Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fire Alarm Interrupts NBC Nightly News

Within 3 seconds of beginning the network newscast, one of those annoying, loud alarms goes off. Watch Brian Williams handle it as deftly as anyone could.

Now the Daily Show's version:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Herman Cain Completely Befuddled on Libya Question

This would be hilariously funny if it weren't for the fact that you are taken aback upon realizing, "Wow. This guy actually wants to be the president of the United States."

When asked about President Obama's handling of Libya, Squirmin' Herman has no clue.  Watch and squirm with him.

All he had to say was, "President Obama handled the situation perfectly, by aiding the Libyan rebels with air cover, not putting any Americans on the ground in harm's way, and successfully getting Khadaffy in only 7 months with no American casualties, no American deaths, and costing only 1% of what Iraq has cost us so far."

But no. Here's what happened:

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Republican Jackass of the Week

Rightwing Teabagger Joe Walsh.

Watch this guy have a meltdown and scream at his own constituents. His excuse the next day?  He was hungry. But check out where his meltdown takes place -- in a freakin' restaurant!

If his name sounds familiar, it should. He was in the news recently because he's a deadbeat dad -- and owes over $117,000 in unpaid child support to his ex wife.

In other words, he's a typical Republican.  And our Jackass of the Week.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Far Rightwing Laws Go Down in Flames

Last night the Regressive republicans got their teeth kicked in all over the country as Americans went to the polls. Rightwing extremist ideas were soundly rejected all across the country:
  • In Maine, same-day registration and voting will be reinstated after Regressive republicans legislated to eliminate the popular practice as a way to suppress the vote (fewer people voting always means better results for republicans);
  • Mississippi's "personhood" law, making all forms of birth control illegal, making all forms of abortion illegal, including in the cases of rape or incest, and making a fertilized egg "a person" at the moment of conception failed. If a far rightwing law like this can fail in a bright red, goober-filled, moronic state like Mississippi, it has no chance to pass anywhere else;
  • in Arizona, the Repressive republican president of the Senate, and the architect of the harsh anti-immigration law in that state, was recalled;
  • In Michigan, Regressive republican representative Paul Scott lost his seat after backing policies that weakened teacher tenure and cut education spending;
  • And the biggest win for Liberals was in Ohio, where, by a huge margin, voters overturned Gov John Kasich's anti-collective bargaining legislation.  Voters said loudly and clearly they wouldn't stand for Kasich's war on the American worker.

Is Herman Cain's Candidacy an Big Inside Joke?

Rachel Maddow of msnbc sure seems to think so. And her arguments are very persuasive. This may be a bunch of inside jokes and subtle pop-culture references calculated to mock the political process, or to serve as an audition for a show on Fox, or simply just a way to gain free national attention and sell more books.

Some of Rachel's examples:

  • He ended his first debate with a pre-written closing statement quoting "a famous poet" which turned out to be a lyric from a Pokemon song;
  • His bizarre 9-9-9 plan was allegedly written by a "secret" economist, but was really written by a local bank employee at a Wells Fargo branch on Chagrin Boulevard in Pepper Pike, OH. 
  • This 9-9-9 plan was originally seen as a tax plan in a video game from the '90s called Sim City;
  • He has yet to set up a campaign staff in any key state;
  • When he was referred to as the latest Republican flavor-of-the-month, he said he's not -- but that he has "staying power just like Haagen Daas Black Walnut Ice Cream."  That flavor has no staying power -- it was discontinued years ago;
  • He admittedly knows nothing about basic policy. He never heard the term "Neo-con," admitted he had no clue what the Palestinian "right of return" meant; and joked that he had no idea who the leader of "Ubeki-beki-beki-stani-stan" is;
  • The bizarre commercials with his campaign chief smoking at the end;
  • Claims China is "attempting to develop nuclear weapons," when, in fact, they've had nuclear weapons since 1964;
  • Proclaims he's proud to be connected to the billionaire Koch brothers, and says he's their "brother from another mother," which is a line stolen from the Ben Stiller movie, Meet the Fockers.
Waaaay too many ridiculous gaffes to be real, Rachel claims. Maybe he's trying to let us in on the joke?  Is this whole campaign an art project?

Watch Rachel's clip and decide for yourself:

Sunday, November 6, 2011