Monday, August 09, 2010

Sarah Palin soundly attacked on Twitter

In the wake of her classic diss of Karen Gustafson, the Alaska Teacher who got after Governor Palin for quitting her job as the top politco in the state, Sarah Palin has been getting skewered on Twitter on Monday night.

If its not Palin's teacher diss, it's her ex-son-in-law to be Levi Johnston annoucing he's going to run for Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. And if it's not those two news items, it's for Sarah Palin just being, well, Sarah Palin.

Wow. Take a look at some of the tweets found just via a search for "Sarah Palin."

Film Critic Roger Ebert calls the Palin Teacher Diss Video a "defining moment:"

ebertchicago - A Sarah Palin Defining Moment. Note the personality change when she realizes a video really is being made.

Others have less intelligent, but totally funny takes:

OTOOLEFAN - So, Sarah Palin laughs at teachers? I'm sure the feeling is mutual.
about 11 hours ago via mobile web
Top Tweet 36 Retweets

ChrisKairo - @713punky RT @seankent: Sarah Palin, acting like a twat when she finds out she's talking to a teacher. Classy.
3 minutes ago via HootSuite

barngrl80 - Not sure what this is about: Is Levi Johnston preparing to follow in Sarah Palin's footsteps? More here:
3 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

As long as you don't get Sarah Palin's endorsement..GREAT RT: @GavinNewsom Proud to earn endorsement of CA’s largest law enforcement assoc
5 minutes ago via web

And so it goes. The vast majority of tweets are not favorable to Palin here, and Palin's got to be concerned about her public persona in the wake of this video, not to mention all of the other small self-inflicted Palin wounds of 2010 that seem to be adding up and not in a good way.

Palin's starting to look like someone who enjoys the limelight, but doesn't shine in it. That wasn't true when she was Governor and makes me think Karen Gustafson was right.

Sarah Palin teacher diss starts war on Palin's Facebook page

Former Governor Sarah Palin's apparent diss of Alaska Teacher Karen Gustafson's profession of teacher, has stirred emotions around America, and now where is this more true than Sarah Palin's own Facebook page.

But first, here's a video recap:

And a note, the woman next to Palin was her daughter Bristol Palin, and not an aide to Palin.

The apparent diss-Palin-says-wasn't-a-diss caused Palin to turn to her Facebook page to give a response, thus causing over 1,000 comments, and not all of them nice. Indeed, a debate's broken out over at cyber chez Palin. Here's a sample of the exchange:
Governor Palin, what's that frown? 

Andy Shane OMG... Examine anything the GOP, Fox, Palin, Limbaugh, Beck write or say. They are all virtually incapable of using conventional names or nouns to describe anything or anyone that/who doesn't align with their views. Catch phrases designed to tell you how to think, eg "mainstream media," or Sarah's personal favorite "lamestream media" are Soviet-style elements of rhetoric NEVER absent from their speech. Plz, plz, plz wake up.

Billy Black Okay two things.

I wrote something very ambivalent earlier, but it was a comment critical of Sarah. In response my comment was deleted within ten minutes and I was banned from Sarah's profile.

It's great that Sarah supports the first amendment so much that her "people" remove any small criticism of her.

I also FULLY expect this comment to be deleted very shortly. And to whoever who deletes it, all I can say is "lol"

And second, @Peggy,

"Do you ever see conservatives call people names and use this kind of language?"

Seriously? Earlier someone referred to liberals as libturds. Liberals are consistently referred to as Nazis (although so are Conservatives, it sincerely makes no sense).

The hatred is incredibly prevalent on both sides. Conservatives use terrible language against liberals, just like liberals use terrible language against conservatives. So you just cannot say either side is innocent, EVER.

DeAnn Irby Um, Billy... it's a FB page. You usually have "friends" on your FB page. If she doesn't' want your tripe on her page, she can delete it. What is your problem? Don't you have any real friends? This is funny and sad at the same time. Maybe Steve Cotton will be your friend. He seems to be running a bit short as well.

Paulette Taylor After watching the video, I had to laugh! I think your "eyes rolling" & your eyebrows twitching may have had to do with the teacher not knowing where you go to represent America! It had nothing to do with her being a teacher! And she obviously doesn't know much about what ALL you did for AK as governor! Goooooo Sarah!

(What does Paulette know? She's in Atlanta!)

Joan Dailey Towles The downside of public life. An unplanned chance meeting on the street with a school teacher. Even Bristol looks flabergasted. Total stranger deranges you in front of your family. Expressions of personal opinion unsolicited and, your actions misconstrued. Mean and unfair. I laugh at the absurdity. Rhinoceros stuff. Unbelievable. Only in America.

Also, it's not as if Governor Palin has a totally thick skin; many posts were removed, well, the one's from liberals.

No, I didn't post anything.

Sarah Palin disses teachers; Michele Bachmann's tele-townhall

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Palin and Bachmann
Monday, August 9th 2010 will be known as the day the Sarah Palin eyeroll was seen 'round the World, and the day Congresswoman Michele Bachmann had a tele-townhall that, well, what was that, anyway? Whatever the case, folks, we have two Tea Party Activists totally off the mark, as if one can be on the mark in the Tea Party Movement.

First Sarah Palin

In Homer, Alaska to film a segment for her TLC television show, Governor Palin, opps, Former Governor Sarah Palin saw a sign that read "WORST GOVERNOR EVER," and, assuming that the protester was referring to her, Governor Palin walked over for a little chat.

Looks like Sarah Palin's frowning
The woman Sarah Palin talked to was an Alaskan Teacher by the name of Karen Gustafson, who said that Palin was the "WORST GOVERNOR EVER" because she quit the post of Governor of Alaska last year, June 26th 2009. A back-and-forth started, and Governor Palin asked Karen Gustafson what she did for a living. "I'm a teacher," she said, to which Palin and her aide just immediately looked at each other, and frowned and groaned at the same time. Then Palin rolled her eyes.

Sarah Palin can kiss her political aspirations goodbye.

Why Sarah Palin took that position is a wonder. You can't tell why from her Facebook page, where she posted this message:

Sarah Palin takes pity on Karen Gustafson 
While filming the Alaska documentary in Homer, I had a brief discussion with a local lady who, in typical Alaska style, decided to give me her two cents worth about my political leanings, American politics in general, and much else besides. It’s what makes our politics so uniquely democratic: two people discussing the things they care about, even though they respectfully disagree about just about everything (you can watch a brief video of the encounter here).

The LSM has now decided to use this brief encounter for another one of their spin operations. They claim I – wait for it – “appear to roll my eyes” when the lady tells me she’s a teacher. Yes, it’s come to this: the media is now trying to turn my eyebrow movements into story lines. (Maybe that’s why Botox is all the rage – if you can’t move your eyebrows, your “eye rolling” can’t be misinterpreted!) If they had checked their facts first, they would have known that I come from a family of teachers; my grandparents were teachers, my father was a teacher, my brother is a teacher, my sister works in Special Needs classrooms, my aunt is a school nurse, my mom worked as a school secretary for much of her professional life, we all volunteer in classrooms, etc., etc., etc. Given that family history, how likely is it that I would “roll my eyes” at someone telling me that they too work in that honorable profession? Stay classy, LSM.

One good thing to come out of this little episode, though, is that it helps to remind people once again that Alaska is a great state full of independent-minded people. I look forward to introducing you to some of them in the forthcoming documentary series on life in Alaska! The show will remind you to get outdoors, breathe in God’s creation, and taste the freedom!

- Sarah Palin

The problem that Palin doesn't get is people are upset because of her background, and then what she did. Regardless of words, video doesn't lie. Palin's expression was one of pity for the Alaska Teacher rather than pride. Palin still doesn't explain what she was really thinking, even on her Facebook page.

Was Michelle Bachmann thinking?

Michelle Bachmann took to the Internet to blast the "Tele-Townhall" meeting she was holding Monday night. This blogger visited Michelle Bachmann's website to get a look at what she was trying to do and saw just a giant sign up sheet, then thought because it told nothing, only a fool would blindly sign up for it.

Well, according to Congresswoman Bachmann there are a million fools out there who went to her "Tele-Townhall" meeting via phone. Ah, well, let's adjust that via Wonkette, which informs that Bachmann's people made calls to a million people, or a million were invited.

This blogger's knowledge of that online process bets the actual numbers for that deal were far less than the Congresswoman reported.

And Michelle Bachmann was doing this to show she's on the wrong side of a much needed and too small $26 billion stimulus package House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is touting and that really needs an extra zero behind it.

The new stimulus would help people keep their jobs, something Congresswoman Bachmann in no way really understands the need to do. If she did, the Tea Party Movement candidate would get beyond that level of non-think and become a cheerleader of government investment where it's need most to create jobs.

Honda Recalls Accords, Civics, Elements due to ignition switch

2009-present Honda Civics photographed in Poin...Image via Wikipedia
Honda becomes the latest Japanese maker of cars to have a massive recall, as 428,000 Accords, Civics, Elements made from 2003 to 2004 and purchased in the United States and Canada are being recalled due to an ignition switch problem that causes each car to roll away when incorrectly parked.

That can be a particularly vexing and dangerous problem in the San Francisco Bay Area and especially hilly San Francisco.

Apparently when the ignition switch becomes worn it's a candidate for the problem.

Here's the statement below and on the Honda website, but hard to locate. One has to know to go to the "News" section of the website.

Statement by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Regarding Ignition Switch Interlock Mechanism Recall: 2003 Accord, Civic, 2003/2004 Element Vehicles

August 09 2010

Honda will recall approximately 197,000 Accord and 117,000 Civic vehicles from the 2003 model year and roughly 69,000 Element vehicles from the 2003 and 2004 model years in the U.S. to prevent a malfunction of the ignition interlock feature of these vehicles. Honda has received several complaints about such failures in these vehicles and is aware of a small number of related incidents, including one that resulted in a minor injury.

The ignition interlock mechanism can be damaged or worn during use. If this happens, it may become possible to remove the ignition key when the shift lever is not in Park. If the transmission is not in Park and the parking brake is not set, the vehicle could roll away, and a crash could occur.

Honda is announcing this recall to encourage all owners of affected vehicles to take their vehicle to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification from Honda that their vehicle requires repair. Notification to customers will start in late September, 2010.

When Honda identifies concerns of this nature, nothing is more important to the company than fulfilling our obligation and responsibility to alert our customers. To this end, in addition to contacting customers by mail, after Sept. 20, 2010, owners of these vehicles will be able to determine if their vehicle requires repair by going on-line or calling Honda. Honda owners can go to or call (800) 999-1009, and select option 4.

Stay tuned.

Ramon Ayala out of jail, rushed to hospital

U.S. Musician Ramon Ayala, in jail since December 11, 2009 for alleged ties and actions with organized crime, and committing money laundering activities, was released from jail Monday and taken to the hospital.

King of The Accordion.

Ramon Ayala is called the King of The Accordion. Ayala's been in 13 movies, won a Grammy four times, and recorded 105 albums, but for all of that, is still known as a person with a big heart who gives an annual Christmas party at his home in "Rinconcito en el Cielo" (or "A Rinconcito or corner or nook in the sky") located in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

Ramon Ayala is the victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, nothing more. He was arrested during a raid and while playing for what turned out to be a member of a drug cartel in Tepoztlan, Mexico.

Reportedly, for Ramon Ayala, as with most musicians, a gig is a gig. Ayala did not know his customers were drug runners.

Released for Medical Reasons

Ramon Ayala was released from prison due to undisclosed health problems, and returned to the United States.
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Jim Edmonds traded from Brewers to Reds

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Jim Edmonds 
Jim Edmonds, considered trade material after turning 40 years old and even though he's turned in good numbers batting .286 and playing center field, was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for 28-year old Chris Dickerson.

The Milwaukee Brewers get the younger Chris Dickerson and think he can contribute, even though he's missed much of the season due to hand injury.

Dickerson's "On-base Plus Slugging" or OPS percentage is .789 and was .853 in AAA ball; a rate over .900 is considered the range for elite players.

The Reds reportedly think Jim Edmonds's experience can help them more than Dickerson's athleticism.

Will Tron Legacy be the 2001: A Space Odyssey of the 21st Century?

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Post the Comic-Con 2010 trailer introduction, and the sound that Ain't It Cool News' Harry Knowles said "shook his balls," Disney's Tron Legacy is rocking the Sci-Fi and fantasy world. Fans - the term "Fanboy" is banned in this space because it implies an immature group - are searching for and consuming any content related to the December 17th 2010-release of what looks to be a classic. And that raises this question: will Will Tron Legacy be the 2001: A Space Odyssey of the 21st Century?

2001: A Space Odyssey was not just the first movie to effectively give an idea of what it would be like to live and work in space, it was also a colorful, confusing mental trip. It was the focus of books and websites on its meaning and to this day commands the attention of a new generation of science fiction fans. The bet here is that the stylistic Tron could have almost the same impact, but not quite there.

The reason is where 2001: A Space Odyssey was grounded in a possible reality, Tron and Tron Legacy are part of a fantasy World that no one knows really exists at all. Who knows what it means to be digitized? Do you live? But even with that, Tron presents a World detailed enough for fans to want to learn more about.

While it may not reach the status of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Tron Legacy will come close. That's the prediction here.

Oakland Mayor's Race: Rebecca Kaplan interview first take

Last week, Friday morning, Oakland Councilmember (At-Large) and Oakland Mayor's Race candidate Rebecca Kaplan met this video-blogger at an appropriately Oakland location, The Merritt Cafe and Bakery.

There, we were warmly greeted by Merritt Bakery Owner Charles Griffith, and sat down to a brunch of excellent chicken and waffles for Kaplan, and eggs, corned beef and hash for this video-blogger.

Rebecca KaplanImage by spotreporting via Flickr
Rebecca Kaplan at The Oscar Grant Protest

This is not the full blog about the interview, but an introduction. Kaplan and I talked about the issue of earlier this year and got that out of the way off camera.

On camera, we talked about the impact of the Federal Court decision to declare Proposition 8 (or Prop 8) unconstitutional, Kaplan's take on Oakland's police cost problem, how the Oakland Mayor's Race was going for her, and how she would handle a range of issues if she was elected Mayor of Oakland.

Thus far, Oakland Mayor's Race competitors Don Macleay, Don Perata, Councilmember Jean Quan, Greg Harland, Terrance Candell, Joe Tuman (two inteviews; one has appeared) and Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan have been interviewed on video for this space.  That's seven of the nine candidates with just Orlando Johnson and Larry Lionel Young Jr., a new comer, remaining.

But of all Oakland Mayor's Race candidates, only Terrance Candell and Larry Lionel Young Jr. have filed papers officially establishing his intention to run for Mayor of Oakland, according to The Oakland Tribune.  Why Councilmember's Kaplan and Quan failed to file early is a question, as is the case for the other candidates.  It sends a weak message of true interest in being Mayor of Oakland.

And on that note, Larry Lionel Young Jr. needs to get his campaign act together. Young has no search-visible website or blog post and other than newspaper mentions including (now) this space, and a YouTube-posted video of a home he's trying to sell where the video title mentions that he's running for mayor, has only issued a one-sheet a the last Oakland Mayor's Race candidates forum.

Larry Lionel Young Jr. must stop treating the run for Mayor of Oakland as an afterthought, and demonstrate some real interest in it by having some "online marker" about himself and how to contact him via email. Otherwise, the Internet void Young created for himself will be filled by someone else.

Stay tuned.

GSI Commerce losses become Internet news after Undercover Boss

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GSI Commerce, a company you may have never heard of, has risen to the very top of Internet search trends because its boss appeared on the TV show Undercover Boss.

 The TV exposure revealed some unfortunate news. According to The Wall Street Journal, GSI Commerce, which develops develops and operates e-commerce sporting goods businesses for retailers and other organizations stock shares dropped 5.8 percent after news of its losses.

Before Monday's news, GSI Commerce enjoyed stock gains of 65 percent over the past year. But GSI Commerce also posted overall losses in seven of its nine last quarters. Most recently it lost $25 million or about 41 cents a share and that was up from a $13 million loss or 27 cents a year before.

But for all of this, why is the GSI news number one on Google Trends, and without any one region dominating the search? Because its boss went on the TV show Undercover Boss. GSI Commerce President Michael Rubin appeared on the show, then told Leader Telegram Review he now requires corporate managers to spend time at their call centers.

But will that stem GSI Commerce losses? Time will tell.

Naomi Campbell perjury? Blood Diamonds Charles Taylor by Suzannah B. Troy

The global world owes Naomi Campbell a great thank you for bringing awareness to the Charles Taylor, an ex-Dictator, oops I meant to say ex-President of Liberia , and alleged war criminal.   It takes a super model to do this even if it is for the wrong reasons and that is an understatement!

If it was not for Charles Taylor sending her a bag of "blood diamonds" most people would not know his name or even be aware of his monstrous acts.  I recommend you take a look at his Wikipedia page but it won't give you enough information on the "blood" aspect of these diamonds but informs you of the Hague taking the amorous Charles Taylor to court for crimes against humanity.  Naomi Campbell never imagined she would be a player in the actual trial and resisted testifying but unlike NYC, USA she couldn't wiggle her way out of this trial.  Too see video footage of Campbell testifying click here.

Leave it to NPR to get right to the heart of the war crimes where almost every article and Wiki page sounds light.

If you have gotten this far and not read the brilliant reporting by NPR you need to stop and read the article.   Zennie has an ad pop up and than you will read the most disturbing interview and a bit of optimism regarding the 1st African Woman President and she replaced Taylor.  Below click on super model and you will see Nelson Mandela with Taylor.  Please explain that photo op to me.

Not that a super model would let crimes against humanity get between her and diamonds and by the way after bragging to anyone who would listen, Naomi was very disappointed at the lack of size and beauty of these baubles but that is not her biggest problem.

Naomi Campbell's biggest problem is that she may have allegedly lied under oath about the diamonds and there is testimony by her former agent as well as Mia Farrow, a very talented actress and humanitarian.   Click on the link for Mia Farrow and you can read her testimony which is straightforward as in Campbell was well aware she was getting a gift of diamonds from Charles Taylor.

If it is proven Campbell perjured herself she is in BIG, BIG trouble, bigger than the Hope Diamond.   She is not in NYC anymore where the rich and connected can get away with almost everything and walk away...Yeah, I have to repeat this sentence because it just galls me.

Even driven by vanity and stupidity, Naomi Campbell has done good because if you were not aware of the monstrous Charles Taylor you are now and hopefully the Naomi Campbell name will make more people around the world aware of what his actual crimes against humanity are.

Campbell was not motivated to bring attention to the horrific abuses to African people by the ex-warlord Charles Taylor who is also said to have  help fund Al Qaeda but she did so she is owed a thank you in a way but she may find herself in the first really deep hole she might not be able to climb out of.

There are better ways to bring attention to the crimes against humanity in Africa and also help make a difference.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt flying to Nimba for Angelina to give birth to the beautiful Shiloh was a front line act. Angelina Jolie said to People Magazine, "We want to tell the world how magnificent this country and the people We love this part of the world."

Sounds like Naomi Campbell if she gets lucky will have a long term community service position to help Africa or she may be heading to jail for perjury. Are super models allowed to go to jail?

Google News now has Zennie62, but still plays news favorites

The great development is that as of August 5th, Zennie62 is on Google News and listed as a blog. This marks the culmination (you can almost hear that assistant coach from American Pie saying "culmination") of over a year of template testing, blogger recruiting, configuration changes,  new blogging techniques, and a whole new media organization, and it's fitting.

It's fitting because the same blog posts this blogger installs at, the website at the San Francisco Chronicle, start at first. Yet, Google News would treat the version with index priority over the exact same blog version. That's just not right. Both should get the same Google News exposure. And so now that is on Google News, you'd think that would be the case, right?

It's still not the case. If I post the same content, the version is posted over the version. I have to make a new blog post about the same subject for both the blog post and the blog post to appear in the listings. But that's not true for and Bloomberg News, and here's an example to prove it.

In checking the Google News listing regarding Jodie Fisher and the Mark Hurd Sex Scandal, this blogger cyber stumbled over a dual listing: one post called "Ex-HP Contractor Fisher Says She's "Saddened" by Hurd's Exit" on and What's more, both listings were right next to each other, San Francisco Chronicle over Bloomberg as you can see here:

And that's because and Bloomberg have a content partnership. But there's no "partnership notice" that a publisher must fill out for Google News; this duplicate happened because Google News still irrationally favors news sites over blogs.

The Google response is that an algorithm is responsible for this, but my counter is that the algorithm is a cyber-representation of someone's ideas.

That is on Google News is a major milestone, but Google News still must replace the "big news website" prejudice that's displayed there from time to time.