SNL Erases Dem Fatcats From Bailout Skit

If you happened to watch the re-run of Saturday Night last night, you may have noticed that NBC has discretely airbrushed the Democrat fatcats Herb and Marion Sandler out of their now famous “bailout” sketch.

Here is the new airbrushed version, via Saturday Night Live’s own website:

The gap begins at about 1:05 in. (If your browser refuses to play the clip, watch it via the SNL link above.)

Here is the dialogue that has now been removed:


NANCY PELOSI: This is Herbert and Marianne Sandler, tell us your story.
HERB SANDLER: My wife and I had a company which aggressively marketed sub-prime mortgages and then bundled them as “securities” to sell to banks, such as Wachovia. Today, our portfolio is worth almost nothing.



Cindy Sheehan’s Holy Land Connections

In the rush of events and the holiday we almost allowed the Holy Land Foundation verdict to pass by without comment.

From an outraged Associated Press:

Flanked by supporters Valley Reed, left, and Hadi Jawad, Noor Elashi speaks about the guilty verdict rendered against her father, Ghassan Elashi, in Dallas, Monday, Nov. 24, 2008. A Muslim charity and five of its former leaders were convicted Monday of funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, finally handing the government a signature victory in its fight against terrorism funding.

Holy Land charity and leaders found guilty on all 108 counts

Michael Ainsworth / Associated Press

By Paul J. Weber
November 25, 2008

Reporting from Dallas — A Muslim charity and five of its former leaders were convicted Monday of funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas — a long-sought victory in the government’s fight against terrorism funding.



Wal-Mart Crowd Rampaged After Cops Left

From the New York Post:



November 30, 2008

The chaos that led to a rampaging mob storming a Long Island Wal-Mart – and trampling a worker to death – erupted just after a pair of police cruisers pulled from the parking lot, witnesses said yesterday.

“Once they left, it started getting rowdy,” said Jason Ortiz, 32, who came from East Flatbush in Brooklyn to get an early jump on post-Thanksgiving Day shopping. “The crowd got restless.”

Worker Jdimytai Damour, 34, of Queens – who had been hired from a temp agency just for the holiday rush – went to open the door, but hesitated when he saw how unruly the crowd had become, police said.



NYT Idolizes A ‘Break Dancing’ Deportee

From where else but the New York Times:

Tuy Sobil, or K.K., a former gang member from Long Beach, Calif., founded the club after being deported in 2004.

U.S. Deportee Brings Street Dance to Street Boys of Cambodia


Published: November 29, 2008

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — It may be the only place in Cambodia where the children are nicknamed Homey, Frog, Floater, Fresh, Bugs and Diamond.

And there are not many places like this small courtyard, thumping with the beat of a boom box, where dozens of boys in big T-shirts are spinning on their heads and doing one-hand hops, elbow tracks, flairs, halos, air tracks and windmills. And, of course, krumping.

It is a little slice of Long Beach, Calif., brought here by a former gang member by way of a federal prison, an immigration jail and then expulsion four years ago from his homeland, the United States, to the homeland of his parents, Cambodia.



Report: Mumbai Hostages Were Tortured

From India’s Rediff:

Doctors shocked at hostages’s torture

Krishnakumar P and Vicky Nanjappa in Mumbai | November 30, 2008

They said that just one look at the bodies of the dead hostages as well as terrorists showed it was a battle of attrition that was fought over three days at the Oberoi and the Taj hotels in Mumbai.

Doctors working in a hospital where all the bodies, including that of the terrorists, were taken said they had not seen anything like this in their lives.

“Bombay has a long history of terror. I have seen bodies of riot victims, gang war and previous terror attacks like bomb blasts. But this was entirely different. It was shocking and disturbing,” a doctor said.

Asked what was different about the victims of the incident, another doctor said: “It was very strange.



The Democratic Party Platform – In 1932

Since happy days are here again, we thought it might be instructive to look at the official Democrat Party platform of 1932:

Democratic Party Platform of 1932

In this time of unprecedented economic and social distress the Democratic Party declares its conviction that the chief causes of this condition were the disastrous policies pursued by our government since the World War, of economic isolation, fostering the merger of competitive businesses into monopolies and encouraging the indefensible expansion and contraction of credit for private profit at the expense of the public.

Those who were responsible for these policies have abandoned the ideals on which the war was won and thrown away the fruits of victory, thus rejecting the greatest opportunity in history to bring peace, prosperity, and happiness to our people and to the world.



Why So Many < $201 Obama Donations?

From a press release by George Washington University’s Campaign Finance Institute:

REALITY CHECK: Obama Received About the Same Percentage from Small Donors in 2008 as Bush in 2004


Obama also raised 80% more from large donors than small, outstripping all rivals and predecessors

It turns out that Barack Obama’s donors may not have been quite as different as we had thought. Throughout the election season, this organization and others have been reporting that Obama received about half of his discrete contributions in amounts of $200 or less. The Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) noted in past releases that donations are not the same as donors, since many people give more than once. After a more thorough analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), it has become clear that repeaters and large donors were even more important for Obama than we or other analysts had fully appreciated…

To look more fully at presidential candidates’ fundraising during this cycle, CFI conducted an extensive analysis of FEC records to identify repeat donors and to categorize each donor’s giving according to the cumulative amount he or she gave over the course of a full election cycle.



Barack Obama Makes All Names American

From those champions of the gorgeous mosaic at the Associated Press:

A president named Obama changes the name game

By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press Writer

Sat Nov 29

NEW YORK – Zenas Ackah has heard it all his life: What kind of name is that? You must not be from here. You must be foreign.

Actually, no. Born in the United States, the 22-year-old college senior with the Greek first name and the Ghanian last name grew up in Philadelphia.

But Ackah is hopeful that change is coming, that the idea of an “American” name will expand beyond monikers like Tom and Harry and Sally and Jane and Smith and Jones. He figures he’s got a strong weapon on his side — for at least the next four years, when people look to the most powerful American in the country, the “uber-American” if you will, they’ll be looking at President Barack Hussein Obama.



Indians Fight Last Terrorists In Mumbai

From those defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Indian forces fight last gunmen in Mumbai hotel


MUMBAI, India – Indian forces fired grenades at the landmark Taj Mahal hotel Friday, the last stand of the suspected Muslim militants, just hours after elite commandos stormed a Jewish outreach center and found six hostages dead.

More than 150 people were killed in the violence that began when gunmen attacked 10 sites across India’s financial capital Wednesday night. Fifteen foreigners, including five Americans, were among the dead…

Authorities scrambled to identify those responsible for the unprecedented attack, with Indian officials pointing across the border at rival Pakistan, and Pakistani leaders promising to cooperate in the investigation. A team of FBI agents was ordered to fly to India to investigate the attacks…

CNN reported the government had cut off their live transmissions from the scene in Mumbai.



Worker Trampled To Death At Wal-Mart

From the New York Daily News:

Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede


Friday, November 28th 2008

A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.

The 34-year-old employee, a temporary maintenance worker, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.

“He was bum-rushed by 200 people,” said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. “They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me.



Vatican: Muslims Are Bringing Back God

From those defenders of the faith (Islam) at Reuters:

Vatican thanks Muslims for returning God to Europe

Fri Nov 28, 2008

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor

PARIS (Reuters) – A senior Vatican cardinal has thanked Muslims for bringing God back into the public sphere in Europe and said believers of different faiths had no option but to engage in interreligious dialogue.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Catholic Church’s department for interfaith contacts, said religion was now talked and written about more than ever before in today’s Europe.

“It’s thanks to the Muslims,” he said in a speech printed in Friday’s L’Osservatore Romano, the official daily of the Vatican. “Muslims, having become a significant minority in Europe, were the ones who demanded space for God in society.”

Vatican officials have long bemoaned the secularisation of Europe, where church attendance has dwindled dramatically in recent decades, and urged a return to its historically Christian roots.



Post-Partisan Obama Ignores Fox News

From the ‘Top Of The Ticket” at the Los Angeles Times:

Now that Obama’s won, Fox News can’t seem to catch his eye

Back in October then-Sen. Barack Obama granted a then-rare campaign interview. That time, not surprisingly, it went to the N.Y. Times Magazine and the candidate reportedly whined to the writer:

“I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls. If I were watching Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me, right?

“Because the way I’m portrayed 24/7 is as a freak! I am the latte-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically correct, arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?”

It’s not unusual for public figures to feel mis-portrayed or even abused by media organizations.



The 1st Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

We posted President Washington’s proclamation back in 2005. But we thought it might be an appropriate time to dust it off again:

George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness :”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted’ for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.



Michelle Obama Got 2006 ‘Signing Bonus’

First, what the President Select told Barbara Walters, via the Associated Press:

Obama: bank execs shouldn’t get bonuses this year


CHICAGO (AP) — President-elect Barack Obama thinks bank executives should forgo their bonuses this year to show they are taking responsibility amid difficult economic times.

In an interview with Barbara Walters to air Wednesday, Obama also said he’s trying to keep his BlackBerry or find another way to “break through the isolation and the bubble that exists around the president.” …

According to excerpts of the interview released by ABC, Obama said bank executives should make sacrifices because so many other people are struggling as the nation’s economy slips further. Some financial firms, including Goldman Sachs, the Swiss bank UBS and the British bank Barclays, have said they aren’t handing out annual bonuses to top executives, and Obama encouraged more to follow.



Terrorists Murder At Least 80 In Mumbai

From The Times Of India:

Terror attacks in Mumbai; 16 dead, several injured

27 Nov 2008

MUMBAI: Terror struck the country’s financial capital late on Wednesday night as coordinate serial explosions and indiscriminate firing rocked
eight areas across Mumbai including the crowded CST railway station, two five star hotels
–Oberoi and Taj– leaving 16 persons dead and 50 injured.

Armed with AK-47 rifles and grenades, a couple of terrorists entered the passenger hall of CST and opened fire and threw grenades, Mumbai General Railway Police Commissioner A K Sharma said.

The terror strike which began at 10:33 PM at Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus(CST), formerly known as the Victoria Terminus(VT), claimed 10 lives in the premises of the station alone, police said.

Three persons were killed in a bomb explosion in a taxi on Mazegaon dockyard road and an equal number were gunned down at Taj Hotel.



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