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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]