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Cobert Meets the Press

In Are you kidding me?, Election 2008, Humor, news, Politics, Television on October 21, 2007 at 5:51 pm

Stephen Colbert was on Meet the Press the am. By the way, Colbert’s book sales are way up. Hmmm…wonder why?

Here is Michael Falcone’s post from the NY Times to get you caught up:

Stephen Colbert and Tim Russert faced off. (Photo: Alex Wong/“Meet the Press” )

Colbert: I Am a Candidate (And So Can You!)

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert said he’s in it (the presidential primary in South Carolina, that is), and he’s in it to win … one delegate.

Or so he told NBC’s Tim Russert who grilled the comedian today on “Meet the Press” in what was one of the more humorous – and, at times, bizarre – editions of the normally all-business Sunday morning show.

“This is not a dream, you’re not going to wake up from this. I’m far real-er than Sam Brownback, let me put it that way,” Mr. Colbert, the host of the popular faux news program, “The Colbert Report,” said of his candidacy.

Among other revelations, Mr. Colbert said that he actually doesn’t want to be president, he just wants to run (“There’s a difference”). He’s considering asking Senator Larry Craig to join the ticket. And, Mr. Colbert, who reportedly keeps a poster of Richard Nixon hanging in his office, suggested his approach to governing would be “Nixonish or Nixonoid.”

And why is he only running in South Carolina (his home state)?
“I want to put the focus back on South Carolina; I want it to be a permanent thing,” Mr. Colbert said. “I don’t want Iowa and New Hampshire to be the only people in the United States who get to control who is a bellwether state.’’

He and Mr. Russert went round and round about his name, too, in one of the wilder moments when Mr. Russert held up a Sesame Street character and asked Mr. Colbert (who now pronounces his name Col-bair rather than his family’s pronunciation of Col-burt) to identify the other half of (fill-in-the blank) and Ernie. And Mr. Russert kept it up, asking why then he shouldn’t pronounce his own name as Russ-air.

The exchange continued:

Mr. Colbert: Are you saying that I don’t have the right to drop the T in my name? Are you saying that? Last time I checked, this was America. Or does that mean not a thing to you anymore?

Mr. Russert (holding up Bert) : Then why not call him “Ber”?

Mr. Colbert: Because that’s his choice. You’ll have to ask him. I dare you.

Mr. Russert: Are you…

Mr. Colbert: Ask him. Right now.

Mr. Russert: But why did you change your name?

Mr. Colbert: I changed my name because I knew that there were people out there who, who needed T’s.

Mr. Russert: Not comfortable in your own skin?

Mr. Colbert: Oh, I’m extremely comfortable in my own skin. I’m comfortable in other people’s skin.

And so it went, replete with Mr. Russert’s familiar routine of holding up old quotes of a candidate — many in this case from Mr. Colbert’s new book, “I Am America (and So Can You!),” and challenging Mr. Colbert’s words.

Mr. Colbert first hinted at a possible White House bid when he made a guest appearance on The Times’s Op-Ed page last week in Maureen Dowd’s column. He made an official announcement on his show a few days later, saying that he intended to run as both a Democrat and Republican in the South Carolina primary.

“If, at the Democratic National Convention, somebody has to stand up and say, ‘the proud state of South Carolina, the palmetto state, the home of the greatest peaches and shrimp in the world, casts one vote for native son, Stephen Colbert,’ I’d say I won,” Mr. Colbert declared. (Though he said he’s gunning for a brokered convention, he just might settle for one of the coveted speaking spots instead.)

The mood was a little more serious elsewhere on the Sunday talk show circuit. In advance of tonight’s Republican presidential debate, G.O.P. contenders John McCain and Mike Huckabee appeared on “Fox News Sunday.”

Mr. McCain once again asserted his conservative credentials and skewered his opponent Mitt Romney for taking what he said were liberal positions on the issues in order to get elected governor of Massachusetts. The Arizona senator insisted that his presidential bid was now back on track after a series of “budgetary mistakes” that left his campaign in the red at the end of the last quarter. Mr. McCain declined to say whether he would accept federal matching funds or take out a loan to keep his campaign afloat.

“Right now I’m saying that we examine all the options all the time,” Mr. McCain said. “I don’t rule out any option, but I certainly think that borrowing money is not something that I would prefer to do, but I won’t rule out any option.”

Mr. Huckabee, who finished just behind Mr. Romney in a straw poll of religious conservatives who gathered in Washington and voted online, cast himself as the favorite candidate of social conservatives. He also noted that despite raising only about $1 million in the third quarter, he’s been seeing a uptick in some polls and said that he has a “real shot” to win in Iowa.

“If you look at some of the numbers, many of the candidates have plateaued,” Mr. Huckabee said. We’ve never had to retreat, we’ve never had higher numbers and then lower numbers. Every month we get better.”

In an interview with Bob Schieffer, host of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Mr. Romney answered questions about religion and politics, emphasizing what he, as a Mormon, has in common with the Christian conservatives he spoke to last week.

Mr. Romney also said that he was pleased to accept the endorsement of Bob Jones, the head of the South Carolina evangelical university that bears his name, even though Mr. Jones said he was opposed to the doctrines of Mormonism.

“I’m not expecting him to endorse my faith,” Mr. Romney said. “And I’m pleased that you have an evangelical Christian leader who says, look, Mitt Romney is a guy who is a social conservative, an economic conservative, a foreign policy conservative. Those three branches, if you will, of conservatism have to be united if we’re going to win the White House.”

Senator Joe Biden of Delaware was the lone Democratic presidential candidate to appear on a Sunday morning show, and he used an interview on ABC’s “This Week” to question G.O.P. candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani’s foreign policy experience, and said that he would have a much better chance of thwarting Iran’s nuclear ambitions that the former New York mayor.

“Well, I love these guys on the Republican side they know virtually — except for John McCain — virtually nothing about foreign policy,” Mr. Biden said.

He continued, taking direct aim at Mr. Giuliani: “He’s been the mayor of a city, a great city. How does that qualify him to be — what has he demonstrated he knows about … national security?”

We’re sure Mr. Giuliani would beg to differ, and we’ll be watching for his rebuttal at the Fox News Republican debate in Florida tonight.

Is Stephen Colbert Breaking the Law?

In Are you kidding me?, Election 2008, Humor, news, Politics, Television on October 19, 2007 at 12:20 pm

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Now don’t get me wrong, I love Stephen Colbert. I have had him on my blogroll since I began this site and I watch his show frequently. However, we he announced his plans to run for president in South Carolina earlier this week, all I could think of was, “What the hell?” I have also joked that I would support the [Jon] Stewart/Colbert ticket but like many, I would support them in the same faux-style as they run their Comedy Central shows. How far is he taking this? Is he still joking? Is this just a way to promote his new book? Is he breaking and election and campaign finance election laws?

Kenneth Vogel of The Politico has his take:

If he continues moving toward a presidential campaign, particularly if he, or Comedy Central, keeps spending money exploring and promoting by hyping it on his nightly half-hour news parody show, he could get himself and his network in trouble for violating election laws, including those barring corporate campaign contributions.

“You don’t get a different set of rules because you’re running as a joke,” said Marc Elias, a leading Washington election lawyer who represents Democratic candidates.

“You may get a different set of rules because it’s a joke and you’re not really running,” said Elias, who stressed he was not speaking for any client. “But if it isn’t a joke, then there may be any number of issues.”

How far is too far? Aside from possibly breaking the law (if indeed this is not a comedy stunt), can he screw things up in the South Carolina primary? What do you think?

For the full story from the Politico, read here.

Deborah Harry: Still Punk After All These Years

In Culture, Entertainment, Just News, Music on October 16, 2007 at 7:59 am

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Deborah Harry then and now…even Andy Warhol photographed her during her early career.

Wow, talk about pulling out the time capsule this morning. The New York Times has a story about one of my favorite bands from the late 70’s and early 80’s. Deborah Harry, front woman for the punk-pop band Blondie is still edgy and making music 30 years later.

Harry, who is 62 now, has released her first solo album in 14 years entitled “Necessary Evil.” Still looking good, Harry says that her album doesn’t reflect her single status (she was romantically involved with fellow bandmate Chris Stein for many years). Her album is “Like most pop songs it’s about relationships, it’s about sex,” she said. “I’m in love with love — sometimes.”

Read the story from the NY Times here.

Now, reaching back into the video vault, here are a couple songs you will surely know. And for you younger kids, “Rapture” was the first rap song not just by a woman, but by anyone to make it to #1… It’s ok if her lyrics don’t make any sense. She was great to watch! 😉

“Heart of Glass” 1978

“Rapture” 1980

Giuliani v. Space Invaders

In Election 2008, Politics, Space on October 16, 2007 at 7:23 am

Cute. This past Sunday Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani answered questions from people at a town hall meeting in Exeter, New Hampshire. A young boy stood up and asked Giuliani “If (there’s) something living on another planet and it’s bad and it comes over here, what would you do?” Giuliani smiled. He was great answering and said that this was a first for this type of question. The rest of the audience seemed to eat the whole thing up. Makes me wonder if this kid was planted in the audience and told to ask the space invaders questions. In any case, you can rest easy knowing that Guiliani answered, “Of all the things that can happen in this world, we’ll be prepared for that, yes we will. We’ll be prepared for anything that happens.” I’ll sleep better tonight. 😉

Here’s the clip:

What Cats Know About War

In 9/11, Military, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq on October 14, 2007 at 9:25 pm

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Picture above is of an American soldier and his feline friend.

My husband has told me the stories of the stray dogs and cats in Afghanistan and Iraq and the high cases of rabies. As an animal lover both professionally and personally, I found this story in today’s NY Times very touching and enlightening. John Burns’ Nine Lives: What Cats Know About War is about his view of the strays around the Times compound and it will open your eyes to another side of conflict that you may not be aware of.

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China’s Congress Goes Into Session

In China, Congress, Economy, Global Warming, Politics, World News on October 14, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Picture from VOA

Every five years the Chinese Communist Congress meets. A new session begins this week and no doubt the issues of corruption, income disparity, and environmental degradation will be discussed throughout. The scandals surrounding lead contamination and pet food contamination in the United States needs to be addressed if there is to be an economical partnership with America in the future.

From VOA News:

The party has stepped up discipline within its ranks. Chinese state media say more than 97,000 officials were disciplined last year for corruption. This year, the party fired several high-profile officials, including the Shanghai party boss, for alleged corruption. The former head of the country’s food and drug agency was executed for taking bribes.

Political scientist Joseph Cheng at the City University in Hong Kong says China’s leaders want to appear tough on the problems in order to head off popular discontent.

“There is a general perception that the bulk of the rich people earned their wealth by corrupt practices rather than by entrepreneurship. So corruption is seen as a very serious threat to the legitimacy of the party, to the legitimacy of the leadership, exactly because this is seen as the very important symptom of the inadequacies of the political system,” says Cheng.

Public opinion is even important in China but I still don’t see some of the major issues changing too soon. If they continue with executions for those individuals found guilty of corruption, then maybe we’ll see a change sooner than expected. Can you imagine if the U.S. allowed such a thing in the U.S.? Ken Lay wouldn’t have died from natural causes in that case…

Read the story about China’s Congress here.

Medal of Honor to be Awarded to Navy SEAL

In 9/11, Military, Navy, news, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq on October 11, 2007 at 9:20 pm

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Picture above is of Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael “Mikey” Murphy.

This will be the first Medal of Honor awarded to a serviceman from the Navy during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and only the third since these wars have began.

Read the story from the Air Force Times here.

Jimmy Carter Admires Condie Rice But Can’t Stand Cheney…oh yeah…and be nice to the prisoners…

In Election 2008, Human Rights, Military, news, Politics, War in Iraq on October 11, 2007 at 3:02 pm

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It’s no secret that former President Jimmy Carter is not a fan of the Bush Administration. Recently Carter has been very outspoken about topics such as the war in Iraq and what is not being done by President Bush. Yesterday a Reuters article had this to say about Carter’s opinion of Condoleezza Rice and the “Disaster” Dick Cheney:

Cheney has been on the wrong side of the debate on many issues, including an internal White House discussion over Syria in which the vice president is thought to be pushing a tough approach, Carter said.

“He’s a militant who avoided any service of his own in the military and he has been most forceful in the last 10 years or more in fulfilling some of his more ancient commitments that the United States has a right to inject its power through military means in other parts of the world,” Carter told the BBC World News America in an interview to air later on Wednesday.

“You know he’s been a disaster for our country,” Carter said. “I think he’s been overly persuasive on President George Bush and quite often he’s prevailed.”

“I’m filled with admiration for Condoleezza Rice in standing up to (Cheney) which she did even when she was in the White House under President George W. Bush,” Carter said, referring to Rice’s former role as White House national security adviser.

The story doesn’t end there. The AP also reported yesterday that on CNN yesterday Carter had this to say about Iraqi prisoners:

The U.S. tortures prisoners in violation of international law, former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday, adding that President Bush makes up his own definition of torture.

“Our country for the first time in my life time has abandoned the basic principle of human rights,” Carter said on CNN. “We’ve said that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to those people in Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo, and we’ve said we can torture prisoners and deprive them of an accusation of a crime.”

Ok Jimmy, I love ya but I think you need to back off the Geritol a bit. You don’t agree with Obama and Hillary about their position on the war and you think human rights should come more into play with war prisoners. Are we supposed to hold hands, sing “Cumbya” and let them know that everything is going to be ok? This is war and in case you’ve forgotten what they have done to our American soldiers, google “American soldiers tortured.” Just what in the hell are we supposed to do now that our American soldiers have been in this mess for almost five years? I really think that you are trying to stir up more controversy again because your pushing your 24th book…

Senator Craig and the Village People

In Fun Stuff, Humor, Politics on October 10, 2007 at 9:36 pm

I’m so sorry but I just couldn’t resist…

Dick Cheney: Feels Like the First Time

In Fun Stuff, Humor, Politics on October 9, 2007 at 12:15 pm

From The Onion

New Heart Device Allows Cheney To Experience Love

Very cute story from the parody news magazine The Onion. Read here. 😉