Bob Higgins

Sarah Palin Hovers In Mid Air Unannounced And Unnoticed In Iowa Half Marathon

Posted in Humor, Politics by Bob Higgins on September 6, 2011
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Sarah Palin Flying, Running or Hovering Unannounced And Unnoticed In Iowa Click on Image to enlarge.

Greta Van What’sHerName ran the photo at left on her blog on Sunday morning.

The Huffington Post reported:
Sarah Palin ran a half-marathon after giving a speech at a Tea Party rally in Iowa on September 4.
Palin ran unannounced in the “Jump Right in and Run” half-marathon sponsored by Storm Lake Running Club. She registered for the race under her maiden name, Sarah Heath, and listed her hometown as Des Moines.

News of Palin’s participation in the race broke after Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren posted a photo to her website of a runner she claimed was the former vice presidential candidate.

I’m no expert on Photoshop but this looks suspicious to me. Not only does she appear to be effortlessly flying along, or just suspended in mid air she’s the only one not running on the course… in the street, it’s that maverick thing again, I guess.

She does have an interesting running style though, if there were a broom involved she’d be in danger of being mistaken for Christine O’Donnell.

Greta doesn’t explain where she got the photo and there’s no credit or I’d run it here.

Bob Higgins

Sarah Palin Runs Iowa Half-Marathon Unannounced Over Labor Day Weekend.

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“On Wisconsin,” Sarah Palin Calls for Sacrifice From Working People

Posted in Financial Crime, Labor Health and Safety, News, Politics by Bob Higgins on February 19, 2011
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Workers of the World UniteSarah Palin, is calling for sacrifice on the part of the working people of Wisconsin.

That was my first laugh this morning, a derisive laugh but many days start that way for news junkies. So much of what I read and see over morning coffee drives a growing cynicism and an anger that smolders beneath the surface and slowly grows.

The issues driving the crowds of people in Cairo and Tunis, in Benghazi and Bahrain are the same as those smoldering and now threatening to rise in flames in Wisconsin.

The widening gulf between those who hold all the wealth in our various societies, those who manipulate the strings of power and the mass of people who produce that wealth with their sweat and labor, has widened to a point that has become intolerable even among the normally complaisant. (more…)

America And Her God Of Violence

Posted in History, News, Politics, Uncategorized by Bob Higgins on January 11, 2011
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Detail from "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso

Detail from "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso

In the pantheon of America’s gods, none is more powerful or worshiped with greater fervor than the god of violence. Its colleagues or brother gods of greed, sex, touchdown, slam dunk and bacon cheeseburg­ers all genuflect and grovel before the god of violence.

We didn’t invent this worship of violence, we carried it with us, packed neatly in our baggage when we arrived on these shores from every corner of the Earth during the long period of accretion of immigrants from the extensive variety of violent cultures that became the USA.

Nearly every new arrival carried with them a genetic history of human conflict and war and written histories of human violence tucked into the pages of their sacred texts.

We are though, among the few to have enshrined violence and its tools in our founding documents, offering to our citizens what some succinctly term a “second amendment solution.”

The state wages violence in our names every day and has for over two centuries and now publicly pretends that violence is an aberration­. I’m sorry but violence is one of the constants in American history and culture.

As they say “politics ain’t beanbag,” in fact it was a violent sport long before Caesar’s senatorial welcome home from Gaul.

Et tu America.

Bob Higgins

Garbage in Garbage Out, Another Story From The Corporate Right

Posted in Humor, News, Politics, Pop Culture by Bob Higgins on November 6, 2010
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Glen Beck Tinfoil Hat

Beck, Dressed For Success

A couple of days ago the Goebbelian maniacs of the corporate far right exploded onto the airwaves with the ridiculous claim that Obama’s trip to India was going to cost $200 million a day, a figure so obviously exaggerated that if I heard it from someone next to me at the local tavern I would grab my beer and move down a few stools.

Most stories that emanate from the tinfoil lined cesspool of right wing propaganda are easy to fact check, you need no internet, no Google, just sniff them. If they smell like bullshit, well then… .

I find it amazing that people listen to Limbaugh, Savage, Bachman and the rest of the Goebbelian crowd that the corporate world has loosed on the public, however, anyone who wants to sit down and absorb the feast of lying filth that they spew onto the airwaves is entitled. I find it sad, and sometimes infuriating but that’s what they give me these little pills for.

Remember though, “garbage in, garbage out,” be wary of what you eat because that’s what you’ll become.

It’s also annoying that the so called MSM emphasizes these incendiary lies as a way of showcasing their own responsibility and journalistic integrity. What they are actually doing is driving ratings with repetition after repetition of nonsense in these mini debates over obviously idiotic claims made by people who are well paid professional liars.

A simple refutation should be all that is necessary, along with a statement of the facts as far as they can be known and then move on.

I change the channel to avoid these stupid debates as quickly as I skip past the original purveyors of the trash in question. I really don’t want to be known or ever referred to as a member of their audience.

Bob Higgins

A Response to ‘Rennaissance’ in Profiles in Cowardice

Posted in News, Politics by Bob Higgins on October 7, 2010

Robert J. Elisberg takes some of the more notorious teabaggers to task for their rabbit like timidity when faced with the press unless the interviewer is a firm supporter or a niece or nephew. A commenter takes issue and complains about Katie couric’s treatment of Palin in that long ago interview.

This is a response to a commenter (rennaissance) to Robert Elisberg’s Profiles in Cowardice at Huff Post this morning.

renaissance comments:

So you can’t seem to understand how “What newspapers do you read?” is a “Gotcha” question..
It is demeaning, and insulting, and disrespectful, to treat an accomplished Governor as if they do not read, or can’t read somehow, and have never picked up a newspaper.

Higgins’ response

She comported herself and spoke in terms that lead people to believe that she was somewhat under-informed. There is nothing demeaning about journalists inquiring into the bona fides of a candidate. “What books or magazines do you read” is a standard question from journalism 101. Unfortunately for Ms Palin the “gotcha” question caused her to flunk “Candidate 101” and she went on to flunk “Governor 101.” (more…)

Can All These Joes Be Wrong?

Posted in Politics by Bob Higgins on October 16, 2008

Note: The cartoon is the logo of the real Joe the Plumber in Amarillo. Send him some business, I’m told that he’s an Obama guy. If his website takes off because of all this attention maybe he can switch from actual plumbing to an online plumbing advice column. Bob

The month began with Sarah Palin celebrating her campaign’s close identification and long association with “Joe Six Pack,” the mythic every man vision of America that he and they dream that they represent.

Then in last night’s “debate” came “Joe the Plumber,” a guy who claims that he wants to buy a business which “makes” 250k a year and he’s worried about Obama’s tax policies. Who’s next, Joe Bananas, Joe Cool, Joe Mama?

Forgetting for the moment that I have strong suspicions that “Joe the Plumber” is a ringer. Yes, nefarious as it sounds I’m afraid that Joe may be a not too carefully selected, and poorly rehearsed plant from the McCain camp. He was probably chosen by the same group of desperately drunken political geniuses who trotted out Sarah Palin.

Joe the plumber should probably rethink this entrepreneurship thing if he believes that a business that “makes” 250k a year means that he will have an income at that level. A good plumber working steadily by himself with occasional labor help is doing extremely well to gross a quarter of that.

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