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Bill O'Reilly: I could have been the Marlboro Man (VIDEO)


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Bill O'Reilly didn't wanna be a cowboy! But he was (allegedly) approached to be one, sort of. He claims he could have been a rough, tough, rugged, cigarette-smoking, cancer-peddling Marlboro Man.

Bill O'Reilly:

"While I was covering the News in Denver, I was approached by a modeling agency to be the Marlboro guy dressed as a cowboy! I'm from Long Island...

But smoking marijuana is quite the opposite. That’s on the rise, as pot use is considered cool in many circles, and above all it is political correct."

Who's kidding whom here? O'Reilly couldn't have been a Marlboro Man even if he wanted to. No cowboy hat would have ever fit over that big ego head of his.

H/t: Talking Points Memo.


Study: 1 in 10 Americans think HTML is an STD. Seriously.



Not everyone knows what the letters HTML stand for, or the exact definition of Hyper-Text Markup Language. But one would think that most people know it has something to do with computers or some kind of techy stuff in general. One would be wrong.

Los Angeles Times:

A recent study found that many Americans are lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11% saying that they thought HTML — a language that is used to create websites — was a sexually transmitted disease.

I wouldn't put it past Michele Bachmann to warn those 11% against getting inoculated against HTML. Memo to everyone: Never listen to Michele Bachmann.

Here's a handy dandy definition that should give the 11% in question some relief should they ever find themselves exposed to an abundance of HTML:


Stands for "Hyper-Text Markup Language." This is the language that Web pages are written in. Also known as hypertext documents, Web pages must conform to the rules of HTML in order to be displayed correctly in a Web browser. The HTML syntax is based on a list of tags that describe the page's format and what is displayed on the Web page.

It gets worse. Not possible, you say? Confusing HTML with HPV was crazy preposterous enough, you say? Read it and weep:

  • 27% identified "gigabyte" as an insect commonly found in South America. A gigabyte is a measurement unit for the storage capacity of an electronic device.
  • 42% said they believed a "motherboard" was "the deck of a cruise ship." A motherboard is usually a circuit board that holds many of the key components of a computer.
  • 15% said they believed "software" is comfortable clothing. Software is a general term for computer programs.

no wayWay.

Imagine what they think a "swap file" is. (Hint: It has nothing to do with open marriage.)

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to work. I'm writing up a piece on RAM Emanuel, and I'm running way behind schedule.


VIDEO: Rand Paul compares Republicans to (wait for it) Charlie Sheen


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Here are a few gems uttered by the one, the only (thankfully) Rand Paul at at the Liberty Political Action Conference in Virginia.

Via First Read:

CHANTILLY, Va. -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on Thursday that Republicans have been “winning” recent Washington battles and laid out a roadmap for how the party can use the victories to appeal to key voting blocks that fueled President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election. [...]

And by winning Washington battles, he's referring to the GOP civil war that's tearing his party apart.

Who is probably the least likely to protect your privacy among Democrats? Hillary Clinton,” Paul added. (He did not specify why he thought the former secretary of state would be so vulnerable on this issue.) [...]

On Thursday, Paul said making it an issue for Republicans to campaign on can help win over another demographic that Obama dominated in 2012 – African Americans.

This from the guy who questioned the Civil Rights Act on The Rachel Maddow Show... and then denied he ever did:

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But here's the money quote:

Rand Paul:

Does anybody remember Charlie Sheen when he was kind of going crazy… And he was going around, jumping around saying, "Winning, winning, we’re winning." Well I kind of feel like that, we are winning. And I’m not on any drugs.

That's debatable.

Yes, Rand Paul thought it was a good idea to compare the GOP to Charlie Sheen... the cringe-worthy, wackadoodle guy on drugs who was losing.

And Paul wants American voters to trust him to be their next president. Good luck with that, genius. And thank you for playing:

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VIDEO: Make it stop! The most cringe-worthy interview in recent memory


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Lawrence O'Donnell:

Anthony, I think there is something wrong with you.

And that concludes another in-depth interview with Anthony Weiner.

Did you see The Last Word last night? If not, please... Watch. The. Video.

That had to be the most worthless excuse for a conversation I've ever seen on a cable Tee Vee "news" show, with the exception of any given Sarah Palin Moment, of course. It had no value whatsoever, unless you consider humiliation a plus.

When I heard Lawrence repeatedly tease his Anthony Weiner segment, all I could ask was, "Why? Why was he invited on? He has no chance to win the mayoral race, he's a laughingstock, and nobody cares."

No, seriously, nobody cares.

I watch The Last Word nearly every night, and there are peaks and valleys, as there are on every show, but this particular segment... Seriously?

Pseudo, unintentionally comedic psychobabble trying to mimic analysis, followed by endless, self-indulgent rants intended to get ratings but accomplishing literally nothing else...


Not so much as allowing Weiner to answer a question? No, check that. Not so much as posing a question...


Interminable accusations, smackdown after smackdown, out and out bullying...


Lawrence sounded insane and Weiner sounded like an asshole. Or vice versa. Or both. Yet I somehow found myself rooting for Weiner. Now that's an accomplishment.

And after enduring seven minutes of meaningless, unproductive badgering, I never did find out who Weiner was lobbying for. That is, if he ever was a lobbyist.

Here's the superfluous, nearly as cringe-worthy online sequel that for some unknown reason, Weiner agreed to partake in. If you ignore it, I applaud you:

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Bigger guys than you have tried to knock me down.


The ever-delusional Anthony Weiner.

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VIDEO: Ted Cruz fan thinks "Canada is not really foreign soil." Then neither is Mexico. Welcome in, amigos!



Our own Lucian (@lwdgrfx) spotted more right wing hypocrisy, stupidity, and even found some humor in this eye-popping post at Raw Story.

Birther Christina Katok, of course, an avid Ted Cruz fan, proves once again how so many of these right wing extremists are of very little, if any, brain.

As you probably know by now, Cruz recently released his Canadian birth certificate which proved that he was born in a foreign country (Canada) to an American mother.

But Katok doesn't seem to understand a few basics, as you can see in the video where you can watch her say the following at a Texas tea party rally:

As far as I’m concerned, Canada is not really foreign soil,” she explained, adding that she was more worried about the president’s “strong ties to Kenya.” She noted that Obama had not released his long-form birth certificate until after he was elected.

What if Canadians were brown people who didn't speak English, Birther Christina? Would you make the same claim, as far as you're concerned? What if President Obama's skin was as white as yours?

I'll dispense with further snarky commentary, because Lucian nailed it in two sentences. As he points out so astutely:

"If Canada 'is not really foreign soil' because they're our neighbors, then neither is Mexico. Therefore, we no longer need to worry about deporting Mexican citizens here without papers because hey, what's the problem - they're not foreigners!

Trying to maintain Ted Cruz is eligible for the presidency but President Obama is not? Priceless."

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VIDEO-- Chris Matthews: "Is that something women really worry about? Men being brutal? In the home." Uh, yes.


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As they have non-stop, the talking heads on MSNBC have been discussing a Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016 (enough already!). Chris Matthews is no exception:

And while many may think this was Hillary's coming out party for 2016, it was Biden who may have stolen the show, many say.

He and Andrea Mitchell-- who sounded nearly as flabbergasted as I felt-- were having a conversation about it when this jaw-dropping Moment of WTF happened:


Is that close to the bone? The idea of wife beating some old f... or beaters?


It was part of it.


Is that something women really worry about?




... Men being brutal?


... The Violence Against Women Act--


...In the home. In the home.


Yes. domestic violence.

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Yes, Chris, domestic violence. As in the Violence Against Women Act that you covered last May and as late as March 21st of this year:

MATTHEWS: What does he think he`s accomplishing the minute people notice that the wine tastes like the old stuff or they notice that whatever it is, it`s still what it was? What are they going to do? They`re not going to join the Republican Party.

SCHRIOCK: No, they`re absolutely not, particularly -- you talk about young people, you know, we talk about women -- there`s been a continuing growing gender gap. And they still are just pushing policy after policy -- the Ryan budget, devastating to women and families, Violence Against Women Act -- it took a year-and-a-half to get it reauthorized.

Yes Chris, domestic violence is real and it really worries women. And yes, Chris, "men are brutal in the home, in the home." I can personally attest to that, as can millions of other women. You didn't know that? Seriously? That's news to you? Because if it is, then you're in the wrong business.

Here is the entire segment:

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VIDEO: Oops! Climate change denier Gov. Jan Brewer's caught-on-camera Moment of Cranky



At about :50, you can see a rather irked Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (or as my pal @Geoff9Cow likes to call her, Gov. Ashtray) didn't realize the KTVK-TV  camera was still rolling when she said, "Where in the hell did that come from?" in response to a question about climate change.

When she was asked about whether human beings have had any responsibility for giving Mother Earth a rising fever, she said:

“Everybody has an opinion on it, you know, and I probably don’t believe that it’s man made. I believe, you know, that weather elements are controlled maybe by different things.”

Climate deniers like Brewer are creating preventable disasters that will affect generations to come. And unbelievably, Neanderthals like these still hold positions of power:

Marco Rubio is unsure how old the Earth is. He is a member of the Senate’s Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee.

Michele “Man-Made Climate Change is ‘Manufactured Science” Bachmann sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The soon-to-be forgotten moron on climate change, Todd “legitimate rape” Akin, sits on the Science Committee, as does Paul Evolution, Embryology and Big Bang Theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell, Climate Change is a Hoax” Broun.

Global warming skeptic Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) set to chair House Science Committee.

This is all just a bad dream, right? Please?