Sunday, November 09, 2008

The Countries of North America

Dammit, media (and fake media). You're making me kinda sorta defend Sarah Palin. Can you spot what Jon and Wyatt screwed up in this bit? (I quote the important bits below in case you don't want to watch it or the player is misbehaving as badly as it was for me):

Reporter: "She wasn't actually able to name all the countries in North America"

Jon: "She can't name 'em, but she knows 'em. I mean, there's us, there's gay us to the north, and burrito place..."

There's a small problem with that joke. Here's a hint: these are the countries in North America (not including territories):
  1. Antigua and Barbuda
  2. Bahamas
  3. Barbados
  4. Belize
  5. Canada
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Cuba
  8. Dominica
  9. Dominican Republic
  10. El Salvador
  11. Grenada
  12. Guatemala
  13. Haiti
  14. Honduras
  15. Jamaica
  16. Mexico
  17. Nicaragua
  18. Panama
  19. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  20. Saint Lucia
  21. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  22. Trinidad and Tobago
  23. United States
How many of those could you name? Oh, what's that? You thought North America only included Canada, the US, and Mexico? Damn, how stupid are you???

The story is that Sarah Palin couldn't name the countries involved in NAFTA. The signatories of NAFTA are Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Yes, the name's a bit misleading, since that's only 3 of the 23 independent nations in North America, but this is basic gradeschool stuff. Stop it.

To be clear: From what I've heard, there were two separate things Palin didn't know: She didn't know the signatories of NAFTA, and she couldn't name all of the countries in Central America (which is part of North America). From what I could tell, she knew Central America is part of North America, which Jon Stewart didn't know. Stop making fun of her for that; you can't name all of them, either.


Die Anyway said...

>"Here's a hint: these are the countries in North America ..."

Only an ubergeek would take time to figure this out. :-)

I'm still a bit confused as to how Central America can be part of North America. If it's North America then it's not Central America. If we're doing away with Central America, maybe half of the countries should belong to South America.

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Charon said...

Central America is a subset of North America?

That's just dumb.

Jon the Geek said...

There are two continents that make up the Americas: North America and South America. Central America is part of the North American plate.

Central America is still a thing, just as, for example, the United States of America is a thing. Central America is simply a region within North America.

But seriously... we can all agree to not rip on Sarah Palin for not being able to name every North American country, right? Better: Let's agree, after this post, to forget she exists unless some damn fool tries to elect her to federal office again.