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September 13, 2008

Palin is bringing sexy back

First, a word on extremism.

John Cleese makes some very relevant points about extremism in the party political broadcast he did in 1987 for the SDP/Liberal Alliance (who got slaughtered in the election and went on to become the Liberal Democrats)

As an extremist, “You can be as nasty as you like and yet feel your behavior is morally justified. So you can strut around abusing [or torturing] people and telling them you could eat them for breakfast and still think of yourself as a champion of truth, a fighter for the greater good. And not the rather sad paranoid schizoid you really are.”

“Attacking our enemies always makes us feel good, and excited. In fact, just about the only disadvantage to extremism is that it can never solve problems…Solving problems involves frustrating things like listening to people with different views and learning from them.”

There was a lot of confusion generated on the internet when Google searches for ?Governor Palin? resulted in websites related to former Monty Python regular Michael Palin.

Having graduated from Oxford University in 1965 with ambitions to be a writer and performer of comedy, Michael Palin (born Michael Edward Palin in Sheffield on 5 May 1943) made his first television appearance as the rather unlikely sounding host of a regionally-produced pop show for children, Now (Television Wales and West, 1965-66).

Palin appeared in some of the most famous Python sketches, including “The Dead Parrot”, “The Lumberjack Song”, “The Spanish Inquisition” and “Spam”. Palin continued to work with Jones, co-writing Ripping Yarns. He has also appeared in several films directed by fellow Python Terry Gilliam and made notable appearances in other films such as A Fish Called Wanda, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

After Python, he began a new career as a travel writer. His journeys have taken him across the world, the North and South Poles, the Sahara desert, the Himalayas and most recently, Eastern Europe. In 2000 Palin became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to television.

And now, Palin brings sexy back…

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