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The Lure of Scandal … drifts into a juicy The New Yorker Spy Story

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I came late to the party to two major political dramas highly prized by the liberal community, but sure am having a delightful time catching myself up. If you enjoy either of them, described briefly below, you'll enjoy this long form but magnetic real-life spy story over at The New Yorker.

It even has an Albanian plot line for Russia parallels, with Ukraine and Putin being a hot topic.

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Now House of Cards, that was virtually Binge By Imperative. You guys catching this Netflix creation? I tried watching only three at a time, no way José, or no way Robin Wright Penn, as it were.

It didn't help so much that I had seen the Brit version, but tried to erase that mentally and just take the unusual camera and actor exaggerated interaction with a grain of salt.

What did translate beautifully to American politics was the loving attention to minutiae and the gratuitous sexually provocative moments ... like when Kevin Spacey got in on the Secret Service cutie-patootie mènage his wife was indulging in to make it an authentic party of three.

GIF courtesy JEOBOX.com

GIF courtesy JEOBOX.com

Certainly as complex in plot lines and underlining the politically scandalous exceptionally well in regular television -- network, even, go ABC for apparently this one show and whatever else folks are hooked on from genius and some kind of modern cultural oracle, Shondra Rhimes -- with Olivia Pope and her cohorts on Scandal.

 

As stated, if you enjoy either show, have a gander at this piece at the New Yorker, just excerpting a generous paragraph below, but the entire piece is so worth the time.

Macintyre tells Philby’s story through the prism of his longtime friendship with another young star of M.I.6, Nicholas Elliott. The two men were of a piece. Elliott’s father, Claude, was the headmaster of Eton. According to Macintyre, the elder Elliott “loathed music, which gave him indigestion, despised all forms of heating as ‘effete,’ and believed that ‘when dealing with foreigners the best plan was to shout at them in English.’ ” Like Philby, Elliott went to Trinity College, Cambridge, and did not join public service so much as he was ushered into it. A family friend, Sir Nevile Bland, “simply told the Foreign Office that I was all right because he knew me and had been at Eton with my father.” (Sir Nevile’s words of advice to Elliott: “In the diplomatic service it is a sackable offense to sleep with the wife of a colleague,” and “I suggest you should do as I do and not light your cigar until you have started your third glass of port.”) Elliott trusted and revered Philby. Their families vacationed together. Elliott modelled himself on his friend, Macintyre writes: “his spycraft, his air of worldly irony, his umbrella with an ebony handle. . . . They were as close as two heterosexual, upper-class, mid-century Englishmen could be.”

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Eric Holder Handily Annihilates #TundraTwit Palin's Impeach(!) Hysteria

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We already discussed La Palin's latest idiocy, she looked out from her porch and declared "Impeach!!" last week in some sorta' Independence Day Fvx Nation Tea-hysteria about still wanting 'their' country back.

Enter Attorney Eric Holder, a guy who knows a tad about racially motivated movements and a skosh about the law. Enjoy his ABC decimation of the half-Governor, a.k.a., John McCain's biggest effing mistake.

Enjoy it again in print. BURN!

La Palin: "Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis for me it’s a last straw. It makes kind of a battered wife say no mas. That’s enough. It’s time to impeach."

Rational Human Being Eric Holder: "She wasn’t a particularly good vice presidential candidate. She’s an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why."

Phase Two has already begun, Fox Noise will jump aboard Palin's hay wagon and try to morph this into some kind of 'strong stance', 'real leadership', from a woman so full of feck she can hardly get out of bed in the morning unassisted.

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This cage-match was inevitable, Holder has spent decades fighting xenophobia and racist tendencies, while the half-Governor has used that time to narrow her focus.

Particularly after Grampy McBombBombs unleashed Palin, #TundraTwit of all time, on the lower 48 and had the audacity to put her on the same global stage as Barack Obama.

She may be fit to talk about battered wives … The Party of Palin does little but demean, belittle and destroy women and their collective rights and independence; and her Bible must tell her to 'submit' to any man who finds her sponge-worthy.

 

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Image, The Sacramento Record.

 

Pardon the Ick Level.

For a little more jaded nastiness, we have Morning Schmoe Joe Scarborough slinging the blood-red rare conservative New York Strip for his un-compassionate conservative base.

 

Sarah Palin needs to crawl back into the A-las-kan cave she stumbled out of, and hibernate for the next five decades, minimum.

Then she can reemerge and start screeching about the Mad Men era again. Happily a lot of us will have walked on and will be spared the recap of Tundra Twit's inane idea of 'reality'.

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Sunday Talkers

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Please read about this week's Sunday talk show talkers on Politico.

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Ellen Rocked It, Then Kimmel Slayed the Après Academy Live

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Image: The Today Show

Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

Granted, Sunday started poorly. That thirsty piece of Florida flotsam, Marco Rubio, stentorianly re-declared the Cold War - - in what may have been an aria from "Frozen" --for the Tea Party Talent portion of his Pageant programming on NBC's MTP. [Tim Russert's deservedly bitter ghost snorted extra derisively.]

So fast forward to a glam evening in Holllly-wood.  Ellen was arguably epic. Sometimes I espouse spousal envy of Portia ... can you ponder the heights of domestic jocularity?  But if you couldn't let the night Party On until Jimmy Kimmel's 9th Annual Post Oscar Live Special for whatever reason, here's your fix. He baldly opened in bed with the aforementioned pair of brainy blondes.

The ensuingly black-tied Kimmel went on to nimbly interject his own categories of dramatically scored 'clips' in a hilarious parade of Youtubey parody trailers, with a roster of B.F.D. actors that would have had James Lipton calling for smelling salts. All of which are wicked hootworthy and available here.

Kevin Spacey charmed in spades as the sublimely urbane First Chair guest, see if you find his Carson impression as Academy level as the later Frank Underwood southuhn' sidebar asides.

Spacey was also a paws-down Kimmel Best Actor re-contender with his playful lead in "Meowadeaus". (Cracker Jack of a Cameo prize: Mandy Patinkin.)

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Sunday Talkers - Unemployment No Longer A Problem

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That's the amount of coverage the four largest Sunday talkers ("Fox News Sunday," ABC’s "This Week," NBC’s "Meet The Press," and CBS’ "Face The Nation")  gave to the crisis of the long term unemployment extension that ran out right after Christmas. From that , you can only draw one conclusion: unemployment is no longer a problem.

Who's going to break this joyous news to the 1.3  million unemployed who've had their benefits cut? Or the additional 3 million family members of this socio-economic formerly depressed group? Certainly not the public service shows whose responsibility it is to report and examine such pressing issues.

Last Sunday I took these chat fests to task over their not mentioning anything about the West Virginia water poisoning. This week they've gone to, as a member of Chris Christie's inner circle, David Waldman reported, "radio silence."

Fortunately, I was able to grab a screen shot of the CNN talker just before camera's began to roll. That's Candy Crowley on the right.

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To the defense of the talk shows, they did have a lot to cover. And certainly who can argue that the future of 4.5 million Americans potentially starving, living without heat or shelter could possibly be as important as Chris Christie possibly blocking the George Washington Bridge, Obama's allowing us to be spied on, Edward Snowden being accused by right wingers of working for the Russians, and Robert Gates' new book where he confesses to being a borderline alcoholic having to knock back a stiff one every night to deal with the pressures of his job?

Priorities are important. But where does the well-being of fellow Americans rate? Certainly on Sunday public service qualifying shows who have a responsibility by law to provide public service information, the plight of the long-term unemployment barrier is quite insignificant.

Or maybe the truth is that it's these shows that are not significant. You could make that argument easily based on what they fail to report, more than what they do cover.

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Fact Checking The Talking Heads? Why Fox News Is Nervous

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Time marches on. First we had Fox News. No checking of statements or facts. Just say whatever works for the Right wing and it will be accepted as gospel.

Then comes along PolitiFact. It's a fact checking group who's mission is to take apart widely circulated stories and do some fact checking on them. The stories are rated on their veracity. That started to keep some of the more outrageous claims to a limit -- or at least allowed for a tamping down of the total fabrications. But even the results of the PolitiFact findings were often called into question -- just ask Rachel Maddow.

Now, born November 1st, just a few days ago is PunditFact, a site dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows.

According to the source itself, PolitiFact.com:

PunditFact is a partnership of PolitiFact and the Poynter Institute, the journalism school that owns the Tampa Bay Times.

The new site will have a dedicated staff of journalists who will research claims by media figures and rate them using PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter. The fact-checks will be published on PunditFact.com and will often be featured on the main PolitiFact site.

This could be interesting.

Soon those nattering nabobs of negativism, the jabbering ninnies of the networks will be encouraged to do more than just read the stories handed to them. They might have to actually start listening the the balderdash that comes out of their echo chambers. These pundits will be held to veracity levels that heretofore escaped them -- just like the hot air most expel with each eye-rolled sigh and statement they made courtesy of their teleprompters.

Will it matter? Will it change anything? Probably not, but it will be fodder for more criticism and conjecture.

How truthful is O'Reilly? Chris Wallace? Joe Scarborough and Sean Hannity? Well, if PolitiFact is any guideline as to the accuracy of facts and verisimilitude of PunditFact itself, Rachel Maddow will most likely nail it as she had done in the past. They ought to be sued for their own lack of fact checking.

While it remains to be seen who the most trusted name in news will be, the act of rating talking heads promises to be a fun one. Now if we can just hook up these people to get a large, non-lethal jolt of electricity every time they lie, we'd have a lot more fun with this. If we turn up the juice, we might even have ourselves a Hunger Games of News -- and around election time, won't that be fun?

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Scandal Soundtrack: The Isley Brothers - It's Your Thing

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I just recently finished binge watching ABC's Scandal and was very impressed with all the good music on the soundtrack. Lo and behold, YouTube actually has the songs gathered together so you can look them up!

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