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WHAT IS NEWS?
“Everything you read in newspapers is absolutely true, except for that rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge”
“I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.”
“Nothing in fine print
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
"We're not going to be disrespected, We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is." -- Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) on the government shutdown.
Charles P. Pierce:
Robert Costa from National Review:
Crooks & Liars: It was strange and slightly perverse to watch Obamacare open and be flooded with people desperate to sign up for health insurance even as the government closed because Republicans wanted the law ripped out, or at least delayed. In some quarters, Republicans mocked Obamacare’s technical problems, but the jokes were wan: Overwhelming demand for the law is not a boon to the GOP’s position. This is, of course, precisely what Republicans were scared of: That a law they loathe would end up being enthusiastically embraced by millions of Americans — and thus proving permanent. It’s Obamacare’s possible success, not its promised failures, that unnerve the GOP.
To people like my sister: I don't remember you being this angry when Bush collapsed the entire economy leading to 8 million jobs lost in one year or so. That was real. Obama, mostly by blocking Republican efforts, has had job growth every month for the last 4 years. If they had given him a break on a jobs package and tax reform any time in the last 4 years we would be in much better shape. And a few months ago you were worried about insurance, now you can get it cheap. Finally something for your tax dollars!
Apparently conservatives are latching on the the fraud Ted Cruz the same way they fell for Sarah Palin's grift. If I didn't have principals I would jump on that bandwagon, it's the easiest con I've ever witnessed. People who look at GW Bush, Cheney and Cruz and don't see the phony person there? Now that's scary.
Balloon Juice - on how we know 27% of Americans are crazy, from a few years ago:
Tyrone: 27%. John: … you said that immmediately, and with some authority.
Tyrone: Obama vs. Alan Keyes. Keyes was from out of state, so you can eliminate any established political base; both candidates were black, so you can factor out racism; and Keyes was plainly, obviously, completely crazy. Batshit crazy. Head-trauma crazy. But 27% of the population of Illinois voted for him. They put party identification, personal prejudice, whatever ahead of rational judgement. Hell, even like 5% of Democrats voted for him. That’s crazy behaviour. I think you have to assume a 27% Crazification Factor in any population.
Then there's the story of Democrats fighting back. What?!? This has to be fiction, I'll believe it when I see it... from Roll Call: I also spoke to a leading Democratic congresscritter over the weekend who told me that, very soon, the Democrats in the Senate will start going through the sequester line-by-line, demanding public votes on funding things like medical research and environmental protections, and sticking Republicans with a choice of being for or against curing, say, Alzheimer's Disease or cancer. As someone who thought the sequester not merely stupid but Beltway stupid, I applaud this decision as well. Forcing people into uncomfortable votes works both ways. Making John Boehner cry should be a bipartisan affair.
Bush spokesperson Dana Perino, November 24, 2009: “We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term."
ABC News: Like a cockroach, Saul Goodman, the slimy, uncouth attorney helping pull the strings with Walter White's meth operation on the smash hit "Breaking Bad," won't be going anywhere after the series finale this Fall. AMC and Sony Pictures Television announced Wednesday that "Better Call Saul," the long-rumored "Breaking Bad" spinoff, has been picked up by AMC.
Politics USA: Although the lion’s share of publicity for the recall surrounded background checks, an underlying source of discontent was Koch brothers’ opposition to Colorado’s stronger renewable energy standards. It is noteworthy that in northern Colorado Republicans are working toward seceding to form their own state, and one of the effort’s main proponents said “the whole purpose of doing this is to preserve and protect the energy sector that we feel is very much under assault."
Roddy Piper: "Just when they think they got the answers, I change the questions!"
Huh?!? AmericaBlog: "A police foundation in Watertown, Massachusetts is raising money off of a calendar devoted to the Boston Marathon bombing. They plan to have the calendars delivered in time for Christmas."
George W. Bush, August 6, 2001: Bush listened to the briefing [Bin Laden determined to strike in US], Suskind says, then told the CIA briefer: “All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.”
Crooks & Liars: Only two days after the attacks in 2001, Robertson told Rev. Jerry Falwell that he "totally" concurred that "the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle" were to blame for the tragedy.
Alex Jones: "But it's the globalists here running my life, that's why they're my front-and-center problem. Because they are the biggest, most organized, eugenics-based, scientific dictatorship, trans-humanists at the top that plan the extinction of almost everybody and a new species to rise up or humans merged with machines."
Megan McArdle: "This has not convinced me of the brilliance of the doves, because precisely none of the ones that I argued with predicted that things would go wrong in the way they did. If you get the right result, with the wrong mechanism, do you get credit for being right, or being lucky?"
Ricky Gervais on his new Netflix series: “TV habits have been changing drastically over the last 10 years and it’s been exponential in the last five years. There’s a new generation of 12-to-15-year-olds who don’t even know what we mean when we say we used to sit down at 9 o’clock as a family to watch a show. ‘Why would you sit down at nine? I’ll watch it on my way to school.’ It sounds like the past. I want to be on the cusp. I am enjoying being part of this new wave. I always want to take a little bit of a risk.”
AIN'T NO DEVIL GOIN' WHERE I GO
"A properly functioning democracy depends on an informed electorate." - Thomas Jefferson
HEADLINE: White Supremacist Pat Buchanan Claims It’s Legal to Discriminate Against Whites REALITY: Wild Wings in SC asks 25 black customers to leave after 1 white customer felt threatened.
This rare interview with Judy Garland from Dick Cavett's daytime show in 1968 has been discovered.
Mitt Romney won 213 of the 254 counties where food stamp recipients doubled between 2007 and 2011.
Check out the latest O'Henry Magazine there's a profile of me and TVparty!
ALL I WANTED WAS A PEPSI
"Never take a solemn oath. People think you mean it." ~Norman Douglas
Spent some time over dinner with the lead singer of one of the hottest punk bands I've ever seen, from outside Detroit - Last Action Hero. I didn't think punk could be relevant to a new generation but I was wrong. Punk is the one form of music that can't be reinvented because it morphs into something else when divert from that straight ahead balls to the wall performance style. That's why the old school punkers I followed back in the day, Social D, Hey Taxi!, The Minutemen, Suicidal Tendencies, etc all evolved into new musical expressions, reinventing the scene by bringing a Punk sensibility to more pop oriented sound. But you have to leave punk behind to do that, it's limiting but that's what's exciting about it, at least at first. Even with Heavy Metal you can have a ballad, not so with Punk. It was that Punk was so new and revolutionary that attracted me in the first place. Nobody will ever do anything in Punk music that hasn't been done before, that alone would discourage me from choosing that as a means of expression on stage, so I guess the fact that anyone is out there trying seems odd to me - but I've seen some excellent punk bands in the last few months so I'm old. Salute to you young punks, you're a fuck of a lot hotter than we were!
Has a source lied to you in the last couple of years claiming the deficit keeps growing? Will you believe their next lie?
Am I saying that voters are stupid? Not at all. People have lives, jobs, children to raise. They’re not going to sit down with Congressional Budget Office reports. Instead, they rely on what they hear from authority figures. The problem is that much of what they hear is misleading if not outright false.
I've never see the show but that's a staggering number: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Season Premiere Breaks Cable Records With 11.8 Million Viewers
A PROMISE IS A PROMISE
"Half the promises people say were never kept were never made." ~Edgar Watson Howe
Seniors are becoming disenchanted with the Republican Party, they're starting to catch on. Many have long memories and recognize who is waging class warfare, who's trying to dismantle their safety net. They've heard it all before, in decades past when naysayers predicted Social Security would be ruinous for them. In 2010, 29% of seniors identified as Democrats, 39% as Republicans. Last month it was 39% Democrat, 33% Republican. That's a sea change.
A new study shows that sleep deprivation fuels the urge for junk food. Totally makes sense.
Almost 80% of the antibiotics consumed in the USA are given to animals, not people.
Polls from May 2013 indicate that 76% of doctors would approve of medical pot.
Each year around 17,000 children are admitted to the emergency room, injured as a result of unsecured televisions falling on them.
I actually saw a headline that said there's a Syphilis scare in the porn industry. Really? That's news?
27 countries have faster internet speeds than the United states. You see, in other countries, utilities are investing in infrastructure not actively ripping off their existing customers at every opportunity. Radical idea, huh?
William Shatner and Promise:
Billy Ingram provides a
hilarious glimpse into
"The Medium Is The Message."
"News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising."
“Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization”
DID YOU KNOW: Since 1980 the top tenth of the top 1 percent was taking in 3.4 percent of the nation's income. By 2007 they scooped up over 12 percent of the USA's income. Their average incomes, adjusted for inflation, had risen from $1.4 million to $7.4 million during that period.