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What Do Saggy Pants Have to Do with Sarah Palin?

“Now we know what it’s like to get cornered by Palin at an open-bar wedding." - Jon Stewart. Sarah Palin does not leave people indifferent; everyone has an opinion. The dichotomy that is Palin was well illustrated during her failed 2008 run at the Vice-Presidency. On the one hand, she gave ...

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Will the GOP Become the Inclusive Party it Wants to Be?

“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it” ― Mark Twain. The GOP is split between the 'traditionalists' and the 'realists'. The traditionalists are rose-spectacled romantics, clinging to a vision of a bucolic, white, Christian America - an idealized 1950's America ...

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Who Does God Have His Money On in Super Bowl XLIX?

The Super Bowl will feature two exceptional quarterbacks. The Patriots' Tom Brady, is the veteran of 15 NFL seasons. He will be starting his sixth championship game, with three Super Bowl wins to his credit. His opponent next Sunday will be the Russell Wilson of the Seatle Seahawks. Wilson is ...

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There Is No Evidence that God Is Necessary for Morality.

"Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike." - Oscar Wilde.  The religious claim that without God there can be no morality. Which raises the question - why? There is no evidence for that position. Quite the opposite. Industrial countries with high rates of atheism have low rates ...

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We Claim Civility, But too Often Our Words and Actions Belie That.

“A civil tongue speaks the language of masters. An uncivil tongue reveals character flaws of its master.” ― John R. Dallas Jr. Most Americans consider themselves to be friendly and compassionate. Eighty percent of us say we are Christian - and that is a religion of love - right? So why ...

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What Do Saggy Pants Have to Do with Sarah Palin?

by Pitt Griffin on January 28, 2015 · 0 comments

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“Now we know what it’s like to get cornered by Palin at an open-bar wedding.- Jon Stewart.

Sarah Palin does not leave people indifferent; everyone has an opinion. The dichotomy that is Palin was well illustrated during her failed 2008 run at the Vice-Presidency. On the one hand, she gave a universally acknowledged stemwinder of an acceptance speech, on the other she couldn’t tell Katie Couric which newspapers she read.

Since then she has had a scintillating career as a professional gadfly. Her supporters cheering her every malapropism, laughing with delight at her folksy self-reverence – mama grizzly, pit bull with lipstick, hockey mom and the like. Her detractors suffering cold sweats when contemplating how close she came to being one heartbeat away from the top job.

She kept her profile high with speeches at various right-wing love-ins and conservative proms. It doesn’t hurt that – while not a classic beauty – she has a certain tight-toned yet earth-mother voluptuousness that appealed to conservative men (and maybe some of her detractors). And conservative women admire her ‘stand by your family, warts and all’ ethos.

But it couldn’t last forever.

Last weekend she gave what should have been a typical Palin address – full of folksy homily and red meat catnip – but she jumped the shark, especially after her teleprompter froze. Before the faithful at the Iowa Freedom Summit, the Empress showed she had no clothes.

As expected her usual critics leveled the usual criticism – although this time with suggestions she may have been drunk or drugged. But this time even stalwart defenders of all things Palin scathed in their criticism. Conservative reaction to her speech  included such observations as “long and disjointed”, “a weird speech”, “Terrible. Didn’t make any sense”, “a certain coarseness to her”, “hard to take her seriously”, “bizarre and disjointed”, and “long and incoherent”.

And that is why Sarah Palin is like saggy pants. At one point, they may have had a certain shock appeal for some, but now for almost everyone the look is just old and boring.

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Will the GOP Become the Inclusive Party it Wants to Be?

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“The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it” ― Mark Twain. The GOP is split between the ‘traditionalists’ and the ‘realists’. The traditionalists are rose-spectacled romantics, clinging to a vision of a bucolic, white, Christian America – an idealized 1950’s America that exists only in […]

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There Is No Evidence that God Is Necessary for Morality.

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“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.” – Oscar Wilde.  The religious claim that without God there can be no morality. Which raises the question – why? There is no evidence for that position. Quite the opposite. Industrial countries with high rates of atheism have low rates of criminality. States in […]

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Do Religious Beliefs Trump Civil Rights?

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Really? 1.9.15. Bill Donohue & Free Speech; Abu Hamza Gets Life; Mark Zuckerberg & Death; Islam – War or Peace?

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“A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” – Winston Churchill. Bill Donohue is President of the Catholic League, a civilian organization dedicated to the proposition that the Church doesn’t have enough fire-power to defend itself from attacks by those who have chosen something other than the ‘one true faith’. […]

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Really 1/7/14? – God and Murder; God and Planes; God and Mistakes

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“Difference in opinions has cost many millions of lives: for instance, whether flesh be bread, or bread be flesh; whether the juice of a certain berry be blood or wine.” ― Jonathan Swift. Twelve people were killed by Islamic terrorists in an attack on a French satirical magazine. The motivation for the slaughter was a […]

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