I won’t have any time to blog later in the morning, nor probably all day Friday. But that’s OK, because you can amuse yourselves making Hitler videos for the amusement of us all.
beb said on February 26, 2010 at 7:55 am
Wednesday night Keith Olberman made an passionate Special Comment about Health Care Reform taking as his starting point his father, who has been in the hospital for six months fighting off one infection after another. Keith’s father is on a ventilator, a feeding tube, IVs and who knows what all else. He’s had liters (read quarts) of puss drained from his body. So after a grueling day of testing, when Keith came to visit, his father started mouthing (because he can’t speak) “kill me!” When I told my wife this (she’s a nursing as a nursing home) her reply was “I’ve been there.” The thing is that if Keith’s father can just beat the reoccuring infections he has every expection of recovering to a normal life. So pulling the plug is not yet an option.
But Keith’s point, and actually there were two points, was that he’s had long talks with his father’s physician over his father’s care and prognosis. These are the sorts of conversations that would be covered by health care reform but have been demonized as “death panels” by the Republicans. Keith responded that these are “life” panels because they discussed how best to help his father life.
The other point is that most people could not afford to keep their father in a hospital for six months, something health care would bring to people less fortunate than Olberman.
Last night “Hardball” ran in Keith’s time slot. Maybe it had something to do with the White House’s conference on Health Care. Maybe Keith was pinned down at the hospital dealing with his father’s failing health.
People some times make fun of Keith’s pomous Special Remarks, but you can’t argue with something that’s tearing a man apart.
ROgirl said on February 26, 2010 at 7:55 am
A few videos that amused me:
judybusy said on February 26, 2010 at 10:17 am
Perfect timing–I had just told a co-worker about the Hitler memes, and now linked her to the story! Thanks–
mark said on February 26, 2010 at 10:36 am
Best political news I’ve seen in a while. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/02/26/cnn-poll-majority-says-government-a-threat-to-citizens-rights/?fbid=2-oDsNaJKhA
moe99 said on February 26, 2010 at 11:13 am
Yes, mark, I think Grover Norquist’s dream has come true. The pliticians have poisoned the waters so effectively that only anarchy is left.
Jeff Borden said on February 26, 2010 at 11:16 am
Why do you consider this story the best political news you’ve seen in awhile? Isn’t it instead rather tragic that our own citizens hold our government in such low esteem? Who, exactly, benefits from this? I know it is an official conservative position to loathe the institution of government even while they use it to further their political aims (as do liberals), but a functioning government is a necessity, regardless of what St. Ronald used to say back in the day.
I am disgusted with the performance of our political leaders, particularly those on your side of the fence, though the rubber-spined Democrats give them a race for the money. But given the enormity of the mess we confront as a nation, I am looking for my government to take action on many fronts. The oceans of cynicism engulfing Washington, succored by millionaire faux populists and political hackery of the worst kinds, are not helping.
LAMary said on February 26, 2010 at 11:28 am
The Hitler video from a month or so ago when Hitler hears the news about Jay Leno coming back? I love it.
Sue said on February 26, 2010 at 11:29 am
But if we don’t give up our rights, the terrorists win! Or was that the last administration? They’re all blending together.
Jeff Borden said on February 26, 2010 at 11:33 am
Another reason to hate Senate Republicans: Millionaire former baseball star and right-wing ideologue Jim Bunning (R-KY) is preventing the extension of unemployment benefits to millions of out-of-work Americans, whose benefits will expire Sunday. Thanks, Jim, for kicking your struggling countrymen in the nuts, you addled old bastard.
Sue said on February 26, 2010 at 11:41 am
Not only that, he had to miss an important basketball game to do it.
Jeff Borden said on February 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm
I’ve been wondering which state has the best one-two combination of douchebags in the U.S. Senate. Generally, I go with Oklahoma, which is represented by Imhofe and Coburn, but Kentucky is coming up on the inside rail with Bunning and McConnell.
Bob (not Greene) said on February 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm
I thought maybe Mark was being sarcastic. Maybe not. If not, it’s appropriate that the comment was made amid references to Hitler. This is what facsists do. They are greedy for power and seek to destroy the existing government by eating away at it by using fear mongering and lies about some cabal that is bent on controlling everyone’s lives. This shit is right out of the Joseph Goebbels handbook. People look to the fascists to save them and, what do you know, they are really under somebody’s thumb and you get things like John Poindexter’s “Total Information Awareness” program. Now THAT’S something to be afraid of.
Jeff Borden said on February 26, 2010 at 12:18 pm
The conundrum for conservatives is that they spend inordinate amounts of time and money tearing down government, but then they want to be elected to govern. This is like saying you hate football, but want to play quarterback for the Saints.
Nancy quoted a review yesterday of a new zombie movie, but you don’t need to go to the theater to see mindless, rotting, directionless, shuffling corpses. Just watch the Republican Senate.
nancy said on February 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm
Not to change the subject too much, but the Hitler-reams-NBC video is my favorite, too. What sets it apart is the line given to the two women in the hall, which lots of people don’t bother with. Hitler screams, “What will they run at 10 p.m. now? Maybe a new Law & Order about rape!” The woman outside: “You must never tell him about SVU.”
andy said on February 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm
Nancy, I thought coverage of the atheist leaders’ trip to the white house was interesting. You’d have thought the characters from Con Air were showing up. http://www.indyagenda.com
Dexter said on February 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm
“Dog lovers: LEAVE THE ROOM! Cat lovers can stay”
Dexter said on February 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm
oh, andy? From yesterday…I was not referring to FW Central Catholic. Athletically, they were better suited to play the county teams like Hoagland and Harlan than the city schools. The starting five for FW Central was usually five African Americans, for FWCC, all caucasian.
judybusy said on February 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm
On a comletely unrelated note, one we can all add to our “I really hope I never see this in print again” list : Per the Star Tribune today: “Bam! Bam! Bam! Third blizzard this month smacks northeast.” It was cute when Emeril did it, but it’s now cliched and really out-of-date!
Sue said on February 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm
judybusy: One more clever misuse of “O Canada” as a headline or comment and someone’s getting smacked, probably my husband because he’s closest, poor thing.
Kirk said on February 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm
Amen re: idiotic, cliched misuse of “O Canada” in headlines/comments/etc.
I’m working in sports tonight, and nothing so putrid is getting past me.
nancy said on February 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm
I pity the fool who would try that, Kirk. O, how I miss the newsroom sometimes, however. Do they still have that big trophy with the tarnished basketball on top? I could use a photo op.
Kirk said on February 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm
I’m sitting about 8 feet from that trophy as I type this.
Stein rescued it from the trash when we remodeled a few years ago.
Dexter said on February 26, 2010 at 9:45 pm
The air was thick with tension as Canada had but one stone left to try and win the Gold. I haven’t been following Curling much, but I did watch this last contest between Sweden and Canada.
It was as bad as watching bowling, pool, or poker. Tense, so much riding on just one stone gliding on what the Canada leader told her teammates was “bad ice”. Bad ice, no dice, Sweden women take the Gold, and I won’t watch Curling for a long time now.
Denice B. said on February 27, 2010 at 12:57 am
My favorite Hitler site. Cats+Hitler = FUN http://www.catsthatlooklikehitler.com/cgi-bin/seigmiaow.pl
Denice B. said on February 27, 2010 at 1:06 am
Beb is right. What do you say to someone who asks you to please kill them? I say “Let me give you something to make you more comfortable”. Of course it’s a bad answer. But what else can I do? They don’t really want to die most of the time, they just want the suffering to end.
Dexter said on February 27, 2010 at 9:27 am
I do not remember seeing tsunami alerts posted for the entire Pacific Rim , ever.
The 8.8 with 8 major additional earthquakes over 6.1 in the same area over just a few hours is mind-blowing. Chile is reeling, and no one knows , until the DART buoy-line data is in , how huge the waves will be that are sure to hit Hawaii and all the rest of the islands in the Pacific. Sometimes I think the world will explode like a grenade at any moment. Now the tsunami alerts have been expanded to the entire Pacific coastline of North America.
beb said on February 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm
8.8 on the richter scale puts Chila among the top ten recorded earthquakes. My hearts in my throat thinking about Hawaii, and Samoa. The tsunami has passed on the buoys, according to the Weather Channel, who seems to be giving better information about the event than CNN (I guess it helps to have a network filled with Ph.D’s) but there no suggestion how bad the waves will be when they hit.
Deborah said on February 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm
Denise B. that site about cats that look like Hitler was a hoot. My aunt once had a dog named Mr. Nixon that looked just like him. I wish I had a picture of that dog, it was a long time ago before cell phone cameras and digital cameras.
Dexter said on February 27, 2010 at 8:04 pm
Garrison Keillor brought his troupe to The Fox Theater tonight and Sir Mack Rice stole the show, especially with his song, “Mustang Sally”…finally, finally, I got to hear him sing it live on the radio, as in right now live. Outstanding.
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