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  1. kosk11348 says

    I’ve seen Youtube videos with more polish and substance. This is like watching a failed comic’s B reel.

  2. davidnangle says

    I don’t believe you can hate or even ridicule common liberal issues without creating strawmen caricatures of them first. Or gigantic, evil, invisible motives behind them. That’s a fairly huge disadvantage all Republicans have.

    Another huge disadvantage shared my many Republicans, is that they can’t communicate well, to begin with.

  3. zibble says

    At first I couldn’t understand how THIS awkward muttering travesty was the best take.

    Then I realized she probably didn’t care enough to rerecord or even rehearse.

  4. loreo says

    “Stepping stones to sustainable wages” are called apprenticeships. They have protections for the apprentice, wages that can be lived on, and a dependable end date when that “sustainable wage” will be earned. Fast food jobs are frequently nothing more than mind-numbing drudgery which SOMEBODY has to do to keep that sweet profit rolling in to the owner of the business. This whole idea that we have to prove our worth to escape poverty is some serious feudalist bullshit.

    She just has no idea what it’s like to be broke. Or if she does she’s got it more repressed than a Catholic’s sex fantasies.

  5. geekysteve says

    WTF – I know she has never been the sharpest knife in the drawer, but didn’t ANYONE around her realize that this would set a new low — even by Sarah’s already abysmally low standards of communication skills.

    And don’t even try to convince me that she figured out how to upload something to YouTube all by herself.

  6. unclefrogy says

    Oh she knows what poverty is alright! She sold her face to the highest bidder to become the spokes model for oppressive conservative-reactionary politics because there were no others interested in her obviously ignorant self-serving insincere style.
    (its all about the money)
    uncle frogy

  7. moarscienceplz says

    I weep for the millions of strawpeople cruelly cut to ribbons in that video. Oh, the strawmanity!

  8. twas brillig (stevem) says

    Palin is, as usual, incomprehensible. Ms. Palin, how is supporting higher minimum wages equivalent to thinking M.W. jobs are worthy of purgatory? That higher Minimum Wage will make them vegan? So MW jobs are “stepping stones”; doesn’t that imply they can be stood on? The Minimum Wage we got now is like standing on a needle point. Good Luck with that.
    Does the PalinChannel show adverts? I demand a boycott list; right now.

  9. geekysteve says

    A long time ago I had a fair amount of respect for John McCain — war hero, POW, torture victim, etc.

    But he really owes the entire world a sincere apology for inflicting this creature upon us. And then, he should just shut the fuck up because No One should ever trust his judgement again, under any circumstances whatsoever.

  10. moarscienceplz says

    zibble #3

    At first I couldn’t understand how THIS awkward muttering travesty was the best take.
    Then I realized she probably didn’t care enough to rerecord or even rehearse.

    When you are one of God’s True Profits Prophets you don’t need to do multiple takes. The true children of God will see the shining truth it contains. Only the haters could look at this and see it as word salad from a person who moves her lips when she reads a fortune cookie.

  11. Akira MacKenzie says

    Ms. Palin’s is not the problem. It’s the thousands of bigoted, right-wing rubes who hang upon her every slurred, incoherent word. They are the real problem.

  12. microraptor says

    A long time ago I had a fair amount of respect for John McCain — war hero, POW, torture victim, etc.

    But he really owes the entire world a sincere apology for inflicting this creature upon us. And then, he should just shut the fuck up because No One should ever trust his judgement again, under any circumstances whatsoever.

    You know, I wonder if his run in ’08 was less about trying to win the presidency than to inflict Palin on the rest of us for his loss to Bush in ’00.

  13. says

    Holy crap. Palin really doesn’t ever read anything. That old Katie Couric interview was right on.

    Otherwise, Ms. Palin would know that her “stepping stones” argument does not hold water. Just ask the 30-something single mother working at McDonalds.

    Certainly was awesome to see Elizabeth Warren make a coherent point! Great antidote to Palin.

    And, no, I don’t think fast food joints are “of the devil,” nor do I disparage low wage workers.

  14. Ichthyic says

    #15… winner.

    that’s EXACTLY why he chose Palin.

    In 2000, he tried to warn the GoP of the disastrous direction they were taking in promoting the far right nutbar wing of their party as a voting block. He was rewarded with jeers at the convention, and summarily chucked as the nominee.

    Palin indeed was a poke at that. He was saying, “THIS is what you want to promote? Take it!”

    or he just lost what little was left of his mind.

    still trying to decide on that myself.

  15. moarscienceplz says

    Does the PalinChannel show adverts? I demand a boycott list; right now.

    I’ve got a pretty good idea what kind of ads they would have: bottles of pills ‘guaranteed’ to help you lose 80 lbs, weird kitchen gadgets that you will use once and then toss into a drawer, lawyers trolling for ‘victims’ that they can then represent in civil suits (and pocket 75% of any money collected), reverse mortgages, and funeral benefit insurance.

  16. says

    Transcript:

    “We believe, wait, I thought fast food joints, don’t you guys think that they’re like of the devil or something? Liberals, you want to send those evil employees who would dare work at a fast food joint that you just don’t believe in, I thought you, I dunno, wanted to send them to purgatory or something. So they all go vegan. And wages and picket lines. I dunno, they’re not often discussed in purgatory are they? I dunno, why are you even worried about fast food wages?

    “Well, we believe, an America where minimum wage jobs, they’re not lifetime gigs, they’re stepping stones to sustainable wages. It teaches work ethic.”

  17. Al Dente says

    moarscienceplz @19

    And gold: “Buy an ounce of genuine 8 karat gold for a mere $29.95 per month for the next ten years. Guaranteed recession-proof.”

  18. Alverant says

    She doesn’t get it. First while an argument can be made that “fast food joints” are wrong in several ways, that’s different from the people inside them It’s how the employees are treated is one of the ways they are wrong. I don’t recall any liberal calling the employees evil (lazy and incompetent perhaps after a bad experience with them, but not evil). The hate for them is mostly from the conservative side. And yes, min wage jobs were not intended to become lifetime gigs, but for some they have become lifetime gigs. Things change and sometimes what’s intended is different from how things turn out *gasp*. Flipping burgers may have been a stepping stone but now the stones are too far apart and they’re still moving.

  19. twas brillig (stevem) says

    Lynna’s transcript:

    I thought fast food joints, *sigh*, don’t you guys think that they’re like of the devil or something?

    I get it! She’s asking liberals, “Don’t you guys AGREE, that fast food joints are like the devil or somethin?” So she ain’t accusing libs of thinking they’re devil’s work, but admitting her attitude and telling libs to agree with her (or go to Hell, you mudderfackers). Arrogance pretending to be “humble”.

  20. dhall says

    She may not run any ads, as her Internet channel is advertized as a paid-subscription one; I think I read that it would be $9.95 a month for her eager followers who just can’t get enough of her. She promoted it as her way to escape any MSM filtering and “tell it like it is.” Telling it coherently or intelligently was apparently optional.

  21. robro says

    kosk11348 @#1

    I’ve seen Youtube videos with more polish and substance. This is like watching a failed comic’s B reel.

    I think you’re onto something here. My first reaction: Is that the real Palin? Are we sure that’s not Tina Fey? Of course, Tina Fey was usually better at Palin than Palin but that’s pretty bad Palin even for Palin.

  22. says

    Loaded the buzzwords into the empty chamber that is her brain and fired them from her shotgun mouth. She really needs some lessons in using conjunctions to form a simple sentence.

  23. Lyn M: G.R.O.S.T. (ADM) -- Membership pending says

    But you don’t — this we is we, OK, and — mumbles — so that different gives purgatory because funny word — then no problem.

    *Available for speaking tours on request.

  24. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    One thing’s true. She doesn’t know.

    *blinks* What a straight line. I’ll pass and let somebody else take it. */blinks*

  25. jimmyfromchicago says

    Six years ago she was the Republican candidate for Vice President.

    Four years ago she was a corporate speaker being paid $75,000 a gig.

    Earlier this summer she was publicly dropping hints that she wanted to cohost The View because Barbara Walters obviously wasn’t returning her phone calls.

    Now she is trying to do her own Internet channel–obviously without professional help.

    When has someone who hasn’t been convicted of a crime or cheated on his or her spouse fallen so fast?

  26. Ishikiri says

    Notice that as much as Republicans hate on minimum wages, they have no alternatives except ‘fuck the poor.’ Because we could have something like a negative income tax, which might work better, but that would be ‘OMFG WELFARE STATE.’

  27. says

    That’s her problem if you are a Republican and you commit a crime or cheat on your spouse you have a meteoric rise to the top of the Republican dung heap.

  28. sugarfrosted says

    They are lifetime gigs. Leave it to Sarah Palin to be living in the 1970s when it was mostly teenagers and college… and with the minimum wage was a living wage… Did I just try to reason through a sarah palin’s famous word salad?

  29. cactuswren says

    You see, liberals think fast-food joints are evil. We hate America, so we hate all good and decent American food — fast food, frozen TV dinners, 256-ounce soft drinks, and bear meat — and want it banned. We think anyone who works in a fast-food joint should be condemned to purgatory, and everyone in America should live entirely on a diet of salads and tofu. Or something.

  30. blf says

    That was a brilliant, devastating, exposé of, er, something
    As soon as I figure out what, they’ll let me out of this straightjacket.

  31. says

    Good FSM!!!
    I read PZ and the comments before I watched the clip.
    I owe you all an apology, ’cause I thought you were all exaggerating when you were actually being too nice to her.
    What the hell drug was she on? I wanna know just so’s I can avoid it…

  32. lorn says

    The difference between the two is remarkable. Warren is directly addressing a real world problem and a specific group of people. Palin fails to see a problem, and then addresses her views toward a fictional Democrat based upon stereotypes manufactured on the right. It is a meta-argument against a straw man wrapped in denial that there is a problem.

    It reminds me of a kid delivering a book report on a book they haven’t read.

    This also fills me with a deep sense of gratitude, and a shudder contemplating what might have been. Given the physical and emotional state of grandpa Walnuts Palin might have been a failed heartbeat away from the presidency. Wrap your mind around the words: president Palin. Feel the waves of fear, loathing, and dread wash over your mind while contemplating this alternate reality. As bad as it is, and has been, it could have been a lot worse. Gratitude and an appreciation of what we have is healthy.

  33. says

    A long time ago I had a fair amount of respect for John McCain — war hero, POW, torture victim, etc.
    But he really owes the entire world a sincere apology for inflicting this creature upon us. And then, he should just shut the fuck up because No One should ever trust his judgement again, under any circumstances whatsoever.

    My parents were in a similar boat. His choice of Palin was an eye-opening event for them. I don’t think they’ve voted for any Republicans since.

  34. Ichthyic says

    She promoted it as her way to escape any MSM filtering and “tell it like it is.”

    Hey, it’s working for Glenn Beck.

    or is it?