Chalk on a Blackboard

Tina Fey Meets “Fargo”

Call me a “liberal elitist” or whatever, but whenever I’m hearin’ Sara Palin talkin’ it makes my flesh crawl, and not just because she’s an ignorant, god-bothering nitwit who’s manifestly unqualified to potentially be “leader of the free world” (yes, try to meld those two things in your mind without drowning in massive amounts of cognitive dissonance), but more simply because she’s annoying as all get-out to listen to:

But again, I could just be on the entirely wrong track here. What do I know? After all, back in 2000 and 2004 people just adored George W. Bush’s “folksy” Texan patois (completely phony as it was). Aside from his pantomime brush-cutting antics, it was the ultimate mark of authentication on his otherwise completely ludicrous, counterfactual claim to be a “man of the people” who regular/average/X-percentile of the demographic “folks” would just love to share a beer with… right? And what could have possibly gone wrong with that?

So now we’ve got this Palin character providing “folksy” cover for John McCain (who’s too crippled up to effectively wield even a girly-man chainsaw on a phony “ranch” in some desiccated patch of rural Texas — now being sold as it’s expended its public relations value, by the way).

Update: Some more in-depth observations about Palin’s accent.

44 Replies to “Chalk on a Blackboard”

  1. I see your still attacking sarah palin, what is the matter, suffering from penis envy? what? what do you have against strong women? your blog is irrelevent, ur an idiot.

  2. Anyway, penis envy aside, she really is a moron. Did she actually say “I am the new energy”? And that she critiqued Biden for his “experience”? I love the look on her face when realizes this, and quickly goes on to suggest he’s too much of an insider. At least, I think that’s what she was trying to say.

    Dear god.

  3. I’m hearin’ Sara Palin talkin’ it makes my flesh crawl…

    Weren’t you born in a country that has a different accent every 10 miles? 😉

    What’s starting to unnerve me is that accent is getting worse.

  4. That’s a good point. Who am I to criticize? Really, that seems to be the thrust of all your comments of late and perhaps I should take them to heart.

  5. Me — You vehemently supported Hillary and now support Palin. Go figure. Could you get a little more incoherent? You know… to match your obvious illiteracy.

    p.s. I have nothing against “strong women” — the world would be a much better place if they ran the show, I’m quite convinced. Now, if we could just resurrect Kate Hepburn from the dead and clone her a few million times over…

  6. Who am I to criticize? Really, that seems to be the thrust of all your comments of late and perhaps I should take them to heart.

    It’s just that I grew up in a place where a lot of people sound like either like Sarah Palin or Jean Chrétien…more or less.

    I’m less critical about how she sounds than I am about how affected her accent might be. It’s not an Alaskan accent, that for sure.

  7. Yeah, she’s not a strong woman. And she’s definitely not smart. I honestly don’t know how she even managed to get elected Governor. Every time she drops her g’s and gets all folksy charming I want to rip my hair out. Cripes woman get a freaking clue and speak professionally.

    Thanks to Tina Fey, I can tolerate having to hear Palin better, somewhat. The whole time she talks, I just imagine it’s Fey puttin’ on a skit. Much more bearable.

  8. Ti-Guy — Hmmm. I haven’t really given the subject of accents a whole lot of thought* beyond the level at which SCOTUS Justice Potter Stewart might have defined it, but let me give you my perspective on the matter.

    Coming to this alien land from Yorkshire at the tender age of six and getting viciously lambasted for my hideous, slightly off-the-Dales, totally-not-Leeds, but somewhat-north-of-Scarborough Yorkshire accent, it was something quickly baled on it as a matter of survival. That wasn’t a conscious decision, by the way, just more of a “go along to get along” kind of thing. Rapid assimilation in a matter of months — rather easily done being white and all.

    So, by whatever means and reasons, I readily adopted the “typical” Canadian accent so beloved by American broadcasters — hello Peter Jennings! However, as we (oh, how I hate using that term “we” now) moved around the country over the years it was always a relentless battle to fend off incursions from the local accents, regional dialects and inflections. Endless repetition of: “No… you don’t live in KKKKanada, it’s Canada… can, can — as in ‘can do’” Endless correction and mild admonishment; always attempting to inculcate the “true” path of what I quite misguidedly perceived to be the most ultimately virtuous and “neutral” dialect.

    That’s now been blown off as so much piffle. Waste of time… who gives a shit? Jean Chrétien sounded like a blithering idiot so it’s all okay. Sarah Palin sounds just like an average “hockey mom” wherever you happened to grow up… so it all doesn’t matter.

    Everything I thought up to now means diddly squat.

    Well, thanks for clearing that up for me.

    *Actually, a complete lie because I’ve watched/read Robert MacNeill’s study on this and it’s been a subject of considerable ongoing fascination for me for quite obvious reasons over the years.

  9. Well Red, I’m just bringing it up because you seem so traumatised whenever Dion speaks English. His French is really quite posh…text book Radio Canada, which francophones around the World consider the most pleasing accent.

  10. Yes, I’ve heard him speak in French and it’s very eloquent and compelling. (I’m not fluent, but also not entirely tone deaf…) And, as I’ve said here before, I think his English was actually better before he started being coached on supposedly improving it. Now it just sounds completely mangled and jarring. But hey… what do I know?

  11. Now it just sounds completely mangled and jarring.

    No way. It was worse before.

    It’s never going to be acceptable, but…Lord, after Chrétien, I thought this country had moved beyond this.

    By the way, Chrétien’s French is pretty decent as well. I bet a lot of Anglophones never knew that. I suppose if they bothered mastering their own language, they’d be less pre-occupied with the unmet standards of allophones.

  12. It’s Idaho, specifically the panhandle area.

    I know that, Frank. I’m just remarking on the fact that it’s gotten more Idaho since was anointed running-mate.

  13. I think we have moved on from that. It certainly didn’t seem to matter under many years of rule by Chrétien, did it? So what’s changed? The country or the man? You pick. Seems like a pretty straightforward choice to me for any RATIONAL person to make, but again… I could be wrong.

  14. Is there such a thing as an Alaskan accent?

    I’ve been there. A lot of people sound like Canadians.

    …so do Californians, for that matter.

  15. The country or the man?

    The media. It never used to have to care what twatwaffles, bohunks, cretins, feebs, dweebs, morons, gorgons, dateless wonders, etc…thought.

    Now, these time-wasting dorks are all the media cares about.

  16. Yes, Bohunks above all are definitely timewasting dorks that don’t deserve anyone’s time of day.

    If you ever come to western Canada try to avoid being racist.

  17. Ti-Guy — I disagree, but then it seems like I’ve been doing nothing but today (hey where’s this “echo chamber” I keep hearing about? LOL). You’re just shifting the goalposts and now blaming (Oy. Again with the blaming…) “the media” for the way in which Dion, the Liberals and their (*cough*) policies are being perceived by the great unwashed.

    Look, you’ll get no argument from me when it comes to asserting that the “MSM” (as our friends on the right like to lazily call the 4/5 Estate) can be profoundly retarded, venal, hackneyed, etc., not to mention being glibly suborned into perjury by a multitude of ways, but come on… even THEY can distinguish a frozen turkey from a live bird.

  18. You’re just shifting the goalposts and now blaming (Oy. Again with the blaming…) “the media” for the way in which Dion, the Liberals and their (*cough*) policies are being perceived by the great unwashed.

    Where exactly did I shift goal posts?

    but come on… even THEY can distinguish a frozen turkey from a live bird.

    Well, I’m not going to disagree with you anymore. I’ve seen what you do to people who disagree with you.

  19. Ti-Guy — Huh?

    I’ve seen what you do to people who disagree with you.

    Care to back that up…

    You were “demanding” names/numbers/RFIDs (kidding) and such earlier when I alluded to some general conversations back and forth about the connection between Harper and Iraq in the discourse over the past year.

    I’ve spent the better part of a day fending off your attacks on one front or another.

    This latest one seems to be a pretty reckless bit of innuendo you just threw out there.

  20. Care to back that up…

    No.

    I’ve spent the better part of a day fending off your attacks on one front or another.

    Oh, get off it. I’m just disagreeing with you. When I have attacked you?

  21. You haven’t addressed my question. You threw out a rather nasty accusation there and your response is… “Oh, get off it.”

    Then you quickly flip things over and put the onus on ME to demonstrate you’ve been hectoring and attacking me all day.

    In some circles this is known as being a “troll”…

    Look it up. I think you might find a word starting with Y and ending with U there.

  22. “…“No… you don’t live in KKKKanada, it’s Canada… can, can — as in ‘can do’””. Or how about as in Can-du, even. 😉

    Palin’s accent doesn’t bother me. None do. But the tone & pitch of her voice drives me insane. I cringe all the time when she speaks – & that’s not counting the content either. Double whammy!

  23. Hey, it’s Canjun, eh. I think I’ve said this before, but when watching Diane Sawyer a couple of weeks ago, she said she detected a Canadian accent when talking about Palin.

    One thing to have an accent, or even dropping the “g” , but using “like” alot is a teenage thing….she’s 44.

  24. Her accent doesn’t bother me, but I lived in Texas and had to spend time listening to the Dallas and Houston drawls (which are actually quite different – Houston’s more grating on the ears.)

    I don’t care how she says it, it’s what she says, and that fact that while it is un-PC to mention McCain’s age, it needs to be mentioned – often. The Presidency is a very stressful job and he is not in the best health. The US could end up with unelected President #2 in the 21st Century and people need to see it for what it is.

  25. I took you out of my bookmarks cuz you said you wouldn’t blog anymore, Now I find out you’ve been blogging behind my back. If I were a women I’d think you were two-timing me.

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