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Goodnight, Mom

11 Apr

The thing about taking a few days off is that it gives you a chance to catch up on life and the things you’ve been ignoring in recent days. So it was last night when I learned the sad news that Keith Olbermann’s mother passed away last weekend (she had cancer). Aside from the passing itself and the cause of death, the timing was rather unfortunate since, as Keith made clear in his tribute to her the other night, she was a huge baseball fan and she passed away the day before the season began.

Anyway, regardless of how you feel about Keith, his show, or his politics, the tribute he aired to his mother earlier this week is worth watching, so I thought I’d share it here.

Enough!

19 Mar

It’s not quite Stephen Colbert with a pitchfork, but here’s Keith Olbermann’s special comment about AIG, Citigroup, and all the other Wall Street scandals.

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A Great Day in America

20 Jan

Keith Olbermann looks back on the day (after a brief snippet of Joe Biden at one of the balls) …

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The Year of Martin

31 Dec

I can’t believe 2008 is already over, mostly because when I look back on the year, I remember it as being as a great one in the life of Martin Lieberman.

Three big things happened: I bought a condo, my niece was born, and I got a new job. All three were huge, life-changing events.

I mean, my niece being born … yeah. But the condo purchase came after more than six years of living in the same place, and the new job came after more than seven years with the same company.

So I guess there’s very good reason for some of my friends to be calling 2008 “The Year of Martin.” Continue reading

Fowl Play

24 Nov

Keith Olbermann was on vacation last week enjoying some much deserved peace and quiet. There was just one problem: he missed one of the funniest Sarah Palin video clips of, like, ever. So on tonight’s show, he got all caught up. And if you, too, haven’t seen this one yet … enjoy.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/27897845#27897845

Yes, Sir

13 Nov

Are you like me? Do you love Keith Olbermann‘s Special Comments? Then you’ll love this. It’s a one-minute-long highlight reel that just about sums them all up. It’ll make you say “You have been screwed. And screwed you are.” Ha!

An Expression of Love

11 Nov

“This isn’t about yelling and this isn’t about politics,” says Keith Olbermann in his really nice and level-headed special comment about California’s Proposition 8, which he delivered at the end of last night’s show. “This vote is horrible. Horrible. Because this isn’t about yelling, and this isn’t about politics. This is about the human heart, and if that sounds corny, so be it.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/27652443#27652443

Before I Move On …

6 Nov

It’s hard to be so wrapped up and engaged in the election process and then just drop it simply because we now have a winner. So here are what I hope will be my last thoughts (and some other things) before I get back to writing about me and my own life again.

* I still feel really excited about Barack Obama’s win, and really happy for the country. I’m proud to be an American, and I suspect this is a feeling that will last for a long time.

* Have you seen this yet: IsObamaPresident.com? What about IsMcCainPresident.com?

* The biggest question I’m left with — as so many others are — is how the country can elect a black man as its president but the state of California (California!) can vote to make a marriage of two people in love illegal. (The same thing happened in Arizona and Florida.) It just doesn’t make any sense. I hope the unfortunate passing of California’s Prop 8 on Tuesday eventually results in some real positive change for gay people, not just on the West coast but all across the country. (On a side note, I saw Milk on Wednesday and I agree with those who think that if it had been released prior to the election, Prop 8 would never have passed. More comment on the movie itself will come in a couple weeks, closer to its release.)

* If you just can’t get enough of hearing “A Change Is Gonna Come,” perhaps you’d be interested in hearing 14 different versions, all downloadable as MP3s, courtesy of WFMU.

* I really wish Sarah Palin would just go back to Alaska and stay there, so we never have to see or hear from her ever again. Something tells me that just ain’t gonna happen.

* And finally, what will Keith Olbermann do now that in 70-something days, he won’t have George Bush to kick around anymore? I guess we’ll find out all in good time. But Wednesday night on his show, he didn’t gloat and hang a “Mission Accomplished” banner, as was humorously predicted by John McCain himself a couple weeks ago. Instead, in his final Campaign Comment, he looked back on the significance of Tuesday’s election, keeping his own words to a minimum and letting the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/27563663#27563663

Vote Early, Vote for Obama

4 Nov

You know I think voting is a big deal if I wake up an hour earlier than usual to do it.

I mean, I’m a guy who hits snooze for more than an hour every day before he finally gets out of bed.

But that’s exactly what I did this morning, waking up at 6:30 just so I could get to the polling place on time to cast my ballot for Barack Obama. Continue reading

Not Smarter Than a Third Grader

21 Oct

Sounds like Sarah Palin doesn’t even know what she’s running for.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/27313586#27313586