Friday, 25 February 2011

Recent bits and pieces about Sarah Palin

Germaine Greer will speak at the India Today 2011 Conclave

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is another speaker

Our Sarah will close the proccedings with "My Vision of America"

Sarah Palin managed to divert the attention from articles laughing at her in the wake of the Bailey's leaked manuscript (which led to the discovery of Lou Sarah's Facebook profile) by announcing a trip to India next month. I tried to find some reactions from Indian bloggers, but so far only a conservative Indian non-profit weighed in on the trip.

The Indian American Conservative Council(IACC) issued a statement welcoming former Alaska governor Sarah Palin visit to New Delhi next month.

"Governor Palin has been a strong pro-business conservative voice," said IACC chairman Dino Teppara.

IACC is a registered 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that supports conservative, pro-business values.

There was some criticism regarding her trip:

Andrew Cline writes that he has a hard time believing that "someone who makes a trip to India a higher priority than a trip to New Hampshire is a serious presidential candidate."

Others just published variations on the same article , which includes a mention about ethics. That's not Sarah Palin's speech topic, she will speak about her vision for America.

The conference's choice of Palin is an odd one, Politico said. She will be the only American politician attending the conference, which is stacked with Indian and Pakistani officials, business leaders, public figures and entertainers.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is kicking off the conference Friday morning with the keynote. Palin's speech comes Saturday night and brings the conference to a close. The 2011 roster will cover issues from 'The Gender Dialogue: Can the burqa co-exist with the bikini?' to a session on 'Politics and Ethics: Is honesty impossible in Indian politics?'

Some articles about Bailey and the Facebook profile:

There was one on Salon and another on the Daily Telegraph (UK)

As Sarah Palin and Lou Sarah are one and the same, this is fun:

She "likes" herself, and has 12 friends.

Sarah also explained how tough the Iron Dog participants are and didn't miss the opportunity to reiterate what a real macho-man her Todd is: "Girly men don't ride the Iron Dog."

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A reader photographed Todd's mean machine at the checkpoint in Ruby and remarked that he's a country club gentleman now. Well, at least he's being sponsored by a country club, as you can see. Todd is still a family stud boy, definitely not a girly man. (Thanks for the photo, Eileen!)

Sarah Palin couldn't keep her mouth shut about Lybia and quickly inserted her foot in it:

“It’s a little perplexing looking at the White House today,” Palin wrote. “There was a statement on the horrible earthquake in New Zealand, and certainly our hearts go out to all those affected by this horrible natural disaster. But nothing on the slaughter in Libya?”

“If the president just got out there and blasted Gaddafi it could potentially end badly for those Americans,” said Ed Henry, CNN White House Correspondent. “This situation is not as black and white as some people think. The safety of those Americans is a key factor.”

Of course, some people have been laughing at Sarah Palin for a long time:

Will Kathy Griffin Channel Sarah Palin on 'Glee'?

It wouldn't be the first time the show has take a shot at Palin. During one episode last year, tart-tongued cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, portrayed by Jane Lynch, chastised two students by declaring, "You may be two of the stupidest teens I’ve ever encountered — and that’s saying something. I once taught a cheerleading seminar to Sarah Palin.”