So I was watching MSNBC today with the sound off (as usual) and this comes on the screen…

Hmm… what was THAT all about?

I know Sarah lived in Hawaii for about 4 days until she dropped out of college (the first time) and moved back home to Alaska.

Did she pick it up there? Is it merely a friendly surfing reference?


But it turns out this sign has a lot of different meanings depending on where you are from. Given Sarah Palin’s extensive foreign policy experience I’ll have to assume she already knows all of this- but I had to look it on Wikipedia. And what I found there was very, very interesting.

For example, in New Zealand this symbol is used by the gang Mongrel Mob and often refers to smoking Methamphetamine through a glass pipe.

Actually it turns out the sign Ms. Palin is flashing in the above video very often refers to the use of drugs or alcohol. In Portugal and Spain it refers to drinking alcohol and in Australia it refers to smoking a marijuana pipe.

Could this have been what she meant?

Or maybe she was using it the way they do in India and Venezuela where “the sign is used colloquially as a reference to sexual intercourse, and the hand may be moved in the direction of the pinky finger, as to mimic penetration.”

Well- that certainly seems possible. Maybe even likely.

Or maybe… just maybe… it was a terrorist shaka shake – a secret sign to inform her handlers (al qaeda? Iran? ) that she is preparing to infiltrate the executive branch of the US government.

Ok. So maybe none of this is true. But just imagine what they’d be saying if it was Barack?

  • J-Dog

    Just for fun…

    “And how are you going to be the vice president of the United States with five kids to take care of? She’s got a four-month-old of her own, she’s about to become a grandmother, and she’s partnered with John McCain. How many diapers can one woman possibly change?” –Jimmy Kimmel

    “How many of you folks saw that last night, the Vice President, Republican Sarah Palin? Whoa, man, I like that Sarah Palin – looks like the weekend anchor on Channel 9. She looks like the hygienist who makes you feel guilty about not flossing. She looks like the relieved mom in a Tide commercial.” –David Letterman

    “All the Republicans are heaping praise on Governor Palin. Fred Thompson said, as an actor, he could see them making a movie about Sarah Palin and her family. Didn’t they already make that movie? I think it was called ‘Knocked Up.'” –Jay Leno

    “She said at her church, Governor Palin, said she asked everyone to pray for a natural gas pipeline, which she said was God’s will. And today, God said, ‘Hey lady, I don’t deal with oil companies. That’s more Satan’s area.'” –Jay Leno

    “I guess there are some problems with Palin, though. Have you heard about this ‘Troopergate’ scandal? Palin allegedly…used her power as governor to pressure officials to fire her former brother-in-law from his state trooper job. Now, maybe I’m wrong, but wasn’t that an episode of ‘Dukes of Hazzard?'” –Jay Leno

    “Speaking of Sarah Palin, she said she’s a life-long member of the National Rifle Association. Which may explain why she’s in favor of shotgun weddings.” –Conan O’Brien

    “Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has many views. She says she’s opposed to same-sex marriage. Did you know that? Yeah, Palin says everyone knows marriage isn’t for gay people; it’s for pregnant teenagers.” –Conan O’Brien

    “You know, Sarah Palin, John McCain selected her to be the vice presidential running mate on the Republican ticket, and she’s also the governor of Alaska, and outdoors, like the outdoors, likes assault rifles, has a collection of rifles, likes to shoot assault rifles. I’ll say this for her daughter’s boyfriend: the kid’s got guts.” –David Letterman

    “In her speech last night, Sarah Palin mocked Barack Obama for giving speeches in front of adoring crowds and standing in front of a stage backdrop. Ironically, Palin did so in front of an adoring crowd standing in front of a stage backdrop.” –Jay Leno

    “The whole extended Palin family arrived this morning in St. Paul. They even brought the high-school kid who knocked her daughter up along. His name is Levi Johnston. That’s gotta be a fun trip for him with the in-laws.” –Jimmy Kimmel

    “Governor Sarah Palin gave her speech tonight at the GOP Convention, and it gave people who didn’t know anything about her the chance to finally meet her, you know, like John McCain.” –Jay Leno

    “We’re learning more and more about Governor Palin. Apparently her daughter’s name is Juno.” –Jay Leno

    “The Republican Convention is under way. The theme for tonight’s Republican Convention is, ‘Who is John McCain?’ Tomorrow night’s theme is, ‘Who forgot to check if the Vice President’s daughter is pregnant?'” –Conan O’Brien

    “Let me ask you a question: is it just me, or does Sarah Palin look like a model for LensCrafters?” –David Letterman

    “Earlier tonight, I don’t know if you saw it, Sarah Palin gave a tremendous speech to the Republicans, though some are claiming it was actually her daughter’s speech.” –David Letterman

    “Hey, the Republican Convention is still going wild in scenic St. Paul, Minnesota right now. Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin was the star speaker tonight. A lot of excitement. She promised a walrus in every igloo and a whale tooth in every papoose.” –Jimmy Kimmel

    “By the way, here’s good news, ladies and gentlemen: the Palin family crisis that we were talking about on Sunday and Monday, that has been solved now, and, today, the baby is being adopted by Angelina Jolie.” –David Letterman

    “And you’ve got to love this: Sarah Palin is an avid hunter. An avid hunter. A vice president who likes guns? Well, what could go wrong there?” –David Letterman

    “It was an unplanned pregnancy, but the Palins say their daughter will marry the young man. He’s a fellow high school student of hers. His name is Levi Johnston. They even found his MySpace page, which they pulled down immediately, but before they did we found out that he’s a ‘f***ing redneck,’ is what he said, and another quote from him, ‘I don’t want kids.’ Remember when the Republicans compared Barack Obama to Britney Spears? Now they’ve got their their own Jamie Lynn.” –Jimmy Kimmel

    “Some people are saying that McCain picked Sarah Palin to appeal to women who supported Hillary Clinton. This is crazy. You can’t just replace Hillary Clinton with another woman. Bill tried that, it didn’t work out.” –Craig Ferguson

    “John McCain’s VP pick is the governor of Alaska, a unknown hockey mom named Sarah Palin that no one ever heard of. The only other job she had in politics was the mayor of a small town known as Wasilla, Alaska, and now she has the opportunity to be on a ticket opposite of Barack Obama, the first black man she’s ever seen.” –Bill Maher

    “This isn’t a presidential ticket, this is a sitcom. The maverick and the MILF.” –Bill Maher

  • Matt N.

    I would say it’s a surfer dude hand sign.

    Come on Joe, this is weak- even for you.

    The left has been hit hard by McCain’s VP pick, and they don’t know how to attack her other than resorting to blatant sexism. Keep it up, and see how well it plays among Ohio women!

  • Obviously is was a joke, Matt. Think: Terrorist Fist Bump.

  • I don’t think anyone is really afraid of Palin- except maybe some GOP strategists who think McCain just threw away the one reasonable attack he had against Obama: experience.

    At the end of the day, VP picks don’t make or break elections.

    Palin may serve to get some of the social conservatives excited but it isn’t going to do much to sway the independents.

  • Matt N.

    There was absoutely no better choice available to McCain. Sarah Palin is now the conservative movement, and I think I’m becoming comfortable with that.

    I’ll save this post and bring it back up in November after the election.

  • I’m not saying it was a bad choice, necessarily.

    He needed to convince the anti-abortion crowd that he is one of them and, to that end, the Palin pick was a pretty good one.

    But it also seems like he was counting on pulling some Hillary supporters away from Obama and that didn’t work at all.

    Palin comes across as pretty divisive- I think the number of moderate voters she is going to push away is much greater than the number of evangelicals who might have otherwise stayed home.

  • Harry Knopp

    I had to laugh when I saw this post, because I noticed her sticking out her pinkies, too. When she did it, I turned to my friend and said, “I can’t wait for the liberal conspiracy theorists to start accusing her of being satanic and making the ‘devil horns’ sign the same way they did with the Bush girls”. I see it didn’t take long.

  • Ah yes! Devil horns!

    We’ll add that one to the list too.

  • Oh, and if she didn’t have her pinkies out then it would have been even weirder. Like Elaine dancing…

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