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Monday, 10 January 2011

Wild West Redux

Incitement? Sarah Palin's 'target list' of Democrats she wanted to see removed in the November mid-term elections - including Gabrielle Giffords

Sarah Palin website "Target List" of Democrats designated for removal in November 2010 mid-term elections, with cross-hairs specifying target locations; taken down on 9 January 2011 after the shooting of Arizona Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (whose name appears fourth from top, left column of list): photo by Splash News, via Daily Mail, 10 January 2011

Poster girl for the gun debate: Sarah Palin buys a gun at a shop in Wasilla, Alaska, in a scene from her reality show, Sarah Palin's Alaska

Sarah Palin buys a gun at a shop in Wasilla, Alaska, in a scene from her reality show, Sarah Palin's Alaska: photo by Scope Features, via Daily Mail, 10 January 2011

Staring down the barrel: Mrs Palin aims a gun in the direction of a camera in another scene from her show

Sarah Palin aims a gun in the direction of a camera in another scene from her reality show: photo by Splash News, via Daily Mail, 10 January 2011

Beyond politics: Today Mrs Palin used her Facebook page to post her 'sincere condolences' to the victims of the shooting

Posting "on the tragedy in Arizona" on Sarah Palin's Facebook page, 9 January 2011
: photo by Splash News, via Daily Mail, 10 January 2010

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin addresses the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division during their deployment ceremony Sept. 11, 2008. Gov. Palins' son is one of the Soldiers deploying.

Sarah Palin addresses 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team prior to their deployment, 11 September 2008: photo by Kelly, 2008 (via World Photos, 10 January 2008)


Ed Baker said...

just KEEP IT UP ... TC

you could get in dutch with the

Far Out Party

or as WE used to call the

Far Fucking Out !


didn't Palin's daughter what's-her-name
recently buy a house in Arizona and move there?

now she rides around on her plomino in the Arizona Desert shouting:

G E R O N I M O !!!

TC said...

Well, er, Ed... that reminds me of the time I was bodyguarding for Harry S. Truman... not to mention Madame Chiang Kai-Shek...

(Oh well, no big deal, I was just an usher at a political convention in Chicago... they didn't have those bulletproof glass shields in those days... but of course at that age one considered oneself bulletproof anyway... though one of my colleagues did buckle to his knees after being hit in the forehead with a brick... )

Ed Baker said...

you were at


I suppose one of the Chicago Ate?
or was it Nine ?

this Kai-Shek gal..

she cute?

I'm interviewing for a new Muse...

the old one jus re-married... for Money!

"Money Honey
if you wanna get along
with me"
who sang that... LaVerne

TC said...


No, it was the 1956 Democratic Convention.

Truman, the little haberdasher (Olson, when working in govt, had once dubbed HST and his wing of the party machine "merchandise men"), had scraped his way to the top in American politics largely on the strength of his military and Masonic Lodge connections (he was the Grand Master of the Missouri lodge of Freemasons), and got himself remembered by history mainly for having remarked that he had felt "no regrets" about nuking Japanese cities.

Ah, blithe days.

At that convention, though he and Madame CK-S were prominently featured celebs, he was little more than that, a prop; he was backing Harriman, but as he was no longer "sitting president," he could do little to prevent the nomination of Stevenson, who was unaffectionately known back then as "The Egghead".

(The pinheaded moronic regressivism of American aw-shucks just-folks I love-my-weaponry political attitudes did not, of course, begin in that Alaska gunshop or on SP's Facebook page.)

Madame Chiang Kai-shek (Soong may-ling), on the other hand, seemed like a slightly classier act, rather aloof, dolled up in one of those cool cheongsam deals.

Ed Baker said...


Stone Girl (Nguyen Doan-trang) s 'daughter
in the Real World
is named Nguyen MAY-LING


Krean Spring Orchid is

SOONG Young-sun

when HST was prez
we were in the DGS it was called
Herb's Market

this black chrysler or buic or desota pulled up
and this little be-specticled guy comes in

looks around and says to my grandmother who was at the cash register

says "where's the FRESH HERBS?"

(we only had little tins of McCormick spices)
then he hurried out!

my dad's name was Herbert
and this little guy was Truman

Olson lived not too far from us maybe 15 blocks never met him

but I am sure he knew Rudd Fleming..


I just found a page out of a 1972 Times Herald with a FULL PAGE of Rudd
writing about Polly meeting Pound's wife at St. E's
and then Rudd and EZRA P collaborating... became friends.

Rudd fleming was my 'connection' into .... what of me I am now..

via U of Md 1962-67
and then briefly 1971

then POW....!!!

I became a graduate of The Hopkins Seminars

became a Minor American Poet & Drop-Out!

so much for Politics and Fame, eh?

Artemesia said...

From Huffington Post, 1/10/2011
"Within an hour of Saturday's tragic shooting in Arizona, the Twittersphere had quickly seized on a map put out by Sarah Palin's political action committee last year that had gun-sight images over the congressional districts of House Democrats she wanted to win for the GOP in 2010.

Among her targets: Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was critically wounded by a gunman Saturday. His motives, authorities say, are not fully known. But friends of the suspect, Jared Loughner, have suggested that he had held a grudge for at least three years against Giffords dating back to when he met her in 2007.

Still, some believe that incendiary rhetoric like Palin's bears some responsibility in the tragedy. Giffords herself had previously raised concerns about Palin's map: "The way that she has it depicted has the cross hairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have got to realize there are consequences to that action."

The Right Wingers and Media keep obfuscating the causes and effects that preceded this assassination attenpt. Obviously the vitriolic rhetoric towards Obama, Healthcare and ANYTHING he worked to change, was geared to catch the attention and exploit mental cases just like the man who shot Giffords and 18 other people, with many killed.

Palin, like Limbaugh was at the forefront of those efforts and any attempt to separate Palin's ongoing M.O. from the shooting of Giffords is deliberate political/media tunnel vision and double talk.

Ed Baker said...

from review of Coupland's new book re: Marshal MacLuhan

“When people get close together, they get more and more savage, impatient with each other,” McLuhan said. “The global village is a place of very arduous interfaces and very abrasive situations.” Placing that in a more contemporary milieu, what happens now that everyone is a broadcaster? Ubiquitous, cheap technology (digital cameras) and a friction-free route to an audience (YouTube) means that people might broadcast images of their closeted gay roommate having sex, and that the unwitting star of their little network might subsequently, tragically, jump off a bridge.
You Know Nothing of My Work!
By Douglas Coupland
216 pp. Atlas & Company. $24

when DID McLuhan first posit this.. 40 + years ago?

prophetic, eh?

TC said...


Pretty bumpy day in the global village, this...


There was a news bit lost in the morning maelstrom about Fox News cutting away from coverage of a mourning vigil the moment someone in the scene mentioned Palin's name.

We're all pawns in this game, the shooter, the shot, the spectators...
there's the uncanny feeling "this has been written," even as it unfolds.

There's perfect cold common sense in every word of your comment, Artemesia.

But don't be surprised if SP rides this one out and even in the end gets a boost in popularity from it.

The old adage Aim Low, Aim True never found more accurate application than in today's crazed arena of media/religion/politics.

One imagines her spin doctors mumbling, Well, let's wait a couple days, see how it plays out, maybe we can do something with it...

Ed Baker said...

Interesting the Geronimo connection

Geronimo was born in Arizona....


Oil and guns

real John Wayne bull-shit

what was that movie... with Chill Wills Tucson?

TC said...

Congenial Oaktown street hopper, between jail stints at the time, last spring, when AZ was getting all that publicity for its cheerfully institutionalized racism, said, "Aw, Arizona, I been to Arizona... but only for one day... brother can't afford to let the sun go down on him in Arizona."

Ed Baker said...

not sure in which box you mentioned Frank Moore
re; Olson


DIG THIS... that of The Librarian!

seems like Moore came to D.C. to see/meet Pound at St. E.'a

Ezra Pound sent Moore over to Charles Olson

still the name "Frank Moore" rings a bell...


at the time here spoken of

I was about 11 AND
just as now
didn't know my ass from a hole in the ground!

it must have been between these guys ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC ... the SONGs (PSALMS) The Voice...


Issa's Untidy Hut said...

"But don't be surprised if SP rides this one out and even in the end gets a boost in popularity from it."

How very, very awful and how very, very true this statement seems.

It also seems there is some deep, tragic irony in what is passing for political/poetic license in visualizing someone in the cross-hairs of a gun as being acceptable.

There are no consequences for anything, except if you are on the wrong side.

Ed Baker said...

Remember that game-show:

Truth or Consequences ?

it WAS (only ) a game
everyboddhi knew it


thanks to the media/computers/// instant
Virtual Reality

weeze been lobotomized and are
& et ceteras