• HEY IF YOU WANT TO READ THAT SARAH PALIN EXCERPT COLLECTION THAT THE WSJ TOOK DOWN… Then one thing you can do, if you’re fancy, is subscribe to the WSJ’s Washington Wire RSS Feed for your Google Reader or whatever, and the article should still be there in full. We were considering just posting the whole thing as screen grabs, but who wants to get sued? [WSJ Washington Wire]
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  1. “Katie, I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, “Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?” Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.”

  2. That works like a charm, but Wonkette’s summary was better.

    I would go as far as to say that Republicans are generally bad at the internets. I hope that doesn’t offend anyone.

  3. I know this is off topic, but what is happening in the House cannot stand. Please arm yourself with the truth about H.Res.455 and act accordingly!

  4. “Our future is now deeply linked to Asia’s success. Our children’s future. We must continue to strengthen our key alliance with Japan, and that country of course is going through its own democratic changes.”

    Vapidity alert.

  5. [re=417488]Click[/re]: It’s completely under the radar! I only found out about it because I happened to switch on C-Span during the debate. Unbelievable!

  6. [re=417492]Sharkey[/re]: Oh that’s a different thing, the full write-up. The one they took down had a long list, by topic of beautiful raw excerpts. It was like being in Valhalla.

  7. [re=417484]user-of-owls[/re]: The balls on those people!

    That’s one of the most egregious examples of gutter politics that I’ve ever seen. We should all go on strike!

  8. Ha ha user-of-owls (can’t reply with newest opera mini on my phone, your name is too long.) You had me worried for a moment, you little bastard! What foul thing is our govt up to now I thought.

  9. ahhh, for a brief shining moment we had our retard word-porn. Oh well, I am sure some idiots will pay her to speak in private again. I wonder how much she charges for the happy ending? And by happy ending I mean me getting to bang bristol, finally.

  10. [re=417510]hobospacejunkie[/re]: Sarah Palin has only authorized excerpts of the speech to be released if they are written in crayon on colored construction paper, as original crafted.

    I’m sure that the WSJ editors are working on converting the article to the new format as we speak.

  11. [re=417506]user-of-owls[/re]: this is a slippery slope to be embarking on. First one pin falls then next thing you know another 8 or 9 have fallen as well.

  12. [re=417492]Sharkey[/re]: when babble spass struggles to consciousness every morning, she is already in over her empty head. oh shit don’t get me started on this insufferable fool. she’s never met a fact she would let stand in her vapid way. she has no clue how an economy works. she has no clue what a government is for. she’s never gotten beyond the mode of the cross-eyed flute blower. that any attention is paid to her at all is a sure sign of how starved for decent entertainment we’ve become.

    i retch in her general direction. a pox upon her house and a quarantine upon the idiocies espoused by her ideological kin. they are toxic and to be roundly disavowed.

  13. [re=417506]user-of-owls[/re]: I understand they were going to tag a needle-exchange program rider onto this bill, labeling it the “Pins and Needles,” resolution, but apparently the latter was deemed too frivolous and was subsequently dropped. Still, congratulations must not be denied to this year’s winner of the time-honored and revered USBCIBNC.

  14. [re=417519]Crank Tango[/re]: I hope you like sloppy seconds….nothing a sheet of moose leather won’t clean up. Just keep it down, Todd is sleeping in the other room.

  15. So what exactly does “closed to the media” mean? Obvsly, they were there. Did they just have to promise not to report verbatim, so that, if the WSJ overquotes, Sarah’s suits call up and threaten them with breach of contract? I am beginning to think this “Meg Stapleton” is some kind of evil genius.

  16. [re=417533]norbizness[/re]: Today we’ve already had Jenny Sanford and Sarah Palin. I’m hoping the afternoon brings us at least one Maureen Dowd, Peggy Noonan or Meghan McCain. Now that we have Carly Fiorina competing, too, the Wonkette is getting damn close to being able to put out the best fucking political calendar ever.

  17. “Here, China has some one thousand missiles aimed at Taiwan and no serious observer though believes that it poses a serious threat to Beijing. Those same Chinese forces make our friends in Japan and Australia kind of nervous.”

    I don’t get it but I’m fucking terrified, for Australia, I guess.

    “kind of nervous.” Oh, the subtlety! She’s brilliant.

  18. So sue me:

    Sarah Palin, Hong Kong, CLSA Asia Pacific Markets Conference, Sept. 23, 2009 Speech Excerpts


    On Conservatism:

    You can call me a common-sense conservative. My approach to the issues facing my country and the world, issues that we’ll discuss today, are rooted in this common-sense conservatism… Common sense conservatism deals with the reality of the world as it is. Complicated and beautiful, tragic and hopeful, we believe in the rights and the responsibilities and the inherent dignity of the individual.

    We don’t believe that human nature is perfectible; we’re suspicious of government efforts to fix problems because often what it’s trying to fix is human nature, and that is impossible. It is what it is. But that doesn’t mean that we’re resigned to, well, any negative destiny. Not at all. I believe in striving for the ideal, but in realistic confines of human nature…

    On Liberalism:

    The opposite of a common-sense conservative is a liberalism that holds that there is no human problem that government can’t fix if only the right people are put in charge. Unfortunately, history and common sense are not on its side. We don’t trust utopian promises; we deal with human nature as it is.

    On what caused the financial crisis:

    While we might be in the wilderness, conservatives need to defend the free market system and explain what really caused last year’s collapse. According to one version of the story, America’s economic woes were caused by a lack of government intervention and regulation and therefore the only way to fix the problem, because, of course, every problem can be fixed by a politician, is for more bureaucracy to impose itself further, deeper, forcing itself deeper into the private sector.

    I think that’s simply wrong. We got into this mess because of government interference in the first place. The mortgage crisis that led to the collapse of the financial market, it was rooted in a good-natured, but wrongheaded, desire to increase home ownership among those who couldn’t yet afford to own a home. In so many cases, politicians on the right and the left, they wanted to take credit for an increase in home ownership among those with lower incomes. But the rules of the marketplace are not adaptable to the mere whims of politicians.

    Lack of government wasn’t the problem. Government policies were the problem. The marketplace didn’t fail. It became exactly as common sense would expect it to. The government ordered the loosening of lending standards. The Federal Reserve kept interest rates low. The government forced lending institutions to give loans to people who, as I say, couldn’t afford them. Speculators spotted new investment vehicles, jumped on board and rating agencies underestimated risks.

    On Milton Friedman:

    Now even Milton Friedman, he recognized that the free market is truly free when there is a level playing field for all participants, and good financial regulations aim to provide the transparency that we need to ensure the level playing field does exist, but we need not, we need to make sure that this regulatory reform that we’re talking about is aimed at the problems on Wall Street and won’t attack Main Street.

    On the Federal Reserve:

    How can we discuss reform without addressing the government policies at the root of the problems? The root of the collapse? And how can we think that setting up the Fed as the monitor of systemic risk in the financial sector will result in meaningful reform? The words “fox” and “hen house” come to mind. The Fed’s decisions helped create the bubble. Look at the root cause of most asset bubbles, and you’ll see the Fed somewhere in the background.

    On deficits and Reaganism:

    Common sense tells you that when you’re in a hole, you have to stop digging! A common sense conservative looks to history to find solutions to the problems confronting us, and the good news is that history has shown us a way out of this, a way forward from recession. Ronald Reagan, he was faced with an even worse recession, and he showed us how to get out of here.

    If you want real job growth, you cut taxes! And you reduce marginal tax rates on all Americans. Cut payroll taxes, eliminate capital gain taxes and slay the death tax, once and for all. Get federal spending under control, and then you step back and you watch the U.S. economy roar back to life. But it takes more courage for a politician to step back and let the free market correct itself than it does to push through panicky solutions or quick fixes…

    I can’t wait until we get that Reaganomics sense supplied again because we are going to survive, and we’re going to thrive and expand and roar back to life. And as the world sees this, the world will be a healthier, more secure, safer and more prosperous place when this happens.

    On greenhouse gas legislation:

    It seems like some are looking to ever more ways that will actually destroy economic opportunities today. Take for example, Washington’s cap-and-trade scheme. I call it the “cap-and-tax” scheme. Right now we have the highest unemployment rate in 25 years, and it’s still rising. And yet some in D.C. are pushing a cap-and-tax bill that could cripple our energy industry or energy market and dramatically increase the rates of the unemployed, and that’s not just in the energy sector.

    American jobs in every industry will be threatened by the rising cost of doing business under this cap-and-tax plan. The cost of farming will certainly increase. That’s going to drive up the cost of groceries and drive down farm incomes. The cost of manufacturing, warehousing and transportation will also rise. We are all going to feel the effects. The Americans hardest hit will be those who are already struggling to make ends meet today, much less with this new tax every month…

    I am not indifferent to environmental concerns. Far from it. As governor, I created a sub-cabinet to study the impacts of climate change in my state. And I was the first governor to do so. It took us in a new direction…

    I’m a supporter of nuclear power and renewables. We can develop these resources without destroying our economy. And we can help the environment and our economy through energy independence.

    On health care:

    I seem to have acquired notoriety in national debate. And all because of two words: death panels. And it is a serious term. It was intended to sound a warning about the rationing that is sure to follow if big government tries to simultaneously increase health care coverage while also claiming to decrease costs. Government has just got to be honest with the people about this….

    As I said, it’s just common sense to realize that government’s attempts to solve large problems like the health-care challenges that we have, more often create new ones, and a top down one size fits all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health-care system that accounts for some one-fifth of our economy.

    Common sense also tells us that passing a trillion dollar new retirement program, that’s not the way to reduce health-care spending. Real health-care reform is market oriented, patient centered and result driven. It would give all individuals the same tax benefit, that an ideal plan that I would have in mind, same tax benefits as those who get coverage through their employers. And give Medicare recipients vouchers so that they can buy their own coverage. And reform tort laws and change regulations to allow people to buy insurance across state lines. Rather than another top down government plan, we should give Americans themselves control over their own health care with market friendly responsible ideas.


    On relations with China:

    We engage with a hope that Beijing becomes a responsible stakeholder, but we must take steps in the event that it goes in a different direction. See, we all hope to see a China that is stable and peaceful and prosperous. Optimism that yes, it will be.

    Asia is at its best when it is not dominated by a single power. In seeking Asia’s continued peace and prosperity, we should seek, as we did in Europe, an Asia whole and free. Free from domination by any one power…

    On China’s relations with Taiwan, and other controversial issues:

    We simply cannot turn a blind eye to Chinese policies and actions that could undermine international peace and security. Here, China has some one thousand missiles aimed at Taiwan and no serious observer though believes that it poses a serious threat to Beijing. Those same Chinese forces make our friends in Japan and Australia kind of nervous.

    China provides support for some of the most questionable regimes, from Sudan to Burma to Zimbabwe. China’s military buildup, it raises concern from Delhi to Tokyo because it’s taking place in the absence of really any discernable threat to it. China, along with Russia, has repeatedly undermined efforts to impose tougher sanctions on Iran for its defiance of the international community in pursuing its nuclear program. And the Chinese food and safety, uh food and product safety record, of course it’s raised alarms from East Asia and Europe to the U.S. and domestic instance of unrest. From the protest of Uighurs and Tibetans to Chinese workers throughout the country rightfully makes a lot of people nervous.

    On human rights and democracy in China:

    The more politically open and just China is, the more Chinese citizens of every ethnic group will be able to settle disputes in court rather than on the streets. The more open it is, the less we’ll be concerned about its military buildup and its intentions. The more transparent China is, the more likely it is that they will find a true and lasting friendship based on shared values as well as interests. And I’m not talking about a U.S.-led democracy crusade. [We’re] not going to impose our values on other countries. We don’t seek to do that. But the ideas of freedom and liberty and respect for human rights, it’s not just a U.S. idea. They’re very much more than that. They’re enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and many other international covenants and treaties.

    On China-U.S. economic relations:

    Our economic interdependence drives our relationship with China. I see a future of more trade with China and more American high tech goods in China. But in order for that to happen, we need China to improve its rule of law, and protect our intellectual property. We need to avoid protectionism and China’s flirtation with state assisted national champions. On our part we should be more open to Chinese investment where our national security interests are not threatened. In the end though, our economic relationship will truly thrive when Chinese citizens and foreign corporations can hold the Chinese government accountable when their actions are unjust.

  19. Common sense conservatism deals with the reality of the world as it is. Complicated and beautiful, tragic and hopeful, cat and dog, Fiorina and Boxer… wait.

  20. o 2:40 pm September 23, 2009
    o GO SARA wrote:


    Shorts has outdone himself this time.

  21. Uh Oh! Sarah P has a new buzzword: Common sense conservative.
    Indeed, she uses the *common sense* term 9 times in the excerpts. I see great potential for a drinking game here.
    I wonder how many times she actually said it in the course of the evening?

    Palin bails on Alaska & prattles on in Hong Kong~ She’s shed the “Maverick” title…. (suffering from mavericky burn out?),
    and has left the country to shed her winky/blinky madness on Hong Kong?

    Has Sarah abandoned the hockey Mom/Pitbull persona & now donning chopsticks to sell her newfound calling in life?

    I had to wonder if the conference room burst into laughter when Sarah said she envisions:

    “I see a future of more trade with China and more American high tech goods in China.”

    Seriously? Is she effing kidding???

    But in her grandest of delusions– Sarah P embraces– Reagonomics!

    “I can’t wait until we get that Reaganomics sense supplied again”, said Sarah.

    Remember under Reagan federal spending SOARED, and one of his economic pillars was deregulation of banks & such.

    As Dr. Phil would say–

    How’d that work for ya?

    Sarah P would like to go back in time & make the same mistakes all over again. Charming, really.

    I bet she wishes all her appearances could be closed door without the press!

    Question is how much time did she spend trying to see if she can see Alaska from Asia???

  22. Uh Oh! Sarah P has a new buzzword: Common sense conservative.
    Indeed, she uses the *common sense* term 9 times in the excerpts. I see great potential for a drinking game here.
    I wonder how many times she actually said it in the course of the evening?

  23. [re=417675]El Pinche[/re]: Take a bow Pinchy…dat shit was dope. Scariest Best of all, the true retards on that thread are in agreement with you.

  24. “While we might be in the wilderness, conservatives need to defend the free market system and explain what really caused last year’s collapse…. Lack of government wasn’t the problem. Government policies were the problem. The marketplace didn’t fail. It became exactly as common sense would expect it to.” — Sarah Palin, Hong Kong, 2009

    “The critical role of government in the crisis was one of permission rather than of encouragement. By having over a period of decades largely deregulated banking, and credit generally, the government inadvertently allowed the rational self-interested decisions of private actors — bankers, mortgage brokers, real estate salesmen, homeowners, and others — to bring on a financial crisis that the government was unable to prevent from molting into a depression. A profound failure of the market was abetted by governmental inaction. The inaction was the result of political pressures (to keep interest rates down, to maintain the illusion of prosperity, and to conciliate powerful political interests that are — not incidentally — large contributors to political campaigns). But it was also a result of complacency on the part of government officials and the natural assumption that those officials had acquired effective tools for preventing a depression; seventy-five years after the Great Depression reached bottom in March 1933, no one expected a repetition — depressions were ‘history.’ The government’s inaction was also a product of a free-market ideology shared to a considerable extent by the Clinton Administration, and for that matter predecessor administrations going back to the 1970s, when the movement to deregulate the financial industry began. This ideological commitment was carried to new heights by the Bush Administration and is typified by the SEC’s failure to detect the Madoff swindle.” — Richard Posner, “A Failure of Capitalism”, 2009

    thank you for the interruption. we now return to our regularly scheduled programming

  25. When did SP make her eyes into slanty eyes and and say “Helro, me Chinese.”

    “You people have Chinese take out on ever street corner, imagine that!”

    America’s DINGBAT.

  26. [re=417804]ShiningMathPath[/re]: It’s a long write-up, and I don’t want to piss Jim/Wonkette off by posting the entire “deleted” file, but, for instance, jewels like this one are omitted from the cleaned-up version:

    “On Hong Kong:

    We got a chance yesterday to see some of the magnificent city of Hong Kong, and while the wildlife to human ratio here, it differs from that of Alaska, uh, I do think I could get used to this.”

    This is profound, of course.

  27. [re=417564]V572625694[/re]: Which is the verbatim version? She sounds so much more intelligent here than in the original post. Fewer uhs and alsos.

  28. Now that I think about it, the WSJ blog sent out the damned RSS in the first place. They must know that when they publish it they can’t pull the RSS back. It was their call to have a feed in the first place.

    Just paste “” into the “subscription” prompt in a google reader account (which is already set up for you if you use gmail) and you can scroll down and see both versions.

  29. [re=417564]V572625694[/re]: Did she speak in tongues at any point? How did she react to the typical baijiu toasts? I can imagine 10 shots of 120 proof alcohol would have interesting results.

    Was Todd there? Or was she off on her own?

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