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  This Is The Worst Cruz I've Ever Been On

All Your Excited Reactions To Ted Cruz’s Big Presidential Jesus Announcement

These Rand Paul supporters were excited to be in the front row
Ted Cruz is ready to take America down the Jesus Road to national salvation, and some people are more excited about that than others. On the one hand, you have your Tea Party Nation, which declares Cruz “the only electable Republican” because he’s very smart and is “not handcuffed with the consultant class” that has kept Real Conservatives from winning the GOP nomination, and hence the presidency. And then there are fans of other candidates, like the Liberty University students in the photo above, who wore their “Stand With Rand” t-shirts for Rand Paul and made a point of sitting in the front row. Read more on All Your Excited Reactions To Ted Cruz’s Big Presidential Jesus Announcement…
  Puget About It

Decent Seattle Police Union Head Risks Getting Thrown Out Of Police Union Head Union

Can we still say 'he seems nice' when he actually does seem nice?
This week, the Seattle police union went out of its way to tell cops that they’d better be OK with diversity, or go elsewhere. On its Facebook page, the Seattle Police Officers Guild reminded officers not to be assholes on social media, because it’s all whatchacall, PUBLIC: Read more on Decent Seattle Police Union Head Risks Getting Thrown Out Of Police Union Head Union…
  All The Noose That's Fit To Photoshop

Deeply Stupid Small Business ‘Seasalt & Co’ Will Sue You For Bitching Bout Its Sweet Lynching Ad (Updated)

What? It's just a picture.
Update: Since this story broke, Seasalt & Co. has removed all posts after February 14 from its Facebook page. See end of post for more. So here’s a nice little case study for your How Not To Do Corporate Communications, Ever textbook, and if Yr. Dok Zoom were still teaching business writing, he’d probably get at least one or two class periods out of it. You got this little Florida-based computer graphics concern called “Seasalt & Company,” where you “offer Photographic Editing Tools to help artisans creativity thrive.” Which is to say, you sell Photoshop add-ons that adjust the lighting and color of photos. You have a new package of somegodddamnedtechthing coming out (really, REALLY unclear, Seasalt & Co!), and you announce it on your Facebook page with the big mysterious teaser pictured above. Read more on Deeply Stupid Small Business ‘Seasalt & Co’ Will Sue You For Bitching Bout Its Sweet Lynching Ad (Updated)…
  Dumb and Duma

Homophobic Russian Politician Punked In Lesbian Selfie, Throws Giant Jerk Baby Tantrum

Milonov's the twit in the upper right. Not one of the ladies. Just to be clear.
Vitaly Milonov is a member of regional Parliament in St Petersburg — the Russian one, not the Florida one — and he does not like The Gays, not one little bit. Before the national government introduced its terrible law barring “gay propaganda,” Milonov had introduced a similar measure in his regional legislative body. So he’s a well-known face in the Russian anti-gay movement; we kind of hope maybe he has his own Santorum-like term on Russian Google. Read more on Homophobic Russian Politician Punked In Lesbian Selfie, Throws Giant Jerk Baby Tantrum…
  Here have some news n stuff

Parents Let Kids Walk Around Neighborhood Unsupervised, Are Terrible Parents Obviously

But where are the parents?!?
There are terrible parents who do terrible things to their children, and they probably shouldn’t be parents and should not have children. Like parents who beat the ever-lovin’ crap out of their kids (yes, even if they are sportsball stars). Or make baby pose with a gun because LOL, it’s not loaded, what could go wrong? And they deserve to have jackbooted thugs take their children away from them. And then there is idiotic stuff like this: Read more on Parents Let Kids Walk Around Neighborhood Unsupervised, Are Terrible Parents Obviously…
  Dreck The Halls

Is ‘Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas’ Truly The Worst Movie Ever? A Wonkette Investigation

Yes, it's very, very bad.
As fans of terrible movies and of rightwing Christianist propaganda, we’ve been looking forward to Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas for months now, but it was the news that it had achieved the dubious distinction of getting the lowest rating of any film on IMDB.com — ever — that finally drove us to the theater. Now, Kirk Cameron would have you believe that the low rating is in fact the result of a plot by atheists to destroy his movie (and maybe Christmas). There’s even an element of truth to the claim, especially if you replace atheists with internet trolls and destroy with relentlessly mock. Or maybe Cameron’s thanking atheists for all the free publicity. You know, reverse psychology. So yes, organized trolling has given Saving Christmas a historically low score. But is it truly the worst movie ever? Read more on Is ‘Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas’ Truly The Worst Movie Ever? A Wonkette Investigation…
  MittWatch '16

Mitt Romney Still A Dumb Jerk, Some More, Again

Mitt Romney's advisers try to talk the candidate into another run after his crushing 2012 loss.
Business Insider has yet another entry in the ongoing saga that is MittWatch ’16. Another “member” of the “inner circle” of that cock tease the Duke of Salt Lake, Willard Mitochondria Phlegmatic Hustings Coffeepot Romney XII, leaks that the Rombot met this past week in New York with “key financial backers” of his past losing campaigns. Which means he is probably definitely likely running for president again in 2016. Or he’s a rich retired guy jetting around the country to enjoy the perks of being a rich retired guy, like watching a New York Jets game from the owner’s skybox at the team’s stadium. Which, considering it’s the Jets and the stadium is in New Jersey, doesn’t sound to us like a perk. It sounds like one of Dante’s more minor circles. Read more on Mitt Romney Still A Dumb Jerk, Some More, Again…
  But Still More ISIS Than You Want

Sunday Bloody NYT Sunday: Kinetic Action, Dead Saints, And Less ISIS Than You Might Think

In this alternate universe, the Sunday NYT has a comics section
Good morning, ye Wonkers! Today’s top story is that Yr Doktor Zoom is once again breathing through both nostrils. You may have thought that ISIS or Syria or sportsball scandals or something was big, but that is merely because you Lack Perspective. Sadly, your Sunday New York Times has completely ignored the press release we sent them, so we will just knuckle under and let them dictate what counts as “news” — this stubborn insistence on top-down story selection, by the way, is why their medium is dying. Read more on Sunday Bloody NYT Sunday: Kinetic Action, Dead Saints, And Less ISIS Than You Might Think…
  Don't Read The Comments

Sunday Bloody NYT Sunday: Child Labor’s Still Pretty Cool For Tobacco Growers

The best way to read your Sunday NYT
We depend on our Sunday New York Times for in-depth reporting on stuff that we may or may not care about, and on a good day we might even learn about something we had no idea we should have to care about, and now we can sound like a big know it all. Into that last column, let’s drop today’s story about teenagers who work 12-hour shifts on tobacco farms, like the 13-year-old we meet in the lede. But don’t worry, the growers provide safety equipment, of a sort: Read more on Sunday Bloody NYT Sunday: Child Labor’s Still Pretty Cool For Tobacco Growers…
  Sunday Bloody New York Times Sunday

At The New York Times, A Slow News Day

Fred Stein, 'Children reading newspaper' 1936
Things have quieted down in Ferguson and we have a holiday weekend, so the New York Times is full of analysis-type stuff today. There’s a pretty good piece on Democrats’ attempts to mobilize African-American voters who are outraged over Michael Brown’s shooting (and another story about that effort in Ferguson, specifically). There’s also longish story about the Chinese Communist Party’s attempt to prevent Hong Kong from doing free-n-fair elections, which is both well-reported and interesting, but which we bet you won’t read because it is not sexxay, you laggards. Go on, we dare you! You probably can’t handle it! The big breaking news of the morning, we guess, is the St. Louis Rams’ cutting Michael Sam, and if you read the New York Times for sports news, that’s in there too. Read more on At The New York Times, A Slow News Day…
  worse than a wonket caption contest

House GOP Having Big Summer ‘Viral Media’ Contest; All Entries Will Be Obama-As-Hitler Pics

Here’s your exciting House Republican Conference video of the day, and boy oh boy are we looking forward to seeing the results of THIS contest: the House GOP is doing its annual Social Media Contest, pitting members against each other in using the Twittosphere, Faceplacegram, and InstaTubes. The winner will be whoever gets the highest total score, based not just on followers — a statistic POLITICO recently reported can be easily padded — but also on retweets, likes and comments. What! Politico recently learned that social media numbers can be faked? The deuce you say! Read more on House GOP Having Big Summer ‘Viral Media’ Contest; All Entries Will Be Obama-As-Hitler Pics…
  clipbait

Stephen Colbert Warns: ISIS Is In Ur Twitter, Stealin’ Ur #Hashtags (Video)

Stephen Colbert got a little manic Tuesday night, bringing us the terrifying news about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS): they aren’t just taking over Iraq; they’re also dominating social media, building support on Twitter, Facebook, even Instagram. Read more on Stephen Colbert Warns: ISIS Is In Ur Twitter, Stealin’ Ur #Hashtags (Video)…
  cruz control out of whack

Ted Cruz Asks Facebook What It Thinks Of Obamacare, Facebook Obliges

Ted Cruz wanted evidence of the popular disgust and anger against Obamacare that he’s sure most Americans feel, so he posted a simple question to his FacesPlaces pages last week: Quick poll: Obamacare was signed into law four years ago yesterday. Are you better off now than you were then? Comment with YES or NO! By gosh, he thought, this is going to be good… and it was. Just not in the way he thought it would be. Within days, there were tens of thousands of posts, and the majority appear to be variations on “Yes.” Let’s take a look at some of the top comments (no, we haven’t read all 52,000-plus as of today). Read more on Ted Cruz Asks Facebook What It Thinks Of Obamacare, Facebook Obliges…
  new adventures in teaching

Time To Light This Wisconsin Professor On Fire For Saying Republicans Did Thing They Did

Hey, remember last fall when Barack Obama shut down the government just so he could eject disabled WW II veterans from the monuments on the National Mall? Now, a lot of you may have been under the impression that the shutdown was the result of tea party Republicans’ demand that Obamacare be defunded or they would shut down the government, possibly because the liberal media kept reporting tea party Republicans saying that was their goal. But if you were a college professor whose classes were affected by the shutdown, it would have been a very bad idea to refer to any of that in an email to your students, because you would run the risk of activating the Internet Howler Monkey Rage Brigade — which is exactly what happened to Rachel Slocum, an assistant professor of geography at University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse. A Chronicle of Higher Education story details what happened after Slocum realized on the first day of the shutdown that students wouldn’t be able to complete an assignment because websites for the Census Bureau and Education Department had gone offline, so she sent the following unspeakable insult to let the 18 students in her class know how to proceed: Some of the data gathering assignment will be impossible to complete until the Republican/tea party controlled House of Representatives agrees to fund the government. The Census website, for example, is closed. Please do what you can on the assignment. Those parts that you’re unable to do because of the shutdown will have to wait until Congress decides we actually need a government. Please listen to the news and be prepared to turn in the assignment quickly once our nation re-opens. Rachel Since you’re reading the email, you can pretty much assume that it ended up being distributed a bit farther than the 18 students in her class. Read more on Time To Light This Wisconsin Professor On Fire For Saying Republicans Did Thing They Did…
  sneaks on a train

Former NSA Head’s Private Conversation Revealed When He Shouts It On A Train

So here’s one of the weirder “guy uses social media to break news” stories out there: Tom Matzzie, a “clean-energy entrepreneur,” was riding on the Acela between Washington DC and New York, and he overheard some guy talking on his cell phone. Pretty quickly, he realized who the guy was: former NSA director Michael Hayden, giving a series of interviews to reporters “on background,” saying all sorts of unkind things about the Obama administration. And so Matzzie got on his Twitter machine to share what he was hearing. It created something of a sensation, because it’s not every day you overhear a former spy guy reminding somebody — loudly — that he only wants to be identified as “a former senior admin official.” Matzzie’s one lucky guy. The most interesting conversation we’ve ever overheard on public transportation was a passionate argument about whether a lightsaber could cut through mithril armor. Read more on Former NSA Head’s Private Conversation Revealed When He Shouts It On A Train…
  we want this on a t-shirt please

New Fukishima Mascot, Fukuppy, Is The ‘New Coke’ Of Japanese Rebranding

You have to feel a bit sorry for that smiling little egg guy up there. Here it is, ready to welcome visitors to the website for Fukushima Industries and promise them a happy browsing experience as they look over the company’s fine array of industrial cooling equipment, but it’s saddled with an insufficiently researched name, “Fukuppy.” The company says it had intended to combine the first two syllables of its name with “happy,” but it didn’t consult with any native English speakers before sending the mascot out into the world. (There’s no connection between the corporation and the prefecture where the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is located — “Fukushima” just means “lucky island.” Which hasn’t worked out so great either lately.) Read more on New Fukishima Mascot, Fukuppy, Is The ‘New Coke’ Of Japanese Rebranding…