FOF #861 – Vote Baby Vote

Oct 20, 2008 · 1985 views

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It’s the Feast of Fools- today we’re happy to announce that Feast of Fools is nominated once again for the People’s Choice Podcast Awards, in the top category of People’s Choice and also Best GLBT […]


  1. Superboy says:

    Thank you Colin Powell for saying what has been needed to be said by so many people.

  2. Rick says:

    I really enjoyed the Amanda episode and getting to know her better. You guys did a great job.

    Here is some info on the use of the word “Eskimo”:

    In Canada and Greenland the term Eskimo is widely held to be pejorative and has fallen out of favor, largely supplanted by the term Inuit. However, while Inuit describes all of the Eskimo peoples in Canada and Greenland, that is not true in Alaska and Siberia. In Alaska the term Eskimo is commonly used, because it includes both Yupik and Inupiat, while Inuit is not accepted as a collective term or even specifically used for Inupiat (which technically is Inuit). No universal replacement term for Eskimo, inclusive of all Inuit and Yupik people, is accepted across the geographical area inhabited by the Inuit and Yupik peoples.

    The primary reason that Eskimo is considered derogatory is the false perception that it means “eaters of raw meat”.There are two different etymologies in scientific literature for the term Eskimo. The most well-known comes from Ives Goddard at the Smithsonian Institution , who says it means “Snowshoe netters”.Quebec linguist Jose Mailhot, who speaks Innu-aimun (Montagnais) (which Mailhot and Goddard agree is the language from which the word originated), published a definitive study in 1978 stating that it means “people who speak a different language”.

    Nevertheless, while the word is not inherently pejorative, since the 1970s in Canada and Greenland Eskimo has widely been considered offensive, owing to folklore and derogatory usage. In government usage the term has been replaced with Inuit. The preferred term in Canada’s Central Arctic is Inuinnaq, and in the eastern Canadian Arctic Inuit. The language is often called Inuktitut, though other local designations are also used.

  3. Mike says:

    So… We don’t actually have Eskimos in Alaska, the only only time I hear a native Athabaskan called an Eskimo is when someone is trying to be an asshole, or once in awhile a tourist who thinks it’s funny.

    A couple summers ago I was cornered by a tourist (female, mid 40s). She was wearing shorts and a Hawaiian shirt. She was very upset because no one told her it was cold in Alaska. (It was about may 23rd in Denali National Park, Denali is usually a bit cooler than other parts of Alaska in the summer because of the mountains).
    I didn’t know what to say to her, so she pulls out a map of the USA and shows me how Alaska is shoved down in the corner near Hawaii (to show all 50 states on one page), she thought Alaska was an Island!!

    During the summer most of the snow actually melts, and fire season starts up. This last summer wasn’t a big fire year because we had alot of rain, but somtimes it’s so bad you can barely breath.
    And then in winter Fairbanks has one of the worst air quality problems in the entire US. Because it gets so f@#$ing cold the air freezes along with all the car/chimney pollution and there is hardly a breeze so it all stays close to the ground and just sits there.

    But I’m headed to Chicago for a few days on Dec 2nd and then Thailand for a couple months!! No -54 degrees F for me this winter!!

  4. See, that’s what I thought.

  5. Maia says:

    If you guys aren’t Eskimo’d out, I thought I’d my two cents. Yes, Virginia, there are Eskimos in Alaska.

    There are two major groups of Alaska Natives: Eskimos and Indians. If you want to refer to someone who is an Alaska Native, it’s easy: you just say they’re Native. (Only Canadians use the word Inuit.)

    The word Eskimo isn’t considered offensive, unless you are using it in a deliberately offensive way. But the word itself isn’t inflammatory; for instance, every summer Fairbanks hosts an event called the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics. (Check out the ear pull. Amazing.)

    But Eskimo only refers to part of Alaska’s native population: the Yup’ik and Inupiaq eskimos. It does sound ignorant to use the word Eskimo to refer to all the native people in Alaska, because there are also the Indian cultures: Athabascan, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, etc. And don’t forget the Aleuts.

    Rick, I thought the different etymologies were interesting. That must be new research since I had Alaska studies way back in fourth grade. 😉

    Anyway, the Todd Palin look-alike in his retro sno-go suit cracked me up! I grew up getting questions like, “Do you ride a dog sled to school?” and “Do you have oil gushing out of your backyard?” when we would travel to the lower 48. So I understand the stereotypes and mystique about the frozen frontier, and I really don’t mind a little Alaskan slapstick. Amy Poehler nailed it, and she had me in stitches. Better than anything I had expected (or got) from Sarah Palin!

  6. Joe P says:

    I thought Sarah Palin was great on SNL. She was a great sport about being lampooned on the show, then coming on it. Hell, she even raised the roof! That was pretty cool. Again, Tina Fey’s impression was dead-on and hilarious. I can’t wait and see what the next two weeks will bring on SNL.

  7. Fausto the impressions were brilliant! I was peeing myself. Is the Lady Bunny video going to be added to the FOF youtube chanel, is that correct?

  8. Bobby from Oklahoma says:

    congratulations on being nominated once again. i have been a loyal (although not always constant) listener for at least 3 years now. i can’t tell you how many people i’ve told about the podcast. i’m always so proud to be able to count myself amongst one of your really long time listeners. anywho, you guys rock, love you guys, and thank you thank you thank you for not selling out or changing the way you podcast over the years.

  9. RcktMan says:

    Congrats on another well-deserved round of recognition from your peers and your fans. You guys are the hardest working independent media producers in the country… probably the world. I don’t know anyone who does what you do, as often as you do it, and keep it consistently good over such a long period of time.

  10. Props where they belong. Those were some spot on impersonations Fausto!

  11. Thanks for posting the Lady Bunny video. It’s fabulous!!!!!

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