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Archive for April 10th, 2011

Sarah Palin heading to Alabama and Maryland

Posted by loricalabrese on April 10, 2011

Sarah Palin is heading to Alabama next month to raise money and awareness for the Exceptional Foundation of Baldwin County.

The Exceptional Foundation of Baldwin County is dedicated to meeting the social and recreational needs of mentally and/or physically challenged individuals in Baldwin and Mobile counties. The Exceptional Foundation is a new 501(c)3 serving individuals from age five through adulthood.

“Governor Palin’s youngest son Trig was born with Down syndrome and she has kindly agreed to help us launch fundraising for our organization,” the group said on its website. “The event also will help focus attention on special needs people in this part of Alabama.”

Palin will deliver the keynote speech on May 3 at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting or calling 251.990.2271

The former Alaska governor will also speak about the heroism of motherhood and how to empower women to make the courageous choice for life on April 30th in Bethesda, MD for Heroic Media, a faith-based non-profit that reduces abortion by helping women who face unexpected pregnancies learn hopeful alternatives through mass media advertising.

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Did Tina Fey’s impression of Palin cost 30 Rock viewers?

Posted by loricalabrese on April 10, 2011

Tina Fey’s memoir “Bossypants” was released Tuesday and the woman who won an Emmy for her portrayal of the 2008 vice presidential candidate is dishing on her impersonation, defending her role amid critics who say she unfairly exploited the Alaska governor.

“Some may argue that exploiting Governor Palin and her family helped bring attention to my low-rated TV show,” Fey writes (via an excerpt in USA Today). “I am proud to say you are wrong. My TV show still enjoys very low ratings. In fact, I think the Palin stuff may have hurt the TV show. Let’s face it, between Alec Baldwin and me there is a certain fifty percent of the population who think we are pinko Commie monsters.”

Perhaps Fey is right in that her impersonation of Palin didn’t boost 30 Rock’s ratings, however, you can’t deny the fact that Fey’s widely-applauded portrayal of the Alaska governor has definitely boosted her career, along with SNL’s ratings. Fey’s impersonation of Palin has become as memorable as Christopher Walken calling for “More cowbell,” and she not only won an emmy for her impersonation, but 30 Rock was just renewed for a sixth season in November. Fey has appeared in the 2010 comedy films Date Night and Megamind and she was singled out as the performer who had the greatest impact on culture and entertainment in 2008 by the Associated Press, which gave her its AP Entertainer of the Year award for her satirical portrayal.

To say Fey capitalized on Palin is an understatement, but that’s the name of the game in political satire. However, we can’t deny the effect this has on our politics. As John Lloyd writes at Financial, “The mockery of politicians and public officials has opened the door to a media-led populism in the US that goes far beyond the puncturing of political pomposity or a valve for public anger. It transforms the media into activists with shifting causes, accountable only to audience maximisation.”

In 2009, in an interview with conservative John Ziegler, Sarah Palin talked about the mockery of politicians.

“I did see that Tina Fey was named entertainer of the year and Katie Couric’s ratings have risen,” Palin said in the interview. “I know that a lot of people are capitalizing on, oh I don’t know, perhaps some exploiting that was done via me, my family, my administration – that’s a little bit perplexing, but it also says a great deal about our society.”

Political satire does say a great deal about our society and as society changes, writers and comedians will identify new and pressing targets.

Even Tina Fey makes an interesting point in her book when she says, “There was an assumption that I was personally attacking Sarah Palin by impersonating her on TV. No one ever said it was ‘mean’ when Chevy Chase played Gerald Ford falling down all the time. No one ever accused Dana Carvey or Darrell Hammond or Dan Aykroyd of ‘going too far’ in their political impressions. You see what I’m getting at here. I am not mean and Mrs. Palin is not fragile. To imply otherwise is a disservice to us both.”

And so the world of political satire turns.

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Gov. Palin on Pirro: “Everything Fair Game for Budget Cuts”

Posted by Ron Devito on April 10, 2011

“Everything is fair game” for budget cuts, Governor Palin said last night in a two-segment interview on Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro. “The Tea Party wants government to be smaller and smarter,” she said. The federal government grew by over 28% and only 1% was cut. The Tea Party did not get what they wanted, Gov. Palin said.

Judge Pirro asked if the Democrats’ characterization of cutting funding to Planned Parenthood as anti-woman was a harbinger of things to come in 2012. Gov. Palin said “it is along the same lines as calling the Tea Party racist and it is a preview of what’s to come in 2012.”

Gov. Palin said Obama “used our troops as pawns and leverage” and “would not go to bat for them when he vowed to veto the bill that would fund them.” She said it reveals that Obama is willing to play games with our military to get what he wants.

In response to Judge Pirro’s question about the consequences of not raising the debt ceiling, Gov. Palin said, “If the debt ceiling is not raised, there will not be an economic collapse. The federal government takes in $6 billion per day….it does not need to shut down.” She added that raising the limit is tantamount to no limit and we will only dig ourselves deeper in debt. “We will be beholden to and owned by other nations,” Gov. Palin said.

Gov. Palin also said that everything is fair game. “Even Social Security must be cut. It’s like a pyramid or Ponzi scheme,” she said. Not enough people are paying into the system. Gov. Palin said Social Security can no longer be considered “a third rail of politics that cannot be touched.” The alternative is for the country to go bankrupt, and be owned by other nations. Then there would be no Social Security, Medicare, or other entitlements at all.

Gov. Palin said national defense and other priority items necessary for the government to function must be fully funded. She said the Ryan proposal was a good start and praised Sen. Paul Ryan’s courage in proposing it, but it does not go far enough and is not aggressive enough.

Judge Pirro asked Gov. Palin about recall efforts underway in Wisconsin against those who supported Gov. Walker’s position on collective bargaining for public workers. Gov. Palin said she is not surprised, because of the lies ginned up by the left and by the media. She said people should be storming state capitals for irresponsible spending, not for cutting spending.

Judge Pirro asked Gov. Palin what she thought about Donald Trump’s possible 2012 Presidential run and his pursuit of Obama’s birth certificate. “I appreciate that the Donald wants to spend his resources to get to the bottom of something of interest to him and so many Americans, that President Obama spent $2 million to not show. More power to [Trump],” Gov. Palin said. She added that she thinks Obama was born in Hawaii, since his birth announcement did appear in a local newspaper there.

When asked about Trump’s proposal that we take Iraqi oil to be compensated for the cost of liberating them, Gov. Palin said that while she likes the idea of being compensated, “I would rather drill here in Alaska, ANWR, off-shore,” and use our domestic resources.

On 2012, Gov. Palin said she has not made a decision yet, and that more candidates in a contested primary is better. “Competition makes everyone better,” she said.

4/09/2011 — Gov Palin’s interview with Judge Jeanine 1/2 retrieved from SarahNET.

4/09/2011 — Gov Palin’s interview with Judge Jeanine 2/2 retrieved from SarahNET.

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