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Sarah Palin can see Russia from Alaska


October 2, 2008 10:26 PM

Putin rears his head over Sarah Palin's Alaska
(via Boing Boing)

That Alaska is close to Russia is the basis of Sarah Palin’s claim to Americans that she’s hip to this foreign affairs business. The first time we’ve heard of this was when she was being interviewed by Charlie Gibson.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

ABC News: EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson Interviews Sarah Palin

And when Katie Couric interviewed her, she was asked to expand on that statement.

Katie Couric: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

Sarah Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundry that we have with Canada. It’s funny that a comment like that was kinda made to … I don’t know, you know … reporters.

Couric: Mocked?

Palin: Yeah, mocked, I guess that’s the word, yeah.

Couric: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials.

Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there…

Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It’s very important when you consider even national-security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right next to, they are right next to our state.

New Sarah Palin Clip: Keeping An Eye On Putin – Couric & Co.

Yes, Tina Fey did not have to stretch too far for comedic effects. Sarah Palin is just funny already, even though it’s inadvertent.

The jokes write themselves really. In fact, this has now become THE joke of the election and it’s taken a life of its own.

I found some great ones from a post at Gawker. Here’s a few of my favourites:

  • I have played literally thousands of hours of Halo, so I have valuable military experience.
  • I had this cab driver once who was from the south of India. I talked to him for, like, ten whole minutes and WOW I have such great foreign policy experience. I’m totally ready to be VP.
  • I can see billions of stars in the night sky, which is comforting, as it makes me very prepared for the aliens bent on our destruction.
  • I go to Taco Bell for lunch pretty often, so I am the Ambassador to Mexico, si?

Gawker | Cartoons: You Can See Russia From Parts Of Alaska

Can’t wait to watch tomorrow’s debate and hear the waffle from Sarah Palin’s mouth. Oh, and Joe Biden might be good for a few funny ones too. He once said these things:

  • A man I’m proud to call my friend. A man who will be the next President of the United States — Barack America!
  • You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent…. I’m not joking.

About.com – Funny Quotes by Joe Biden

Awesome. I can’t wait to read the political and humour blogs the next day too. It’s gonna be bumper issues everywhere. :mrgreen:

Pablo Francisco on Ecstasy


September 26, 2008 8:46 PM

Ever wondered what it’s like taking Ecstasy? Well wonder no more! Funny man Pablo Francisco, he of the movie voice fame, describes in vivid detail about the time when he took two. With his vocal impressions, physical mannerisms and his profuse sweating, he really makes the story come alive. For those of you who’ve tried it before, you’d love this. And for those of you who haven’t, don’t do what Pablo did. :mrgreen:

Mitsubishi makes these? No wonder they sell so many cars!

Nadia Ali’s “Crash and Burn”


September 12, 2008 9:14 PM

Continuing on with this week’s theme of love and all that, this is a song by one of my favourite dance vocalists, Nadia Ali (formerly of Iio, of “Rapture” fame) called “Crash and Burn” – a song about the risk of falling in love. It’s cheesy but overlaid on a great beat and tune.

Here are the words to it, which reads like a script to every person’s first experiences with love …

You knew me better than anyone ever
And I remember your very first letter
We were so young and all that we wanted was more

We feed each other like rebels on Harley’s
And I knew how to enter your body
But at the speed that we drove we were bound to wash out

We flew…

And I could read every word you were thinking
You gave me something I never was given
It was heaven and hell all at once as we laughed, and cried

There always needs to be one that is willin’
To throw a rope down to someone who’s slippin’
But sometimes you gotta know when to let it go…

[x2]
We flew, rockets to the sun
Knowin’ we’d crash and burn
That’s the risk we run when you fall, in love

Rockets to the sun
Knowin’ we’d crash and burn
That’s the risk we run when you fall, in love

We flew, rockets to the sun
Knowin’ we’d crash and burn
That’s the risk we run when you fall, in love

In love, in love, in love, in love…

We flew rockets to the sun
Knowin’ we would crash and burn
We flew rockets to the sun
Knowin’ we would crash and burn

One Punch Can Kill


August 20, 2008 9:56 PM

The above two ads are part of the Western Australian Government’s awareness campaign about the new laws against “one punch deaths”. One punch deaths are so called because the victim dies from falling and hitting their heads as the result of a punch. In the ads, a common scenario is depicted: 3 friends out clubbing and drinking, and as they are walking at the end of the night, a stranger bumps into one of them. What happens next will change the course of two person’s lives.

Why is this special law needed?

Attorney General Jim McGinty said that under the new law, it did not matter whether the death was foreseeable or whether the attacker actually intended to kill.

“If the victim dies, the attacker can be held accountable for that death and be liable for up to 10 years’ imprisonment,” Mr McGinty said.

“There have been several high profile one-punch cases in WA where attackers have been acquitted of manslaughter because it could not be proved that they could have foreseen their actions would cause their victims to die.

“The victims’ families have been rightfully outraged that the people they hold responsible for their loved ones’ deaths have not been convicted of a crime.

“This new offence reinforces community expectations that violent attacks, such as a blow to the head, are unacceptable. When people die as a result of such attacks, their attackers will now be held accountable for the full consequences of their violence.”

Campaign to warn on new ‘one punch’ laws. : thewest.com.au

As a person who goes out a lot, hanging around bars and clubs and boozed up people, I can confirm that what the TV ads show is very real. The ad campaign will also see posters and coasters displayed in drinking venues (in the toilets too I hope). I think it’s tax payers’ money well-spent because it can potentially save more from reduced hospitalisation, prosecution and incarceration.

Yeah there will still be people who will be too drunk on the night to remember or care about this new law but they will be the minority. And if they kill someone, at least now they won’t get off that easily.