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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Why I Still Miss Paul Wellstone



I can still recall sitting in a rental van going through the streets of St. Paul and Minneapolis 8 months after the Wellstone plane crash. The green signs were still up in yards all over the place. I was there for a conference after graduation from high school. It was still unreal to many people, including myself, to live in a world without the Senator who had championed PEOPLE during his entire stay in the Senate.

He had a belief in putting politics back in peoples lives. For many today, I feel that politics is even more removed from people than it was during his time. Money, ads, mailers, uninspiring candidates, candidates that don't put in the time to make themselves available to voters and their opponents to have a discussion of ideas has soured many away from politics.

To fight that, people need to become their own leaders. When you become unsatisfied with the leadership being offered, the solutions being offered, and the state of the community, YOU have to step up. That's what Paul Wellstone taught us. He had that ability to both inspire you and make you think about how you can get involved.

If stepping up means going down to your local soup kitchen, heading over to the local campaign office, or putting your name on a ballot; we have to do it. Sure, we're going to lose some fights. Paul was no stranger to losing. Yet, he picked himself back up and went to work on the next fight. He may have lost sometimes, but he was never defeated.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Rest of My Top 10 Hosts for SNL 40

Back in July I wrote about my 10-5 and I sorta got distracted with looking for work and the new job so I finally have a few minutes here to write about the remaining picks.

I was very pleased to see Season 40 open with one of the folks I have really wanted to see host the show. This just seems to be Chris Pratt's moment. Hope he continues his success. The recent tribute to Jan Hooks was good. She was a member of the Hartman era cast. I'm not sure what exactly happened to her after SNL. I can recall her in 3rd Rock from the Sun and 30 Rock but not much else. Tina Fey commented that Hooks deserved a bigger post SNL career

My favorite skit of hers was one she did with Alec Baldwin. She played a waitress in some small hick town where the locals just sit around eating. Baldwin plays some slick country guy and they both lace their speech with very crude sexual innuendos. It is only like five or six minutes long but just a hilarious kind of dirty that you can only get away with in place like that. I found the transcript.

Cowboy: [ in control ] You got coffee?

Brenda: [ taps a cup on the counter ] Got a cup?

Cowboy: You think you can fill it?

Brenda: Think you can handle it?

Cowboy: I can handle a menu!

Brenda: [ gives him a menu ] First look is free.

Cowboy: I ain't paid for looking yet!

I agree with Fey that she should have had a bigger career.