Dumb non-scandal gets dumber: Are tea partiers cheating to help Bristol Palin on “Dancing With the Stars”?

posted at 10:13 pm on November 17, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’m starting to think that this story, and not the reaction to anything that Palin herself has said or done, is the true proof of just how far her brand has penetrated the culture’s consciousness. Until now, the whining has been confined to claiming that conservatives are phoning in to boost Bristol irrespective of her merit on the dance floor. But that accusation doesn’t have much bite, because after all there’s nothing improper about it.

On to phase two, then: Not only are conservatives boosting Bristol, they’re actually cheating by voting multiple times in order to make it happen. Those wingnut bastards.

But what isn’t widely known is the evidence—via message board comments on some conservative sites—that this mobilization involves fixing this (albeit meaningless) election through a technical snafu on ABC’s website, which allows Palin’s supporters to cast an infinite number of email votes:

“Here’s a hint: They don’t have to be VALID email addresses to register them with ABC.com, there is apparently no validation process. The just have to be formatted like a valid email address, and you must use a valid zip code and a birthdate that makes you old enough to vote. I’m voting like a democrat, all night long…”

“No, it doesn’t have to be a valid email address – I had one of my anonymous ones XXX@yahoo.com that I used, and then just did the sign-up process all over again with XXX1@yahoo.com and it worked.”

“Got my 80 votes in online…took 2 hours. I am beat”

“I only got 42 in, I have some catching up to do!”

“Lord have mercy, I voted for 3 hours online! I got 300 in.”

The fact that anyone would be willing to devote three hours to rigging a vote on “Dancing With the Stars” is, admittedly, fantastically depressing. Also depressing: The fact that ABC apparently anticipated attempts to cheat and took security precautions to prevent it. From the LA Times:

For their part, “Dancing with the Stars” executives dismissed the criticism of the show’s voting system. The hit dancing series relies not only on judges’ scores, but also public votes, which are averaged together to determine winners. This week’s results drew the largest number of votes ever in a semi-final for the show, now in its 11th season…

ABC officials stood by its results Wednesday. Though the network doesn’t require users to authenticate e-mail addresses, there are safeguards in place to prevent such fraud. (The Times agreed not to divulge the nature of that system for security reasons.)

What they’re probably doing is recording the votes by IP, not by e-mail address, so that if you vote 8,000 times from home, all but the first five sent from your modem would be disregarded. Either that or ABC’s simply lying about its security to protect the “integrity” of the show. In any case, how many Palin fans could possibly be so devoted to her that they’d be willing to sit there for hours on end clicking the “vote” button for Bristol? I’m thinking it can’t be more than, say … four or five million. Six million tops.


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The bottom line is Bristol received more votes than Brandy. Brandy supporters just didn’t come through and now they want to blame someone else.

darwin on November 18, 2010 at 8:10 AM

I’m boycotting the show until Edita comes back.

No one moves like Edita!

Mr_Magoo on November 18, 2010 at 8:26 AM

To hear all of the left-wing outrage over the idea of someone advancing in our society based on something other than merit is a landmark moment in our culture. The very same people who want to give every kid a trophy, end score-keeping in sports, and graduate illiterates because self-esteem is more important than being employable, have suddenly discovered the importance of competition — which can only be good for America.

We now have actual bona fide Leftists enraged over the idea of voter fraud and calling for stronger verification measures to ensure one person, one vote – which used to be racist. Yes, this counter-intuitive left-wing thinking might be directed at a reality show, but the road out of the darkside often begins with a single step.

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/jjmnolte/2010/11/17/bristol-palin-transforms-left-they-now-favor-rewarding-merit-oppose-voter-fraud/

Jayrae on November 18, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Brandy used a lot of ‘moves’ instead of real dance steps which looks good but Bristol really used dance steps and was always highly regarded by the judges for her technicality. Jennifer uses moves as well and she’s not exactly a novice dancer, either. Kyle’s carriage is stiff and bent over. He separates his upper half from the lower instead of using his whole body in a flowing motion. Get real people this is a dance contest not a metaphor for an upcoming election.

Kissmygrits on November 18, 2010 at 8:41 AM

It is sad that the liberals are more concerned with voting for Dancing with the Stars then in Elections.

I wonder if they would be for checking people’s IDs when voting for Dancing With The Stars. Or would that be racist?

jeffn21 on November 18, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Or are you going to spend the next 2 years making irrelevant swipes at Romney (or any other potential candidate who isn’t named “Palin”)? Cogent criticism is one thing, but you’re just doubling down on stupid.

Buy Danish on November 18, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Cogent criticism? you mean like the criticism Palin supporters have put up with since Aug 2008? so the RINO and his supporters can throw bombs for 2 years make baseless attacks on any candidate named Palin, attack her supporters as cult members and then when the fire is trained on them and their guy, they do a Rodney King “can’t we all just get along” Got to love it.

It’s almost like they want a get out of jail free card. Mitt mad ehis bed he must lay in it. It looks to me like Mitt’s attacks and his mittbuttboys efforts for the last 2 years are “coming home to roost”. Oh well.

Palin has proven she can withstand the attacks Mitt has not. With his supporters suing for peace this early in the primary season it looks like his supporters are afraid .

unseen on November 18, 2010 at 8:44 AM

The intellectually curious, Sheila Jackson Lee voting, Sgt. Schultz watching left will get to the bottom of DanceGate yet!

Quick, lame duck hearings before those extremist Republicans take over.

MNHawk on November 18, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Fear the Tea Party!

All your reality show are belong to us!

BWAH AHAHAAAaaa ha ah ha ha.

bitsy on November 18, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Cheating on voting for *anyone* on Dancing with the Stars…umm, who cares?

Cheating on voting for *anyone* on American Idol…who cares?

Are the Koskids or Huffers getting worked up about this? If so, that is more pitiful than the people that would devote “hours” to sending in multiple votes for some meaningless reality show.

Geministorm on November 18, 2010 at 8:48 AM

It’s been very entertaining to watch the Dems go absolutely crazy over this. If she should win, their heads will explode.

BTW, nice job taking two bites at this apple AP.

jnelchef on November 18, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Just taking the Dems (Ed Schulz) advice:

I tell you what, if I lived in Massachusetts I’d try to vote 10 times. I don’t know if they’d let me or not, but I’d try to. Yeah, that’s right. I’d cheat to keep these bastards out. I would. ‘Cause that’s exactly what they are.[11]

Schultz then clarified his statement on the following show, saying,

I misspoke on Friday. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I meant to say, “If I could vote 20 times, that’s what I’d do.”

And it’s not illegal either. People do this for their favorites all the time. Problem is some people don’t like our favorite.

UnderstandingisPower on November 18, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Liberals whining about stuffing the ballot box? I was wrong, I DID live to see the day. Thanks!

joejm65 on November 18, 2010 at 9:33 AM

So the left is mad because Bristol’s supporters played by the rules?

darwin on November 18, 2010 at 9:36 AM

I’m sure someone said this, but why did Brooke tell the audience each time to exhaust all their votes for each contestant? Seemed like they anticipated multiple calls.

Another way to curb this would be to charge for the call like AI does. :) People still make multiple calls, but it’s on their dime.

That said, liberals, it’s a reality tv show based on personality, not simply ability. You want Bristol to lose? Motivate your base, then. ha.

Bee on November 18, 2010 at 9:38 AM

unseen on November 18, 2010 at 8:44 AM

I’m guessing you don’t like beer, but prefer sour milk.

Buy Danish on November 18, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Wait a minute, Bradi is black, this is raaaaaaacist!

Alden Pyle on November 18, 2010 at 9:50 AM

I don’t understand the libs. Aren’t they constantly whining about how the rich “owe” the poor a share of their wealth? How it’s not fair that the employed have advantages the slacker doesn’t? How people aren’t entitled to better medical treatment just because they can afford good insurance?

Seems like the Left would be celebrating a leveling of the dance floor. Why should Bristol be penalized for not having the same skills as someone else? Why should the better dancers be rewarded with success? The voters are just “redistributing” achievement. /

katiejane on November 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Bristol hired the SEIU to operate the polling machines, the New Black Panther Party to monitor the voting and Jimmy Carter to certify the results — works every time.

scrubjay on November 18, 2010 at 9:54 AM

I’m guessing you don’t like beer, but prefer sour milk.

Buy Danish on November 18, 2010 at 9:45 AM

sour milk? Not at all I understand that when your enemy deploys a weapon on the field you must either deploy the same weapon or find a way to difuse that weapon. mitt and his buttboys as well as the liberals decided to deploy the weapon of personal destruction. I would rather not have my politcis become a test to see which candidate can destroy the others character. I would rather have a discussion about the issues and about policies too bad mitt and his buddies in the establishment and liberals decided they couldn’t win on a campaign on the issues.

Now Mitt and the liberals deployed his weapon and went for the personal destruction over the last 2 years. their weapon worked to some effect. Now they want to disallow the tactic to be used on them. Not going to happen.

unseen on November 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM

This dance probably had a cleaner election than the midterms for Congress

What they’re probably doing is recording the votes by IP, not by e-mail address, so that if you vote 8,000 times from home, all but the first five sent from your modem would be disregarded. Either that or ABC’s simply lying about its security to protect the “integrity” of the show

Heh, if I was ABC I wouldn’t bother running filters. A controversial vote gets more publicity for the show. ABC must be disgusted with all the publicity

Personally, I cant watch the program. Something horrible about amateurs doing a cha-cha ma-cha-cha around a stage in fringe and heels with giant smiles and rouged cheeks

Not that they aren’t all nice people who worked very hard.

entagor on November 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM

I hate to break it to the Palin-haters, but I really don’t think this has much to do with the governer.

Bristol Palin is a charming, elegant, self-deprecating, and talented young woman.

I think the audience just plain likes HER, regardless of who her mother is. She’s the non-professional, the underdog, she’s worked her a$$ off … and she’s sweet and humble.

If I had to bet, I’d bet that she’s lost more votes to bitter blue staters than he’s gained from any political support from Palin supporters.

Give her credit. If you haven’t seen the show – watch it and see.

She did it on her own.

Professor Blather on November 18, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Some would say this phenomenon has Rush Limbaugh’s fingerprints all over it – no not the TSA screenings outrage, the Palin Effect.

Remember when the Dixie Chicks “crucified” their own President while overseas? Something about being embarrassed that he was a fellow Texan. It not only grabbed worldwide headlines, but won the Chix at least one Grammy award.

Fast forward to DWTS, where Bristol Palin has the left all wee wee’d up over her dancing success.

Call it Operation Reverse Dixie Chicks!

I can’t wait for the next DWTS so I can vote early and often for Bristol! This is gonna be HISTORIC!

Sweet_Thang on November 18, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Who freaking cares . . . it’s a stupid dance contest.

rplat on November 18, 2010 at 10:13 AM

The voters are just “redistributing” achievement. /

katiejane on November 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM

+1000

labrat on November 18, 2010 at 10:14 AM

I find the “Palin rage” absolutely mind-boggling! Seriously, I was SOOOOOOO disappointed and angry when Obama was elected, and yet it never, not in a million years, would have occured to me to think and behave in the way that people are reacting to Bristol Palin! It is insane. I’m particularly disturbed that the “moderators” on the various sites are allowing the kind of hideous comments to stand! And funny thing, I was banmned from from one site for posting that “We vote for Bristol simply for the fun of watching the libs heads explode”. Obamacare is going to have to make a special fund for Palin-derangement-syndrome.

anniekc on November 18, 2010 at 10:14 AM

I never watched the show until I heard Bristol was going to be on this season, now my daughter and I watch every episode. Bristol deserves to win. She is the most improved and she is very likeable and down to earth. Brandy was mean to her partner and a diva. I want her to win for several reasons…
1. Just to make that scum bag Levi squirm
2. Liberal heads will explode
3. As a once teen mom, I have a soft spot for single mom’s that get out and make the tough choice to raise their child
4. She’s the most improved
5. Did I mention I want to see Liberal heads explode???

mcplumbercuda on November 18, 2010 at 10:17 AM

She did it on her own.

Professor Blather on November 18, 2010 at 10:08 AM

agreed bristol has earned this.

unseen on November 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM

So is there going to be an open thread for when DWTS comes on again?

5000 posts or bust.

B Man on November 18, 2010 at 6:50 AM

LOL! OMG that is so funny. I say HA should do it. They will get so many hits that night.

Elisa on November 18, 2010 at 10:31 AM

LOL – yes those evil Palinistas have invented the concept of poll spamming. This has never happened before! Quick, someone call 60 Minutes to do an expose!

These people need to get a grip. It’s a stupid reality TV show and the prize is a disco ball and some publicity. It’s not the freaking White House.

NoLeftTurn on November 18, 2010 at 10:32 AM

They say tea party supporters stuffed the ballot box to advance someone disliked.

Guilty as charged. After all, it worked for Nancy Pelosi.

kurtzz3 on November 18, 2010 at 10:43 AM

I never watched the show until I heard Bristol was going to be on this season, now my daughter and I watch every episode. Bristol deserves to win. She is the most improved and she is very likeable and down to earth. Brandy was mean to her partner and a diva. I want her to win for several reasons…
1. Just to make that scum bag Levi squirm
2. Liberal heads will explode
3. As a once teen mom, I have a soft spot for single mom’s that get out and make the tough choice to raise their child
4. She’s the most improved
5. Did I mention I want to see Liberal heads explode???

mcplumbercuda on November 18, 2010 at 10:17 AM

All excellent reasons.

I forgot about that nasty kid Levi. Can you imagine how jealous he would be after trying so hard the last 2 years to break into Hollywood and failing. Even now, here is Bristol getting praises and standing ovations from movie stars. It’s not just conservatives who like this girl.

Elisa on November 18, 2010 at 10:43 AM

I can’t believe people are acting so incredibly ridiculous and even worse, so hateful – over something like this. Look at some of the other contestants in the shows history, does anyone seriously believe none of the other contestant’s have never had fans voting for them simply because they like them and multiple times, or that their family and friends never encouraged people they know to vote for them? Of course they have.

The only reason people are(over)reacting like this is because she’s Sarah Palin’s daughter, and for all the Palin fans there may be, there’s just as many who love attacking this family. I don’t doubt one bit some of them have tuned in and been voting for the other couples for no other reason than they see it as a way to vote against Palin’s daughter.

ohellno on November 18, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Sorry for the formatting

Elisa on November 18, 2010 at 10:44 AM

She did it on her own.

Professor Blather on November 18, 2010 at 10:08 AM

agreed bristol has earned this.

unseen on November 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM

That’s right. Her Mom’s fame got her the opportunity and got people like me watching. But it has been her hard work, improvement and sweet and unpretencious personally that has her in the finals.

I didn’t vote until about week 6 when she started being good.

Elisa on November 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM

It was I, FlameWarrior, who delivered to Bristol the winning margin of victory, and I did this by cheating.

I will now reveal how.

First, I repeatedly voted using the show’s approved balloting system. But this proved tedious, so after a couple of hours of making up fake email addresses, I headed over to skid row.

There, I rounded up 100 street bums and promised them a meal if they would each cast 100 votes for Bristol.

Next, I headed over to the treacherous part of town where all the sex offenders congregate. In exchange for their Bristol votes, I offered to expose myself by passing through their scanner machine and by also submitting to an enhanced pat-down.

Leaving that airport, I went to the field office of the California secretary of state and arranged for staff there to retrieve from the basement about a hundred duffel bags full of uncounted Republican ballots from the last election, cross out Meg Whitman’s name, write in Bristol’s, tabulate accordingly and submit the tally to ABC.

It was a lot of hard work, but very worthwhile and satisfying to have helped cause such immense suffering throughout Lib Town USA.

FlameWarrior on November 18, 2010 at 10:49 AM

unseen on November 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM

What part of – ‘this thread has nothing, I repeat, nothing, to do with Mitt Romney so you can cease your idiotic blathering’ don’t you get?

Buy Danish on November 18, 2010 at 10:52 AM

DWTS: Reason #492 why our TV is hardly ever used anymore

KeepOhioRed on November 17, 2010 at 10:24 PM

I don’t know, DWTS is a pretty good show. It doesn’t preach at us, twist reality or insult it’s audience. It is a pure entertainment show. I brings beauty into the homes of millions of people. It is art.
This is likely the secret of the show’s success.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on November 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Buy Danish on November 18, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Good luck with that..:)

Dire Straits on November 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM

So “Dancing With the Stars” has more safeguards than Obama’s ’08 online donation process.

Golden Boy on November 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM

THIS TEA partier doesn’t even watch that crap… Nor do any of the people with whom I associate regularly admit to watching any of this sort of show.

We have more important things to do with our lives than watching these fluff shows and their silly, fake ‘reality’ dramatics.

Pablum for the masses.

LegendHasIt on November 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

FlameWarrior on November 18, 2010 at 10:49 AM

You deserve an award, how about a Nobel?

Sweet_Thang on November 18, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Oh this is rich….
the Libtards are trying to disenfranchise the vote!

After all the Libtard states that allow motor voter, felon voter, no ID voter, illegal alien voters, Freakin Franken car truck ballot stuffing, bused in SEIUs’, Harrahs demanding employee voters and the Libtards are woriied about ballot irregularities!

Hillarity is all I can say!

Maybe they should hire the Black Panthers to certificate the votitation for DWTS!

Libtards I don’t watch, never did but rest assured Monday night I’m votin as soon and as long and as many times as I can jackasses!

Voter fraud is OK to elect a jug-earred, half black, marxist tool of a fool and an utter and total failure as POTUS but don’t allow legit voters on DWTS!

dhunter on November 18, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Limbaugh: The Left Is Miserable Over Bristol Palin’s DWTS Success Video

Nearly Nobody on November 18, 2010 at 11:25 AM

It’s all about cognitive dissonance.

The left, as we know, is delusional and both Sarah’s success and happiness as well as Bristol’s completely invalidate their religious beliefs. Ergo they go kook-koo and have to attempt to dispell this heresey. Of course they can’t but they have to try. Poor pathetic believers in their fantasies. Reality bites. Get used to it.

shmendrick on November 18, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Gore won an Oscar
Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize
Pelosi won a free facelift

And they’re upset about a teenager of a conservative politician possibly winning a dancing TV show?

Priorities seriously out of whack.

Scrappy on November 18, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Good luck with that..:)
Dire Straits on November 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Thanks…:)

Buy Danish on November 18, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Not Bush’s fault?

Rea1ityCheck on November 18, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Two words – American Idol

Now there is an example of unbiased voting if I ever saw it.

With all the fuss being made about this I am tempted to start voting for Bristol just because I am sick and tired of all the gossiping, smearing, and belittling of the Palin’s. Actually I was tired of it a long time ago and I figured at some time the unhinged lefties would just let it go, but talk about a group of obsessed people. I would hate to be a Palin with this hardcore group of stalker vigilantes scrutinizing my every move. At some point they are entitled to lash out and why Todd hasn’t dumped a few into the Alaska wilderness is beyond me.

Just A Grunt on November 18, 2010 at 12:08 PM

If Obama got elected by the American Idol Demographic. Why can’t Bristol Palin be awarded by the DWTS demographic?

Here’s the difference if she wins it effects none of us personally, but the people who are whining about her progressing through each episode, they think it means something to them personally, you know like electing a Green Ambitious Pol to the highest office in the land…

Did anyone catch Obama on Ryan Seacrest radio show before the Mid Term elections?

The Progressives are aware of these superficial tools, and exploit them at every opportunity. These are the people complaining, who don’t know the difference between Fantasy and Reality.

Dr Evil on November 18, 2010 at 12:09 PM

If this was an Illinois congressional seat and Bristol Palin was a liberal Democrat, this wouldn’t be an issue.

jimmy2shoes on November 18, 2010 at 12:17 PM

While I was very surprised to see Bristol Palin make the finals and not Brandy, it has to be said that Brandi’s professional partner didn’t do her any favors with his behavior during the competition.

I also wonder if some people voted against her because of that auto accident. There were a lot of folks angry in LA about the fact she was declared innocent, I hear.

iconoclast on November 18, 2010 at 12:18 PM

What would HA do without the Palins?

d1carter on November 17, 2010 at 10:25 PM

It’s not the Palins as much as it is the liberal bedwetting lunacy that occurs in reference to the Palins.

jimmy2shoes on November 18, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Not that I really care, but Brandy simply isn’t very likable. People are voting based on who they like, not dance skill (for the most part, I would assume). Brandy may have performed better, but she has come off as a snot and a bit full of herself. Hard to get behind that regardless of skill. But, who cares?

BillyWilly on November 18, 2010 at 12:51 PM

THIS TEA partier doesn’t even watch that crap… Nor do any of the people with whom I associate regularly admit to watching any of this sort of show.

We have more important things to do with our lives than watching these fluff shows and their silly, fake ‘reality’ dramatics.

Pablum for the masses.

LegendHasIt on November 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Glad to see you’re so tolerant of the masses. Comes across a bit elitist, my dear, which casts doubt on your claim as a TPer.

I’m a former ballerina, and I watch the show if for no other reason than the pure entertainement value. Don’t knock it ’til you tried it, I think the saying goes…

Too many other shows on TV insult my intelligence as a Conservative. I’m frankly tired of Hollywood’s insistence in telling all right-wingers are evil when they don’t even know any.

Ten years ago I studied the Civil War and English monarchy (since I’d read most/all major Classical works), BBC-produced telly, opera, ballet, and Jane Austen or Shakespeare anything. I looked down on everyone else for not doing the same.

I too didn’t know any better.

However, because my current career is much too strenuous and see too much of the seedier side of mankind, I prefer entertainment that allows decompression: DWTS, Everybody Loves Raymond, Vince Flynn novels, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and NASCAR. I need it in order to find some joy and humor in life.

So please spare me your condescension…I get enough of it from the Left.

Miss_Anthrope on November 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM

The show could just as easily left Kyle and Brandy to the end. Brandy is clearly the better dancer, but Kyle remains. No conspiracy there, I guess.

littleguy on November 18, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Please go to the Facebook page for Dancing with the stars and start commenting. It’s getting them all riled up. Heads are exploding all over the place.

Dancing With The Stars

GoodBoy on November 18, 2010 at 1:08 PM

GoodBoy on November 18, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Bored much?

Bradky on November 18, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Not that I really care, but Brandy simply isn’t very likable. People are voting based on who they like, not dance skill (for the most part, I would assume). Brandy may have performed better, but she has come off as a snot and a bit full of herself. Hard to get behind that regardless of skill. But, who cares?

BillyWilly on November 18, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Not entirely. This was discussed on the first Bristol thread, but I’ll recap for your benefit.

Brandi made few, if any, technical mistakes. But there were 2 things she lacked:

1. Fluidity of movement (she’s a hip-hopper, w/no classical or other dance training similar to ballroom)

2. Connection with the audience (she’s was unable to effectively convey her passion to viewers)

These are vital to performing arts. Fluidity connects each combination of steps to its neighbors, creating a flow and rhythm that projects an inane sense into the performance (as if each step or move is natural and logical for the performer).

The emotion of the performance, whether positive or negative, must be conveyed by each dancer to the audience, so they can be included (vicariously) in the performance. This is the nonverbal means by which the plot, characters, scene, EVERYTHING that is usually verbally conveyed to the audience.

These are intangibles each dancer needs to instinctively understand and inject into their performer, and no technical ability can be an effective substitution of these concepts.

So, the artists on the last discussion agreed for the most part that Brandi just expected her hip-hop background to carry her through, and the audience did not see it that way. They want the performers to enjoy themselves, and throw themselves into the effort.

Miss_Anthrope on November 18, 2010 at 1:15 PM

One simple but not entirely foolproof verification technique is to log the IP address of the computer or firewall router when an email is entered and reject multiple emails from the same Ip address. It can be beat by rebooting your router or resetting your computer’s interface after each vote but that greatly increases the tedium. It also discriminates against people on multi-user hosts but those would be pretty rare.

kd6rxl on November 18, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Give her credit. If you haven’t seen the show – watch it and see.

She did it on her own.

Professor Blather on November 18, 2010 at 10:08 AM

To clarify, I am not a Palin hater. I hope Bristol wins, but it will not be because she is the best dancer. I don’t think it is fair to the contestants who have no dance history to have to compete againse people trained in dance. as in the case of Brandy and Jennifer. However, there is at least one on every show. I have watched every show from the beginning and can tell how the judges will vote before they ever do most times. I know how the voting goes, but I have never voted and never would. Not my thing. I love ballroom dancing competitions and this show is about taking someone with no dancing talent (or should be)and it is interesting to see how they progress from the first week until the last. That is the enjoyment of the show, for those of you who put it down. Most of these people are celebrities from music, athletics, movies, etc. Bristol is a non-celebrity. To get enough votes for her to still be in the show at this point, there has to be a huge fan base. To argue that her mothers fans are not the difference is to be totally ignorant of how this show works. She could not draw enough votes of her own given the fact that she should have been gone several weeks ago. Her mother’s fan base is what has gotten her this far.

silvernana on November 18, 2010 at 1:41 PM

THIS TEA partier doesn’t even watch that crap… Nor do any of the people with whom I associate regularly admit to watching any of this sort of show.

We have more important things to do with our lives than watching these fluff shows and their silly, fake ‘reality’ dramatics.

Pablum for the masses.

LegendHasIt on November 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Why are you bothering to comment then? If you don’t watch the show, you don’t know what you are talking about. Believe it or not, a lot of people are tired of all the crap you get on TV, and a show like this is good family entertainment and has a lot of beauty and grace. Women love the beautiful dance costumes, and the men love to watch the beautiful women. It is pure entertainment, so why do you have the need to put it down? This is your way to let us know you and your friends are too intellectual for this show, so isn’t it beneath you to bother commenting on it?

silvernana on November 18, 2010 at 1:51 PM

I’m boycotting the show until Edita comes back.

No one moves like Edita!

Mr_Magoo on November 18, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Me too !!! She has real talent, I’m sure.

saiga on November 18, 2010 at 2:13 PM

It’s been very entertaining to watch the Dems go absolutely crazy over this. If she should win, their heads will explode.

jnelchef on November 18, 2010 at 8:58 AM

This brings up anotehr excepent point.

One of the advantages of shows like Dancing With The Stars and American Idol is that the audience gets to feel as though they’re in some small way part of the show, contributing to the entertainment value.

So, anyone who votes for Palin just to irritate the libs is a productive component of that mechanism.

malclave on November 18, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Oddly, it was Brandi voted off; but then, Brandi isn’t the best, either. Grey is. But it isn’t as if the BEST dancer wins this annual contest, anyway.

I’ve been watching this season, as usual. I waited until Monday night to cast a vote for anyone, having simply abstained until now. The phone bank for Bristol was VERY busy and it took nearly an hour of trying intermittently to vote.

It isn’t that she “deserves” to win the competition since she is not the best dancer. But the significant improvement she achieved the past two weeks deserved more notice than simply “best improved” comment from the Judges. And between Bristol and the man-boy, I was willing to actually call in a vote for her. All that Bristol needs to alter in her presentational style is her set in stone facial expression. If she were to allow her eyes an expression, she wouldn’t appear cold and indifferent as she does while dancing.

The best televised competition by far is So You Think You Can Dance. That show is definitely worth watching.

maverick muse on November 18, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I’m boycotting the show until Edita comes back.

No one moves like Edita!

Mr_Magoo on November 18, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Edita is absolutely stunningly enchanting.

She made a Jared’s jewelry commercial worth watching.

Maksim should take a lesson in humility from Edita. I hope next season, Edita gets the best contestant and Maksim gets the next Margaret Cho.

maverick muse on November 18, 2010 at 4:35 PM

I’m going to launch a write in campaign for Allahpundit!

jeffthevoter on November 18, 2010 at 4:39 PM

one thing can’t be disputed: bristol palin has a wide base of support.

eh on November 18, 2010 at 4:55 PM

This Palin thread isn’t the same without Meredith to leave spittle all over our computer monitors.

portlandon on November 18, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I haven’t been watching… but my daughter does, did?, watch American idol and the goal was to call in many times. That is sort of the written rule… the people who are the most passionate about the contestant measure fan levels.

Which is the point of shows like these.

If the point was excellence in dancing they would do it with professional dancers and not celebrities, right?

No one would tune in to see unknown dancers. They tune in to watch people they already are fans of.

I admit I watched it the year Tucker Carlson was on. I voted for him even though he was horrible!

So the left is all for a merit based society?

Since when?

Since they changed the rules at Harvard Law Review so Obama could be the editor? It’s pretty dang clear right now that Obama didn’t grade on or write on to law review. And since he didn’t write a single article it wasn’t his intellect that got him the position!

petunia on November 18, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Edita is absolutely stunningly enchanting.

She made a Jared’s jewelry commercial worth watching.

Maksim should take a lesson in humility from Edita. I hope next season, Edita gets the best contestant and Maksim gets the next Margaret Cho.

maverick muse on November 18, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Edyta is no longer with the show starting with this season because of something to do with her husband, which was also one of the show’s pro dancers. I loved Edyta, who was gorgeous and was the best woman dancer, and hated to see her leave the show. She always got stuck with bad partners who couldn’t make it very far. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Maks leave the show, as he seems quite unhappy this season. Maks is my favorite male dancer – love to watch him. The women celebrities always ask for Maks to be their partner.

silvernana on November 18, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Miss_Anthrope on November 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM

What a waste of words. Just say: “I LIKE pablum.”

This is your way to let us know you and your friends are too intellectual for this show
silvernana on November 18, 2010 at 1:51 P

Intellectual? I’d never claim that. Just have more interesting / important things to do with my life than be a spectator manipulated by the MSM.

But you are right… I shouldn’t waste my time commenting on this kind of tripe, or insulting people who enjoy tripe.

LegendHasIt on November 18, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Two points:
1) A few seasons ago Jerry Springer couldn’t get voted off even when he tried to screw up. This year isn’t even the most controversial; it just has the Libs panties in a bunch.
2) I think AP is putting all these threads on HA as phase 1 in his master plan to draft Meggic-Mac for next season.

mad scientist on November 18, 2010 at 9:53 PM

These networks don’t want to cover the fact that TSA wants to treat us like slaves on the auction block but they choose to cover Bristol Palin on DWTS instead? That’s why the media is in their death throes.

mizflame98 on November 18, 2010 at 10:21 PM

I must confess that I haven’t watched DWTS for a season or two, but when I did, it was for the skimpy outfits the HOT professional dancers wear. But, since Palin’s on the show, I may have to sacrafice (read DVR) whatever else is on at the time and watch Bristol. I may even cast a vote or two. Just knowing that this has the drooling leftists in a frothing coniption, lifts my spirits and the dark side of my psyche says “I love it when droolers heads go splodey”.

44Magnum on November 19, 2010 at 10:28 AM

People that don’t care for and/or watch the show will be voting for Bristle for pure ideological reasons.

Here are 2 examples from HA
Example 1
Example 2

And the same is being said on almost all conserv blogs.

Nothing to see here folks.

Bill Blizzard on November 19, 2010 at 6:32 PM

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