Saturday Night Live To Tackle Donald Trump Live Across Entire Nation Four Weeks In A Row

I am 54 years old and as such recall Saturday Night Live from their early days when I was a teenager and laughing in my bedroom to the hilarity of Laraine Newman, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, and many others.   The show has been a part of my life–for most of my life.

As we all know SNL is in the midst of its most-watched season in 24 years thanks to Alec Baldwin’s turn as Donald Trump and Melissa McCarthy’s appearances as White House press secretary Sean Spicer.   The news of the day pretty much writes the weekend scripts.  Who can not split a side laughing at McCarthy displaying Ivanka jewelry while mimicking Spicer at a press briefing with the QVC prices on the bottom of the screen?

Now SNL is trying to keep that momentum going by airing the final four episodes of the season live in all time zones.  The final four episodes—each airing for the first time in SNL history cross-country simultaneously—kicks off with Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon as host on April 15, followed by Chris Pine (May 6), Melissa McCarthy (May 13) and Dwayne Johnson (May 20).  In the Mountain and Pacific time zones, which will air the show at 9:30 and 8:30 p.m. respectively, there will be a rerun in the show’s usual time slot.

More than 11 million viewers are tuning in to SNL on a weekly basis, once live-plus-seven-day ratings are factored in. On the demo front, the show is averaging a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49. If you tossed it in with the prime-time lineup, it would tie as the No. 6 non-sports telecast on all of TV.   Eat that Donald Trump–who we know is addicted to ratings and stated SNL was a failing show!

NBC also recently announced plans to extend the run of the show into the summer. Weekend Update hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che will also get a limited run in prime time in August when NBC airs four half-hour broadcasts of the comedy newscast.

Hobble Trump at every angle and in every means possible.   Hats off to SNL!

Poor Sean Spicer–SNL Uses Woman To Portray Him

Politico reports that the devastating “Saturday Night Live” caricature of White House press secretary Sean Spicer that aired over the weekend — “in which a belligerent Spicer was spoofed by a gum-chomping, super soaker-wielding Melissa McCarthy in drag — did not go over well internally at a White House in which looks matter.”

“More than being lampooned as a press secretary who makes up facts, it was Spicer’s portrayal by a woman that was most problematic in the president’s eyes, according to sources close to him. And the unflattering send-up by a female comedian was not considered helpful for Spicer’s longevity in the grueling, high-profile job in which he has struggled to strike the right balance between representing an administration that considers the media the ‘opposition party,’ and developing a functional relationship with the press.”<!–

What Motivates And Guides Caffeinated Politics?

I was reminded this past week that with over 2,500 posts on this blog, there are some over-riding themes and principles that are repeated over and over.  I thought it might be fun to think of the guiding issues and principles found on this blog, and write them down.

…. The process of governing is more important than the politics of any issue.  In addition a  fair and orderly atmosphere both in electing officals, and creating legislation is required to insure a fair and equal playing field.

….Campaign money, and the ever-consuming need for more and more of it,  pollutes the political process, and undermines the enactment of sound public policy.

…. The Supreme Court (both state and national) requires the highest and most ethical standards applied to applicants.  In the states, it is more appropriate to appoint justices through the merit selection process than to have elections for the judiciary.

…. Drunk driving is a most troubling  problem that will require tough-minded legislators being more interested in doing what is right, than  carrying alcohol for the Tavern League.

…. Tough anti-smoking laws are just common sense.

…. Going with principle (Dubai deal) is more important than following the prevailing political mood.

…. Torture is wrong, and spawns more terrorists while undermining a nation’s moral code.

…. Darfur needs the world.  Sadly, history will severely judge the  majorityfor not caring.

…. Preventive wars are a waste  of a nation’s  treasured resources.

….Israel needs to stop the illegal settlement policy, and Palestinians should have, must have, and will have a homeland to call their own.  When it comes to Israel the tail must stop wagging the dog.

….Polar bears are needing us to care more about them, and to reach an understanding about the need to address climate change.

…. Gun control is needed to insure the safety of the citizenry.  Strict regulations on the manufacture, sale, registration, and usage is the means for a safer nation.

…. Marriage matters, for all.   Period.

…. Cheating on a partner, married or otherwise, is smarmy and wrong.  Getting preachy about this issue is still OK.

…. Books are some of our best friends.

…. Just because a singer is older does not mean that they have less value or creative ability.

…. History is in need of more study and understanding, not only in our schools, but also with the average citizen of this nation.

….Never underestimate the lack of humor from Mormons.

…. Never underestimate the damage one Bishop (Molrino) can cause.

…. When it looks like it is a slow news day check in on the antics of Sarah Palin and the Clampetts of Palinland.

…. Newspapers are the foundation for long-form investigative reporting, and an essential ingredient to democracy.

….Journalists are as vital to the nations democracy and well being as our soldiers, sailors. and air force.

….Radio and TV personalities should be considered guests in our house, and when they offend should be rejected from our premises. 

…. Elvis is still The King.

…. So is Roy Acuff.

…. The Grand Ole Opry is a national treasure, and true slice of Americana.

Sarah Palin As President

This is really funny.   Click here, and turn your speakers on, and then run your mouse over and click everything in the Oval Office. 

Make sure you hit each of the frames for the five colleges she attended, and under the sofa cover as well……click on everything. 

Hit the red phone and then keep opening the door on the left…..OMG!

I suggest if you are in your office when reading this you put your volume on high, and let your co-workers yuk it up with you this afternoon.

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Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

This video came my way tonight via a friend.   Looks like FAUX News with their war-loving intro, and feels like GOP tactics as we know them to be.  The Onion Newspaper at their best.

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Political Cartoons Of Election 2008


Nothing can cut so close to the truth as the creative political cartooning in America’s newspapers.  Whatever the news on the front page of the New York Times or Washington Post, the summation of political events can best be found in the witty and satirical images and captions of the folks with the wit and spin.  I am most thankful for those who draw the political cartoons.

There are over 100 such delightful political cartoons here…and a few funny ones from that site below.


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Capital Times Newspaper Headlines That Made Me Smile About Scott Jensen

I was catching up with some newspapers from last week and found two stories next to each other that were amusing.  Though each story had no connection to the other, it was the placement of the articles in Madison’s afternoon newspaper, The Capital Times, that was rich.   On the top of page two on January 3rd was the headline “Jensen Gets New Judge”.  The story was about former GOP Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen getting a different judge for another trial on corruption charges.  Right below that news story was the second headline, “Hold Off On Spreading That Manure”.  That sums up the way most Wisconsinites feel about the Jensen defense.

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“Gun Nuts Boasting They Can Open Fire”

The Capitol Steps sum it up nicely, with a Christmas musical flair.  Turn your speakers up and share with your office mates on a Friday afternoon.

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