In case you were working or you have a single tuner Tivo and you just had to record Pushing Daisies, (not that I know anyone who’d do that) here’s the Obama Show:
Tonight on Countdown, Keith Olbermann had an excellent Special Comment about Joe the Plumber, including an excellent clip of FOXNews calling Joe the Plumber out over the “Death to Israel” flap:
You know how the tagline for this site used to be “pop culture and politics?” Fuck politics. After this election is over I think I’m going to curl up with a bottle of bourbon and watch nothing but cartoons for about a month.
McCain tells people, with a straight face, that Obama and that liberal media outlet, FOX television, played politics with the World Series?
“It’s unfortunate that the World Series’ first pitch is being delayed for Obama’s political pitch. Not only is Obama putting politics before principle, he’s putting it before our national pastime,” spokesman Alex Conant said.
The Obama campaign did not ask that the game be delayed, said a spokesman for Fox, which broadcasts the World Series.
“They asked Fox to buy the air time,” the spokesman said. “Fox went to our partner, Major League Baseball, and asked if it would be OK to delay the game to take this important political advertisement. They agreed.”
Palin tells a crowd that Obama was, to paraphrase, palling around with Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi, whom the Mccain campaign insists was the spokesman for the PLO? The Huffington Post reports:
During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.
I’ve begun to feel like Wyatt Cenac on last night’s Daily Show.
Last week Presidential Wacky-Brother Hopeful Joe McCain, in his quest to be the new Billy Carter, called 911 to complain about traffic. According to the Washington Post:
This is where we insert a comment about the barndoor and the horse.
In an interview yesterday, he described the 911 call as “the biggest mistake I will ever make in my life, at least in politics” and said he thought he had hung up the phone before uttering an expletive.
So tying up 911 wasn’t the problem, in his view? And, despite the fact that he was conversing with the 911 operator, he now claims, “I swear to you, I never, ever meant to say those words to a live voice. . . . The truth is, I had no idea there was anybody on the other end of the phone.”
Say it ain’t so, Joe! We’re gonna miss you.
My headache is still pounding, but I can see straight, so it’s horror movie marathon time for the rest of the day. I’m going to have to watch some really scary ones to shake loose the case of the wiggens given to me by PunditMom’s post, “Can You Say Senator Sarah Palin?” The thought crossed my mind earlier, but I was thinking about Palin’s long-term political career and hadn’t even considered this particular scenario.
Nothing could concern me more than the war on Science that Sarah Palin and her followers are intent on waging. Nevertheless, their, I don’t know…skirmish on math has to stop. I was happy to see Dana Milbank point out that their rallying cry – “Sarah in 0-twelve” – is a bit mathematically flawed. Technically, I think that’s a numerically flawed statement rather than a mathematically flawed statement, but whatever. It’s stupid-sounding and it annoys me.
At dinner, Samer filled me in on the latest political nonsense. Thanks to the never-ending migraine I had no idea about Sarah Palin’s bizarro speech last week wherein she stumped for more autism research while railing against…um, autism research.
In one of those moments of sheer wackiness that comes about only at the end of a long and grueling presidential campaign, I type the words, “Christopher Hitchens speaks for me.” If you don’t wish to read his entire Slate essay, “Sarah Palin’s War on Science – The GOP ticket’s appalling contempt for knowledge and learning,” which you should, because it’s quite good, let me hit the highlight for you:
This is what the Republican Party has done to us this year: It has placed within reach of the Oval Office a woman who is a religious fanatic and a proud, boastful ignoramus. Those who despise science and learning are not anti-elitist. They are morally and intellectually slothful people who are secretly envious of the educated and the cultured. And those who prate of spiritual warfare and demons are not just “people of faith” but theocratic bullies. On Nov. 4, anyone who cares for the Constitution has a clear duty to repudiate this wickedness and stupidity.
I wanted to add, however, that The Loom, a science blog at Discover Magazine, is willing to cut Palin a sliver of slack as there is research into the Olive Fruit Fly in France that is, in fact, unrelated to Autism. I have no way of knowing what she meant, so I’ll link to UNC Health Care’s post, “In defense of fruit flies and basic medical research” and proceed on the assumption that no matter what the woman was trying to refer to, she’s still an idiot.
From last night’s Saturday Night Live: “Earlier today Democratic candidate Joe Biden and Congressman Jack Murtha spoke at a rally in Johnstown Pennsylvania where they attempted to blow the election for Senator Obama.”
Meanwhile, in the Washington Post, inadequate political junkies come out of the closet in “Capital Offense – Washington Keeps a Finger on the Political Pulse.”
“I’ve done that a million times,” Peter Barber says excitedly, when asked if he’s ever pretended to recognize a name or political term since moving to the area for grad school in public policy at George Mason. “But I always thought it was just me!”
He hasn’t lived here that long — came down from Connecticut where people aren’t so obsessed. Still, it’s not easy, he says. Especially not when there’s a whole new cast of characters and policies to memorize every election cycle.
“Like Rumsfeld,” Barber says. He’d finally gotten used to knowing that “Rumsfeld was the secretary of state,” he says, when Rumsfeld went and resigned and was replaced by that Gates guy. Now, Barber bets, “Four out of 10 people here would still say Rumsfeld” was the secretary of state.
Telling Barber that Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates were not secretaries of state but secretaries of defense just seems cruel.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to watch that SNL sketch again, it may be one of my favorites.
Although to be fair, the jokes pretty much write themselves on this one. Still, I’ll have whatever he was drinking, please!
I thought this segment was longer, so I’m guessing whatever segment was on immediately after this was really funny, too, but I lack the energy to look for it to post.