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God and Money, Updated

During the week, I sometimes find myself inspired by something I read or hear. I compose the post in my head but then I realize that I eventually wind up discussing the one person I have pledged to ignore. So I don’t write it. This explains my lack of posts as of late. Today, however, I heard something in church that made me think of not just her, but of the other people in her “circle”.

You see, I’ve decided something. I’ve decided that she is not a politician. She never was a politician. That’s why she was so bad at it. That is why she quit. She is an entertainer. She is a very good entertainer. She is entertaining people on both the right and the left. People on both sides just can’t get enough of her.

This morning, the sermon that inspired me to post was based on Luke 16:13, the Parable of the Shrewd Manager:

“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

This got me thinking about her and the other entertainers. They claim to serve God, yet their actions show that they serve Money. Actions speak louder than words, my friends. Beck was talking on the radio yesterday and said, “One guy sent me eight cents.” Since I just caught this snippet as I was hurriedly changing channels, I can only assume he was referring to one of his donors who had so little to his name that he took the few pennies he had and sent it to Glenn Beck, a millionaire. Beck went on to say, “I will not apologize for how much money I make.” How quaint. I believe that Beck and Palin are just like the televangelists that take money from the poorest and most (mentally) vulnerable among us.

If they truly loved and served God, as Beck claimed at his rally, they would have donated every cent they made. Instead, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will only get whatever is left over after the rally’s bills are paid. How touching, Mr. Beck. I can tell where your heart lies.

In everything they do, they are serving Money. Look for yourself- see what their actions say. From the books, to the TV show, to the radio, to “Beck University” (ONLY $9.95 a month!! SIGN UP NOW!!) to advertising gold: it’s all about the Money.


Enough said.

Update: Check out this article over at The Immoral Minority, where a Tea Party candidate says exactly what I said above.

“State Representative Jeffrey D. Perry of Sandwich, who aligned himself with the Tea Party movement in a successful effort to win the Republican nomination in the 10th Congressional district, said in a television interview today he did not want the erstwhile Alaska governor and fellow Tea Party star campaigning for him this fall.

“I don’t want her to come down,” Perry said. “She’s an entertainer.”

Bingo.

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One year ago, Sarah Palin’s headlines read:

Palin headlines Right to Life banquet in Evansville tonight

Feds file new felonies against alleged Palin hacker

Major Announcement! Sarah Palin is on Twitter!

Palin Ethics Complaint #13…a Baker’s Dozen (Updated)

And now, these are the norm:

Palin’s show drops LL Cool J off list after Twitter post

Sarah Palin Encourages Road Rage

Letterman: Palin Looks Like Someone Jesse James Would Date

Sarah Palin Hunts People

Discovery Communications Buys Rights to Palin TV Show

Elizabeth Hasselbeck Calls Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs Ad ‘Despicable’

But then again, some things never change:

Palin Blasts ‘Media Lies’

Sarah Palin takes on ‘language police’

Palin Joins McCain on the Road

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Back on New Year’s Eve, I put out a call for ideas on how I should destroy Sarah Palin’s book, which was given to me as a gift for Christmas by my husband (thanks, Dear!). Lots of people made suggestions, such as shoot it from a helicopter, run over it with a bus and drop it down the hole of a port-a-potty. While very amusing, many of the suggestions were somewhat impractical. Others were possible, such as burn it in the fire, turn it into art or line the kitty litter box with it, but just didn’t sound like something I would do.

After much contemplation, I’ve decided not to destroy her book, but to send it back to her. A commenter named Ferob actually suggested that I send it back with a note saying that someone gave it to me by mistake. On the contrary, I want her to know that it wasn’t a mistake. I want her to know that it was a joke but that I’m not laughing. I’m going to sign my copy of the book and write a letter inside. I think it’ll go something like this:

“Dear Sarah,
My husband bought me your book as a joke for Christmas. I thought for a very long time how I could destroy it, as a representation of how I feel about your lies.

I’ve decided that no book deserves to be destroyed and that it would do no one any good. I’m returning this copy to you because I don’t want its toxic presence in my home any longer. Please do yourself, your family, and the rest of the world a favor and start telling the truth.
Sincerely,
Mamadance

Oh, and thanks, but no thanks.”

In the end, as a lover of books and literature, I just couldn’t justify destroying any book, even one so full of lies. I wouldn’t be any better than those who ban books from the library or burn them in a bonfire. I may have unresolved anger toward Ms. Palin, but I shouldn’t take it out on the book.

My letter may never be read by Sarah or her ilk, but that’s okay. I really don’t care what Sarah does anymore. She has no power over me or my state.

Now, does anyone have her address?

(And Ferob, congratulations! You have an email in your inbox waiting for you to claim your prize.)

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Maybe Sarah Palin’s new show should be on Comedy Central or perhaps Scyfy, because the whole idea is either a joke or a fantasy. Variety is reporting that Sarah Palin may be getting over a million dollars per episode to act like Vanna White and parade around the state showcasing Alaska’s tourist spots.

When Sarah Palin left office almost two years early, she said that she was doing it because she could do more good for Alaska out of office than in it. Now we know without a doubt why she really quit. Who could pass up that kind of scratch? Why would anyone want to actually tackle the important issues our state is dealing with when you can run off and sign books, go on Jay Leno and give speeches for hundreds of thousands of dollars a pop?

My question is, exactly what good will she be doing Alaska by pimping it on A & E? Is she trying to boost tourism? Is that really the “noble cause” she’s going for?

Palin’s Alaska is this idyllic place where everyone’s a “character”, where we all make moose stew for dinner every night and compete in snowmachine races for fun. While she’s wandering around the state winkin’ and blinkin’ and talkin’ all funny-like, the people of Alaska are dealing with some very real problems:

*Highest Use of Illicit Drugs Over the Age of 12: 12%
*Highest cost for Hospital Stay: $1,952.00 per day
*Highest Percent of Residents Needing but Not Receiving Treatment for Serious Drug Use in the Past Year: 3.48%
*2nd Highest Child Death Rate: 34 per 100,000
*Highest Teen Death Rate: 75 per 100,000 people
*Overweight and Obesity Rate: 59.5%
*Number of Occupational Fatalities per 100,000 Workers: 14.7 per 100,000 people
*Highest Chlamydia rate in the country: 605 per 100,000
*Highest Marijuana Use in the Past Month: 9.88%
*Highest Marijuana Use in the Past Year: 15.83%

Especially troubling:
*Suicide: ” Alaska’s suicide rate is consistently one of the highest in the nation. In 2002, Alaska had 131 suicides for a rate of 20.9 for every 100,000 residents, almost twice the national average of 10.6 for every 100,000. Nationwide, suicide attempts are more frequent than completed suicide, with estimates of 20 to 50 million non-fatal attempts.

Alaska Natives experience suicide rates that are nearly four times the national average. Alaskan males commit 86 percent of suicides and young males are especially inclined to take their own lives.

Rural Alaska has an especially high suicide rates — averaging nearly twice that of urban Alaska. In 2000, according to the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics, the suicide rate of rural Alaska was 40 for every 100,000 residents compared to 14 for every 100,000 residents in urban areas.”

*Sexual abuse & Domestic Violence: “Alaskan women are 2.6 times more likely to be forcibly raped than women across the nation: in Anchorage 2.8 times more likely, and in Fairbanks 5.1 more likely. (Uniform Crime Report 2007, cited in a report to the Alaska State Legislature by Andre B. Rosay, Ph.D., Justice Center, UAA)

Of the 117 homicides reported in Alaska between 2003 and 2005, 22 percent were related to intimate partner violence. (Alaska Violent Death Reporting System 2003-2005). Of the 13 homicides reported in 2008, 69 percent were related to domestic and/or sexual violence. (Alaska State Troopers, Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Annual Report 2008)

Alaska led the nation in the rate of men murdering women in 2002, 2003, and 2004, fell to second place in the nation in 2005 and 15th place in 2006. (Bureau of Justice statistics, Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Annual Report 2008)

Three out of every four women in Alaska experienced, or know someone who has experienced, domestic violence or sexual assault. (ANDVSA Public Opinion Research Survey, Hellenthal & Associates, 2006)

Among students in Alaska public high schools, nine percent had been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they didn’t want to and 12 percent were hit, slapped or physically hurt intentionally by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the prior year. (2007 Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services.)”

*Child Abuse: Child abuse in Alaska is rampant, between neglect, mental injury, physical and sexual abuse, Alaska is not protecting its children.

*Lack of running water, flush toilets, access to fresh vegetables/healthy food, high cost of fuel: Many villages do not have running water, which leads to the absence of flush toilets and the use of honey buckets. Poor sanitation can lead to disease and other health problems.

Another problem is the high cost of fuel. At up to $8 a gallon, villagers cannot afford to heat their homes or put gas in their snowmachines. Without transportation, families have a hard time maintaining their subsistence lifestyle. They must then rely on food from the store, which sells packaged food for outrageous prices. Fresh fruit and vegetables are rarely available, and if they are on the shelves, they can cost 5-10 times more than you would find them for sale in Anchorage.

No wonder Sarah Palin left office. Being Governor is hard work. We have lots of problems here, and from what I can tell, the only thing she managed to do while in office is talk about the gas line (which is no closer to being built contrary to her introductory speech back in ’08).

Real Alaska is much more messy and complicated than “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”. Maybe she could help us by donating her millions of dollars of profit to help out the Alaskans she left behind. Only time will tell, but I’m guessing “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is going to help Sarah more than it’s going to help Alaska.

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On Christmas morning, while over at my sister’s house for breakfast and present opening, my husband turned to me and said, “Before you open this present, make sure you tell me so I can get the video camera.” I wasn’t quite sure what that meant, but I made sure he knew when I was ready.

As I opened the present, I wondered just what treasure could be inside that he would need to videotape the opening. Just then I looked down and saw her peeking up from inside the box. With the camera trained on my face, I looked up and shouted, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!??” I grabbed the book and stood up to throw it into the lit fireplace while everyone in the room shouted, “NO, NO, NO!!” while laughing hysterically.

My husband then said, “Okay, here’s the deal: You get to destroy it any way you want as long as you let me videotape it and put it on YouTube.”

So, here’s my deal: I am going to open it up to all you nice people. Leave a comment below with suggestions about how I should destroy Sarah Palin. The most interesting idea wins a truly Alaskan prize, sent from me to you. I’ll take pictures of the destruction and post them here, as well as the link to the video.

This is my present to all of you for the loyalty and humor you’ve shown me this past year. You’ve made it sane, wonderful and bearable.

Thanks everyone, and do your worst!

A few ideas to get you started:

In the recycle pile

(My personal favorite)

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I saw this today and it made me smile:


I never thought to call her a douchebag, but now that’s my favorite pet name for her. Happy New Year, everyone!

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Oh, crap.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A California publicist and two co-authors have terminated a book deal with a former aide of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

San Diego-based Releve Marketing and PR announced Tuesday it will no longer represent or co-author Frank Bailey’s upcoming book “Renegade: Sarah Palin’s Hatchet Man.”

Christiana Grace, company co-owner and one of the co-authors, says she can’t elaborate on the reasons for the termination. But she adds it was not a falling out with Bailey, her close friend since college.

Any conspiracy theorists out there want to take a guess at why this particular book was dropped? Not because of Bailey, so…

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