Archive for May 18th, 2006

SNLdipity

When NBC made YouTube take down all its videos of President Gore’s State Of The Union address, I went to NBC.com to see if they were hosting it on their Videos page. It wasn’t, but they had a link (now gone) on their main page. When I followed it, lo and behold, I found a veritable cornucopia of SNL Video Goodness. I had to sit through a commercial to watch the Al Gore video, but I watched several more videos without any more ads.

The selection is a bit erratic and the clips appear to have been edited by poorly trained monkeys with egg timers, but there’s still a lot of good stuff on there, some of which I had never seen before. I find myself curiously amused by the Robot Repair sketch from ’88-89…

May 18th, 2006 at 07:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Oh Well.

I knew it was too good to be true…

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter is backing off tongue-in-cheek comments that he plans to tell President Bush next month that he dislikes how the country is being run.

(snip)

The Pro Bowl linebacker issued a statement Wednesday saying he regrets making comments that some apparently construed as serious.

“I regret that my quotes about our team’s upcoming visit to the White House were taken out of context,” Porter said in a statement issued by the team. “I am very excited to have an opportunity to visit the White House and meet the president of the United States.”

Porter also said his comments were not meant to suggest he disapproves of Bush or the job he is doing.

Sigh…

1 comment May 18th, 2006 at 07:11pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Politics,Sports

Be Careful What You Wish For…

Today’s NYT has an editorial about a Republican-sponsored bill to establish an inspector general for the federal judiciary. Said judiciary is a bit worried, needless to say, since investigations could potentially be used as a club against “activist judges” (liberal ones only, of course).

On the other hand, if the inspector were truly nonpartisan, he’d be looking at Scalia’s junkets and hunting trips (wherein he miraculously managed to avoid getting shot in the face despite his striking resemblance to a wild boar), and Alito’s refusal to recuse himself from cases involving his own stockholdings.

For precisely this reason, I assume that this bill gives Congress a very limited role in confirmation and oversight, or else its authors (Sensenbrenner and Grassley) are awfully confident that they will hold on to their majorities this fall.

Even so, what would happen if the Democrats retook the White House? This is potentially an even bigger weapon to hand to President Gore/Feingold/Clinton than the “nuclear option.” After all, the filibuster can only be invoked against new nominees, but an inspector general can investigate anybody. In fact, if his powers go far enough for him to remove judges, an inspector general would be an excellent mechanism for negating lifetime appointments (intended to eliminate political pressures on judges, remember).

Of course, a Republican president is probably much more likely to stoop to using an inspector general as a political hitman than a Democratic one, so maybe that’s why they’re not worried…

May 18th, 2006 at 09:30am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Favorites,Judiciary,Politics,Republicans


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