Hey, everybody, it seems to be a slow news day, because when I checked the Internets all the excitement was about this: Sarah Palin invented a new word today! Yup. "Refudiate." Seriously. You could look it up. OK, actually you can't look it up because it's not in the dictionary, at least not today. Meanwhile, liberals are having a field day on Twitter, et cetera, and Palin is showing off her Reaganesque self-depreciating humor and conservatives probably think the whole thing is cute.
Real cute. Here's what Palin was trying to say, by the way:
Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate
Maybe she had to invent a new word because people are running out of ways to convey their hate speech these days. The "Peaceful Muslims" aren't going to "refudiate" or even repudiate the plan to open an Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan because the people behind it are peaceful Muslims, with no known ties to terrorism and nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks. Palin's position here is a politically-driven attack on the religious freedom that she claims to hold as one of her highest principles -- it is almost as stupid as exacting revenge for 9/11 by attacking a Muslim nation that had nothing to do with the attacks.
In other hate-speech news, the NAACP recently asked leaders of the Tea Party to refud...er, rebuke any racist elements among the group. Unlike so many of our institutions, the NAACP apparently knows how to get results, because check this out:
We, in the last twenty-four hours have expelled Tea Party Express and Mark Williams from the National Tea Party Federation because of the letter that he wrote which, he, I guess, may have considered satire but which was clearly offensive
So, good for the National Tea Party Foundation. Now if we can only get CNN to stop bringing Mark Williams on my TV....