Did you hear about how Alaska's greatest source of shame and humiliation announced that she was going to strike down anyone who takes her name in vain with great vengeance and furious anger, just like God? Oh yes she did!
Yes, while most Americans spent the 4th of July dressed in red, white and blue, grilling various forms of animal flesh with their friends and neighbors, going to the beach, perhaps watching other Americans compete in a contest to see who could consume the most processed meats in a ten-minute time frame, Sarah Palin was cranking out an insane letter with some ridiculous Alaskan lawyer which basically threatens to sue anyone who dares to speak ill of Saint Sarah.
What provoked the threat was rampant speculation online that Palin's bizarre resignation on Friday was fueled by a possible embezzlement scandal involving the Palins receiving kickbacks on the construction of their home in Wasilla from the construction company that was awarded the contract to build the Wasilla Sports Complex while she mayor of that town. According to the four page letter from Thomas Van Flein, Palin's attorney, mere speculation on the matter by the media could result in a lawsuit.
This is to provide notice to (blogger Shannyn) Moore, and those who republish the defamation, such as Huffington Post, MSNBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post, that the Palins will not allow them to propagate defamatory material without answering to this in a court of law...Just as power abhors a vacuum, modern journalism apparently abhors any type of due diligence and fact checking before scurrilous allegations are repeated as fact.
But that's not all—Earlier in the day Palin whined about the media's treatment of her on her Facebook page.
The response in the main stream media has been most predictable, ironic, and as always, detached from the lives of ordinary Americans who are sick of the "politics of personal destruction". How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it's about country. And though it's honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make. But every American understands what it takes to make a decision because it's right for all, including your family.
Of course, as with all things concerning Sarah Palin, none of this would be complete if it weren't laced with delicious irony. To that end, Jezebel dug up a video of Palin talking to Newsweek's Karen Breslau in March of 2008, where she addressed Hillary Clinton's complaints about the media during her campaign against Obama for the Democratic nomination. Palin said that Hillary was doing women a "disservice" by whining incessantly about media criticism.
You gotta plow through that. You have to know what you're getting into...When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate, with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or you know maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think 'that doesn't do us any good.'
Oh yes. The next few weeks should be a whole lotta fun.