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Google Search, from Our Referrer Logs:

04 Sep, Thu, 08:17:29 Google: get me dirt sara palin

Sixth Circuit watcher:
Weak.
9.4.2008 12:37pm
J. Aldridge:
I think only discredited Sarah "dirt" can be found at Volokh.
9.4.2008 12:38pm
E.Ming:
Hilarious!
9.4.2008 12:39pm
J. Aldridge:
BREAKING OT NEWS:

In terms of this year's conventions, the preliminary rating for NBC's coverage last night is higher than any other night of the convention on the broadcast networks, including Sen. Obama's nomination acceptance speech on Aug. 28.
9.4.2008 12:46pm
Sarcastro (www):
I think it was Sarah Palin, and she signs her own web searches.
9.4.2008 1:10pm
SATA_Interface:
I think it was McCain's veteran cor-vetting squad trying to catch up on work from the week before.
9.4.2008 1:17pm
Kazinski:
I don't think that search has any relevance with her detractors, since it's obvious that they aren't digging up dirt, they are making it up.
9.4.2008 1:21pm
Sarcastro (www):
I think it was a desperate exhortation TO sarah palin from some dirt-starved individual.
9.4.2008 1:24pm
SATA_Interface:
I'm just kidding w/ my last post, but I wonder if the log could have given you the poster's name? If you could reconcile the IP addresses with those from the commenters, you could have a little fun w/ that...
9.4.2008 1:24pm
Modus Ponens:
Well, we can at least cross John McCain's name off of our list of potential suspects because Googling and hyperlinking are likely beyond his technical grasp--though he is "aware of the internet."
9.4.2008 1:28pm
Angus:
Damn you, VC! I just tested out the search term and this post has ruined the results! Gaming the Google!

I call shenanigans.
9.4.2008 1:30pm
roy (mail) (www):
I think we should give the Left the benefit of the doubt and assume this is just a fetish.
9.4.2008 1:34pm
Sarcastro (www):
I think it was someone looking for kinky porn with palin's face photoshoped on.
9.4.2008 1:36pm
Sarcastro (www):
Curse you roy! Your swiftness has beaten my wit for the last time!
9.4.2008 1:37pm
SATA_Interface:
Rule 34 then.
9.4.2008 1:37pm
zippypinhead:
Must. Update. Post. With. Originating. IP. Address.

We'll take it from there... ;~)



[as Sarcastro conceded, Roy wins this thread, at least until somebody invokes Godwin's Law!]
9.4.2008 1:41pm
Angus:
My guess is that the search must have come from one of those damned apples.

Oranges forever!
9.4.2008 1:44pm
Ex-Fed (mail) (www):
I love search logs. One of my favorite features is our periodic review of the best search hits. (Recent favorite: "Is my man gay because he prefers doggystyle?"). As always, the wonder is not just that people search for something, but that the bizarre something brings them do you. (For the record, we have not been writing about doggystyle.)
9.4.2008 2:11pm
darelf:
Is Mrs. Palin doing some landscaping?
9.4.2008 2:27pm
roy (mail) (www):
You know who else invoked Godwin's law? Hitler.
9.4.2008 3:17pm
astrangerwithcandy (mail):


[as Sarcastro conceded, Roy wins this thread, at least until somebody invokes Godwin's Law!]


technically the Google wins this thread through a pre-emptive strike bc when the guy did his search the google's first response was...


Did you mean: get me dirty sarah palin
9.4.2008 3:31pm
Helene Edwards (mail):
How come Google's first response is different when you substitute Biden?
9.4.2008 3:53pm
astrangerwithcandy (mail):

How come Google's first response is different when you substitute Biden?


do you wanna see Biden "get dirty" - neither does google
9.4.2008 4:07pm
omatsca (mail):
Hate to burst the collective bubble, but isn't it possible that it was someone searching for a way to discredit Democratic politicians by looking for a quote such as "Get me dirt on sara palin"?

May sound far-fetched, but is it that much more far-fetched than someone prefacing a google search with "get me," as if talking to a robot?

By the way--it's kind of scary that you can find that out!
9.4.2008 5:34pm
Ex-Fed (mail) (www):
omatsca, the "get me" isn't surprising at all if you look at a site's traffic log. I frequently see searches phrased as if the searcher is talking to a person. And remember when AOL's records of user-performed searches leaked? SomethingAwful did a hilariously profane story on them showing how some people plead with, berate, and sweet-talk a search engine.
9.4.2008 6:08pm
Tareeq (www):

May sound far-fetched, but is it that much more far-fetched than someone prefacing a google search with "get me," as if talking to a robot?


Which brings to mind one of my favorite tropes from classic Star Trek (appropriate given that today is Zebulon Pike Day at VC), that Captain Kirk would simply order his computer in plain English to give him knowledge.

Of course the computer was surly about it. It would always delay the response.

"Computer: What is 2 + 2?"

"Working... Working... 4."

"Computer: What is the square root of Pi?"

"Working... Working... [whatever the square root of Pi is]."

And then there's the Captain Kirk School of Computer Reprogramming, in which evil, Harlan Ellison-designed Skynet or AM-level, world-destroying computers could be shut down with a logical paradox which actually isn't a paradox, but is merely a question premised on a false assumption.

"Before you destroy the Enterprise ... M5 exists to serve man, yet it does not! Explain!"

"ERROR! ERROR!"

A couple of friends who actually work with computers love Captain Kirk for this.
9.4.2008 6:14pm
omatsca (mail):
Ha ha! I looked up that story, Ex-Fed. Hilarious! OK, I wouldn't put anything past internet searchers after reading that.

Here's the link.



Tareeq, you mean you can't break a computer that way?
9.4.2008 7:03pm
omatsca (mail):
Hmm...guess you can't post links. Anyway, it's really funny.
9.4.2008 7:16pm
jukeboxgrad (mail):
aldridge:

In terms of this year's conventions, the preliminary rating for NBC's coverage last night is higher than any other night of the convention on the broadcast networks, including Sen. Obama's nomination acceptance speech on Aug. 28.


Those preliminary numbers were later revised down. Her audience was a little smaller than Obama's.

I think a lot of people are just very curious, for obvious reasons. I have watched no other speeches, this week or last. And I won't watch tonight. But I watched hers. And I'm obviously not a fan. Of course, I don't how many other people in that large audience are in the same category as me: curious but definitely not supportive.
9.4.2008 7:31pm
vinnie (mail):

[as Sarcastro conceded, Roy wins this thread, at least until somebody invokes Godwin's Law!]


Sarah Palin in a nazi uniform?

Kinky....
9.4.2008 8:44pm
anomdebus (mail):
Out of curiousity, is the preceding "Google:" part of the search or just information about the source?

(it would just be extra funny if the searcher addressed the search engine by name, t'would be a shame if it weren't)
9.4.2008 8:56pm