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Considering some of the extremely ridiculous and far-fetched things that have been asserted by McCain and Palin during this campaign, it wouldn’t have been that surprising if McCain had decided that Obama was to blame for the “redistribution of daylight” with DST going into effect on Sunday. However, due credit for that hilarious line must be given to Seth Meyers from tonight’s Saturday Night Live Weekend Update. Was everyone else as shocked as I was that the entire show (well, at least 90% of it!) was actually, really, really good tonight?! A lot of the credit has to go to Ben Affleck who really stretched himself and became each character he inhabited. (What a hoot he was in the German coat and Target sketches!)
And being the HUGE fan of MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” that I am, I was loving the ‘hilarious for the most part’ take-off on Keith and the show. Keith had mentioned on his Friday Countdown show that he had been invited over to the SNL studio to see Ben rehearse the skit, but Keith wasn’t sure if it would make the cut since skits are really up in the air until practically air time. Thankfully the skit DID make it, and Ben did a fantastic job, especially with the expressions Keith is famous for, although the voice could have used some work. It really showed that those who put that skit together are fans of Keith’s show because they had the camera angles down pat, as well as the staging. Only thing that could have made it even more perfect was if the camera was in a lot closer on Ben as it always is on Keith. Very funny stuff, VERY funny. I’ll try to dig up a video of the skit. It will be interesting to see what my boy Keith has to say about it on Monday’s Countdown.
**ADDED: Look what NBC finally posted! Woo-hoo! This one gets better each time I watch it.***
But for now I’ve got the two John McCain appearances for you. First up is the opening skit with the always dead-on Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, and John McCain, as, um, John McCain. (What casting! ;)) I have to say that the skit WAS pretty darn funny, especially when Sarah/Tina went all “rogue” and hawked her “Palin 2012” t-shirts–of course, asking potential buyers to please wait until November 5th to wear them. Cindy McCain could definitely fulfill a Vanna White-type role if she’s ever hard up for money. (Like THAT will ever happen. ;))
The second video is when McCain was on Weekend Update (you could hear some boos from the audience),listing the various forms of “Maverickiness” he could enlist. Have to say I thought the “Sad Grandpa” one was the funniest. All in all, John McCain’s SNL gig was MUCH more enjoyable than his “Maverick” counterpart’s was. Enjoy the videos!
Nice to read some good news after just watching my boys (San Diego Chargers)lose another game, this time about as far away from home as possible: the UK (Saints 37-Chargers 32) . So the good news is that the Anchorage Daily News has endorsed Barack Obama over the ticket which boasts their own governor, Sarah Palin. The editorial brings up many valid points, most especially who will best handle the monumental task of getting our country back on the road to recovery after the incredible economic mess we are all enduring. But perhaps what should really ring loud and long for anyone considering a vote for the McCain/Palin ticket is in the last paragraph, which I’m copying below. (Emphasis added by me. ;))
Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.
Truly “MUST SEE TV” was to be had on NBC’s Meet the Press today, as Colin Powell did as many were murmuring he would: he officially endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States of America, over his fellow Republican and friend, John McCain. I don’t think I have been as captivated by a speaker as I was while watching Powell, in a very long time, perhaps since Obama’s stirring keynote speech in 2004 (video) at the Democratic National Convention. While that speech by Obama made me stand up and take notice of this newcomer, mostly by mere virtue of having no clue who this charismatic speaker was, in Powell’s case today it was the sheer common sense and eloquent, calm, measured way in which he put forth his thoughts (including concern of John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate and possible future president) and my wondering what the outcome would be that had my eyes and ears glued to the set. Truly, nearly twenty-five minutes of not wanting to even take a breath for fear of missing something momentous. Terribly sad that I have to categorize common sense as momentous, but the way this election campaign has gone–toward the unbelievably negative, ridiculous, racist and bigoted side–has me grabbing onto any and all shreds of common sense as if they were bits of fresh air amongst the putrid stagnation of negativity and hate.
While I have had intense misgivings about the role Mr. Powell had in our involvement in the horrific continuing disaster known as the Iraq war, I have always continued to harbor feelings of respect for most everything else he has done, especially on the charitable front. This is a highly intelligent, compassionate man, with foreign policy and military experience matched by few, so to discount anything he might say by mere fact of my disgust with the hand he had in our involvement in Iraq would be shortsighted. I am hoping that others who will vehemently disagree with the stance Powell took today, will not be shortsighted as well (not holding my breath), and will see that the points he laid out to explain his decision are points that bode well for our country, and for the drastic, immediate change we need at home AND abroad.
Below is a video clip (just over 7 minutes) of the lead up to Colin’s endorsement of Barack on Meet the Press, but I would also highly suggest reading this article on Huffington Post which discusses Powell’s endorsement, and has video of Powell speaking with reporters after the Meet the Press show.
And lastly, I’m sure it’s not just me, but did anyone else sorely miss Tim Russert being the one sitting in that Meet the Press chair and being the one to land this momentous interview? What a lasting impact Tim has had on so many of us who never knew the man personally, but who miss his gentle, intelligent, and persistent style of being America’s truth-seeker and cheerleader for our political process. You are sorely missed, Mr. Russert.
I’ve never been a patient one, so of course I just couldn’t wait another three hours for Saturday Night Live to air here on the west coast and had to scour the internet for snippets of tonight’s show with rumored guest, Sarah (cough, gag, puke)Palin. Huffington Post had the entire opening skit and the “Alaska Rap” on Weekend Update.
So I’m not really sure if it’s just that I despise far too much of what Sarah Palin represents, or if her parts in the skits truly WERE snoozeville, but man they bored me to tears. The best part of the opening skit was Tina Fey (no surprise there),and the best part of Weekend Update was the line in the song “I can see Russia from my porch, and such” being rapped by the very pregnant Amy Poehler. Read the rest of this entry »
Once again, I’m sending major thanks out to the Randi Rhodes MySpace page for posting this video of tonight’s SNL show featuring this fantastically nailed performance by Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton. Best line of the skit (and there were many) was Poehler/Clinton saying, “In conclusion, I invite the media to grow a pair, and if you can’t I will lend you mine.” (Heck, I’ll loan them mine if they’ll step up their pressure on getting to the truth. ;)) Enjoy the video!
***Added 9/14/08: Well, it looks like NBC Universal pulled a copyright claim (yes, I know, it’s their right, their property, but…) on all the SNL videos that were posted to YouTube last night. I hope those of you who headed over here to see it DID get to see it before they were pulled down. Here’s the SNL web site link to the video where you get to sit through a commercial before watching the skit. Upside is that it’s high quality and fairly large. I think I’ve watched the skit about 10 times now, and find something new each time. I don’t think Fey and Poehler could have possibly done a better job than they did, with their impeccable timing, nuanced looks, and overall out Palining and Clintoning the actual women! 😉
And for those of you wondering what the heck flerg, flirg (or however you want to spell it) means, here’s what I found, but take it all with a grain of salt, or with… (shame on me ;)).
Again, enjoy the video!
DemRapidResponse posting this morning brought me this. Thank goodness they find all the good stuff because I just don’t have the time to. Pass it along, please!
McCain Lies About Reformer Credentials
- McCain on The View lies about reformer credentials, also claims that Sarah Palin didn’t ask for earmarks as Governor. In fact she took almost $500 million dollars as earmarks Governor. Read the rest of this entry »
“She (Sarah Palin) will do interviews, but she’ll do them on the terms and conditions of which the campaign decides it’s ready to do it.”
~Rick Davis, Campaign Manager for McCain
Could someone pinch me because I’m not quite sure if I’m awake, experiencing a continuation of the eight year nightmare we’ve all been living through, watching a bad extended Saturday Night Live skit (complete with Tina Fey look-a-like, Sarah Palin, although Tina’s actually pretty),or being subjected to a really twisted Republican version a Stepford Wives flick (rip back Rick Davis’ face and I swear you’ll find a bunch of wires)! Who ON EARTH (well, other than Sarah Palin and the McCain campaign) thinks that it is even remotely okay for someone who could possibly have to step in as leader of the free world, to NOT be available to America’s link/access to the truth–the media?! Read the rest of this entry »
MySpace Democrats just posted a bulletin with a great video from an organization I was previously unfamiliar with, truthandhope.org, but one of which I’m now a fan. This video does a fantastic job of pointing out the important history of community organizing Sarah Failin’ Palin and other GOP folks disgustingly mocked at their liars convention last week. THANKFULLY someone is out there responding to the BS the repugs, I mean repubs, are dishing out; BS which, sadly, folks with no interest in discovering the truth are lapping up. Truthandhope.org needs help getting this ad on TV, so if you can muster up some dinero, please help them out. Just click on this link to find out more.
Seriously, folks? THIS is who you want engaging in discussions on national security issues (even remotely), let alone living in OUR White House? Someone whose response to Palin’s lack of national security experience is that we all remember that Alaska is the closest part of “our” continent to Russia. (I think Canada and Central and South America might want to lay claim to the continent, too, Cindy!) Say what? Closeness to Russia constitutes experience?! Well since I’m part Russian/German/Finnish/Polish I guess her warped logic really gives me an in, with an appointment to Secretary of State in my future under a McCain presidency? ARGH!
When (if) you vote for John McCain, you get the baggage that is his wife, sort of like marrying into your spouse’s family. Of course worse than having Cindy Read the rest of this entry »
Time to haul my fanny back over here to blog. This extremely important election is no time for me to sit back, relax on the writing, and not do my best to make sure our country takes that MUCH NEEDED turn toward change. Mind you, I can be pretty lazy on my days off, so I’ll just start this trek copying today’s email from MoveOn. Also have to share one of the great quotes to come out of some fantastic speeches at the Democratic National Convention.
“John McCain may pay hundreds of dollars for his shoes, but we’re the ones who’ll pay for his flip-flops.” ~Gov. Bill Richardson Read the rest of this entry »