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Tina Fey As Palin: Katie Couric SNL Skit (9/27/08- VIDEO)

By- Suzie-Q @ 10:30 PM MST

Tina Fey As Sarah Palin: Katie Couric SNL Skit (VIDEO)

Huffington Post |   September 27, 2008 11:49 PM

Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live to reprise her widely hailed impersonation of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The sketch focused on an interview Palin recently gave to CBS News’ Katie Couric, including an exchange about Russia. Amy Poehler, who played Hillary Clinton in the previous skit, plays the role of Katie Couric. See the skit below.

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(See 5 other new SNL skits here)

FEY AS PALIN: “Like every American I’m speaking with, we’re ill about this. We’re saying, ‘Hey, why bail out Fanny and Freddie and not me?’ But ultimately what the bailout does is, help those that are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy to help…uh…it’s gotta be all about job creation, too. Also, too, shoring up our economy and putting Fannie and Freddy back on the right track and so healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reigning in spending…’cause Barack Obama, y’know…has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans, also, having a dollar value meal at restaurants. That’s gonna help. But one in five jobs being created today under the umbrella of job creation. That, you know…Also…”

Some more highlights:

POEHLER AS COURIC: “On foreign policy, I want to give you one more chance to explain your claim that you have foreign policy experience based on Alaska’s proximity to Russia. What did you mean by that?”
FEY AS PALIN: “Well, Alaska and Russia are only separated by a narrow maritime border. (using her hands to illustrate) You got Alaska here, this right here is water, and this is Russia. So, we keep an eye on them.”

POEHLER AS COURIC: “And how do you do that exactly?”

FEY AS PALIN: “Every morning, when Alaskans wake up, one of the first things they do, is look outside to see if there are any Russians hanging around. And if there are, you gotta go up to them and ask, ‘What are you doing here?’ and if they can’t give you a good reason, it’s our responsibility to say, you know, ‘Shoo! Get back over there!’

POEHLER AS COURIC: “Senator McCain attempted to shut down his political campaign this week in order to deal with the economic crisis. What’s your opinion of this potential 700 billion dollar bailout?”

FEY AS PALIN: “Like every American I’m speaking with, we’re ill about this. We’re saying, ‘Hey, why bail out Fanny and Freddie and not me?’ But ultimately what the bailout does is, help those that are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy to help…uh…it’s gotta be all about job creation, too. Also, too, shoring up our economy and putting Fannie and Freddy back on the right track and so healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reigning in spending…’cause Barack Obama, y’know…has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans, also, having a dollar value meal at restaurants. That’s gonna help. But one in five jobs being created today under the umbrella of job creation. That, you know…Also…”

POEHLER AS COURIC: “What lessons have you learned from Iraq and how specifically, would you spread democracy abroad?”

FEY AS PALIN: “Specifically, we would make every effort possible to spread democracy abroad to those who want it.”

POEHLER AS COURIC: “Yes, but specifically what would you do?”

FEY AS PALIN: “We’re gonna promote freedom. Usher in democratic values and ideals. And fight terror-loving terrorists.”

POEHLER AS COURIC: “But again, and not to belabor the point. One specific thing.”

(several seconds of FEY and POEHLER staring at each other)

FEY AS PALIN: “Katie, I’d like to use one of my lifelines.”

POEHLER AS COURIC: “I’m sorry?”

FEY AS PALIN: “I want to phone a friend.”

POEHLER AS COURIC: “You don’t have any lifelines.”

FEY AS PALIN: “Well in that case I’m gonna just have to get back to you!”


See five other skits from the new show, including Bill Clinton and debate sketches here

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McCain Says He’ll Work On Bailout Via Cell Phone?!

By- Suzie-Q @ 10:05 PM MST

McCain Now Says He’ll Negotiate The Bailout Via Cell Phone

Crooks & Liars- By: Nicole Belle on Saturday, September 27th, 2008 at 7:00 PM – PDT

CBS News:

Even though his campaign is no longer suspended, John McCain is staying in Washington this weekend to keep working on the bailout legislation. He will not be visiting Capital Hill, however, preferring to work out of his campaign office.

“He can effectively do what he needs to do by phone,” said senior adviser Mark Salter. “He’s calling members on both sides, talking to people in the administration, helping out as he can.”

WTF?  The financial crisis was SO important that he had to “suspend” his campaign to come to Washington, but now he can contribute to the negotiations over the cell phone, but he’s going to stay in Washington instead of going out to campaign?  Does any of this make sense?

I’m curious, will any of his suggestions for this bailout include a federal spending freeze he advocated last night?  Has he considered the ramifications? Will the unworkability of the Republican plan make McCain blink?

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Late Night Jukebox… Look Watcha Done/Wrap It Up

By- Suzie-Q @ 9:45 PM MST


Fabulous Thunderbirds – Look Watcha Done/Wrap It Up

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Will Giuliani Replace Palin??

By- Suzie-Q @ 6:00 PM MST

Rudy Giuliani: Takeover for Palin

Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 04:44:10 PM PDT

Did anyone catch this yesterday:

12:00 Noon. McCain now boarding plane at DCA with Cindy, Salter, Rudy Giuliani, wife Judith, and other aides plus pool.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…

WHERE IS SARAH? Why is McCain traveling with Rudy? Thoughts?

UPDATE:
go to: www.drudgereport.com and vote for obama re last nights debate.

It’s obvious to the GOP establishment that they have a problem on their hands. Sarah mania is dying. Exposed to the sunlight of actual questions, her credibility is going down the toilet, along with that of John McCain. So what to do? BRING ON THE MAYOR.

Say what you will about Rudy. But he is (strangely) loved by independents. The reason he is NOT the nominee is that he was too left for the right wing GOP. But at this point, are they desperate enough to go for it, all to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and throw mama from the train, and bring on someone like Rudy to snatch “momentum”?

With the VP Debate this upcoming week, dont be SHOCKED to see some “dramatic” move by McCain. Just as this week brought us his “campaign suspension” and other shenanigans, my prediction is there is a 50/50 chance that RUDY is on board by weeks end.

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Alaskans for Truth Rally in Anchorage (9/27/08) PHOTOS

By- Suzie-Q @ 5:45 PM MST

Alaskans for Truth Rally in Anchorage, Alaska

Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 05:02:59 PM PDT

Today hundreds of Alaskans converged at the Park Strip in downtown Anchorage, Alaska to protest Governor Sarah Palin’s absence from the state and her lack of the transparency she promised in her campaign for governor.

The ad-hoc group Alaskans for Truth held a rally today in downtown Anchorage to tell the world that Alaskans are angry with their governor – Governor Sarah Palin – for abandoning her responsibilities in their state for the Vice-Presidential campaign trail. Palin had promised that she would still run the state while campaigning, however, she has been missing in action ever since.

During her gubernatorial campaign, Palin also promised to be transparent in her dealings as governor and now she has allowed the McCain campaign to not only intercept her business dealings in Alaska but to also interfere with the investigation into Palin’s possible wrongdoing in the Troopergate investigations.

Bolstered by the unexpected success of the Alaska Women Reject Palin rally of a few weeks back, the crowd today was large, vocal and once again peaceful. Progressive radio talk show personality Shannyn Moore was one of a number of speakers at the rally as was Alaskan poet, songwriter and activist Libby Roderick who led the crowd in song.

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Where Was Palin Last Night? At A Bar In Philadelphia! (VIDEO)

By- Suzie-Q @ 4:30 PM MST

Associated Press--Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, seen with Ed Snider (right), chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, visited the Irish Pub, on 20th and Walnut streets, last night before the start of the presidential debate.

Associated Press--Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, seen with Ed Snider (right), chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, visited the Irish Pub, on 20th and Walnut streets, last night before the start of the presidential debate.

Palin grabs a seat at the bar

But her amorous fans were definitely ready to let the moose-hunting Alaska governor rule.

“I expect her to be president of the United States one day,” said Suzanne Haney, the Republican leader for the 2nd Ward in South Philadelphia, who gave Palin a $2 bill for luck.

Palin appeared at the bar on 20th and Walnut streets last night to shake hands with her fans for about an hour before the first presidential debate. While the crowd inside was friendly, hundreds of people lined the street outside in protest with signs that read things like “Palin is Santorum With Lipstick.”

Palin did not take questions from reporters nor did she talk policy. She posed for pictures and chatted with supporters, many of whom were from outside the city limits, and made an approximately minute-long statement.
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Protesters outside the pub:

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Holy Joe, Say It Ain’t So… ;)

GEF @ 5:38 PM ET

Holy Joe Lieberman

Poll: Rell Fares Well; Lieberman, Dodd Do Poorly

Connecticut voters have soured on Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman and Christopher J. Dodd, but Gov. M. Jodi Rell‘s popularity has withstood the state’s deteriorating financial picture, a new poll shows.

In the presidential race, Barack Obama maintains a lead over John McCain among likely voters in Connecticut, 49 percent to 35 percent.

The telephone survey of 500 people was conducted Sept. 19 to 23 by Pulsar Research and Consulting of Vernon. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

When asked to rate the jobs they are doing as senator, Lieberman and Dodd each drew higher negatives than positives, with Lieberman faring the worst, said Chris Barnes, the poll’s director.

Fifty-four percent of residents rated Lieberman negatively, saying he is doing a fair (26 percent) or poor (28 percent) job. Thirty-seven percent viewed him positively, giving an excellent (10 percent) or good (27 percent) rating.

The poll found that Lieberman, a registered Democrat who relied on Republicans and unaffiliated voters for his re-election in 2006, has lost much of his independent base.

Sixty-one percent of Republicans viewed him favorably, compared with 23 percent of Democrats and 37 percent of independents.

He was viewed unfavorably by 30 percent of Republicans, 69 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independents.

“He’s really polling as a weak Republican, rather than a wounded Democrat,” said Barnes, a former pollster at the University of Connecticut.

In fact, Lieberman’s ratings by Democrats are nearly identical to Dodd’s marks by Republicans.

Lieberman’s ties to the Democratic Party have been growing weaker since he won re-election as a petitioning candidate.

He endorsed McCain in December and was seriously considered as McCain’s running mate in August. Three weeks ago in a speech at the GOP convention, Lieberman described Obama as unprepared to be president.

Dodd’s job performance was rated excellent by 11 percent, good by 32 percent, fair by 26 percent and poor by 20 percent.

And then there is the governor. She was rated positively by 64 percent of residents and negatively by 32 percent.

Rell’s numbers were high among all groups: Her performance was rated good or excellent by 74 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of independents.

“In tough fiscal times, governors usually have a tough ride,” Barnes said. “So Rell’s high ratings in the face of the state’s precarious budget situation are impressive.”

In early July, Quinnipiac University reported a similar finding: Her job performance was approved by 65 percent and disapproved by 23 percent.

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Holy Crap! House Passes ‘TRILLION DOLLAR’ Defense Bill!

GEF @ 3:48 PM ET

Fleecing the Flock

With All Eyes on the Bailout, House Passes Trillion-Dollar Defense Bill

By Joshua Holland, AlterNet
September 27, 2008

It’s ‘empire spending,’ not ‘defense spending.’

On Wednesday, the House passed a mammoth defense bill by a 392-39 vote. It’s expected to clear the Senate with little difficulty next week.

It was part of a trillion-dollar stop-gap measure to keep programs running through next March, allowing lawmakers to skip town without passing a final budget. The Associated Press reports, “The legislation came together in a remarkably secret process that concentrated decision-making power in the hands of a few lawmakers.”

In keeping with the tradition of recent years, Bush held a gun to his own head and threatened to pull the trigger if his demands weren’t met. According to the AP, “To earn President Bush’s signature rather than a veto, House and Senate negotiators dropped several provisions he opposed. They include a ban on private interrogators in U.S. military detention facilities and what would have amounted to congressional veto power over a security pact with Iraq.”

In other words, Congress also maintained recent tradition, swearing not to give Bush a blank check and then whipping out their pens and signing a blank check.

The number that the House sent to the Senate for “defense” — $612 billion for the coming year — is eye-popping. Imagine a stack of 612,000 million-dollar bills. Quite a pile.

That number’s a sham, however. The budget calls for $68.6 billion for the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009. War costs this year totaled $182 billion, according to the Federation of American Scientists.

The House passed the Brobdingnagian spending measure 11 months after George W. Bush vetoed a bill — one passed with a lot of bipartisan support — that would have added $7 billion measly dollars per year to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, covering 4 million more uninsured children. You’d be hard-pressed to find a clearer sign of national psychosis.

Here’s what “defense” spending looks like in the era of Bush’s “War on Terror,” according to official figures:

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(click for larger version)But that’s just the cash to feed the gaping maw of the Department of Defense. Throw in a bit more than $50 billion for Homeland Security, around $20 billion for the nuclear arsenal in the Department of Energy’s budget, about $10 billion for the Coast Guard, a similar number for foreign “security assistance” and maybe another $125 billion — according to one estimate — in other defense-related programs scattered throughout the federal budget.

Bush also requested $91 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009, up from $72 billion just three years ago. A generation of damaged young men and women are going to cost more and more as the years go by — many post-traumatic injuries, for example, don’t manifest themselves for 10 or more years after people get out of combat. In 2000, nine years after the first Gulf War, 56 percent of those who had served in that conflict were receiving disability payments.

But wait, as they say on late-night infomercials, there’s more!

All of this only finances our current military adventures. We’re still paying for Korea and Vietnam and Grenada and Panama and the first Gulf War and Somalia and the Balkans and on and on. Estimates of just how much of our national debt payments are from past military spending vary wildly. Economist Robert Higgs calculated it like this:

I added up all past deficits (minus surpluses) since 1916 (when the debt was nearly zero), prorated according to each year’s ratio of narrowly defined national security spending–military, veterans, and international affairs–to total federal spending, expressing everything in dollars of constant purchasing power. This sum is equal to 91.2 percent of the value of the national debt held by the public at the end of 2006. Therefore, I attribute that same percentage of the government’s net interest outlays in that year to past debt-financed defense spending.

In 2006, he came up with a figure of $206.7 billion for interest payments on past militarism. Add it all up, and we’re talking about at least a trillion dollars in military and homeland security spending. If there were a million-dollar bill, you’d have to stack a million of them to reach a trillion dollars.

Of course, very little of this is “defense.” This is empire spending, pure and simple …

Empire

What’s that? You want health care, education, affordable housing, 21st-century infrastructure?

Sorry, we’ve got other priorities.

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Paul Newman Has Died

By- Suzie-Q @ 10:45 AM MST

In in this 1969 file photo, actors Robert Redford, left, as the Sundance Kid and Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy appear in this scene from the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Spokeswoman for Paul Newman says, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, that the screen legend has died at age 83 after battling cancer. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)

In in this 1969 file photo, actors Robert Redford, left, as the Sundance Kid and Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy appear in this scene from the film ''Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.'' Spokeswoman for Paul Newman says, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, that the screen legend has died at age 83 after battling cancer. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox)

Paul Newman Dies At 83

JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | September 27, 2008 12:31 PM EST | AP

WESTPORT, Conn. — Paul Newman, the Oscar-winning superstar who personified cool as the anti-hero of such films as “Hud,” “Cool Hand Luke” and “The Color of Money” _ followed by a second act as an activist, race car driver and popcorn impresario _ has died. He was 83.

Newman died Friday at his farmhouse near Westport following a long battle with cancer, publicist Jeff Sanderson said. He was surrounded by his family and close friends.

In May, Newman dropped plans to direct a fall production of “Of Mice and Men” at Connecticut’s Westport Country Playhouse, citing unspecified health issues. The following month, a friend disclosed that he was being treated for cancer and Martha Stewart, also a friend, posted photos on her Web site of Newman looking gaunt at a charity luncheon.

But true to his fiercely private nature, Newman remained cagey about his condition, reacting to reports that he had lung cancer with a statement saying only that he was “doing nicely.”

As an actor, Newman got his start in theater and on television during the 1950s, and went on to become one of the world’s most enduring and popular film stars, a legend held in awe by his peers. He was nominated for Academy Awards 10 times, winning one Oscar and two honorary ones, and had major roles in more than 50 motion pictures, including “Exodus,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Verdict,” “The Sting” and “Absence of Malice.”

Newman worked with some of the greatest directors of the past half century, from Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston to Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers. His co-stars included Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and, most famously, Robert Redford, his sidekick in “Butch Cassidy” and “The Sting.”

He sometimes teamed with his wife and fellow Oscar winner, Joanne Woodward, with whom he had one of Hollywood’s rare long-term marriages. “I have steak at home, why go out for hamburger?” Newman told Playboy magazine when asked if he was tempted to stray. They wed in 1958, around the same time they both appeared in “The Long Hot Summer.” Newman also directed her in several films, including “Rachel, Rachel” and “The Glass Menagerie.”

With his strong, classically handsome face and piercing blue eyes, Newman was a heartthrob just as likely to play against his looks, becoming a favorite with critics for his convincing portrayals of rebels, tough guys and losers. “I was always a character actor,” he once said. “I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.”

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Presidential Debate (Full Video)

By- Suzie-Q @ 10:15 AM MST

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