November 2, 2002
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Who's Carl This Time?
Quote 1 (Listen with Real Audio)
CARL: "One of the requirements of a healthy party is that it renews itself. You can't keep running Walter Mondale for everything."
That was a man cautioning Minnesota Democrats against doing what they did this week, namely, picking Walter Mondale again to run as a last-minute candidate for Senate. Who was this anti-Mondalian?
Hint: He should know.
Hint: It was self-serving... he just wanted to go fishing.
Quote 2 (Listen with Real Audio)
CARL: "Here I'm not being spit on, people aren't throwing tomatoes at me and Joan Baez isn't singing."
That's 77-year-old Dot Magargal of Media, Pa., waxing a little nostalgic as she attended an event on the Washington Mall. Which event was remarkably spit and Baez-free?
HINT: Another difference between now and the old days: We don't wait for something to actually happen before we start protesting it.
Quote 3 (Listen with Real Audio)
CARL: "While making the schlockumentary, the cameraman filming the actors' antics had to put down the camera so he could vomit. Twice."
That was reviewer Stephen Whitty of the Newhouse News Service talking about a movie that, while it may have been too much for its own cameraman, seemed to be just right for a wide swath of America. What, astoundingly, was the Number One Movie in America last weekend?
HINT: It has a convenient title... it's also an invitation to its specific audience.
HINT: The producers are being sued by the Donkey's Union.
Who's Carl Round II
Question 4 (Listen with Real Audio)
CARL: "What a complete, total, absolute sham."
That's former Republican House member Vin Weber giving the GOP take on a service that turned into a political rally. Republicans are so angry about this televised event that they're asking for equal air time to counter the free publicity that it gave to Democrats. What service?
Question 5 (Listen with Real Audio)
CARL: "Actually, I feel like a weight's been lifted off my shoulder, but I jumped on the scale this morning and I'm still 310 pounds."
That's a man named Esera Tuaolo, a former NFL star who this week told the world he's what?
HINT: If we were to stereotype, then when this guy played for the Oakland Raiders, his uniform wasn't black, it was beluga.
Question 6 (Listen with Real Audio)
CARL: "My director directed me to shoplift in preparation for a role I am preparing."
That, according to Saks security manager Kenneth Evans, was what a young woman told him after being confronted for stealing. Who?
HINT: Evans told that to the court this week, the first day of a highly publicized and delayed case.
HINT: The headline Shopping, Interrupted abounds this week.
Limerick 1: (Listen with Real Audio)
McDonald's France, owns a defeat here.
We hope you will come grab a seat here.
Yes, sit down and chat
But do not grow fat.
We beg of you, please do not _____ _____.
Limerick 2: (Listen with Real Audio)
The French Quarter is where you threw your sins.
Let's cart them off, bring some more trash bins.
The grand river's delta
Is known for lewd swelta.
No more, folks, let's clean up _____ _____.
Limerick 3: (Listen with Real Audio)
I wrote nice to make the court budge.
Instead, my case has one more smudge.
See, I wrote to my girl
How I'll schmooze the old churl
But I sent the wrong note to the __________.