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Marvel CEO Thinks Girl Superheroes Can Eat It

No one wants to watch, eh?
Women ruin everything, what with being women, as women do, but it’s not just limited to everything. They ruin otherwise perfectly good movies about superheroes too. Ugh! According to an email from Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter (a man) sent to Sony CEO Michael Lynton (also a man), there is ample evidence that movies about girl superheroes are total FAILS, no need to even bother making those anymore: Read more on Marvel CEO Thinks Girl Superheroes Can Eat It…
  It's Obama's fault

Paul Ryan So Mad At Obama For Inventing Poverty

lying liar who lies
We know what you are thinking, and it is that you haven’t seen enough of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)  in the news lately. What has he been up to? Oh, nothing much, just saying lies about President Obama’s new budget proposal in his best sanctimonious voice, but it doesn’t really matter, because he is only the extremely powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which is in charge of tax legislation. Read more on Paul Ryan So Mad At Obama For Inventing Poverty…
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Morning Maddow: For 2016, GOP Debates To Try Ackin’ Less Cray-Cray (Video)

Somebody's enjoying this a little too much
Rachel Maddow was in full political-nerd bliss Friday with this report on the announced schedule for the 2016 GOP primary debates. Rachel is pretty sure the best TV series of 2012 was the “nationally-televised tragicomedy of the Republican presidential primary debates,” and she’s looking forward to the 2016 edition, even if the party has taken a number of steps to tamp down on the crazy, like dictating that any candidate participating in a non-official debate will be barred from appearing in the remaining official ones. And here’s a surprise: Three of the nine planned debates will be on Fox. But let’s not get discouraged: Even with these attempts to rein in the process, there’s almost certainly going to be plenty of crazy to go around. Read more on Morning Maddow: For 2016, GOP Debates To Try Ackin’ Less Cray-Cray (Video)…
  couldn't happen to a nicer guy

A Children’s Treasury Of Reactions To CBS Declaring Stephen Colbert Pope Of Late Night

It looks like almost everyone on Twitter is congratulating Stephen Colbert on his being chosen to take over David Letterman’s Late Show, except for a few people who are surprised-not-surprised that the job went to a middle-aged white guy, and a few conservatives who are now going to boycott The Late Show because they had somehow forgotten to boycott it a few years ago when everyone in the Wingnuttosphere deliberately twisted a joke Letterman made. But for the most part people are happy, although some have a sad because it also means that the “Stephen Colbert” character will be leaving Comedy Central. Then again, that is just a character played by Stephen Colbert, so it’s possible that someone else could take over the role. How about Dick Sargent? Read more on A Children’s Treasury Of Reactions To CBS Declaring Stephen Colbert Pope Of Late Night…
  let freedom ring (outdoors at least)

Happy 75th Anniversary Of Marian Anderson’s Lincoln Memorial Concert That Ended Racism Forever

75 years ago today, Marian Anderson gave a concert at the Lincoln Memorial, after being snubbed by the Daughters of the American Revolution, who would not allow black performers at their Constitution Hall. This move by the decent church-going women with their mean, pinched, bitter, evil faces was not received well by all of the DAR’s members, such as Eleanor Roosevelt, who resigned her membership and helped find Anderson her historic venue. Read more on Happy 75th Anniversary Of Marian Anderson’s Lincoln Memorial Concert That Ended Racism Forever…
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This Fake TV ‘Church’ Owns All The Money In The World, For Jesus

We all know the rich are being attacked by TAXES. But for every problem there is a solution. Just put your faith in Jesus, and He will shield your money from the IRS, just like Linus told Charlie Brown was the true meaning of Christmas. Hell, you don’t even need to establish a brick-and-mortar church, per NPR: Based in a studio complex between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and broadcasting to a potential audience of 2 billion people around the globe, Daystar calls itself the fastest growing Christian television network in the world. The Internal Revenue Service considers Daystar something else: a church. Yeah, buddy! Daystar has $233 MILLION in assets, rakes in $35 million from viewers every year, don’t have a church building, and they are totally UNTOUCHABLE. Fuck this blog shit – we are gonna launch Wonkette Worldwide Church TV, coming to your hungover eyeballs soon. Read more on This Fake TV ‘Church’ Owns All The Money In The World, For Jesus…
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Newly Discovered Martin Luther King, Jr. Bootleg Is A Righteous Groove

Today we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born more or less on this day in 1929, a common baby who couldn’t even walk or talk, let alone march. But, like most babies, he grew; unlike most babies, he became the leader of a national freedom movement that in many ways still defines American attitudes on race and class. That’s why today is a good day to pretend we just found the above-YouTube’d old recording of MLK’s speech commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Some interns at the New York State Museum ran across the recording back in November, but whatever, it’s a nice thing. Read more on Newly Discovered Martin Luther King, Jr. Bootleg Is A Righteous Groove…
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Global Nice Time: Saudi Ladies First People In History To Use Rosa Parks Analogy Correctly

You know when someone is a Men’s Rights Activist, or when someone is Ted Yoho, and they are all up in Rosa Parks’s business claiming the mantle of Civil Rights and Rosa Parksiness for their very anti-Rosa Parks goals? It is sort of like NRA people who invoke Gandhi in their push to arm six-year-olds. But in what we hope is the beginning of a new trend, a group of people has invoked Rosa Parks — and they have done it correctly! Per Think Progress: Brushing off threats from the government, more than 60 Saudi women got behind the wheel on Saturday in a bold protest of the nation’s de facto ban on women driving. Sara Hussein, a Saudi woman involved in the effort, drew parallels to the U.S. civil rights movement: “Think back in history — Rosa Parks was the only person who sat down on the bus, wasn’t she? And then it started to happen gradually. It does have to start with the few brave people who are willing to risk whatever there is to risk.” And that is how you do a Rosa Parks comparison, everybody.  Read more on Global Nice Time: Saudi Ladies First People In History To Use Rosa Parks Analogy Correctly…
  from the archives

History Nice Time: Jean Shepherd On The Radio Right After The March On Washington

Hey, media and history nerds! With this week’s 50th anniversary of the 1963 March On Washington For Jobs and Freedom coming up Wednesday, we’re happy to share the great radio guy Jean Shepherd’s first-person account of being in the march, broadcast just the day after the event. It’s pretty cool: rambling and digressive, but such a vivid account of being one guy in the middle of an experience that he knew was going to be world-changing. And it’s a valuable reminder that the march involved so much more than just the “I Have a Dream” speech. It’s also just an interesting artifact of how radio used to work — a full two-minute opening song with no voice-over? No edits? No call-in segment? Weird. Read more on History Nice Time: Jean Shepherd On The Radio Right After The March On Washington…
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How Is The House GOP Helping Al Qaeda And Terrorism Today?

Don’t look now, but the House GOP is doing its best to help radical Islamist jihadists gain followers in war-torn Syria. The Duece!, you say? And you thought that the GOP was the party of pew pew pew, anti-terrorist Team America Fuck Yeah, huh? Then why are they working so hard to make it so easy for pro-Al-Queda types to recruit? Perhaps because they are FUCKING IDIOTS WHO DON’T KNOW A GODDAM THING ABOUT HOW THE WORLD WORKS. In a nutshell, radical, pro-Al-Queda types in Syria are doing their damndest to feed a very hungry population in order to win over folks. Meanwhile, the House GOP is doing their damndest to cut funding for food aid and foreign aid. Wonder how this story ends. Buckle your safety-belts, Wonketeers, because there’s a wonksplanaiton straight ahead.  Read more on How Is The House GOP Helping Al Qaeda And Terrorism Today?…
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On Royal Baby, Tina Brown Takes One Small Step Back For Women, One Giant Leap Back For Womankind

While much of Twitter yesterday was given over to plaintive wailing about how announcing the Royal Spawn was a “boy” was an offensive worldwide assault of heteronormative cispression (TRIGGER WARNING!), Tina Brown was doing that thing Tina Brown does, and making us like her less than we like gender studies majors and the children today who think we are supposed to ask everyone we meet at the beginning of a conversation what their preferred personal pronouns are. TalkingPointsMemo brings word of the crimes against feminism, taste, humanity, and science: Read more on On Royal Baby, Tina Brown Takes One Small Step Back For Women, One Giant Leap Back For Womankind…
  sad time

NPR Ruins Day With Facts About Violence Against Women

Everything was going fine today (3 mimosas for breakfast, followed by a margarita-laden lunch), and then this bad news had to be slapped in our earholes from NPR: Thirty-five percent of women around the world have been raped or physically abused, according to statistics the World Health Organization released Thursday. About 80 percent of the time this violence occurs in the home, at the hands of a partner or spouse. Fuckin A, NPR, this is really shitty. Can’t you lull me back to sleep at 6:40 am with Garrison Keiller reading another long poem about the red cat sleeping in the loft of a blue barn surrounded by …zzzzzz… Cause this is worse than reading WND comments, or even being forced to listen to Tucker Carlson read out highlights from the Daily Caller. THIRTY-FIVE PERCENT, people – that’s more than one in three women. Ugh, man. What do others think? “For me personally, this is a shockingly high figure,” says Karen Devries, an epidemologist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Yeah, no shit, Karen. This should be goddam shocking for everyone, not just for you. Unfortunately, Congress had a few opportunities to try to help with this, but guess who got in the way (hint: the party that always looks to take the war on women global). Let’s wonksplain.  Read more on NPR Ruins Day With Facts About Violence Against Women…
  si se puede

Supreme Court Makes It Easier to Vote, Much to the Dismay of Conservatives Everywhere

Unless you have been living under a rock over the last few years, you know that the GOP has a not-so-new idea to try to win elections: prevent those who would vote against them from being able to vote, in the name of stopping voter fraud, which doesn’t really exist in any meaningful way, but is good for scaring wingnuts. Because why bother changing your core beliefs when you can just keep folks you don’t like (read: minorities) from voting? Yay democracy! Well, the Supreme Court (we say SCOTUS for our nerd cred, of course) has now weighed in, and decided to put the brakes on some states’ efforts to make it harder to vote. Since this is kinda a BFD, let’s Wonksplain, shall we? Read more on Supreme Court Makes It Easier to Vote, Much to the Dismay of Conservatives Everywhere…
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Heritage Action Encourages GOP to Stop Doing Their Jobs

Earlier this week, the Heritage Foundation’s political activist arm, Heritage Action, actually gave some sound advice to GOP congressional leadership: “Don’t legislate,” Heritage Action said. We paraphrase: “Just go on ahead and stir up stupid asinine scandals about nothing, you are way better at that stuff.” And for once, your Wonkette wants to go on record as agreeing with Heritage Action. This is because the GOP is not very good at legislating anything other than unconstitutional anti-abortion bills, which we do not like, and cutting taxes on rich people. It’s far better they while away the hours gossiping and pointing fingers at low-level, overworked, underpaid bureaucrats in Cincinnati rather than actually attempting to legislate. It’s just easier for everyone that way. And in case you suspect we are exaggerating, read an excerpt of this hilarious “please stop doing what you are paid to do for everyone’s benefit” letter after the jump. Read more on Heritage Action Encourages GOP to Stop Doing Their Jobs…
  the new normal

Work: Should You Pay to Do It?

Oh good, the whole thing is settled: the Atlantic does not want to pay Nate Thayer to write, and turns out, Nate Thayer did not write anything in the first place, so all is well that ends well, right? No, not quite, this whole thing is not over yet, we are still discussing an important question: Work: should people be paid for it, or should they be satisfied with “exposure” dollars? A tough question indeed! Would it surprise you that some people are erring on the side of “exposure dollars” and some other people are wondering why Nate Thayer didn’t want to pay the Atlantic? No, of course it wouldn’t, this is the new normal, so please let us explain at you again about why large corporations owned by millionaires should pay people for their work, and not vice versa. Read more on Work: Should You Pay to Do It?…
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Serious Book Club Live Chat No Poop Jokes Allowed: The Arab Spring, Social Media, And Them Damn Twitters

Coming up at Noon, EST: Andy Carvin is joining us in the Sekrit Wonket Chatcave for a Livechat until he gets sick of our questions / poop jokes. Please leave your questions in the comments section; we will copy the best questions into our live chat, then bloog the answers below! One of the most dangerous things for a dictator, supposedly, is the free flow of information. That belief is certainly reinforced by Andy Carvin’s book Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution, an engaging and sometimes jaw-dropping record of how activists and ordinary citizens used social media technology to overthrow oppressive governments in several countries in the Middle East during 2010 and 2011. Carvin rejects the notion that these were “Twitter Revolutions,” because as with any revolution, it was the people who ultimately brought about change. But there’s little doubt that Facebook and Twitter provided the revolutionaries with tools that enabled them to organize and communicate more effectively with each other, and with the outside world. And somehow, in a surprising turn of events that American political figures may wish to study, the activists of the Arab Spring managed to make use of the new technologies without even once (as far as has been documented) forwarding racist cartoons or sending photos of their junk out to their followers. Read more on Serious Book Club Live Chat No Poop Jokes Allowed: The Arab Spring, Social Media, And Them Damn Twitters…
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Your Forty-Third Reminder Of Inaugural Wonket Book Club Livechat With Author & NPR Guy Andy Carvin Tomorrow!

Mark your colanders, Wonkers, because the inaugural online meeting of our awesome little book club will be tomorrow (Tuesday 3/5/13) at Noon EDT. We’ll be discussing Andy Carvin’s Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution; our book review will go up at about 11:45, and then author Andy Carvin will join us for a live discussion of his book from noon to 1 EST. As an unabashed NPR fanboy, Yr. Doktor Zoom was initially a little worried about going all Chris Farley for this event — “Hey, remember how you said social media is revolutionizing journalism and stuff? That was really awesome!” — but in an email sent while we were scheduling this thing, Mr. Carvin suggested “One good way to mask it – ask me tough-ass questions. I can take it.” Sounds like a challenge to us, so no softball questions, OK? (Also, Eeeeee! We totally got email from NPR’s Andy Carvin!!!) Read more on Your Forty-Third Reminder Of Inaugural Wonket Book Club Livechat With Author & NPR Guy Andy Carvin Tomorrow!…
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Wonkette Book Club Update: We’ve Scored A Livechat With Author, NPR Guy, And New Puppy Owner Andy Carvin

Just a quick reminder, Wonkeratti, that you have a bit over a week to get ahold of and read our Book Club’s first selection, Andy Carvin’s Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution. Carvin became something of an Interwebs phenomenon in 2010-11 when his familiarity with a number of prominent bloggers in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, his position as NPR’s Social Media director, and his mad Twitter skillz all combined to make him one of the main conduits of information between participants in the Arab Spring and the western media. In Distant Witness, he explores how new media helped people organize and communicate with each other and with the outside world; he also looks at some of the challenges involved in using social media as a form of journamalism. We’re pretty chuffed to announce that Andy Carvin has agreed to join Your Wonkette for a livechat — we’re still nailing down a day and time, but we think it will be early the week of March 4th, which gives you lucky bibliophiles a bit more time to grab and read a copy of the book. Not sure if you’ll have time to receive a dead-trees version, but the e-book is available for virtually any screen you already read Your Wonkette on. Read more on Wonkette Book Club Update: We’ve Scored A Livechat With Author, NPR Guy, And New Puppy Owner Andy Carvin…
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Your Wonkette Book Club Will Now Dominate Your Media Diet With This Book About Covering The Arab Spring With A Smartphone

As we mentioned last weekend, Your Wonkette is starting a book club thingie, because why wouldn’t we? Here’s the dealio: pretty much every month, we will select a book, announce that selection, and give the Wonkettariat some three weeks or so to read it, followed by a review and a nice long discussion. Unlike a real-world book club, we will not be able to meet at a coffee shop and enjoy baked goods while we talk about the book. On the upside, you will not have to leave the house or wear pants. Read more on Your Wonkette Book Club Will Now Dominate Your Media Diet With This Book About Covering The Arab Spring With A Smartphone…
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Nice Old Woman At Romney Event Just Wants A First Lady Who ‘Looks Like A First Lady’

Poor Mitt Romney. The day of his big speech to the Republican National Convention, and he learns that he’s got supporters like this: at Romney’s speech to the American Legion national convention yesterday, NPR reporter Ari Shapiro spoke to a nice retired lady from Manassas, VA, who shared her observations on the First Family: “I just don’t like him. Can’t stand to look at him. I don’t like his wife — she’s far from the First Lady. It’s about time we get a First Lady in there who acts like a First Lady and looks like a First Lady.” Read more on Nice Old Woman At Romney Event Just Wants A First Lady Who ‘Looks Like A First Lady’…
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NPR Now Eight Millionth Outlet To Shake Stern Finger In Mitt Romney’s Lying Face

Oh how precious, NPR thinks that Mitt Romney will stop running around lying to everyone’s face about welfare reform if only he is presented with the “facts.” But like most “severe conservatives,” Romney knows you can use facts to prove anything that’s even REMOTELY true — and even things that aren’t! Read more on NPR Now Eight Millionth Outlet To Shake Stern Finger In Mitt Romney’s Lying Face…
  real america

Real Americans: It’s Those Other People Taking Government Handouts Who Are The Problem

What are the latte-drinking liberals at NPR up to these days? Oh, just driving around in Real America trying to find out how Real Americans feel about the election. What are Real Americans thinking? What are their concerns? What do they want in a candidate? This is shocking but apparently Real Americans are thinking that America is turning into a “socialistic” paradise and are concerned that too many people are taking “handouts” so they will vote for Romney because he is going to decrease the size of government in vague and nonspecific ways. Also, it should be noted that  the “government programs” in which Real Americans are themselves enrolled are Different from “handouts” and thus not like socialism at all! See, the real problem is that so many Other People are living off the taxes of Real Americans and not working, or alternatively, acting like rational economic actors and discovering that their unemployment benefits pay more than the jobs available to them and are thus disinterested in looking for work. Read more on Real Americans: It’s Those Other People Taking Government Handouts Who Are The Problem…