November 21, 2009

Adventures in Posterior Self-Analytics

Sarah Palin prefaces her book with epigraphs including one from — make sure you're done swallowing your coffee — Aristotle:
Chapter Two is introduced by a fake quote from Aristotle, who never in fact wrote that "Criticism is something we can avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, being nothing." Instead, such banalities are more properly credited to a book called Seeds of Greatness by Denis Waitley,* a hack motivational speaker and author who once served as an executive for a skin-care Ponzi scheme.
One of those things that pretty much says it all.

h/t The Chief.

* "In 2007, Denis Waitley resigned from his post as a member of the board of directors of USANA Health Sciences, Inc., after it was discovered that he did not have a Master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In addition to this USANA informed the Wall Street Journal that they were unable to verify Waitley's Ph.D. from the unaccredited La Jolla University."

Definitely, the go-to guy for all your wholesome "advice for living."


Grant said...

As Chico Marks once said, her story always repeats itself, the first time as malady and the second time as farts.

Grant said...

Or as Esenberg once said, your derisive scorn of Sharia Plain is just a way to avoid confronting what Esenberg has to say.

Clutch said...

Hey, if you're clueless and vapid and cynical, you can at least rip off the deep thoughts of a real thinker by tossing an epigram up at the start of your (ghost-writer's) writing.

Umm, unless you and your ghost-writer are so clueless, vapid and cynical that you, well... can't.