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RIP: And now, After Years Live from 30 Rock, Don Pardo Dies at 96

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One of THE voices of at least three generations, Don Pardo simply was the voice of Saturday Night live. May he rest in peace and SNL heaven.

A constant, continuity of professionalism and a keen understanding of the role SNL plays worldwide - but mainly it's the best we have got with politics, laughter, music and Don Pardo.

The New York Times reported on the loss this morning.

Mr. Pardo was with “S.N.L.” from the show’s first episode in October 1975, and performed the introductions for 38 seasons, missing only Season 7. For many viewers, the names of scores of stars — from Chevy Chase to Eddie Murphy to Tina Fey — were first heard in his sonorous baritone, which announced the cast each week at the end of the opening skit.

“Every year the new cast couldn’t wait to hear their name said by him,” said Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator, who hired Mr. Pardo in 1975.

But for an older generation, Mr. Pardo was familiar long before Mr. Michaels started “Saturday Night Live.” He was the announcer for an assortment of widely watched game shows, including two of the most popular television has ever seen, “The Price Is Right” and “Jeopardy!”

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Mr. Pardo’s decision to stay at NBC when “The Price Is Right” departed was fortuitous because that left him available to announce a new NBC show that made its debut in 1964, “Jeopardy!” A trivia show in which contestants tried to provide the questions after seeing the answers, it was hosted by Art Fleming, who made a point of thanking Mr. Pardo by name in each episode, helping to elevate him further out of the announcer anonymity of radio.

The original “Jeopardy!” ran until 1975, again a serendipitous endpoint because “Saturday Night Live” began the next year. The show’s creator, Mr. Michaels, was born the year that Mr. Pardo started at NBC. He has said he liked Mr. Pardo for the job as a sort of counterpoint to the wackiness of the show.

Image by NBC Universal, via Getty.

Image by NBC Universal, via Getty.

“It couldn’t have been a more different culture,” Mr. Michaels said. “But it was perfect for us.”

An earlier carnation, vintage Pardo at its best.

 

From NBC:

From Liberland news:

By 1975, NBC needed an announcer for a late-night sketch comedy show, “NBC’s Saturday Night,” later known as “Saturday Night Live.” Pardo was selected, and he served in that role for all but one of the show’s seasons, introducing generations of the show’s cast and guests – from Chevy Chase and John Belushi to Gilda Radner and Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey and Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig.

And each week: “It’s Saturday Night Live!”

Pardo retired from NBC in 2004 but continued with “SNL,” which first aired in 1975, only missing a few weeks because of health problems such as a broken hip last year.

We lost a truly great man, who dedicated his life to making us laugh … a life well lived, and condolences to Don's family, friends and SNL family. Thank you for the bright moments since 1975, Mr. Pardo.

So many to treasure.

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Bipolar Disease: Becoming More Homicidal n' Stealing the Best of Us

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Less than a year and a half ago, I got a call from my best friend, who had heard first and wanted my husband and I to hear it from her. Our dear, brilliant, poem-filled rock star of a Best Man (of 12 years ago). Padraic was so close to Dave (hubs) … his girl-friend (a good friend as well) found him hanging in his apartment.

Actual Shocked doesn't cover it, still.

So many American families have the resilience to care for their un-well … and they will be offering the humblest gift of respecting our elders. Now.

I don't know why, but most of my dearest friends suffer with that bitchy, stubborn and under-researched condition (or a cousin of It), called Bipolar Disease. They are often generous, caring remarkable people, I have found. And bright as hell.

They know Shite!! A thimbleful of good Scotch led my Gram into many a learning moment in there for free … that can be a part of the attitude and some very deep acts of desperation.

A morsel of stand-up from Williams …

Maybe, just maybe, Bipolar research and testing will get a bump -- because Robin Williams was killed by it this time. Read Laffy's outstanding posts, here, about his loss and her raw reactions.

Richard Dreyfuss, is also a victim célebre of  brain health issues.

Poster courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54 on the Twitterz

Poster courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @acehanna54 on the Twitterz

Dreyfuss first spoke publically about his bipolar disorder during the 2006 documentary, “The Secret Life of Manic Depressive.”

Since then he has been open and has freely discussed his struggles in the hope of alleviating some of the stigma associated with mental illness. He told People magazine:

“There is no shame in having depression. It never should be something to hide.”

Dreyfuss realized that he was suffering from this mental illness around the age of 14, when he felt range of emotions was not the same as everyone else’s.

So of course the Teabbing Folks sang  #AndISaidNoNoooNoooooooo as they read the obscure G.D. facts - and the gamut … Including The Limpbaugh and LaPalin [didn't there used to be a species of the Good Conservative].

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"Chris Christie Missed a Chance to Save Lives", Gov. Dannel Malloy says in The Star Ledger

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In a strongly worded Op-Ed, Chris Christie had his largish be-hind handed to him in a firestorm of splendidly worded jabs by New Jersey Star Ledger contributor and Connecticut Governor, Dannel Malloy, this weekend.

As you can imagine after Sandy Hook, Gov. Malloy is a tad frustrated with governors of neighboring Northeastern states who won't raise a finger to help save innocent children's and teacher's and law enforcement's and regular citizens' (not protected by Secret Service) lives in order to placate the Gun Fondlers and the NRA Gods who fund and ferociously frenzy them.

Then Christie had the unmitigated gall, and the egregious Jersey Cajones, to snub the Sandy Hook families that wanted but moments of his time. 

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Despite President Obama and other folk with brains, there has been no progress on gun reform since the Second Amendment, gun-fondling fanatics landed on the wrong side of history - and morality - following that horrific shooting tragedy in Connecticut and the dozens more we have survived.

Here's a taste, link above.

Gov. Christie and other governors across the country have to make tough choices on behalf of their constituents every day. It’s far easier to blame the complexities of gun violence on mental illness, but true leadership requires approaching all sources of the problem, regardless of their convenience, popularity, or personal political aspirations.

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A week and a half ago, Gov. Christie missed an opportunity to make meaningful, common-sense change that had the potential to limit the lethality of shooting incidents.

He's got the right of it there, governors across the United States truly do have a role in common sense gun reform … and Christie has gone out of his way to oppose it. Malloy summarized:

And what’s worse, he showed a callous lack of respect to the families who have bravely devoted their lives to ensure other parents won’t endure the same unimaginable heartbreak they live with each day.

Those families deserve better. The people of New Jersey deserve better as well.

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Joe Schmoe Scarborough had to interject this morning and insist that even soooo … Friend of The Show Chris Christie's stock is going up and he, harrumph hubris harrumph, will be back ahead of the pack in six months. [Ridonculous.]

Oh, Joe. Morning Mika jumped in to defend, natch. They lerves them some Christie.

Props to Governor Malloy and any American who has the courage to take on the gun fondlers. Let's hope they keep up the stellar work.

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Hey, Reagan: SWAT is Stun-Grenading Babies Cribs fer' Your War On Drugs in GA

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Ronald Reagan, from whatever sorry level of hell drew the short straw, I hope you are looking up.

There's a 19 month-old innocent baby boy, paralyzed, in a coma, in a burn unit, in Georgia … and you started the absurd immoral War On Drugs that put him there.

The GOP crusade on drugs, sanity and done-borned babies is alive and well in Atlanta. Cue Deliverance, this is a sick-arse tale.

According to Atlanta's WSB-TV, with the force of only a 'no-knock warrant', local SWAT seeking an arrest lobbed a stun grenade into the home and onto the infant's pillow -- where ARE they training these Southern arms of the law?

It's a deeply disturbing tale of 'Cops' quality tactics in the real world South. Baby Bounkham's mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, shared her disbelief and pain.

“It landed in his playpen and exploded on his pillow, right in his face. He’s only a baby. He didn’t deserve any of this.”

"He's in the burn unit. We go up to see him and his whole face is ripped open. He has a big cut on his chest," Phonesavanh said. "He's only 19 months old. He didn't do anything."

 

Nixon may have foreshadowed your policies, but you, Reagan, escalated the war that has imprisoned, killed or ruined good human beings with your fanatical zealotry.

If they are running a tally of the dead, your War On Drugs monument should be HUGE.

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80 Americans Killed With Guns In Week Before Isla Vista Massacre

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The repost.us service is no longer available so we have removed that code from The Political Carnival.

Here is the original post on the AATTP website.

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Santa Barbara Shooting -- Of Course It's The Gays' Fault Says Fox News

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You would need to be living under a rock not to have heard about the Santa Barbara California area stabbings and shooting rampage. Seven are dead, 13 are wounded and all are under 24 years old. All of the young victims were innocent except for the shooter who took his own life. He too may have been a victim, but within the confines of his own mind. We'll never know for sure. But he did leave some very important and telling evidence.

News outlets quickly broke the story that the shooter had left Youtube postings and a 140 page manifesto explaining his actions. Authorities rapidly took to analyzing them and a consensus was quick in coming. This perpetrator, identified as Elliot Rodger, was mentally disturbed leading up to his actions. One doesn't need to be a genius or a psychologist to see that. Or do they?

He describes himself as feeling shunned by women and his being jealous of the men who were able to have relationships with them. There's more to it than that, obviously, but his feelings of inadequacy in the social realm caused him to snap. He couldn't succeed with women and he felt shunned.

Using his own video and long explanation of his planned attack, the consensus of experts was uninformed.  Uninformed until Fox News stepped in. Despite the facts, as if facts ever got in the way of a homophobic story by them, they put on a quack doctor to analyze the rantings of the killer.  Raw Story:

Dr. Robi Ludwig asserted to Fox News that a mass shooting in California over the weekend may have been triggered because the suspect could not cope with his “homosexual impulses.

In a video posted on YouTube, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger explained that he had planned a shooting rampage to get retribution on women for rejecting him.

All you girls who rejected me and looked down upon me and treated me like scum, while you gave yourself to other men,” Rodger said just hours before gunning down six people near UC Santa Barbara’s campus. “And all of you men for living a better life than me. All of you sexually active men. I hate you.”

Where or what Cracker Jack box licensed Dr. Robi Ludwig got her degree is questionable. Where Fox News found her is simple -- Haters 'R Us or Homophobes For A Better Tomorrow.

Somehow, despite all evidence, a video and a 140 page explanation written by the killer himself explaining his impulses and anger, Dr. Gayhater misdiagnosed the evidence. Hers are the opposite  findings of the facts. A man who yearns for the love of and compassionate relations with a woman, is heterosexual, not homosexual. A man who's jealous of sexually active men with women he's attracted to, is heterosexual not homosexual. These are basic tenets. Opposite sex attraction--straight. Same sex attraction-- homosexual. This isn't quack science.

Why Fox News would put out something so diametrically opposed to facts is not a new question to ask. The answer is they are driven by outrageous headlines and looking for any viewership-grabbing antics they can. They are bottom feeders who just lick up any hate mongering. Sadly the byproducts of this irresponsible reporting is fueling the flames of bigotry.

Is this all about Fox News and their right wing conservative-serving opposition to same sex marriage? Is this about the pending Employment Non Discrimination Act in Congress? Or is this just about ignorance, pure and simple?

Putting this out there, Fox News is hurting the victims, their families, and the entire country. We have enough hate. This isn't the time to fan the flames, especially when their claims are so spurious. Not a scintilla of evidence appears anywhere or is mentioned by anyone that the killer had any homosexual leanings or tendencies.

This is the time to try to understand what happened and to try to prevent such things from happening again. Is it too early to be angry? No. But it's always too soon to blame innocent people for crimes they didn't commit.

Fox owes the world an apology. It won't come. But Dr. Ludwig deserves all the criticism we can heap upon her. Her competence must be questioned as you can see in her appearance below.

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Rep. Senslessbrenner Against Flying Flags At Half Mast For Non-Americans

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Respect is paid to people in many ways. Sometimes it's a thank you, or a tip of the hat. And in exceptional cases, those that have earned the greatest respect, there's even a traditional flying of the U.S. flag at half-mast. It might mark the passing of a single person, or in the case of a tragedy like 9-11 or Sandy Hook, the loss of many. The general rule is that this tradition is reserved for the highest degree of reverence. The ultimate acknowledgement.

Recently, with the passing of Nelson Mandela, President Obama ordered the flags on federal buildings to be lowered in recognition of the South African's passing. This Nobel Peace Prize winner, this international diplomat and civil rights crusader was being honored for the impact he had across the world. Not just in his nation. His footprint exceeded South Africa's borders. He was a citizen of the world, so to speak.

Yet this is not good enough for the Republican party here in the states. Now, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has made it clear that he feels  the U.S. should only lower flags to honor American citizens, and not foreign dignitaries like civil rights leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Sadly Sensenbrenner is not alone. It was reported today in Talking Points Memo

Sensenbrenner's assertion was received with "cheers" at the event, which was organized by the Republican Party of Waukesha County, according to Brookfield Now.

Does respect now based on a person's nationality? Is a man or woman deserving of our recognition only if he/she was an American? According to the Wisconsin representative and his GOP party, it does. I don't agree.

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