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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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