Jun. 4th, 2011

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Sarah Palin is hardly worth talking about, but these soundbites from her current cross-country tour of great American landmarks are too good to pass up:

In Boston, reflecting upon Paul Revere:

"He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed."

Palin's just a few years older than I am, so I know if they were teaching Paul Revere's Ride during my gradeschool days, they were sure as hell teaching it during hers. Frankly, Paul Revere's Ride is one of the few tidbits of American Revolution history that is remotely captivating to a grade-schooler. I remember the story and I'm an America-hating liberal. I wonder why a great patriot like Palin doesn't seem to know anything about it.

In New York, at the Statue of Liberty:

"This Statue of Liberty was gifted to us by foreign leaders, really as a warning to us, it was a warning to us to stay unique and to stay exceptional from other countries. Certainly not to go down the path of other countries that adopted socialist policies."

This is getting like that TV show, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? Regarding Sarah Palin, I think the answer is a resounding "no."

Palin is obviously ignorant of even the simplest tourist-trap factoids about American history, so she makes up her own. Not surprisingly, she fabricates versions that support her extreme conservative beliefs. So the Statue of Liberty becomes some kind of coded warning from France not to turn into...France (France is just one of the countries that American conservatives consider part of the great Axis of Godless Socialism). Paul Revere's Ride morphs into a stirring tale of gun rights (which is especially hilarious considering that Al-Quaeda released a video yesterday instructing would-be terrorists on how easy it is to buy guns in the U.S., literally saying, "So what are you waiting for!?")

It doesn't even matter that she's being widely mocked for stuff like this. First of all, it plays into her never-ending claim that the "lamestream media" is out to get her, and her followers eat that up. Second, she doesn't give a shit about real American history, she only cares about the extreme-right conservatism that she thinks is the real story of America. Her followers eat that up too, and an awful lot of them think she'd make a great president.

Game Over

Jun. 4th, 2011 02:16 pm
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One half of J2 has finally started a Twitter account: http://twitter.com/#!/jarpad.

His "better half" is his profile pic. And I don't mean his wife. I mean his real better half.

I always knew this day would come. The end of fandom as we know it.

h/t to [livejournal.com profile] tazical

ETA: Okay, shit. Am I going to wind up spending hours following Jared Padaecki's Twitter? Cuz like...he's at this con in Nashville with Jensen, and Jensen said "Tweet something right now," and Jared tweeted "Something right now," and then there it was so it's like...real time Jared & Jensen and I can easily see how quickly this could become addictive. Jesus Christ, I already have no life.


Jun. 4th, 2011 05:04 pm
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See, this is what I don't get about Twitter. You can't have an actual conversation there like you can here. What's the point of that? Or am I missing something?


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