Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Countdown Live Blog: 5/12/09

(Guest posted by JFein from Fire Andy Reid Now!)

Hi all! And just as a little heads-up and what to look for tonight, last night, both O'Reilly and Sean Hannity ran an interview with Jeaneane Garofalo on her comments made last week calling EVERY PERSON who took part on tea parties were racists. Fox had a stalker/producer (Griff Jenkins, the nerdly one) interview her and she stood by idiotic statements that she made on Countdown a few weeks ago. Keith would be wise NOT to touch those attacks. Keith's in! Let's get this thing started!

Ooh! A new feature, tonight! The WTF Moment!

The tie: Red with white spots.

Number 5: Dick Cheney has apparently cleared Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The Republican plan of targetting Pelosi, scaring her into not investigating torture or else she herself will get investigated for how much she knew is not working out. And there are errors with the briefing and briefing summary that claims that Pelosi was involved. And Dick Cheney does not know if Nancy Pelosi was briefed about the waterboarding and enhanced interrogation. And damn, Niel Cavuto sure does ask long questions. Howard Fineman joins us with more. On the briefings and torture. Not Cavuto's questions.....

Tomorrow morning is the date of the first public hearings on the legalization of torture by the Bush Administration. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), the Judiciary Subcommittee chairman is on to answer Keith's questions.

Off-topic, but the Bruins are beating the Hurricanes 2-1 in a must win for Carolina. It was 2-0 Boston but the Canes got a goal back in the 2nd. And seeing as he is there, JC knows this all too well right now, but the Phils and Dodgers are currently tied at 2 in the bottom of the 4th. GO PHILLIES!!!

Number 4: Florida Governor Charlie Crist is going to be running for Senate, instead of not running for governor again. And he has been endorsed by Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell. And Comedian Boss Limbaugh can't be happy as Governor Crist is what they like to call bi-partisan. Will he be rejected and attacked by Republicans like Mitt Romney was? Eugene Robinson tries to tackle that question.

It's now 3-1 Boston. Savard got the 3rd goal for the Bs. And the Phils have taken the lead! 4-2 still in the bottom of the 4th.

Oddball: It's been 20 days since Hannity promised to be waterboarded, 19 since Keith's deal, and 18 of silence. And last night Hannity asked, "What would be worse, wishing an American citizen who has a different point of view that his kidneys fail or to waterboard a terrorist?". The cool Japanese kickass robot of the week is a teacher in Tokyo named Saya. And in L.A. a baggage container got caught in an engine.

Best Persons: 3 - Some guy in Wisconsin stole some Wisky but he also filled out a raffle ticket with name and address in and put it in a box that was just emptied. 2 - A fake Sheriff County's deputy pulled over an actual sheriff's deputy and a chase (and as mentioned at fark.com, hilarity) ensued. 1 - Kailash Sing has 7 girls and wanted a boy so he stopped bathing. He made this vow three and a half decades ago. Don't fear, though, he cleans himself by standing on one leg near a bonfire, smokes marijuana to get clean and he prays to Shiva. Indeed, a suitable replacement. You would never know the difference....

Number 3: A back up shuttle is being made in case the Hubble Telescope is destroyed while it is being repaired. The Hubble is having many, many problems and they hope that the repairs will get it to last 5-more years. Derrick Pitts of the Franklin Institute tells us more about a subject that is already way over my head. I'm a history guy, not a science one. I surely massacred the story in the recap above. But back to history for a second, Bill O'Reilly was not as wrong as Olbermann and JamesCraven claimed he was last night. Just as an example, Churchill wanted to use poison gas in 1940 in retaliation to the Germans but he had to be talked out of it by the Royal Air Force. And just because the poison gas is not lethal, isn't this kind of just like waterboarding in a way, in that it was used to torture. I'm not a Nazi appeaser or sympatheizer, but facts are facts and O'Reilly was closer to them then Keith and Obama were in regards to this matter.

Number 2 (Worst Persons in the World)
Bronze - Harold Jackson and William K. Marrino of The Philladelphia Inquirer. Apparently they hired John Yoo who they believed was no more than a freelance writer. Will Bunch says he's knowledgeable on legal subjects. Huh??? He's being investigaed! At least he's a Philadelphian.
Silver - Eric Bollin of the Fixed Going Out of Business Network. His list of a baseball line-up includes Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) as a catcher. Too much frat-house, humor?
Gold - Greta von Sustern does not approve of ambush journalism. AND SHE WORKS FOR FIXED NOISE CHANNEL?!?!?!?

Number 1, The WTF!?! Moment: She was speaking of a war between God and Satan in her mind as she spoke her opinion on gay marriages. She did not want to succumb to the devil so she spoke her mind when Perez Hilton asked her that question. And where was this holy spirit when she had all those semi-naked photos taken her. And wait, she was "punished" for what she said??? And no Carrie, the your grandfather did not fight for her freedom of speech. Miss USA has nothing to do with the government taking away your freedoms. All the breeches of contract she had and she still has the Miss California title. And yet she still feels like she was being punished. WHAT THE.....?!?

Hopefully I did you proud again, JC. I tried. Really.

Good night and good luck.
NOTE from JC: The Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment. I like that as a semi infrequent segment.


  1. Do they give you those creepy Olberman close-ups the entire show?