My Daughter and Son-in-law will be glad to hear that the State of Missouri no longer considers them members of a violent militia. You see, they voted for a 3rd Party during the last election. They are also pro-life.
Recently, the Missouri issued a warning to the Missouri Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies warning them to be cautious when approaching vehicles with pro-life or 3rd Party stickers displayed. That edict, of course, raised a lot of questions and controversy. Missouri has since withdrawn the warning.
March 26, 2009
Missouri retreats on police targeting third party voters
A Missouri State Police report that informed officers that militias are a danger, and that many militia members subscribe to fundamentalist Christian, anti-abortion or anti-immigration movements. It also informed officers that members are usually supporters of third-party presidential candidates, such as U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.AT reported on the outrage, and now the Missouri State Police have reportedly “shelved” the report. The Southeast Missourian writes:Uproar over a law enforcement document linking various right-wing organizations with the modern militia movement prompted the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Wednesday to cease distribution of the report.Outrage over the report had been brewing for weeks among conservatives who say they’re unfairly singled out as possible criminals. On Wednesday morning, that anger spilled into the Capitol when Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder called on Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to place the head of the Department of Public Safety on administrative leave pending an investigation of the report. …The outcry prompted James Keathley, the superintendent of the highway patrol, to stop distributing the document to law enforcement officers. In a letter released Wednesday afternoon, Keathley also said he will create a process that ensures he and Department of Public Safety director John Britt will read all future reports before they are released.“Had that report been reviewed by either my office or by leaders of the Department of Public Safety, it would never have been released to law enforcement agencies,” Keathley said.I suppose this is just an isolated incident, and doesn’t reflect any ominous trends. Or maybe not.
Local conservative radio host, Chris Stigall, KCMO 710, has written an article for The Big Hollywood website. His article, Remember When SNL Was Funny? (Obama Ushers in New Era of Comedic Irresponsibility) describes the hypocrisy in Hollywood.
Everyone knows the old axiom about comedy. There’s always a grain of truth in that which an audience finds funny. Done well, comedy can make you squirm with its raw honesty. It has the power to inform our perspectives about politics and news just as any good journalist. Comedy helps provide insight into human flaws just as any good psychologist. Often self-deprecating and socially awkward, comedians themselves will deny their impact. Most comedians and writers prefer to think of themselves as lovable class clowns – laughing on the outside, crying on the inside. Just as former NBA star Charles Barkley once famously proclaimed he was no role model, many in the funny business will dismiss their impact in the hearts and minds of their audience.
For those who pay close attention to the news of late it is clear there is an enormous, almost daily crop of low-hanging fruit just ripe for sketch comedy’s harvest. It is not uncommon to watch or read the news of the day and think “this should be on ‘Saturday Night Live’ this weekend.” It seems like a missed opportunity if not painfully dishonest to watch comedy programming and note their inability or unwillingness to score obvious laughs with the country’s most obvious subject – the President of the United States.
Bill Clinton was a McDonald’s-starved sex fiend. George W. Bush was a cocky moron led by the cold, sinister Dick Cheney. Remember Ross Perot and his charts, Admiral Stockdale’s loony rants, and Al Gore’s petulant, haughty sighs? Michael Dukakis had bushy eyebrows and a losing attitude. Hillary Clinton was a woman desperate for power at all costs and Joe Biden is a slick-talking, loud, brash, phony everyman with a Cheshire Cat grin. All classic SNL created characters still sold on collector DVDs to this day.
Yet today, the 44th President of the United States has managed to come away from nearly three years of high-profile coverage untouched and unscathed by the show made legend for mocking the most powerful players in the country’s capital. There is a palpable, labored delivery as the cast and writers of “Saturday Night Live” search to find something funny about Barack Obama.
It is obvious the Obama administration is a target-rich environment for big laughs, but the television comedy industry is purposely firing blanks. We have entered an unusually dishonest era of comedy.
As it became clear Barack Obama was going to give the once-presumed unbeatable Hillary Clinton a run for her money in the 2007 Democratic primary, SNL was quick to take note. The obvious bias the show’s creative team would display going forward was immediate to even a casual fan.
Week after week, Obama’s primary fight with Clinton was the focus of the signature opening sketch. As Obama gained traction the characterization of Clinton became increasingly more desperate and needy. Even the press was mocked by the show as being partial to Obama through impressions of Gwen Ifill and Tim Russert. Once each party’s front-runners were nominated, Republican John McCain was quickly cast as wandering and passionless. Of course people are still abuzz about the aforementioned Palin portrayal by Tina Fey. Consistently though, Obama’s SNL alter ego would walk away from every satirical situation unscathed.
Clearly attempting to write around this president, we have seen opening sketches of House Republicans debating their latest “obstructionist” strategy. Dan Aykroyd made a guest appearance as House Minority Leader John Boehner. It would be interesting to conduct a focus group in the live studio audience after the show. Their awkward, politely required half-laughs seemed to indicate there were not many who understood what they were watching. When sizable demographics of the population can’t name the Vice President, it seems safe to assume most Americans won’t know House minority leadership.
We’ve seen ridiculous scenes of Senate Republicans being thrown out of the Oval Office window by an Incredible Hulk version of President Obama. Again, show of hands in the audience. How many knew Oklahoma Senator Tom Colburn and Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison? Certainly there have been half-hearted attempts to tweak Democrats like Tim Geithner, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Joe Biden and even Rahm Emmanuel. But in each scene, each sketch, each show, each week – President Obama is portrayed only in various degrees of calm and cool, almost victimized by a sea of buffoonery surrounding him.
In actuality, the Obama administration is a satirical gold mine; a comedy of errors just over two months in the making. There are scores of actual events and instances gone completely ignored by our creative friends in New York’s hallowed halls of comedic television that have been inexplicably, but now predictably ignored.
First Lady Michelle Obama recently confessed to ABC’s Robin Roberts that their weekly Wednesday night cocktail parties in the White House get so wild that furniture has been broken. In the interview, she further admitted to repeatedly warning her guests to tone it down. A high school drama club could write this sketch.
Stigall’s parting shot…
The truth about the Obama administration is that there is a lot to laugh about right now. Perhaps there is a fear of implied racism or a lingering respect for the historic nature of the last election, or simple blind devotion to a man today’s comedy writers have invested in both financially and emotionally. But for millions of Americans who did not vote for Barack Obama, and still millions more who see the daily folly of an administration full of missteps is to ignore truth. Comedy without that grain of truth just isn’t funny.
Cartoon of the Day: Gary Varvel.
The local weather reports are calling for mixed rain, sleet and snow Saturday with accumulations possible up to 8″. It’s SPRING! Not supposed to snow! The temps here yesterday were near 60 and I’ve been wearing short-sleeved shirts all week.
Ah, well. Y’all have a nice weekend.