Who'd have ever thought you'd find the Tea Party, Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.), U.S. House Majority Leader Cantor and the guys from Duck Dynasty dueling in a Louisiana election? It happened yesterday.
The winner is, Duck Dynasty. Well, to be more specific, their backed candidate, Republican businessman Vance McAllister. He's a political newcomer who boasts of never having visited Washington, D.C., yet won a special election in Louisiana on Saturday to fill the congressional seat formerly held by fellow Republican Rodney Alexander.
The man McAllister beat was a fellow Republican, Neil Riser, the Tea Party candidate.
McAllister, running as an outsider, lined up an endorsement from "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, the patriarch in the popular reality show, and cast member Willie Robertson appeared in a commercial for the candidate. The program is shot in the northeast part of Louisiana that McAllister will represent.
Unlike McAllister, Riser had the backing of a number of prominent Republicans including U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
What could have been the deciding issue might have been this:
Riser agreed with the governor's stance to reject the Medicaid expansion.
As a state senator, Riser authored a Louisiana constitutional amendment requiring any state gun restrictions to pass the "strict scrutiny" test. The funeral home owner was the contest's early favorite with backing from the conservative Tea Party of Louisiana and the national group FreedomWorks, which is aligned with the Tea Party movement.
So it looks like "Digger" Riser wasn't as popular as an unknown moderate like McAllister. Even with FreedomWorks and the Tea Party's money, the Republicans in Louisiana aren't falling for the right-wing, extremist crap. Louisiana spoke, and they said they want health care subsidies and they believe in sane gun control.
You go,Louisiana. You just sent shock waves through the Republican party. Are you feeling them yet, Reince Priebus?
The NBC embed is confusing so if I didn't get it started in the right place the psycho babble is at 6:58.
ADDED- Have to put up this wonderful comment by Baud at BJ-
Obama lied to us about weapons of mass uninsured.
I would like to address the comments I made this past week.
I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand “Up Late” will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week.
I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology.
To be honest, I didn't think Alec Baldwin's show on MSNBC would last, and to be honest squared, this is about how long I figured it would stay on the air. I'm surprised he's only going to be off the schedule for two weeks.
Alec Baldwin's new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay epithet against a photographer during a New York street encounter. [...]
... Baldwin reportedly lost his cool again Friday when a reporter for a New York TV channel asked about the [stalker] trial and, according to Variety.com, Baldwin called him "dumb."
Baldwin has had well-publicized issues like this before, so nobody is surprised. It's really a shame, because he's talented, hilarious, and bright. None of that excuses his behavior in the least, nor was it an attempt to. Just lamenting out loud.
Anyway, thanks a bunch, Alec. Because of you, we're right back to this:
Day in and day out, I watch, read, listen, and write about news. And because I do so much watching, reading, and listening. I tend to notice recurring themes. A major recurring theme is how much time the so-called "news" [sic] media spends on speculation.
Most of that speculation centers on the 2016 presidential election, focusing specifically on Hillary Clinton vs (currently) Chris Christie. Newsflash, "journalists": It's only 2013, and you started this endless loop of What Ifs the day after Election 2012. This is ludicrous. This is not news, this is meaningless filler and a shameless ploy used to pull in viewers.
And hey viewers, how about you stop enabling?
Then again, there is very little "real" news reporting any more, not since news departments became commercialized all those years ago. Not since it became all about profit, which news stories sell, which headlines attract ratings, and as a result, attract sponsors and their buckets of money.
And don't get me started on media bias. The CBS "60 Minutes" Benghazi story scandal is only the latest, and if you're a regular reader, you know that the Sunday morning talk shows have an obvious rightward slant.
But back to that nasty speculation habit. When you watch the "news" shows, you see them produce hours upon hours of What If about future elections, about the *gasp!* doomed fate of the Affordable Care Act, about which freedoms we might lose if we don't do something about some catastrophe that might or might not happen, about which new scandal *could* result from Darrell Issa's umpteenth witch hunt about absolutely everything/nothing.
You can actually see concrete examples of all this speculation in their TV chyrons, like, Low Obamacare enrollment numbers: Sign of problems to come?"; "A third 'Bush' in office?"; "Will the world end in 2012? Many people believe so." We get a ton of cowardly headlines in the form of a question, Alex, so that nobody has to commit to actual, you know, reporting.
Well now it's our turn. News outlets want to speculate? Fine. Let's turn the tables and speculate about them for a change:
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