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Friday, November 7, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on November 7 at 8:30 AM

Slow October: Retailers report worst October sales in decades.

News hog: Man buys 10,000 election day papers.

Consolation prize: Migraine sufferers less likely to get breast cancer.

President Obama’s first accomplishment: Elevating the level of American comedy.

“D’ja ever notice how much it hurts when Chinese smugglers beat you?”: 60 Minutes news crew roughed up in China.

Three cheers for people who do things like this: Entire set of cancer genes decoded.

“I’m snitting next to Borpo!”: Whisper-shrieked by Liz Lemon last night, still cracking my shit up this morning.

For my final Morning News video, I’d like to share the second greatest music clip I’ve ever seen (after that Aretha clip from Monday). I first saw this on MTV Unplugged back in the very early ’90s and it gave me something very close to Beatlemania. I wish the sound quality were better, but it remains awesome (3:10-4:00!!!!), and offers a vivid picture of what one forceful African-American man can accomplish, even when backed by a band/cabinet filled with honkies who look like rejects from Phish and Huey Lewis’ News. Enjoy.

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Your Liz Lemon link is to the cancer report in the next piece.

Posted by Al | November 7, 2008 8:44 AM

@1 - That's because Borpo causes cancer.

Posted by Dave | November 7, 2008 8:49 AM

Awesome clip... But I have always had trouble watching it because of the big globs of stick deodorant under LL's arms.

Posted by Ladies Love Aerosol Antiperspirant | November 7, 2008 8:51 AM

when did rappers stop telling people to leave dat crack alone? is it when 'rap' became 'hip hop'?

Posted by tenspeed | November 7, 2008 8:51 AM

We need a comedian who can mimic Obama's Cosby-esque inflections while saying funny things. Whoever masters that will be our new Tina Fey.

Posted by flamingbanjo | November 7, 2008 9:04 AM

The first concert I ever attended was LL at the Moore in 7th grade. An R&B band who I can't remember was supposed to open for him but couldn't make it for some reason. So LL took the stage and tore it up for 3 straight hours, just like in the video. Long live Cool James.

Posted by BC | November 7, 2008 9:11 AM

"Second greatest ever" - wow - so it's not just the Line Out writers there who have no clue - it's the whole staff, huh? Interesting.

Posted by Try to get out more | November 7, 2008 9:11 AM


LL needs Love.

Posted by Always been hard to watch. | November 7, 2008 9:13 AM

Re: LL Cool J: Yeah, I just watched that clip for the hundredth time and it's just so fucking good. Re: his deodorant blobs: I read somewhere that when LL showed up at MTV for the taping, he noticed his pits were funky and sent out an intern for a stick of deodorant, which he then rolled up the whole way, broke off, broke in two, and wedged a chunk under each armpit. I can only applaud.

Also: There are times when one microphone simply won't suffice.

Also also: It kind of looks like he's getting a chubby midway through till the end, which isn't that surprising. LL Cool J has never made a secret of giving himself a boner.

Posted by David Schmader | November 7, 2008 9:16 AM

7: How would getting out more expand my viewing of music clips?

Posted by David Schmader | November 7, 2008 9:19 AM

Between this and your Public Enemy shout outs, I think we have the exact same CD collection. When they drop in Hard to Handle it jumps to another level.

Posted by StrangerDanger | November 7, 2008 9:19 AM

I can't believe that comedy article quoted Ted Rall. What an unfunny, sanctimonious douchebag.

Posted by keshmeshi | November 7, 2008 9:35 AM

I love Liz Lemon. And I have a *major lesbian crush on Alec Baldwin. I can't help myself.

*meaning I am the lesbian, not Alec

Posted by Lola, Now in Iowa | November 7, 2008 9:48 AM

Is that the Baldwin that's moving to Alberta, or the one that's coming home from France, Lola?

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 7, 2008 9:56 AM

My favorite part of 30 Rock last night was Liz in her Princess Leia costume talking in a nerdy voice. "Um, I don't think I should be on the jury because I can read minds."

Posted by kebabs | November 7, 2008 10:15 AM

You got it backwards, tenspeed.

Posted by the hip, the hop, etc. | November 7, 2008 10:15 AM

The elevator scene was the funniest, I thought.

Posted by Greg | November 7, 2008 10:48 AM

Getting out more in the cultural sense, sweetie.

(Note : it was just a snide comment. Don't actually try it. You'll most assuredly hurt yourself. Rather badly, I would imagine.)

Posted by Everybody's where they want to be | November 7, 2008 10:54 AM

What sucks is when I saw LL in LA a year later he lip synched the entire show. Unlike RUN-DMC (RIP JMJ), who straight killed the place.

Posted by P to the J | November 7, 2008 11:46 AM

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