tagged w/ outragious
Live from New York, it's time to mock the disabled!
With Sarah Palin out of the national eye, "Saturday Night Live" turned its satirical guns toward another governor, New York's David Paterson. However, this time the laughs weren't quite as hearty. It's one thing to mock a moose-hunting beauty queen, but quite another to laugh at the visually impaired.
Governor Paterson is a legally blind man who took over for the disgraced Eliot Spitzer earlier this year. SNL's Fred Armisen portrayed Paterson as a bumbling man who is completely unqualified for the position. Funny? The studio audience seemed to like the skit, but many groups are outraged and speaking out.
The National Federation of the Blind issued a statement calling the characterization "absolutely wrong" and criticized the show for playing up the stereotype that blind people are "incapable of simple tasks." Meanwhile, Governor Paterson's office issued a statement that the show should be able to "find a way to be funny without being offensive." Indeed, while comedy is in the eye of the beholder, many of the knee-slappers at Paterson's expense seemed to be, as the New York Post put it, rather "stock." Wandering aimlessly? Confused? One could argue that Mr. Magoo pulled the same gags a lot better 50 years ago.
This space was provided for Neocongo so he won't get confused. We aim to please Katanajon.
Funny yes they are, funny?no they're not. Some groups in our great country are allowed a broader interpretation of freedom of speech, I wonder if SNL would be allowed free reign if the politicians they made fun of were DEMOCRATS? I highly doubt. it. Just look how RUSH Limbaugh is attacked. BTW I know this case was an exception to the rule, handicapped are almost as good as Republicans to SNL even if they are Democrats.Live from New York, it's time to mock the disabled! With Sarah Palin out of... more
ALBANY, N.Y – Caroline Kennedy has told New York Gov. David Paterson she wants to be the state's next Senator, becoming the highest-profile person to actively lobby for the seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Kennedy has told the Democratic governor she wants the job should Clinton be confirmed as secretary of state for President-elect Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the conversations between Kennedy and Paterson.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity Monday because neither Kennedy nor Paterson have acknowledged she is seeking the position.
If appointed by Paterson, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy would hold the seat once occupied by her late uncle, Robert F. Kennedy.
There was no immediate comment from the Kennedy family or from Paterson.
Paterson has sole authority to name a replacement for Clinton, who was first elected in 2000 and re-elected by a wide margin in 2006.
Over the past week, Kennedy has reached out to several prominent New York Democrats to tell them of her interest in the Senate seat. They included Joel Klein, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education; Kennedy worked closely with Klein as executive of Office of Strategic Partnerships for the New York City Department of Education, where she raised some $65 million for the city's schools.
Other Democrats who appear to be on Paterson's short list include New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who won't say publicly if he's interested.
One of the early front-runners, Rep. Nydia Velazquez of Brooklyn, took herself out of the running Friday.
Paterson, a Democrat, will appoint someone to fill Clinton's seat for two years if she is confirmed as secretary of state. He is expected to tap someone who can raise a lot of money and help him politically when they run together on the 2010 ticket.
Other names in the mix include Nassau County District Executive Tom Suozzi, who is also a possible choice for lieutenant governor with Paterson in 2010; Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown; Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr.; and Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Steve Israel, Jerrold Nadler, Kirsten Gillibrand and Brian Higgins.
Republicans wasted no time in criticizing Kennedy as unqualified for the job and unfamiliar with the state.
"If anything, it makes me more determined to run," said Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican who has already expressed his interest in the seat.
"As far as record of achievement I strongly believe that I'm much more qualified, much more experienced, and have an independent record," said King. "Nothing against Caroline Kennedy but I don't think anyone has a right to a seat."
Read Full ArticleALBANY, N.Y – Caroline Kennedy has told New York Gov. David Paterson she wants... more
gory Mone Posted 07.12.2007 at 5:28 pm 4 Comments
Homestakeminew All top-secret government labs are either buried underground or hidden deep in a mountain. Everyone knows that, which is what makes the National Science Foundation’s recent announcement that it plans to convert the Homestake Mine, the deepest of its kind in the U.S., into a research facility, so surprising. How can it possibly be top secret if they’re telling everyone? The only answer, of course, is that they really are going to conduct legitimate research in astrophysics, biology and geology.
The Homestake Mine, located in Lead, South Dakota, extends 8,000 feet down into the Earth and has over 375 miles of tunnels. It already has a rich scientific history: In 1965, physicist Raymond Davis led a team that set up the world’s first underground solar neutrino detector in a cavern deep in the mine, and eventually earned the Nobel Prize for his work. Scientists at the new lab will also pursue astrophysics research, along with work on carbon sequestration, organisms living in extreme conditions and geophysics. Over the next 30 years, two laboratories will be constructed. One will extend down to 4,800 feet, and the other will lie all the way down at 7,400 feet. We’re guessing that’s where they’ll hide the aliens.—Gregory Monegory Mone Posted 07.12.2007 at 5:28 pm 4 Comments Homestakeminew All top-secret... more
It wasn't me I swear, I was at the Cave Pub that day. This explains a lot. It hasn't got it's due in the scientific community yet. But, there is a lot of evidence to support the theory.It wasn't me I swear, I was at the Cave Pub that day. This explains a lot. It... more