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Easiest job in the world: Fact-checking Sarah Palin

Fact-checking Saran Palin must be the easiest job in the world -- if she says it, it's not a fact.

In her ghost-written book, "Going Rogue," as the epigram to Chapter Three, "Drill, Baby, Drill," Palin assigns the following remarks to the Hall of Fame UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden:


"Our land is everything to us... I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember our grandfathers paid for it -- with their lives."


Only the quote wasn't by John Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach.

It was written by a Native American activist named John Wooden Legs in an essay entitled "Back on the War Ponies," which appeared in a left-wing anthology, "We Are the People: Voices from the Other Side of American History," edited by Nathaniel May, Clint Willis, and James W. Loewen.

Psalms 109: What it REALLY says

No doubt you've seen a lot of comment about a new pile of crap from the rightwingnutters -- a whole campaign complete with T-shirts, bumper stickers, emails and more, all built on the biblical passage in Psalms 109 which says in part:

May his days be few;
may another seize his position.
May his children be orphans,
and his wife a widow.

Many have pointed out that this campaign seems to imply the urgent need to eliminate President Barack Obama at the earliest opportunity by any means necessary -- you can figure out the rest.

But what is Psalms 109 really about?

In Psalms Chapter 109, King David, who is one of the revered heroes of the Old Testament, is lamenting and crying out to God for help.

He says:


For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
speaking against me with lying tongues.
They beset me with words of hate, a
nd attack me without cause.
In return for my love they accuse me,
even while I make prayer for them.
So they reward me evil for good,
and hatred for my love.

Got that?? David says: "The wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me."
Hmmm. King David must have been dealing with Republicans, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh.

David goes on:

They say, Appoint a wicked man against him;
let an accuser stand on his right.
When he is tried, let him be found guilty;
let his prayer be counted as sin.
May his days be few;
may another seize his position.
May his children be orphans,
and his wife a widow.
May his children wander about and beg;
may they be driven out of the ruins they inhabit.
May the creditor seize all that he has;
may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil.


And then King David says:


Help me, O Lord my God!
Save me according to your steadfast love.
Let them know that this is your hand;
you, O Lord, have done it.
Let them curse, but you will bless.
Let my assailants be put to shame;
may your servant be glad.
May my accusers be clothed with dishonour;
may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a mantle.
With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
For he stands at the right hand of the needy,
to save them from those who would condemn them to death.


Now -- you would think that those who use the Bible for their own narrow, bigoted political purposes would know what they are talking about.

The irony is that those who have chosen this Bible verse as a slogan clearly have no idea of the context and meaning of that which they quote because Psalms 109 says exactly the opposite of what they want to say.

But, then, no one ever accused the biblethumpers and rightwingers of being very smart.