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ShatWatch: Bill Reads Palin Poetry On Tonight Show + Helps Greenpeace Send A Message July 28, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Shatner , trackback

shatner palinIt has been a busy 24 hours for William Shatner. Firstly, it seems Bill and Conan have moved on from the ‘salute incident‘ as The Shat appeared on The Tonight Show to do a comedy bit last night. We have video of that below. In other William Shatner news, today he got involved in a Greenpeace event protesting toxic chemicals being used by HP, you can listen to his message to HP employees below too.


Shatner reads Palin poetry
During Conan’s monolog he talked about Sarah Palin’s farewell speech as she resigned her office as Governor of Alaska, and Conan decided to bring Bill out to recite part of the speech as a spoken word performance. Here is the clip from (sorry USA only).

Shatner helps Greenpeace send a message to HP
But Shatner isn’t done sending messages this week. He has been recruited by Greenpeace in their guerrilla campaign to get HP to stop using toxic materials in their products. Today employees of HP were greeted by a phone message from Shatner calling on HP to stop using toxic chemicals, as other electronic companies like Apple have done. [You can listen to the message by CLICKING HERE]. In addition, Greenpeace activists painted ‘Hazardous Products’ on the roof of the HP headquarters in Palo Alto this morning (using non-toxic finger paint). More info at The Register and WIRED.

Roof of HP building today (more photos at Flckr)


1. NCC-73515 - July 28, 2009

The next movie could have a Greenpeace message like TVH, I’d love that!

2. Greg - July 28, 2009

Isn’t what Greenpeace did vandalism?

3. Andy Patterson - July 28, 2009

I love Shatner.

4. Shatner_Fan_Prime - July 28, 2009

Saw that last night. The audience LOVED it! Go, Bill!

5. AJ - July 28, 2009

My God.

Was that random parts of the speech, or a whole cohesive chunk? Sounds like the ‘shroomies have definitely kicked in.

Shatner as the messenger is brilliant.

6. sean - July 28, 2009

Wow, that Greenpeace message is cool! Great job from Shatner.

Greg, didn’t you know? William Shatner’s Kirk said this: “I don’t like to lose.” He just changed the conditions of the test there, goofball!

7. Danpaine - July 28, 2009

Excellent. He’s the best.

8. James Heaney - Wowbagger - July 28, 2009

What Shatner did was merely annoying. What the rest of Greenpeace did was vandalism. Apparently, vandalism that a sizable contingent here finds most impressive. If pro-lifers did this, there’d be a witch-hunt. Sigh.

9. I'm dead Jim - July 28, 2009

2. I’ll take non-toxic finger paint graffiti vandalism over toxic planet poisoning chemicals any day. Besides, The Shat’s got their back!.

10. Hank Drake - July 28, 2009

What’s worse: Vandalism, or filling the planet with toxic chemicals?

11. Harry Ballz - July 28, 2009

For those of you not living in the USA, you can watch the Shatner clip on Youtube!

12. Capt Krunch - July 28, 2009

I hope I have half his energy at 78!. or even live that long!! ..Shat is the man!!

13. ST-Fan - July 28, 2009

Thumbs up for that Greenpeace action!
Hope HP will follow this request…

14. William Kirk - July 28, 2009

10 Thanks :-)

15. DiDi - July 28, 2009

8. Those poor Anti-Choice advocates just can’t get a break, can they?

16. BrandonR - July 28, 2009

Damn Conan’s tall.

17. Gary - July 28, 2009

They should. Their overpriced garbage laptops are always running behind, they should at least appeal the green market.

18. jocor - July 28, 2009

Shatner also narrated the intro for Conan’s In the Year 3000, segment. It seems Shatner may become to the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien what James Lipton or Abe Vigoda was to Late Night w/ Conan O’Brien. The go-to old guy for any embarassing segment that requires someone with no shame do.

19. Izbot - July 28, 2009

8. When pro-lifers resort to ‘vandalism’ it usually means someone’s been killed.

20. NX01 - July 28, 2009

Sara Pal…in………………….is such a beautiful wo………………………………

Finally something that was perfect Shatner’s Dramatic readings as pauses.

You guys should check out Shatner’s Version of Rocket man on You tube.

Here is the link, enjoy

21. earthclanbootstrap - July 28, 2009

^ #17.

And that’s what makes him so endearing, despite his many flaws… ;-)

22. Shatner_Fan_Prime - July 28, 2009

#17 “The go-to old guy for any embarassing segment that requires someone with no shame do.”

Or hilarious segment, depending on how you look at it. Shatner has always been a “friend” to Conan’s show, and his willingness to take part in these comedy bits means he can also come on any time he wants to promote whatever he’s doing. Kudos to Shat for having both business savvy and a sense of humor!

23. rogue_alice - July 28, 2009

Kudos to Shat for having both business savvy and a sense of humor!

I must say, I am amazed at his business acumen. Great for him!

24. MC1 Doug - July 28, 2009

Shatner is to Conan O’Brien what Takei is Howard Stern…

I love it… as someone else had said (beating me to it) I hope to be as active as the Shat man when I am 78.

#16: Hey Gary, you obviously have a grudge… I love my HP laptop (have had two of them and love them both).

25. British Naval Dude - July 28, 2009


Loves ye’, Bill… Bill always had tha’ Northern Lights on him in all those Starry Trek movie posters…

Got me a transcript o’ what Shatner sang- here goes:

She packed her bags, FREE flight, zero hour, Nine……… AM…
And she’s going to be as HIIIIIIIIGH as a… kite by…. then…
She’s a Republican! Republican…. burning up her moose up there alone…
And I THINK it’s GOing… to be a long long time…
‘Till FOXNews stops covering her behind
She’s not the woman you think at all…
Oh, no, no… she’s a Republican! Republican…

Not that thar’s anything wrong wit’ that… I belong ta’ tha’ Labour party meself… still haven’t gotten pregnant yet though…


26. James Heaney - Wowbagger - July 28, 2009

#15: It was tough to be an abolitionist, too. We’ll survive.

27. jas_montreal - July 28, 2009

Lets have Bill and JJ together on the tonight show !!!

28. Check the Circuit! - July 28, 2009

Is The Shat dropping some weight? Training for TJ Hooker? Lookin’ good!

29. AJ - July 28, 2009

Hey. Shatner is Emmy-winning, and is up for another one, UNLIKE Jay Leno this year.

Let the man do what he pleases.

30. Andy Patterson - July 28, 2009


I live in the USA and I can never make those NBC embedded clips work.

31. gatetrek - July 28, 2009

Wow, that was sure a great poem that Palin wrote…

32. The Chief - July 28, 2009

Hooray for vandalism. Maybe they can move on to desecrating some graves next!

33. sean - July 28, 2009

Ha, this is exactly the kind of thing Bill is perfect for.

34. sean - July 28, 2009


Right, because those two actions are completely equal. Sheesh.

35. Thomas Jensen - July 28, 2009

Cool. It reminded me I need to go out and purchase more ink for my HP printer.

36. JohnWA - July 28, 2009

2, 8, 32 –

I’m pretty sure it is vandalism. Not that it matters, mind you.

Getting a jury in San Francisco to convict Greenpeace activists? That’s like trying to get a jury in Manhattan to convict a banker. Or a jury in Los Angeles to convict a celebrity.

It isn’t going to happen, folks.

37. Dennis Bailey - July 28, 2009

#19: “When pro-lifers resort to ‘vandalism’ it usually means someone’s been killed.”

Damn straight. Scott Roeder, a common murdering thug, is a hero in those circles.

#17 “The go-to old guy for any embarassing segment that requires someone with no shame do.”

God bless ‘im I think the Shat can wear that kind of comment as a badge of honor. His exuberance is wholly admirable.

38. ken1w - July 28, 2009

And now, HP has to use some toxic chemicals to wash the toxic paint from their roof. Good job, Greenpeace, you bunch of media-mongering hypocrites.

39. Matt - July 28, 2009

That’s such a great goodbye speech.

If she even tries to run for President, that can be the ad

… “Whew!”

40. Brett Campbell - July 28, 2009

Go! Shatman! Go!

Perhaps the speech was written by Michael Palin instead of Sarah Palin. Or maybe Eric Idle — it sounds more like his work.

In any case, Shatner is the best.

I plan to finger paint that on the roof of HP once they clean off the Hazardous Products stuff.

41. Kev-1 - July 28, 2009

He’s /Shatabulous!

42. kmart - July 28, 2009

The drinking water in Silicon Valley (except for Palo Alto, which has its own pure source) is for shit, mainly because of all the stuff the companies dumped in from the late 70s onward (one of the reasons we moved.)

There probably isn’t enough pain in the bodies of the folks who run HP to make up for all the crap they’ve caused down through the years in terms of eco-damage. I’m thinking Greenpeace isn’t Tyler Durden enough … not saying they should be stupid like PETA, who alienate their own, but geez, get on the ball with more, otherwise GP will always play the victim (remember their seagoing vessel RAINBOW WARRIOR being blown up by French agents a couple decades back?)

43. The Last Maquis - July 28, 2009

Anarchy!! I always Say.

Shatner Rocked.

44. Charlie - July 28, 2009

How come Hooker does go after the “scum” at HP?
(insert Shat-pauses where applicable)

Maggot Scum! Maggot… Scum… ! MAGGOT! SCUM!


EEEEEEEEEE… Plebmeestah!

45. Charlie - July 28, 2009

That should be ‘doesn’t” folks.

46. DiDi - July 28, 2009

26. Er, I was saying that in jest, but if I am misunderstanding your response, then that’s on me.

Unless of course you are serious and really think controlling uteri(?) is anywhere near as noble as getting rid of slavery.

47. Andy Patterson - July 28, 2009



48. C.S. Lewis - July 28, 2009


It is difficult to believe you wrote what you did, considering abortion kills every time its tried. (Leon Festinger was certainly an unappreciated prophet of the coming age.)

Perhaps, rather than considering only the motivations for hatred ascribable to your post, you might consider these words from long ago:

John xii:35 – 43, particularly the part about hardening of hearts:

35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. 36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. 37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. 42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

This is from the Authorized Verison; perhaps you would prefer another. Please know this, I am in earnest and do not wish to provoke you, only to reach your soul. This is very consonant with Star Trek in any of its incarnations — especially the extremely pro-life Star Trek of 2009.

C.S. Lewis

49. WallDoctor - July 28, 2009

I really like Sarah Palin. I hope she really uses the next couple of years to really get the Conservative message out there, but man, that was really a bad start with that resignation speech. It was so hilarious.

I started to roll my eyes as I figured they would tear her apart (like the media usually does) but I have to admit, Shatner’s jab was really good natured fun and in this situation deserved. She’s got to stop with the mixed metaphors.

50. Dennis Bailey - July 28, 2009

#48: “John xii:35 – 43, particularly the part about hardening of hearts:”

Hmm…was this before or after he instructed his followers to murder physicians in their churches?

Actually, he didn’t. Bet you didn’t know that.

51. Spockish - July 28, 2009

You have to remember that if you are on the same political side of the fence as the promoting people, what you do may be illegal but it seems to be constructive critism0.But if you are one the other side of the fence, your in jail faster than your lawyers can start billing you.

But that is the price paid for freedom, but one day things may catch up to you or your group. The SHAT has every right to publicly voice his views, the question is the validity of his views and beliefs. If that persons bank account grew before the statements then the statements become less valid. But to figure things out may take time.

The odds are the SHAT if his views are wrong or correct at his age he may never know the answer or even care for an answer. But for as solid as he looks that may not happen for Decades.

52. Spockish - July 28, 2009

As for taking of life with no regret in doing so devalues the treasured gift of life. And life is a precious gift, also being able to create life is, but ending life even before it can be experienced is a tragic horror. The cause of the problem comes from the pleasure of the act. It seems the male likes the pleasure more than the responsibility, and the female has to pay the price for the fun. The logical solution is the word NO, but when was humanity totally logical. As Vulcans have pointed out many a time.

53. berb - July 28, 2009

Hi Berby!

Here’s some fun pottry for ya!
Also, see comment #20…and check out the vid.


P.S. Remember meds @ Rite Aid!

54. Scott B. here. - July 28, 2009

I only wish Shat had had a few more minutes to rehearse with the teleprompter. That really did read like beat(nik) poetry! Hilarious.

Scott B. out.

55. Bigusdicus - July 28, 2009

Moonbats are silly.

56. Christine - July 28, 2009

Go Shatner for that Greenpeace message! If there’s one thing I’ll always admire about the Shat, it’s that he’s been very supportive of Environmental conservation. ^__^

57. Reg - July 29, 2009

That poor Palin woman gets way too much flak.

58. S. John Ross - July 29, 2009

Shatner continues to be God.

59. CmdrR - July 29, 2009

Bill Shatner for Governor of Alaska.
He can see Russia from the bridge of the Enterprise.

60. Jim Smith - July 29, 2009


@48 – what-ever.

61. Dennis Bailey - July 29, 2009

#55: “Moonbats are silly.”

And Malkin is an irrelevant fool. :-)

62. Eric Holloway - July 29, 2009

Sarah Palin…wow. What is she talking about? Good thing for Alaska she’s a quitter and that America found this out now. Imagine her taking the heat from the press, public, and fellow politicians if she and McCain had won?

She can’t take the heat from the American press? What did she expect public political life was like?

I always respected McCain, there were so many better choices but the Republicans just felt for some reason that they needed to make a splash and were sunk instead.

Fortunately we have the Shat. Thanks Conan!

#59 Awesome!!!

63. Andros - July 29, 2009

HP will probably use toxic chemicals to wash their roof now. I feel like that’s going to be an ironic twist.

64. Mitch - July 29, 2009

It absolutely is vandalism. Wackos.

65. MC1701B - July 29, 2009

48. So, what is your position concerning war, especially, unprovoked war in which many civilians are casualties? Keep in mind that the bible is self-contradictory on this subject before you answer.

Also, could you please point me to the bible quote in which Jesus discusses abortion? (Before you quote the commandments, please note the self-contradiction cited above.)

If you’re asking for suggested superior versions, try the Douay Confraternity. It’s less edited.

And when you’re done with all that, sit back and consider what Gene Roddenberry would have to say about you quoting the bible on a discussion board dedicated to his creation. I guarantee you it would be less polite than this post.

66. Rush Limborg - July 29, 2009

Let me be The One Who Resists The Tug Of Popular Sentiment:

I think Sarah’s decision to put some “poetic rhythm” in her speech was a good move–a way of silencing those whiners who say that she’s too folksy, and not eloquent enough. Her “going too far” was intentional.

As for Shatner…he and Conan were putting a nice tounge-in-cheek take on the situation. Call it a “roast”, for what it’s worth. It’s okay.

Don’t like Conan’s audience members’ thinking it was funny to clap and cheer at Palin’s leaving at the beginning of the clip, though.

She’ll be back, boys. Trust me.

67. Rush Limborg - July 29, 2009


“48. So, what is your position concerning war, especially, unprovoked war in which many civilians are casualties? Keep in mind that the bible is self-contradictory on this subject before you answer.”

No, it’s not. The 6th commantment refers to MURDER. War is not murder, unless you’re a pacifist.

And by the way…Roddenberry wasn’t always right. Just look at his changing interperetations of what is “canon”. And his views towards the movies….

68. Trek Nerd Central - July 29, 2009

Ummm. . . how does the topic of this thread relate to abortion?

Moving on, didn’t y’all love that bongos player?

69. James Heaney - Wowbagger - July 29, 2009

#37 StarshipPolaris: As a member of those circles, I feel I can say with some authority that Scott Roeder is generally viewed as a loon and a murderer and certainly not a pro-lifer. There’s some quiet discussion of where his action falls on the sliding scale of first-degree murder to conditionally unjustified homicide, but you’d be hard-pressed indeed to find *anyone* in anti-abortion circles (outside the Internet, which is full of nuts) who would call Scott Roeder a hero.

If Operation Rescue says Roeder did a bad thing, Roeder’s on the Loony Toon fringe of crazy’s craziest.

You, on the other hand, are merely on the Loony Toon fringe of twit, but that’s about where we expect you to be. I liked “Tin Man,” though.

In other, more on-topic news, I really can’t say I understand the Shatner adoration around here. I’m okay with it, for the most part, but does anyone else find it the least bit strange that, no matter what the Shat does, it provokes dozens – if not hundreds – of comments to the effect that “I LOVE THE SHAT!” or “Shatner is the bomb!”

Maybe we do that with all the Trek actors and I just haven’t noticed? But it seems to be something special about William Shatner that draws in *enormous* amounts of commentary.

70. Mitch - July 29, 2009

The guy’s an icon for a reason. No, it doesn’t happen for all Trek actors. There is William Shatner, and there is everyone else.

71. Harry Ballz - July 29, 2009

What little dark corner of the American Dream did Sarah Palin crawl out from anyway?

72. Jorg Sacul - July 29, 2009

#16– Conan’s tall, but Shatner is not. I was his on his “security” team at a convention a few years back, and I’m 6’1… easily looking down on top of his head as we walked down a corridor. Kirk wasn’t nearly as tall as he looked on TV.

73. William Kirk - July 29, 2009

It´s great how the thing that “the Shat is great” can connect people from the USA or Europe (like me) or other parts of the world…

74. Mike - July 29, 2009

Yuck, disgusting act on the part of Greenpeace.

75. Brett Campbell - July 29, 2009

72 – He’s probably not as tall as he was in his Trek days, either. People usually begin to lose some of their height as they age.

76. Brett Campbell - July 29, 2009

66 – “She’ll be back, boys. Trust me.”

Sure. She and Hilary and Geraldine Ferraro and Imelda Marcos have all signed on for the big-screen version of “The Golden Girls.”

77. Harry Ballz - July 29, 2009


I’d pay real money to watch THAT!

78. Brett Campbell - July 29, 2009

77 – Great! They’ve also all signed on for “Transformers 3: Revenge of the Fallen Arches (and Other Sagging Body Bits).”

79. Jim Smith - July 30, 2009


War is not murder?

The sixth (depends on how you count them) commandment only refers to murder (depends on how you translate your translation, because all you’ve got is a translation..) It could very easily mean ‘kill’.

That’s nearly more mistakes and misunderstandings than words there.

“War is organised murder, and nothing else.” – Harry Patch (1898 – 2009), Britain’s last surviving WW1 veteran.

I’d take his opinion on that over yours, I think.

80. Shatner_Fan_Prime - July 30, 2009

Bill was back, doing more Palin readings last night. The sketch is a hit. Go Shat!

81. Trek Nerd Central - July 30, 2009

Since this thread seems to have turned into a Bible study, why not quote the opening sentiments of Romans 14?

“Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions”

82. Jim Smith - July 30, 2009

@ 81 Aaah, but I’m not ”weak in faith” I’m strongly without it.

”.. God or the Devil, I very strongly resist believing in either.”
Gene Roddenberry

83. I am Kurok! - July 30, 2009

Anyone ever see Shat in the “Andersonville Trial” circa 1970??

had Jack Cassidy and two other Captains from the 60’s: Richard Basehart from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and Alan Hale, the Skipper from Gilligan’s Island.

Cassidy got an emmy for his work as the counsel for the defense.

Shat was in true Shat form!

84. Craig - July 30, 2009

the police acted stupidly …

never get off the script

85. Craig - July 30, 2009

Greenpeice-O’-She-it, Religious fanatics!

People for the Separation of Earth and State!

86. Brett Campbell - July 30, 2009

83 – I saw it as a kid and part of it again a few years ago. Good acting from all of those folks, all around. Wasn’t it directed by George C. Scott, if I remember correctly?

87. Chris - August 1, 2009

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