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Tuesday, October 21, 2008


posted by on October 21 at 16:25 PM

The Palin effect on English:

“That’s been my forte as the governor of an energy producing state and as a former chair of the, of the energy regulator — entity up there in Alaska,” she said.

“[I] look forward to that and that’s a matter of national security and, and our economic prosperity opportunities.”

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She mangles the English language worse than Bush. Amazing. I didn't think that was possible.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | October 21, 2008 4:34 PM

I like the linked sentence in that new article that just DARES you to 'Watch Palin say she has more experience than Obama.' I don't think they're trying to be facetious, but it comes off that way because of the reality of the situation.

Posted by rococo | October 21, 2008 4:35 PM

Yeah? She's stupid. What else is new?

Posted by sepiolida | October 21, 2008 4:37 PM

First he says:

"Now let me be clear: I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power.... The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him."

Then he says:

"But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors...and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history."


He calls him a butcher, and then he says he'll wait around for him to "fall into a dustbin".

Dustbin? What country is this nutcase working for?

Posted by John Bailo | October 21, 2008 4:45 PM

Your candidate at work:

"Allowing the Bells and cable companies to act as gatekeepers with control over internet access would make the internet like cable. A producer-driven market with barriers to entry for website creators and preferential treatment for specific sites based not on merit, the number of hits, but on relationships with the corporate gatekeeper. If there were four or more competitive providers of broadband service to every home, then cable and telephone companies would not be able to create a bidding war for access to the high-speed lanes. But here's the problem. More than 99 percent of households get their broadband services from either cable or a telephone company."

This post coming to via Wimax.

Posted by John Bailo | October 21, 2008 4:47 PM

JB: Have you checked McCain's payroll lately? He's employing Saddam's best friend in the states to measure the drapes in the white house.

Posted by AJ | October 21, 2008 4:48 PM

I get to double-post since he did it too!

Anyway, has anyone noticed how the media had up to about a week ago "cleaned up" quotes from Palin? Removing the excessive verbiage and whatnot-- it was really interesting to see the AP trot out a whole boatload of "Um, alaska am great, er, uh, maverick."

Posted by AJ | October 21, 2008 4:50 PM

Honesty check, SLOGGERs.

Here's what your candidate said:

"But what I am suggesting is this - secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square."

Can you honestly tell me that anyone within the political boundaries of the City of Seattle agrees with what Mr. Obama said???

Posted by John Bailo | October 21, 2008 4:52 PM

It's not stupidity. She's very bright.
She's just wrong policiy wise.

She seems to not have picked up speech patterns that reflect mainstream USA colloquialisms or the sort of standardized USA English we don't even "see" because it's....standard.

As spoken in most colleges and universities.

IOW her idioms are not just "blue collar" -- they're unique to my ear.

Seems highly localized.

So when she says the campaign has been "a wearin' and a tearin'" on her, that seems mroe to reflect being out of the mainstream (in which "wear and tear" is used for things, not a person).

Again, also, dontcha know -- when she said "the top of the line ...of my agenda will be" that is a birght and creative neologism --- out of the ordinary mainstream in which we use "top priority" and "top of the line" but we don't combine those two idiomatic expressions.

I wonder if any local Native languages mirror some of her patterns. Maybe they use "also" or "again" as universal conjunctives (like our "um" or"you know") ?

Not that there's anything wrong with Alas-ka-bonics or anything. We all speak in dialects some English writer said.

As for me, that's true -- but an English PM who used Cockney rhyming slang, is one up with which *I* shall never put.

Also doggone it again, dontcha know, folks!

Posted by PC | October 21, 2008 4:57 PM

She's the best thing to happen to the McCain campaign. They usta piss me off, but now I can see the comedy. Ever see the movie Idiocracy? Now that's entertainment!

Posted by UnCommonSense | October 21, 2008 11:42 PM

The Obama effect on terrorism:

"And, you know, let's take the example of Guantanamo. What we know is that, in previous terrorist attacks -- for example, the first attack against the World Trade Center, we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial. They are currently in U.S. prisons, incapacitated."

Number One, if they were incapacitated in prison, no doubt the mainstream media would be yelling about Chimpy McCheneyburton's minions torturing him. He may have meant to say 'incarcerated;' they sound alike but there's quite a difference. So much for a Harvard education these days.

Number Two, Abdul Rahman Yasin, the builder of the 1993 World Trade Center bomb, escaped to Iraq, where he lived as a guest of Saddam Hussein until Saddam's fall, and he's still at large.

Number Three, Mohammed Jamal Khalifa was extradited to Jordan, where he was acquitted of all charges and lives a free man in Saudi Arabia today.

And this is the man who promises to find Osama bin Laden. Okay. Just so long as he shows evidence of knowing his way around the justice system as well as he seems to know his way around the produce department at Whole Foods.

Posted by Seajay | October 22, 2008 5:21 AM

How the heck does the transcriber decide where to put the commas? The clauses seem to enter from and return to some alternate reality where predicate logic does not exist.

Posted by eric sic | October 22, 2008 8:28 AM

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