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Too Funny

Governor Romney calling Obama’s “… campaign tactics “disgusting” and “demeaning,” adding: “It’s something which I think the president should take responsibility for and stop.”  This regarding questioning the practices of Bain Capital, Romney’s main claim to business expertise.

This from a party and campaign saying that the current President is “taking away our Freedoms” and “Attacking the Constitution”, and the usual “Taking away our Guns”.

Funny and sad…

Look – I am convinced that Mr. Romney had no operational role at Bain after he left for the Olympics in SLC.   But that’s not the point.   Romney wants to distance himself from what Bain did after 1999, because that’s when most of the deals were done that had “politically unpalatable content and consequences” (read as increased use of outsourcing/offshoring and other such US job losing tactics).   Understandable – but does he want us to belive that Bain ‘suddenly’ changed tactics after he left?   Did they begin operating in a way that was objectionable – to Romney?   If so, he should say so.   If not, he should explain why their tactics were ok.  After all, he helped found the company.

Is Romney proud of the company he started, or not?

Way to go, Charlie

Reading one of my sources today – National Review – found this quote from Charles Krauthammer regarding CERN’s recent experiment that showed some neutrinos may travel faster than light:

“The implications of such a discovery are so mind boggling, however, that these same scientists immediately requested that other labs around the world try to replicate the experiment. Something must have been wrong to account for a result that, if we know anything about the universe, is impossible.”

Now, the overall tone was a little bit tongue in cheek – read it here - but does Mr K really know that little about science?  After all, he used to be a Psychiatrist….

Thank God for Satire

I’ve said it before – it’s great that we have two of the most gifted satirical teams perhaps in history right now (Stewart’s and Colbert’s) – but so sad that they appear to be the only ones who regularly have the guts to show us what The Story Really Is (Shep Smith runs a noble, but distant second to them).

Case in point – this clip from July 27.  Enjoy.

FOX is funny…

Amazing how Bob Woodward is suddenly a trustworthy source of ‘inside’ information on an administration… as long as it’s not a Republican administration, that is ;-)

Too funny… Bread and Circuses continue….

The Onion does it again

These folks are great.   Perhaps not as consistently brilliant as the teams at Colbert or The Daily Show, but wonderful when they’re “on”… and you can’t beat their titles when they hit it well…

Don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Guess I’ll do both.

Apple and Tree

Looks like Dan Quayle passed on his genes for disciplined mental processes to his son Ben… this guy should be interesting if he gets interviewed by someone with even half a brain…

Cojones

Sarah Palin talking about cojones – that’s rich. A half-term quitter Governor criticizing anyone’s strength of character – now that’s cojones.

Mainstrem Media – passive & useless, maybe even harmful

The mainstream – here I mean Television-based – media has been useless for years, merely ‘reporting’ (repeating) what people say rather than doing the work required to figure out whether what people are saying is accurate.   ‘Debate’ has become two supposedly opposing viewpoints yelling at each other, or mindlessly repeating prescribed talking points.   Every time I try to watch, I am disgusted.

Most sources are simply incoherent, weak, and unhelpful.   Fox News at least has the strength of having a distinct narrative – that of advocating for the GOP, or at least against the Democratic Party.

I remember being angered (every time I replayed it ) by Brian Williams’ arrogant comment to his friend Jon Stewart that “You and Stevie play your little reindeer games, but we have to be the serious journalists.”   What pious, asinine, self-righteous nonsense.   Brian and his MSM cohorts add NOTHING to our understanding and our discourse.    They love to act like they are (still? as Cronkite/Murrow) the ‘trusted source’  and True Fonts of Serious Journalism.  

Demonstrably false.   

Jon and ‘Stevie’ and their writers work harder to understand what is happening – its context and its meaning – than ANY of the MSM outlets and talking heads.  What they do – brilliantly – is to directly expose the wordplay and fabrication that ‘The News” and political sources dump on us every day.   We may be living in a Golden Age of Satire…   I know I am regularly amazed at the depth and precision of their ‘bits’ every week (verifying all of its accuracy is another thing).

Meanwhile, the rest of the Media  is content to ‘report’ – mostly meaning repeating what people have said – always making sure to present ‘both sides’.    As if every important event or issue only had two viewpoints or even opinions!   The concept of presenting a complex narrative or even a sufficient (for basic comprehension) presentation of verifiable facts seems to be more trouble than they want to take (or make).   They have become a consumer of ready-made news, a tool for those able to exploit their laziness.

The best ‘old media’ source is still Public – NPR and PBS (especially NPR).   At least there you can reliably expect to hear more than 1-2 minutes of sound bites on the issues of the day or week.   Gosh, you might even hear a… discussion (!!!).

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