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Old 05-02-2010, 01:29 PM
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Sarah @!?#@! Palin in Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World? (WTF!)

I wish I were dead, so that I could spin in my grave.

Used to be, failed VP candidates just faded into the history books. (Successful ones too.) But this "soccer mom" just won't go away. Her gathering in of all the Dittoheads that have been hanging their heads in shame when the Big Gasbag turned out to be a drug addict has kept her afloat just like a turd that won't go down the toilet.

The best thing about her: if (and maybe when) she's the GOP candidate for president or VP in 2012, Obama's a shoo-in.
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:05 PM
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Time's been People with a red border for a long time now. Who cares?
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:25 PM
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Right up there with Lada Gaga and Ashton Kutcher.
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:26 PM
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What are you pitting? Time magazine, for saying Palin's influential when she isn't? Or the world, for making Palin an influential person?
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:27 PM
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For what it's worth, Time also has a list of the least influential people.
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:43 PM
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Say what you will about her (I think she's a boil on the ass of the body politic), she has had influence, good or bad. Look at how much we all talk about her (me included).

If you can get me to read the first part of "Pain came knocking at my door, and its name was Comcast" as "Palin came knocking . . . " every time I see it, you've had plenty influence.

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Old 05-02-2010, 02:45 PM
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Being talked about isn't the same as influence though...
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:58 PM
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For what it's worth, Time also has a list of the least influential people.
And it didn't include their 2005 Person of the Year? I'm miffed.
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:39 PM
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For what it's worth, Time also has a list of the least influential people.
I see I'm off that list this year. Yay me!
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:40 PM
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Being talked about isn't the same as influence though...
In politics, it sort of is.
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:44 PM
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For what it's worth, Time also has a list of the least influential people.
Ha! I thought you meant this as a joke, but there it is. I suppose Time means it as a joke. A real list of the least influential people in the world would be like a 5 billion and something way tie for first among all of us normal schlubs.
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:00 PM
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You know who who else Times magazine chose as one of the Most influential people of the Year?

But honestly, Palin's certainly brand of folksy anti-Obama populism has certainly been influential over the last year. I don't know how much that has to do with the woman herself, but I'd say putting her amongst the top 100 most influential is at least arguable. Influential doesn't necessarily mean good.

Plus she was governor of her own state for almost half the year! thats gotta count for something.
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Old 05-02-2010, 08:16 PM
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Most influential in the US is a stretch. Most influential in the world is crack smoking babble.
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:25 PM
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There was an article in the Washington Post this weekend discussing the huge influx of GOP women candidates this year. The article attributed this, in part, to the influence of Sarah Palin. Her VP candidacy, the rallies, the fact that she's on the news (and discussed on message boards) every day...

Certainly there are other reasons why the GOP is fielding a record number of women candidates, but I agree with the Post that Palin sortof greasing the skids a bit is not all that far-fetched.
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For what it's worth, Time also has a list of the least influential people.
Yeah, I saw that one

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I see I'm off that list this year. Yay me!
Look again, grasshopper.

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Old 05-02-2010, 09:44 PM
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For what it's worth, Time also has a list of the least influential people.
Reading that now and, am I showing my age, but when did Time become a tame version of Cracked? What's with the pithy attempts at snark? Am I really old for remembering Time as a respected news magazine?
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:52 PM
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Reading that now and, am I showing my age, but when did Time become a tame version of Cracked? What's with the pithy attempts at snark? Am I really old for remembering Time as a respected news magazine?
It's just part of a backpage column by Joel Stein, who is a Time humor (or at least tongue-in-cheek) writer. The name of his column is "The Awesome Column." It took me a while to get used to him, but I really enjoy his column these days. For some reason, he seems to have pushing the envelope recently, IMHO. His column seemed a lot more subdued in the past.

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Ha! I thought you meant this as a joke, but there it is. I suppose Time means it as a joke. A real list of the least influential people in the world would be like a 5 billion and something way tie for first among all of us normal schlubs.
From the column:

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...First of all, the list I made (which you can read in full at time.com/leastinfluential) does not actually consist of the least influential people in the world. Those would be infants, people in comas and North Koreans who aren't Kim Jong Il. And it's not a list of those with the most negative influence: the underwear bomber, that tattooed chick who messed up Sandra Bullock's marriage, Jay Leno. My list is, technically, the Least Influential People Who Used to or Ought to Have Influence...
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Old 05-03-2010, 07:01 AM
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You think her being named as influential is bad? You should read what she wrote for Glenn Beck's influential person article.
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:00 AM
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She almost single-handedly drove UHC off the rails with her death panel comments, then kicked sand in Obama's face with "how's that hopey-changey thing workin for ya". If the Dems had not rallied to finally pass the bill, Obama's presidency might have been a lost cause. I hate her, but she carries lots of influence.
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:30 AM
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The best thing about her: if (and maybe when) she's the GOP candidate for president or VP in 2012, Obama's a shoo-in.
I recall similar statements being made about a certain Texas bumpkin not too long ago.
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:12 AM
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Reading that now and, am I showing my age, but when did Time become a tame version of Cracked? What's with the pithy attempts at snark? Am I really old for remembering Time as a respected news magazine?
Time has always had a snarky side. It was a running joke at Mad magazine during the 1960s that Time was trying to be their competition. They regularly ran jokes about TV sitcom writers stealing material from Time, and the like.
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:14 AM
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Old 05-03-2010, 11:37 AM
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For what it's worth, Time also has a list of the least influential people.
I enjoyed this one:

Mayor McCheese
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"I'm not aware of his stance on a single issue." Ross Autry, personal adviser to this project on Facebook, where I asked for help from anyone. Hey, 100 is a lot of people.


He probably doesn't have much support in Israel.
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:04 PM
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You think her being named as influential is bad? You should read what she wrote for Glenn Beck's influential person article.
This is what I came in to say.
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:32 PM
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I just finished reading the whole issue over lunch, because it was all I had for reading material. What a waste of paper! The whole issue was nothing but a bunch of short, inconsequential fluff pieces on celebrities "written" by other celebrities. Palin's piece on Glenn Beck was written far too well for it to be written by her, for example.

The best part of the issue was Joel Stein's column, which is kind of pathetic, really.

Whoever compared Time to People magazine is right on the money--at least for this issue, anyway.

And this counts as a "double issue"?! What a load of crap.
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Exactly. First you need socialized medicine. Then you need to see a death panel. Then, if they authorize it, you'll be killerated in the middle of the night a combination of Trotskyists and Black Panthers.

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Old 05-04-2010, 08:15 AM
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Sarah Palin is influential.

She is widely admired and respected, and looked to as a role model, and source of important ideas.

No, really.

Vomit all you want, yet it is a fact. Don't ever forget that the world is like that.

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Sarah Palin is influential.

She is widely admired and respected, and looked to as a role model, and source of important ideas.

No, really.

Vomit all you want, yet it is a fact. Don't ever forget that the world is like that.
Agghhhhhh MAKE IT STOP!!! MAKE IT STOOOPPPPPPPPP!!!
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:22 AM
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She is widely admired and respected...
Vomit all you want, yet it is a fact.
Watch what you ask for. I now want to vomit gigaliters.
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:34 AM
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My contempt for Sarah Palin borders on mental illness, but I don't think it's inaccurate to call her "influential." To a non-ignsignifant part of the American population she is a totem and an oracle.
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:53 AM
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Most influential in the world is crack smoking babble.
This. She gets talked about enough in the US that I'll concede her a spot on a national influence list.

But does the rest of the world even care? I suppose English speakers might be aware of her just through shared media, but I can't imagine anyone outside the US is really paying attention. Does Europe have anything to say about Palin? Does China? India?

For a world influence claim don't you have to be able to affect the world in some way?
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:59 AM
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"In the world" is out to lunch. I agree with that.
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Old 05-07-2010, 02:44 PM
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On the same list (albeit in the entertainment category): Conan O'Brien and Ashton Kutcher.

Popular, yes. Successful, yes. But among the most influential people in the world- even in entertainment? Not really. How influential is somebody who just lost the Tonight Show due to low ratings and an actor with a string of lackluster movies and a popular prank show but who's most famous for shagging/marrying/tweeting with the older MILF ex-wife of a superstar whose most popular movie alone probably outgrossed all Kutcher's movies combined?

In entertainment the most influential people are probably people whose names are unknown to most people outside the industry and thus they wouldn't make good copy and nobody wants to see a glossy of them. True, they can greenlight a $240 million remake of GRAPES OF WRATH set on a space station with a signature or turn a pizza delivery boy into a superstar overnight with a phone call but- they themselves look like Larry Bud Melman and nobody ever asks for their autograph. What O'Brien and Kutcher are is "talked about" and "popular" and in the media all the time- they have super high Q factors, but that's different from influence.

I think Sarah Palin is exactly the same. There are officials in India and China whose actions directly affect hundreds of millions of people but Americans wouldn't recognize their name and they might not have any attractive 8 x 10s so let's go with Sarah Palin: she's on TV all the time, even her enemies admit she looks good, and it's a lot better than some name our readers don't know who affects a billion people they'll never meet.

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If you can get me to read the first part of "Pain came knocking at my door, and its name was Comcast" as "Palin came knocking . . . " every time I see it, you've had plenty influence.
Thank god I'm not the only one.
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$240 million remake of GRAPES OF WRATH set on a space station
When hungry people can't eat at the moons of Nibia, I'll be there. And when some cop is beatin' up a guy at the Antares maelstrom, I'll be there. I'll be there in the way guys yell when they're mad 'round Perdition's flames.
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Maybe they use the number of times she has a thread devoted to her on the SDMB as one of the criteria...
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I wish I were dead, so that I could spin in my grave.

Used to be, failed VP candidates just faded into the history books. (Successful ones too.) But this "soccer mom" just won't go away. Her gathering in of all the Dittoheads that have been hanging their heads in shame when the Big Gasbag turned out to be a drug addict has kept her afloat just like a turd that won't go down the toilet.

The best thing about her: if (and maybe when) she's the GOP candidate for president or VP in 2012, Obama's a shoo-in.
Remember; being influential is not necessarily a good thing. Sarah is nothing like Hitler but he had a lot of influence on the world.Look at WW2!
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Sarah is nothing like Hitler
Well, maybe if she stopped shaving her upper lip...
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They don't subtract points if all the people you influence are complete morons.
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