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Michael Steele and Bill Maher on Sarah Palin

“She thought that Sputnik was so expensive in 1957 that it caused the Soviet Union to collapse in 1991.”

“No, no, no, no”

“It’s just so colossally crazy, anyway I gotta move on.”

“Please, please do.”



Reviewing 2010 Biggest Lies and Liars

Take a look back at the crazy year we’ve had in 2010. One can only begin to fantasize the lunacy 2011 will bring. Seems though some of 2010’s would be awfully hard to top, but something tells me the insanity will continue.

Some of 2010’s Outrageous Political Lies:

  • “The government is trying to now close the Lincoln Memorial for any kind of large gatherings.” ~ Glenn Beck on Monday, June 28th, 2010 in comments on his radio program
  • “We researched to find out if anybody on Fox News had ever said you’re going to jail if you don’t buy health insurance. Nobody’s ever said it.” ~ Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 in a segment on the Fox News show The O’Reilly Factor
  • “Since January 2008 the private sector has lost nearly 8 million jobs while local, state and federal governments added 590,000.” ~ Tim Pawlenty on Monday, December 13th, 2010 in an op-ed in the “Wall Street Journal”
  • Those who fail to buy health insurance under “Obamacare” face the threat of jail time. ~ Bob Marshall on Monday, December 13th, 2010 in a news release
  • You must list all your guns on your 2010 tax return. ~ Chain e-mail on Sunday, November 1st, 2009 in an e-mail circulated to many people.
  • “Democrats are poised now to cause this largest tax increase in U.S. history.” ~ Sarah Palin on Sunday, August 1st, 2010 in an interview on “Fox News Sunday”
  • “I never considered myself a maverick.” ~ John McCain on Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 in a comment on Newsweek magazine’s Web site
  • People “can’t go fishing anymore because of Obama.” ~ Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 in his talk show
  • The cap-and-trade bill before Congress “prevents you from selling your home without the permission of the EPA administrator.” ~ Chain e-mail on Thursday, October 7th, 2010 in e-mail and blog postings
  • “Social Security, like I told you, is out of money. This year it is borrowing from the general treasury.” ~ Michele Bachmann on Friday, June 11th, 2010
  • “The stimulus has not created one private sector job.” ~ Rick Scott on Friday, September 3rd, 2010 in a meeting with reporters in Tallahassee
  • “Scientists have shown us (that) the greater possibilities, the real science movement, has been with adult stem cell research. It has not been with embryonic.” ~ Scott Walker on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 in a news conference with reporters

  • And 2010’s Biggest Liars

    Sarah Palin: Winner Of The 2010 Glenn Beck Misinformer Of The Year Award
    selecting the 2010 winner of the Glenn Beck Honorary Award for Excellence in Misinformation, Media Matters weighed the vigor and meticulous detail the 2009 recipient, Glenn Beck, brought to the craft.

    PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: ‘A government takeover of health care’
    Frank Luntz, a consultant famous for his phraseology, urged GOP leaders to call it a “government takeover.” “Takeovers are like coups,” Luntz wrote in a 28-page memo. “They both lead to dictators and a loss of freedom.”

    The line stuck. By the time the health care bill was headed toward passage in early 2010, Obama and congressional Democrats had sanded down their program, dropping the “public option” concept that was derided as too much government intrusion. The law passed in March, with new regulations, but no government-run plan.

    15 Whoppers Beck Did Not Get Fired For In 2010In 2010, Glenn Beck repeatedly made up facts on Fox News show — a barrage of lies that would force any credible news outlet to fire him. Media Matters counts down 15 of the most notable fibs that Beck told this year on Fox News, culminating with the biggest lie of all.

    Sarah Palin’s Attempts to Impress CLSA

    So, today’s the day former vice presidential nominee and half term Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin was to give her ‘speech’ to attendees of the CLSA Investors’ Forum in Hong Kong.
    This speech was one of many firsts for Palin. First trip to Hong Kong, first speech outside of the US, first speech since quitting in the middle of her term, and first paid gig as a speaker.

    Although the event was billed to be closed to press, Reuters has audio of the entire 80 minute speech. Video, pictures and tweets are also beginning to leak out.

    So let’s see some of the reviews:

    She started the speech with the Alaskan fishing industry, which I think is a safe topic for her,” said Suyeon An of RCM Asia Pacific Ltd, who left before Palin stopped talking. “She was avoiding the important economic issues. She tried to talk some about Hong Kong in general, but it was nothing specific. It was a very safe speech, boring I have to say.”

    She was against the Obama administration’s tariff on importing tires from China,” Nicola Maino, head of equity team, at Euromobiliare Asset Management SGR based in Milan. “In her opinion it was the wrong approach. Her approach would be more cooperation with China.”

    Two US delegates left early, with one saying ”It was awful, we couldn’t stand it any longer”. He declined to be identified.

    It was almost more of a speech promoting investment in Alaska,” he said, declining to be named.

    “She rambled on about the place for ages,” says an Indian banker with a major U.S. firm. “Palin even talked about Alaska’s land bridges with Asia and how animals once went across.” Based on a recording it reviewed, the Wall Street Journal says Palin invoked her husband Todd’s Eskimo heritage as a sign of shared “bloodlines” between the continents.

    ”As fund managers we want to hear about the United States as a whole, not just about Alaska. And she criticized Obama a lot but offered no solutions.”


    “[Palin] displayed a mixture of commonsense prudence and a bit of naiveté when it comes to finance,” says a London-based fund manager (most delegates spoke anonymously due to the confidentiality policies of their companies). “Surely, we know now not all things are better left to the market.”

    ”It was fairly right-wing populist stuff,’ one US delegate said.

    I can’t say I was actually impressed,” said Mel Goode, a business developer from New York who lives in Hong Kong. “She speaks well — a broad spectrum of what her beliefs are, family views.

    Another from the United States said: ”She frightens me because she strikes a chord with a certain segment of the population and I don’t like it.

    As an attendee said while walking out, “she clearly wanted to keep talking so there’d be no questions.” The moderator did ask her a few questions, but that part of the program lasted less than 10 minutes.

    The speculation over who has been coaching and ghostwriting on Facebook for Palin and now we know. It turns out her speechwriter is none other than Randy Scheunemann of McCain Campaign fame failure.

    CLSA, an arm of French bank Credit Agricole, said it closed Palin’s session to the media after she indicated that she would have to adjust her speech if reporters were present.

    Wonder if the paid offers will continue to come as more leaks out and more opinions are offered?

    One could say as long as it wasn’t a complete disaster, she did all in all as we would expect.

    See Reviews from Asia Sentinel Here!

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