Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Conservative "bulk book buying machine" pushes Sarah Paliin's book to the top, after only the second day that it is available.

Just two days after HarperCollins announced that the release of Palin's memoir, "Going Rogue," had been moved up from the spring to Nov. 17, preorders for the former Alaska governor's book have made it No. 1 on Barnes & on Wednesday and at No. 2 on, trailing only Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol."

Palin, in collaboration with author Lynn Vincent, completed her 400-page book just four months after agreeing to terms with HarperCollins, which plans a first printing of 1.5 million copies.

Yeah but is anybody actually going to READ it?

If you are unfamiliar with this particular scam, let me clue you in.

You see what the Conservatives do is pre-order a whole ton of books by one of their minions like Glenn Beck, or Bill O'Reilly, or Rush Limbaugh, Or Sean Hannity, or Sarah Palin, and then either change their mind, leaving the book store with a whole bunch of books that NOBODY wants, or they have their money laundering book outlet, the Conservative Book Club, sell the books later at a loss.

What this does is push these poorly written books to the top of the bestsellers list and cause panic among the few hundred people who may legitimately want to read one of these future doorstops, and they rush to the bookstore to reserve their copy before they are all sold out.

This way they reinforce the mythology that conservative authors sell way more books than do their liberal counterparts and they get to funnel a buttload of money to one of their Conservative mouthpieces without alerting the IRS to the scam.

Where does this money come from? Well I would look at the GOP fundraising machine and SarahPAC to start, when it comes to this particular book, but I do not personally have the resources to investigate much further.

But perhaps if somebody were to ask....oh I don't know...Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann to investigate? I bet THEY could get to the bottom of it pretty damn fast.

But one fact is irrefutable, NOBODY is buying this book for its literary qualities!


  1. Anonymous4:39 PM

    dudes...what is UP with her face?!? seriously, Gryph. that photo totally makes me think of the movie "Total Recall". :::shivers::: something is just a come on! someone back me up over here!

  2. Earmark Ulu Palin4:50 PM

    I agree with the premise of this article--I read the Scientologists used to do the same thing--apparently jacking up orders for L. Ron Hubbard's books--only to return unsold copies by the truckload.

    If we run out of natural gas in Anchorage this winter (see todays Anchorage Daily News), we might need this book for fuel!

  3. Anonymous4:52 PM

    I have absolutely NO intention of buying or reading her ghostwriter's book.

    At any price.

  4. Anonymous4:54 PM

    and is up with that face! She looks just awful! Halloween practice maybe?

  5. Gryphen, I am afraid you are not exactly correct in all your suppositions on this topic. First of all, although I am well aware of the scam of conservative bulk book buying, at the wholesale level, to force a book to the top of the NYT Best Seller list, but this does not apply to Amazon! I am not even sure it applies to B&N online, either. Everyone from Shannyn Moore to Jeanne Devon advertised the release of this book on TV last night, making even more potential buyers aware of its release. Individual buyers ordered copies from Amazon and B&N online, not bulk-ordering organizations. I sincerely hope that I am wrong and you are right about this, but I seriously doubt it.

  6. Anonymous5:12 PM

    It doesn't take much to drive up the numbers at Amazon. When a relative wrote a book, we bought all of ten copies to give to friends and family, and his numbers skyrocketed.

    Sarah's book is 6 weeks out. Who wants to bet on whether they have already printed one and a half million copies-- or-- are they waiting to see the numbers At Amazon, Barnes & Noble et al to see how much they really should be printing.

    I see this as a fast way for to cash in while Sarah's name is still recognizable. If people don't want her for speeches, that book is all that she has left. They probably paid an advance, and they have to make back the money.

    If Sarah performs true to form, the book tour will be a replay of the Hong Kong Hype. She is going to be one very pricey object to market. We all remember the Republican Campaign of 2008- clothes, makeup, hair stylist, limo, airplanes, the royal treatment. The tour that Sarah imagines could end up costing everything that they paid for the book. Right.

  7. Anonymous5:21 PM

    Gryphen, the book is not released yet, it's only on pre-release.

  8. Anonymous5:23 PM

    Thanks for the info, Gryphen.

  9. Susie5:31 PM

    I haven't heard a lot of reasons for the rush to move the publish date up so soon. My theory is that either Ms. Palin herself or her publishers are seeing her bright star dimming quickly and seeing the need to get this thing out while there are still large numbers of people out there to buy it. Who cares if anyone actually reads it, but they want to make money off selling the book. I'm guessing that it will read like a compilation of her word salad speeches, rambling and babbling and ranting and raving... pure nonsense and outright lies throughout.

  10. Anonymous5:38 PM

    75% of the buyers are curiousity seekers
    There are millions of people world wide that find her "facinating"
    So they simply want to hear what she is all blabby about

    Just like her face book page.. there are constant updates onto how many "followers" she has .. uh has anyone gone to that page?

    People can't comment unless they are a friend err
    and there are a heck of alotta negative comments

    Those aware of her "gates" wont spend a penny and will wait for their local library or read snippets online for FREE... why line her already greasy pockets

    But alotta folk just want some "entertainment"

    this is not complimentary
    I read about the bulk buying with the book Left
    Behind? perhaps I am wrong as I tried to google it and didn't run across a clipping

    But yes.. buy in bulk so it pops that book to the top .. only the books at the "top" get the most promotion..

    Silly Palin lovers.. Trix are for kids
    err.. just because a book is bought doesn't mean you have a loyal follower

    they need a smack on the back of their head

    Though, as much as I would like to see the crumble of the Palin palace finally shake sense into these peeps.. seeing this last year's worth of bowing to her shrine.. she can fall, get buried, she could be an axe murderer.. they will just latch onto the next crazed fool

    They seek a "voice" .. a podium.. right now it is the Palin gal... tomorrow it will be ... whoever spits the stuff they would love to say in public but realize it is so backwards they only hush amongst themselves

    Like people with perverted fantasies.. they keep it hush until they find 10 or more people that share it .. then all of the sudden they are pro-perverted fantasy and are on a mission to convert the rest of us

  11. Anonymous5:39 PM

    Amazon will let you pre-order book (s) and when they come in they will ask if you still want the books. I'm sure the bots are pro-ordering (gifts) for their bot friends but more likely just pre-ordering a lot and pushing up the sales. Freeping the sales like they do the pols. So I don't believe it at all. And tell me what kind of a is written in 4 mos? Not a very good book! I just started Reb. Gomorrah and its obvious he put alot of time and research in this book.
    No one but a hack writes a book in 4 mos.

  12. Anonymous5:39 PM

    i know my spelling was way off FYI but wont repost the right spellings as it was a bit of a tangent..sorry dear readers

  13. Anonymous5:43 PM

    This book buying game is played by many teams, not just the conservative wingnut supporters. HarperCollins knows how to make cash along with all the other book publishers. The next "Harry Potter" author will end up on the trash heap, while the publishers invest in hype. Fortunately for the reading public, the internet lets real authors do an end-run around the publishers.

    --- and Shatner has a sure thing reading choice lines for the late night TV crowd.

    EVERYbody wins!

  14. Just_a_Mote5:43 PM

    OT but in response to anon at 4:39, It looks like Botox. A friend of my wife had Botox treatments and she ended up looking like a China Doll for some time afterwards. She eventually looked more natural but not for some time. But, on the other hand, it could just be the lighting.

  15. Anonymous6:00 PM

    clever HuffPo poster left this:

    Don't know much about history
    Don't know much biology
    Don't know much about my brand new book
    Don't know much about the journalism I took

    But I do know if I'm on TV
    maybe someone will buy my biography
    What a wonderful payday this would be

    Don't know much about the senate floor
    Don't know what punctuation is for
    Don't know much about helping the poor
    Pretty much I'm just a media Wh_ore

    But I do know that one and one is three
    And if you would simply buy my biography
    What a wonderful life this would be

    Read more at:

  16. Glenn Beck's book is getting dusty in our Sam's club and borders.
    I may have to avoid that isle after the book comes out

  17. Anonymous6:18 PM

    OT but somewhere in Alaska a blogger is having a good laugh. Kent Jones gave a report on Lynn Vincent, Sarah's Ghost Writer at the end of the Rachel Maddow Show. After describing some of Lynn's books, Kent described the conservative3 blogger with whom Lynn has written a book. Kent ripped that guy (we know who) a good one, calling him a misogynist, among other things. Karma, it's a bitch.

  18. Susie @ 5:31 said: "My theory is that either Ms. Palin herself or her publishers are seeing her bright star dimming quickly...."

    Sarah herself seeing her star dimming? No way, LOL - she is, and always will be, a legend in her own mind. NOT capable of self-awareness, nope.

  19. What can a 40 something who has done next to nothing in her life say in a 400 page memoir? Obviously not much substance, but a lot of political trash talk and hatred, just like her VP campaign.

  20. Anonymous7:00 PM

    This is ever bit the hype as the E-Bay dinner auction. That doesn't mean she doesn't have fanbots that are preordering by the dozens for their Christmas gifts.

    Gryphen, thank you for putting this out. It should be mentioned each time the book comes up. Let us not forget that Vincent isn't her only ghost writer. Who did the WSJ piece for her? FaceBook? I don't care if she has ghost writers, I don't like when she pretends it is her.

    If she really needs money she could sell copies of the journals she kept, we'd love to see her journal style. I can't believe a word her people are saying, too many shady stories. When the book is finally available it will be dissected by those who can give us the scoop. Did Vincent make it readable, is it totally the crazy lady or somewhere in between?

    If it is close enough to S. Palin that Shatner can make a fortune that will work for me. I have a feeling she will be a bigger joke than she was before. I haven't read Vincent, so I can't imagine what she will do with word salad. Do you think it is ready early because Vincent just gave up and sent whatever she and Meg were able to manage?

  21. Anonymous7:03 PM

    Yes, it doesn't take much to push a book up or down on Amazon. In this past week, I've seen the ranking on my own pre-release book swing up and down by 40,000 in just 24 hours! Their system is very convoluted and is based on both past orders as well as present orders, but I've no doubt all of her adoring supporters rushed over there to pre-order right away. I suspect we won't see that kind of momentum continue. Midnight Cajun

  22. Anonymous7:15 PM

    Floyd, as a published author myself, I know that Amazon pre-orders books in bulk itself to resell later at a deeply discounted price (they did it to mine). Does Amazon skew its numbers in doing that? I don't know.

  23. don't sweat it sweetie- it will be book bin fodder- in the sale bin at Borders by April....on sale for $3.99....and piles of them sitting a big ol pile of kitty litter...

    ( although I think Kitty litter will be a better read..)

  24. Anonymous7:22 PM

    For those of you who actually thought Sarah might seize the chance to fess up about Trig in her book, here's a snip from the Book Description put up on Amazon by HarperCollins: "she’ll share insights into the personal challenges she’s faced including balancing her time as a working mother... having a child with a disability and supporting her teenage daughter through an unplanned pregnancy."

    So all of her lies are going to be there in print, to haunt her forever and ever once the truth comes out. (and I'd imagine Bristol is dying laughing at the thought that her mom "supported" her through either her first or her second pregnancy)

  25. Anonymous7:30 PM

    This also is OT, but, I haven't seen anything about the Sarah Palin doll that Bill O'Reilly had on his show last night!

    Honestly, it was the ugliest depicture of a celebrity I have ever seen. I thought that an approval was needed by the celebrity before they could manufacture a doll. Was this a joke or what? The price was $39.95. Did I hear that right?

    Somebody has to post the picture of this doll!

    You won't believe it...


  26. Anonymous7:44 PM

    I think there's a typo in Palin's book title. Shouldn't it be "Goin' Rogue?"

  27. Wrong again...but what else is new??? Bulk buying goes on with different books, but it is done through the the company that publishes the books not Barnes and Noble or Amazon. stupid do you think your readers are...guess you know them...they seem to believe this. Barnes and Noble and Amazon have their reputations to protect on the "best sellers". LMAO. And, do you really think other major blogs and new outlets would be reporting this if "bulk buying" was going on through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You people live in a dream world. No one would ever trust a "best selling" list if this were true.

    Of course, ask Rachel or Keith to investigate. They don't have much to do to prepare for their programs since not many people watch them anyway....their ratings are in the tank.

  28. Anonymous8:05 PM

    I was reading reviews (and adding my own) at Barnes and Noble. Unbelievable that they are reviewing a book that hasn't been read. However, someone's review made mention of a Palinbot site that told people to buy some $20 BN gift cards and order the books several times, using the card numbers over and over with different names. If that works, then that pushed the book up. It will be interesting when all is said and done to see if the bookstores get stuck with a bunch of unwanted books.

  29. Anonymous8:07 PM

    Anytime these neanderthals buy a book of any kind is a good thing. It means less money their spending on ammo.

  30. Anonymous8:16 PM

    It is a huge leap to believe the Trig story. real proof needs to come out. if i believe it now i would be one of her blind followers.

    this is paradoxical

  31. The better question in all of this is....(drum roll) now that Bumpit Barbie got the big payday, how soon until Toad files for divorce and how many kids is see going to say he is responsible to pay child support for???

  32. Anonymous8:47 PM

    I think Amazon and Barnes (and other booksellers) pre-ordered the book (they get a nice wholesale price in bulk). I can see a million people buying it, she has a lot of fans and there are curiousity seekers. The interesting part is, when she has to make appearances for interviews afterwards, will she?

  33. Anonymous9:06 PM

    Thanks, Amy1, for the link to the dolls!

    The one B.O. had on his show, was the one in the middle with the black suit on. I thought I was losing it.

    How much milk does that damn cow have...


  34. frankie9:13 PM

    That juju is a slow learner.

  35. Helen9:26 PM

    why o why is it that absolutely everything conservatives do ends up being a scam? I've known that their book sales figures were scams ever since Rush Limburger was reported as such a best selling author, but I didn't know the mechanism used to do it.

    I don't think Palin should ever be referred to as "best selling author" without using the word scam in the description as well.

  36. Anonymous10:13 PM

    juju, you'd better hurry up and buy the Bumpit Palin doll while it lasts! Only a few units left! Your at-home shrine won't be complete without it!
    See Amy's link!

  37. I suppose no one but me would do this, but what if one wants to pump up advance sales numbers, so you order a LOT of advance sales books, and you see those stats go sky high, and then later, just before the ship date, one might quietly cancel one's order. Do you think anyone might be doing that? Esp some corporate buyer who can order a large number of them at once?

    Naaaah, no one would do that, right? Right?

  38. Best scam north of the copper.

    Took me forever to get my connection back!!! Whats up with that all my google acc work fine. whats goin on here. Someone messing with your site Gryphen?? Everyother site if fine for me except you an Gods own party. What i didnt donate enough money last time?

  39. Ginger said

    "The one B.O. had on his show, was the one in the middle with the black suit on."

    That's the pregnant action doll, right? They forgot the scarf!

  40. Anonymous1:13 AM

    Hey, Gryphen, you should link to this. It is hilarious.

  41. Anonymous1:27 AM

    Gryphen, did you see this?

  42. Anonymous2:16 AM

    I just looked at the SP photo below this post--didn't really pay attention to it before. If this is what Madame Insanity looks like after some recent "work," I want to know who her surgeon is--so I can avoid them like the plague! She looks as if she's aged at least 15 years. I'm thinking this is one of the more recent photos? I'm sure her book cover pic will be heavily retouched.

  43. Anonymous3:02 AM

    I don't think Murdock rushed Palin's book to get it out ahead of the others. I believe he understand the "not-wired-like-that" nature of this woman and knew he couldn't keep her muzzled for very long. And, she was probably getting on Lynn Vincen't nerves and they were afraid she'd "go rogue" on HER.

    He'll cut her loose as soon as the book his the shelves.

  44. Old Greasy Gopher Guts3:27 AM

    Some of the tags associated with her book at Amazon are pretty funny.

  45. Anonymous3:43 AM

    Doesn't bother me at all if Palin's book is a bestseller - easy come, easy go. The book tour ought to be fun - we know how well she does with spontaneous interviews. If she doesn't do one, then we can assume she has finally got someone giving her good advice.

  46. I went to Amazon & read comments on the book. Lots & lots of Palinistas there, drooling over her & bragging about ordering multiple books to send to friends and relatives. Mine hopefully know better, although I do have a cousin who doesn't have a clue about anyone's opinion other than hers, so I may be getting one.(for TP) Gasp. The Palinbots would be wise to wait & order all the used books which will be offered soon at around $3.00 or less. Still too much.

    The good thing about entering the Palin Pit was that there were was a growing number of comments from sane people. C4P gets there early to block out any opposition. I need another shower. LOL!

  47. Has anybody heard a peep from lawyers about babygate yet?

    That was a major revelation without any lawyer action. Either they don't want to have to prove anything, or they do not want ANYTHING to interfere with a book deal.

    what would happen if she really did lie about the pregnancy and lied about it in the book?
    Would she lose the book contract?

  48. Anonymous4:45 AM

    Anon: anytime they buy a book they are not buying ammo!! GOOD ONE!

  49. Anonymous4:47 AM

    As to the possibility that SarahPAC funds will play a role in bulk purchasing, this should come up some where in the next FEC disclosure. . .check it out, when released.

  50. Anonymous5:35 AM

    I love the one with Glenn Beck-
    Butthurt Level Alert System

  51. Anonymous6:14 AM


    Please go back to your in house alter where you worship Saint Sarah. Light some more incense and say a few prayers to her.

    Nobody at this blog gives a rat's ass about your comments. We know Sarah is a blithering idiot..

    The only thing that scares us about Sarah is she had a chance of being too close to the nuclear launch button.

    Please buy hundreds of copies of her book.. put your hard earned money in her pocket. As PT Barnum said... there is a sucker born every minute. Juju, you are just one more sucker.

  52. Anonymous6:30 AM

    I just went to Amazon and there are NO reviews at all, just discussion forums.

    Is there a glitch in my computer?
    Or have they taken this down?

  53. To clarify what I said earlier, think about it, people: any large organization purchasing a huge quantity of books (or anything else) is NOT going to pay retail. That scenario drives a book up the chart at the NYT, not online orders. Amazon and B&N stock their warehouses, of course, but their sales ranking system is for their own retail sales, not their own wholesale ordering. As several people have commented, it really does not take that much to drive a book to a #1 position in online retail sales. The bulk buying referred to in this article does not apply in this case, although it is a scam consistently used by the organizations mentioned. However, this is done directly from the publisher or distributor at the wholesale price level when the book is actually released. There are no reviews at Amazon because they do not publish any reviews until the book has actually been released. B&N does.

  54. Old Greasy Gopher Guts said...
    Some of the tags associated with her book at Amazon are pretty funny.

    You're right! Fortunately, someone included "Crunchwrap Supreme." $P could be a spokesmodel for Taco Bell, mayhap?

  55. FEDUP!!!9:27 AM

    Gryphen: Your title is technically speaking wrong - the book is NOT YET available; you can only put a hold on a copy. It is still either at the printers or even in the process of being written (crayoned?)...

  56. The appeal of Palin's book, Coulter's books, Beck's books etc is explained very well by this part of the sales pitch for joining the Conservative Book Club:

    "If you are looking for a one-stop source for books that counter "mainstream" liberal orthodoxy, CBC is it. If you
    are looking for books that affirm your beliefs, your principles, your core values, you need look no further."

    The clear selling point: here's where you can get the books that tell you that YOU are right and those other people are WRONG!

    Same thing that the Faux viewers go to Faux News for. It was quite predictable that Faux News would see its ratings rise as the Republican Party has crumbled, because Faux is the one place they know they can go and always have their beliefs supported.

  57. A little O/T but it does relate to the Palinistas buying multiple copies of this book.

    I am thinking that a lot of families have holiday gift exchanges where names are drawn for who to exchange with in the extended family. Many times there are some other rules for the exchange, such as suggested price limit on the gifts.

    If anybody is participating in such an exchange this year, and the rules are being laid out, might not be a bad idea to say "no giving people biographies that they know the recipient has absolutely NO intention of reading". Sort of a Golden Rule thing.

    On the other hand, if you draw the name of a family who keeps forwarding you RWNJ emails, and you suspect you might be receiving Palin's bio from them, you could be prepared to reciprocate with any of a number of good titles, such "Republican Gomorrah", "The Family", or "God's Own Party", just to name a few...

  58. Anonymous11:07 AM

    Floyd is correct. Bulk buying is not done through secondary re-sellers like Amazon and B&N. Very large bulk sales deals are done directly with the publisher at a greatly reduced price and not until the actual release date.

  59. Anonymous1:08 PM

    "Whenever I am having a bad day, I say "Thank God! I can dial up "The Immoral Minority" blog for unintentional burlesque that rivals the best of
    the Marks Brothers."

    This reminds me of the kind of "Bury-your-head-in -the sand-at -the-risking-of choking" mentality that geeks who waited on line at 3:00 a.m. to see "The Dark Knight" had concerning the release of "Mamma Mia".

    "Mamma Mia!" will run for a week and then it will never be heard from again."

    When the film opened at the top of the charts in Europe it was,

    "It's the easiest thing in the world to fudge Box Office receipts and you do it to make it seem like seats are hard to get."

    Curiously, the people who underestimated the pulling power of Abba's music 27 years after the group broke up had little to say when the DVD
    became Amazon U.K.'s all-time best-selling product, exceeding sales of the Beattles box set, all the Harry Potter offerings, and the Dark Knight.

    You people can do generations yet unborn a tremendous service: leave your brains to science so someone can uncover the secret of what makes it so hard for some individuals to see the obvious until it rolls over them.

    I don't even know who Adam Lambert is and I don't care. Neither do I see any reason to suspect there's a conspiracy behind the fact that pre-sales of his album put it at the top of Amazon's charts. Apparently, he has a HUUUUUGE fan base that flies under the radar and which has made presales go ballistic.

    Seriously, have any of you people really considered that such resistance to things like this may be even slightly pathological?

  60. Anonymous1:14 PM

    Re: Kat:

    "Dreams of My Fathers" is available through Amazon for $2.98.

  61. Anonymous2:35 PM

    The book publishing business is what it is. Bulk book sales and pub houses do run their little tricks. It is not a conspiracy when that is discussed. It is not new with Sarah Palin or Anne Coulture. The so called best seller list has been known for it's game long before Palin. What is so unusual about it? That people want to remain uninformed?

    Palin's base is around 600,000 and there will be church groups that will purchase her book. She has that and some fat cats that can spike up numbers. It is not as it appears but that won't stop the suckers from taking the bait.

  62. Anonymous3:10 PM

    Julie Drake, co-owner of Anchorage's largest independent bookstore, Title Wave, stopped to quiz her booksellers about Palin's book.
    "Nobody has said a word. Not a single customer has asked about it. I don't know what that means. Maybe we're all going rogue, going all mavericky," she said.

  63. Anonymous3:33 PM

    Oh, good! Our favorite magniloquent crepuscular troll is back at 1:08 and 1:14. Another sign Palin's lipstick career is about to begin!

  64. 1:08 sure seems to have a lot of bad days, needing to come over here...

    But thanks for explaining. I think now I get this whole thing about people buying Sarah's book, thanks to that great Abba analogy!

    It's like this: Palin is to to the year 2009 like Leif Garrett was to 1977.

    Most people could have cared less about Leif, but the ones who liked him, REALLY liked him! So if he was on the cover of Tiger Beat, all his fans would buy it. It would be a huge seller!!!!

    Meanwhile, nobody else cared about the Tiger Beat sales (except maybe Shaun Cassidy).

    Years later, fans would still be keeping up their fan sites for Leif. And to all those people who forgot about him and thought he was all washed up, well, he won "Celebrity Fear Factor" in 2006, SO THERE!

    So in other words, Sarah's fans will all buy her book, and years later they will still keep up their fan site. Also like Leif, Sarah will appear on "I Can't Believe I Wore That - In the 00's"

    And Sarah will market a new refrigerator magnet with this quote of Leif's on it:

    "If there is anything I would tell anybody in this profession, it is never believe your own press."

  65. Anonymous6:36 PM

    ArmchairJane: You're exhibiting the precise kind of denial I was referring to.

    ABBA continues to confounded the groups' critics because in they arrogance they resolutely failed to even except the possibility that the music had a wide enough appeal (read, "base") to have staying power Abba Gold has now gone Platinum on six different occasions and all of the critics who trivialize the music, who still conceive of Anderson and Ulvaeus as freakish lightweights hjaven't been able to put a dent in world wide sales.

    Your comparison of Palin to Leif Garrett may be the most vapid analogy I've heard on this board, and while it is a dubious distinction it deserves mention for the scope of its ridiculousness.

    Garrett had a few songs crack the top-100 in '77. oner reach #10 in the U.S. and another that hit #4 in the U.K.

    I might suggest to you that Tiger Beat hardly has the reputation and being on the cover of a magazine paid for by the babysitting money of 16-year old girls is not quite the same as being on the cover of Time; being paid six figures to address the largest annual conference of Chinese entrepreneurs or landing a six-figure book deal; and failing to crack the top-five in American singles is not quite rocketing to the top of Amazon.

    I fully understand that I might as well be speaking Swahili. Clearly, Brodmann Area 10 in your frontal cortex is tattooed with the warning.

    "No Objectivity Permitted."

  66. WakeUpAmerica7:11 PM

    Wow, troll, just wow! Have you ever heard of editing? In very short time, your diatribe sounds like Charlie Brown's teacher, "Wah wah. Wah wah wah wah. Wah wah wah." If you want people to read your pearls of wisdom, be concise. Oh, that's right, you like to hear yourself rant.

  67. Well, and here I thought we WERE having a Most Vapid Analog Ever contest, given your previous entry.

  68. Anonymous7:40 PM

    RE: Palin's base is around 600,000.

    Yeah, and the earth is 4004 hears old.

    Do you have any empirical evidence that would even remotely suggest this number is accurate within a factor of 10?

    More importantly, do you any of you sense of interest in whether President Obama can weather the coming storm IF the economy is not showing obvious improvement a year from now--and right now there is NO numbers you can use to predict it will?

    Why don't you impassioned patriots of truth, justice, and the American way consider this? What happens if unemployment creeps up a little more. In August 16 states had jobless rates of 15% or more.

    Construction employment had dropped in 324 metropolitan areas over the year.

    The unemployment rate is now 9.7 percent and is expected to climb above 10 percent in the coming months despite signs that the worst of the recession is abating.

    Forget your obsession with Palin. Do you have any coherent thoughts what this means for the mid-term elections?

    Try this on for size: the democrats are going to be blown out. If a
    dem from a red district voted for the stimulus package (and most of them did) his or her constituents are going to ask what he has to show for a trillion-dollar spending binge.

    And there's the problem of cap and trade fiasco. Let's suppose the dems try to ram the 800-page bill through and voters en masse discover that you won't be able to sell your their homes until it passes
    a federally-mandated energy audit. Home prices escalate, buyers reconsider, supply eventually exceeds demand, and the value of your home declines--after you sunk thousands in it to meet the feds standards.

    That's going to make voters soooooo happy.

    And we haven't even talked about the health-care debacle. Eighty percent of Americans are content with their coverage but let's retool it to cover the relatively small percentage of people who truly can't afford it.

    How's Afghanistan going?

    All of these things--any one of which can decimate the dems in 2012--are real issues. And what are your concerns? The legitimacy of Palin's
    book on Amazon or whether she had a nip or tuck.

    There's only one way to put that: it's batsquat crazy.

  69. Hey troll,
    I think you left out the part about going to the mattresses. Make sure to work that part in for the next Facebook!

  70. Anonymous11:16 PM

    Here's the link for the picture of the Sarah Palin doll that is suppose to be 7 months pregnant. It shows her in a black jump suit, minus the scarf. What a laugh. It must be for all the horny old white guys who found her irresistible. It certainly wasn't for me. And I fit the description I described.

  71. crystalwolf aka caligrl6:16 AM

    You trolls when confronted with the truth about the grifter queen always resort to:
    3)Chicken "The sky is falling!"
    Now considering Obama inherited "the economy" and Afghanistan...and you stupidly ask "how's that going!
    Considering the GOPhers have been "the party of no", at every turn, exactly how is he supposed to turn anything around? He has no help nor any valid ideas from the idiots of GOP only NO!
    Course you want him to fail! If he fails, we all know who's fault it is GOP/dominionists/conservative assholes!
    And who cares about ABBA???
    They were crappy before and probably still crappy!

  72. Anonymous7:42 PM


    The conservative bulk book buying machine is real but it's a lot more sophisticated than described here. It's, essentially, a scam run by the publisher(s) that is lubricated by some fairly savvy conservative PR firms. Yes, they buy a bunch of books but it's the way they buy them that's the trick. If you want to sort it out, you have follow the book food chain from printer to pulper. (In extreme short, no, the printer isn't printing as many as the publisher claims and the bulk buys are being channeled through some retailers and, well, those book clubs that end up giving the books away as donation premiums are paying for the books but the whole mess is strictly not-for-profit.) Some book professionals are in on the deal. The editors, the publishers, the wholesalers, all know what's going on but, hey, they are okay with it. It's like getting a grant to increase your bottom line. Amazingly, there's really nothing like this on the left. Those books that The Nation institute publishes are somewhat subsidized, yes, but their life and death in the marketplace happens naturally.

  73. Anonymous10:37 AM

    Isn't Harper collins owned by Rupert Murdoch who also owns Fox news and is in bed with the GOP....

  74. Anonymous4:44 PM

    You seem to be so sure that the book buyers are not real yet you can produce no concrete evidence. Either show some proof or shut up. Anyone can make false claims and pretend what they are saying is true. Don't believe anything unless there is evidence or facts to back it up. Nice try, I am sure you will convince the cool aiders that what you say is truth.

  75. Did think all these conservative books coming out was suspicious. The commenters seem overly concerned with what Sarah Palin looks like which I also find suspect.


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