Friday, November 12, 2010

Randi Rhodes: Maddow/Stewart & Airport Private Parts

It's Friday, ya bastids!
Last night Rachel Maddow interviewed Jon Stewart for a full hour. It was a fascinating interview, but is it really a good idea to conduct an in-depth interview with a comedian? The thing about humor is, if you explain it, it’s not funny any more. While being awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Tina Fey remembered to thank Sarah Palin. All comedians should. Sarah Palin has provided more jokes during her career than Bruce Vilanch. Fey said “I would be a liar and an idiot if I didn’t thank Sarah Palin for helping me get here tonight.” You could tell she wasn’t imitating Sarah Palin at that point, because she was speaking in complete sentences. Of course, Tina Fey has a huge career beyond her Sarah Palin impression, but she still finds time to imitate Palin. When you consider Sarah’s resignation as governor of Alaska, you could say Tina Fey works harder at being Sarah Palin than Sarah Palin does. Department of “Duh!”: Republicans and Democrats have different tastes in TV shows, according to a new study. Democrats favored cult hits like Mad Men, and Dexter. Republicans favored actual cults, like the Glenn Beck’s show. There were some puzzling items on the list. Republicans love Modern Family, which features a gay couple with a child. Maybe they think it’s science fiction. Have you been through one of the new full body scanners at airport security? I don’t want to say the images are hardcore, but they should include a black bar over your eyes. If you opt out of the scan, you get a full body pat down. Hello! If I don’t want to be ogled, what makes you think I’m OK with being fondled? The pat downs concentrate heavily on breasts and genitals. Is this security or foreplay? I wish people you were actually having sex with were this attentive. It is not OK to fondle me, even if you are a government employee. That message goes out to the TSA and to David Vitter. One man is trying to raise awareness by getting everybody to “opt out” and experience the TSA pat down procedures. National Opt-Out Day is set for the day before Thanksgiving. How about doing it the day after? I would feel a lot more self-conscious going through the body scans after I gain a bunch of weight at Thanksgiving dinner.

NBC’s 30 Rock tweaked the Tea Party last night with the help of a Mad Men co-star…

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