The Daily Show: March 7, 2006
"The Day Before
Tomorrow": As if we needed more proof that the government really fouled up when Katrina hit, The Associated
Press got their hands on videos of Bush being briefed on the weakness of the levees against the storm. These briefings
happened before Katrina hit, finally proving that Bush lied about not having prior knowledge of the possibility of
fallen levees. Well, in his defense, he wasn't paying attention at the briefing.
Jon paused for a moment to try and take a nap on his desk. Aww, he's so tired from the Oscars... and the post-Oscars coverage and the post-post-Oscars coverage and the "Jon really sucked it hard as host" coverage. "Nobody should be up 72 hours straight unless they're helping children... which I wasn't".
"Hope Floats": Mardi Gras went on, despite a still recovering New Orleans. Boobies and beads will never die! Ray Nagin was super-excited and hopped onto a float dressed as what looked like a former member of Public Enemy (not Flavor Flav... the military guy). Carnival also spread the craziness, celebrating overindulgence one last time before Lent, "when Haitians are expected to give up... uh..." having snakes placed on their faces. Or something.
Dan Bakkedahl filed a report about the need to put
up a fence around a women's correctional facility in Minnesota. They brought back that crackpot "security
expert" Bo Dietl to talk about it... I learned a lot of new security terminology... like "dildo-ized".
It was then that I realized that my public education has limited my vocabulary greatly... I will now try to use the
word "lesbionics" in everyday conversation. Thank you, Mr. Dietl. Oh, and I liked Dan's doodle of a
"super-hedge" (a proposed compromise between the people who want a proper fence and the people who like the
prickly little hedge currently surrounding the facility), complete with a minotaur and a three-headed serpent. It's
like I was looking straight into King Minos' sketchbook!
The night's guest was Eugene Linden, author of The Winds of Change : Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations. Linden and Jon had a discussion about how the earth is responding to the activities of humans. Nothing too new if you know anything about the environment. When Jon finally finished the interview, he mentioned the book one more time but accidentally said "the movie". I don't think he even caught himself... Clearly, the poor man still has the Oscars on his mind.Jon checked in with Stephen Colbert, who totally neglected to realize that it was Jon that hosted the Oscars ("I thought it was the guy from Ed!"). Moment of Zen: It's Carnival in Rio! And there's a shiny Death Star float... um, or maybe that's a glittery Big Brother...