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Wednesday, June 16, 2010


When asked on the O'Reilly Factor, or whatever the name of that All Spin Zone show is, if the Obama administration is doing all it can to deal with BP's disaster, Palin shot off her mouth and did what she does best:  she answered without knowing the facts and just made stuff up using her usual word salad:

“What the federal government should have done was to accept the assistance of foreign countries, of entrepreneurial Americans… the Dutch and the Norweigians. They are known for dikes and for cleaning up water and for dealing with spills. They offered to help! And yet, no– they too, with the proverbial ‘can’t even get a phone call back.’ That is what the Norweigians are telling us and the Dutch are telling us. And then the entrepreneurial Americans, the company in Maine that has the boom and the absorbents, those companies that are waiting for the Obama administration eight weeks later…”

"Meanwhile, back in reality-based reality:

In an interview on the June 15 edition of Fox & Friends, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs stated that “[w]e have talked to several countries” and that “foreign entities are operating within the Gulf that help us respond” to the oil spill. Despite this, both Carlson and Ingraham continued to falsely suggest that foreign aide was being denied.

…In a June 15 press release, the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center (JIC) stated that “[c]urrently, 15 foreign-flagged vessels are involved in the largest response to an oil spill in U.S. history.” The JIC further explained, “No Jones Act waivers have been granted because none of these vessels have required such a waiver to conduct their operations in the Gulf of Mexico.” The press release further stated:

To date, the administration has leveraged assets and skills from numerous foreign countries and international organizations as part of this historic, all-hands-on-deck response, including Canada, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization and the European Union’s Monitoring and Information Centre. In some cases, offers of international assistance have been turned down because the offer didn’t fit the needs of the response.

…On June 10, Fox News reporter Brian Wilson wrote on his blog that “[t]he Coast Guard and the Administration are quick to point out that some foreign technology is being used in the current cleanup effort.” According to Wilson, this technology includes:

■Canada’s offer of 3,000 meters of containment boom

■Three sets of COSEQ sweeping arms from the Dutch

■Mexico’s offer of two skimmers and 4200 meters of boom

■Norway’s offer of 8 skimming systems

Gibbs: “We are using equipment … from countries like Norway, Canada, the Netherlands”; no need “thus far” for “any type of waiver.” In a June 10 press briefing, Gibbs fielded a question on the administration’s position in issuing waivers to the Jones Act. Gibbs stated that “there has not been any problem” with “using equipment” from foreign countries."

 Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo chimes in:

"I tend to think of making fun of Sarah Palin as pretty old hat. I mean, she has to say something pretty silly at this point to make me take notice. But last night she went on O'Reilly to rail on the president for not getting the oil leak at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico stopped. And when pressed on just how he was supposed to do that by all of people Bill O'Reilly, Palin said Obama had really blown it by not reaching out to the Dutch since they proved themselves so good at building dikes and sluices and dams to reclaim land from the sea. Which when you think about it is pretty much the same thing as capping an oil gusher a mile underwater."

Well, at least Sarah's consistent in not knowing what the hell she's talking about.  People actually listen to this woman.  Why?

h/t Pensito Review


Nance said...

Dumb broad.

Shame on me; I can't believe I called another female homo sapiens (no second "sapiens" in this case) a broad. I outlawed that term, along with some others, in 1976. Of course, since then, I've done a really good job of avoiding women who deserve to be called dumb broads. Now, this one is so in my face! I give up, then, on my feminist principles where Palin is concerned; she's poured oil on those waters.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Her incompetence and stupidity would not be tolerated in any other politician. In fact, any other pundit or politician who was as wrong so consistently as she is wrong would be laughed off the public stage.

She gets a pass on all her misinformation, lies, and buffoonery, I guess, because she is a sexual fantasy to a lot of older GOP males--that is her largest support group.

tnlib said...

The story that the government has refused offers of help from other countries has been all over the right-wing blogosphere.

The part of the Jones Act that they conveniently leave out is: "The Jones Act requires that commerce between U.S. ports on the (((inland and intracoastal waterways))) be reserved for vessels that are" U.S. built, owned, manned and registered under U.S. Law. But, other national ships will be out in the Gulf, not inland.

In Gibbs' Q&A session after Obama's speech he was asked a question about this. He made pretty much the same response but I thought he said the Act was being waived. I'll go back and listen again.

Palin reminds me of the energizer bunny, the only differene being that the bunny is more brain powered.

Shaw Kenawe said...


Palin is intellectually lazy--always going for the "gotcha" answer before she finds out the facts.

She appears to be more interested in face time on teevee than in being accurate and being taken seriously by serious people.

Anonymous said...

As long as there are suckers in this world, there will always be Palins.

Infidel753 said...

She's hardly trying any more. She's figured out that she can just talk whatever nonsense comes into her head and her fan base will lap it up.

Nance: Homo semisapiens dextromoronicus, maybe?:-)

TRUTH 101 said...

I had a long comment but scrapped it Shaw. There are no adjectives left that can describe the stupidity of this woman.

The tragedy is that nearly a quarter of America think she's wonderful. And these nuts are running school boards all across the country.

Arthurstone said...

Here's my bottom line.

A candidate seeking the office of Vice President of the United States of America during circa 2008 who acquired her first passport in year 2006 and didn't travel out of the country until 2007 is not qualified for the office.

Period. No ands, ifs or buts about it.

I value my own sanity too much to check in very often on her drivel so I hold that tidbit in mind when she hits the internets with her latest delusion(s).

Sue said...

I love putting that moron woman front and center on the blogs, we all should do it and often! The righties love her, they think she represents good christian women, they think she's smart and pretty and hell she can be president if she so chooses! You Betcha!

libhom said...

Palin got the country wrong. It was, of all countries, Russia that offered us help and was turned down by the Obama Administration.

I can't stop laughing.

dmarks said...

Arthur said:

"Period. No ands, ifs or buts about it."

Actually, there's a huge "but". Your criterion which you pulled from thin air isn't in the Constitution, or any other legal source. So after the "period" we have ".... well but this has nothing to do with qualification s for being President".

She's qualified to run and serve, whatever your incorrect opinions are.

And we are free to vote for someone else, if she ever runs, because we hate her, have major misgivings about her, or for other reasons.

Hillary Kitten said...

Q. Why are evolutionists grateful to Sarah Palin?

A. She proves that dinosaurs could have survived with only walnut-sized brains.