Sorry I haven’t been here in such a long, long time. Two jobs, late nights, Boy Scout camp, etc., etc. You get the picture.
I just wanted to pop in and drop two observations and then run:
1) I agree that we should be outraged about an apparently stolen election in Iran. But where was the outrage when there was voter intimidation in this country (caught on videotape), in Philadelphia and other places? Poll “security” armed with night sticks keeping people out of polling places. And then the Justice Department refuses to pursue them. Left, right, center, or wherever you may be on the political spectrum: it doesn’t seem right to me.
2) Considering what’s going on in Iran, not to mention here at home (Government stake in GM, anyone?), why in the world are these yahoos staging a protest over a TV SHOW??? I agree that the original joke was in bad taste and that the first apology left something to be desired, but he went back and apologized, and his apology was accepted by the persons he targeted in the joke! (FWIW, I, like Dave, assumed the daughter in question was the older one too. I don’t follow the Palins’ travels with rapt attention, and I daresay I’m not in the minority there.) If the approximately 15 people involved in this protest think they represent the “Christian right,” they’d better think again. “Right” (as in right wing, not as in “righteous”) maybe. “Christian,” no. Again, Palin forgave the man, people. You should do the same. After all, the Golden Rule is not “do unto others as they have recently done to a politician you idolize.” Again, it’s a TV SHOW, people! My TV has more than one channel. TV lives and dies by ratings. You don’t like a show, don’t watch. Enough people don’t watch, it gets canceled. These yahoos need to realize that, in TV, there is no such thing as bad publicity. Letterman’s ratings have gone up significantly because of this whole thing. All attention has been on Conan O’Brien as the new kid on the block. Dave was seeming pretty stodgy to a lot of people. Now, people are reminded of the old Letterman who used to take swipes at the “pinheads at NBC” while he was still working there: the edgy, unpredictable Letterman, and they’re tuning back in.