I caught some of Dan Abrams’ show on MSNBC today after watching Connected. The topic was the Michael Jackson trial, which is not of particular interest to me, but the show was really funny. (And no, child molestation is NOT funny, but the show was.) The segment I saw dealt with video of Jackson interviews, which I gather were shown as part of the evidence in the trial. It included the quote from Jackson about the most beautiful thing a person can do is share their bed, and some of the others I am sure even those not following the story have heard. Dan Abrams, who I often disagree with, was hysterically funny. He was making dry little comments following the video clips that had me laughing out loud. Since the show is rerun at least one more time later tonight, I thought I would mention it for those who are interested. (Also posted at Polipundit)
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I loved them both, but after hearing Carrie's superb performances tonight, I think she really did deserve to come in first. The performance of the last song, which will be her first single, was amazing considering she interspersed it with "thank you's" to America and then went effortlessly back to sing the song flawlessly. Oh, and girly-girl that I am, I loved her dress! (Laugh all you want, Jeff. And yes, I still owe you a non-Idol music post.) Idolonfox.com has photos and video clips from this season.
UPDATE: If you missed the show, or just enjoyed the final song as much as I did and would like to see it again, here's the link.
My name is Lorie and I love American Idol. Laugh, if you must, but I really do love the show. It is something I can watch with my kids, it has lots of old songs that I can sing along with, and it is fun to guess what will happen each week.
Tonight's finale promises to be the closest contest since Reuben and Clay. Clay came in second, but he didn't -- really. Being a huge fan of country music and southern rock, I love both of the finalists. I think that Carrie has been the long time favorite to win, but so was Clay. Bo has been gaining steam each week, which may give him an edge. He is also from Alabama like Reuben and the phone system there worked a whole lot better for Reuben than the one in NC worked for Clay.
I really do think this one is a complete toss up. If Carrie does not win, I hope they still let her record "Angels Brought Me Here" because she embodies that song. Her rendition of it is beautiful, and it quite possibly won the competition for her. Simon has believed she would win all along and after last night, he was still calling for a Carrie win. Win or lose, both Bo and Carrie will be huge recording stars. I would not be surprised to hear both of them topping the country charts, in fact.
Something that promises to make tonight's finale one of the best is all of the stars that will be performing along with the AI contestants. Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rascal Flatts alone are enough to make the show a hit with me. This is definitely a show a southern girl can love.
UPDATE: Okay, this is DEFINITELY the best American Idol show ever. I am watching the expose spoof now and it is hilarious. Simon shopping at Too Tight Tees, Randy's Simon song spoofing the Cory whatever his last name is song about Paula, Randy dressed as his mother and father -- this was not only a bold move striking back at the ABC expose, but it was hysterically funny.
Carrie's performance of "God Blessed The Broken Road" with Rascal Flatts gave me chills. I love the song anyway, but her addition made it even better. She is going to be a huge star. I think Simon was probably right that she will sell more records than any Idol yet.
The stars just keep coming with Bo's performance of "Sweet Home Alabama" ending the segment. Excellent. I hope this is a tradition they keep for upcoming seasons.
It has been a recurrent theme of my blogging for the past 17 months
to post links to articles and other blog posts that document the truth
about the war in Iraq. Arthur Chrenkoff and
the various milbloggers have done excellent work in that regard, as
well as quite a few other bloggers and political and military analysts
and commentators. Today there are a few really good items to take a
look at so I am going to do a little round up. (Two of the three were
linked by me earlier this weekend, but I am going to list them here
again because I want to be sure they don’t get lost in the Katrina
A War to Be Proud Of
From The Weekly Standard article, The case for overthrowing Saddam was unimpeachable. Why, then, is the administration tongue-tied? by Christopher Hitchens (link via Ace) – Read it all.
Then read it again. Then clip out the portion listing ten good things
that came about as a result of the war in Iraq. Then mail it to the
White House and ask the President why the heck he can’t manage to work
a few of these bullet points into a speech or two. As Hitchens says:
“It would be admirable if the president could manage to
make such a presentation. It would also be welcome if he and his
deputies adopted a clear attitude toward the war within the war: in
other words, stated plainly, that the secular and pluralist forces
within Afghan and Iraqi society, while they are not our clients, can in
no circumstance be allowed to wonder which outcome we favor.”
Bombshell Revelation (that is my title, not Captain Ed’s) post at Captain’s Quarters
about an editorial in a Saddam controlled Iraqi newspaper that ran two
months before the 9/11 attacks which praises bin Laden and discusses
his plans to attack the White House, the Pentagon, and to make the
American “curse the memory of Frank Sinatra every time he hears his
songs.” Yes, that is right. The Iraq editorial predicted three 9/11
targets at the hands of bin Laden two months before the attacks.
more interesting items about this bombshell – it was entered into the
Congressional record on 9/12/02 by Democrat Senator Fritz Hollings and
it was not mentioned in the 9/11 Commission Report. Captain Ed has
much, much more on this. Read it all. Then read it again. Then print it
out and send it to Chris Matthews because he never misses an
opportunity to declare that many Americans think that Saddam was behind
9/11, but that it is a proven fact that there was no connection. I wish
Matthews would read this and this,
too. (Just for good measure, send a copy to the White House, too. I
don’t think they know about this. If they do, you can’t tell.)
UPDATE: Also read the transcript of Fritz Hollings’ statements linked
in a Captain’s Quarters update. It is almost impossible for me to
believe that a Democrat was saying such things as recently as just
three years ago. He was using the material to hammer Condi Rice and the
intelligence agencies for failing to connect the dots. Obviously it is
just my opinion, but I believe that if we had not gone into Iraq when
we did, regardless of whether an attack on America that could be traced
to Saddam ever came to pass, this President would be hammered as
vigorously today for not doing anything about Saddam as he is being
criticised today for doing something.
Mr. Russert: All of you have had distinguished military
careers, leading men into war. We now have a majority of the American
people saying this war is a mistake. General Downing, how long can you
conduct a war that is not supported by a majority of the American
Gen. Downing: Well, Tim, you absolutely have to
have the support of the American people. And the troops that we have in
Afghanistan and Iraq right now feel this very, very strongly. They want
the support. Quite frankly, I think one of the problems that we’re
having is that the news media, the opposition to the war are framing
this entire discussion in the terms of casualties and casualties only.
I think what we don’t have is a serious discussion about why you take
We’re not out there roaming the roads in
Iraq and Afghanistan, looking for IEDs to blow up. Everything we’re
doing in a military campaign, both the U.S., the coalition and the
Iraqi forces, are aimed at objectives.
Continue reading for Russert’s lame anti-war talking points in response
that don’t address anything Downing said. Also read my post (linked
above) about the other moments from the segment including the possible
reason Russert gives for not reporting the good news from Iraq. It is a
UPDATE – ADDITION: See No Evil, Hear No Evil by
Stephen Hayes in The Weekly Standard. Hayes tells the story of those
who were left out of the 9/11 Commission’s report – surprise, they are
Okay, I am watching "24" and following the judicial confirmation deal at the same time. Ugh. Tony just got blown up -- or did he? I have reviewed the text of the deal on judges briefly and one portion immediately caught my attention:
Nominees should only be filibustered under extraordinary circumstances, and each signatory must use his or her own discretion and judgment in determining whether such circumstances exist.
How on earth do those who define Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown as "extreme" even begin to define "extraordinary"? And how can those senators engaging in the recent character assassination be said to possess any "discretion" or "judgment" whatsoever?
UPDATE: Damn, I am good! Tony isn't dead! And you all know I am right about the judges, too.