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  • Sarah Palin Can't Sell Reality Show About Snowmobiles for Some Reason

    I don't understand this. Absolutely none of this makes any sense to me. I mean, I know these are "words" in the "English" "language" laid out end to end to form "sentences" and "paragraphs." I know that. But they have no actual meaning to me.

    Because they can't possibly mean what they would seem to mean

    The Hollywood Reporter has learned that [Sarah] Palin and [Sarah Palin's Alaska producer Mark] Burnett are pitching another reality series, this one more focused on Palin’s husband Todd and his career as a championship snowmobile racer. But for now, TLC owner Discovery Communications has passed, say sources. And A&E Networks, which entered into a bidding war with Discovery for Sarah Palin's Alaska, also is not interested.

    So far, networks have balked at the steep asking price — Palin's Alaska went for north of $1 million an episode and sources say Burnett and Palin are asking for a similar payday for the follow-up. Mark Burnett Productions did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    So, let me get this straight. Sarah Palin — the heart and soul of "real America" — is offering, out of the kindness of her heart, the opportunity to air a television show about her super-charismatic husband and his snowmobile for a meager $1 million an episode, and all the TV networks are saying no?! I'm sorry, I keep working it over and over in my feeble brain, but it still doesn't make any sense to me.

    I just hope that some good comes of this confounding situation. Maybe this will be the impetuous Palin needs to deign to serve as our president after all. And if — nay, when! — that day does come, I hope the CEOs of TLC and A&E are all packed up and ready for a lengthy stay on Guantanamo Bay.

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Alaska, Sarah Palin, Television, Todd Palin
  • Quote Unquote: Don Young's Plan for America

    Alaska Rep. Don Young explains the subtleties of his soon-to-be-introduced suggested legislation for healing America's economic ills

    “My bill is very simple, I just null and void any regulations passed in the last twenty years.”

    Whoa, whoa, whoa there, Aristotle. Cool it with the fancy political science speak. Can't we figure out a way to make that idea a little more accessible to the plebs out there? How about something like, "Erase everything from Clinton on"?

    I don't know. Still a little eggheady.

    (via Brooklyn Mutt)


    Tags: Alaska, Don Young, Environment, House of Representatives, Quote Unquote
  • Joe McGinniss Says Gross Things About Sarah Palin

    This site isn't typically a bastion of pro-Palin sentiment, and I'm not generally a huge fan of hers, but there's something icky-gross about Joe McGinniss' "revelations" in his sure-to-be-a-bestseller-anywhere-but-Wasilla book, "The Rogue."

    McGinniss moved in next door to the Palins (creepy) and spent a year of his life speaking to people who really, really hate Sarah Palin. Understandably, Todd is pissed

    Todd Palin is ripping author Joe McGinniss' upcoming book, which claims his wife, Sarah, had a sexual tryst with hoops star Glen Rice and dabbled with marijuana and cocaine.

    Todd described the book as full of "disgusting lies, innuendo and smear" in a statement and blasted the best-selling author for stalking the ex-Alaska governor and former vice presidential candidate.

    Personally, I think we, the American public, ought to be mad, too — if only because McGinniss's big revelations are so boring. Oh, wow, a pretty, wannabe-famous lady allegedly banged a sexy, soon-to-be-famous dude? That has never happened before in the history of the world, ever.

    She allegedly did coke off an oil drum? So what? It's not like there's anything else to do in Alaska besides recreational drugs, and it's not like there's anything else to do them off of besides various objects related to Big Oil. These people live in friggin' igloos. Have you ever tried to do a key bump in an igloo? The key gets really cold, and it can stick to sensitive mucous membranes like the nose. It's dangerous! And don't even get me started on the logistics of trying to do an 8-ball with a polar bear. One word: awkward.

    If Joe McGinniss owes anyone an apology, it's the American people. As if we don't have enough disappointment in our lives these days.

    Photo by Shekhar Yadav/India Today Group/Getty Images


    Tags: Alaska, Basketball, Books, Drugs, Glen Rice, Joe McGinniss, Sarah Palin, Sex, Sports, Todd Palin
  • Sarah Palin Did It with Future NBA Star Glen Rice Back in Those Crazy '80s, According to New Biography

    According to Joe McGinniss' new biography of Sarah Palin, the one-day partial-term governor of Alaska had a somewhat… intimate encounter with future NBA player Glen Rice back in her post-college/TV sports reporting days

    Sarah hooked up with the NBA great, then a 6-foot-8 junior at the University of Michigan when he was playing in a college basketball tournament in Alaska in 1987, the book says. At the time, Sarah, just out of college, was working as a sports reporter for the Anchorage TV station KTUU.

    A publishing source told The Enquirer that McGinniss claims Sarah had a "fetish" for black men at the time and he quotes a friend as saying Sarah had "hauled (Rice’s) ass down." A source unrelated to the book told The Enquirer, Todd was very much in the picture at the time and the couple married just nine months later.

    Yeah, well, that's just, like, biographer Joe McGinniss and the National Enquirer's opinion, man…

    In the book, McGinniss quotes Rice as confirming the one-night stand.

    Okay, so she had sex with a black dude. Or Glen Rice is lying for no good reason at all. (I can't imagine that's a source of pride for him.)

    I'm not exactly certain what the significance of this is. I mean, this probably won't play too well with a certain contingent of her fan base. But those people will probably chalk this up as a left-wing smear job, because, well, they'd probably consider accusing someone of having sex with a black person as being a smear.

    And I guess it makes her look like a hypocrite when taken along with all her abstinence-only education nonsense talk. But, she's been proudly draping herself in hypocrisy for years now. This is just like an extra hypocrisy scarf or something.

    If anything, this actually kind of makes her more likable as far as I'm concerned. Especially considering allegations also coming out in the book that as governor of Alaska she had a bunch of minority volunteer state workers fired after taking office because she "just isn’t comfortable in the presence of dark-skinned people."

    If this Glen Rice news has any merit to it, it means she's comfortable in their presence, at least to some degree.

    (via Deadspin)

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Alaska, Basketball, Books, Glen Rice, Joe McGinniss, National Enquirer, Sarah Palin, Sex, Sports