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Sarah Palin & “Also”

October 9, 2008

I sat down for another wonderful night of watching TV before bed, and somewhere in between Anderson Cooper and the hockey game I had a revelation:  Sarah Palin says “also”, like…a lot. 

So, just to make sure I wasn’t crazy, I decided do a quick search to see if I was the only one who’d noticed this.  Well, sure enough, some ambitious netizen with a little too much time on his/her hands put together a little montage:

Ya know Sarah, it’s OK to insert a few “as well”‘s and “too”‘s in there every once and awhile.  Wow.   But, hey, this is just a edit hack-job, right?

Wrong.

Let’s take a look at the transcript from her debate with Biden.  Then, hit CTRL+F, and search for the word. 

{{{drumroll}}}

The “also” count:

Palin: 48

Biden: 3

In fact, it didn’t take long for Palin to kick it in:

PALIN: Thank you, Gwen. And I thank the commission, also. I appreciate this privilege of being able to be here and speak with Americans.

Now there’s your drinking game!  It would have been a veritable flurry of shots.  But on the other hand, everyone would have been passed out 10 min. into the debate…also.

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46 comments

  1. LOL Chen, when I wrote about Palin-speak a few days ago, one reader left me the comment:

    “And could someone teach that woman to say Nuclear?”
    to which I replied:

    “I also wish she wouldn’t say also so much also.”

    It’s not everyday that I read just the title of a blog entry and already start laughing but you got me tonight. 🙂


  2. Rutherford, While I’m here could you do me a favor in your neck of the woods while lecturing Palin about her pronunciation and word usage?

    Teach the Haaavard crowd that the word is Cuba as in ˈkjuːbə’; not Cuber…idea; not ideer; Harvard not…dare I say it?

    General,

    Ever counted the times The Obamessiah uses the word “middle class” in a presentation or debate? While you’re at the car lot because I imagine it’s getting pretty slow 1950’s stock price, count the number of times the Haaavard graduate says the buzz words.

    There’s staying on message and then there is energizer bunny message…


  3. Tex-

    Ever counted the times The Obamessiah uses the word “middle class” in a presentation or debate? While you’re at the car lot because I imagine it’s getting pretty slow 1950’s stock price, count the number of times the Haaavard graduate says the buzz words.

    In the last debate, Obama used the phrase “middle class” a total of six times…in 90 minutes.

    What I think is more interesting is that, in the same debate, McCain used the phrase…exactly zero times.


  4. So tell me Chen,

    How much of a middle class tax break you think you’re going to get under Obama with the market stating it doesn’t like the looks of the 2008 Presidential outcome? Undoubtedly, all those shareholders and mutual fund managers aren’t Obama fans middle class fans, I guess? Barry as Pres. sure doesn’t seem to be having a soothing effect, now does it?

    And since you have a degree of fairness, why don’t we provide a thread where we can tally Obama’s tax breaks, health care, infrastructure, military buildup in Afghanistan, capital gains tax, and all the jazz he’s promised and we can figure out how he is going to pay for it?

    See what we can come up with for the middle class? Would you like to go thru the math exercise with me and measure the truthfulness of your messiah’s promises?


  5. What I think is more interesting is that, in the same debate, McCain used the phrase…exactly zero times.

    Being that Republicans don’t play socialism and class warfare, should that surprise me? Libs to compartmentalize, don’t they?


  6. That’s a lot of also’s.

    I hope she goes back to Alaska after this. I had a lot more respect for the Republican party before they put her up there.

    They must have heard people saying “Bush has got to be the dumbest person to have ever be in the White House” and the GOP said “Oh, yeah!? Check this out, suckas!”


  7. ChenZhen, I don’t know how you can understand what the Sarah Palin The Kindergartener says! At the McCain/Palin KKK meeting they held yesterday, after Johnny was done speaking ole Sarah would ramble on in 15 different directions about nothing! Yes, nothing. She did manage to throw in about 50 ‘mavericks’ though and got some applause when she did, however.

    Our country is doomed with the Old Timer and the End Timer in the White House.


  8. Republicans love socialism. Don’t let them fool ya, Tex! The New World Order is underway and if they have their way, they will control the planet, the currency, the religious thoughts, and will work to destroy everyone who doesn’t worship them. See? Even George H.W. Bush told us about it in September 11, 1991:


  9. Tex-

    And since you have a degree of fairness, why don’t we provide a thread where we can tally Obama’s tax breaks, health care, infrastructure, military buildup in Afghanistan, capital gains tax, and all the jazz he’s promised and we can figure out how he is going to pay for it?

    Actually, I was thinking about a thread titled “Go Ahead Tex, Change The Subject”. See, that way, we’d always have one to come back to.

    Being that Republicans don’t play socialism and class warfare, should that surprise me? Libs to compartmentalize, don’t they?

    I think its valid to have something other than code words for the people who are not, as Bush put it, the “have’s” and “have more’s”. There’s such a thing as the middle class, Tex. At least, there was.


  10. Ugly,

    Republicans love socialism. Don’t let them fool ya, Tex! The New World Order is underway and if they have their way, they will control the planet, the currency, the religious thoughts, and will work to destroy everyone who doesn’t worship them.

    About in line of brilliance with the comment you made some weeks back here about Limbaugh’s Neanderthal audience dwindling exactly 24 hours before Rush signed the largest contract in history to the tune of $400MM. I was hoping your ignorance would never reach the depths of your appearance for pity’s sake, but now I am afraid it is so.

    Again, to show how stupid and naive you are along with the obvious, if that were true Ugly, rest assured European leaders would be calling for Republicans to win the elections and Bush and Cheney to lead the team. And as we are aware, Europe’s failures well documented has once again screamed for your failing prophetto lead us from evil…

    You, the most loyal of the bobble-headed lemmings for The Obamessiah, would be the first to point to Europe as the model of desire.

    I never got to ask you Ugly? Standing in front of the Vietnam Memorial, what color did you choose to tag it with after the pic? Red, for the color of America’s genocide and imperialism, rainbow for gay rights, black to match your soul, or CODE Pink?


  11. Chen,

    Actually, I was thinking about a thread titled “Go Ahead Tex, Change The Subject”. See, that way, we’d always have one to come back to.

    Naturally, since you’re running out of things to blame Sarah Palin for and Obama is continuing to look the crooked character – find something else to mock in the Republican partyy. It’s all you got sport and becoming routine.

    And since you like to take shots at Tex, let me tell the honest truth about you Chenzhen and your WordPress…because this is what it really is.

    You’re as biased as Kay and Rutherford and Sensico and the Revolting Turd and In One Ear and Deannaizme, and and… and. The unchosen leader of the leftist hacks at WordPress. That is really pretty much what your “dream” has become. There are a but a few moderate or Conservatives in a nest of Obama parrots.

    So if your idea was to provide a forum of discussion of the politic instead of a lefty circle jerk, then consider yourself an abject failure.


  12. You’re as biased as Kay and Rutherford and Sensico and the Revolting Turd and In One Ear and Deannaizme, and and… and. The unchosen leader of the leftist hacks at WordPress. That is really pretty much what your “dream” has become. There are a but a few moderate or Conservatives in a nest of Obama parrots.

    So if your idea was to provide a forum of discussion of the politic instead of a lefty circle jerk, then consider yourself an abject failure.

    Now, I know you don’t mean that Tex. I mean, just a few posts up, I gave Kay the “Mr. Conspiracy” Emblem. And I notice that you conveniently leave out netizens like Red Pill, Alfie, and Wickle.

    The “also” thing was just an observation, Tex. Sometimes, I just spout out random things around here. I’m not always going to have fodder for some earth shattering, intellectually stimulating, and consequential debate. So, I have all those links for you to play around on instead. That was my “dream”, Tex. To create a forum of discussion that is bigger than the Chamber; something that I’m merely a contributor to. To that end, I think I did a pretty good job.


  13. General,

    I come here for the same reasons you listen to talk radio. Who do you find more interesting when somebody calls into Rush’s show, which by the way I have listened to 30 minutes in 5 years? A ditto head or a flaming lib?

    I didn’t leave out anybody that I am aware. Red Pill and Alfie, yes. Wickle, a different breed of closet lib always critical of Republicans and Christians but pro-life (a disconnect I never have figured out), seeing himself the persecuted prophet crying out in the wilderness I suppose. IMHO, he’s a poor example to support your argument so we can leave him out.

    Demand should dictate as it should, but to criticize me for pointing out the obvious lack of balance by diverging from your narrow path is no sin Chen IMHO. Because a few of us stray from the track, why does that warrant criticism?

    You can name three possibly right of center – I can name 30 lib bastions at various levels of Dante’s Hell, some rivaling KKKos and PuffHo for the Sieg Heil Award; Ugly Kay and the Revolting Turd being at the WordPress bottom rung.

    That is just about in tune with Network TV, the NY Times and the rest of the MSM. I am sure there is probably some site(s) comparable to talk radio that would bore me to venture and that are the mirror image of the WordPress political blog.

    So I ask, why do you think this experiment unique? You may be but your experiment isn’t. I would think you would want more balance to make for more action as I thought that the intent as indicated by your explanation of the original thought.

    What you’ve got here is mostly a ‘netizen’ of left wing shills. WordPress has for the largest part become Obama’s propaganda war room. And that is fine but don’t hide behind the fact that is the way it is.


  14. Since most folks don’t know of my relationship with Chen and that it is somewhat unique from aways back, let me say to anyone reading that I do like the General and appreciate that he lets me post here, getting just about as nasty as I want to be.

    And in that regard giving a large degree of latitude to the opposing opinion, Chen is unique. Some of you other post censoring left-wing saps would do well to learn from him and cut the book burning crap.


  15. And in that regard giving a large degree of latitude to the opposing opinion, Chen is unique. Some of you other post censoring left-wing saps would do well to learn from him and cut the book burning crap.

    Hey now, some of the most ban-happy bloggers out there are your fellow rightys.


  16. Hey now, some of the most ban-happy bloggers out there are your fellow rightys.

    WORDPRESS GENERAL! WORDPRESS!

    I’m sure elsewhere true to a regard and I can think of a few off the top of my head, but I positively hope you’re not counting Charlie Johnson as a righty…

    Other than you, Gordon, Sphinx, and a couple of the already dead KKKos crowd, the number of banned there ‘Conservative vis-a-vis. Libbie’ would be about 100:1.

    Charlie is a closet lib, ex hippie, ex rock & roller with a bent against organized religion – except those that can make him some money. 🙂


  17. Forget about Sarah Palin using the word “also”. She was getting on my nerves calling John McCain “the Maverick” over and over. Do we have a word count for that phrase?

    The last time McCain could ever have been called a “Maverick” was the 2000 election.

    Ideas and Revolution – If you’re not outraged you’re not reading this blog


  18. Yeah, man. I liked John McCain a few years ago. Something about running for president ruins perfectly good politicians. Must be all the money.


  19. “And in that regard giving a large degree of latitude to the opposing opinion, Chen is unique. Some of you other post censoring left-wing saps would do well to learn from him and cut the book burning crap.”

    Yeah, you left-wing shills! Quit throwing hissy fits that would make a bunch of sugared-up two year olds blush every time you come across an opinion that’s different from yours! All you do is name-call and prance around like arrogant, morally-vain bullies whenever someone has an idea even slightly different from your own! You guys ought to learn from Tex, you is the absolute epitome of a fair, charitable, rational interlocuter! You guys make me sick (spitoo!)


  20. Nice one Mike. I’m like this ->ll<- close to giving you the Wonder Palm there.


  21. And another thing to you left wing shills! Take a lesson from Mike.

    Tex says,

    When you’re going to attempt to move outside of your skill set, and you attempt to use a word to appear bright when you’re terribly dull, you’ve got to remember to brush up on your spelling! Pull out your dictionary, or cut and paste from a smarter, lefty shill!

    If you going to learn to insult effectively, you got to learn to spell correctly!!!!

    Remember you shills…

    IF YOU GOT A CASE OF THE DUMBASS, BE LIKE MIKE!

    ***********

    Hey Mike? One question? What’s an interlocuter?

    Repeat after me! I-n-t-e-r-l-o-c-u-t-o-r

    SAY IT ONCE AGAIN MIKE! I-n-t-e-r-l-o-c-u-t-o-r


  22. Chen,

    There you go. I give you a left-handed compliment and you got to diss old Tex…

    Do you know how happy Tex is now that the market has collapsed, he didn’t waste a $100.00 on your site?

    See, God is on my side! 🙂


  23. Incidentally, the spelling and grammar errors is what cost Mike the coveted Emblem.

    But Tex, your comeback comes nowhere close.


  24. Incidentally, the spelling and grammar errors is what cost Mike the coveted Emblem.

    Incidentally, that would be the spelling and grammar errors are…

    And incidentally, since it is now obvious you didn’t know what interlocutor meant, much less how to spell it, your retort is the usual poor attempt at dissing that I’ve come to expect from our biased and loaded moderator.

    Pour yourself another round and give yourself a coveted wonderful palm as you give one to Mike for your effort…


  25. Tex-
    I have spell-check. You, however, will be a pompous asshat for the rest of your life.

    SKIDOOSH, SON!

    How about this one: “If you going to learn to insult effectively, you got to learn to spell correctly!!!!” You might also want to learn a thing or two about the importance of verbs. See? I can be a hyper-senstive douchbag, too!

    BTW, are you saying I don’t know what interlocutor means?

    How about this: 1 : one who takes part in dialogue or conversation
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interlocutor
    That’s how I use the word. How do you use it?


  26. From the pompous asshat…

    Douche bag: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/douche%20bag

    Turn on your spell check.

    The comment was directed at Chen douche bag.


  27. Hahaha, I knew as soon as I re-read my post that you were going to get me for that missing ‘e.’ Oh, the sins we commit!


  28. Hahaha, I knew as soon as I re-read my post that you were going to get me for that missing ‘e.’ Oh, the sins we commit!

    Oh horseshit. Add the word to your spell checker; I doubt it’s in your WORD dictionary.


  29. ROTFLMAO!! Tex, who in a recent blog asked Chen to lobby for a “preview” button on the comment field because he keeps making, DOH, typos, is now a lecturer on proper spelling and diction. Too much!

    Tex, I don’t know what part of the country you’re from but where in God’s name did you get the “ideer” that folks from Boston say “ideer”? or “cuber” for that matter? Sounds more like Sarah Palin to me, quite frankly. Also (sorry Sarah) I must ask you why you think Cuba (cyuba) is pronounced “cjuba”? “Cjuba” sounds like some block stacking game. Oh, sorry, that’s Jenga. 🙂

    Oh, it is quite evident Tex that you have a long history with Chen. There could be no other reason why Chen would tolerate your turning on him after the slightest perceived affront. I have to differ with your perception of the political leanings of WordPress denizens. Most of the folks who comment on my blog are conservatives telling me I’m full of crap. So, obviously, WordPress is not merely composed of self congratulatory liberals.


  30. He will find any excuse to disagree with and degrade anyone who causes him any degree of mental discomfort. It’s a serious mental problem for most people. For Tex, it’s a way of life.


  31. @ Mike … usually when I tell someone to start their own blog, it’s aimed at abusers like Tex who are quick to criticize other people’s blogs when they lack either the time, initiative or talent to write one of their own.

    In your case, Mike … I say please start writing your own blog … and I mean it as a compliment. I get a huge kick out of your comments and even though I haven’t fully nailed down your politics, I think regardless of what “side” you’re on, you would have an entertaining blog to read. Just my two cents!


  32. Most of the folks who comment on my blog are conservatives telling me I’m full of crap. So, obviously, WordPress is not merely composed of self congratulatory liberals.

    A misperception because nobody comments on your abysmal blog.

    As far as having the talent to construct a blog, you think this takes talent, do you? LOL


  33. He will find any excuse to disagree with and degrade anyone who causes him any degree of mental discomfort. It’s a serious mental problem for most people. For Tex, it’s a way of life.

    Waaaaahhh! You started this Mikey. Gawd, your whining is worse than your spelling. I’m just playing your dumb game.

    Be nice and I’ll be nice; be respectful and I’ll be respectful. See how the game is played? You diss me; I diss you. It’s really not complicated.

    I like Rutherford’s sucking up. Damn “R”, I knew you the lost cause but I never recognized the wavering spine. Mike will be your friend.


  34. First, Chen … sorry for the duplicate posting. My laptop burped.

    Second, Tex … I said time, initiative or talent. I’d accept two out of three. You apparently have none. Ah well, that’s not entirely true. You do have the time to comment here. So I guess you just lack the initiative or talent.


  35. I don’t know what part of the country you’re from but where in God’s name did you get the “ideer” that folks from Boston say “ideer”? or “cuber” for that matter? Sounds more like Sarah Palin to me, quite frankly. Also (sorry Sarah) I must ask you why you think Cuba (cyuba) is pronounced “cjuba”? “Cjuba” sounds like some block stacking game. Oh, sorry, that’s Jenga

    From spending two of the most miserable months of my life there…historically significant, interesting to tour, a real shithole to live. You loons have no idea how bad you have it…that’s what makes it great for me! I want you 1,500 miles away.

    P.S. – You’ve made a million typos in this little dance we’ve done and I haven’t said a word, now have I Haaavard? Me too! I don’t usually get that pedantic, but since Mike came in with his usual shitty insult, I simply pointed out he was borderline illiterate.

    You still haven’t figured out I don’t think you all that talented, have you “R”?


  36. Tex, Mike knows better than to believe that respect will win him respect. Your track record says otherwise.


  37. Gawd Rutherford, don’t flatter yourself. I’ve seen children design a better blog than you’ve got.

    I was head of an IT Dept. for a time. Surely, that worthless Comp Sci degree I received moons ago would allow me the to come up with something better than the blank sheet of toilet paper you’ve got. Once again, place your bet and we’ll see.

    Time? Well, you got me there as I have wasted too much bothering with you. Probably get my ass handed to me come Monday in Histo. Initiative; certainly not this crap! If you weren’t so arrogant, I’d have left you alone long ago.


  38. Tex, Your assessment of my talent is irrelevant. One of your few redeeming features is that your rants and criticisms challenge me to find new methods of expression. It’s an enjoyable enough game and the best part is, like a loyal puppy, I can always count on you to be there to give another go at me. It’s like having a wind-up insult doll that keeps me on my toes. So I thank you Tex … and a Happy Columbus Day to you! 🙂


  39. Tex, Mike knows better than to believe that respect will win him respect. Your track record says otherwise.

    With you and Mike, that is true. You guys were complete assholes from the start so I played your little game.

    And I’ve got to admit, it is beginning to bore me.


  40. Well, I am glad I could keep you on your toes. I’m still waiting for your new method of expression. Your posts continually sound like a term paper.


  41. By the way “R”. I may be critical of Chen, gig him, harass him, slap him…

    But you’re wrong if you think I’m critical of of the General’s blog. I believe Chen would tell you I have been one of his biggest fans in showing my appreciation for his creativity and design and told him as much when I first arrived.


  42. Oh shiite! I just looked at the most recent feedback and it’s all me. Hanging around with a den of libs has me talking to myself. There’s a danger that I could become one of you!

    You have a nice weekend Rutherford.


  43. Mike –

    {{They must have heard people saying “Bush has got to be the dumbest person to have ever be in the White House” and the GOP said “Oh, yeah!? Check this out, suckas!”}}

    I made a similar comment to my wife the other day. I think I said “most ineloquent” rather than “dumbest,” but we’re on the same page.

    To the original point:

    I have to admit, I have verbal quirks, too. I use “Anyway” far more than I should in conversation. I’m not sure how much it shows up in my writing, though I did have a friend once who noted that 7 of 9 paragraphs I sent him in an e-mail started with “Anyway.” Ooops.

    In writing, I mis- and over-use the ellipsis (…), and I know it.

    I guess the “also” thing doesn’t bother me quite as much as it might, for exactly that reason. It’s her quirk, and I can buy that.

    I stand by my comment on Rutherford’s blog, though, that we need to amend the Constitution to require that a candidate be able to pronounce the word “nuclear” correctly in order to be eligible for the Presidency.

    I’m reminded of someone asking Rich Mullins about his most overused word. He answered, “‘Way.’ I use it way too much.” Gotta love it …


  44. “I say please start writing your own blog”

    To be totally honest with you, I really dislike talking about politics. And Tex is right. I’m dull, dumb, and a functional illiterate. But you got your wish.


  45. http://www.brainexplosions.wordpress.com

    I’m not blog pimping, by the way. Somebody asked for my services.


  46. You can tell she’s very nervous when she’s interviewed.



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