Sarah Palin


Photographer: Brian Reynard
Photo taken when: Wednesday, January 12, 7:50 AM
Where: Grove between Laguna and Octavia

This “very well-timed Sarah Palin inspired poster hack popped up on Grove Street this morning” Reynard tells the Appeal.

He notes on flickr that the piece added over what was an image of a firefighter silhouetted by flames (anyone know what the original ad’s for? I’ve been trying to find out to no avail) reads “enrage them with fear until they feel justified in their violence.”

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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  • David S

    Conservatives are probably more vitriolic than progressives but this poster demonstrates hate is on both sides. This is hatespeach. Please imagine a public figure you admire ( ie. Pelosi, Obama, Nelson Mandela, Harvey Millk) in this picture with the same caption. What woud you think?

    When will we quit attacking the person and discuss the ideas?

  • Masquer08er

    Good point. I read that and thought “pot calling the kettle black”. But I contend there are at least an equal number of “vitriolic” progressives. Regardless, the vitriol should be condemned. Even if it is said in the name of humor. Even if you agree with the premise. You should be able to just say I disagree with your policy without being called a name and without calling someone a name. Words like racist, homophobe, muderer, and anti American are tossed out at in appropriate times. This cheapens their meanings and render them useless against those for whom the labels are appropriate. Go to any political blog and read the comments. I found this:

    “If you’ve ever read the definition of narcissist­ic personalit­y disorder, you would know why thisPERSON just can’t seem to show any empathy. Narcissist­s are the featured players in the drama that is their life. Everyone else is just there as a supporting player. Therefore, the shootings in Tuscon are of secondary importance to some finger-poi­nting in HIS?HER direction about inflammato­ry rhetoric. True narcissist­s are always victims…­of anyone who doesn’t find their actions perfect. ”

    I hid the gender of the subject in this comment. Who was it about? Was it written by a lefty or a righty? I’ll never tell, but you get my point.

    The worst part, in my opinion, is people just repeat what they’ve heard without any real knowlege or understanding of the subject. They just want to be identified in a particular way. Next time someone offers an ad hominem attack ask why they feel that much hate. Their answer really doesn’t matter.

  • Belulah

    sarah palin is not a target here, but a symbol of a trend in american politics. I do not see this as an attack on an individual, but a protest of a political ideology.