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Monday, February 18, 2019

We Seem To Need A Blackface History Month

February is the time for the ritual observance of Black History Month — a brief period when schools, government institutions and even commercial enterprises feel compelled to commemorate a handful of famous black folk who made substantial contributions to American history. It’s a gimmick, an awkward and superficial observance aimed at ameliorating the centuries spent dismissing black Americans as marginal or worse, and I don’t care for it.

But this February has been overwhelmed by some perplexing news events that give me reason to think that some black history lessons are in order. If white men in power are as cavalier about smearing black shoe polish on their faces to mock their fellow black citizens as news reports suggest, then we ought to have a serious discussion about history.…

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SNL Cold Open Ices Roger Stone And Tucker Carlson

No way could Lorne Michaels and the SNL resist the biggest satire target in America today: the brazen dirty trickster and comic-book villain Roger Stone, indicted last week by the Russia special counsel. Last night’s cold open featured one of comedy’s great stars as the out-of-control consultant, whose murky role as a conduit in the Russian hacking of Democratic emails is at last under the spotlight.

Preceding him as a “guest” on Fox News with Tucker Carlson — whose personal tics are hilariously exploited by Alex Moffat — were cast regulars Cecily Strong as Jeanine Pirro and, in remarkable makeup, Kate McKinnon as Trump’s out-of-touch Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.…

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#EndorseThis: Stephen Colbert Translates Giuliani Gibberish

Do you find Rudy Giuliani is hard to understand? Are you befuddled by the former mayor’s attempts to excuse Trump in the Russia scandal? You’re surely not alone — but Stephen Colbert is here to translate Giuliani’s confusing alibis for his client.

Yes, Colbert is all over Giuliani’s kooky New Yorker interview, in which Rudy frets over the epitaph on his headstone, claims that he has never lied, and boasts of how he will justify his conduct to St. Peter at the gates of heaven.

“You know things are going great,” observes the Late Show host, “when your lawyer is already prepping his argument to stay out of hell.”

Plus Stephen’s review of Team of Vipers, a new tell-all book by ex-Trump White House staffer Cliff Sims.…

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