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We've had a spike in hits over the past 24 hours. Obviously, someone has linked to us, but I don't know who. Anybody have any idea?
We've had a spike in hits over the past 24 hours. Obviously, someone has linked to us, but I don't know who. Anybody have any idea?
Lucky Numbers was on TV and I pressed the information button. It was described as "Nora Ephron's amiable comedy." Who writes these descriptions? I saw the film years ago and I'd say it would be better described as a dark, harsh, unpleasant comedy.
We've already discussed Bishop Williamson, a Holocaust denier, and the Pope, who has lifted his excommunication. Williamson has sent a letter of apology to the Vatican. I don't know the full text, but here's the part that's been reported:
I ran across this video that looks at two old Ann Arbor haunts, the Fleetwood Diner and Blimpy Burgers. I didn't know the Fleetwood was still open.
No doubt, this is probably a re-tread of an old joke but some scribe at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette decided to have some fun (or maybe its just unknowing subtext) with the name of the Penguin's newly signed player this year in the following story (I clicked on the headline thinking it was about a revival)
...Satan said. "It's nothing unusual."... Because he isn't a superstitious sortNote: In the news articles, the PG adopts the NYT style of calling everyone "Mr." [Although if the story referred to "Mr. Satan", it might have been even a little weirder]
"Keep shooting," Satan said. "Don't think about it. Eventually, if you get enough chances, you're going to break the spell."
Satan... is most dangerous when he's relatively close ...
Satan understands that kind of thinking and insists that he knows the formula ...
...Satan gets against the Devils tonight...
LAGuy's post earlier today about why folks might choose one lottery over another has inspired me to do the math on something I've been pondering, i.e. leaving aside all other players and all lesser prizes, how much bigger does the Mega jackpot need to be for it to make more sense to play Mega than Lotto here in NY?
I see my old friend Lisa Heinzerling will be serving at the EPA. She taught at Georgetown and we'd have lunch on the rare occasions I was in town. Her specialty is environmental issues and she was a big critic of the Bush administration, so I guess she's right where she should be.
When you have two similar products, say, Drano and Liquid-Plumr, that are thought to be of the same quality and are often sold next to each other, it's rare you'll see much price variation. Even a cent or two difference would be decisive to a large portion of consumers.
President Barack Obama Thursday furiously slammed Wall Street titans who raked in billions in bonuses while taxpayers bailed out their industry as "shameful" and guilty of acute "irresponsibility."
I recently saw Overboard (1987) for the first time since it opened. Goldie Hawn had been a movie star for almost 20 years when this romantic comedy came out. She was in her early 40s, a ticklish time for any female star.
I paged through Why Do Men Have Nipples?. Disappointing. A lot of it was interstitial, unfunny attempts at humor meant to puff up the book to proper length. Worse, the answers didn't seem to go into much depth, and some didn't even seem to actually answer the question at hand.
Isaac Asimov's Three Rules Of Robotics is a brilliant idea, even if it is silly. I mean, the concept behind the rules are really cool, philosophically speaking, and make for good stories. (The Zeroth and Minus One rules are stupid add-ons that make his robots less interesting.) But they're silly because even though you might expect basic safety measures to be used for appliances, why would these particular rules be used and how could they be implemented?
Have used the phrase "down to the short strokes" to mean "we are almost done here" or "we only have one or two things left to deal with." Heard co-workers use it earlier and just picked it up. Today someone not familiar with the lingo suggested the phrase might have a sexual allusion (if you don't get it , ask the attuned-to-filthy-meanings "If U Seek Amy" commenter). Of course I was a little horrified and said no it wasn't but now I can only think of the .. uh, indelicate meaning now and can't think of what it really refers to- Does it have something to do with swimming or crew or the Navy (which, if it were, wouldn't rule out the sexual meaning necessarily) ?
As mentioned earlier, I was born in Pittsburgh, came of age as a Steeler fan during the the Superbowl years and consider myself a huge fan, but this official logo really really worries me.
Much to my surprise, I agree with this list of overrated films.
The winners of the SAG awards become the favorites in their Oscar categories, which suggests most of the guesses I made are wrong.
I recently listened to Bob Newhart's I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!. Sure, there's a book, but Newhart is a famed monologist, so I figured the book on tape was preferable.
A new novel from John Updike was practically an annual tradition. Not that I read them all, but it was always a good to know he'd be returning to the bookstore soon. Updike has just died. I wasn't aware he was ailing.
Another year, another annual film roundup. There were a fair amount of decent films out there, but not too many really good ones.
Comeback Award: Guess it has to go to Mickey Rourke, who really is quite good in The Wrestler.
Don't Bring 'Em Back Award: Rambo IV, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Get Smart
Romance Can Be Boring At Any Age Award: Last Chance Harvey
Let's Go To The Tape: What do you do when you base your film on something that not only happened, but happened for all to see. It's one thing for Oliver Stone to commit to film his fever dreams about George W. Bush's personal life. But Frost/Nixon shows what allegedy happened in TV interviews and we sort of know it didn't work that way. (Actually, Oliver Stone did the same thing with The Doors on Ed Sullivan.) It's the kind of thing that can work onstage, but in the more realistic setting offered on film, it's weird to see things that didn't quite happen.
Most Pointless Film: A tie. 1) Smart People. What a good idea, make a film about people who are intelligent and articulate. Now if they only had a story where they did anything you'd care about. 2) Funny Games. Michael Haneke does a close remake of his film where two psychopaths torture a bourgeois family.
Unexpectedly Gruesome Award: Paranoid Park. You've been warned.
Unofficial Remake Award: No, not Benjamin Button and Forrest Gump. In Thomas McCarthy's first film, The Station Agent, a quiet guy withdraws after the closest person to him dies. He moves and is slowly drawn out of his shell by the new people he meets, an unusual groups of friends with problems of their own. This also describes his second film, The Visitor.
Double Dip Of Woody: Woody Allen usually releases one film a year, but his 2007 product, Cassandra's Dream, was such a stinker (despite a stellar cast) that it was dumped in January 2008. On the other hand, Vicky Cristina Barcelona was one of his biggest hits, even though, like most of his stuff lately, it seemed more like an outline for a film than a film.
Bigger Isn't Better Award: A good comedy is usually light on its feet. Tropic Thunder lumbered around, twice as big as it needed to be. The premise was okay, and with a lighter touch (and maybe half the budget and a smaller cast) it could have really worked.
Surprisingly Violent Comedies: Burn After Reading, Pineapple Express
Protagonists Named Harvey: Milk, Last Chance Harvey
Innovative Stage Directors Stuck In A Bad Marriage With Catherine Keener: Hamlet 2, Synecdoche New York
Do-It-Yourself Filmmaking: Be Kind Rewind, Son Of Rambow
Huge Flops From Popular Comedians: Meet Dave, The Love Guru
Films From Popular Comedians That Should Have Been Huge Flops: You Don't Mess With The Zohan, Four Christmases
Environmental Allegories (replacing anti-Iraq War movies?): The Happening, The Day The Earth Stood Still
British Capers: The Bank Job, Rocknrolla, In Bruges
Bad Comedy: Meet The Spartans, First Sunday, Semi-Pro, You Don't Mess With The Zohan, The Love Guru (though not as bad as everyone said--if he'd called it Austin Powers 4 it would have made $100 million), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (it is a comedy, isn't it?), How To Lose Friends & Alienate People (had high hopes till I saw they were dumping it), Zack And Miri Make A Porno, Four Christmases
Passable Comedy: Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (rare case where an American gets to do a British accent--almost always other way around), Baby Mama, Get Smart, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express, Meet Dave (barely passable, but I was in a good mood), Tropic Thunder, Hamlet 2 (the big song should have been better)
Good Comedy: Strange Wilderness, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, OSS 117, Kung Fu Panda, House Bunny, Burn After Reading (though it should have been better), Ghost Town
Not As Bad As Feared: Valkyrie (how could it be?), Definitely, Maybe, 21, Hancock, Wanted, Kabluey, Transsiberean, Sixty Six, Hellboy 2, Bottle Shock (still a wasted opportunity), RocknRolla, Doubt, Revolutionary Road
Not As Good As Expected: Cloverfield (good idea, dumb characters), Be Kind, Rewind, Horton Hears A Who, Reprise, Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist (has last year's big star Michael Cera peaked?), Religulous, Rachel Getting Married, What Just Happened, Synecdoche, New York (good in small doses), The Dukes, I've Loved You So Long (could have saved a lot of time if she just admitted her problem at the start), The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (looks great, though), Gran Torino, Milk (surprisingly uninvolving), Waltz With Bashir
Big Disappointment: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (as noted by South Park), Cadillac Records, Quantum Of Solace
No Fun: Rambo 4, Charlie Bartlett, Leatherheads (great idea for a film--someone should do it some day), Redbelt (Mamet continues his streak), Smart People, Diminished Capacity (can't go a whole year without a mentally damaged protagonist), The Happening, Eagle Eye, Journey To The Center Of The Earth, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, Seven Pounds (though it's not as bad as what the critics said), Funny Games, Last Chance Harvey, Cassandra's Dream, Marley & Me, W.
Fun (in the sense of it being an enjoyable movie, even if it's about misery): The Visitor, Wall-E (though I thought the stuff on the ship was a letdown), The Dark Knight (I still got a lot of problems with it--too long, confused story, muddled message, some weak action sequences), Anita O'Day: The Life Of A Jazz Singer, Frost/Nixon, The Wrestler
Bubbling Under The Top Ten:
Harold And Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay--Call it dumb drug humor, it was high-spirited and fun. And it had more insight into George W. Bush than Oliver Stone.
In Bruges--Martin McDonagh brings to the screen the first full-length example of his patented mix of wit and mayhem. I predict he'll do even better if he makes another.
The Bank Job--A solid policier based on a real story (though I'm guessing most of it's made up).
Paranoid Park--people preferred Milk, but I've always liked my Gus Van Sant straight.
The Visitor--quiet, but affecting, much like The Station Agent (see above).
Frozen River--I felt cold watching it.
Role Models--Didn't expect to laugh so much.
Wendy And Lucy--I wasn't sure if I even liked it when it ended, but it's stayed with me.
Top Ten (In Alphabetical Order)
Bolt--There were higher profile animated films, but this one was the most solidly entertaining.
Encounters At The End Of The World--It may be at the end of the world, but the beauty that Werner Herzog found in Antarctica is otherworldly.
Happy-Go-Lucky--No one makes films like Mike Leigh. Maybe not his best, but good enough.
Iron Man--Finally, they do a superhero film right.
Let The Right One In--If you see one Swedish teenage vampire film this year, make it this one. Spooky, but beautiful.
Man On Wire--Years before they were destroyed, one man (with help) did a crazy, lovely thing with the twin towers. Wouldn't if be great if they could be remembered for that?
My Winnipeg--I'm becoming a believer in Guy Maddin. I'm not sure how much of this documentary about his hometown is real, but it's a haunting vision.
Slumdog Millionaire--A crowdpleasing fairy tale, and what's wrong with that? (Though the questions are too easy.)
Tell No One--Since Hollywood has stopped making Hitchcockian thrillers, it's good to see one coming out of France.
Trailer Park Boys: The Movie--the surprise of the year. I had no knowledge of this Canadian cult TV show about Nova Scotia trailer trash, so I wasn't prepared for how delightful the travails of Ricky, Julian and Bubbles would be.
The President has asked for and the Senate has agreed to a delay in the conversion to digital TV. I'm reminded of this dialogue from The Simpsons' "A Tale Of Two Springfields":
From Joe Klein:
If you are in the Windy City on February 21, there are worse ways you could spend your time than this.
Here's an interesting essay on the heavy-handed politics of Wicked. I disagree, though, with the notion that liberals can't see good and evil in black and white. They're just as capable as conservatives, only about different issues.
Normally I don't care about the internal affairs of a religion, but I really don't understand why the Pope, even in an attempt to deal with a schism, would rehabilitate a Holocaust denier.
Battlestar Galactica often takes big leaps in its storyline, but, unlike Lost, they all too often don't pay off. That's what comes from making it up as you go along, I guess.
I think Obama has a lot of bad ideas about foreign policy, but there is perhaps one positive aspect of his Presidency, if he chooses to use it.
Here's an odd little documentary shown at Sundance, Over The Hills And Far Away. It's about parents who bring their autistic five-year-old to Mongolian shamans for a cure. And if I read the review correctly, the parents seem to think it works.
Billy Joel is one of the top-selling artists of all time, so a lot of people must like him. I don't think much of his music, but I wouldn't go so far as Ron Rosembaum does in his all-out attack on Joel.
Here's a piece in Variety about how in tough economic times a lot of people in show biz aren't getting their quotes. Things like this always make for odd reading since only getting half your quote, or even being lowballed, when you're at the top, still looks pretty good to most people.
The Obama administration fell in line with the Bush administration Thursday when it urged a federal judge to set aside a ruling in a closely watched spy case weighing whether a U.S. president may bypass Congress and establish a program of eavesdropping on Americans without warrants.
I watched 30 Rock with the closed captioning on and when the theme song came up, I noticed it was described as "exciting jazz music."
At Big Hollywood, a pretty bad list of the top overlooked Best Pictures from the past:
The 1930s is my favorite decade for film, so I eagerly awaited Jesse Walker's latest, his top ten from 1938 (scroll down a bit).
You keep hoping for something surprising, and they rarely deliver.
The Parents Television Council is warning radio stations not to broadcast Britney Spears's new song "If U Seek Amy," saying doing so would violate the broadcast indecency law. When said aloud quickly, the title produces a sound akin to a vulgarity. "There is no misinterpreting the lyrics to this song, and it's certainly not about a girl named Amy," said Council President Tim Winter.[from boston.com]
Here's a nice piece on Patrick McGoohan and The Prisoner from my friend Emmanuelle Richard.
A surprisingly bitter Dirk Benedict on the new Battlestar Galactica.
Good piece by Christopher Hitchens on the Salman Rushdie affair, and its aftermath. Self-censorship has become the order of the day.
From a review of Christine Ebersole at the Cafe Carlyle:
It's often said you vote for the guy you'd most like to have a beer with. This is why politicians have tried to be folksy ever since average citizens got the franchise.
I was discussing the troubled economy with a friend. He stated we can't be in that bad a shape if Americans can spend $39 million over the MLK weekend on Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
New Lost today. Been a long wait. I'm beside myself.
Tom Cruise says "I've always wanted to kill Hitler. As a child, I used to wonder why someone didn't stand up and kill him."
I don't put much stock in reports on the best and worst jobs, since one person's dream job is another person's torture. Still, I find this list, from CareerCast.com, fascinating.
There were good and bad things about Obama's inaugural address.
From the recent disclosure on Oprah, while its very possible that Obama and Biden had a discussion about this office, I think we're learning more about the pillow talk at the Biden residence (sorry for the mental picture)- Yeah, babe they offered me State, but I held out for VP
Yesterday I checked my mail three times before I remembered it was MLK day. Then I still drove to the bank.
So Battlestar Galactica is back for its final run. And things seems to be falling apart. In fact, I don't know where they can go from here. They spent the whole series searching for Earth, and now that they've found it, they're leaving. Meanwhile, the fleet is working with the Cylons (assuming you can tell humans and Cylons apart anymore).
This is from TV Squad:
This video's been getting a lot of attention.
From the final party for staffers. [read it]
...."It has been an awesome eight years," he went on. "The days are long, but the years are short. … If you ever want a nice meal, come and knock on our door in Dallas, Texas." He waved goodbye over the opening chords of "Don't Stop Believin'."Ok who's bright idea was it to send him on a Tony Soprano reference?
Very excited to have the Black and Gold return to the big game.
I see in the Angels & Demons movie, sequel to The Da Vinci Code, that the secret group is no longer the Priory Of Sion, but the Illuminati. So at least this film will be based on ridiculous conspiracy theories about an organization that actually existed a few centuries ago, not just some modern hoax.
I recently got a Martin Van Buren $1 coin as part of my change. At first I thought it might be a joke. Then I wondered if we'd already honored everyone who was important.
Jesse Walker is now naming his top ten films of 1948. I can't argue with Red River, which is probably my favorite Western. (It was shot in 1946, but for various reasons, wasn't released until '48.) I'm less enthralled with his two John Huston picks, both of which are highly regarded films, but not by me.
I went to check out one of my favorite SNL sketches, Phil Hartman in "Robot Repair," and was shocked to see the video cuts out about three-quarters in, thus missing the ultimate punchline. Here's the video. Here's a transcript of the full sketch.
I don't know anyone who liked Lucky You, the Curtis Hanson film starring Eric Bana, about the life of a guy in Vegas poker profressional. The studio knew they had a dog on their hands since they held up the film's release for a year. But it's not that bad. Certainly it's not a hopeless mess like All In.
A friend sent me an interesting chart that shows countries and their populations plotted against health and income. Note the numbers are logarithmic.
Ricky Henderson isn't the greatest ballplayer of all time, but he's up there. So why is it that 28 sportswriters didn't vote for him to make the Hall Of Fame?
Mamma Mia! is a gigantic hit worldwide. I've noted previously it's the biggest biggest hit EVER in England. So it struck me--I've got to check how an ABBA musical is doing in Sweden.
Approximately 380+ days ago I made my predictions for 2008 [link]. While I do claim some success in my political predictions (see here), my annual predictions were as I will describe below, to put it mildly, so wrong as to be ludicrous and ridiculous. However, not being one to flee in the face of adversity, I'll make another set of predictions for 2009 tomorrow for those still wishing to read after witnessing my parade of abysmal failures.
OK I just finished watching Rockin' New Year's Eve of the Living Dead on ABC. It may be uncharitable but Mr. Clark needs to be retired to his cryogenic chamber- his teeth looked like they they were falling out as he made Romero- inspired groans and lurches. The kids with me (ages 11-16) were alternately cringing and laughing (which of course was my response to their favorite bands). Not really a prediction but I got this one right- it happened again this year and the 12 and 17 year old in attendance think our generation digs making fun of old people
1. Iraq- Unresolved- Enough political progress and ongoing violence and upheaval for both pro and anti war factions to claim they are right. OK but that would be the case no matter what happened Significant troop withdrawals in 08 will result in increased instability but not so much instability as was feared or threatened. Not really
2. Election Too hard to call- Will not be Hillary vs. Rudy (although one of the two might still be nominee, this is not a favorable time for favorites). OK Election will likely turn on localized events and issues. No Rightwingers and religionists will be underwhelmed by their candidates Yes unless you count SP-and the center will continue to be underwhelmed by the tilt of the last 8 years and will shift thus resulting in a Democratic President and Congress, though not one in lockstep with each other- non-partisan deadlock. OK on Dem victory (that was easy) and non-partisan deadlock is a possibility
3. Global Warming/ Green Construction. Rightly or wrongly, there will be continued acceptance and marginalization of critics to the Tobacco Institute. We could argue endlessly....The conversation will move from whether the weather is changing to what an effective response is. Ex- Bushies will become lobbyists for China. No evidence of this....yet Green building continues to be a major industry force (I predicted this last year perhaps overstating its visibility in the public) More and more major retailers and construction operations will move to LEED certification for economic as opposed to public relations reasons. Certainly in the world or real estate development and related lawyering this is a huge issue based on the number of conferences I see advertised but don't know if its really something that gets big popular press- maybe a quiet revolution
4. Football Patriots win in 2008 and 2009. No and NO. Ho hum. Yes. Even I don't like them anymore. The Super Bowl loser will be one of those teams that play on FOX and just as memorable as the team that lost to the 72 Dolphins (was it Washington? Minnesota? Dallas?- who knows or cares?). No
5. Baseball. Steroids wil be the big story but cronyism and short-sightedness will prevail as Selig and Fehr stay in office.Yes Since so many will be named(including players more popular with old sportswriters), the sport will turn to framing it as a "societal problem" rather than individual demonization of unpopular Bonds/ Canseco characters. Not really. Boston will come close to overtaking the Yankees for obnoxiousness but fall short.No- Yankess still far more obnoxious Red Sox, Yankees will contend but not win it all. Yes (Dem presidential candidate will be thankful- obnoxious victorious northeasterners would otherwie cause blow back in the red states). Pirates will improve by 10% and win 75 games. No- they actually win one less game than they did in 2007. Cleveland- A's in ALCS, Arizona-NYM in NLCS Cleveland beats Dbacks in WS. Big No
6. Movies- Some movie I haven't seen will win (I only see movies that my 11 year old wants to see and I don't think "Fred Claus" will have much support). Yes- Fred Claus did not win best picture but had a mildly comedic reference in 30 Rock. I have not seen (or remembered the name of) the winner.
7. Dow - Stays over 14000 after June 30 but does not break 15000. Apparently this did not happen
8. Press - WSJ under Murdoch will remain superficially the same Yes except for the editorial page. No Loyola 2L (read the law blog) will be outed and become the whiny voice of his generation Who?
Cultural ignorance claims another victim.
Finally, new Battlestar Galactica. And soon, we'll also have Lost and Heroes, all in the same week. The way TV is meant to be. Better enjoy it while I can.
I recently read two different origins for a word I use a lot (maybe too much), "blockbuster."
The Supreme Court has declared by 5-4 in Herring v. United States that evidence found by police based on a negligent error need not be suppressed. I can't call this a surprise, since it's consistent with previous decisions of this court.
Usually there's nothing on. Last night, at the same time, you had the PBS special Make 'Em Laugh, American Idol, and Lost. And I don't have TiVo. This can't go on.
Ricardo Montalban has died. He starred in films in the 40s and became a regular television presence beginning in the 50s. But it's two characters for which he'll be remembered.
Patrick McGoohan has died. (Someone suggested I write "he finally escaped.") He did a lot of acting on stage and screen, but he'll always be remembered for the seventeen episodes of The Prisoner.
Reading LAGuy's post on Camille Paglia reminded me of something else Salon-related. Stephanie Zacharek is Salon's movie reviewer and I was struck by her "grades" for two of 2008's biggest movies:
Here's Camille Paglia, a rare public intellectual who supports Sarah Palin:
I just read Rebels On The Backlot by Sharon Waxman. She concentrates on six young directors--Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell and Spike Jonze--and how they got away with making unusual big budget films in the 90s.
January is a weak month for new movies. It's really a chance for filmgoers to catch up on the Christmas releases. But there's 2008 movie now opening in some areas that's worth checking out--Let The Right One In.
In Slate's summary of what's in other magazines, they call Jacob Sullum's short piece on how government programs are not a great way to create jobs as a "must skip." Why? Because it "shoots down the president-elect's plan without a compelling alternative."
Here's a headline: "Obama Plans to Keep Estate Tax."
The latest TV ads touting Doubt have Meryl Streep and Viola Davis discussing their characters. This is odd, isn't it? Usually 30 second spots are there to say what a great movie this is, not to parade pretentious EPK detritus.
News services are reporting the results of the Golden Globes. Does anyone care? Does anyone actually take these awards seriously?
I met Andrew Breitbart a few years ago when he was working for Matt Drudge. Since then, he's branched out and his latest web offering is Big Hollywood, where, I gather, he hopes to bring a more right-wing perspective to the world of entertainment. The key, I think, is to get everyone across the spectrum to read his site (good luck), because conservatives already have plenty of places to gather and complain about the latest movies and TV shows. Also, it'd be nice to have the right not be so negative--the don't need to enhance their outsider status in pop culture, they need to turn it around.
From the AP: Neale Donald Walsch, best-selling author of "Conversations with God"...
QG, I couldn't agree with you more. To truly appreciate a gaffe - or series of gaffes - you have to go to the video:
Apparently some right-wingers are unhappy with a kinder, gentler Jack Bauer. In this season's premiere of 24, protagonist Bauer appears before a Congressional committee to discuss torture:
So I watched Shatner's Raw Nerve, where William Shatner interviewed Leonard Nimoy. They discussed Nimoy's early days, and his present-day projects. But neither brought up Star Trek. Perhaps they both know it so well they figured there was no need for two old friends to talk about it, but let's face it guys, that's what we want to hear.
Ok, I'm not sure it strictly fit's LAGuy's definition of a gaffe as "misspeaking," but Gov. Palin surely demonstrated "a rare gift to produce a paragraph in which whole clumps of words could be removed without noticeably affecting the sense, if any," as Dick Cavett so memorably put it. Taking into account that she was prevented from speaking extemporaneously for the vast majority of the campaign, it's still not very hard to top Joe Biden with Sarah Palin. Limiting myself to 10 minutes' research and only five examples, I think she wins by knockout:
3. “My concern has been the atrocities there in Darfur and the relevance to me with that issue as we spoke about Africa and some of the countries there that were kind of the people succumbing to the dictators and the corruption of some collapsed governments on the continent, the relevance was Alaska’s investment in Darfur with some of our permanent fund dollars.”
And, she concluded, “never, ever did I talk about, well, gee, is it a country or a continent, I just don’t know about this issue.” Quoted by Maureen Dowd (post-election).
4. COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We-- we do-- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where-- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is-- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to-- to our state. Katie Couric interview.
5. The pièce de résistance, of course, can only be appreciated on video: