Thursday, 5 November 2009

Open Thread - Sarah Palin Comedy Relief

After so many heavy thoughts about pregnancies, religious nuts etc. during the last few days, it is time for some comedy. Therefore, here is some light relief for you - enjoy!

This is one of my all time Palin-comededy favourites - the "Daily Show" visits Wasilla ("real America") and tries to find out what the Mayor of Wasilla actually does:

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Understanding Real America in Wasilla
www.thedailyshow.com
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Some of our readers have wondered how Sarah Palin will perform in the Oprah interview. Well, we all know how the journalist-graduate loves to bypass those questions. Here are some examples.

The real interview of Sarah Palin with Charlie Gibson is pretty funny - the parody version is even better:




Remember when Sarah Palin tried to beat America into submission by winking furiously during the Vice-Presidential debate? The parody again comes pretty close to the real thing:




If this wasn't enough comedy for you, then here are two more videos I would like to show you - just click on the links:

The legendary SNL parody which compares the "parody Katie Couric interview" to the real interview.

Last but not least, allow me to leave the Sarah we all "love to hate" and present to you this parody version of the Obama - McCain Presidential debate.


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79 comments:

Anonymous said...

HuffPo has an interesting story about Oprah going to cable in 2011. Recently, the Wall Street Journal had an article about Oprah that indicated her ratings were declining, half of what they used to be. And, Oprah's been stung by a book club selection that wasn't carefully vetted.

So, I see Sarah's appearance on Oprah as a way for Oprah to boost her ratings (during sweeps). Ditto for Barbara Walters. But since is the comedy relief section, we have to wonder if Sarah will read her own book. What if her answers don't match Lynn Vincent's version?!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of pregnancy, you can see pregnant Amy Poehler in the SNL parody. Notice how she sits.

Also, too: we are reminded that Sarah Palin, in 2008, was FOR Health Care reform, as she expressed in her Katie Couric Interview. That's right, Teabaggers: Palin for FOR it.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to really go OT here, but we have been changing our view of Bristol & Levi as Trig's parents based on Gryphen's secret informant. What if Gryphen is being played and doesn't realize it. What if he thinks he is getting good information, but the person is functioning as the trolls do here, to steer the conversation in the wrong direction?

Manipulate the press, has it been done? Yup! People in the Bush administration fed Judith Miller of the New York Times trumped up information about Sadaam having WMD, a real threat to us. Then Dick Cheney went of Meet the Press and cited that article as proof of his charges that Iraq had WMD-- when his people had planted the story to start with.

Sarah (or her people) do read the blogs. They are (were) especially sensitive to Alaska blogs and people who explored Babygate (PD, Morgan the photo expert). Some one who likes Sarah (or may be working for her, or just supports her) may be slipping some misleading information to Gryphen, teasing him along. I hesitate to suggest the idea at IM. I'm just wondering if there is anyone else who thinks that his informatant may not be on the same team.

i don't think it is bx2 said...

I have never taken the bait, it is NOT bx2, never has been. Palin is going to win if the blogs can't prove that she did NOT give birth to Trig. Just saying! Those who believe it to be bx2...show your proof or stop critizing other blogs.

Truly Madly Deeply said...

@22.54

Patrick did not criticise Gryphen and he has offerred to discuss his information with him in an attempt to resolve the puzzle.

It's not up to you to tell Patrick to reveal his information here.

Do you think that he is that stupid?

Anonymous said...

I miss the white background. There, I said it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great videos -- nothing like a good laugh, and Sarah was certainly good for a lot of those! I will personally forever be grateful to Tina Fey and Katie Couric for their roles in shining light on how vapid Sarah Palin actually is.

Regarding the idea that Gryphen's source(s) may be giving him false information (deliberately or unwittingly), of course that is a possibility and maybe even a likelihood. I would suggest that what Gryphen is saying has to be evaluated critically in light of what we know, just like all the other clues in this mystery. We have evidence that 1) Bristol was pregnant in late 2007 and 2) Sarah was not pregnant in spring 2008. I for one am not willing to abandon the most obvious explanations on the basis of what Gryphen has said, absent some corroborating evidence. Of course we should all be willing to examine what he is saying, but let's not go off on wild goose chases.

Anonymous said...

Has that ebay dinner with Sarah ever taken place? I Googles a variety of word combinations today, but nothing came up other than the winner and the winning price.

Patrick said...

Due to the great demand, we have changed the background colour of the blog back to white.

If anybody has problems reading the blog with the write background, there is an easy remedy (which I actually didn't know until yesterday).

In Firefox, you can very easily change the colour of webpages. Just go to TOOLS, then OPTIONS, then CONTENT, then click on the button COLOURS, then choose on the left hand side of the window the text and background colour. Make also sure that you UNCHECK the two little boxes "Use system colours" and "Allow pages to choose their own colours, instead of my selections above" (because it won't work otherwise).

That's it! You can always change it back instantly (just check the two little boxes I just mentioned).

It's actually good to know that, because I often have problems to read websites you have a very dark or black background, and with Firefox, you can change the background colour instantly and adjust it to your needs.

Anonymous said...

Much better...thanks for those videos!

Jesse Cornish said...

Truly Madly Deeply:

Of course Patrick will not give up any information, because he does not have any worth giving up.

Irishgirl said...

Yay, the flying pigs are back! And may I say politely...piss off Jesse. I just scroll over your posts, they are boring.

Truly Madly Deeply said...

Jesse

Look we answer your questions because we are polite but no-one here is going to give you the real inside information that you seek. It just ain't happening.

I can't wait for Monday when Bailey's book is released. That really promises icy revelations about your Sarah!

Now off you go and spend the weekend figuring out your responses to Bailey's revelations regarding her obvious lies. That should take you well into next week, If not the next. Bye bye!

Anonymous said...

taunting troll to distract

Anonymous said...

Someone should be doing his homework.

CC said...

I'm beginning to think this IS his homework, sadly

I said...

His mom should put him to bed.

Anonymous said...

Maybe there are classes which would give you a grade for trolling a blog....Hmmm.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU FOR CHANGING IT BACK TO THE ORIGINAL!!!

Anonymous said...

Just read this on Bree's blog: Gusty on Twitter says she will interview Levi tonight.

CC said...

I read that, too. Since I think she was a willing participant/possible conspirator in the-only-Palin-pregnant-photo-staging, I'm a little suspicious of her motives.

Very odd, indeed.

Truly Madly Deeply said...

gusty'seyeonak

"Levi Johnston isn’t happy with Conan O’brien after last night’s sketch about “his” Twitter account- I talk with him exclusively tonight."

Let's face it, Levi's reaction is very uncool. He's supposed to be a celebrity now and this reaction is over sensitive. He cklearly had to respond but this should have been handled with humor and tact, more along the lines of how the sheep hunter from Alaska should react.

Patrick said...

Funny Palin picture on this blog (non-offensive, don't worry).

http://url4.eu/hdBc

Anonymous said...

More about Levi's uncool reaction:

Levi's Rep to Conan: Take It Back or We Sue

Jesse Cornish said...

Truly Madly Deeply:

I don't seek any inside information; I know there really isn't any substantive to begin with. I simply come to warn you of your own foolishness.

Don Quixote eventually realized his own madness after many faux battles with giants, dastardly knights, and dread cats. So will you, after a time.

Anonymous said...

I think it's great. It's not his Twitter account. That's the difference. The ones they read from Palin WERE real.

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to get back to his homework.

Anonymous said...

Levi can have a lawsuit against Twitter as well, as they were put on notice that the account was fake.

CC said...

JC, we get the warning, thanks! Now go and finish your homework and leave the grownups alone.

Jesse Cornish said...

Alone to do what, exactly? Talk among yourselves about vague and undefined conspiracies, lacking both evidence and rationality?

Anonymous said...

How's the homework, kid?

Anonymous said...

I hope the Levi/Conan/Shatner twitter thing is just a joke, especially since they are throwing in suing NBC. Wouldn't it be funny if all were on Conan tonight and they were laughing about how rediculous it is to get worked up about such things, like $arah does!

Anonymous said...

All of this is good PR if you are in entertainment.

Jesse's Mommy said...

Jesse darling, you've been on the computer far longer than is acceptable. Please consider joining us for dinner? I have told you before...you do not have to be embarassed about the photos of Sarah Palin we found under your mattress. I mean, you WILL go blind and you WILL go to hell if you do...anything...ever again, but please, DON'T be embarassed!
Now, finish your homework, and before you leave the deli counter tomorrow remember to bring mommy some of that thin sliced honey ham she likes.

Irishgirl said...

@Jesse's Mommy,
I am laughing so hard I am crying!!! :)

CC said...

Good one, Jesse's Mommy ... hilarious!

The poor kid thinks by spewing and cutting and pasting the readers of this blog will change our view of that charlatan.

regina said...

The blog is back to the original colours. We never had any complaints about the white background until now. I personally find it much more difficult to read white text on a dark background. Most of what we read in print is black on white, so I'm sticking with what we had for many months. People can adjust their browsers to suit their particular preferences... fair enough, yes?

The flying pigs stay, they mean a lot to me and tell their own story...

Cheers from Oz!

Jesse Cornish said...

A year from now, when no further proof has been presented that can conclusively demostrate that this conspiracy theory bears some semblance of truth, will any of you be so contrite as to turn away from this deranged hypothesis?

Irishgirl said...

Thanks Regina. Enjoy your holiday!

ArmchairJane said...

I think Levi is right to be ticked off about that fake Twitter account being presented as being his. Most people who are known to the public would not be happy if there was a Twitter account by some joker actually being presented as really their own words when it is not. The issue is that Conan's show said it was Levi's real account.

As far as the media battle between Sarah and Levi, Sarah and her spokespeople have also said far worse about Levi than he has said about Sarah. And the worst Levi has said about Bristol is that she tends to do what her mother says. He's been totally honorable toward Bristol.

It seems fashionable in the media to pretend that Sarah is acting like a grownup with regard to her statements about Levi, when she is not. When she has reacted, it is over the top anger. Her fans say that Levi is famous only for "knocking up the Governor's daughter". But Sarah's the one who dragged him into the spotlight to make herself look better. And Bristol made big bucks from the slutty shoe company's "foundation" purely because she IS the Governor's daughter. She seems to have no platform of her own, and abstinence did not work for her.

Levi has taken to the media when he is not allowed to see his child. If he is the father, he has a right to see that child.

Don't forget Trooper Wooten. To this day he is driving a desk because of the threats from the crazies. No wonder Levi has a bodyguard. Oh, and over at the Ocean of Urine as well as at Sarah's wailing wall you can see fans who write that they would lay down their life for her.

Now Levi has said what he wants: Sarah to shut up and stop talking him down. But I think we know she can't help herself. So when the book comes out and she attacks Levi, then she's the one who is going to look like she is not the adult.

From reading Halcro's blog, it appears Palin's close associate Bailey admits Palin committed a Federal offense. We will see for sure when the book comes out. "Sarah from Alaska" also reveals that Sarah lies as easily as she breathes. Who waits till month 7 to tell her children, mother, father, and staff that she is pregnant? It is not normal behavior for a mother who claims to be so "pro-life", pro-child, and pro-family. She's a total phony. I predict in a year, if Babygate has not come out in full it won't matter because by then then investigations by one or more authorities will have turned up enough on one or more "gates" that they are ready to charge her.

ArmchairJane said...

Thank you, Regina! I love the pigs AND the original color scheme. Have a great time in Oz!

hannah said...

Irishgirl & CC -- thanks ;)

Regina, I for one am thrilled it is changed back. I read in firefox and I have never had anything but ease of use and viewing. Cheers indeed -- enjoy your respite!

Anonymous said...

Interesting:

In her "victory" speech she says that special needs children will have an advocate in the White House. She introduces John McCain

In her "defeat" speech she doesn't say anything about advocating for special needs children. She fails to introduce John McCain.

Jesse Cornish said...

ArmchairJane:

And what exactly were those malicious comments Sarah Palin uttered and designed to demean Levi?

Anonymous said...

I've been reading the divorce papers of Wooten and Sarah Palin's sister, Molly. She said that Wooten had said, "put a leash on your sister." Is that how Sarah Palin got the pitbull nickname?

Anonymous said...

Remember the days when we didn't have to endless educate a member of Sarah's Web Brigade?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, that should be "endlessly." If Sarah's so great, there would be no need for her trolls. Right? They would trust her. They would not show their fear, as they do nightly now.

CC said...

Regina, I am thrilled it is back to the original format, flying pigs included!

Have fun in Oz ... and

signing off from what appears to be The Twilight Zone, of late.

Anonymous said...

anon 0240: There is a cartoon from Rolling Stone, with Sarah as pitbull on a leash, wearing lipstick, with nasty teeth, and McCain on the other end of the leash holding a tube of lipstick. Later, some people substituted Rupert Murdoch for McCain.

snowbilly said...

I like this color scheme, too.

Anonymous said...

Jessee must know Palin personally, he seems to know for sure that babygate isn't true, just how personal does he know her? Has she wispered secrets in his ears.OR was the closest he got to her was seeing her on tv wishing she was whispering secrets in his ears.If he does not know her personally he can not make a TRUE statment not unless only a handful are in the cover up and he's in on it and knows it'll never come out.
BUT IT WILL.

hannah said...

02:47, this is unrelated, but it made me think of the palin cartoon from election era which made me laugh the hardest-- there were a couple of different versions but the one I recall also emphasized the pitbull theme -- Sarah is wearing a spiked 'pitbull' collar and her lipstick is over done. She is dragging Bristol into a shop that has tshirts in the window which say things like "abstinence 4 me" and "birth control? What's that?"
the store?
"G-O-Pea In The Pod: maternity fashions for teens"

I remember thinking that the real pea in the pod maternity store would be angry, but the CEO or owner or someone called it a brilliant satire. It's still clipped to my office wall:)

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:53, Jesse "knows" Sarah well enough to have her pout pasted to the inside of his lockers at both work and school...and that's about it.

Anonymous said...

When Track was sent to Michigan to "play hockey" (or avoid punishment?) where exactly did Track go???

Anonymous said...

I am making a list of Sarah Palin's tales. Each of them is part of the narrative or myth that she would like people to believe:

1. star athlete
2. hunter
3. fisher
4. frontier woman
5. good mom
6. good wife
7. good parent
8. fiscal conservative as mayor
9. fiscal conservative as governor
10. corruption buster
11. law abiding
12. christian
13. educated
14. informed
15. thoughtful
16. even tempered

No doubt that I have missed some.

Her myth is her image. As each of these tall tales become doubtful, a tear opens on the screen onto which she projectes her image. Eventually the image lies in tatters on the floor.

wv=oistr Not Sarah's oyster

Anonymous said...

Track Palin was in Portage Michigan.
Full link on a news article is here.


http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2008/08/son_of_alaska_gov_sarah_palin.html

Anonymous said...

I wonder whether her obsession with going to Michigan during the VP campaign, after McCain's people realized that it would be better to campaign elsewhere, had something to do with visiting where Track had been.

That is another example where "going rogue" is actually an inability to be a team player.

Anonymous said...

Actually, she starts her book tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan. News story here with a fews good comments.


http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/11/sarah_palin_will_begin_going_r.html

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin said, “God is in control, and He decided it was not our time and not our moment.”
GOP Governors Pull The Plug on Palin's Press Conference

Anonymous said...

@anon 3:16, some more for your list:
Sarah was(is) also, too:
journalist/writer/author
pageant queen, well, runner up
loyal, patriotic, flag-waving citizen of "Real America"
loves Alaska, just didn't want to return there after 2008 campaign
Blogger: Tweets, Face Book
Super-duper-ultra-conservative
$100,000.speaker

my wv=hyped, yup, Sarah is hyped, too, also, the Queen of Hype

Anonymous said...

03:21

Is Michigan dude, who has the picture with Track Palin on the internet, now a troll?

Great blog!

sg said...

The commenter who suggested changing the layout is a textbook "concern troll."

If you don't know what a "concern troll" is, as always, consult the urban dictionary.

Re-read his/her posts on the previous thread and you'll appreciate what I'm saying.

sandra said...

I would think that anyone truly concerned about the layout of a blog site would communicate to the owner by email. A personal criticism should not be public. Most of us were alerted when the troll made a sudden appearance and started making critical remarks.

sg said...

In the Shatner skit on Conan O'Brien's show, were the tweets they used from that same bogus LJ twitter account that was debunked on TT months ago??

If so...sheez!

Regardless, I feel bad for Levi. The last thing he needs is grief from things he never said.

Maybe, though, he can turn lemons into lemonade...publicity is rarely bad, is it? Especially when you've done nothing wrong.

Anonymous said...

If Conan gives Levi a chance to read something else or appear in another way, that could be a positive.

ProChoiceGrandma said...

So, how many versions are there about how the children were told about the VP pick?
You would think Sarah would have coordinated her lies with First Dude, but psshaw…we’re talking Sarah Palin here! Here is Greta Van Suckup’s first interview of First Dud about the plane trip from Alaska to Ohio where the children were not told anything about the purpose of the trip when Mommy Dearest was picked as Repuke VP. Interesting, verrry interesting. Enjoy! ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu9aTV5j9MM&feature=player_embedded

@1:15
Todd: “I was tasked to have our kids ready in case she got the nod, and so you can’t tell anybody, you can’t tell the kids where you’re going, and at that time I didn’t have any communication with Sarah and so what do I do, you know, I can’t tell the kids at night, they’ll be up all night on their phones, well I might go somewhere tomorrow so this was Thursday morning, I wake them up at 5:00 in the morning, and I say hey, we’re going on a surprise trip to celebrate your mom & I’s anniversary, 20th anniversary, so give me your cell phones, Well why do you want my cell phone?, because I know you’re going to call people and you might call Mom and ask what’s going on, so I said give me your cell phones, if there’s any questions, whoever wants to ask questions is gonna stay at Grandma’s house, so who’s going, so they gave me all their cell phones.”


@2:16
Greta: So the kids, the kids are now cellphoneless, incommunicado, how many are with you at this point?
Todd: Three, ah, er, four. (Ha ha! Did you catch that?)
Greta: And were any a little suspicious that something was going on?
Todd: Yeah, Willow was pretty suspicious.

sg said...

PCG:

I prefer "Toad" to "First Dud."

But that's just me. ;-)

Anonymous said...

ArmchairJane,
I hope you are feeling better. I always appreciate your comments. You help me keep it together when old Sarah Palin is just too much.

Levi wouldn't be human if he wasn't mad about the Twitter b.s. How many times on Palingates have we seen someone referring to Levi's twitter account and Patrick or someone correcting that misconception? Too many. There were probably those who followed it religiously as if it was Levi. I hope they do find out who is behind that. Was it just for fun or more malicious?

Patrick did that great article on the Jon McNaughton paintings.
Re-Writing History and the Use of Religion as a Political Weapon Jon's interpretations don't pass fact checks. Comedy is another animal, but an art form that can be manipulated to misinform. I don't think Conan O'Brien intended harm when his show went with the Levi Twitter account skit, but they are passing on the lies as "facts." You can't just laugh that off. Not at this point when who knows what attack is coming next.

I don't think they have even started to go after Levi. He doesn't have a base or anything to counter what is said and done against him or his family. Geraldo Riviera and two pundits were also passing on "facts" about Levi that sound as if they came from that fake account. "Don't forget Trooper Wooten." He lost doing the work he preferred. If fake Twitter and Geraldo pundits get their way with Levi he won't get any press and he will lose his livelihood. How often would they allow Tripp to see his Daddy?

anon 01:56 said... More about Levi's uncool reaction:
Levi's Rep to Conan: Take It Back or We Sue
What is the uncool part?

I love the original Regina!

Anonymous said...

That man/boy is fighting the titans for his life, livilhood and cubs.

Where do you send your ode to Levi videos?

WV ::: trustreg

Anonymous said...

Andrea Gusty's video interview with Levi and Rex Butler.

http://www.ktva.com/ci_13724964

Anonymous said...

Huffpost: William Shatner Reads "Levi Johnston"'s Tweets (VIDEO)
First Posted: 11- 5-09 08:18 AM

Anonymous said...

Stepping back from all the family drama, I would like to see expert analysis of the photos.

I am beginning to think it's not too important to know the parentage of the baby SP claimed as her own. Too many characters and too many distractions. Rather, exposing a fraudulent act to deceive by a public officer for personal or political gain. Didn't somebody mention newspaper ads before all the Levi drama hit?

Anonymous said...

Jesse Cornish doesn't just troll all of the Alaskan blogs, but also looks like he's stalking Andrew Sullivan too!

How many times has JC referred to Occam’s razor at Palingates or IM?
Oh Jesse you are just as transparent as your idol, so transparent you're almost invisible.

See the E-mail JC sent to Andrew Sullivan and AS's blog here:
http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/11/the-sarah-an.html#more

Silly little Jesse.

Anonymous said...

Rather than risking being seen coming to McCain's hotel, the Palins and McCain's aides continued to the nearby Manchester Inn and Conference Center, where they checked in under another name. It was then that Palin's children, who had been told they were going to Ohio to celebrate their parents' wedding anniversary, also on Friday, were told for the first time that their mother would be a nominee for the vice presidency.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/mccain-names-running-mate/2008/08/30/1219516772099.html?page=3

Anonymous said...

@19:19 - Occam's razor is part of many rightwing memes; they use it all the time. Google it and you'll see what I mean.

That is not the homework kid's writing style. He uses more complete subjects-predicates in his sentences than fragments. Also, at least here, the homework kid is not profane.

But that excerpt certainly sounds like the same talking points, for sure...the same marching orders....

Anonymous said...

What amuses me about the use of "Occam's Razor" on the Internet is its frequent misapplication--as seen on some of the pro-Palin websites.

Jesse Cornish said...

Plurality ought never be posited without necessity. -William Ockham

Given the choice of two scenarios that explain the birth of Trig Palin, one of which simply states that he was born to Sarah Palin. This option possesses ample evidence and thus is widely accepted.

However, we can instead choose to believe that Sarah Palin faked a pregnancy, pulling off a such a coup with the media that she was able to deceive everyone. Such a theory has very little to no proof supporting it, and requires complex and convoluted methods to effect its happening.

Now any of you can believe what you wish, but as for me, I'll forgo any matters of faith about the issue and simply take the evidence for granted.

Anonymous said...

How's the homework, kid?

Anonymous said...

I'll stick with the truckload of evidence that shows Palin was not pregnant, others can stick with their one and only photo with Andrea Gusty. It really is very simple to me. Not complicated at all.