Boy, when you want to tell a whopper of a tale, there's nobody better than the news writers over at Fox News. They can spin a simple getting a sliver in your finger into a conspiracy from the wood products industry along with the physicians and surgeons guild (if there really was one) to rampantly perform amputations to boost up the artificial limbs industry.
Face it, they never met a factual molehill they couldn't turn into a mountain. And there's no one better at pointing out these absurdities than Jon Stewart.
We all know that the recent, racial animus that our Republican House and Senate members have been espousing lately is well documented by their promotion department, aka Fox News. It's down with food stamps because it enables lazy Blacks (actually a majority or recipients are white) to sit home and eat well. Paul Ryan, of brown paper bag fame wants to eliminate school lunches altogether because we shouldn't be encouraging lazy urban (read minority) single parents not to look for jobs. And hey, what's with that awful extension of the long term unemployment bill the Senate voted on the other day? That's again so totally wrong. If the unmotivated, unemployed (in GOP talk, that's code for minorities) don't want to work, why should we reward them?
In response to The Daily Show's mocking of Fox New's biased and bigoted reporting, the Rupert Murdoch stooges chose to take on Jon Stewart and Comedy Central. They elected to "school" the comedian/satirist. Bad move, Fox. You had to know your outrageous 'response-to-the-response' was coming. And boy, did it ever. Stewart eviscerates Fox like he's dueling with an unarmed man. Watch:
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Remember Herman "999" Cain? He not only ran for President in the primaries leading up to the 2012 elections as a Republican, he was at one time their leading candidate. Then even the Republicans questioned if they'd trust this guy enough to buy a pizza from him.
Now in the Republican party, we all know that you can fall quickly -- take 2004 GOP nominee, John McCain. He's been having his problems of late, according to yesterday's story in Politico:
Sen. John McCain is the least popular senator in the country of those surveyed by Public Policy Polling, with low marks from members of his own party, independents and Democrats.
Ah, John. So universally disliked. I guess that's why the Republicans turned to a food expert to deliver the latest lie about food stamps and how they can be used. Those rascally Republicans, they just removed the "Mc" from McCain and got good ol' Cain. Herman Cain. Food entrepreneur and prevaricator extraordinaire.
Jon Stewart calls him out on it quite eloquently.
Above is the cover for the upcoming book called, The Hypocrites Handbook. The author is the man who unintentionally makes me laugh more than anyone else, former Vice President, Dick Cheney. Nixon may have been known as Tricky Dick, but Cheney, as Jon Stewart reveals, is just plain Dick. And if you've got a few minutes and missed this clip from last night, you'll kick yourself for not watching it now.
When's a Dick really a "dick?" When his name is Dick Cheney.
Meet The Press: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY); Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH); Co-Authors Jonathan Allen & Amie Parnes: Roundtable: Andrea Mitchell (NBC News), David Brooks (New York Times), E.J. Dionne (Washington Post), Mike Needham (Heritage Action for America) and Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Mona Sutphen.
Face The Nation: Rep. Peter King (R-NY); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Roundtable: Michele Norris (NPR), Jeffrey Goldberg (The Atlantic), Mark Mazzetti (New York Times), Margaret Brennan (CBS News) and John Dickerson (CBS News).
This Week: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Roundtable: Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), S.E. Cupp (CNN), Former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe and Jeff Zeleny (ABC News).
Fox News Sunday: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Julie Pace (Associated Press), Radio Host Laura Ingraham and Juan Williams (Fox News).
State of the Union: Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; Former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte; Harvard University Prof. Nicholas Burns; Roundtable: Cornell Belcher (CNN), Republican Strategist Ana Navarro and A.B. Stoddard (The Hill).
60 Minutes will feature: a report on drugs that can affect men and women differently (preview); a rebroadcast of a 2006 with Phillip Seymour Hoffman in which he discussed drug addiction (preview); and, a report on the 100,000 Homes Campaign, which aims to ave taxpayer dollars by giving homes to the chronically homeless (preview).
On Comedy Central...
Jon Stewart ripped Fox News' coverage of the CBO report.
The Daily Show
Monday: Actor Ty Burrell (D)
Tuesday: Author Elizabeth Kolbert
Wednesday: Actor Joel Kinnaman
The Colbert Report
Monday: Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
Tuesday: Former Floria Gov. Charlie Crist (R D)
Wednesday: Director Godfrey Reggio
Now that the House has gone on it's well earned and deserved holiday vacation (was I supposed to say Christmas break to avoid being accused of a war on Christmas?), and with the Senate poised to finish up doing more in one week than they did in the preceding 51 weeks, (thanks to a fixed filibuster rule), it's a good time to look at where we stand politically as we approach 2014.
It's actually quite a big, important year. It'll be the half-way mark of Obama's second term, it'll mean the full Affordable Care Act will finally be in effect and probably most telling will be the midterm elections where the balance of political power, the control of both houses, will be up for grabs. America will get to speak on how they feel the current 113th Congress is doing. (Hint: recent polls show about a 9% approval rate).There was the government shutdown, Obamacare's rocky rollout and of course, the huge progress both houses made in immigration, voting rights, and the farm bill.
We'll finally see if this shapes up to be a classic battle of the rich vs. the poor. The elitist GOP faces off against the Democratic party of the people. Will it be be banks vs. consumers? Special interest groups vs. John/Jane Doe? How about right-wing bigotry vs civil rights? Undoubtedly this will shape up to be a donnybrook of conservative vs. liberal thinking. Basically the three main parties, the Democrats, the Republicans and the Tea Party will be butting heads both in primaries and in general elections. Some of the outcomes are very predictable thanks to gerrymandering. Other contests are going to be electrifying in their focus on the values the candidates and their affiliations think are most important to the electorate. Basically, how far right is right?
The big catchphrase on the GOP side is "conservative values." Everyone on the right and even in the more moderate middle are shoring up their bona fides in that "conservative" arena. Will we see a rise in the number of Reagan Democrats or a crashing down of the fragile right-wing bone china of the Tea Party extremists?
Just so we have a solid understanding of who and what makes for a real conservative, Jon Stewart has put together a short segment that explains it all. If being to the right of sanity is who your looking for, grab a pencil or pen and a pad. Jon Stewart is kicking ass and taking names.
Watch and see who makes the grade and who fails. 2014 is gonna be a great year for politics watching. Even Nate Silver reportedly is getting his eyes checked because they're already starting to go crossed.
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