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Chris Hayes: "Who's The Village Idiot Now?"


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Well, Chris Hayes didn't actually inquire this publicly, but he had to be thinking it internally.

During a Veteran's Day visit this week on Morning Joe, Chris Hayes responded satirically or snarkalicously (my own word meaning snarkily delicious) to Joe Scarborough's comments on the Veteran's Day holiday celebrations. Joe's diatribe defending the holiday, not that anyone was challenging him, was (DAILY CURRENT) :

"I mean these people are heroes," he scolded. "These men and women go out there and risk their lives so that you and I can breathe freedom. They go to the ends of the Earth to fight our enemies while you're sleeping comfortably at home.

"The deployments puts strain on their personal lives, on their marriages, on their health ... And they do it all for you. All so you can sleep soundly at night. How can you be against a holiday that honors their sacrifices? I mean really."

Seeing an opening for a little bit of playful fun, Chris didn't lose a beat in "confronting" the host in his playful, boyish indignance, as he's wont to do:

"Joe, soldiers aren't heroes," Hayes retorted. "You want to know who the real heroes are? The real heroes are people like my friend Chaz. Chaz owns a vegan bakery in Williamsburg. Before he opened his small business there were only 11 other vegan bakeries in the area, and only 4 were 100 percent gluten free. But none were non-GMO.

"Chaz's bakery has finally brought non-GMO vegan baked goods to people who need them. He's bringing little morsels of happiness and light into people's lives. What soldier has ever done anything like that? You don't need bullets to make a difference."

Well, this interchange, including laughs by both men after the mini-rant were seemingly not lost, nor found, on Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa). He immediately took the All In With Chris Hayes host to task calling him "America's village idiot" in a Facebook post.

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Finally someone on the congressman's staff explained what sarcasm and snarky responses are, and Tom Latham took the Facebook post down, and issued this:

When satire attacks! My apologies TO @MSNBC host Chris Hayes 1:59 pm 12 Nov 2013

Hey, at least Congressman Latham finally got it. And congrats to Chris on pulling the wool over the eyes of an elected official, not that it's so hard to do these day. But kudos anyway.

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The Book Booth: Veterans Day Edition



The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

Monday we salute those folk who have defended our country in battle and I hope you will take a moment to reflect on their deeds. And hope there will be a day when no one will have to serve in battle to preserve our freedoms.

In the meantime, Amazon has proffered a peace offering to Indie Bookstores. The Gray Lady had the story here. And it met, by and large, with great hilarity from booksellers. Melville House has collected many responses and they are amusing to go through. I'd say don't plan to go to your local independent bookstore and expect to see Amazon product on the shelf.

Considering it is a three-day weekend for many of us, do make plans to visit that local Indie. Buzzfeed has the many reasons why you'll be glad you did.

While you're out shopping and stimulating your local economy, check for these cool bookcases. This is via Paddy, who really, really wants this. So be a pal, buy it and send it to her.

However, this guy doesn't need your assistance in procuring a bookcase. He who may or may not ever pay taxes has enough money to get his own.

I have a couple of items this week in the Books as Art Department. First, it seems that in Birmingham, England, old books are not tossed away. They are transformed into things of beauty.

And if that were not enough,MentalFloss has these beautiful sculpture made, of course, from books.

I am not recommending that, while on your weekend travels, you drop into your local tattoo parlor. But if you insist on decorating your body, you might want to consider some of these designs from literature.

I grew up reading comic books. I preferred DC superhero comics as Marvel Comics hadn't really taken off when I was at that age. But I also devoured the Classics Illustrated editions as well, most of which actually followed the plot lines of the novels that were adapted. So I welcome the emergence of the graphic novel. ABEBooks has a fine list (and a mini-review of Maus) of fifty graphic books.

One of our finest American novelists is Robert Stone. I highly recommend his novels, Dog Soldiers and A Flag for Sunrise. Or almost anything he's written. So it is exciting to learn he has a new novel being published this month, Death of a Black-Haired Girl. Publishers Weekly has this interview with him here.

Finally, now that 60 Minutes has recanted its story about Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi!!! and with the celebration this past week of Guy Fawkes Day in Merrie Olde England, I leave you with this quiz from the Guardian on conspiracies in literature. I only got five right, so I'm going to have to read or re-read some of these books.

Have a fine weekend and let us know what is atop your stack of books.


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