Monday, August 31, 2009
Does Time magazine cause painful anal itching?
According to the New Rules of Journalism, it’s a fair question.
According to the New Rules of Journalism, it’s a fair question.
Some industrious, healthcare-lovin’ socialist muslan just hijacked the AllFOXNews Twitter feed for nearly an hour. Fortunately I grabbed a screen shot right before the account was “suspended due to strange activity.” Enjoy. [hat tip Tim Carvell]
Why do I have to keep having headlines about these people thrust into my face every time I open my browser or stand in line at the grocery store? Who are they anyway? I mean, from what I can gather they seem to be a couple of self centered douchebags who have been exploiting the circumstances of their family (sextuplets or something?) on a reality show for several years and now have gone full bore crazy, split up and are vomiting all the loathsome details of their *personal* lives and all the dirt they can dig up on each other all over cable teevee and the tabloids (and yes, I’m including People Magazine in that term) and getting PAID for it. Do I have this right or am I once again living in some kind of parallel universe where up is down and everyone is batshit crazy? Oh, and as long as we’re at it . . . who are HEIDI and SPENCER and WHY SHOULD WE CARE?!?
p.s. I didn’t post a picture of Jonandkate because I couldn’t find any where they didn’t have obnoxious smirking expressions. Maybe that’s just the way their faces are. Or maybe their faces froze like that just like your grandma said would happen.
Categories: I Don't Know Much About Art, But I Know What I Like • Messylaneous • Politics • Our Stupid Media •
Florida’s junior US Senator Mel Martinez pulled a Palin earlier this month and resigned his seat. A GWB lackey and RNC chief who had the unenviable task of serving as RNC Hispanic outreach coordinator in the party of Tancredo after the poisonous immigration bill debate, Martinez had previously said he wouldn’t run for reelection but that he’d serve out his term.
His decision to skedaddle early spurred widespread speculation: Was Martinez resigning ahead of a sensational Appalachian Trail-style revelation? Was he intimidated by the ravening wingnut hordes who hate his guts for being insufficiently hostile to Spanish-speaking immigrants, which include Martinez himself? We may never know.
But his abrupt departure sure complicated FL Governor Charlie Crist’s (R-Not Jeb) plans to run for the senate seat. As governor, it fell to Crist to appoint an interim senator. Local pundits speculated that, Goldilocks-like, Crist had to find a seat-warmer who was not too cold, not too hot but juuuuust right in order to avoid conferring a bully pulpit on a prospective rival or a too-obvious toady.
[via Patrick at BadFiction who has a whole bunch more]
At least according to Rushbo.
Mr. Limbaugh jumps to oxy-tinged conclusions only the way he can in response to new Jay-Z song lyrics that mention him and Bill O’Reilly by name:
Please tell Bill O’Reilly to fall back. Tell Rush Limbaugh to get off my balls. It’s 2010, not 1864. We come so far…How’s that for a mix? Got a black president, got green presidents.
In response, the LimpOne said on his show, “I would remind the rapper Jay-Z—Mr. Z, it is President Obama who wants mandated circumcision…If we need to save our penises from anybody, it’s Obama. I did not know I was on anybody’s balls either! I’m happy to know that they think I am, though”.
Pictured: Palin’s financial education
Having backed out of every domestic speaking engagement since quitting the Governorship, Sarah Palin will now speak to
the highest bidder an Asian financial firm and impart her vast knowledge of international monetary markets and aerial wolf hunting. Also.
In your face, well-adjusted people free of suicidal ideation who cultivate social support systems and are capable of enjoying life’s simple pleasures!
(high-fives roughly 60% of everyone on the internet)
Categories: Messylaneous •
No More Mister Nice Blog on the failure of the Democrats’ messaging regarding health care reform:
The system is complex. We wonky lefties have at least a rough notion of the whole complex system in our heads. Most Americans don’t. [...]
If this discussion had started with a national Health Care for Dummies conversation—today, class, we’re going to explain where Medicare comes from: it comes from the government—maybe we wouldn’t be in this mess. But we were never going to start there, because we wonky Democrats always think Americans start with the knowledge base we take for granted.
Republicans know better. That’s why they win.
...a dullard short.
[Totally unsarcastic image via Team Sarah]
For a while now I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a post about the intersection between US and UK political parties and media coverage (one idea didn’t get much beyond “James Delingpole is a Knob,” which title I promise would have been fully justified in the verbiage that followed, but that’s by the by). Maybe I’ll get round to it, and maybe you’ll want to read it.
In the mean time, I came across a post that covers some of what I was going to attempt to address, in one of the few British politics blogs I’ve found so far that often hits the spot for me (I’m fully prepared to believe that this is just because I haven’t looked hard enough, so if you’ve any great finds, please do share them in the comments) - The Yorkshire Ranter.
The post in question focuses on what I imagine is a rarity in the US nowadays, a living British politician whose name you may recognize - Daniel Hannan, loose-lipped Tory Euro MP and media darling of anti-NHS teabaggers.
UPDATE: Excerpt is now below the fold, click on the title down there to see the full original in all its glory. It includes the revelation that Daniel Hannan favors NHS reform in the UK that closely resembles what’s known of Obama’s health care reform plans for the US!
Peter Daou took a break from going full-blown emo on Twitter to toss out some baseless chum about Al Gore for the wingnuts to devour. Daou wonders aloud at Consider This News, his media criticism blog that let us know Anderson Cooper is totally gay for whipped cream, if Gore intentionally turned his back on George W. Bush during Ted Kennedy’s funeral today. Never mind that the video clip Daou embedded ends before Gore and Bush are actually within arm’s reach of each other or that Daou writes in the comments that he was “wondering if I saw it correctly or if the camera angle was deceiving,” he still thought it was worth it to stop worrying about “those who die lonely and uncared for” and rush the clip up to YouTube so he could hurl this bullshit against the proverbial wall.
I’d bash Daou for this unnecessary and unhelpful tomfoolery, but Peter is a person, a human being, a dad, a husband, a son, once a little boy. Also.
Until now I’ve taken lefty bloggers’ criticisms of the Associated Press with a grain of salt—okay, more like a lack of ambition to look into the substance of the complaints—but this is honest-to-God villainy.
I realize bylined writers don’t usually have a say in the headlines themselves, so I’m pretty sure Mary Foster ain’t the bad guy here, but someone needs to be held accountable for this. And by accountable, I mean they deserve to get cancer of the everything, and to be kept alive indefinitely, and to pay through the nose for the fuckin’ privilege. If whoever signed off on this vile propaganda has a living will, that shit oughtta be null and void.
I’ll stop short of saying his or her all-but-lifeless form should by left in a slowly-flooding abandoned hospital to drown, because hey, I’m not a monster.
I refuse to tag this entry out of respect for the word “news.”
UPDATE: A fair-enough question is asked in comments:
Can you tell me why this strikes you as so much worse that all the other media distortions?
Because they’re smearing an individual. And yeah, poisoning the discourse, obviously, which one could easily argue is more harmful in the long run, but fuck, man, imagine you’re Ewing Cook and you wake up today to see your words being used against you like that.
Look, everybody knows (or damn well should) that people who deal on a daily basis with illness and death armor their souls with black humor and bluntness; a bit of selective quoting turns M*A*S*H into Hostel: The Series.
The AP made a good man look bad. That’s why this is, by my lights, worse than legitimizing right-wing talking points or whatever; it’s the difference between mainstreaming violence and throwing a brick at someone’s head.
I don’t drink much soda these days aside from the occassional Diet Dr. Pepper or diet ginger ale, but the owner of Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in L.A. makes me want to bathe in the stuff. Honestly, this guy is one of the best spokesmen ever. [via BuzzFeed]