1. Minnesota’s 10-Second Weather Report (According to Saturday Night Live)

Getting One Out of Three Right We’re in Minnesota, so here’s the weather forecast: the rest of April: cold; May: cold; June: cold; July: somehow hot as hell. Back to y’all.” –Saturday Night Live; cold open (April 10, 2021). As a Minnesota native and long-time Twin Cities resident, I can attest to the “perpetually cold”...
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“Socialists?!? I LOVE Socialists!”

Channeling Emily Litella (and Gilda Radner) For obvious reasons, humor is in short supply right now. Which is precisely why it’s so important. If Gilda Radner were still around — and it’s hard to believe it’s been 31(!) years since she was — I know exactly how she’d update her classic SNL bit: righteously indignant-but-befuddled...
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"Treason Toy?" What’s a "Treason Toy??"

It’s a Bit Like “Soviet Jewelry” * I’m noodling with a (darker) blog post tentatively titled “Wall Street’s Financial Treason,” so my ears perked up when I thought I heard someone say “treason toy” at this morning’s office meeting. They did, kind of: they were making an announcement about a holiday fundraiser called “Trees ‘N...
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No, Not THAT QE II!!

First, the Trial Balloons What is all this fuss I hear about the Supreme Court decision on a “deaf” penalty? It’s terrible! Deaf people have enough problems as it is! –Befuddled spinster Emily Litella, one of Gilda Radner’s several characters on the original Saturday Night Live. Emily Litella comes to mind as the murmuring about...
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