reported Palin was supposed to donate all of her gift items back to the Silver Spoon Oscar Suite for auction, as well as $1,700 of her own cash, in support of Red Cross efforts in Haiti and Chile.
But E! Online insisted, “we can assure you she did not give up any of her swag.”
The entertainment news outlet quoted an unnamed vendor who said that as many as 20 people from the Palin camp swarmed the event.
“They were like locusts,” he said.
News of Palin’s grabfest ignited the blogosphere.
“She insisted every person in her huge entourage get something, and there were assistants, nannies, security – insanity!,” an unnamed HollywoodLife.com source said.
HollywoodLife.com also reported that Palin picked up a blue Kenya robe from designer Jenna Leigh, facewash and a pair of foam Bandal sandals.
“She kind of cleaned the place out,” Ben Russo of EMC/Bowery told AOL’s Pop Eater. The website said swag-grabs included 40 pairs of AIAIAI earphones.
One witness said security swept the venue and would not allow photos.
Sarah then moved on to Ohio where she then went on to explain to the crowd that despite what she may have said about the ‘whole writing on her hand thingy’ her real reason and inspiration for those notes on her hand during speeches was none other than Jesus. Seems her Dad isn’t the only person in her life that uses their hand as a place to take notes, but so did Jesus and hey, she was just following in his example like he asked her to last time he reared his head over her place(s) in Wasilla.
Then Sarah was off to Socialist Canada for another $100,000+ speech. Same old jokes, same old slams, same old same old same old Sarah.
Canadian journalist Colby Cosh had to attend Sarah Palin’s gig in Calgary and live blogged the event . Let’s see what he thought:
6:19 pm: “Alaska and Alberta!” Palin’s daughter Piper interrupts the first sentences of her speech, as if on cue, and gets a blazing round of applause. Palin talks about constantly having her accent described as “Canadian”. “You did an amazing job” with the Olympics; Canada’s filled with “tough and talented hockey players.” The pandering works.
6:22 pm: Girlish excitement about meeting Shaun White backstage at the Tonight Show. I didn’t know she’d cast her lot with Leno. Bad move! You’ll lose the youth demographic!
6:26 pm: She’s laying it on a little thick with the pandering and cute gags. Of course she can get away with it, but it occurs to me that I’m not exactly sure what the substantive portion of this speech is supposed to involve. Was there going to be a substantive portion?
6:48 pm: Here’s Sen. Wallin. With her help, Palin dispenses deftly with the “writing on the hand” thing and the “I can see Russia from my backyard” thing. First things first, I suppose. The former has Biblical warrant (book of Isaiah, people!) and the latter was, or so Palin says, just a Tina Fey quote that got hung on the real candidate. “And she made a lotta money sayin’ it, too,” gripes the Gov.
Hmmm, Sarah’s complaining about the money Tina Fey made from a few skits? Geesh Sarah we really should rename you to Sarah ‘Hypocrisy is my name, Blaming is my game’ Palin. But she did share some advice on education and healthcare with them though. She got paid though so all is good in
“My first five years of life we spent in Skagway, Alaska, right there by Whitehorse. Believe it or not – this was in the ‘60s – we used to hustle on over the border for health care that we would receive in Whitehorse. I remember my brother, he burned his ankle in some little kid accident thing and my parents had to put him on a train and rush him over to Whitehorse and I think, isn’t that kind of ironic now. Zooming over the border, getting health care from Canada.”
In the above link Palin claims that while living in Skagway her brother was burned and they took him to the town of Whitehorse, in Canada, for treatment. However in an article written in the Skagway News around May 0f 2007 (Using the guilty plea of the VECO executives as a reference point), Palin tells a completely story: Her brother burned his foot badly jumping through a fire, and her mother had to take him down to Juneau on the ferry to the hospital.
She really should have a conversation with her parents or siblings or children or spouse before telling her silly and insulting little home spun stories because they never seemed to be the same twice nor do they always match her very own version in her book Going Rogue. Maybe that’s it…….Sarah hasn’t read the book yet so she doesn’t recall which history is hers.
While Sarah was busy making the rounds of Hollywood and picking up her $100,000+ speaking fees for the same old canned speech, stories, lies and antedoctes, all in the name of doing the good work of and for Alasaka, comedian Kathy Griffin was in Alaska actually doing something for Alaskans.
She brought her ‘Life of the D-List’ to Alaska, went ice-fishing with Sarah’s daughter’s baby Daddy, but she took time out for a book signing and stand up show in Anchorage. It appears Alaska was quite happy to welcome Kathy to their great state and had a blast all at the expense of the once Governor of Alaksa, now just Mrs. Palin.