I was going to take a break today, but what the heck. There’s so much goodness going on. Let’s see, well, Huffington Post has been sold to AOL. Arianna is supposed to still be in charge, and after she cashes out, I’m sure that she’ll collect a nice salary as well. Which is nice, considering that most of her site’s content is produced for free by unpaid bloggers. Who, it turns out had some questions about that point.
Here’s my question: the deal is worth $300 million. Will she be sharing the booty with any of the bloggers? This looks to me like a great time for a special dividend.
I think we know the answer to that. Equally fun is that there are some calls for a blogging boycott of HuffPo unless they start paying for content.
Then there was the always reliable source of stupid, Sarah Palin. Yes, she’s decided to chime in on Egypt, since she’s an expert on foreign policy.
“Mubarak, he’s gone, one way or the other. He is not going to be the leader of Egypt. That’s a given,” Palin said. “So now the information needs to be gathered and understood as to who it will be that fills now the void in the government. Is it going to be the Muslim Brotherhood? We should not stand for that, or with that or by that. Any radical Islamists, no that is not who we should be supporting and standing by. So we need to find out who was behind all of the turmoil and the revolt and the protests so that good decisions can be made in terms of who we will stand by and support.”
Um, let’s see. I don’t think we have any real say in the matter. Matter of fact, every news report has made the point that the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t a real force there, and that they were caught by surprise as well. Wonkette’s take on her?
Yes, God forbid that some of those protestors are conservative and want the Egyptian law to reflect Islam and its ethics. People like Palin are consummate secularists who would never want God to have an influence on politics or government or law and order.
If any atheist ever wanted proof there is a God, just remember: This woman is not one heartbeat away from the Presidency! Every time she opens her mouth, and an incoherent stream of half-assed verbiage comes out that demonstrates she hasn’t bothered to educate herself on a subject, you should be thankful for that fact. If you actually think she has any clue about what she’s talking about, then, well, you really need to stop listening to her.
Of course, in the “crazier than thou” sweepstakes, Glenn Beck is making an impressive stretch run. If he’s not dressing up as a wizard, he has some geography problems. But that’s not the crazy part. He apparently believes that there’s a mass Islamic plot to create a caliphate covering the Middle East, and telling his viewers about the mass conspiracy and connections that are in place. He’s gone so far out of bounds that even Bill Kristol has said it’s crazy.
When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. He’s marginalizing himself, just as his predecessors did back in the early 1960s.
Except of course, for the people who actually believe Glenn Beck. I keep waiting for him to announce that there’s a comet he and his viewers need to catch a ride on, or that they really need to start drinking Kool-Aid. The scary part is that there’s apparently plenty of people who’d do it.