Comparative Corruption

Okay, so I’m probably not going to get to the New Vocabulary article any time soon.  Stuff just keeps happening.

Big news today in the blogosphere is that some 3,000 pages of Alaska Governor Todd and wife Palin’s officially unofficial emails while in office have been released to the world by MSNBC.  I have nothing to add in that regard, except that I found their efforts to find an legitimate reason for Alaskans to pay one of their daughters’ travel expenses, along with the stuff about the tanning bed and the trampoline, to be very interesting. 

Being from Illinois, it brought back memories of the revelations of a year ago.  Ah, yes…Governor Blagojevich.  That guy who, in spite of the fact that he must have (on some level) realized the FBI was listening, tried to sell — over a land-line telephone, how old-fashioned — a Senate seat formerly belonging to the man he hates with a passion because that man is now in the White House, which is a place Blagojevich once aimed for but now merely covets.  He also tried to shake down an executive of a children’s hospital by threatening him with loss of state funding.   And there were numerous other goodies attributed to Blagojevich before his career came to a crashing halt.

Thing is, Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office.  Palin quit, some are guessing in order to bilk all the money she could out of her teabag-sucking acolytes before the storm hit.  And it seems now that the storm is finally getting ready to blow.  But will the fact that she quit ahead of the game, or the fact that the media and current U.S. politics love her right-wingnuttiness, serve as a buffer?  This has cushioned her in the past.

I’m asking because Blagojevich, alleged liberal savior-figure of the downtrodden (in his own mind, at least), has no cushion whatsoever except that most of the country thinks he’s funny in a tragic, D-list sort of way.  In spite of his repeated proclamation of love for the people of Illinois, we hate him.  It’s that simple.  We’re glad he’s gone.  Of course, we seem to have more or less immediately replaced him with an assortment of new and improved reptiles, but he himself is gone from our lives.

All these emails coming out in the same week as the revelation about Palin dodging property taxes on a luxury cabin or two and then appearing as the well-paid keynote speaker at the halfwit Wingnut Ball, has to be the stuff of a brewing left-wing media conspiracy controversy in the minds of her followers.  That’s what I’m afraid of, actually — that it will all be reduced to just that in the popular perception.

So what will be the fate of Palin?  I’m waiting, because the answer will tell me everything I need to know.

Oh, and another wingnut email

I got the wingnut email mentioned in the following article the other day and instantly smelled something very dead and very fishy.  Turns out I was right about this one too:

Who is J.D. Pendry?

So for all the wingnuts who fell for this one, please don’t feel left out.  You get the Stupid of the Day Award just like the Obama-phone bunch did.  Take a bow, wingnuts.

Wingnuts and Free Cellphones

I just got another hysterical, misinformed right-wing e-mail from a well-meaning wingnut, blaming Obama for the “Obama-phones.”  “WHAT THE HELL ARE WE WORKING FOR???!!!!” the email exclaimed, “YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING WASTED BY OBAMA!!!!”

What’s the fuss about?  Free cell phones (with very few minutes and lots of strings attached), for the poor.

Okay, I’m going to make this brief and to the point.  Read s-l-o-w-l-y:

(1) Various organizations and municipalities have been providing free cell phones to seniors for several years now.  Municipality=government=you’ve been paying taxes for this if you live in a town where such a service is offered.

(2) The business of offering free cell phones to the poor also started WELL BEFORE OBAMA WAS ELECTED.  The earliest link I can find is October, 2008, although this link indicates the program goes back much further than that.  To when?  NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR (1984).  During the Reagan administration, that is.

So much for the “Obama-phone,” although I’m sure that by now this email has gone to thousands of wingnuts and they’re all so angry they’re almost in orbit, about to float out into the streets again to show their asses — that is, if they can find them.  Their asses, that is.  (Hint, wingnut: it’s where your brain is obviously located.)

To anyone who receives and believes this latest wingnut e-mail, I give the Stupid of the Day Award.  Take a bow, wingnut.