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Clip & Save! Your Handy Wonkette Review Of (Part Of) Dana Loesch’s New ‘Book’

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We were planning to review for your enjoyment Amazon’s free preview of Dana Loesch’s new book-like substance, Hands Off My Gun, because who doesn’t want to spend a nice afternoon slogging through a piece of writing that is one step removed from the crude etchings some Neanderthal left on the wall of a cave ten thousand years ago. It would be impossible to be more generous than that to Dana even if we didn’t already think she is an insane ball of white-hot derp. Read more on Clip & Save! Your Handy Wonkette Review Of (Part Of) Dana Loesch’s New ‘Book’…
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Happy Wonker Book Club: Uncle Sam’s First Nazis

One reason America’s never come to grips with its racist-nationalist past is Americans are pointedly encouraged not to know a nationalist racist when they see one. One can scarcely write the word ‘Nazi’ online without angry writs from comments-section Godwin’s lawyers demanding all electronic conversation cease forthwith. Worse, even talking about an American fascism is liable to really upset American fascists, who, as we’re often reminded, are people too. This murk allows a horde of Christian righties, crypto-racists and besotted Putin-kissers to pass for ordinary conservatives, no different perhaps from your batty uncle that voted four times for Harold Stassen or that sweet elderly man down the block who was hauled away by ICE as a camp guard at Treblinka. Read more on Happy Wonker Book Club: Uncle Sam’s First Nazis…
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Your Small Children Will Likely Pack Up And Leave Home If You Give Them This Ted Cruz Coloring Book

In the annals of American hucksterism, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Poutine) is a political Ron Popeil, albeit without the slicing and dicing. And now he has a fitting monument to his achievements — a 5-dollar coloring book that was slapped together in a few days and sold out its first print run of 10,000 copies almost instantly. Needless to say, when we heard about this thing, we had to rush to the URL and get one so we could share its wacky awfulness with You Our Dear Readers. Because agony such as this should never be endured alone. Is it serious? Is it a joke? These questions are irrelevant. The Ted Cruz coloring book is simply an act of commercial trolling — it could be serious, but it doesn’t have to be. It contains a few incendiary whoppers — we’ll get to them — but for the most part it’s filler, a rightwing-flavored collection of copy-pasted text and terrible art traced from photos and video screengrabs. Also, did we mention there’s a lot of filler? Read more on Your Small Children Will Likely Pack Up And Leave Home If You Give Them This Ted Cruz Coloring Book…
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Sundays With The Christianists: In Great Artist Jon McNaughton’s Novel, Wingnuts Finally Win Every Argument

Sternums up, everybody! Time to wrap up our visit to the mind of Great American Artist Of America Jon McNaughton, as revealed in his teen novel Knight of the Superstitions. It’s a stirring tale of a young Mary Sue named Josh Knight, who with the help of his guardian angel Nathaniel becomes adept at seeing and defeating the surprisingly boring demons and other evil influences that plague our world. Last week we looked at Josh’s spiritual journey, such as it is; this week, we’ll take a look at the book’s very insightful political content, although we suppose McNaughton would say there’s no difference. So strap on your Spiritual Armor — we recommend strong coffee or maybe a Bloody Mary — and we’ll watch Josh strike a blow for liberty against the oppression of liberal education. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: In Great Artist Jon McNaughton’s Novel, Wingnuts Finally Win Every Argument…
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Sundays With The Christianists Special Report: Great Artist Jon McNaughton Wrote A Novel About God, Angels, And Good Posture

We’re going to take a short break from our American history textbooks for homeschoolers, because Alert Reader “Blanche” tipped us off to a self-published booklike object that we somehow missed when it splashed into the internet in late July: Great American Artist Jon McNaughton has written a novel that does for Teen Fiction what Christian Rock did for music. McNaughton took a little time away from painting Patriotic Classics like “Jesus Hands Washington the Constitution,” “Obama Burns the Constitution,” and “Bro Shames Democrat Preznits By Holding Up The Magically Unburnt Constitution,” so he could write a book. A book for young people, full of magic and imagination and wonder, with all the subtlety of McNaughton’s art. It is called Knight of the Superstitions, and it is easily the equal of the “Harry Potter” books, in that it contains words and can be purchased as an e-book. It’s getting rave reader reviews* on Amazon, which means that a whole bunch of homeschooled teens are going to have it dumped on them, poor things. We read it so you won’t have to. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists Special Report: Great Artist Jon McNaughton Wrote A Novel About God, Angels, And Good Posture…
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Wonkette Book Club: We Are All Gay For Rachel Maddow’s Book

One nice thing about writing for Yr Wonkette is that we don’t even have to pretend to hide our raging nerd-crush on Rachel Maddow, or pretend that we don’t just melt in fannish excitement when she acknowledges the existence of our little mommyblog — she’s called Wonkette “profane and excellent” on air…twice! (Squeee!) So we also won’t pretend that we weren’t already predisposed to like her book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, published last year but newly released in paperback. But unlike so many books by TV/political people — even pretty good ones, like Al Franken’s Lies And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them — Drift isn’t just a series of riffs that make some excellent points while giving you some larffs. It’s a sustained argument about what’s gone haywire in America’s use of military power, with the kind of keen dot-connecting that works so well for Maddow in her on-air commentaries. And it starts with a dedication that you know is from the heart: “To former vice president Dick Cheney. Oh, please let me interview you.” Read more on Wonkette Book Club: We Are All Gay For Rachel Maddow’s Book…
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Wonkette Book Club: This Al Capp Bio Is A First-Rate Book About A Real Jerk

When Kid Zoom was a wee lad of about 4, his favorite bedtime story for a while was Yr Doktor Zoom’s extemporaneous retelling of Charles Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight. No idea how we stumbled on that narrative as a bedtime story; maybe there was a hope that the part about Lindbergh barely being able to stay awake as he flew low over the waves might influence a hyper little boy (nahh). And then, of course, several years later, we had to revisit Lucky Lindy and talk about his less than heroic later years as a racist, anti-Semite, isolationist, and pal of the Nazis. Lesson learned: People can do impressive things and still be awful human beings. Which brings us to the impressive career of “Li’l Abner” creator and human trainwreck Al Capp, as covered by Michael Schumacher and Denis Kitchen in their biography Al Capp: A Life to the Contrary. This is the first full-scale biography of Capp, who died in 1979, and the decades since “Li’l Abner” was a daily newspaper feature give Schumacher and Kitchen a healthy distance to assess both Capp’s career as a creator of comics (yep, kind of a genius and definitely an innovator) and his character as a human being (“seriously flawed” might be too generous). Read more on Wonkette Book Club: This Al Capp Bio Is A First-Rate Book About A Real Jerk…
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E-Book Review: Presidents Are Expensive. Why Won’t Obama Work For Free?

Conservatives have a hard time deciding what to find more shocking: the suspension of White House tours because of the sequester, or the insanely outrageous cost of having an Executive Mansion in the first place, especially if the hired help puts their unworthy feet up on the furniture. Today’s review looks at an e-book that falls in the latter camp, John F. Groom’s The 1.4 Billion Dollar Man: Costs of the Obama White House, which was actually published last September but continues to be fodder for whining by NRO and moronic speeches at CPAC, so we will call it “timely.” Make no mistake about it: this e-book is one terrible little waste of electrons. We mourn for the senseless slaughter of ones and zeroes that otherwise could have gone into a video of a cat jumping into a box. But since this thing exists, let’s give it the mockery it so richly deserves. Read more on E-Book Review: Presidents Are Expensive. Why Won’t Obama Work For Free?…
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Does Fox Nation (The Website) Lie As Much As Fox News (The Cable Channel)? Probably!

When Americans think of “lying Rupert Murdoch-owned filthyweasels spewing rightwing talking points,” they of course think of Fox News. But There’s a whole ‘nother arm of the Murdoch Bullshit Machine that operates semi-independently of the Fox News domain, and that’s their terrible stinky community website, Fox Nation (motto: “We’re The One That Allows Comments”), which basically is a news aggregation site whose unidentified editors take stories from other sources, slap inflammatory headlines / summaries on ‘em, and then presumably spend the rest of the day drinking heavily, which is perhaps the only thing they have in common with Yr Wonkette. While the main Fox News operation is the monster that gets most of the attention from critics like Jon Stewart or Media Matters, Fox Nation is its pimply younger brother, always trying to keep up and usually in need of a shower. Blogger Mark Howard, of NewsCorpse.com, has addressed this inequity by devoting time on his site to a regular feature called “Fox Nation vs. Reality,” and has collected 50 of his favorites into an e-book, Fox Nation vs. Reality: The Fox News Community’s Assault On Truth (for Amazon’s Kindle, but also readable with an app for computers & smartphones). Shall we now review this e-book? Yes, we shall. (We shall also announce our coming Wonket Book Club! You probably definitely want to read that.) Read more on Does Fox Nation (The Website) Lie As Much As Fox News (The Cable Channel)? Probably!…
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Wonkette Book Club: Should The South Just Go Ahead And Secede?

Well, duh. Hell, we’ll help ‘em pack. God knows that every time Your Wonkette runs a story about some new idiocy coming out of a former state of the Confederacy, incredulous commenters have to ask “Why did we even let them rejoin the Union?” Travel writer Chuck Thompson decided that the question was worth exploring beyond the level of snotty blog comments (not that there’s anything wrong with those*), and the result is Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession. Thompson argues that despite getting back together after that big tiff a while back, the North and South just aren’t that into each other, so maybe it’s time to talk about divorce. He also insists he’s quite serious about all this, even if he’s grinning. But yes, he says, let’s take the Rick Perrys at their word: One way or another, the social, political, and economic gridlock that’s paralyzing this country has got to be broken… [No political candidate] is bold enough to acknowledge the Rebel elephant in the room. None is willing to consider the possibility that breaking up the country through peaceful secession might be the most sane and effective way of saving it. I am. Read more on Wonkette Book Club: Should The South Just Go Ahead And Secede?…
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‘Bad Boy’ Breitbart Guy Who Grilled Bono (Impersonator) Now Has Whole Book About Celebrities

Remember like a week ago, when “bad boy” Breitbart reporter Jason Mattera turned out to be “bad” at his job? There he was, just cold grillin’ Bono about being a big huge hypocrite for, we don’t know, probably “taxes and Africa,” and he was all GOTCHA! and Sean Hannity was all yes, please, let’s put that on television, but then it turned out “Bono” was some pudgy schlub who didn’t even have a fake Irish accent. Well, be excited, because Jason Mattera now has an entire book where he can not recognize all the Hollywood celebrities in the whole wide world! (Jason, if you want to ask Michael Jackson about “Africa and taxes,” there are two of him outside Grauman’s right now, with Spider-Man. You are welcome!) Now let us review Ghost of Andrew Breitbart’s book review about this book, Hollywood Hypocrites, because it is even better than the real thing baby! A Review of “‘HOLLYWOOD HYPOCRITES’ REVIEW: BRUTAL TAKEDOWN OF TINSEL TOWN’S BIGGEST MOUTHS” By Jason Mattera by Kurt Schlichter by Wonkette Read more on ‘Bad Boy’ Breitbart Guy Who Grilled Bono (Impersonator) Now Has Whole Book About Celebrities…