The Jellywhite Almanac: Whole lotta Palin goin’ on

Good morning.

Before you even ask, Sal Alosi’s ass should be fired and never allowed on the sideline of an NFL game again. Alosi tripped a Miami Dolphin special teamer Looney Tunes style in yesterday’s Jets-Fins game, and while he apologized as well he should have, getting to work for an NFL franchise and stand on the sideline is a privilege, not a right. Fire his ass and move on.

Although I don’t observe Christmas, I sure as hell celebrate it. I’m hoping to get a Kindle – if not, I’ll be buying one – and at the bottom of this piece is a list of the first round of *free* books I’ll be picking up from the Kindle Store. I love works out of copyright – love them! Some of these are books I’ve read and want to re-read or have handy, while others are books I’ve always wanted to read but never got around to. The latest Kindle holds 3500 titles, and these are my choices from the first 480 free books listed at the Kindle store.

I’m going to get an iPad once the new ones come out – I’m not sure if I’ll get the newest version, or if I’ll just wait for the original to go on sale. To use an iPad is to love an iPad.

And finally, my only silly toy will be the Wii with Def Jam Rap Star. I know, I know, King B, you’re the originator of the Jellywhite Lyrical Style, what are you going to do with a rapper game that’s directed at rank amateurs?

Blow if the f&*$ up, that’s what I’m going to do with it.

Alright, let’s start out with some Sarah Palin, shall we.

First, here’s some video of Palin and Franklin Graham in Haiti:

The Haiti Hair Myth was debunked last night, so let’s now address Richard Wolffe’s appearance on Hardball, whereby the Oxford alum made fun of Palin for nothing that she reads C.S. Lewis for inspiration. The derision was palpable, and – as with most derision that goes beyond political disagreement with Palin – completely absurd. Palin said “C.S. Lewis” but Wolffe and Matthews heard “The Chronicles of Narnia,” even though Lewis is among the most prolific authors of fiction, ethics, morality and Christian apologetics of the last 150 years – to think that Lewis was limited to Narnia is to put on display an ignorance that passes all understanding. Here’s an interesting video found, along with great commentary, at Bulletpeople:

From the commentary:

Congratulations you three. We could not have scripted a better demonstration of the ignorance of the mainstream media on things of real importance to middle America. Wolffe says it. Mathews calls him on it, but only inasmuch as to beg off offending Lewis, the author of children’s books. Newton Small har hars along to ratify her ignorance. Oh, and let’s not forget the producer in the booth, the video switchers, the sound men and the others in the headset loop at MSNBC who did not know to whisper into Mathews earpiece that he’s serving up a succulent sweet softball of a lob that Sarah and Todd will soon smack back into his facebook.

[h/t The Blaze]

I know, I know – ‘Who cares? This was at MSNBC, they’re always going to be like this!’ It’s true, it’s true. But – and I find myself saying this more and more – this woman might be President. If you don’t like her, that’s fine, but you better start finding more substantive means of attacking her than trifles like this, if not for your own credibility, then for the good of the country. The more straws are grasped at, the less crediblity credible critiques of Palin will be given, especially in light of the cheerleading the very same people gave Fred-6 in his run-up to and performance in the Oval Office.

You can read more about this over at Cubachi, who also has a good rundown of the substance of the trip.

Also of note for Palinistas, AmSpec was impressed with her WSJ Op-Ed supporting the Ryan Roadmap. Also at AmSpec, more commentary about The Greatest Story with a Clinton Hero. And, at AmThink, two juicy pieces of red meat – read them here and here

From the first piece:

Why do they hate her?  Lewis hits the nail on the head.  Sarah Palin is quintessentially American.  She is a throwback to the days of the founders, when citizens became politicians because the common good demanded service — not because political office offered wealth, power, and a pool of Beltway interns ripe for sexual exploitationand followed their tenure with a return to private life.  But we now live in the age of professional politicians, the self-proclaimed best and brightest who make decisions for an electorate too simple to understand “the facts or the truth.”

Here’s NPR searching high and low for a story about any sign of resurgence in the Democrat Party – they found one in Dallas…

AmThink has a good piece about teen mobs, but gets it wrong (as have so many others) about the source of the DDoS attacks on MasterCard, Visa, PayPal et al, to say nothing of the reasons behind the attacks. I repeat: Wikileaks was a byproduct of the attacks, not the source or reason for the attacks. Why is this so important? Because there are many pros and cons in the Wikileaks debate, but trying to pin the DDoS attacks on them is either uninformed or dishonest – this is not a mystery, and it’s not a secret.

I love this passage from Victor David Hanson’s latest:

We still remember a messianic Barack Obama criss-crossing all 57 states promising “millions of new green jobs” and to “close Guantanamo.” Those pre-September 15, 2008, days were heady times, the apex of doctrinaire postmodern liberalism without the responsibility of governance. Most of us then had never really heard of a teleprompter and were mesmerized by someone who could look out at us with instant impromptu recall of fact after fact — and in such eloquent fashion.

Congratulations to B. Daniel Blatt at The Gay Patriot on defending his dissertation and now being able to use the great line, “I’m sorry, but it’s Doctor Blatt.”

Finally – I’m a fan of Lifehacker, and I used to read Deadspin daily, but for the most part, I pay Gawker no regard. Gawker has a comments policy where you have to “try out” to be a commenter to avoid trollz or differing opinions outside of the left, so it comes with great joy that Gawker was hacked and its qualified commenters’ personal information was put at risk. Sucks for the commenters, but it would seem that such a pretentious manner of commenting would come with some safety.

Or not. Gawker users, take NPR’s advice and, um, change your password. Heh.

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Now for the book list hinted at earlier. These were culled from the first 480 free offerings at the Kindle store:

  • Aristotle – Politics, Poetics, Nicomechian Ethics
  • Thomas Paine – Common Sense, Rights of Man, Age of Reason
  • Edumnd Burke – Complete works v1-12
  • Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know, by Hamilton Wright Mabie
  • Grimm’s Fairy Stories by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
  • Familiar Quotations by Various
  • Aesop’s Fables; a new translation by Aesop
  • The Republic by Plato
  • Apology by Plato
  • Ethics by Aristotle
  • The Century Vocabulary Builder by Garland Greever and Joseph M. (Joseph Morris)
  • BachelorArt of Money Getting Or, Golden Rules for Making Money by P. T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum
  • Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand
  • Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress from this world to that which is to come, delivered under the similitude of a dream, by John Bunyan by John Bunyan
  • Dream Psychology Psychoanalysis for Beginners by Sigmund Freud
  • Heroes, or Greek Fairy Tales for My Children by Charles Kingsley
  • Phrases for Public Speakers and Paragraphs for Study by N/A
  • Democracy in America – Volume 1 by Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Pagan and Christian creeds: their origin and meaning by Edward Carpenter
  • History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Volume 1 by Edward Gibbon
  • Homer and Classical Philology by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
  • Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Sir Walter Scott
  • Up from Slavery: an autobiography by Booker T. Washington
  • Democracy in America – Volume 2 by Alexis de Tocqueville
  • The French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  • Toasts and Forms of Public Address for Those Who Wish to Say the Right Thing in the Right Way by William Pittenger
  • The Koran (Al-Qur’an) by N/A
  • Folk-Lore and Legends; Scandinavian by Various
  • Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks by William Elliot Griffin
  • The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Complete Hypnotism, Mesmerism, Mind-Reading and Spiritualism How to Hypnotize: Being an Exhaustive and Practical System of Method, Application, and Use by A. Alpheus
  • An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  • Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
  • American Institutions and Their Influence by Alexis de Tocquevill
  • Deductive Logic by St. George William Joseph Stock
  • The Pagans by Arlo BateA Treatise of Witchcraft by Alexander Roberts
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I'm King B, the originator of the Jellywhite lyrical style and god's own crunk.

6 Responses to The Jellywhite Almanac: Whole lotta Palin goin’ on

  1. Eric says:

    First off, greast book list.

    Second off, your point about the criticism of Palin’s reading list is well made, but I still tend to think among people who don’t already like Palin, they probably don’t know C.S. Lewis as anything other than the author of the Narnia books, so attacks like this will score points. And even if they didn’t, the real dealstopper for her POTUS ambitions will be her quitting her governership mid-term. It is an unsellable decision. Even if every voter read her detailed explanation in Going Rouge (yes, I’m reading it, and yes I skipped to the back to see what she had to say about this issue), most people are going to see that decision as a disqualifier. And, since she lists concern for her family as one of the factors that weighed into her decision, it is fair game to ask how and why she thinks they would be better off if she were President?

    I am still far from convinced that Palin is a good POTUS candidate choice, but I will say with Michael Steele stepping down that I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see her step into a RNC leadership position. You are plugged into the goings on around her… you think there is any possibility there?

    But,

  2. Eric says:

    I personally don’t fault her for quitting. But she’s going to be slaughtered by this issue if there isn’t a better explanaination for it than, “I had too many legal bills, I couldn’t govern effectively, and people were being mean to my kids a d husband.” And she doesnt have a better explanation.

  3. godsowncrunk says:

    Being driven into bankruptcy by legal bills and being unable to govern because of nonstop ethics complaints is a reason to resign, but this is a well-worn debate.

    I return to one premise and one question:

    Premise: Barring something unforeseen, Palin – like it or not – is going to be the nominee.

    Question: When that happens, will the bulk of Americans look at Pres. Obama and say, “I want four more years of this because she quit her job three years ago?” If they do, then we are fucked.

    Obviously, you are not the only person who this question bothers, both in theory and in practice. It is a daily meme among RINOs, and you’re no RINO. My advice to anyone who wants Pres. Obama defeated by any legal means necessary is this: time to move past the Couric interview, the actions of July 3, 2009, and focus on What Has She Done Lately.

    She’s done a shitload more than every other GOPer combined who may be the nominee. We cannot choose candidates based on what moderates, Donkeys, RINOs and the media think (see John McCain, Bob Dole, et al). I tell anyone who asks this: if you don’t like Palin, don’t support her in the primary, but it’s time to focus some negative attention on one of the other surefire losers posed as an alternative to Palin.

  4. Eric says:

    FWIW, I do not think Palin is all that likely to be the nominee. What I really expect to see are a few Tea Party/hardcore fiscal conservative type candidates (Palin, Ron Paul, perhaps Pawlenty will get in on a piece of this action) who split the vote among the base and give us a Huckabee candidacy (and I can’t stand Huckabee, and I won’t vote for him in the primary, but I think he is more likely to defeat Obama than is Palin).

  5. godsowncrunk says:

    I would vote for Huck if he was the nominee, because – and only because – my prime motive is to defeat z’Fred.

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