Friday, November 20, 2009

It is not mavericky

You are not a maverick if you call yourself a maverick.  Then you are a shameless self-promoter.

You are not a maverick if you leave your elected office less than half way into the position for no reason.  You are a quitter

You are not a maverick if you have other people write your book for you.  You are a person who falsely takes credit (and money) for other people's labor.

You are not a maverick if you don't show up to speeches or rallies you are scheduled to attend, or if you bail mid-way through a book tour event. It means you are selfish inconsiderate and irresponsible. By the way, Palin is scheduled to be at the Salt Lake Costco on December 9, from noon until 3 p.m. I know where I won't be on December 9th.

The self-described "maverick" is scheduled to visit 31 cities in 25 states, mostly Republican strongholds. Salt Lake City is her only stop in Utah, and she is scheduled to be in Reno, Nev., that evening.

Also, it is not mavericky to go to friendly territory for book signings.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Will-fully ignorant

You know what grinds my gears while I can't sleep at night? People who state false or misleading things that they KNOW are false and misleading, but apparently it is their job to that in DC. I can understand a dumb congresscritter or Sarah Palin making such statement because they are just repeating talking points.

But people like George Will, who is obviously intelligent and a good writer. He intentionally omits key details, misrepresents information, and many other debating no-nos to support his argument...when he clearly understands that the average reader/viewer will only agree with him if they get that particularly distorted view of reality. If said reader/viewer got the whole picture, however, they would disagree.

Such dishonesty is hard to swallow for me. It is one thing to make your case, it is another thing do it underhandedly on a weekly basis. How do they sleep?