January 24th, 2011
I was a little bummed this past Friday night to find out that Keith Olbermann, a fellow liberal fighting the good fight with his program every weeknight on MSNBC for the last eight years, had abruptly resigned.
At the time of this writing, it was still unclear what the cause of this one, but speculation was that NBC’s purchase by Kabletow-, I mean Comcast and the ensuing executive shakeup may have something to do with it.
‘The Final Countdown’
[ mp3 ♫ ]
Whatever the reason, Keith will be missed. Certainly his spirit and that of The Countdown lives on in his protege, Rachel Maddow, (who will surely one day soon eclipse his accomplishments) as well as Lawrence O’Donnell, who was a frequent guest and substitute host on Countdown, but there is undeniably a Keith-shaped hole in the lives of the MSNBC faithful.
Thus, I offer Europe’s ‘The Final Countdown‘ because I thought it was a pretty clever play on words on my part, and I just finished watching Arrested Development.
We will miss the program, sir!
June 21st, 2010
So the oil spill is happening, and is essentially terrible. It almost seems futile to shift into a full-blown rant at this point, because no amount of outcry can possibly do this thing justice. It will invariably fall short in relation to the sheer magnitude of what is happening.
Instead, I just wanted to post a really useful article I found on the New York Times website:
Above is a small screencap of the live videofeed of the oil leaking into the Gulf. Experts estimates range widely as to how much oil has been spilled already, but even the most conservative estimates are astonishing, devastating, gut-wrenching…
Speaking of conservative things: A few of them are acting crazier than usual, whether that means rising to the defense of a multi-billion-dollar generating corporation when it’s asked to compensate those affected, or whining that the dissemination of information is the biggest problem with the oil spill, these boys are in rare form.
In particular, they’re giving President Obama a hard time for pursuing energy reform at this time, saying he is politicizing the issue. There are two ways to respond to this:
First is the nicer: to pursue energy policy reforms now is a logical response to a catastrophic failure linked directly to the issue of energy consumption in the United States; to ignore the underlying causes of the issue would truly be the worst possible response.
Second is the more childish one: Republicans used the tragic loss of human life on September 11, 2001 to justify the pursuit policy goals of their own which had been waiting in the wings for years. Now its our turn.
I don’t really like the second response, and the larger part of me doesn’t want to believe that everyone is quote so callous, but trudging up the moral high road gets more tiresome with every trek, and you never seem to meet very many people along the way.
One of my favorite film quotes of all time comes from Steve Buscemi’s character in the 2001 film Bandits:
You know the problem with being smart? You always know what will happen next. It ruins the suspense.
Let’s pair that with a fantastic Will-Smith-One-Liner from 2004′s I, Robot:
You know, somehow, “I told you so” just doesn’t quite say it.
I’ll leave you to draw the parallel yourself.
March 23rd, 2010
I’ve been watching the fallout from the Democrats successful passage of their health care bill and Obama’s signing ceremony today. Man-oh-man. What a mess. I gotta give it to guys leading my team though: you did it! Be proud, and bask in this moment, because it is sure to not last.
There’s also a lot of negative stuff flying around, about how almost all of America hates the health care bill, etc. I, for one, like it a lot, and just wanted to extend a “thank you” to the Democrats who voted for it, and Olympia Snowe, who helped in her own way. It means a lot, and I appreciate you doing it not just for people like me, who think it’s a good idea, but who you really did it for: the millions of Americans who NEED this legislation.
September 16th, 2009
Normally I don’t like to give stuff like this that much attention. It should be a non-story, and really there’s little-to-no information to be gained from it. That said, even I like to indulge in junk-news on occasion: As if I didn’t love President Obama enough, this really can only help his image.
Not that I care at all about the MTV’s fully-decked sparkle-spectacle that is the VMAs, but that action there of all places spawned this news story serves to underscore how funny this all is. That Kanye West would get so bent out of shape over an award of such insignificance is eyebrow-raising to begin with; that he would get all emotional about it on Leno sortof makes me giggle.
The President offhandedly calling him a ‘jackass’ is comedic gold. I just posted the audio because I hadn’t heard it before today, and it made me laugh pretty hard. Just listening to the intonation in his voice kinda reminds me that he’s a normal guy who has normal opinions and reactions to the silly stuff that goes on in our country. It helps to recall that, from time to time.
September 10th, 2009
(816): holy shit our president is awesome