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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Election Notes -- Just a few...

* I was interested to watch SNL last night for Sarah Palin's appearance. It seemed like the entire thing was a bit too...deferential? Which was probably needed to get her on the show, but really, who gives a fuck if she is on the show? Interesting that, at the end of the episode, no one stood next to her, and Tina Fey did not appear to even be on the stage.

* I saw Oliver Stone's W on Friday night. It's not as gut-bustingly funny as the ads make it seem, but it is a very good film and lends some insight (who knows if it's accurate?) into the character of the man who almost single-handedly destroyed America's reputation and infrastructure. It made me feel pity for the man, which is an accomplishment. I will go to my grave, however, believing that justice will not be done until all of them -- Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rove, Rumsfeld, and the rest -- stand trial for treason here in the US, and for war crimes at the World Court.

* I leave Colin Powell off the list on purpose; his deception-filled appearance before the UN in the run-up to the US war against Iraq will forever stain the man and his reputation, and I'm still not certain he doesn't belong on trial with his former cronies. But his endorsement of Barack Obama for President today seems like a gesture of contrition to me. It's not enough, but it's a start.

* Of course, it almost doesn't matter who wins this election; either of the two media-anointed candidates will almost immediately inherit the biggest social and cultural catastrophe in world history, and there's no stopping it now, if it even waits until Inauguration Day. But I'd like Obama to win, if for no other reason than to subvert eight years of evidence that the United States electorate is the biggest bunch of dumbasses in the history of stupidity.


Blogger ChristopherAllen said...

I agree. Although Amy Poehler's Palin-inspired rap was amusing, I wasn't comfortable with Palin being humanized or made to seem cool by appearing on the show. Since her appearance was something of a secret, at least not advertised on TV, I don't really see the benefit for NBC. There were other very soft moments on the show, like Oliver Stone appearing for no other reason than to plug his film, completely without humor. Adele was good

19 October, 2008 21:24  
Blogger Jog said...

I dug the Powell stuff today, not so much for his endorsement but for his being one of the depressingly few political figures this election cycle to answer the 'Barack Obama is a top-secret Muslim OMG' stuff with a strong, public 'what the hell is implicitly wrong with being a Muslim?' I'm still sort of in disbelief that so many responses to that (non-)issue amount to 'is not,' leaving the Muslim=terrorist implication to bask underneath the rhetoric...

19 October, 2008 23:08  

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