There has been some concern, and rightly so I think, that the late night comedians: the Jon Stewarts, Stephen Colberts, and David Lettermans of the world would fail to criticize and satirize the new President once he got into office. Jazz Shaw, writing for Pajamas Media, thinks that although the pace has been slow to pick up, the funnies at the expense of the new President are starting to appear:
Were they frightened? Had they simply spent so long attacking the Republicans that the idea of criticizing a Democratic president was beyond the scope of imagination? Or were they truly liberal, partisan hacks as so many of their critics had suggested? Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton were still being abused on a regular basis and the never-ending tale of Blago was a movable feast for all, but the digs at President Obama failed to appear. Instead, Stewart pilloried Fox News for having the audacity to criticize the White House and Letterman ripped into Michael Steele’s rocky start as RNC chairman. My hopes for bipartisan comedy goodness began to fade.
That may have begun to change this week, however. The first encouraging sign came when Stephen Colbert examined Obama’s new health care initiative and expressed his hopes that it would “cover him for the stroke he was going to have when he filed his tax return.” There may have been some veiled cynicism in that critique, but the real breakthrough came on The Daily Show when Jon Stewart heard about Obama’s plans for Iraq over the next few years. After railing against the war since before it began, this was clearly a bridge too far and Stewart came out swinging.
A few things that Jazz wrote at the end of his article make me think he’s hoping for a little much.
This article was cross-posted from Poligazette. And before you ask, yes, I had a lot of fun writing it.
CBS News reports that radical eco-activist Marie Mason has been sentenced to 22 years on charges of arson, setting off an explosive fire in 1999 at Michigan State University’s Agricultural Hall. Here’s the details:
At MSU, Mason and Ambrose targeted a campus office that held records on research related to moth-resistant potatoes for poor parts of Africa. Computers, file cabinets and desks were doused with a flammable liquid. Vapors contributed to an explosion, and the fire got out of control.
The explosion burned Mason’s hair and prevented her from finishing the message, “No GMO,” on a wall, a reference to genetically modified organisms.
“Pure luck” prevented the couple from being killed, Assistant U.S. Attorney Hagen Frank said. “Did that deter Ms. Mason? Not one bit. She celebrated it. Her community celebrated it.”
Someone innocent could have been killed, and Mason almost was. Her husband, who turned informant for the FBI, was given nine years.
Of course, the actions are pretty disturbing. But almost or as much as disturbing is where the apparent facts lead one reading the story. Mason will serve time in a domestic prison. Perhaps a high security prison. And that’s unconscionable. Because lets not forget: Mason is a terrorist. And well, as we’ve been told, we can’t have terrorists held on U.S. soil.
The crew at Saturday Night Live has, I think, outdone themselves again. If the Palin/Clinton speech and Couric interview skits were comedy gold, their take on the VP debate went to a whole new level. They parodied both Biden and Palin mercilessly.
Inspired by this post, here’s my far-fetched attempt at humor for what might happen if 24’s Jack Bauer of found himself in the position of Battlestar Galactica’s Admiral William Adama. May be considered to contain spoilers from BG, so I’ll put in in the extended edition… Continue reading →