Some words of wisdom for Sarah Palin

| September 30, 2008

Plus รงa change, plus c’est la meme chose:

“I am often made aware of the utter uselessness and folly of seeking to vindicate my character…from the simple fact that although foul aspersions can be bruited far and wide, held to the fluttering breeze by every press and rolled as sweet under every tongue, yet while the vile slander is fairly refuted and truth appears in the most incontestable manner it is permitted to lie quietly upon the shelf in slumber the sleep of death or if by chance it should get published in some obscure nook or corner of this great republic be most religiously suppressed as tho in fear that the truth should be known and believed.”

— Brigham Young writing to (then) U.S. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, 1855 (quoted in 40 Ways to Look at Brigham Young, Orton & Slaughter, Deseret Book, 2008)

Doesn’t look as though the interwebs have changed things all that much.ย  ..bruce w..

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Category: 2008 Election, History, Journalism, Main, Sarah Palin, US Politics

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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  1. jaimie says:

    Smitten by the first impression, the nervous system polarizes the “decision” and curiosity becomes devotion. So adorable and precious, so vulnerable yet seemingly so tenacious and strong. I see why you might want to protect her, fight for her and defend her against those who would harm the poor clueless thing. You are indeed an old-school gentleman, Webster.

  2. bfwebster says:

    Smitten by the first impression…

    Actually, I’ve been aware of Sarah Palin ever since she defeated Murkowski in the GOP primary for governor, much as I’ve been tracking Bobby Jindal since he ran for governor the first time in 2003. (I also knew who Bill Clinton was at least two years before he ran for President.) If you’ll go back and read my posts, you’ll find that Palin was #2 on my Veep wish list (Rice was #1, though a long shot at best) long before McCain chose her. I’m not sure how old you are, Jaimie, but I’d guess relatively young (<40) by your tone of voice. If that's the case, I was actively tracking politics (and voting) while you were still filling your diapers. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I see why you might want to protect her, fight for her and defend her

    Uh, Jaimie, go read the quote. Nothing there about me or anyone else ‘protecting’ Palin. On the contrary: my point is that the media has no desire for balance (else where are all the reporters digging through the 132 boxes of documents from the Chicago Annenburg Challenge project that largely wasted $110 million?), and that she should just live with that and move on.

    You are indeed an old-school gentleman.

    That I’ll take as a compliment, whether you meant it as such or not. Would you like some tips? ๐Ÿ™‚ ..bruce..