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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 10/ 7/2008

Sarah Palin: How Dare You?

By Jason Samenow
Governor Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin's got some nerve. The Huffington Post's Andy Borowitz reports Palin attacked Barack Obama yesterday for "longstanding ties" with The Weather Channel. As if ascribing evil intentions to a friend of a network I watched 24/7 as a child wasn't enough, she then had to insult my profession. Palin reportedly asked a crowd of supporters:

"Do we really want to elect someone who has been palling around with meteorologists?"

Next thing you know, Palin will list the Capital Weather Gang among the axis of evil...

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By Jason Samenow  | October 7, 2008; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Humor  
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*shrug* Who cares?

Posted by: skywatcher | October 7, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Ha! | October 7, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Next thing you know, Palin will list the Capital Weather Gang among the axis of evil...

You mean you're not?

"Excellent." - Charles Montgomery Burns

Posted by: John - Burke | October 7, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget

really dangerous wx

Posted by: charlie foss | October 7, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

You can't chastise her for being a creationist and then get upset when she questions your junk science.

Posted by: Kelly Lambeau | October 7, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Yea for Palin - we don't want any weather terrorists in the White House

Posted by: hockey mom | October 7, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of all this favoritism....Palin is a Rockstar, and she is my pick. You all need to get over what ever mind set you have against her. Its sad the support from your paper doesn't come from both sides. If Biden would have made this comment it wouldn't have been such a big damn deal. So why don't you grab an umbrella and cover yourlself from the rain your making on your parade. I am voting for her!!!

You Rock(Sarah)!

Chris BurkMenn

Posted by: Chris BurkMenn | October 7, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad you guys finally caught wind of this. This is the first installment in a line of new attacks from the McCain campaign tying Obama in with the weather elite. Next stop is Henry Margusity. Then they're off to Chris Landsea (awesome name...very weather elite-like too) at the NHC. Then off to the big guns - the CWG. Watch out gang. Watch out. (PS - I hear that they want to try to tie Michelle Obama to Tony Pann somehow, so alert the folks over at Channel 9 that they'll soon be getting angry calls from McCain supporters too).

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | October 7, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I hope my connections with Obama don't get exposed....

Posted by: not the real nbc 4 Tom Kierein | October 7, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Well Obama is friendly with an unrepentent terrorist... it's a shame that everyone gets so huffy about this. Although I am sure this was written in jest, there is and has been a clear bias to your writings here and I am really getting fed up.

Posted by: Period | October 7, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Just accept the facts, don't try to write in circles and change subjects.

Posted by: Period | October 7, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"You can't chastise her for being a creationist and then get upset when she questions your junk science."

I'm not sure you realize this was a joke. The writer of the article is a comedian.

Posted by: mcleaNed | October 7, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

So let me make sure I have this straight - It is *funny* that the Democratic Party put forward as its Presidential nominee a person who is a close associate (being charitable) of an unrepentant (he said he regrets they didn't do more) terrorist???

How precisely is that funny?????

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr. Q. | October 7, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I assume everyone knows that the article referenced is satire. But I usually get my satire from satirical websites. Not weather sites that link to HuffPo. Please guys, just stick to the weather.

Posted by: skywatcher | October 7, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans' skin was any thinner, their internal organs would fall out.

Posted by: steve takoma park mdz7 | October 7, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

But this satire piece has to do with the weather! I don't see a problem here.

Posted by: mcleaNed | October 7, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Mr Q.: But in this case it's a weatherman, not an unrepentant terrorist. That's why it's funny.

Sorry, can't keep my mouth shut anymore on this. If you guys don't like what is written, don't read it. Nobody forces you to read what is posted, whether it be conservative, liberal or otherwise.

Now, to lighten up this comment, here is a video of Greg Proops dropping in on a Channel 9 weather report:

"...giant green things, and, and I don't know what those are, I think that's an amoeba..."

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | October 7, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, yeah, what a phony. With a forked tongue, she crys foul if anyone questions her knowledge or background. She is John McCain's biggest blunder yet. God help us all.

Posted by: Miss "D" | October 7, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Love the political chatter on this Weather web-site.

Miss "D" - anytime B.H.O. is challenged he weaves his way through the issue by getting defensive and saying, "Now wait a second!" You may want to look hard at your candidate and see how many times he skirts (the fact that I brought up "skirts" does not imply that I am bashing Bill Clinton) around the issue.

Posted by: Greg | October 7, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

CWG isn't a pillar in the Axis of Evil? Sorry guys, guess I have to quit reading you...I need a site that deals in truly evil weather. Hey, what if we get blizzards this year, will that get you AoE membership?

Posted by: ~sg | October 7, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Miss "D"...

It really is a shame how catty women are becoming these days concerning one of their own who is in a position of power.

Posted by: Period | October 7, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I am just an old fuddy duddy, but I fail to see anything humorous about Bill Ayers and the Weatherman. Nothing at all. People building nail bombs to kill other people are NOT funny.

Based upon some of the comments, I have to wonder how many of you know anything at all about the Weathermen. For example, how many of you know that Bill Ayers said, "Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, Kill your parents." And he meant it. As for America, I believe his famous quote is, "It makes me want to puke."

Some of you may want to look into the history of the Weathermen before you laugh at this.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr. Q. | October 7, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Q.: ...The article, as well as I, was referring to meteorologists, not members of the Weather Underground (the extremist group).

Some of you might want to get a sense of humor and not assume the worst before you read this. ARRGGH I'm ticked off now...time to back away from this post and set my StumbleUpon to "meteorology."

Now, because my comment was yet again too serious, here's another funny weather video. Couldn't you see them doing this on the weather channel? Adam Berg is giving the forecast and suddenly screams "THIS IS SPARTAAAAAAAA" and rips his microphone off or something. Heheheh :P

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | October 7, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

When you are that stupid these are the only thoughts you have.

Posted by: whynot | October 7, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

This site isn't about weather anymore. It's another political outlet for left wingers and Bush haters. Even Chicken Little has left! Here, if you don't believe in the "global warming by humans" farce then you are a fool and an idiot (as if it is now officially scientific fact). I am surprised Al Gore's face isn't plastered all over the top of this page... after all, he is the greatest weather scientist of all time.

Posted by: Steve | October 7, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Steve: You have posted under a number of different names here, including Chicken Little (nice try with your false statement that chicken little has left), Dude, Nero, and Not Al Gore. If you care to continue posting here, please post respectfully and stop misrepresenting your identity.

Posted by: Capital Weather Gang | October 7, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Steve has been busted. ***Play the Price is Right Loser Theme: Ba-Ba-Ba-Bummmmmm!***

Posted by: Greg | October 7, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

A little context for the big "joke".

youtube 1

youtube 2

CNN Video

The CNN video will not work with my Firefox installation, but it might be related to my Firefox extensions. I have to use IE to watch the CNN video.

I challenge anyone who thinks the Huffington Post piece is funny to watch those three videos.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr. Q. | October 8, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

It's nice to see Mr. Q's keen analysis isn't just confined to Global Warming.

Posted by: John - Burke | October 8, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

And it is a shame to see that John - Burke still doesn't let the facts get in the way of his ideology.

If you can overlook all the facts -
The Weathermen killed a police officer with a pipe bomb.
The Weathermen bombed our Capitol.
The Weathermen bombed the Pentagon.
Their stated ideology is Communism.
They preached the violent overthrow of our government.
Senator Obama launched his political career in Bill Ayers' living room.
Senator Obama served with Bill Ayers on several boards (funneling money to an organization where Bill Ayers' wife worked).
Bill Ayers refuses to elaborate on his relationship with Senator Obama.

If you can overlook all those facts, then I am sure that you find the Huffington Post piece hilarious.

I was hoping that your denial of the facts that don't support your ideology might have been limited to global warming. Sadly, that isn't the case.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Q -

I did look at the facts you listed. But I didn't stop there because your myopic view isn't mine.

The facts you stated are all true. What you conveniently forget to mention is that Ayers turned himself in and was not convicted for any of those bombings. Nor was he convicted of being a communist - because that's not a crime.

Has he continued with his illegal activities? Not that I am aware of. As for his connection with Sen. Obama nothing I've read or seen indicates this was illegal or improper.

Your argument regarding Ayers and Obama is logically flawed. You want people to buy the association fallacy you present. While most red herrings are very appealing they are flawed nonetheless. And, when people recognize your argument as that you will surely revert to your attack, deny, deflect and ignore modus operandi.

It's pesky that people who don't share your beliefs get to share theirs but that's what's great about America. Don't confuse the being able to identify flawed logical constructs with ideology. They aren't the same.

Posted by: John - Burke | October 8, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

People judge other people by the company they keep. That is a simple fact of life. You may not like it, but your not liking it won't change it.

For example, if you see a young man running around with MS-13, an extremely violent street gang that has a weird affection for machetes, you will probably form an opinion of that young man. Your brain does it automatically. It is a built-in self-defense mechanism. Your brain will say to itself, "I better keep my kids away from that young man." And who could fault you for that?

I am guilty of ignoring you sometimes. And I know that when I do ignore you, you will walk away feeling as if you made some brilliant, irrefutable point. But the truth is that my time and patience are limited. I doll both out very stringently.

I have no illusion that I can convince you of anything. I wouldn't try to convince you that sun rises in the East. So when I do reply to something that you have written, it is not for your benefit. It is for the benefit of a non-biased reader.

With all of that said, I will reply to a point of yours when I have the time and patience, *and* I think that a non-biased reader may have been swayed by whatever you wrote. All of those things need to be true before I reply to something you write.

If you write something truly lame, why would I reply to it? I have better things to do.

You shouldn't misinterpret the fact that I don't reply to everything you write as an indicator that you made some brilliant point. Normally, it is the opposite.

I will let the non-biased (read, they don't hate Sarah Palin on the basis of ideology) reader decide if the "joke" is funny. And I will let the clear thinking non-biased reader make what they will of Senator Obama's close association with an admitted (on camera he states he doesn't regret what he did, he regrets they didn't do more) terrorist.

As for what you, John - Burke, believe, I couldn't care less.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr. Q. | October 8, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh Mr. Q I'm flattered, really I am. But I never said you ignored me. It's not about me or you for that matter. It's about the arguments presented. Let's just look at the last exchange.

You posted facts. I agreed with them.
I added facts that you omitted. You ignored them. I supposed you could have denied them but you didn't. Kudos.

I pointed out your argument as fallacy. You deflected it as "simple fact of life". Sorry logic doesn't work that way. And then your bring in a weak analogy of the machete wielding gangs to bolster your argument. That's only an informal fallacy but a fallacy nonetheless. It makes for a good story but it doesn't help your argument.

You then attack me by saying you can't convince me of anything. Is that so? Well, that's just not true. Sorry Mr. Q cherry picking some facts (which I agreed with in case you missed that) and ignoring others combined with a fallacious argument doesn't make for a convincing case.

And before you (again) presume to speak about my "biased" opinions you might want to know that I used the same analysis for arguments denouncing Sen McCain for his ties with Charles Keating. Keating pled guilty to bankruptcy fraud in 1996. By your logic Sen McCain is guilty for being associated with a criminal. I don't believe that argument to be true. And, neither did the US Senate. The Senate Ethics Committee cleared Sen McCain of improprieties but said he showed poor judgment. I am glad the Senate didn't use your fallacious argument on Sen McCain.

If using the same decision criteria is a "bias" I guess I am.

Posted by: John - Burke | October 8, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

John - Burke, I ignored some of your points because they were lame. I thought I addressed that concept. What does it matter whether Bill Ayers was convicted??? He admits it! He is proud of it! He said his only regret is that he didn't do more!

I guess killing one police officer with a pipe bomb,
bombing the Capitol,
bombing the Pentagon,
advocating killing your parents,
attempted murder of others,
advocating the violent overthrow of our government,

And you want to argue that he wasn't convicted?? And you somehow think you have a point there? Good God man. Seek help.

And the other arguments that you put forward were equally as lame and not worthy of a reply.

I will answer the only point that you raised that is worth answering (guilt by association) with this hypothetical question for you.

You have a teenage daughter. She wants to date a young man that you have seen hanging around with the gang known as MS-13. Do you allow your teenage daughter to date that young man?

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr. Q. | October 8, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Attack - Deny - Deflect - Ignore

Posted by: John - Burke | October 8, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

For everyone who thinks the Huffington Post piece is humorous, you should read this, and then practice saying President McCain.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr. Q. | October 9, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Who was it that argued that you are known by the company you keep?


If your teenage daughter wants to go out on a date with a young man who runs around with MS-13, you, as the responsible parent, say no and encourage her to date someone from the chess club.

You are known by the company you keep.

This ain't rocket science.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr. Q. | October 9, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse

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