I’m ready for my closeup.
Bill said on October 19, 2008 at 12:44 pm
Ain’t show biz great?
Dexter said on October 19, 2008 at 2:12 pm
“…a beer for her…and I’ll have a bottle of O-Negative.”
Dorothy said on October 19, 2008 at 2:27 pm
I’m lovin’ the veins in your neck!
coozledad said on October 19, 2008 at 3:11 pm
Hell, I look like that without makeup.
I’d have visited a bar after the shoot just to watch people’s reactions. Or a church to see if they’d take up a collection.
brian stouder said on October 19, 2008 at 4:31 pm
And now we know how Madonna looks, when she first wakes up in the morning!
All this talk about zombies has me hungry for salami (for some reason!) …or maybe some seasonal zucchini bread
moe99 said on October 19, 2008 at 5:17 pm
For Levi Stubbs, RIP:
Gasman said on October 19, 2008 at 7:49 pm
Please, have your first cup of of coffee!
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 19, 2008 at 8:40 pm
NBC video is truly annoying; i meant to link the SNL Palin Rap, but it looks like i’ll crash the blog first. Anyhow, it ain’t at YouTube; gotta go to NBC to load it. Fun, not gonna change any minds.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 19, 2008 at 8:47 pm
One more try —
Jolene said on October 19, 2008 at 9:29 pm
I wish I could have been a fly on the wall in the discussion about what Palin would do on SNL. They didn’t use her to do anything interesting at all. The rap number that Jeff embedded was pretty good, and Palin looked good doing her sit-down dancing, but that’s a fairly minor role.
I’m sure there was tension between having her do something that people would find engaging and genuinely funny vs. doing something undignified, but, still, seems like there’d have been a way to resolve it that would have allowed her to do something that would have allowed her to do something that was actually funny.
basset said on October 19, 2008 at 9:31 pm
Governor Palin looks like she is not enjoying it at ALL… and I understand they wanted her to do the rap and she refused? at last there’s something I can agree with her on…
jcburns said on October 19, 2008 at 9:34 pm
They used her to generate huge ratings, which is a pretty mercenary thing to do. Content almost didn’t matter.
But hey. It’s Lorne Michaels. It’s television. It’s Chinatown.
Can I just say how proud I was to hear that you can be a muslim and be a American, proud, loyal, and free?
Here’s the quote:
Mr. Obama is a lifelong Christian, not a Muslim, he said. But, he added, “The really right answer is, what if he is?”
“Is there something wrong with being Muslim in this country? No, that’s not America,” he said.
I hope for some seven year old muslim American boys out there, that was a moment of pure sunlight in the gathering darkness.
Thanks, General Powell.
Jolene said on October 19, 2008 at 9:46 pm
Powell was, indeed, impressive today. Definitely a “full catastrophe” view of what the next president needs to do, i.e., address national security, economic issues, education, racial and religious tolerance.
Did you all see the addendum to the MTP interview? He spoke to reporters for a few minutes outside the NBC studio and was similarly clear and forceful. He held up Michelle Bachmann’s recent disquisition on the idea of investigating members to determine which were pro- vs. anti-American as something we don’t need more of. (Bachmann’s opponent, by the way, has collected half a million dollars in campaign contributions via the Internet since she made that statement.)
Gasman said on October 19, 2008 at 11:07 pm
Wow. I had not heard of Michelle Bachmann before. What a loon. Now the GOP has trotted out their Neo McCarthyism campaign strategy. I guess the he’s-too-inexperienced, TERRORISM!, tax-and-spend, and the ignorant racism campaigns haven’t gotten much traction, why not call all liberals un-American? Palin’s the one that’s really been leading the charge, but the following quote from Francis Bacon works equally well for either Palin or Bachman (with appropriate adjustment of gender specific pronouns):
“She doth like the ape, that the higher she clymbes, the more she shewes her ars.”
With any luck, they will both be retiring from the national stage very soon.
Catherine said on October 19, 2008 at 11:51 pm
Wow, General Powell is actually really… presidential. The cynic in me wants to see someone setting himself up for 2012. The believer loves it and nodded right along — like, why doesn’t someone like him take back the Rs?
And, thanks for all the links. I just watched a portion of SNL with my kids and the 11 YO laughed in all the right spots!
Dexter said on October 20, 2008 at 12:53 am
My final shot at Powell:
Powell may have been the single most respected general in Vietnam. I was a soldier there, a contemporary , if you will, although I never met him nor served directly under him. I have know a few men over the years who served with him and I have heard them tell me stories of incredible courage and inspiration they witnessed firsthand regarding Powell.
Now we jump to 2000 and we hear Powell , totally behind Cheney and Powell, 100% on-board. Then I recall with great clarity the morning Powell went to the UN and showed grainy “evidence” that WMD were on the move. He had become a pitchman for Bush to go into Iraq…and even today on MTP, he defended his position from back then, blaming it on “intelligence”. Anyone who had even a passing interest in politics then surely remembers that there WAS great outcry that WMD did not exist, and that Hans Blix was not allowed to finish his job once it became clear this entire thing was a hoax upon the US citizenry. Here we had Powell , ever the good soldier, spewing lies on national TV about WMD. Later he became irritated because it became clear he had just been another Bush/Cheney patsy.
My sincere admiration and total respect for General Powell evaporated that morning at the UN.
He’s voting for Obama. Well, he got that part right, at least.
moe99 said on October 20, 2008 at 2:18 am
I met Powell when he was a full bird colonel, serving as a Special Assistant to SecDef Brown in the Carter Administration. I was Special Assistant to the General Counsel at DoD and my boss, Togo D. West, was good friends with Powell. Togo’s career rose, but not like Powell’s. I have no idea if they are still friends.
And my opinion of Powell fell precipitously as well after the UN speech. But I still find Powell to be the only member of this current administration to have any sort of weight with me because of his earlier good work in the Geo HW Bush administration. His presentation today on Meet the Press well illustrates why I think he is still highly regarded in DC and around the world.
Ok, this is completely OT but I think it’s important since it comes from Saginaw County:
Gasman said on October 20, 2008 at 3:16 am
The guy in Saginaw County is just economizing. It’s the damn economy I tell you. Do you know what even cut rate Saginaw County hookers go for these days? Hell, two bucks worth of quarters will get the job done and then some. And guess what, there’s no mess to clean up! Plus there’s no awkward conversation afterwards.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 20, 2008 at 6:52 am
I met Gen. Powell while working with the “America’s Promise” program he began in ’95 (the little red wagon pins you might recall, that Powell wore before flag lapel pins became mandatory). His stock answer then and still as far as i know is that his wife absolutely, positively refuses to consider his running for president. Since then, i’ve read that she had some pretty serious treatment for depression years back, and it sounds like she sees Eagleton syndrome written all over the idea of running for elective office.
He’s a good man, and i wish he would run for Senate or something, but he can be useful to the process in other ways, and has and no doubt will continue to be. No more red wagon pin, though.
Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 20, 2008 at 7:02 am
Pretty good analysis — http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/10/19/healthcare_shouldnt_be_linked_to_employment/ — but he doesn’t close the deal with single payer national standard health care.
You can see conservatives getting closer, though. It’s occurring to them that it’s about global economic competitiveness, not just another entitlement program.
beb said on October 20, 2008 at 8:17 am
Even though the next president doesn’t take office until January, conservatives look to be trying to box the next president in on what he can do about the economy. They’re talking tax cuts and balanced budgets but let’s not forget what made Herbert Hoover the failed president he was during the Great Depression. At a time when Americans needed jobs he cut back on federal spending.
The next president is going to have to spend — spend like a drunken sailor — in order to get enough people working, or keep people working whose jobs depend on state and local funding. The deficit next year may run to a trillion dollars, a sum of money almost unimaginable to ordinary people. People are going to tell us we shouldn’t spend that much money. Certainly we should keep a closer eye on that spending than was ever kept on the billions pours down the rathole called Iraq.
Cutting taxes only helps people who are paying taxes. Our government needs to help the people who aren’t paying taxes to find work so that they will become tax paying Americans.
Cutting spending only puts more people out of work. And since the largest sector of the work force losing their jobs is contruction, rebuilding infrastructures seems the best place to spend that money. And to keep that money in the country “prevailing wage” laws need to be re-enacted so that contractors can’t undercut Amercan workers with illegal immigrants working for less.
But I digress.
In summary, the way to keep out of another Great Depression is to borrow money to put people to work. And if you are putting people to work, the work they do ought ot benefit all Americans.
derwood said on October 20, 2008 at 9:47 am
I work with a lady that has veins just like those!!!
moe99 said on October 20, 2008 at 9:52 am
I was going to respond substantively to the column you cited, Jeff, but a look at Mr. Jacoby’s other columns show that he is firmly in the camp of damning Mr. Obama for his association with Bill Ayers, and other similarly ‘grounded’ attacks on the Democratic candidate.
So here’s a capsule summary: The $5,000 credit for health care is too little for the average American’s health care costs given the annual cost of medicine in the US. And for those who suffer catastrophic illness, like my friends in NYC who are dealing with recently diagnosed cancer in their 24 yr old son, they would have been unable to pay the actual cost of his treatment because $5,000 without changing how medicine is paid for, doesn’t even begin to get you into the door.
moe99 said on October 20, 2008 at 10:41 am
John Cole over at Balloon Juice is a Republican convert to the Democratic cause. I remember visiting his site in 2002 and vowing never to come back. In 2005, he was so disgusted by the Schiavo case and torture, that he made a 180 degree turn. His perspective on health care in today’s thread is instructive:
An example of something that I find very funny. Over the past few years, we have watched major corporations dump their pensions and move hundreds of thousands of people off private health insurance on to medicare and medicaid at the government’s expense (Delta Airlines comes to mind, I believe United was another one from the 2005 PBGC mess), we have doubled the national debt and passed the MASSIVE prescription drug plan, we have watched the government nationalize several industries, the government is currently nationalizing the banks, the Republican party candidate is proposing spending near a half trillion dollars allowing the government to buy private mortgages, and the right wing is running around screaming “SOCIALISM” because Obama is proposing increasing the top tax rates a few percentage points.
That is funny. Sad and depressing, but funny.
joodyb said on October 20, 2008 at 3:28 pm
It was only a matter of time before Michele Bachmann got her next 15 minutes of infamy. Talk about not walking the walk. refused comment all day (she was too busy ‘campaigning’) and now has tried to dial it back. El’s contributions post-Hardball were at $640,000 last i heard.
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