Ugly People

At the Fire Letterman rally:

The last woman reminded me of the Grinch (“your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch”), and “He will rape you with his mouth” is tragicomic choice of words.

The most amazing thing about it is that this could just as easily have been a McCain/Palin rally, a tea party, or an anti-abortion protest. Same wingnuts, different signs.






96 replies
  1. 1
    JM says:

    میمون خامنه‌ایخون بچه هاایران می نوشد

    Dunno, just … thought I’d say that.

  2. 2
    Max Peck says:

    Just a little over 200 years. We’ve had a good run. Who got next?

  3. 3
    tagged45 says:

    Glad to see the Wasilla Wingnut can pull you back from your day off so quickly.

  4. 4
    passerby says:

    I think I’m just going to go ahead and take the day off.

    Take the day off, my ass.

    On topic: Bet Tunch and Lily were born out of wedlock. We’ll never hear name calling from them and yet they enjoy a quality of life in spite of how they came to be here.

    …a philosophical perspective.

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    Shibby says:

    That was really funny. I was watching the clip thinking “none of these people really remind me of the Grinch…” Then all of a sudden OMFG it’s the Grinch!

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    jibeaux says:

    I really think this could have also been tagged with “Manichean zero-sum nihilism” as I previously requested.

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    Fencedude says:

    Oh wow, that is such a fascinatingly disturbing collection of crazy.

    Especially liked the guy who said he only watches Fox News Channel.

  8. 8
    The Saff says:

    Too bad Dave’s ratings have been tanking since the joke aired last week.

    Oh, wait…um, never mind.

  9. 9
    me says:

    watching an American basketball game

    A-rod plays for the Knicks now?

  10. 10
    Joshua Norton says:

    I’m pretty sure that Foster Grant no longer believes that any publicity is good publicity.

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    Laura W says:

    I won!!

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    taylormattd says:

    Anyone notice the two guys making out behind the very last woman? You know, the “raping children with his mouth” lady?

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    SGEW says:

    [insert requisite ethical admonition against mocking mentally handicapped individuals here]

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    Bostondreams says:

    These people are freaking weird. They even mix up baseball and basketball, for goodness sake. And the glare in the eye ‘his bastard son and slut wife.’

    So what does that make Palin’s older daughter? Don’t these people think? I mean, ‘They think they know sooooo much.’

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    Woodrowfan says:

    some people are addicted to hate. and this was them going on a binge

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    taylormattd says:

    Actually, now that I watch that again, it looks like the two guys “making out” at the end are Sal and Richard from Howard Stern’s show. Is that right?

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    Fencedude says:

    So does he have a son or daughter? They were inconsistent on that point.

    Also, I especially liked the guy going on and on about Soc-ialism to this group of people with a collective “WTF?!” look on their faces.

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    Mike S says:

    ‘Do you like Jay Leno?’

    ‘I only watch FOX News.’

    Dumbest friggin people on the planet.

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    AhabTRuler says:

    @Bostondreams: Talking points poorly assimilated. Was it ever anything but Faux outrage?

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    Zifnab says:

    Ugly People

    In before “But Al Gore and Michael Moore are FAT!”

  21. 21
    Matt says:

    @me: He couldn’t be any worse than the players they have now.

  22. 22
    Death By Mosquito Truck says:

    Meh, wake me when Geraldine Ferraro compares it to slavery or something.

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    Bhall35 says:

    Leno fans. Of course.

    They also forgot Leno’s own jokes about the Palins:

    Gov. Palin announced over the weekend that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is five months pregnant. And you thought John Edwards was in trouble before! Now he has really done it. — “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” 9/2/08

    I’m sure this has been posted here before, but for anyone who hasn’t seen it:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....15468.html

  24. 24
    Zifnab says:

    @Mike S: Here’s hoping they bring back the Half Hour News Hour, eh? But with more Jesus, you say?

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    comrade scott's agenda of rage says:

    I’m guessing we just saw NYC’s Movement Club in action.

    “My fellow Americans”, oi vey.

    These people do manufacture outrage like nobody’s business. I say, ship em to the Taliban, they’d fit right in.

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    Joshua Norton says:

    Don’t these people think?

    There are more interlocking layers of stupid here than in an Escher drawing.

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    slag says:

    You kind of suck at going Galt. I’m considering that a good thing.

    OT: Obama’s currently yammering about banking regulation. Says no to scrapping the system, yes to “closing gaps”. Creating “resolution authority” for large financial firms. I’m ambivalent about whether he’s doing enough on this front but nothing new there.

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    freelancer says:

    A chicken in every pot, and a post for every thought.

    It’s gotta be a miserable existence for these people, plagued with hypertension and anti-stroke meds to be so butt-hurt all the damned time. See also Pat Boone’s latest missive at WND, “Obama’s coming for the Christians!” (not kidding)

    Enjoy your day off, John.

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    jrg says:

    Who said political correctness is dead?

    What a bunch of loony haters. I’m running out of popcorn.

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    Breezeblock says:

    “Do you know what ‘Schmuck’ means in Jewish?”

    Uh. No?

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    PaminBB says:

    Pure, concentrated wingnut.Too bad there seems to be no way to turn it into a force for good.

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    InflatableCommenter says:

    Tonight show starts new era with Conan Obrien.

    Letterman counters with Palin kerfuffle.

    Any questions?

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    Flitterbic says:

    “Bastard son and slut wife”.

    Because SHE is a slut for having a child out of wedlock. The father just had sex.

    Idiots.

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    b-psycho says:

    @JM: LOL…I plugged that phrase into Google, & this site is the only entry that comes up.

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    Common Sense says:

    @Breezeblock:

    It’s what they call the rest of the foreskin after a baby is circumcised.

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    AhabTRuler says:

    “Do you know what ‘Schmuck’ means in Jewish?”

    Um, do you know what the word ‘yenta’ means?

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    Skepticat says:

    I don’t have the stomach to watch this clip, but the nasty sneer and the stabbing finger in the screen capture probably encapsulate the essence quite well.

  38. 38
    cleek says:

    when i click on it, the player disappears.

    nevermind.. here it comes

  39. 39
    Andy says:

    > Same wingnuts, different signs

    Exactly.

  40. 40
    slag says:

    While I’m tired of wingnut prevalence in the media, I strongly approve of showing these people in their natural habitats. It’s like Wingnut Wild Kingdom.

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    Joshua Norton says:

    Best Protest Evah!

    Literally tens of people showed up*

    *100,000 in Fox numbers.

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    blogenfreude says:

    I live in Manhattan, and I’m hoping all of those people are from out of town. And I mean further than Staten Island ….

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    A Mom Anon says:

    This just makes me sad. Jesus. What the hell is wrong with them?

    If they decided to use all that energy for good instead of evil,we’d have alot less problems in this country. I really can’t stand this shit anymore. It breaks my heart,it really does.

    Also. I heard on the radio this morning that John Ziegler was there,saw the crappy turnout(more media than actual protesters),called a cab and left. Heh. So much for standing on principle and all that rot.

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    @Laura W: Yes. You. Did. And I tip my hat to you milady.

    The last woman reminded me of the Grinch (“your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch”), and “He will rape you with his mouth” is tragicomic choice of words.

    I wouldn’t touch that with a 39 1/2 foot pole. The three words that describe this crowd is: stink, stank, stunk.

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    Comrade Darkness says:

    @AhabTRuler: I know what it means in German (decoration)… is that close?

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    jenniebee says:

    I like the Yenta who advocates closing the borders as a cure for the economy. I wonder what Amity Shlaes had to say about what turning away the 1000 Jews on the SS St. Louis in 1939 did for the economy.

    Turns my stomach the way CBS caves to these people over and over again.

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    taodon says:

    @Joshua Norton:
    I am keeping this quote for myself.

    And, I didn’t watch this: I just had lunch.

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    HRA says:

    Now can Sarah go back to her house where she can watch Russia from her kitchen window? Please please please!

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    Legalize says:

    Don’t these people think?

    The extent of their thinking is what Rush told them the last time they tuned in. That’s why it’s so hilarious to ask them follow-up questions and to watch the smug certainty on their faces morph into that of the clueless fuckwits they really are.

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    Bad Horse's Filly says:

    @Joshua Norton: That was a win for me!

    @The Grand Panjandrum: Yup, those would be the 3 words I’d choose, too.

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    jrg says:

    Another good quote is “your child could be next”. Yep, because of the 300 million people in the U.S., Letterman chose Palin at random.

  52. 52
    abo gato says:

    Wow, just wow.

    I kind of wish I hadn’t watched.

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    Ash Can says:

    All right, I call bullshit. Letterman’s producers organized this protest themselves using studio extras, to get laff-riot footage for tonight’s show and to punk Fox News in the process, for yet more laff-riot footage for tomorrow’s show.

    Not that I’m complaining, mind you. It’s a hell of an idea.

    (And if the producers really didn’t have anything to do with this protest, then they must be off lighting candles in church this afternoon, in thanksgiving for the comedy motherlode they’ve been handed.)

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    Surreal American says:

    @jrg:

    Sounds like the same process McCain used to select his VP candidate.

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    demimondian says:

    @Comrade Darkness: Yup. Very close.

    Sort of like “gift” in German means poison.

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    Bad Horse's Filly says:

    As much as I think these people deserve to be brought out into the daylight (where hopefully they’ll promptly turn to so much dust) – I want to point out there were only 15 of them by all accounts, out numbered 2 to 1 by ‘media’ (I use that term loosely). So maybe we should wrap this up and move on to more important skewering…

    Oh, wait what am I saying? This is what we do best!

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    What a concentration of ugly, I haven’t seen anything like that since…

    well, teabaggery.

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    AhabTRuler says:

    @Comrade Darkness: Well, stirctly, it means “woman, old-fashioned woman, sentimental woman”1, however, “In the age of Yiddish theater, it started referring to a busybody or gossipmonger. The word has since become Yinglish (a Yiddish loanword in American Jewish English).”2

    Yiddish Dictionary Online [back]
    Wikipedia entry – Yenta [back]

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    Damned at Random says:

    I feel sorry for Jay Leno. He works so hard and I always thought his Jay walking skits were wonderful – now I’m afraid a big chunk of his audience doesn’t get them

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    Notorious P.A.T. says:

    Idiots.

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    Zuzu's Petals says:

    It’s okay, Letterman had a good laugh on them.

    Oh, and that turnout? Massive, just massive.
    (Check out some of the other pics for hilarious counter-protest signs.)

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    Notorious P.A.T. says:

    I feel sorry for Jay Leno. He works so hard and I always thought his Jay walking skits were wonderful – now I’m afraid a big chunk of his audience doesn’t get them

    Hahaha!

    “Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb? How are we supposed to know THAT? Oh, Hannity’s on!”

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    oh really says:

    I only watch Fox News channel.

    Jeebus. Surely, these people realize that while they are protesting against Letterman, there are thousands of miles of inadequately secured border they could be patrolling.

  64. 64
    Fulcanelli says:

    @Joshua Norton:

    There are more interlocking layers of stupid here than in an Escher drawing.

    You win the internets all to yourself for the next 24 hours for that beauty. Damn tough crowd here at BJ. Damn tough…

    I am sooo stealing that line…

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    Jim-Bob says:

    CSAoR@:

    I’m guessing we just saw NYC’s Movement Club in action

    More like NYC’s BOWEL Movement Club…

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    shelley matheis says:

    ‘I only watch FOX News.’

    And I’m sure the other News networks are profoundly grateful.

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    anonevent says:

    @A Mom Anon: I think people like this need to join the military, the police force, or something larger than themselves. These people have zero sense of perspective. I had to deal with a number of hurricanes when I was in the Navy, and being worried about other people’s lives shows this crap to be pointless.

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    @Ash Can:

    If I were betting with my own money, I’d wager that Letterman arranged the demonstration and had those cheesy barricades brought in too.

    I think he is laughing his ass off at this point.

    The guy did not get a $32m/yr job without knowing how to pull off a publicity stunt.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    I was going to post Joshua Norton’s quote again and declare it full of win, but others have already done it for me.

    I loved the soshulism guy, especially when he started doing the stereotypical sassy head bob move to the black woman standing in front of him without hearing a damn thing she was trying to say.

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    gex says:

    @anonevent: The last thing I need when I turn to a police officer for help is to get one of these idiots.

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    AhabTRuler says:

    I think people like this need to join the military, the police force

    Ah, no.

    or something larger than themselves

    Please don’t say religion…please don’t say religion.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    I made a vow during the Palin rallies not to watch this garbage, and I have kept to that vow throughout the tea-baggin’ and other hate-fests. I will not watch this hypocritical crap. I think I can supply what they said in the privacy of my own mind.

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    ethan salto says:

    @jenniebee:

    If you think it was CBS, you’re not a close Letterman observer (which I am, sadly). His detail about reflecting on the matter while watching Friday’s NewsHour is remarkably specific, genuine, and consistent with his media-watching patterns (we know, for example, that he also likes the Beeb and Olbermann). He’s also reflexively self-critical. This wasn’t out of character for him at all.

    Also, he’s a gigantic presence on the Eye — a huge moneymaker and a network-making talent that keeps CBS from being the AARP network. He’s been viciously anti-Bush, anti-McCain and anti-Cheney in the last few years, and there was no CBS intervention. There certainly could have been (CBS’ CEO has a history of donating to Democrats).

    Finally, he’s literally in contract negotiations for an extension as I type this, not a time at which CBS would feel comfortable getting involved.

    Wow, I’m a huge nerd.

  74. 74

    the very first thing he said to his audience was a rib for those rallying: “Now when I call your name, please come forward and pick up your apology. [Laughter, applause] I wanna get through this as quickly as possibly so you folks can get to the ‘Fire Dave Rally.’ [Cheering] It’s nice that people hate me who are no longer just part of my immediate family. My son, he’s telling everybody at school that his father is Conan!” He later touched on his apology to Palin for making a distasteful joke about her daughter Bristol having sex with Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Many believed the joke was actually aimed at her 14-year-old daughter Willow and were appalled. Palin eventually accepted an apology from Letterman. “The good news is Sarah Palin has accepted my apology. She also accepted a $500 gift certificate from Lens Crafters. I thought that was a nice touch,” he said. “I tell you, I was quite nervous about this whole thing, and I was really nervous about an apology to Sarah Palin, so when I did get my confidence up and my nerves to settle down, I rehearsed by apologizing to Tina Fey. That helped. That was a big help. [Applause]”

    Dave is clearly worried here. Worried that he didn’t pimp the original insult harder and get more mileage out of this thing, that is.

    Dave=win.

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    gnomedad says:

    @Comrade Darkness:

    I know what it means in German (decoration)… is that close?

    That was a gag in the Billy Wilder film “One, Two, Three”.

    Also, I didn’t know “Jewish” was a language.

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    Ken says:

    @asiangrrlMN – I generally feel the same way – I don’t have time for this nonsense. However, with some trepidation, I did click on the video… funniest goddamn thing I’ve seen in a long time. Letterman’s producers had to have been behind it.

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    JenJen says:

    @me: I mean, WTF?

    Not only do I get a Teabagger/Palin Rally vibe from this crowd, I also get a very, very heavy PUMA vibe. It’s not just me, right?

    “He has a bastard son and a slut wife! He will rape you with his mouth! He is a child abuser and a verbal pedophile!”

    Pardon my language, but seriously, fuck you, lady. Fuck you right in your ear.

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    Zifnab says:

    @Ash Can:

    All right, I call bullshit. Letterman’s producers organized this protest themselves using studio extras, to get laff-riot footage for tonight’s show and to punk Fox News in the process, for yet more laff-riot footage for tomorrow’s show.

    Nah, this is a coup by Daily Show to get back in the papers again. I bet you anything if you look hard enough you’ll see Jason Jones prodding the herd with a sharpened stick.

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    anonevent says:

    @AhabTRuler: Religion won’t work because it doesn’t ask anything of them. I was trying to think of something that would show them how small and petty they were being.

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    thereisnorule6 says:

    the two guys making out at the end of the clip are Richard and Sal from the Howard Stern show.

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    chuck says:

    @anonevent:

    If watching themselves on camera doesn’t do it, nothing will.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Ken: I watched. I didn’t find it funny. I found it very sad. Sniff. I gotta see the Grinch, though. Wow. She’s just pathetic.

    Of course, Leno told his own joke about Bristol, the “class act” that he is.

    I am ashamed to be of the same species and gender as these women.

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    Skepticat says:

    @ anonevent—

    I was trying to think of something that would show them how small and petty they were being.

    The problem is that they’re incapable of seeing that. Or much of anything else beyond their own small worlds.

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    JK says:

    These protesters are nothing but a bunch of knuckle dragging neanderthals.

    Sarah Palin can go to hell. She’s a clueless, goddamn moron who blew Letterman’s jokes completely out of proportion to raise money for her political action committee. She’s a walking punchline who doesn’t know when to shut the hell up. I’ll take David Letterman any day of the week over this vapid, obnoxious twit from Wasilla.

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    You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch.
    Your heart’s an empty hole.
    Your brain is full of spiders,
    You’ve got garlic in your soul.
    Mr. Grinch.

    It really does say it all.

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    shoutingattherain says:

    @asiangrrlMN

    I am ashamed to be of the same species and gender as these women.

    Never mind that. I’m ashamed just being on the same planet with these people.

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    one two seven says:

    Ehh, Conan’s still funnier.

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    Dream On says:

    I call BS on this rally. Great publicity for Dave, and funny. It’s gotta be fake.

    Did one guy just say “poi-vort”?

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    monkeyboy says:

    These are the sort of people that get so worked up that they spit on liberals because everybody knows that liberals spit on US soldiers.

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    BruinKid says:

    @Joshua Norton: This needs to go into contention for best comment of 2009 at Balloon Juice. Is John keeping track of all this?

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    R-Jud says:

    @mapaghimagsik: I keep mis-reading “Grinch” as “Gingrich”.

    Not that Gingrich’s heart would ever grow ten sizes in one day.

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    lovethebomb says:

    Ya know what is so interesting about the Palin response to the Letterman joke was that they introduced into the public mind the visual image and concept of a 14 year old girl being raped. Nothing in Letterman’s joke suggested rape or that it was the 14 yr old, since it obviously refered to the knocked up daughter. So, consider, the Palins themselves are the sick perverts who want the public to imagine the rape of a 14 yr old girl, when Dave was riffing off their own daughter’s teenage pregnancy. Going further, they then accuse Letterman of child molestation. They are the ones who owe an apology.

    Yet owing to the unintended indeterminancy of language, this fake umbrage has raised the spector of their daughter’s abstinence only unwed teen pregnancy to yet further public awareness and so they lose, except for the “my team” us/them winger crowd. Dave wins.

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    Zuzu's Petals says:

    @Ash Can:

    Well if I were to guess who the Letterman/Daily Show/Stern plants might be, I’d guess this guy.

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    These protesters are nothing but a bunch of knuckle dragging neanderthals actors.

    Booya.

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    polyorchnid octopunch says:

    I got a really big kick out of the woman saying they should “close the border, just seal it for twenty years and see how the economy comes back” yeah, that’ll work, right up until you run out of oil.

    And it burns burns burns….

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    kuvasz says:

    Typical Mets fans, no doubt.

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