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Memories are odd things.  Some are good, some bad, and many are mixed.

Memory is also convenient. It is the great equalizer. Your memories of truly incredible times (one time events, sexual explorations, birthday parties, a really good acid trip) tend to cloud over time, even become forgotten. That is healthy, because if every following event were forced to measure up to the glee, the elated emotional impact of that great event, you'd soon be depressed. Nothing could ever measure up.

With horrible events, memory is just as convenient, and just as healthy. Again, reliving the horror of death, destruction, illness, loss of a love one - these would be totally demoralizing and painful, perhaps, too painful to endure. In these cases, memories are erased, or at least, clouded, dulled, even covered up over time. Mental health and balance require that both extremes fade with time.


Even though memories can and do fade, some sensory input can bring them back. In the cases of elation, it is a pleasant re-enactment. In the cases of horror, the term flashback may be more accurate. Even so-so memories can be brought back by certain stimuli. And therein lies Luke Russert.

Each and every time I see that smarmy, untalented, smug facae, oops, FACE, the first emotion I feel is "Oh effing no. Not again." The second is a question that forms, "How the hell can that walking disaster keep a job, with such little talent and such innate ineffable stupidity?" The third thought that quickly follows is to recall where I put the remote.

Today, this toad managed to insult every democratic woman, every person of age, and in particular, Minority leader Nancy Pelosi. His original question was bad enough, but he found that he had extra room in his mouth for his other foot, as well. His follow-up removed all doubt that he is a clue-less, talent-less, uneducated, unaware, mope who only got his job because his daddums worked hard at his.

I won't cite the video here (Talking Points Memo has it online), but jeez, louise, that is one clue-less moran.

Tim Russert was prepared, hard-working, diligent, and fair. People, regardless of political party, issue, or personal history, knew that he knew what he was talking about when he questioned them. He was never insulting, but he never shied away from tough issues. (the antithesis of David Gregory) His son Luke fell so far from the parental tree that one is forced to wonder whether he was hatched by a lobotomized Foo Bird, delivered to the Russert family on the Stupid Train, and  given a pre-natal contract with MSNBC which guaranteed life-time employment, no matter how clueless he was on air.

As for memories, each and every time I see Luke Russert, I am also filled with regret. Tim had talent. His son has none. Seeing Luke just drives home how wide a spread there is between the two. I won't say that my memory of Tim is improved when I see his offsprung, but the feeling of regret sure remains strong.

Considering the depth of talent that MSNBC has been developing, it is scary that Luke continues to suffer from explosive oral diarrhea on air,  and dare call it journalism. Come on MSNBC, grow a pair and put him in the mail room. For a decade, or so.

One more thing, the brilliance of Nancy Pelosi shone through in her response. Peppered with laughs (and guffaws from her on stage neighbors) she verbally reduced the Lukester to blathering, bobbing, buffoonish clown, and explained to him (in words short enough for even him to understand) why he was TV's biggest idiot.

After my loving brush with hackery (I again apologize to those who were offended. I DID NOT WRITE THAT DIARY. And thanks to those who understood what happened!), today I get to replace myself as today's sAIN'T.

For those not actively involved in the Church of Ineffable Stupidity, with the sAIN'T aWARD, we celebate humanity in all its errors and idiocy. Queen Sarah remains tied with W for the number of sAINThoods awarded. Congrats, Luke. Like other winners, you aren't smart enough to even know why you win it today.


Did you see Luke wet his diapers in public, insulting Nancy with an ineffably stupid question?

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  •  Tip Jar (25+ / 0-)

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:51:31 AM PST

  •  Zat Choo? (3+ / 0-)

    Nut enuff plays on words apun which two base an opinion.

    PS - I missed the whole hacking event due to having a life in meat space - at least on the weekends.

  •  i voted pi (8+ / 0-)

    the circumference of his entitled arrogance divided by the radius of his talent is unending and totally irrational.

    keep your eyes on the sky. put a dollar in the kitty. don't the moon look pretty. --becker&fagen

    by homo neurotic on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:11:42 AM PST

    •  Yes, he is arrogant/irrational - - Like Brokaw (13+ / 0-)

      Luke displayed all his limitations and insensitivity today and he will and should endure some serious snapping.

      But, I want to note that the Anchor Emeritus on MSNBC Tom Brokaw just committed a more dangerous act of "message journalism."

      In discussing the upcoming Presidential news conference, Brokaw correctly noted that the President will want to talk about the Fiscal situation but then Brokaw said:  Paraphrase below

      "But having been in that room during Watergate and other scandals, I can tell you that most questions will be concerning the Petreus affair and Benghazi, and that is distressing b/c "scandals" take up so much time/energy when their are other pressing needs."

      Luke was an adolescent incompetent.

      Brokaw was dangerous.  See what he did?  He slickly put the Petreus affair (a thing about sex and emails!) and WATERGATE!  And he also included Benghazi in that same sentence!  He then referred to them as "scandals" that will be followed closely.

      F.U. Tom!  You are pushing your increasingly concern troll mantra further and further every f'ing week.  I am still not sure what Petreus did that is so "scandalous" from the President's perspective - - the scandal is just as likely to involve Eric Cantor.  Plus, the "Benghazi Scandal" is a "scandal" only b/c the Right Wing pounded it into the ground in an attempt to steal the election.  When one simply looks at the facts put out by the CIA, there is no "there" there.

      But, Brokaw is on the case!  He smells blood and is legitimizing and hyping these non-issues even better than Fox news.  Sorry for off topic, but had to get it off my chest.

      Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

      by 4CasandChlo on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:40:54 AM PST

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  •  A legacy canker sore. n/t (5+ / 0-)
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    Justus, polecat, agnostic, RhodaA, BillyElliott

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:16:52 AM PST

  •  Tim Russert was a partisan. Hard questions to Dems (15+ / 0-)

    and softballs to Republicans.

    I'll take none of that revisionary crap.

    But the son is simply a legacy, (see above), in the mold of Mitt Romney, Franklin Graham, GWB, and other semi-worthless sons.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:20:10 AM PST

  •  Russert got his job because of his daddy (10+ / 0-)

    The GOM (Grand Old Media) loved his dad like a friend. When he passed, all too suddenly, they wept. there was an outpouring of grief and over-the-top wailing that had been rarely seen before.
    In the old days, media didn't go on and on about a colleague who passed away. Things like that just weren't done. There was still a job to do and it would have been considered unseemly.
    And I have to say, I was shocked at the wailing since I thought Russert, though better than some, was NOT all that great. I found him kowtowing to the right as much as anybody. I remember being disappointed in his inability to most often ask tough questions. He was not a God. He was a journalist with a great job.
    So he dies. Suddenly, the GOM must, simply MUST pass his legacy on to his far-from-ready son. It's a shame, really. But it's not too surprising. There are few journalists worth their salt today. The profession lost so many good people that institutional memory is nearly gone and it's become a profession where kids go to make their name, not do a great job.
    Journalism is a calling, much like medicine and some other professions I can think of. Despite daddy's notoriety, and Luke's BC degree, he was not cut out for it.
    This question is another from the GOM this past week that should be written down and studied for years. The other being David Gregory's asking Chuck Schumer whether Obama should bring Romney in to help him decide on the best way to move forward.
    I mean, really...WTF?!?

    Isn’t it ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray. ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring ~

    by MA Liberal on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:23:16 AM PST

  •  somebody call me? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    "Kossacks are held to a higher standard. Like Hebrew National hot dogs." - blueaardvark

    by louisev on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:28:21 AM PST

  •  RT (4+ / 0-)

    RT @mr_lincoln: @LukeRussert's question to Pelosi wasn't ageist, it was SEXIST. He'd never ask McConnell if he's too old to lead Sen Repubs

  •   he had it to easy (2+ / 0-)
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    Justus, historys mysteries

    I think because Tim Russert was so young the media was shocked by his death. Luke was not prepared for the job and NBC hired him just to have a Russert on staff.
    The problem is he thinks he did nothing wrong. He was making a valid point but he didn't know how to ask it in a professional way.

  •  Apart from being a shining example of nepotism (2+ / 0-)
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    in American "journalism" today, I don't care a whit about Luke Russert, what he says or thinks.  I've yet to hear him say anything even halfway insightful or particularly intelligent.  To me, he is insignificant -- less significant than a canker sore.  I don't elevate him to the status of a canker sore, though canker sores usually do go away on their own without any special treatment.

    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

    by winsock on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:36:43 AM PST

  •  If he thinks that's a fair question (2+ / 0-)
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    cachola, KateCrashes

    Then I think asking him if he has his job because NBC felt bad for him after his father died and whether or not he is a complete and utter product of a fair question as well.

    "When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained." - Mark Twain

    by Moon Mop on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:37:39 AM PST

  •  Russert senior was no prize (7+ / 0-)

    I despised old "chipmunk cheeks."  I hated the way he lobbed softballs at the Rethugs and hardballs at the Dems.  He is no loss to anyone except his family, and as for being fair--he was anything but.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:39:41 AM PST

    •  The gentle and gentlemanly Bill Moyers (8+ / 0-)

      nailed Russert but good in "Buying the War," didn't he?

      BILL MOYERS: Critics point to September eight, 2002 and to your show in particular, as the classic case of how the press and the government became inseparable. Someone in the Administration plants a dramatic story in the NEW YORK TIMES And then the Vice President comes on your show and points to the NEW YORK TIMES. It's a circular, self-confirming leak.

      TIM RUSSERT: I don't know how Judith Miller and Michael Gordon reported that story, who their sources were. It was a front-page story of the NEW YORK TIMES. When Secretary Rice and Vice President Cheney and others came up that Sunday morning on all the Sunday shows, they did exactly that.

      My concern was, is that there were concerns expressed by other government officials. And to this day, I wish my phone had rung, or I had access to them.

      Moyers then cuts to Bob Simon, who didn't wait for his phone to ring and who instead committed actual journalism like it was a job instead of a museum exhibit.

      "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

      by KateCrashes on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:59:33 AM PST

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  •  I was never a fan of father Russert, (2+ / 0-)
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    but at least he didn't make me want to throw something
    at the teevee.

    The son...what a useless waste of space.  
    When I think of all the smart, motivated, hard-working
    new grads--
    who may have had a shot at luke's job were it not for
    the nepotism involved--

    it makes me sick.

    And Another Thing!  :)   Who does this little brat think he is,
    with those remarks to Nancy Pelosi?

    I'm thinking that young luke has heard Way too many times
    how great he is, based on his youth.  As if youth in and of
    itself were of any value, without hard work, talent, and
    insight---none of which li'l luke possesses.

  •  Two words; 'Legacy Hire' (1+ / 0-)
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    After the week long, 24/7 on-air wake they held for Tim Russert when he died, they couldn't NOT hire his son. And letting him go would mean that the producer who hired him was WRONG to do so, and the ego involved could never ever allow him to admit that - so get used to seeing Luke for a very long time.

    New Arizona state motto; 'Yeah, but it's a dry hate!'

    by Fordmandalay on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:52:02 AM PST

  •  *Sigh* (0+ / 0-)

    I keep seeing time and time again people acting on the left acting no better than those on the right. It's hypocrisy that makes us look bad, we are supposed to be better than that.

    •  I take it you approve of wittle Luke's question (0+ / 0-)

      and his on air performances.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 11:46:46 AM PST

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  •  An exemplar of the Peter Principle. (3+ / 0-)
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    agnostic, Aspe4, luckylizard

    Should be working as an intern. He tried subbing for Todd on the Daily Rundown and looked like what he is, a newbie learning his chops.

    Probably be okay standing knee-deep in water holding onto a tree in a hurricane. That's about it. Maybe a dog show or two.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 11:09:40 AM PST

    •  He Needs to Start on local tv news (2+ / 0-)
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      sceptical observer, luckylizard

      Like most cable anchors/reporters. He can hone his skills scaring the local TV audience with sensationalized threats to the town and doing stories about a dog who saved his owner from a burglar.

      "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

      by Aspe4 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 03:51:29 PM PST

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  •  Like father, like son... nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Mangrove Blues

    “In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.” Terry Pratchett

    by 420 forever on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 11:59:35 AM PST

  •  Apparently (1+ / 0-)
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    "Many will gripe" must be the new "some will say".  
     What a disgusting young twit.

  •  Just watched the video (1+ / 0-)
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    What a snotty little bastard. Russert used the tired hack journalist tactic of "some people say" when they want to promote their own opinion.  Except in this case he modified it to "some of your republican colleagues privately say." Does NBC normally continue to employ reporters who get owned like this?

    "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

    by Aspe4 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 03:46:15 PM PST

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