Posted by Brad @ 1:45 am on September 17th 2008

Most Esoteric Political Controversy of the Day

Not really mean enough to qualify for the dumbest, but…huh?

WASHINGTON – Today the Indoor Tanning Association addressed rumors that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who was recently chosen as Presidential Nominee John McCain’s running-mate, had installed a tanning bed in the Governor’s mansion.

According to online reports, a Palin spokesman confirmed in 2007 that the Governor “did have a tanning bed put in the Governor’s Mansion,” Adding that, “It was done shortly after she took office [in early 2007] and moved into the mansion.”


While partisan bloggers and the sun scare industry will use this as an opportunity to undermine Gov. Palin and demonize the indoor tanning industry, the fact is that Governor Palin’s decision to get UV light from a tanning bed positively impacts her health.

“Moderate amounts of indoor tanning allow Governor Palin to experience the many health benefits that come with exposure to UV light,” said Dan Humiston, President of the Indoor Tanning Association. “Especially in dreary northern locations like Alaska, indoor tanning can help guard against wintertime depression and ward off diseases associated with vitamin D deficiency.”

“Kudos to Governor Palin for standing up to dermatologists and other members of the sun scare industry who are trying to frighten Americans away from UV light.”

Somebody’s arguing about this? And who knew the Indoor Tanning Association A. existed, and B. are kind of dicks.

Although I do have to admit I find myself piqued about “the sun scare industry”. What do they manufacture, houses? Is it some weird evil syndicate of dermatologists, goths, Irishmen, and parasol manufacturers? Do they have a secret mountain lair? Is it nefariously well shaded?


  1. Does one of their evil schemes involve all going to the beach en masse and standing around in inopportune places?

    Comment by Brad — 9/17/2008 @ 1:56 am

  2. I just can’t imagine why someone living in Alaska might want a tanning bed. It’s a huge mystery.

    I think that every industry has some representative body. It’s like a law, or a tradition, or something.

    Comment by Adam — 9/17/2008 @ 8:20 am

  3. Am I on glue, or am I just too stupid to understand how that quote makes them…dicks?

    Comment by K_Wright — 9/17/2008 @ 10:29 am

  4. “Nefariously Well Shaded” would be a good name for a punk band.

    Comment by Rojas — 9/17/2008 @ 10:37 am

  5. And K_Wright is clearly an agent of the International Antitanning Conspiracy.

    Also involved: bees.

    Comment by Rojas — 9/17/2008 @ 10:38 am

  6. Indeed I am.

    Comment by K_Wright — 9/17/2008 @ 10:49 am

  7. I bet one of Mitt Romney’s houses is a tanning bed.

    Comment by James — 9/17/2008 @ 11:34 am

  8. I blame the steller sea lions.

    Comment by Liz — 9/17/2008 @ 11:53 am

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