Monday, July 28, 2014

I KNEW that the Sarah Palin Channel sounded familiar.

The Sarah Palin Network from Michael Pastor on Vimeo.

You not to be unnecessarily judgmental, but if your big idea for making money and getting your message out is taken from an SNL parody of you from several years ago, there might be something wrong with your business model.

Just saying.

Accidental shooting takes life of mother and her unborn baby. It seems that the pro-life rights and 2nd Amendment rights cannot always coexist.

Courtesy of Tampa Bay Times:  

Katherine Lynn Bryan grew up in New Port Richey, the youngest in a tight-knit group of four siblings. She recently got married and became Katherine Hoover. At the age of 25, she was five months pregnant. The new baby was going to be her second son. 

Instead, a tragic gun accident at a friend's house left the young mother and her unborn child dead Sunday. 

A stay-at-home mother who had recently moved from New Port Richey to Inverness, Katherine Hoover died in a hospital emergency room early Sunday. 

She was shot in the head Saturday evening while being shown a gun at a friend's house in Brooksville, authorities said. 

She and her husband, Carson Hoover, had gone to visit friends at 20079 Suncrest Drive in northwest Brooksville, just outside the city limits. 

Sometime around 6:45 p.m. inside the house, William DeHayes was showing the Hoovers some of his guns, including a .22-caliber revolver. The gun accidentally fired and shot Katherine Hoover in the head, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. 

Hoover was rushed to Bayfront Health Brooksville and then airlifted to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. 

Her unborn child could not be saved. Shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday, physicians removed the 5-month-old fetus from his dying mother in a last-ditch attempt to save him. But he was pronounced dead just after 8:30 p.m.

Something that has always confused me is the idea that the rabid Right to Life movement, is invariably made up of the same people  who also support the death penalty and the 2nd Amendment.

One would think that if you were so focused on every fetus's right to be born, you would also be against having a lot of guns around which might take their life as a child or as an adult. Or does "pro-life" concerns end once the child successfully navigates the birth canal?

Guns do NOT protect life, guns take life.

And in this case they took two innocent lives.

Does that make anybody feel safer?

How IM will be covering the new Sarah Palin Channel.

Boy if Sarah Palin wanted to make sure that people are still talking about her she certainly found a way to do so last night.

It seems that just about EVERYBODY is talking about her new pay-per-rant web based TV channel.

And in response journalists are signing up for the free first month's subscription in order to adequately cover the lunacy that is sure to emerge from a Sarah Palin without a media filter to make her appear at least slightly sane.

But not I.

If I had a religion it would forbid me from doing anything to contribute to Palin's monetary gain, EVEN if by doing so I could more effectively dissect her lunacy, call her out on her lack of education and intelligence, and generally mock her at will.

No the way I figure it, if Palin says some thing on her silly little channel, to her handful of silly little paint eaters, that is not news.

And if it IS news, then some poor schlub who is being forced to follow it by his editor will write something up, and I will gladly report on THAT.

I also would discourage all of you from signing on even for the free trial.

As somebody already pointed out, those numbers will be used to suggest Palins' level of popularity and even if the majority of them are critics, journalists, and trolls, a subscriber is still a subscriber in Palin's book.

By the way perhaps the most interesting thing about this new endeavor is that Palin called on the "lamestream" media folks to help her with it.

This from the Daily Beast: 

Jonathan Klein, the former president of CNN’s United States operation, and Jeff Gaspin, the former chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, are just the sort of lamestream media elites that Sarah Palin is constantly railing against. 

But, because this is America, where capitalism is the great equalizer between liberals and conservatives alike, a little difference of opinion hasn’t stopped the former governor of Alaska, Republican vice presidential nominee and right-wing political icon from joining forces with two blue-state media entrepreneurs to launch her own subscription-based online TV channel.

That means that at least these two believe that there is money in them thar fake bolt on hills, and they are hoping to get a piece. (Of the action, not Palin.)

Will it actually be successful however? I seriously doubt it.

For example get a load of this: 

“We’ve been talking to the Palins for a while”—since their initial contact last year her with the ex-Guv’s lawyer-agent, Beltway establishment gatekeeper Bob Barnett—“but we really began talking in earnest a few months ago as her timing came together,” Klein said. “She’s got a complicated life. She does have five kids and three of them are at home, and she’s got a handful, running around the country giving speeches.” 

Two of those kids—sexual abstinence advocate and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Bristol, 23, mother of Tripp and the ex-girlfriend of Tripp’s father, Levi Johnston; and middle school student Piper, 13, her mom’s frequent travel companion to all those high-dollar speeches—are also starring on the new channel’s web site. Bristol has her already-established blog on the site while Piper has begun to record her own video commentary. Meanwhile, Sarah’s mother, Scrabble aficionado Sally Heath, will be providing a word of the day, Klein said.

So the question you have to ask is what kind of subscriber is going to be interested in the ghostwritten posts of Bristol Palin, that they can find for free on Brancy's blog, and the video diary entries of the prepubescent Piper Palin?

My guess would be only those the MOST intoxicated from drinking the Palin brand of Kool-aid, and recent SarahPAC filings have shown that number to be dwindling at quite a clip.

The best musical explanation for the Israeli-Palestinian crisis ever!

This Land Is Mine from Nina Paley on Vimeo.
Here is a description of the characters from True Activist.

I don"t think I have ever understood what is going on in Israel as fully as I do now.

And just try getting that song out of your head today.

Guess which famous Teabagger's daughter might be a skank. Good guess, but no not that one. (At least not this time.)

Courtesy of DListed:  

According to Us Weekly, 57-year-old Ray Donovan actor (or Manny from Scarface, whichever brings up less of a “??????” for you) Steven Bauer attempted to out-creepy Woody Allen by showing up to the premiere of Magic in the Moonlight with his 18-year-old girlfriend Lyda Loudon. According to her Twitter bio, Lyda is a “part-time nightmare-inspirer, journalist, host of Sarcasm Overdose, ceo, actress, unsalvageable degenerate film/music/cigar/espresso addict” aka she’s unemployed. But Lyda is not just a barely-legal J-list star fucker (yes she is, but go on); she also founded Tea Party Youth and the L3 Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to “educate millennials with the tools it will take to turn America’s future around”. 

Of course, it gets better (it always gets better). Lyda’s parents are former Missouri Republican senator John Loudon and Tea Party founder and author “Dr. Gina“ (she sounds like a no-nonsense discount gynecologist). Meanwhile, Steven used to be married to Melanie Griffith, and they have a 28-year-old son together. You know your girlfriend is too damn young if she can’t remember Melanie before the Antonio tattoo. Hell, your girlfriend is too young if her age is anything that ends in “-teen“!

Wow, and people say my writing style is aggressive, with no holds barred.

Of course those of us at IM know "Dr. Gina" as a Sarah Palin pal, who once famously quit the reality show "Wife Swap" after her husband complained that "dark forces" had invaded their home.

Of course Loudon is a fundamentalist Christian, who homeschooled her daughter which adequately explains why Lyda now identifies herself as an "unsalvageable degenerate" and is currently dating a man old enough to be her creepy pedophile uncle.

Look kids will do what kids will do, but if you host a radio show and write books that gives advice about about raising children and maintaining strong relationships, it might help to have a child who actually makes moral and ethical decisions.

And by the way, the same goes for Loudon's crazy friend in Arizona.

Sarah Palin launches her own channel. Well let's all watch this fail shall we? Update!

Courtesy of USA Today: 

Sarah Palin has gone rogue again, this time launching her own Internet channel. 

“Tired of media filters? Well, so am I,” the former Alaska governor proclaimed Sunday on her Facebook page. “So let’s go rogue and launch our own member-supported channel. “ 

In a video on, Palin calls the new subscription-based network a “community” where she and viewers can share ideas. “I want to talk to directly to you on our channel on my terms and no need to please the powers that be,” she says, promising to go beyond soundbites and to “cut through the media’s politically correct filter.” 

The new channel includes videos of Palin criticizing President Obama and his addiction to “OPM,” or other people’s money, and her explanation of why she believes he should be impeached. There’s also a blog by her daughter, Bristol, and running tallies of the national debt and how many days, hours, minutes and seconds are left in the Obama administration. Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, will serve as the channel’s executive editor and will oversee all posted content.

Gee a whole channel dedicated to crazy impeachment talk, attacks on President Obama, and lies about Liberals and Democrats. Well I can hardly wait.

(By the way the word for today is "Rectify." Yes she actually has a word of the day on her site.)

Well let's see if this fails as fast as her reality show, her last book tour, and the Sportsman Channel debacle.

Or perhaps even faster.

Update: By the way the quote for the day comes from famed freethinker and religion critic Thomas Paine. Good God, she's an idiot!

Update 2: Sarah Palin answering questions from Facebook is must see.

Her stupidity is on full display.

Update 3: Oh and there are behind the scenes footage, such as Palin writing her speeches.

 Writing her own speeches? Oh, so the whole website is going to be a big fact lie I take it.

Funny but I don't remember a Professor Mephistopheles.

This is the first time that I realized that Evolution Sexuality, Psychology, and Witchcraft were all interrelated. I swear I never get the important memos.

And not to get too descriptive, but having slept with two pastor's daughters and a pastor's wife, I can pretty much attest that learning about Jesus does NOT always mean they do not know about sex.

If you get my meaning.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Betty Bowers take on Sarah Palins' recent speech in Denver is a must see.

Ohhh, do we love us some Betty Bowers here at IM.

New CNN poll has convinced Sarah Palin to triple down on impeachment. "Come on dead horse, I'm beating you as hard as I can. Move!"

Courtesy of Nannie Nannie Boo boo's Facebook page:

A new CNN poll reveals that one in three Americans agree with my call for President Obama’s impeachment. That’s a huge number – especially considering how misconstrued the issue is when relying on media to explain impeachment. Let’s go around the media filters and acknowledge this ourselves: many Americans haven’t heard what impeachable offenses really are; but when they do, more citizens will rise up to hold their government accountable. (Actually most Americans already know that the President has not done anything worthy of impeachment, just like the Republicans in Congress realize that pushing the issue would destroy their party in the upcoming elections. As for the CNN poll? Well there's a reason we call them "Fox light." And even a Fox poll only showed that 36% of respondents favored impeachment.)

On the heels of this new poll, The Hill reports that the Obama White House is now taking talk of impeachment very seriously. They can’t poo-poo this as liberal followers want them to because they know they’ve done wrong. (No, they don't. Because they haven't.)

The article states, “Dan Pfeiffer, a senior advisor to Obama, said Friday that the White House is taking the prospect of impeachment in the GOP-controlled House more seriously than many others in Washington, who see it as unlikely.” Pfeiffer then noted that a large block of the conservative base favors impeachment. (I truly think that Pfeiffer is trolling the Republicans here, and attempting to bait them into making the attempt to impeach Obama because he knows that is our best bet for holding the majority in the Senate, and possibly capturing it in the House.)

Okay everybody's favorite outlet for batshit crazy goes on, and on, and on about impeachment, tries to tie it to the current "immigration crisis," and pimps that CNN poll like Todd Palin with a bevy of beauties at an oil executive retreat.

But I have no intention of posting the whole thing and then picking it apart on such a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Especially since I just returned from hiking on one of my favorite trails, and came inches from stepping in a pile of steaming hot bear scat, which as you may imagine convinced me to take an alternate route in order to avoid becoming the ingredients in the next pile of steaming hot bear scat.

(I mean seriously, could you imagine the irony if I were to end up being mauled by a mother grizzly protecting her young in Alaska? That would be a bit much to take, even for me.)

However I will say this.

If Palin is so impressed with a poll that suggests only one third of the country supports impeaching Obama (By the way the headline for the CNN article about the poll is "Majority say no to impeachment and lawsuit."), then how does she feel about the Wall Street Journal poll which says that a full 52% of Americans would like her to shut the fuck up?

Now THAT is a poll in which the numbers are guaranteed to grow as time goes on.

The Fundamentalists are not convinced people are getting the message that THEY are being persecuted. So their newest foray into movie making is titled "Persecuted." There, that should do it.

Here is how the New York Post describes the film:  

The Lord works in mysterious ways but “Persecuted” works in blundering, obvious ways, straining a Christianity-under-attack theme through a dopey thriller. James Remar plays a Billy Graham-like evangelist who refuses to back a corrupt senator (Bruce Davison) pushing some sort of religious-unity bill for which details never quite emerge but that would effectively neutralize US Christianity. Or something. Framed for rape and murder in moronic ways that wouldn’t fool anybody, the evangelist turns fugitive while he tries to clear his name with the aid of his dad — a priest played by Fred Dalton Thompson. Hey, you know who else wandered in the wilderness?

Of course as all of you know "Arts and Entertainment" is one of the mountains described in the Seven Mountains mandate put forth by the Dominionists. 

And this movie, along with "Heaven is Real," "Noah," "Exodus," and a whole slew of others is supposed to convince the nonbelievers that God is real and religion is necessary, and also gives the believers something to watch which kowtows to their primitive superstitions.

Personally I welcome the idea that the Religious Right is turning to cinema as way to prove the existence of God.

That just makes it all the easier for me to convince the naysayers that Batman is real.

After all HE has been in tons of movies, almost as many as Jesus. So take that you, Dark Knight atheists!

P.S. But seriously this movie is, if you will pardon the expression, god awful. And it is certainly not going to win any converts, though it might help to reinforce the American Christian's ever increasing persecution complex.

True Blood star responds to Sarah Palin's attack on the show. (Oh, and I might have made a teensy weensy mistake as well.)

Courtesy of Deadline: 

True Blood may be into its final season, but the HBO show wasn’t treating its likely last Comic-Con appearance with anything but a ravenous appetite and a bit of bite. Specifically it was former GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin who got chomped. “She’ll weigh in on anything,” castmember Kristin Bauer van Straten said disdainfully of Palin revealing that she turned down the attempt HBO made to get the ex-Alaska governor on the show for its most recent broadcast. Besides a bloodbath at a fictional fundraiser for real-life Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the July 20 episode had several digs at the GOP including one character referring to herself as “a Republic**t.”

Deadline goes on to address Palin's rant about True Blood's attitude toward Conservatives which of course we covered here.

You will also note that the website discloses exactly WHEN Palin was offered the role, which as it turns out was for the episode that played last Sunday, which is something that I got wrong in my post last Friday.

In my defense it is usual to refer to episodes in numerical order which would mean that the last one would be episode 75, not five. However it was not reported that way which led to the confusion.

There were arguments for both cases. Offering it to Palin back when she was a relative unknown would have meant that she would not carry quite so much baggage as now, giving the producers the slim possibility of presenting her character as something other than a horrible bitch, but offering her the recent one with the word "Republicunt," and Pam's obvious disdain for the Republicans, does not seem like something even a person as desperate for employment as Palin would nibble at.

So we wrong, Palin was offered the opportunity to appear in the more recent episode five, and she did not take it.  Glad we have that settled.

Here is more of what Bauer van Straten had to say about our favorite Alaskan bloodsucker:

“It’s sweet many, many years later that I’ve made her angry, I had fun doing it,” said the actress who plays vampire Pam Ravenscroft of first hearing Palin’s name and the way she reacted to the cabler’s offer. Van Straten’s remark got huge applause from the thousands in Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center. 

I really love Pam's character. And since this is the final season I am going to really miss this show.

Owner of tow truck company gets arrested for targeting cars of individuals participating in "Gay Day" events in Orange County.

Courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel:  

The owner of a towing company was arrested Friday and charged with illegally towing vehicles of people who took part in last month's Gay Days events in Orange County. 

Jason P. Combs, 44, owner of ASAP Towing, faces 29 counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle and other charges. Deputies allege he towed more than 100 vehicles June 5 to 9 from a parking lot at Westwood Town Center off International Drive, which is across the street from the event's host hotel, Doubletree by Hilton. Combs didn't have an up-to-date contract to tow vehicles or have proper signage notifying motorists the lot was a tow-away zone, deputies said. 

His attorney, R. David de Armas, said Combs did have a valid contract with the owner and only vehicles that were illegally parked were towed. de Armas also said the fact that it happened during Gay Days was irrelevant. 

But in one instance a victim said he felt he was targeted because of his sexual orientation. 

Cpl. Rick Schmeltzer said the towing company also targeted vehicles the year before during Gay Days activities. During weekends with events other than Gay Days the company completed a "minuscule amount of tows," he said. 

Schmeltzer also said the towing company had "spotters" to look for people who left the center so their vehicles so they could be towed. 

"With many of these people, their cars were towed within 5, 10 15 minutes [of parking]," he said. "This was total predator towing. There's really no other word for it." 

The tow truck would hide around the corner and when a spotter saw someone walk across the street to the hotel, the spotters would call the truck and the vehicle would be towed, the complaint says. 

Those whose cars were towed would have to take a cab ride to the towing company and were charged $165 cash to get their car, including a $40 "gate fee," which isn't permitted under Florida law, the complaint says.

I'm sorry the guy tows more than 100 cars, and does so within 5 to 15 minutes after the owners walk away, and this ONLY happens during events for the LGBT community?

Hey if it walks like a bigot, quacks like a bigot, and tows cars like a bigot, he's a bigot. 

Okay this is brilliant.
Click image to play video.
Damn that was good!

I watched this with my daughter yesterday which brought back memories, because when she was just three years old this was her favorite movie, and it played non-stop at my house any time she was with me.

In fact that was how I knew that she was somewhat brighter than the average child when I discovered that she could rewind the movie and play it on her own if I was too busy or too slow to do it for her.

This is actually the first time I have seen any version of the movie that has not caused my PTSD to kick in.

Kids today have some crappy choices in toys.

You know the truly hysterical part about this is that it actually exists.