Robert O'Connor

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Also, people on the Internet tell me every day to “stick to the jokes, pal” and I wanted to outline why I will do no such thing, and why you shouldn’t either. If in fact I should “stick to the jokes” since I’m a comedian, that would suggest that politics should be left to politicians. And we know that many politicians (like large numbers of those who make up the United States Congress, for example) are very, very bad at politics. They quite literally NEED my help. And your help. And since we live in a Democratic republic, I will continue to share my opinion whenever I feel like it. And please feel free to disagree with me. Jesus, I hope you do, because there are many things I don’t know and many things I’m surely wrong about. I am a comedian. But a comedian’s opinion matters in the United States of America, as does a pipefitter’s, a truck driver’s, and a heart surgeon’s. So if you ask me to keep my opinion to myself, I will find you, and I will fart on you, aggressively.
Rob Delaney, in this post on Vice's tumblr

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Sarah Palin is the keynote speaker at India Today conference

Over a two day period, the India Today Conclave had a series of speakers who have had a profound effect on the world and great ideas for it. Wael Ghonim spoke, as did Mohammad El-Baradei. Sir Tim Berners Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web also spoke, as did great writers/activists like Germaine Greere and Fatima Bhutto. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan spoke.

But the last speaker, the headlining speaker of this two-day gathering of minds was…Sarah Palin. Whose big speech was titled “My Vision of America” in which she said little about her vision of America and what she did say were empty cliches that she’s said a thousand times before.

The headline the gathering took away from the speech was that she hadn’t made a decision about running for President. Is that really a good headline to take away from a speech titled “My Vision of America” that’s the keynote speech at a conference of ideas?

As far as I can tell, this is the only thing she did on her first trip to India, and afterwards she’s heading to Israel for a private meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Why did she go? Why did they invite her?

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