Category Archives: Sarah Palin

Washington Post Fact Checks SNL

141124-fact-check-SNLThe Washington Post actually fact checked a Saturday Night Live skit. Zachary Goldfarb rated the skit not helpful to the president.

The sketch was about Obama’s executive action on immigration (mislabeled as an “executive order”, Goldfarb helpfully corrects). It was set to “Schoolhouse Rock” and featured a “Bill” singing about how a bill becomes law. A cynical singing “Executive Order” explains how things really work, while President Obama repeatedly kicks the crooning “Bill” down the Capitol steps.

I rate it Damn Funny.

Since the Post is now rating comedy routines Michelle Malkin immediately wanted to know why it didn’t fact check Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin character for claiming she could see Russia from her house.

Personally, I want to know if Super Colossal Jimmy Carter is really 90 feet tall.

Cartoon Fact Check

My cartoon deliberately confuses Zachary Goldfarb’s fact check with the Post’s Glenn Kessler’s pinocchio ratings. I hope they don’t fact check cartoons now. On the other hand I could use the publicity.


Fluke Flap

editorial cartoon about Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh, and Bill Maher

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The Fluke Flap grows. Sandra didn’t testify before Congress. She testified before a souped up press conference arranged by some members of Congress. And it turns out Rush is far from the biggest pig in the land, though he does seem to be the only one with any wit.

Bill Maher’s idea of pushing the first amendment envelope is to use the “c” word on HBO. (Must stand for “c”ash, since he was able to give Obama’s super pac a million dollars.) Meanwhile The One mangles the first amendment by forcing the Catholic Church buy abortion pills. Give him credit for a sense of irony.

Kirsten Powers takes offense in the Daily Beast.

Sarah’s Got Mail

Go here if you’d like to be a citizen screener of any of the 24,000 pages of email from Sarah Palin’s tenure as governor of Alaska. The feeding frenzy doesn’t sit well with sometime Palin antagonist Joe Scarborough in his Politico column.

Fighting Words

Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has used the Tucson tragedy as a platform to attack his political enemies. Paul Krugman did the same even before Dupnik’s yellow crime scene tape was up. Los Angeles Times columnist, Andrew Malcolm, takes a dim view of Dupnik’s police work. Victor Davis Hanson wonders, in National Review, why people like Dupnik and Krugman focus on Sara Palin’s crosshairs on a map but not the president’s search for an ass to kick. And finally, here’s the Krugman view expressed in a more thoughtful way by Jacob Weisberg in Slate.

If some deranged person strangles an elephant, I’m in trouble.

This item from today’s NYT is by Yale history professor Joanne Freeman on congressional violence – by congressmen!- back in the good old days. I met Joanne at a conference in Boise last October. She spent 10 years digging up stuff for a book about duels, fist fights, and other interesting behavior in Congress.

Down in Pagan Polls


Who among us, in our carefree youth, has not had a date on a satanic alter? Here’s Bill Maher apologizing to Christine O’Donnell for making her life a “living hell”. This has not played well in the Witch community. They are offended that Americans think all Wiccans are Satanists. Click here for the “Witch’s Voice” in the Huffington Post.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for the neopagan network “The Witches’ Voice” who goes by the name “Diotima Mantineia” reached out to the Huffington Post to offer further condemnation of O’Donnell’s initial witchcraft remarks. Making the point that there is a “very large pagan community in Delaware,” Mantineia called the Delaware Republican’s conflation of witchcraft and Satanism “disappointing.”

I really have to question what she is talking about because witchcraft and Satanism are two different things… witches or Wiccans do not believe in Satan. We don’t even believe that Satan exists. Satan is a Christian deity of some kind. He is part of the Christian religion not ours. We worship nature; we work very closely with nature. We do not have blood on our altar and we have little to do with Satan. So I don’t know what Ms. O’Donnell is talking about. I wonder if she knows what she was talking about.

Nicholas Kristof apology to follow.