Immigration, executive orders, Faux News and Jon Stewart channeling Columbo

Now that President Barack Obama has taken the heat off of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came here as children, the Right Wing Noise Machine has predictably gone full steam to declare he can’t do that, said himself he never could do it, and he completely failed to pursue immigration reform, anyway. Except … not. As Jon Stewart demonstrates here, Fox News (through the mouth of its trained seal, Sean Hannity) got it all wrong. The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook I don’t know what’s up with the falsetto Santa in red spandex, but Stewart’s imitation of the late Peter Falk’s detective character, Lt. Columbo, at the end is dead on.

Peter Falk, “Lt. Colombo,” 1927-2011

My family knows I am a sucker for cop shows. I confess to a short-term addiction to Law & Order, especially the ones with the late Jerry Orbach in them. But, long before the L&O franchise took over cable TV, I had another favorite cop show, about a quirky police detective named Columbo, who seemed like he was perpetually half-asleep, but in the end, always solved the crime. Peter Falk, who died yesterday at 83, made Columbo the icon that he is. TV detectives and cops come and go, but Falk’s Columbo was as distinctive as Sherlock Holmes. A squinty-eyed look (Falk had a glass eye), a rumpled trench coat (from Falk’s own closet), a beat-up old car (a ’59 Peugeot convertible), a half-smoked cigar and a distinct New York accent (the show was set in LA) all made Columbo a stand-out among TV’s cookie-cutter sleuths. Falk didn’t create the character, but he breathed life into it. A masterful actor, he once explained his character as an anti-heroic Sherlock. “Columbo has a genuine mistiness about him. It seems to hang in the air . . . [and] he’s capable of being distracted. . . . Columbo is an ass-backwards Sherlock ...
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