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Protocols in the Ukraine Deemed "Unacceptable" by PBO and NTSB

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The weekend news footage has been filled with disappointment in virtually all aspects of the recovery operation, such as it is, in the plane crash site in the Eastern Ukraine that separatist 'rebels' have apparent dominion over.

There are photos, some in the piece on Maddow's coverage of the tragedy, here, that remind us that this is indeed a human tragedy - much as the one in Lockerbie, Scotland, that a lot of us can recall, and has the need for grieving as much as the inevitable politicizing.

Would our response be more hysterical and Fvx Nation driven were more American corpses involved in this hot mess of an 'investigation'? Putin didn't want the eyes of the world on this area in this fashion -- why would he? The Australian and European families may be more persistent than the Americans even in poking at Putin for details and black boxes … they've been dealing with these conflicts in their own backyards (bullshite John McCain, we will never 'all' be any one former Soviet nation attempting to be a democracy 'now' or any time, that was such balderdash) for centuries.

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Early news pretty much consisted of UP with Steve Kornacki and a rather pompous young self-declared expert on all things Muscovite. Until David Gregory has at the situation at 9 EST on Meet the Press which I'll also run, below.

Sunday early thoughts on Ukraine from UP.

As soon as available, the opening block with Andrea Mitchell reporting on Meet the Press, then some footage of David Gregory speaking with SOS John Kerry earlier this morning.

Kerry said the circumstantial evidence is powerful, but also that we knew the imagery was accurate. "We also see a stacking up of evidence here … President Obama believees and we in there international community join in believing, that we need unfettered access."

Kerry held a firm chin. And handed David Gregory back his smirky smug 'grandiose' Cold War pronouncement right back to him with nary a hitch in his Secretarial gravitas giddy up.

"Russia needs to step up and prove it's bona fides."

Well, well. John Kerry gets tough. Ish.

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Dana Carvey Brings SNL "Choppin' Broccoli" Back - With a Lil' Orchestra

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You have to be about as old as I am to have seen the original skit in 1886 1986 … but Dana Carvey is about as good as it gets from vintage Saturday Night Live.

Imagine our delight when Jimmy Fallon brought not only Carvey in full SNL personae back behind the microphone … but requested 'Choppin Broccoli' be given some 2014 swagger! And a distinct Chopinesque flair.

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It's a peach. Kudos to Uproxx.com for having the video and some fine commentary on the new Video Gem.


How often do we get highly hilarious orchestral moments? You Go Jimmy Fallon.

Now in case you're also feeling nostalgic for the real deal … take it away old Dana Carvey! And in more than one fashion. The first is his audition reel for SNL.  You're welcome.

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And, after they hired him ...

Where would liberals be without SNL?!

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Lawrence O'Donnell's First Week Back Rocking His 30 Rock Desk

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Lawrence had one long taxk-crash-in-Cuba hiatus!

We've all been in cabs, foreign or domestic, that had us wondering if we'd survive to make the flight, the dinner reservation or zee occasional STAT run to Walgreens in the middle of the night ... but poor Lawrence O'Donnell actually had the serious Taxi Accident of city-dweller/tourist angst, and just barely finished his first week back on MSNBC's (more sane) evening 30 Rock line-up.

After a three month medical sabbatical. Lawrence, we missed ye well. Not that Ari Melber didn't do a Yeomen's Work.

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Do we truly realize just how much has happened in three months?!??!

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For true fun, check out Lawrence's perspective on that hiatus, and his Last Word on a week back at his anchor chair at 30 Rock [his earlier programs had been coming to us Live from NBC's Cali HQ].

He is by far one of our finer pundits. A highlight this week was his Opinion segment on 'legitimate rape', which is so worth the minutes to see or see again.

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In the wake of Hobby Lobby and the Latest Regressive Right Idjit Moves to send our culture back in time, having someone of Lawrence's calibre unpack the current Fvx Hysteria is soothing.

There is intelligent life on television, he and Maddow prove it. [And Saturday Night Live but they are in reruns for a bit longer.]

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Even Tony Blair says "No" to Iraq Involvement, Backs Obama

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Meet the Press, despite the GOP caste, conservative cast and often, Cast, does yet get the truly good Gets.

Today: Tony Blair, someone whose voice about Iraq should carry a little weight. Especially as he was so far up BushCo's innards, Fox Noise and Nation adored the Prime Min'istah from ''ello'.

Andrea Mitchell was pitching the Meet the Press softballs.

Annoyingly, as is so often true with Brits, he made some good points in that rather hawkish summarizing up of the present situation under Malaki … blast it, Blair had some thoughtful truthiness tucked away. Must be all that centuries more of organized war peacenik clap trap.

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Religious extremism in Iraq will never be taken down by a David, it is the ultimate and unassailable Goliath. (To put it in terms our Religionist brethren and Fvx News would get on the first try.)

And that America and her allies are no longer willing to be in the military industry of our fathers and grandfathers. Steve Jobs happened, you can let go of the gun fondling, tank humping Military Industrial Complex Fantasy thing about Iraq. And Iran.

Just keep your filthy minds out of Persia in general.

And realize that local militias are just plain Ridiculous. You are not fighting to liberate anyone from Dachau. You are not going to be deployed to Iraq.

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You have some confused Fvxed Up notions that a moderate president wants your guns, holy books and freedoms and that Rush Limbaugh has a brain - tamper down that Day Drinking and fondle something less dangerous than a loaded long gun. Kay?

None of this, in other words.

Progressives and liberals, however … out there fighting the Tea Party cray cray on Iraq and everything under the sun ...

Cheers, Mates.

Friend of the Carnival, cartoonist and blogger extraordinaire Chan Lowe, of the South Florida Sun Sentinel and his own blog, The Down Lowe, summed up the gun fondlers so very well, just had to share as an apology for the whole Meet the Press intrusion. Or the Country Music intrusion.

Image courtesy The Down Lowe

Image courtesy The Down Lowe

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Sunday Talkers - Unemployment No Longer A Problem

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That's the amount of coverage the four largest Sunday talkers ("Fox News Sunday," ABC’s "This Week," NBC’s "Meet The Press," and CBS’ "Face The Nation")  gave to the crisis of the long term unemployment extension that ran out right after Christmas. From that , you can only draw one conclusion: unemployment is no longer a problem.

Who's going to break this joyous news to the 1.3  million unemployed who've had their benefits cut? Or the additional 3 million family members of this socio-economic formerly depressed group? Certainly not the public service shows whose responsibility it is to report and examine such pressing issues.

Last Sunday I took these chat fests to task over their not mentioning anything about the West Virginia water poisoning. This week they've gone to, as a member of Chris Christie's inner circle, David Waldman reported, "radio silence."

Fortunately, I was able to grab a screen shot of the CNN talker just before camera's began to roll. That's Candy Crowley on the right.

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To the defense of the talk shows, they did have a lot to cover. And certainly who can argue that the future of 4.5 million Americans potentially starving, living without heat or shelter could possibly be as important as Chris Christie possibly blocking the George Washington Bridge, Obama's allowing us to be spied on, Edward Snowden being accused by right wingers of working for the Russians, and Robert Gates' new book where he confesses to being a borderline alcoholic having to knock back a stiff one every night to deal with the pressures of his job?

Priorities are important. But where does the well-being of fellow Americans rate? Certainly on Sunday public service qualifying shows who have a responsibility by law to provide public service information, the plight of the long-term unemployment barrier is quite insignificant.

Or maybe the truth is that it's these shows that are not significant. You could make that argument easily based on what they fail to report, more than what they do cover.

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Video- Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Duck Dynasty Edition

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Video- NBC Political Editor: We Don't Have a Clue About Key Issues for 2014

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Thank god Heather caught this. Stunningly ignorant. NOTE- Vid isn't working here, but it does at C&L.

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