Have you been following the brou-ha-ha that is Sarah Palin vs. David Letterman? A little background: Dave made a joke about Palin’s daughter being impregnated by Alex Rodriguez. (The exact wording was this: “One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.”) He also said, in a top ten list, that Palin “Bought makeup from Bloomingdale’s to update her ‘slutty flight attendant’ look.” Palin was upset by the comment about her daugher, because she’s 14. But wait. Isn’t Bristol, the daughter who famously announced she was pregnant out of wedlock shortly after her mother became the GOP’s candidate for Vice-President, 18 years old? Yes, but it was WILLOW who went to the Yankee game. And Willow is 14. Which makes the joke inappropriate. Got it? (If I’m wrong, please correct me.) Palin demanded an apology, and Letterman issued one, but it wasn’t enough. So he issued another one. This time Governor Palin accepted. (A-Rod has reportedly demanded an apology as well, although I think the article in the Alaska Dispatch that reports this is meant to be a joke. I hope it’s a joke.) In the New York Daily News, David Hinckley gives an analysis of why this non-story received so much media coverage (Hinckley is a great newspaper writer and his columns are always fun to read, this one is no exception). And a blog post on The Onion AV Club points out that Palin herself made a rather odd comment about her own daughter. When asked if her family would appear on Dave’s show, the response was, “The Palins have no intention of providing a rating’s boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show. Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman.” Which means… what? That Letterman might want to sleep with her? Creepy, no? This isn’t over yet, though. A group of people with too much time on their hands are waging a campaign to get Letterman fired. They protested yesterday outside of The Ed Sullivan Theater, where “The Late Show” is taped.
In other bad joke news, a South Carolina Republican named Rusty DePass has apologized for his comments about First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. What did Rusty say? “After an aide to state Attorney General Henry McMaster detailed the escape of the gorilla from Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo, DePass responded with a comment: ‘I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.’” Ah yes. Rusty tried to head off this remark at DePass (get it? Head it off at DePass?) by removing it from his Facebook page where it first appeared. But someone captured a screenshot, which prompted the apology, which was “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.” DePass then tried to say that Michelle had made the comment herself, which, according to WIS News 10, is inaccurate. So far, no protests about Rusty’s “joke”.
A Calvin Klein billboard that may depict a threesome is being called offensive by some. “The ad depicts a topless young woman lying on top of a barechested boy while kissing a second shirtless male,” accordig to the Daily News.
Weird little item from Reuters “Oddly Enough” section: the Alaska’s Rat Island doesn’t have rats anymore. So what should they call it? No Rat Island? How about Fred? I like the name Fred.
The situation in Iran is getting worse, although it was already pretty bad. (And yes, it is worse in Iran than it is in Minnesota. I still think the state should have someone representing their interests in the Senate. Crazy, I know.) This page on NYTimes.com has a lot of interesting coverage. Also: Fox News is reporting that President Obama “doesn’t want to meddle in Iran.” If there were ever an issue that I can safely say I don’t know what the solution is, this is it. It is worth mentioning that Iran has a “supreme leader”, the Ayatollah, who I think is the one that actually runs the place. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered an investigation into the recent election. Who knows what that means. It’s a big ol’ mess.
But hey, you know. David Letterman apologized to Sarah Palin and she accepted. At least we have that.
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