Monday, February 22, 2010

Iron Dog, Tripp, and Other Things....

Sarah Palin tweets:
Rough & tough trail, Team#22 made gallant effort; broken parts have 'em now cheering on rest of IronDoggers still in race! Great job, great sports.
The Vice-President of the Iron Dog and Scott Davis went on Eddie Burke's radio show today to talk about this year's race and what happened to the Davis/Palin team. Eddie also addresses the fact that, contrary to early reports, Sarah Palin was indeed at the race to see her husband off. Scott Davis is in part two. It's kind of hard to understand him. The phone must have been kinda bad:

$50,000 dollars? Wow. That's dedication. You have to really love snowmachining to pony up that kind of money and the kind of time it takes to prepare. Not to mention the danger involved. Team #22 isn't the only team that's bitten the dust, and I'm sure more will scratch before it's all over. Bad weather.

Scott was going around 80 mph on the river when he hit a roadbump and went flying.


In other news, I've been linked. Stacy wrote a piece on Tripp's health insurance and referred readers back here for more on the Native American side of the story. His post is here. Some interesting stuff that I never thought of before.

Oh, what else is going on. Newsweek actually came down on Sarah Palin's side in the Family Guy controversy:

The problem with the conversation surrounding the Family Guy episode is that it presupposes that people fall into one of two categories: those who think the joke was funny because they weren't offended by it, and those who think the joke wasn't funny because they were. I didn't find the joke funny, not because it was insensitive to people with Down syndrome or to Sarah Palin, but because it just wasn't funny. Like, as a joke.....

It's overgenerous to call what Family Guy does satire because it's not terribly smart. It only passes for satire for people who don't have enough interest in the news to watch Jon Stewart or Steven Colbert.

The Palin joke is the laziest kind of topical humor, the kind that trades on obvious, surface information: "So, Clinton had to have heart surgery again. Maybe he should lay off all those greasy hamburgers he enjoys so much!" Simply restating a fact in a different context, like the fact that Palin has a child with Down syndrome, isn't funny, even if you dislike Palin or disagree with her politics.

There's a lot to like about Family Guy; the arcane pop-culture references kill me, as does anything that features a talking baby. But if MacFarlane is going to climb into Palin's sandbox, he's going to have to equip himself with much sharper material.

Okay, so it's not exactly in the tank for Sarah Palin, but if Newsweek doesn't think that it's cool, that doesn't bode well for MacFarlane.

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