Saturday, October 10, 2009


Did the Nobel committee reward noble intentions...
Aspirations, not accomplishment?

'Peace Dove' by Jeff Clark
Illustration: 'Peace Dove' by Jeff Clark
By GREGORY KATZ (AP) 10/9/09

LONDON — The surprise choice of President Barack Obama for the Nobel Peace Prize drew praise from much of the world Friday even as many pointed out the youthful leader has not yet accomplished much on the world stage.

The new president was hailed for his willingness to reach out to the Islamic world, his commitment to curtailing the spread of nuclear weapons and his goal of bringing the Israelis and Palestinians into serious, fruitful negotiations.

Who were the other people worthy of consideration this year? And what are the accomplishments of previous Peace Prize Laureates? Scott Simon offers answers and perspective...

Audio: NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, October 10.
Host Scott Simon also engaged conservative author Reihan Salam on the same subject as part of his Week In Review segment.
Other Peace Prize facts & figures are available from the Washington Post


The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Recap - Week of 10/5/09
Daily Show
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Political HumorRon Paul Interview

Survival Strategy

A collection of humor by, and about, the scandalous Mr. Letterman.


The honorable gentleman from Florida, Mr. Grayson...

Representative Grayson's campign site & Congressional office.

Free Form 020

A few minutes of music...

The Smithereens
Time Won't Let Me
Blown To Smithereens (1995)

Foo Fighters
Learn To Fly
There Is Nothing Left To Lose (1999)

George Harrison
Beware Of Darkness
All Things Must Pass (1970)

Soweto Gospel Choir
The Sounds Of Soweto Gospel Choir (2009)

Tears For Fears

Stephen Colbert understands what Glenn Beck is going through when the mainstream media doubts his sincerity.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Bend It Like Beck 10/8/09
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Friday, October 9, 2009


Jealousy and betrayal brought Halderman to seek revenge...

University of Texas psychologists Cindy Meston and David Buss, authors of the 2007 study “Why Humans Have Sex,” have completed a second go-round, this time focused on women only. They come up with 237 reasons.

Is it physical attraction? Love? Loneliness? Jealousy? Boredom? Painful menstrual cramps?

It turns out that woman have sex for all of these reasons and more, and that their choices are not arbitrary; there may be evolutionary explanations at work.

CNN solicited a few... Opinions, that is.

There's an article at CNN, too.

Shoot The Moon

NASA Illustration of impact.Today's the day the LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite) mission will send a missile traveling at twice the speed of a bullet to blast a hole in the lunar surface near the moon's South pole.

This isn't a declaration of intergalactic war: The missile will hit the lunar surface at the moon's South pole, an area scientists estimate may have billions of tons of trapped ice.

The LCROSS mission will be broadcast live @ 7:30 am ET on TV morning news shows & cable news channels. NASA will also stream the impact event live starting at 6:15 am ET.
Read more at: Huffington Post

Postscript: Succesful mission... Not impressive as TV, but that's really not the important part.

You Say It's Your Birthday


October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980
Imagine all the people living life in peace.

Roots 2009

From slavery to the White House in 5 generations...

Read the NY Times article on Michelle Obama's maternal family tree.

Free Form 019

A few minutes of music...

Colbie Caillat
I Won't
Breakthrough (2009)

Don Henley
The End of the Innocence
The End of the Innocence (1989)

Love Song
50 First Dates [OST](2004)

The Opposition


Dan Kurtzman posted a collection of Funny Political Protest Signs from when protests go hilariously wrong on

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Year 9

U.S. military action in Afghanistan entered its 9th year on October 7

Watch CBS News Videos Online

Hardball On The Hill

Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" was replaced with a very personal plea for action on health insurance reform on October 7. Lasting the entire program, it was thorough and compelling.

And CBO's price tag on the "Baucus Bill" came in on target, offering new hope for "Public Option" advocates to sell it as a cost cutter.

After Prime Time

Not all extortion is illegal. When wrapped in the words of a defense attorney, threatening character assassination by exposing the same information that was at the root of the initial criminal attempt is legal, and even "ethical" within the context of the profession.



Slime Time

Dweezil's great, but I miss his dad, too.

Free Form 018

A few minutes of music...

Allman Brothers
Stormy Monday
At the Fillmore East (1971)

Matchbox Twenty
Yourself or Someone Like You (1996)

Hedge Trimmer

If not for Madoff, this guy would've been a contender.

Read Bryan Burrough's article in Vanity Fair.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Send Your Medical Bills to Max Baucus 9/30/09
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The Senate Finance Committee awaits Congressional Budget Office scoring on the costs of Baucus' bill. It could come as soon as today.

Health Care for America Now (HCAN) the nation's largest health care campaign launched the latest phase in its ongoing "Sick of It" anti-insurance push on September 30, focusing on rich health insurance CEOs making millions and living in luxury while middle class families are struggling to pay medical bills, going bankrupt, and losing their homes. September 22, thousands of activists participated in more than 150 anti-insurance company protests nationwide. Health Care for America Now's message is simple: If the insurance companies win, you lose.

Keith Olbermann, whose mother died last year and whose father's illness has caused a spotty attendance record in recent weeks, scheduled a major departure from his normal programming tonight... He'll tackle health care in an hour-long "special comment" starting at 8pm ET.


Crash-Prone Capitalism

In finance, actions can be both individually prudent and collectively disastrous.John Cassidy, staff writer for the New Yorker, argues discredited policies from the man who brought you "irrational exuberance" prompt a financial group think in which it's more risky for executives at investment banks to sit out a speculative bubble than to dive in.

Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now. Host: Robin Young.
Read Cassidy's article on "Rational Irrationality" at the New Yorker

Dave's DJ

Amidst all the controversy the sidekick's moment in the spotlight is being eclipsed.

Paul Shaffer, born and bred music junkie, dyed in the wool hipster, and longtime leader of David Lettermans band, wrote a memoir, released yesterday. Visit for additional videos, an audio interview, and more.

Read more from CBS Sunday Morning.

Free Form 017

A few minutes of music...

Jeff Beck w/ Rod Stewart
People Get Ready
Flash (1985)

Rickie Lee Jones
Rodeo Girl
Flying Cowboys (1989)

Elton John
Madman Across the Water (1971)

Sacre Boeuf

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dave's Dilemma

CBS News walks the tightrope with personnel on both ends of the crime and the possibilty of civil litigation looming.

Meabwhile a second name has emerged. Former intern & current TV writer-producer Holly Hester freely admits her mid '90s relationship. She's pictured in these photos obtained by TMZ.

Holly Hester with Late Show staffers.

Change We're Still Waiting For

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Copen Hatin' 10/1/09
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Can't get it done?

Read: Paul Krugman on "The Politics of Spite."

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Chicago Nope 10/5/09
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Meanwhile In Las Vegas

Tons of outside cash are waiting for a Republican candidate to take on the Senate's top Democrat, Majority Leader Harry Reid, in 2010.

Read: Jon Ralston at the Las Vegas Sun.

Air Vick

Free Form 016

A few minutes of music...

3 Doors Down
Away From The Sun
Away From The Sun (2002)

Alice In Chains
No Excuses
Nothing Safe (1999)

The Who
Eminence Front
It's Hard (1982)

Fast Draw: The Twilight Zone

Sci-Fi really calls future shots...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Head Twit

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Deepening Cracks

Glenn Beck shooting with photographer Jill Greenberg...

"These radio guys couldn't deliver a pizza, let alone an election."
-- Republican campaign consultant Mike Murphy on talk radio/cable TV hosts' power in electoral politics (on Meet the Press 10/04/09)

If Life Gives You Lemons

As seen on There I Fixed It

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A few minutes of music...

Rolling Stones
Sticky Fingers (1971)

Everybody's Everything
Santana (1971)

Jack Johnson
Upside Down
Curious George [OST](2006)

Rivers Of Babylon
The Harder They Come [OST](1972)

Another Acronym Bites The Dust

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Letterman, Legalities & Late Night

What's the price of Dave being caught with his Worldwide Pants around the ankles?

Friday night's fallout and follow-up...

Late Night Love Connection

Q. What ties Letterman to the alleged perp?

A. Dave's former 'Girl Friday' Stephanie Birkitt.

Stephanie Birkitt, former staffer for the David letterman show.

  • She had a college intership at the Late Show.
  • She worked at CBS News' 48 Hours after graduation.
  • She left 48 Hours to become Letterman's personal assistant.
  • She lived with accused extortionist Robert (Joe) Halderman, a producer on CBS News' 48 Hours, after leaving the Late Show.

Read more at the NY Daily News

"Sex Diary" used to blackmail Dave

Taxi Travel Tips

Late Season Cook Out

Jump to source.

Chops are ok, but Ken Morgan really wants ribs.

Free Form 014

A few minutes of music...

Earth, Wind & Fire
Mega Mix 2000
Best of Earth, Wind & Fire,
Volume 1 (1989)

Blood, Sweat & Tears
Smiling Phases
Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969)

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