Monthly Archives: September 2008

Are you smarter than a fifth grader Sarah Palin?

It’s America’s new favorite gameshow! Answer a question more articulately than a candidate who’s running for the 2nd highest position in the US government!

Okay, contestants, here’s the stumper:


COURIC: And when it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this — to stay informed and to understand the world?

PALIN: I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media —

COURIC: But what ones specifically? I’m curious.

PALIN: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.

COURIC: Can you name any of them?

PALIN: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news.

Well? How would you have answered it?

[Oy, I don't think Palin can top this "answer" -- but let's see how she does on Thursday night]

EDIT: Oh, but the hits just keep on coming. Palin was a journalism major (!!), and yet still did not name a single paper or magazine as one that she regularly reader. To say “all of them” is essentially to say “none of them.”

AND, the latest rumor on the Internets is that tomorrow’s Couric clip will feature Palin being asked to name ONE other Supreme Court decision, other than Roe v. Wade, that was influential in US history. Rumor has it that there is silence on Palin’s end. Seriously? Not one case she could name? I’m not even a politician, but I can think of at least 5 cases I learned about in 11th grade US History (thanks, Ms. Hearn!).

Oy. Bring on Thursday! (though I’m not sure I can cringe any more than I already have)

Just lovely!

The extended forecast:

Granted, Saskatchewan weather is notoriously unpredictable, but I’ll take it.

The question remains: how will I get all my marking finished when it’s this warm and sunny and the leaves are changing outside?!

Future blogger

20 months, and can already touchtype!

Uncanny, really

If you watched Palin’s interviews with Couric earlier this week, you would have seen how bang on Tina Fey really is in her impression. Palin makes misusing (and stringing together) campaign talking points an art form.

[EDIT: Ouch. Turns out some of Fey’s lines were actually spoken in Palin’s interviews this week — art imitating life or art imitating a political trainwreck? You decide.]

For an even better critique of the written variety, check out Fareed Zakaria’s latest, Palin is Ready? Please. A taste:

Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president. She is a feisty, charismatic politician who has done some good things in Alaska. But she has never spent a day thinking about any important national or international issue, and this is a hell of a time to start.

[...]In these times, for John McCain to have chosen this person to be his running mate is fundamentally irresponsible. McCain says that he always puts country first. In this important case, it is simply not true.

Thing is, it’s not just the liberal media that’s turning against the Palin pick — even conservatives are starting to wake up and smell the Sanka.

Behind the Clues

10 years of Blue’s Clues! A mini-documentary that tells you everything you ever needed to know about the show:

Much of my world these days is toddler-sized.

Social networkin’ it

From Top 15 things you should never do on Facebook:

8. Moan in your Facebook status
The most annoying thing that people do on Facebook is to spray their walls with vanity-filled drivel, by posting self-indulgent awfulness in their status updates. “Kerry is sorry how it ended but it had to be done. I love you and will miss you, and I hope you can apologise one day”. Oh sod off. If you’ve got something to say to someone, say it. Don’t post it on your wall because no one else is interested, and people just think you’re a prat.

And, this may come as a shock to some of you, but a recent study has revealed that

Facebook makes people narcissists.

By surveying 130 Facebook users, analyzing their pages and asking untrained strangers to assess the users’ pages, Buffardi and associate professor W. Keith Campbell found that the number of Facebook friends and wall posts that people have on their profile pages correlates with narcissism.

For people with narcissistic qualities, Buffardi said, social networking sites are effective vehicles of self-promotion. Online, they can assemble armies of casual friends, choose the photos in which they look most attractive and, through quotes and comments about themselves, create a compelling personal narrative.

Of course, since I’ve posted this link, I don’t count, right?