Sarah Palin Rocks the Time 100

Guitar legend Ted Nugent wants to shoot moose with her!

Sarah Palin Rocks the Time 100

Guitar legend Ted Nugent wants to shoot moose with her!

-Jane Farrell

Sarah Palin

Time magazine has released its annual Time 100, a list of the most influential people in the world, and there are a few surprises as well as the usual suspects.

As you’d expect, the list includes household names like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Oprah, and Glenn Beck, as well as equally influential leaders like Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and J.T. Wang, CEO of Acer, the Taiwanese computer company. (No, we didn’t know who they were, either.)

Each person on the list also got an appreciative paragraph from another famous (or relatively famous) person. Women’s tennis legend Billie Jean King wrote about current court titan Serena Williams, Phil Donahue paid tribute to Oprah, and former presidential contender Mitt Romney wrote about the new senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown, a newbie to the list.

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Less conventional, but way more entertaining, was the tribute to Sarah Palin, written by longtime guitar hero Ted Nugent, a classic, and classically conservative, rocker who favors hunting and unrestricted gun ownership. “If Sarah Palin played a loud, grinding instrument, she would be in my band,” Nugent wrote. “The tsunami of support proves that Sarah, 46, represents what many Americans know to be common and sensible…I’d be proud to share a moose-barbecue campfire with the Palin family anytime, so long as I can shoot the moose. “ (We’re not actually sure the former governor of Alaska would let him.)

Over in the artists’ section, ‘80s star Cyndi Lauper praised Lady Gaga for combining literate lyrics with perfect pop hooks to make a new kind of dance music. Combine that with her ever-changing futuristic appearance and you’ve got what Lauper called “a performance artist. She is the art. She is the sculpture.” We’ll remember that the next time we’re grinding to “Bad Romance.”

The magazine also named the least influential people of 2010. High on the list: Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.

But we knew that already. (The Huffington Post)

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