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  clipbait

John Oliver Literally Beats Internet Hyperbole To Death With A Stick (Video)

Exactly as promised
John Oliver’s Late Night Tonight is actually on vacation until Sept. 7, but they were kind enough to upload a short video to help us fill a news hole while they’re gone. This time out, Oliver takes on a sad truth of modern life: “The internet does not know how to describe things anymore,” as easily seen in the verbs used in Huffington Post headlines about John Oliver videos: Read more on John Oliver Literally Beats Internet Hyperbole To Death With A Stick (Video)…
  guerrillas in our midst

‘Home Grown’ Jihadis And Invisible Gorillas About Equally Dangerous To U.S. Americans

Blogging is largely a matter of finding the right stuff to write about. For instance, we see that the Washington Post has a new political science blog feature called “The Monkey Cage” – from the H.L. Mencken quote, “Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.” And its first post is this really thoughtful, well-informed essay on why, even after the mall attack in Kenya, which may have included some al Shabaab recruits who came from America, we probably don’t need to be excessively freaked out about the threat that foreign-trained jihadis pose to Our Way Of Life. This is some serious, research-based policy analysis by Thomas Hegghammer, a “political scientist and historian at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment,” and he really seems to know what he’s talking about. On the other hand, we also got a tip on this HuffPo story about a guy in Decatur, Tennessee Alabama,* who shot up his own living room with a shotgun to fend off an attack from imaginary gorillas. You can see how we’d be torn. But then we figured, hey, why not just Thomas Friedman this sucker and write about BOTH? Read more on ‘Home Grown’ Jihadis And Invisible Gorillas About Equally Dangerous To U.S. Americans…
  democracy is for suckers

Jimmy Carter Says NSA Surveillance Has Killed Democracy; Didn’t Notice Other Suspects Holding Bloody Axes (Updated)

Jimmy Carter, your Wonkette’s favorite elder statesman, caused a bit of a kerfuffle with statements made at a closed-door event in Atlanta for an Atlantic Bridge meeting:  “Amerika hat derzeit keine funktionierende Demokratie”, sagte Carter am Dienstag bei einer Veranstaltung der “Atlantik-Brücke” in Atlanta. No, the kerfuffle was not caused by Jimmy Carter speaking German at the Atlantic Bridge meeting; it is in German because no American press outlets showed up to cover the event. The kerfuffle resulted from the English translation of Der Spiegel‘s German translation of Jimmy Carter’s speech, as well as the context within which it was said. From HuffPo: Former President Jimmy Carter announced support for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden this week, saying that his uncovering of the agency’s massive surveillance programs had proven “beneficial” … “America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time,” Carter said, according to a translation by Inquisitr. UPDATED BELOW: Would you believe Jimmy Carter’s cool grandson, JE Carter IV, says nuh uh, never happened? Read more on Jimmy Carter Says NSA Surveillance Has Killed Democracy; Didn’t Notice Other Suspects Holding Bloody Axes (Updated)…
  just give us your freedoms for safekeeping

Move Over Texas And Arizoney, North Carolina Legislature Is In It To Win It

Folks in North Carolina have a funny way of celebrating freedom this Fourth of July. While many folks around this great land are canceling fireworks displays because of freedom-loving sequestration, North Carolina legislators are working on a bill to give women the freedom to not worry about control of their bodies! Don’t worry your pink-shoe-wearing selves, little ladies, the menfolk of the GOP legislature will take care of those decisions for you: A bill restricting abortions that popped up in the state Senate without public notice Tuesday evening and received swift approval would force clinics to meet expensive license requirements and make it more difficult for doctors to perform the procedures. Apparently they saw the ruckus caused by participatory democracy happening in Texas and figured that the best course of action would be to cram a bill through in the dead of night so that women-folk (and supportive men-folk, because WE COUNT TOO) wouldn’t have time to organize against it. Let’s explore other ways that the North Carolina legislature is seeking to undermine democracy in the name of freedom!  Read more on Move Over Texas And Arizoney, North Carolina Legislature Is In It To Win It…
  walmerica's greatest heroes

Walmart is Just Fine With All Those Taxpayer Subsidies, Says Walmart

This just in: Walmart, depressing as it is, would be an EVEN MORE depressing place to work if taxpayers weren’t subsidizing the low, low wages paid to Walmart employees. Yes, that’s right! You, me, and all the other taxpayers in the room are subsidizing the wages of Walmart workers. It’s almost like we are shareholders, except we reap no financial benefits (indirectly or otherwise) and exert no real control over its board of directors, prices, management, or day-to-day operations (indirectly or otherwise). Isn’t that a nice arrangement? Read more on Walmart is Just Fine With All Those Taxpayer Subsidies, Says Walmart…
  austerity is for little people

Reinhart-Rogoff, Austerity Superduo, Even More Full Of B.S. Than Previously Thought

 Just in case you are unfamiliar with Reinhart-Rogoff: they are a pair of economists who published a very famous paper purporting to show that high public debt to GDP ratio leads to negative economic growth. This paper was waved around by people like Paul Ryan, who used it to argue that cutting Social Security and Medicaid and unemployment were important tools for staving off recession because of the magical thing that happens to economies when the GDP to debt ratio hits 90%. Will you be shocked to learn that Reinhart-Rogoff’s famous paper was wrong? As a graduate student from UMass demonstrated, Reinhart and Rogoff not only based their conclusions off cherry-picked data, they made a serious error in the Excel spreadsheet they were working with. (Math is really hard, you guys.) But wait! There’s more! Not only were Reinhart-Rogoff working with a cherry-picked data set and a thoroughly screwed up spreadsheet, they fell victim to one of the most classic blunders and got the causal relationship backwards: slow growth causes higher debt, not the other way around. D’OH, and cetera. Read more on Reinhart-Rogoff, Austerity Superduo, Even More Full Of B.S. Than Previously Thought…
  bobos in paradise lost

David Brooks To Teach Next Generation Of Elites To Be ‘Humble,’ At Yale

Yes, by virtue of his New York Times column and his occasional PBS appearances, David Brooks has been qualified to teach something. And — get this — it is a class in HUMILITY. Which will be taught to the children of the 1% at Yale.  Everything about this begs to be made fun of. Read more on David Brooks To Teach Next Generation Of Elites To Be ‘Humble,’ At Yale…
  better sourced than the daily caller

Harry Reid Is Pretty Much A Blogger Now

In a Huffington Post interview, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid revealed that he has approximately the same standard of sourcing as a third-rate political blog.* Reid revealed that he is in possession of unprovable assertions from an unidentified person who seems unlikely to be in a position to know something very shocking! And that shocking thing is this: An unnamed investor with Bain Capital called Harry Reid with very damaging information about Mitt Romney: “Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years,” Reid gleefully recounted the person as saying. Why would the unnamed investor have any knowledge whatsoever of Mitt Romney’s personal finances? Well, we will go with ‘why not?’ Read more on Harry Reid Is Pretty Much A Blogger Now…
  wonkette media desk

On Sideboob: The Deep Impact and Thundering Significance Of Arianna Huffington and the Sides of Stars’ Boobs

If anyone even vaguely involved in online publishing (or as we call it here in the year 2012, “publishing”) tries to tell you that they don’t pay attention to what the Huffington Post is up to, they are filthy liars. For good or for ill, HuffPo has changed the way we report politics, news, pets, sexy ladies, sexy ladies in bikinis, and everything else. That’s why it sent shockwaves through the industry last night when people began to notice an important new HuffPo vertical (this is web-dork-speak for “section”) dedicated entirely to sideboobs. That URL is huffingtonpost dot com slash news slash sideboob, so you know it’s bringing you all the important sideboob news; more in-depth features, the sideboob longreads, come later, we guess. The question that now confronts all other publishers is: do you get into a sideboob arms race with Arianna Huffington? We don’t have their deep pockets to pay sideboob-specialist paparazzi who hover at celebrities’ sides, waiting to see boobs, but we’ve aggregated our own sideboob slideshow for you, after the jump. Read more on On Sideboob: The Deep Impact and Thundering Significance Of Arianna Huffington and the Sides of Stars’ Boobs…
  oh that arianna blog!

Huffington Post: Roman?

Oh no, the Huffington Post is using a late-90s software that writes its e-mail text in Latin! We knew this all along — they have been plagiarizing Augustus Caesar, the first black president (according to Toni Morrison). Thank you to 900 people who forwarded this! Who knew that so many people subscribed to the Huffington Post’s “Off The Bus” newsletter? Read more on Huffington Post: Roman?…
 

Roseanne Barr Sends Thoughts, Finally

Al Gore’s endorsement may or may not ever happen. The Iraq War may go on forever. The economy is broken. However, Roseanne Barr wrote something about Barack Obama today: How will Obama handle his Jewish problem? He has to pander to the pro Zionist Jews of America and at the same time talk about dismantling support for Israel in order to appeal to his “progressive” followers. How he handles this one is very telling about his “judgment”. He just refused to condemn Israel for ghettoizing the Palestinians. Who is he really? Yes, Roseanne Arnold. We know that he’s a Muslim. We’re not stupid. [HuffPo] Read more on Roseanne Barr Sends Thoughts, Finally…
 

Kerry Drinks More Obama Juice, Detoxes Obama

Failed presidential candidate and Barry supporter John Kerry ripped the Clintons Monday for their “petty” hints at Obama’s past drug usage. In an interview with the HuffPo website, Frankenstein notes: “That kind of discussion… from a campaign where the former president made famous the words ‘I did not inhale’ is to make something an issue that they themselves acknowledged shouldn’t be.” But John, did you hear that Obama is black? [HuffPo] Read more on Kerry Drinks More Obama Juice, Detoxes Obama…
 

NYT Op-Ed Page Dissolves Into Stinking Heap of Neocon Shit

HuffPo reported late yesterday afternoon that William Kristol — the glib neocon editor of the Weekly Standard and founder of the Project for the New American Century, in addition to his active work the last seven years helping the Bush Administration work out the particulars of destroying the world — will be a columnist for the New York Times in 2008. It’s not that the current op-ed columnists are any great shakes, but if you’re looking for a litany of reasons to cancel that print subscription you’re still stubbornly holding onto, I recommend this, this and this, for starters. Just wanted to pass the news along in case you haven’t banged your head against the wall today. [HuffPo] Read more on NYT Op-Ed Page Dissolves Into Stinking Heap of Neocon Shit…
 

Secret Service May Shoot Clintons in the Foot

Here’s something awkward: guess who has detailed knowledge of anything and everything the Clintons have done, including where they have been and who they have met with 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the past 15 years? The one, the only Michael Chertoff! Not to worry though. It’s not like he played any kind of prosecutorial role in the Whitewater investigations or anything. Read more on Secret Service May Shoot Clintons in the Foot…
 

Huckabee Supports God, Not Raping People

newVideoPlayer("Huckabee2_Snapper.flv", 475, 376);Mike Huckabee’s cocky ass appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning to talk about his and Romney’s religion, as well as the recent HuffPo report on Huckabee’s role (active!) in releasing an Arkansas rapist from prison and then watching as he raped more people. On religion, he blabs for a little bit; On the accusations — as shown above– he calls HuffPo a lying sack of Internet crapola. Read more on Huckabee Supports God, Not Raping People…
 

HuffPo Blogger Pens Epic Dodd Endorsement

Senate stalker and political blogger Bob Geiger, writing for HuffPo today, offered Sen. Chris Dodd a lengthy endorsement for the Democratic nomination. This makes him the third or fourth person EVER to do that, by our calculations. But what about the Connecticut middler appeals so much to Geiger’s discriminating palette? Not really sure. What, do you think we’d actually read this whole thing? It’s like 942 paragraphs. From what we gathered, however, Geiger is impressed by Dodd’s pledge to leave Iraq by 2013. And he thinks that “this is what real leadership looks like.” Plus some other stuff. You try finishing it! A Time For True Leadership: Chris Dodd For President [HuffPo] Read more on HuffPo Blogger Pens Epic Dodd Endorsement…
 

Ann Coulter Is Gay

Ann Coulter, who hates all gay people because they’re all Muslim, was spotted eating last night at LA’s Murano — a new restaurant owned by three of those homersexuals! HuffPo’s Rick Jacobs sat near her and presumably her Jewish liberal boyfriend and wrote like six million words about it today. Basic summary for our purposes: Ann Coulter is a faggot. Ann Coulter: On the Gay Circuit in West Hollywood [HuffPo] Read more on Ann Coulter Is Gay…
 

Huckabee Suggests We All Just Masturbate

You know, Mike Huckabee’s not all that bad. Guy likes improving public health, cancer research, being fiscally… good…. Whatever. He’s just adorable sometimes, is the point. But about once a week he throws out a dark, bitter or stupid line — probably all psychological relics from his repressed history as a fattie. Last week, for example, he made a joke on MSNBC about how Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani et al. should slit their wrists because of inflated P/E ratios or something. Now, as HuffPo’s “Off the Bus” blogger Mike Caulfield reports, Huckabee has asked a group in New Hampshire (video above) why we encourage people to have safe sex rather than stay abstinent, especially when there’s an AIDS out there! Read more on Huckabee Suggests We All Just Masturbate…
 

Sinatra’s Ex-Wife Rails Against Kindly Old Ex-President

Jimmy Carter apparently traveled to Sudan recently to meet with President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (isn’t he too old to be traveling so far? Do they have McDonald’s there?) and ask him to please stop killing so many people in Darfur. He went with Nelson Mandela and some other “elder statesmen” and made al-Bashir sign a pledge or something and gave them $300 million to clean everything up. And now Mia Farrow is pissed! Read more on Sinatra’s Ex-Wife Rails Against Kindly Old Ex-President…
 

We Hated The Note Before It Was Cool

It’s been an exciting week in hating The Note. To recap: Dan Froomkin kicked things off on the 7th with a denial that he’s in the gang of 500 and a terse take-down of our “increasingly impenetrable, uninsightful and turgid” friends at the Political Unit. Then the Washington Monthly published an excerpt from Eric Boehlert’s book. The piece is a fun collection of The Note’s pet stories that, despite their best efforts, amounted to nothing. Remember the David Rosen story? No? HuffPo’s Rachel Sklar, friend of Wonkette, picks up trail and attacks them where it hurts: right in their stupid daily email blast. And our too-rich-and-too-thin New York sister learns, finally, of the pain we suffer every day. And we Note: Why the hell have ABC publicists started sending out obtuse excerpts from the Note without explanation? They’re not newsworthy, and, quite often, they’re lies. Anyone care to explain that? After the jump, we’ll decode today’s Note. Read more on We Hated The Note Before It Was Cool…
 

Rumors on the Internets: Earmark the Shit Out of This

Who is Muhammed Shahwani, how has he kept his job as head of Iraqi intelligence despite 2 changes of government? Maybe because the CIA funded his agency. [The Plank] Iraq and Afganistan Veterans ask Rep. Curt Weldon to stop pissing on the troops. [Eschaton] Read more on Rumors on the Internets: Earmark the Shit Out of This…
 

Our Entry In the HuffPo Caption Contest

“No, Dominic, I said gold. I want a gold frame. Yeah, with a sort of blue-gray matte. Can we draw a penis on his forehead with a Sharpie? All right, that one’s just for us.” Read more on Our Entry In the HuffPo Caption Contest…