Monday, November 14, 2016

SNL's Cold Open Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" -- November 14, 2016


November 15, 2016: this morning on MSNBC Morning Joe, the two anchors were very, very complimentary on last Saturday's SNL. They thought the opening was excellent and that the entire SNL was funnier and more uplifting.
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A reader asked me if saw the SNL "cold open" skit two nights ago, and what I thought of it. I had not seen it until now. Here it is:

Random thoughts as I'm listening to this in the background:
  • beautiful, beautiful voice
  • beautiful, beautiful interpretation
  • it again reminds me how really, really good Leonard Cohen is
  • Leonard Cohen was a poet before he was a singer; his poetry is better than Dylan's
  • this may be one of the best "cold opens" ever for SNL
  • I'm impressed
  • Hillary was so relieved to have this weight lifted off her shoulders
  • hallelujah
  • that really was good
  • maybe one the best "opens"ever
  • grace
  • it would be wonderful if "LoveTrumpHate" protestors had the same grace 
  • Tina Fey could not and would not have done this
This is what makes America great. Not Wanda Sykes and not Portland protesters.

Maligned Drudge

Drudge is the poster child for web sites that the left loves to hate. But if one wants breaking news, no one does it better.

I would have missed the breaking story that Gwen Ifill has died of cancer had it not been for The Drudge Report. The LA Times has the story, but it's a fair way down their front page (on-line) and could have been easily missed. I found it because I was looking for it. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Fox News do not have it on their front page internet site -- if they do, it is not easily found. 

Gwen Ifill as the face of PBS News Hour.

Hess Cuts Workforce By Over 11%

Link here.  Data points:
  • 238 jobs cut
  • a little more than 11% of workforce
  • this is the first job cut announced by Hess since the downturn began in 2014
 You have to give Hess credit for holding on to folks as long as they could.

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