Friday, January 28, 2011

Quote of the Day


"That was another one of those 'WTF' moments, the, when he a, uh, so often repeated 'the Sputnik Moment' that he, uh, would aspire Americans to, uh, celebrate, and, uh, he needs to remember that, uh, what happened back then with the former communist USSR and their victory in that, er, sss, race to space, yeah, they won but they also incurred so much debt at the time that it resulted in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union."

-- Sarah Palin on President Obama's State of the Union address

WTF, indeed, 14-year-old.

You know, I'm actually beginning to enjoy watching her try to think -- to say nothing of attempting to outwit serious people with actual brains in their heads rather than squeaky gerbil wheels.

It's entertaining to watch her 15 minutes finally, mercifully enter what seem to be its gruesome death throes.

35 comments:

oskar said...

To paraphrase Churchill: "The best argument against Democracy is a 5 minute conversation with a below average Vice-Presidential candidate/"Reality T.V." star".

I'd hate to think that was the real reason the media keep paying so much attention to her & her pea-brained ilk.

CNNfan said...

That was yet another unofficial response from the Republican party.










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Joke.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of WTF moments. I think she may have had a valid point in there somewhere. I can't tell you, like, how, uh, disturbing that is... but I'll console myself with the knowledge that there's no way she came up with it herself.

Narbe said...

For most of the time, during that spewing of verbal diarrhea, I couldn't help but notice how much Greta was looking like Bruce Jenner. I know that's kind of sophomoric, but maybe it was some kind of subconcious defense mechanism kicking in to keep me from wanting to bang my head repeatedly on a hard surface.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

Chez, it's not nice to laugh at the hard-of-thinking.


(But I've gotten the same impression as you, over the past few months: the quicksand's up to her chin.)

Fred said...

Perfection would be that in her last, agonizing (For us) minute of those 15- She trips and does a face plant.

Maybe it was funnier in my own head, but what the hell.

Anonymous said...

I think that trying to read that mess just implanted the beginnings of an aneurysm. Thanks.

Eric said...

I think the funniest parts of her commentary actually follow this quote, when she starts talking about spudnuts, a delicacy I'd never heard of until yesterday.

Among other things making her spudnut riff funny:

*the word spudnut is inherently funny;

*it turns out the spudnut is a fried potato flour doughnut that was popular in the 1940s, conjuring images of trenchcoated police dicks out of a Hammett story eating them by the boxful on a stakeout;

*the Spudnut Shop Palin mentions is one of about three dozen former franchises surviving from a once-prosperous global chain that expanded rapidly after WWII and collapsed near the end of the Cold War, which hits a little close to home--anyway, it certainly isn't something I'd want to emulate (also, I hope it's not symbolic that the main thing a Spudnut Shop produces is a deep-fried zero);

*apparently the particular Spudnut Shop Palin mentions, in Richland, is in a town that was built by the government as part of the Manhattan Project and the Department Of Energy and its subcontractors are still the primary employers in the area, which means nearly all those spudnuts she's talking about were effectively bought with American tax dollars (also note that the Manhattan Project was exactly the kind of massive public-private joint project Obama was actually talking about when he said "Sputnik moments," though one can understand his picking a Federal initiative that put humans into orbit and eventually on the moon over one that turned two historic cities into craters);

*finally: spudnut, spudnut, spudnut. I'm sorry. I just think it's a stupidly funny word.

Anonymous said...

It'll be interesting, given her current trajectory and deleterious effect on the party, to watch for Fox subtly turning on her. Or maybe they realize if they keep putting her on the air she'll just do it to her self. Though little things like telling her "Wear your shiny silver shirt, that looks presidential" might be a clue to what they're up to over there.

Anonymous said...

Hey Lay off - she can see russia from her house.

Riles said...

You can almost see the smoke from her wheels grinding when she tried to answer the civility question. Oh, and thanks Sarah, for giving us the definition of the word!

Also, Paula Poundstone apparently had an estate sale, and Greta scooped up her wardrobe from the ol' stand-up days. Wow Greta.

Temmere said...

When I know for CERTAIN that she will not be our president in 2013, then I will start laughing at her.

Until then, I feel only unease.

VOTAR said...

I'm with Temmere on this one. ‎Just 2 years ago, 56,899,510 American citizens deliberately chose to place this woman one failed heartbeat away from the most powerful political office on the planet.

I've never been enough of an optimist to assume that it could not still happen.

Anonymous said...

The best part about our form of government is that anyone can become President.





The worst part about our form of government is that anyone can become President.

Anonymous said...

Ditto Temmere, I'm wholly unconvinced that people won't still vote for her. It's not like she hasn't always been this stupid.

- K

Kevin Davis said...

Yeah, I think the reports of the death of her 15 minutes of fame are greatly exaggerated.

The media can start complaining all they want about Palin fatigue, but the moment she announces her presidential campaign it's going to be like Tyrone Biggums back to the crack rock.

Chez said...

I get what you're saying, guys, but I do have my reasons for thinking this could be the end -- at least the very beginning of the end. I'll explain why later, but it has to do with the fact that as an overexposed multi-media sensation -- a famous-for-being-famous celebrity in the Paris Hilton vein -- she was always destined to burn out. Her popularity has to wane; that's the natural order of things.

VOTAR said...

There's actually a far more sinister dimension to it (warning: I'm about to get all geeky).

In the Dune novels, the evil Harkonnen family send two brothers to enslave the planet. First they send Glossu "The Beast" Rabban, "[all] the Harkonnen cruelty and sadism but without the intelligence."

After brutalizing the local population, the Harkonnen plan is to replace Rabban with his younger brother Feyd, assuming the locals will practically welcome him as their savior after what they've endured.

Substitute the names Palin and Bachmann, and you see where I am going here.

Palin's the false prophet. She'll gather the flock and pave the way for the real anti-christ, who is already positioning herself for her run at the White House. And 57 million people, who already proved how gullible they are, will embrace her as "the smart Sarah Palin."

Mark my words.

em said...

"For most of the time, during that spewing of verbal diarrhea, I couldn't help but notice how much Greta was looking like Bruce Jenner. I know that's kind of sophomoric, but maybe it was some kind of subconcious defense mechanism kicking in to keep me from wanting to bang my head repeatedly on a hard surface."

God, I was thinking the same thing. And didn't she already have plastic surgery?

We should take bets on the next acronym she uses to describe something her poor little pea brain can't piece together on its own. OMG? BRB? TTYL? "PALIN 2012: LMFAO!"

Kevin Davis said...

All I'm saying is let's hope you're right.

denesteak said...

It's entertaining to watch her 15 minutes finally, mercifully enter what seem to be its gruesome death throes.

you know, because you just said that, her 15 minutes just got extended again right? You better had knocked some wood after writing that...

Anonymous said...

Yum spudnuts. I lived in a town in the late 60's that had a spudnuts shop. You could go in at 3am and get them fresh. The perfect stoner food and one of my fondest memories of Meadville, Pa.

Janean said...

I hope you're right. The sooner she burns out and disappears the better. Of course you have to wonder who's going to take her place...

Anonymous said...

As long as we are in a mocking mood......

Hit with a tough question about his administration’s policy in Afghanistan and Iraq on Thursday, President Obama made a muddled mess out of his plans for withdrawing troops from the region.

Obama swapped “Iraq” for “Afghanistan” when he answered a question on YouTube about whether he still believes soldiers need to die in the wars there.

“As I said, we will be out of Afghanistan by the end of this year,” Obama said, a fairly significant misstatement of his administration’s Afghanistan policy, which doesn’t call for a troop withdrawal until 2014. The misstep was picked up by the Future of Capitalism blog.

“We’ll have a relationship with Iraq in the same way we have relationships with many countries around the world,” Obama continued, correcting himself.

The YouTube moderator interjected, in an effort to clarify Obama’s statement. “So out of Afghanistan, as in ...”

But Obama continued his answer, finally getting his wars sorted out.

“Afghanistan is a tougher situation,” he finished. “We’re going to begin to phase down our troop levels, and we’ve agreed with our allies that by 2014, this will be an Afghan-led effort.”

CNNfan said...

Sorry Chez to be the one to tell you, this ain't your "Sputnik Moment" about Sarah.

oskar said...

"the smart Sarah Palin."

From a 2-Watt to maybe a 5-Watt bulb isn't much of an improvement.

VirginiaO'Possum said...

Chez, you are *such* an *optimist*!

VirginiaO'Possum said...

PS: Jeez, it looks like Van Susteren's plastic surgery has really damaged her facial muscles.

Chez said...

Okay, Anon 1:14 (and someday I'll figure out why they're almost always anonymous) ... that's one down. He only has 327 completely incoherent public word salads to go and the Harvard Law grad will be in Sarah Palin's league.

Kevin Davis said...

You're couldn't be more wrong Chez. Your math only works if she doesn't say anything dumb from now on.

John Foley said...

I'd be totally fine if you didn't allow Anonymous posters. If you can't sign your name to something, or show some evidence of previous internet presence, you're just a troll.

CNNfan said...

"... and someday I'll figure out why they're almost always anonymous", said Chez' impostor.

No you won't... I mean, no you shouldn't. Unemployment is high enough in the news business.

Where is the real Chez, the news producer who got fired for blogging, and what have you done with him?








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Chez said...

Do you ever take your medication, Tom?

namron said...

To CNNfan

Please ask CNN to remove the ball gag in your mouth and the vibrator in your rectum before posting to this site.

CNNfan said...

@Chez: Are you trying to give me a dose of my own medication ? Fair enough. Thanks for being a good sport and a host who can take a joke.

@:Namron: As a female, how do you suggest raising ratings in the teenage demographic?

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