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What a great tribute Keith Olbermann gave to his mom, Marie Olbermann, on Countdown tonight. She passed away this past Saturday, April 4th, from cancer. I’m not really quite sure how Keith made it through without losing it (I know I was shedding a few tears, along with the laughs), but in his incomparable Keith style he was able to make us all feel like we knew his mother, Marie. After watching the segment, it’s plain to see that Keith is the male version of the very witty, sarcastic, and endearing Marie. What a character she apparently was, and how obvious it is that she’ll be missed by not only Keith and their family, but by many others. Our thoughts are with you, Keith. R.I. P. Marie Olbermann.
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!
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 »
I am so shocked, disappointed, and disgusted by what went down yesterday with OUR Senate, OUR government, OUR system of free speech, and the blinders that Americans seem to be wearing in regard to what exactly it is that Bush and his cronies are doing to OUR country, that I don’t even know how to put it into words. Are Americans so clueless that they don’t see that the minute the anti-war movement gains any sort of substantial ground, Bush & Crew pull some ridiculous BS, and typical sleight-of-hand out of the closet to take the focus off of all they are doing wrong. And for Bush to say in his press conference that HE was disgusted by the MoveOn.org ad, well Georgie Boy I’m beyond totally disgusted by what YOU and your regime are doing to MY country, and MY freedoms. The nerve of you to say that YOU are disgusted, considering everything you have done. Disgusted. I’M just totally disgusted.
I’ll allow Keith Olbermann to try and sort this latest disaster out for me in his usual intelligent and eloquent manner:
Here is a link to how the vote went down on the resolution. Shame on you to my senator, Dianne Feinstein, for voting in favor of it. Shame on you.
Here are some items from MoveOn.org, a group I hope those of you who are not currently involved with WILL join. We need SOME sort of group that helps us get our voices, our concerns, and our thoughts out there. Goodness knows our elected officials aren’t doing it.
- About MoveOn.org
- General Petraeus or General Betray Us? (info and ad)
- Senator McConnell: Betrayal of Trust (info and video)
- The VideoVets Project-Bring Our Troops Home (info and videos)
Here is an email MoveOn.org sent out to its members after yesterday’s asinine resolution:
The U.S. Senate just told you to sit down and be quiet when they passed a Republican amendment condemning MoveOn.1
Every day, our brave men and women are dying in a bloody civil war this Senate has done nothing to stop. Yesterday, they couldn’t even pass a bill to give soldiers adequate leave with their families before redeploying.2 But they’re spending time cracking down on a newspaper ad?
So, we’re making clear where America stands. We’re releasing a statement from MoveOn members—and anyone else who feels the same way—saying, “We will not be quiet, we will fight back. We will keep speaking out until Congress forces an exit plan for this awful war.”
Clicking here will add your name:
Maybe you liked our General Petraeus ad.3 Maybe you thought the language went too far. But make no mistake: this is much bigger than one ad.
It’s part of a larger campaign by Fox, the right-wing echo chamber, and Republicans like John McCain (who said we should be “thrown out of the country”).4
They’re doing it because they’re hurting: Polls show last week’s Bush Administration PR blitz increased the number of Americans favoring withdrawal5 and vulnerable Republicans are sinking lower and lower in the polls (or announcing their retirement).
And it has one purpose: to intimidate all of us. To send a message that anyone who speaks unpleasant truths about this war will pay. To make everyone—especially politicians—think twice before they accuse the administration of lying.
If it looks like we’re on the run, people will think twice before they speak out. Will you send a message today to Dick Cheney, Fox, Bill O’Reilly, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Karl Rove—and the Democrats without the guts to vote against this—that it’s not working?
We’ve changed our home page to just run the names of people who sign on. We’ll report the totals to the media all day. And if we can find an electronic billboard in Washington, D.C., we’ll run the names there, too.
And after you add your name, you can go one step further. We’ve put together a fair but hard-hitting ad that highlights how, yesterday, Republicans blocked a bill to give our troops adequate family leave before going back to Iraq. If we can raise enough money, we’ll air this ad across the country and take the fight back to the real issues—this terrible war and its impact on our troops and the Iraqi people.
Clicking here will add your name to our statement:
This morning, the Senate didn’t pass an exit strategy for Iraq. They didn’t pass a bill to cover millions of uninsured Americans or combat the climate crisis. Nope—they condemned 3.4 million Americans for speaking out against the war.
Let them know them it’s not going to work.
Thank you for all you do, every day, to get the truth out.
–Eli, Aaron, Adam G., Adam R., Anna, Carrie, Daniel, Erik, Ilyse, Jennifer, Joan, Justin, Karin, Laura, Marika, Matt, Natalie, Nita, Noah, Tanya, Tom & Wes
MoveOn.org Political Action
Thursday, September 20th, 2007
PS. I will join MoveOn members tonight for a live webcast at 8:30 EST/ 5:30 PST. We’ll update this situation, talk about next steps, and answer your questions. To join in, click here:
1. You can see the resolution text here and the roll call of who voted for it here. Absurdly, it claims that MoveOn “impugns the honor and integrity of … all the members of the United States Armed Force”—despite the fact that MoveOn includes hundreds of thousands of veterans and military family members, who’ve led our campaign to bring our troops home.
2. “Effort to Shift Course in Iraq Fails in Senate,” New York Times , September 19, 2007.
3. You can read the ad text and why we ran it here:
4. “McCain To MoveOn: Get Out,” CBS News, September 14, 2007.
5. “Poll: Most Say Bush Iraq Plan Falls Short,” CBS News, September 17, 2007.
PAID FOR BY MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION, http://pol.moveon.org/
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
I’ve always admired Keith Olbermann’s ability to put into words many of the thoughts I am unable to eloquently express. He has outdone himself with this video showcasing the outright lies, hypocrisy, immorality and lunacy of George W. Bush. (Here is the text for this video from 9/4/07).
While the entire video is incredible, it’s the last thirty seconds which especially touch upon the outrage I, and countless other Americans, feel toward this entire Iraq situation; Keith gives a voice to our concerns–our demands. It’s in this last half-minute of time that I can’t help but be reminded of a definite “must see” movie I didn’t think I’d like at all, but found myself loving, “V for Vendetta.” I can see legions of citizens fed up with GWB and his regime’s status quo, figuratively standing alongside Keith Olbermann during this video, as were the thousands of masked citizens in the final scenes of “V for Vendetta” fed up with the fascist “Norsefire” party. Could someone please hand me a
Guy Hawkes Keith Olbermann mask, please?