Archive for October 19th, 2008

Word has it Seth Meyers from SNL wrote the rap that Amy Poehler performed so perfectly on SNL on Oct. 18.

It’s just as funny this morning as it was last night.  You can watch the video by clicking here.


One, two, three

My name is Sarah Palin and you all know me.
Vice presidential nominee of the GOP.
Gonna need your vote in the next election
Can I get a “what what” from the senior section?

McCain got experience, McCain got style
But don’t let him freak you out when he tries to smile,
Cuz that smile be creepy, but when I’m VP
All the leaders in the world gonna finally meet me.

How’s it go Eskimos?
Tell me tell me what you know Eskimos.
How you feel Eskimos?
“Ice cold.”
Tell me tell me what you feel Eskimos.
“Super cool!”

I’m not Jeremiah Wright, but tonight I’m the preacher.
I’ve got a bookish look and you’re all hot for teacher.
Todd looking fine on his snow machine,
So hot for each other, he’s a go between.
In Wasilla, we just chill baby – chilla
But when I see oil – “Drill baby, drilla”

My country tis of thee.
From my porch I can see
Russia and such

All the mavericks in the house put your hands up.
All the mavericks in the house put your hands up.
All the plumbers in the house pull your pants up.
All the plumbers in the house pull your pants up.

When I say Obama, you say Ayers.
“Obama. Ayers.”
“Obama. Ayers.”
I built me a bridge, it ain’t goin’ no where.

McCain and Palin, gonna put the nail in the coffin
Of the media elite.
“She likes red meat.”
Shoot a mutha humpin moose eight days of the week.

(gun fire)

Now you’re dead. Now you’re dead cuz I’m an animal
And I’m bigger than you!
Load up the shot gun, walk in the pub
Everybody party, we’re goin’ to hunt!

La la la la la la la laaaaaaa

(more gun fire)

Yo I’m Palin, I’m out!


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Change: Life Is All About It

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.”

-Alan Cohen, author

This weekend, as most go, flashed by in a blink. If someone invents a mechanism by which we could reduce the speed of life, I might just save up for it. When the leaves drop from the maples, ashes, and walnuts like miniature bombs falling to their target zone, you know it’s time to pack up the garden hose and flush out the water spigot. Autumn’s leaves will soon be winter’s sleet and snow and chilled air. It’s this change of seasons in Minnesota that makes life exciting.

Last evening during dinner our conversation ran from topic to topic just as naturally as those leaves, noted in the previous paragraph, fall to earth. We stopped for a long while on the subject of change and how welcoming – or unwelcoming – we each embrace the change that presents itself every day, week, month, and year. I’m not so much an agent of change – a catalyst eagerly turning to the next page before I’m only halfway through the current page (although I’ve certainly made changes – choices good and bad – that have resulted in the sea-change kind of moments that will live with me forever). I tend to make my best effort to slow down and enjoy the present moment and live life. I know whatever is to come – the surprises and the heartburn – will come. That page is going to turn itself, you know, and then we can write it or read it.

While I’m open to all forms of change, I also appreciate my comfort zones. Adults reach this point in life when we know what we can tolerate and what we just simply can’t put up with. Stupidity. Compulsion. Incompetence. Disregard for the innocent. Intent to cause harm. These are all on the “won’t tolerate” list. Naivete. Inexperience. Opposing ideals or beliefs. Differences in style, tastes, interests. These are all things we’ll tolerate because we know (and when I say “we” I mean the educated, the read, the informed and those of us who are actually interested in humanity as a whole) we’re not perfect or righteous and we live in a country that allows for differences as well as encourages learning about them.

So when we talked about embracing or avoiding change last night, it made me think. What would our lives be with no change at all. If time stopped for awhile and the world lived in a Bill Murray-esque Groundhogs Day movie – even if just for a week or two. Would we be delivered from that experience with a renewed appreciation and passion for change of the most common kind – having oatmeal for breakfast instead of toast for example? Would we strive to effect change in a way that we didn’t prior to the Groundshog Day experiment? Would we walk out the front door and into our neighborhood, city, state, and country with eyes wide open to all the troubles surrounding us and do something to make a difference?

We can’t assume anything. We can’t tell the future. But we can embrace the change life presents us – especially when it’s begging to happen and ultimately puts back on its axis our wobbling, out-of-whack microcosm in which we live.


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