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VIDEO: "Now step away from the teleprompter," said Sarah Palin reading from a teleprompter at #CPAC2013


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Apparently Republicans are still, still, making idiotic references to President Obama's use of teleprompters. I've called out their hypocrisy on that repeatedly, and I've also written a few times about why teleprompters are a good thing. Please link over to read why they’re not as terrible as the GOP keeps saying they are.

In fact, Rick Santorum actually said, “It should be illegal to read off a teleprompter.”

And back at CPAC 2010 "Genius" 14-year-old speaker made a lame teleprompter joke. By the way, he's older, wiser, and no longer a conservative.

Did I mention that Marco Rubio mocked Obama’s teleprompter…while in front of a teleprompter?

Oh, and there's this:

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And now this:

"Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job!" said Former Half-Gov Hypo McCritical as she read those words from a teleprompter.

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Via @MzYun

I taught comedy for years, and there are a few rules that anyone attempting humor in front of an audience and who has the least bit of comedic talent knows. Palin broke at least three of them: 1) Be, you know, funny 2) Be fresh, don't rely on the same old stale material, and 3) Know when to stop.

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PhotOH! President Obama's handwritten edits of his inauguration address


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The White House has released a very cool photo of President Obama editing his inauguration address in what appears to be very legible (albeit too small for us to see clearly) handwriting.

Is anyone else geeking out in a good way over this image?

(CNN) –The official White House photo was taken by Obama's top photographer Pete Souza. The caption says Obama was working with Jon Favreau, his outgoing speechwriter, in the Oval Office on January 16.

I zoomed in and tried to sharpen it up a little, but it's still too small to read. Follow the CNN link for more:

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That's about as easy to decipher as this:

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PhotOH! Gabby Giffords used these handwritten notes for her testimony in Senate gun violence hearings


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Earlier today, Paddy posted Gabby Giffords statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on preventing gun violence. If you watched that without tearing up, then watch it again, this time with a box of tissues nearby.

And if that fails to choke you up, check out her handwritten notes for her testimony. They were posted at the Facebook page for Gabby Giffords' PAC, the Americans for Responsible Solutions:

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Those are the words of a real hero.

"Speaking is difficult but I need to say something."


"We must do something. It will be hard." Understatement.

"Be courageous." Gabby Giffords speaks from experience.

"Thank you!" No, thank you.

H/t: BuzzFeed


Mitt Romney: Commander-in-Cheat?


UPDATE: This post is not a comment on President Obama's performance one way or another. The questions raised have nothing to do with how he did. This is about Romney and only Romney.

So there I was on Twitter last night, minding my own beeswax, when suddenly I got all kinds of tweets asking me if Willard M. Romney brought notes to the debate. If he did, that's against the rules. If he did, it's a quite a statement about what's left of his character, if anything. If he did, then he's even sleazier and more dishonest than I thought.

The Big Question o' the Day is: Did he or didn't he? I retort, you deride:

All you need to watch is the first 11 seconds.

UPDATE: Here it is in slo-mo, h/t @MzYun:

More video here.

I wasn't going to post about this, but the story is growing, and now Los Angeles radio hosts are all over it, among others. So what do you think?

H/t: Mo'Kelly, host on KTLK radio for "Commander-In-Cheat"