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  • From the Pork Barrel: Democrats Apparently Good for Something

    * Democrats turn out to be surprisingly effective at getting what they want when what they want turns out to be money for Democrats.

    * John McCain apparently promised Muammar Qaddafi that the U.S. was gonna be his BFF. That's pretty embarrassing. I mean, he totally didn't keep that promise.

    * Levi Johnston not running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. Also, Levi Johnston was maybe going to run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

    * Dick Cheney kept a secret resignation letter in the safe where he kept his original still-beating heart and the soul of the gypsy woman who tried to cross him back in 1694.

    Photo by Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images


    Tags: Alaska, Democrats, Dick Cheney, John McCain, Levi Johnston, Libya, Money, Muammar Qaddafi, Pork Barrel, Senate, Wasilla
  • Bristol Palin's Three-Episode Stint on "Dancing with the Stars" Will Double the Population of Wasilla

    With all due disgust to every media outlet falling over each other to throw piles of money at the Wasilla Hillbillies, I'm not sure I'm on board with the call to blame Bristol Palin's obnoxious "celebrity" status for a supposed rise in teen pregnancies in her home town

    They’re going to look at this as, Bristol Palin got pregnant as a teen, and now she is famous! They will see her being offered multiple opportunities, being cast on a sitcom, joining the cast of “Dancing with the Stars”, all while making hundreds of thousands of dollars. For many teens it will appear that the road to success is through unprotected sex

    And many other extremely disturbing and jaw dropping messages. I think that having Bristol on television dancing along with those other so-called celebrities is just going to reinforce the idea in the minds of many teens that having a baby can make you glamorous and famous, and you will get tons of attention. Which of course is absolutely ridiculous! Yet many of these girls are just screaming for attention and believe this is a way to get it.

    "All I need to do to make it onto the cover of People is get Justin to put a baby into my belly. But, first, I've got to get my mom to run for vice-president of the United States. How do I go about making that happen?"

    I'm quite well aware that 14-year-olds aren't known for their critical reasoning skills, but if they're going out in droves and getting knocked up to follow in the footsteps of their hero Bristol Palin, shouldn't the blame really fall on the parents of those little girls and not the beleaguered TV producer who desperately brought Sarah Palin's daughter's name up in a pitch meeting in a last ditch effort to not get fired. I'm not sure in whose hands we're placing our children's future, but I hope it's not the guy who's trying to score a bunch of coke for Friday night's premiere party.

    (via The Daily Dish)


    Tags: Abstinence, Bristol Palin, Dancing with the Stars, Television, Wasilla
  • Sarah Palin and Levi Johnston: Icons of Pop Culture

    A little more than a year after John McCain threw conservative debutant Sarah Palin her coming out party, the country still finds itself with a chronic case of Wasilla Fever!

    Just take Levi Johnston. Not only is he getting his own not-brave-enough-to-get-naked spread in Gay Fancy Magazine (or something), but he's also having tales sung of his brave adventures by ironic-pianist balladeer Ben Folds, whom, I promise, Levi Johnston has never ever ever heard of.

    But what about Sarahcuda? Where's her folk ballad? She's twice the folksy ballaverick her granddaughter's father is. Well, she doesn't get a song; she gets a whole opera!

    "Say It Ain't So, Joe," a presentation by Guerilla Opera, opens Saturday at Boston Conservatory's Zack Box Theater. The work is composer Curtis Hughes' musical take on America's favorite moose-hunting winker, you betcha. It focuses on that contentious — and sometimes comical — debate from October 2008 between Palin and Joe Biden…

    "It is a tragedy about Palin," he said. "Both characters view themselves as saviors of America. And even though I'm not trying to hammer people on the head with a single interpretation, you know that Biden will triumph in the end. But the central figure certainly is Sarah Palin. I found myself having this odd pathos for her, a pathos I would not have felt if I were not writing music for her."

    What an interesting coincidence! I've found myself with an odd pathos for a lot of things for about a year or so now.


    Tags: Alaska, Debates, Joe Biden, Levi Johnston, Music, Sarah Palin, Wasilla
  • The Palin Family Has Harsh Words for Levi Johnston


    The Wasilla Hillbilly saga continues

    Bristol Palin's ex boyfriend and father of her baby, Tripp, went on the Tyra Banks show this week and spilled secrets, including that he thinks Sarah Palin knew the two were together in the biblical sense. This, obviously, did not go over well with the Palin camp who released the following:

    "Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship," says the statement from the Palin family rep, Meghan Stapleton.

    I couldn't agree with Palin family rep, Meghan Stapleton more. This is just tasteless.

    If Johnston wanted to spend his time "engaging in flat-out lies" and going on "quest[s] for fame, attention, and fortune," he should have married Bristol and joined the Palin family when he had the chance.

    No jumping on the bandwagon afterwards.


    Tags: Alaska, Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston, Sarah Palin, Wasilla
  • The Daily Show's Jason Jones and John Oliver Go…Behind the Segments

    Remember a week or so ago when Jason Jones braved the trip into "real America" to meet those terrifying "real Americans?"  Jason has been nice enough to give us the real scoop on his trip to Wasilla  when we went behind the scenes with him.

    Also, John Oliver explains the similarities (fear) and differences (is the fear real or imagined) between supporters at Obama rallies and McCain rallies.


    Tags: Barack Obama, Behind the Segments, Jason Jones, John McCain, John Oliver, Sarah Palin, The Daily Show, Wasilla