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Rick Perry's smug shot: It's all about exposure, exploitation, aka politics as usual

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 Another snark-filled guest post by the one, the only Will Durst, who's having a little fun with Texas Governor Rick Perry. Take it away, Will:

SMUG SHOTS

Knew he shouldn’t. Couldn’t help himself. Talking about the beaming leer in Rick Perry’s mug shot. Or to be more precise, his smug shot. In the photo released by the Austin Police Department, the Texas Governor grins like a Cheshire Cat who just cleaned out the canary department of a PetSmart and is presetting his Lexus’ GPS for another store.

Because he vetoed the budget of the Travis County Attorney General who refused to resign following a drunken driving conviction, Perry is now being indicted on two federal felony counts relating to abuse of power. Which for a politician is real similar to being accused of breathing through their mouths. No big deal. The loyal opposition is programmed to consider all power abusive. A fact extensively covered in the freshman orientation pamphlet.

The three reasons he’s smirking are obvious. One: there’s a better chance of being struck by lightning while holding Charlize Theron’s purse stuffed with winning Powerball tickets, than being convicted. Two: he can wear these charges as a loud red badge of partisan courage, rekindling presidential aspirations. As for the third thing… well, he’ll have to get back to you. Ooops.

This is all proof that today- any and or all publicity is good publicity. Andy Warhol’s future has arrived and taken over the conference room. Famous for 15 minutes. That’s the goal. You don’t have to be talented or accomplished or good looking or an artist or even credible. Just get your name and face out there. Get on television. Even basic cable. By hook or by crook or by booking photo.

Arianna Huffington sold her website to AOL for $315 million based on the business model of rounding up scores of scripting serfs who will write for free. With 7 series and a spate of spin- offs, the Bravo Network has practically given up on narrative programming, morphing into the Real Housewives or Women be Fighting and Stuff Network. The Weather Channel has a new reality show called 3 Fat Guys in the Woods, which infringes on absolutely no fairness in advertising doctrines. Anybody can be a star. Build your brand. We’re all one viral post away from the big time.

The NFL has attempted to harness these ambitions by charging musical acts to perform at their Super Bowl Halftime Show. The three finalists, Katy Perry, Coldplay and Rihanna have each been asked to pony up for the privilege of performing in front of billions of people AND to kick back a slice of their post- show concert tour. Next they’ll want an NFL logo carved in the haircut of the bass player. And who’s going to argue? It’s the bass player.

The most humane solution would be for the NFL to pay viewers to watch their overproduced lip- synched parody of an extravaganza. Or maybe just go back to marching bands and Frisbee catching dogs. But where’s the money in that?

Kim Kardashian’s new iPhone app is expected to make over 100 million dollars- this year alone. The goal of the game is to do anything and everything to become famous. Just that. Fame. It’s all about the exposure. Of course, in the Midwest we were taught you can die from exposure. Then again, couldn’t happen to a nicer couple than Rick Perry and Kim Kardashian. And the 3 Fat Guys in the Woods.

Copyright © 2014, Will Durst. Will Durst is an award- winning, nationally acclaimed political comic. Go to willdurst.com to find about more about the new documentary film “3 Still Standing,” and a calendar guide to personal appearances including his one- man show “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG” which will appear at the Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin Aug 26- 30. thirdavenueplayhouse.com

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VIDEO: ALS #IceBucketChallenge can be... challenging

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There are some very well-meaning celebrities who are taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. And then there are those who appear to be indulging themselves in a Self-Serving Moment of Promo.

Take Les Moonves, for example. He's the president and CEO of CBS. His video happened to appear on his CBS show "Big Brother," which, not so coincidentally, his wife Julie Chen hosts. And where his wife also took the challenge after airing her husband's video. Her douser, by the way, was Will Arnett... of CBS's "The Millers":

What's that saying again? Oh yeah, "It's all in the family." I truly hope their efforts help, but, IMHO, they are also exploiting a good cause.

And something has been puzzling me about the ALS challenge's very premise. Wiki:

A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.

So those who comply aren't donating? Why are the drenched participants proud of that? Isn't the whole point to not only bring attention to ALS, but also to help fund raise? Color me confused. But I digress...

Allow me to introduce my buddy "Special K" to you. She and I both live in sunny California where a major drought is underway. Conservation is a huge issue here, which inspired Special K to come up with this:

She's already gotten negative feedback on Facebook (quel surprise) for injecting some humor into something that comedians and others have already playfully skewered. Lighten up, people. Nobody's anti-good cause here. When you think about it, provoking laughter is already incorporated into the very act of dumping ice water all over the heads of participants, so why not increase awareness with a little more (benign) humor?

giggle laughPerhaps her critics should have taken a moment to read this at the ALS Association site:

Please be thoughtful about water usage! If you’re in an area of the country or world affected by drought, repurpose the water for later use or help spread ALS awareness by becoming an ALS advocate, joining the Walk to Defeat ALS® in your community, getting involved in our fundraisers, or sharing information about this disease via social media. Or you can make a donation instead at www.alsa.org/donate.

Say it with me now: GottaLaff or you cry.

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Republicans Graham & Labrador Lead Charge Of Anarchy

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The law is the law. If you don't like it, change it, but don't break it.

Sadly, the cry from the confused right wing is two-fold. The first is a given. Whatever the issue is, it's Obama's fault. The second is, only follow the law when you like it. Look at Cliven Bundy as an example.

We are now facing a critical time on our borders. Vast numbers of undocumented immigrants, many of them unaccompanied minors, are crossing our border in order to seek refuge and asylum. Others just looking for a new start, being sent by their families to stake out a new start for a more promising future.

Regardless of the reason they are here, we have laws and they must be followed or else we have anarchy -- something the right wing of the Republican party is wont to commence. They're losing their grasp on the control of the country and will do everything within their capacity to not fall into obscurity. Even if it means our system must fall along with them.

The law is quite simple in regards to this immigration crisis. There's a legislative process set up and it must be followed until such time as it's changed. Sadly GOP mouthpieces like Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), two loudmouths without brains, are leading a charge of anarchy. They want due process of law ignored. Law that their party passed. In 2002 it was the Homeland Security Act and then in 2008 it was the Human Trafficking Act -- both bills signed by Republican George Bush. Both laws spell out exactly how children are to be dealt with who arrive across our borders as undocumented immigrants. 

Congressman Luis Gutierrez, (D-Illinois) spelled it out quite simply and clearly with Chris Hayes last night during All In. Please take a look and you'll understand what the Republicans and right wingers refuse to accept.

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Susan Rice was right, John McCain "living in fantasyland"

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As former ambassador and U.S. diplomat in Iraq Joe Wilson (married to Valerie Plame) and Chris Hayes said on All In, "fall person" (now National Securtiy Advisor) Susan Rice was absolutely on target when she appeared on Sunday talkers and referred to the video that inspired the Benghazi attacks. To combine quotes from Wilson and Hayes, "All this time later, Susan Rice was actually right. They just make things up."

And all those self-righteous Republicans in DC were dead wrong. They were dead wrong as they smeared Rice, tried to destroy her career, and eventually managed to prevent her nomination as the next Secretary of State.

Susan Rice deserves an apology. The Congress members and right wing talking heads who did this should start berating their own incompetence and disgraceful tactics instead of sabotaging our national security efforts.

As Joe Wilson said, "It is really dishonorable what these people are doing up on the Hill, and the right wing echo chamber." Watch:

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Joe Wilson:

"For John McCain to say we somehow had won the [Iraq] war, he's living in fantasyland. It was a time bomb waiting to go off and it's now going off.

"My view is we should just stay out of it. We've killed enough Arabs for a lifetime."

Also included in the video is an interview with Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.

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"Voters need to keep the source of scandal -mongering in mind when they're at the polls"

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The VA scandal is real, and it's disturbing as hell. Nobody disputes that. On the bright side (*sarcasm*), Fox News contributor Ben Carson went so far as to call the VA scandal "a gift from God." What a guy, what. a. guy.

But there is more to the VA mess than playing the blame game. Scape-goating won't fix the problem, because the problem is systemic. So, while the GOP insists on exploiting what's left of their Benghazi!!!! and IRS smears as "scandals," they have proven not to be. The Veterans Affairs story, on the other hand, is, but it involves a number of components.

For example, via HuffPo: 41 Republican Senators Voted Against a Landmark Veterans Bill in February, Today They Blame the VA.

Here are some additional takes on "Another Obama scandal? Consider the source" via today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

It would be hard to disagree with Cathleen Decker's assertion that the Obama White House has an image of "one mess after another." It's largely composed of anything that will stick to the shovels of those digging for dirt, from tea party enemies to Fox News to House Republicans who sense danger for their party. ("VA crisis echoes Obamacare's stumbles: 'Drip, drip, drip,'" May 24)

Voters need to keep the source of the scandal-mongering in mind when they're at the polls. Having a Democratic-controlled Congress would be a big step back to collegial debate without shutdowns, intentional distortions and false scandals.

Jules Brenner

Hollywood

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If a detailed, accurate evaluation of the current problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals is carried out, my guess is that it will show that the VA has had to shoulder huge additional responsibilities because of aging veterans and new ones from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, all of whom clearly deserve all that they have been promised. But the funding to fulfill those promises has been grossly inadequate.

We need to learn who is responsible. If it is the result of Congress failing to fund services, then those members responsible need to accept the blame.

Gertrude Barden

Porter Ranch

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I am an older veteran who has only recently needed help. I found that the wait time for appointments has been as quick as with my private doctors, and the help at the VA clinic in South L.A. has been both friendly and professional.

If I had to find fault, it would be with the coffee — it's a little strong for my taste.

Oliver Eugene Thomas

Pasadena

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Fox News contributor Ben Carson: VA scandal "is a gift from God." (VIDEO)

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Above is a Media Matters video of what retired neurosurgeon and Fox News [sic] contributor, Dr. Ben Carson, said (out loud) on one of their broadcasts. He was being interviewed about the Veterans Affairs scandal involving the hospital backlogs when he made his thoughtless comments. Apparently the "doctor" has very little self-awareness and even less professionalism.

Short version: He exploited a simply terrible situation to bash Obamacare in the name of his god. Surprisingly, Ben Carson made no mention of-- BENGHAZI!!!!!! He must have been sleep-deprived or suffered a(nother) mental lapse to have omitted something as relevant as BENGHAZI!!!!!! from the conversation.

For Carson to have made such an egregious error should have resulted in Fox giving him the boot. He clearly failed to fall in line and regurgitate their default talking point. He committed the ultimate sin, especially at such an opportune time.

Ben Carson:

"I think what’s happening with the veterans is a gift from God to show us what happens when you take layers and layers of bureaucracy and place them between the patients and the health care provider. And if we can’t get it right, with the relatively small number of veterans, how in the world are you going to do it with the entire population?... You guys [politicians] are servants, you're not rulers.”

His god is kinda twisted. And by his god, I mean Carson.

How Pollyanna of him to play his warped version of the Glad Game as the rest of the nation registers shock, sorrow, and outrage. And how unfortunate for him and ClusterFox that his rosy outlook on the deaths and deception of veterans was aired for all to witness.

It's documented now, Doc Carson. Be proud.

By the way, this is the guy who also said, "Obamacare is the worse thing since slavery."

H/t: TPM

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9/11 sideshow: “They’re selling bracelets; they’re making money off my dead son."

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9-11 sideshow gift shop items stuffed dog via Gizmodo

"This kind of sacred ground. This is not a moneymaker."

Come and getcher Ground Zero tee shirts! Right here! Getcher 9/11 doggie vests! Yer toy trucks! Yer hoodies! Step right up, ladies and gents! Twenty-four bucks gets you into the 9/11 Museum! Fork out another twenty-two bucks and you getcherself yer choice of a FDNY, NYPD, or Port Authority Police tee-shirts. Hey little girl, how'dja like yer very own stuffed 9/11 rescue dog? Just ask yer folks for a few smackeroos and it's all yours! Right here atcher Ground Zero sideshow, er, souvenir shop!

Or as the New York Post put it in a Sunday story,  the “little shop of horror":

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And as Gizmodo put it, The Tasteless Crap That Fills the 9/11 Museum Gift Shop.

Ouch.

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WaPo:

Mugs, T-shirts, scarves and other souvenirs have triggered controversy at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which holds unidentified remains of some of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — as well as a gift shop. [...]

Some of the items for sale in the gift shop are clearly intended to tap into the sense of solidarity that emerged in New York following the attacks, like the plain black T-shirts with the tagline “honor, remember, reunite.” But others, like a black hoodie with the twin towers emblazoned on the front, seem more of a vivid and painful reminder of what was lost. And some pieces of New York City Fire Department memorabilia — including a doggie vest and toy truck — seem kitschy or trivial. [...]

Kurt and Diane Horning were founders of the WTC Families for Proper Burial, which sued New York City for the right to bury remains that were in the material and debris from the World Trade Center site; from the beginning, they and other 9/11 families objected to the remains being used as a “programmatic element” at a tourist attraction... “They’re using it basically like a Ringling Brothers sideshow attraction,” Horning said Monday. "We were dismayed about that."

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