Good News (sort of)

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CNN’s dreadful show Crossfire is cancelled. What will Parker Warby spokesmodel S.E. Cupp and staff-banging serial adulterer Newticles do with their spare time?

While we’d like to think that someone at CNN realized that their decision to kill it 10 years ago (thanks Jon Stewart!) was still the right decision, it appears to be a victim of other cost-cutting measures.

The first time it went out with a bang — this time it went out with a whimper; CNN’s Crossfire is no more. Again. The show had been missing in action for weeks and already some of its co-hosts — Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones — have been popping up as contributors around the network’s landscape. Some staff have been moved to other programs, and the remainder have been encouraged to apply for open positions within the bureau, source say — surprising, given that CNN is in the process of slashing about 300 positions… But today’s big CNN headline is the cancellation of Crossfire, which had been exhumed in September of ’13, and quickly did not catch on with viewers.

Ooh, that’s good and snarky!

Anyway, we are sorry for anyone losing a job these days and so for all the people who worked behind the scenes, we wish you all the luck in the world. Advice: at your next gig, if you see Newticles or Sippy Cupp, run like hell.

Bad People Behaving Badly

On Fox, this counts as informed commentary:

The Clenis is going to be an issue again?

Also/too: wait until the end of the short clip to see what a living, ice water douche looks like when ’80s power bow tie spokesmodel—crypt keeper George Will realizes that he has made a deal with the devil.

Here’s Your Saturday Bottomless Mug of Stupid, Sarah

Sweet Baby Jeebus: Mooselini opposes and supports putting troops in Iraq? And some poor schmuck is paying $10/mo for this sort of insight.

Once again, we must thank Grandpa Walnuts for bringing this dingbat to our nation’s attention, and suggesting that she should be one heartbeat away from the nuclear codes.

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Mo-Do Made Me Do It

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Her piece today made me fish this out of the archive. Here’s the take-away:

As our interview ended, I was telling him about my friend Michael Kelly’s idea for a 1-900 number, not one to call Asian beauties or Swedish babes, but where you’d have an amorous chat with a repressed Irish woman. Williams delightedly riffed on the caricature, playing the role of an older Irish woman answering the sex line in a brusque brogue, ordering a horny caller to go to the devil with his impure thoughts and disgusting desire.

I couldn’t wait to play the tape for Kelly, who doubled over in laughter.

So when I think of Williams, I think of Kelly. And when I think of Kelly, I think of Hillary, because Michael was the first American reporter to die in the Iraq invasion, and Hillary Clinton was one of the 29 Democratic senators who voted to authorize that baloney war.

That is hackery at it’s finest, the absolute zenith.

Inpeach!

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The blog’s old pal, Ewick Ewickson is calling, not subtly, for the impeachment of The Kenyan Usurper:

227 years ago, when the founders of the nation set about drafting the constitution, they gave the House of Representatives the exclusive power to initiate revenue bills and impeach the Executive. That the House would sue the President over his use of executive power is an indication that its leadership no more values their own powers under constitution than the President they sue.

And he concludes thusly:

John Boehner’s lawsuit is nothing more than political theater and a further Republican waste of taxpayer dollars. If the Republican leaders in the House are too chicken to use their constitutional powers to rein in the President, they should just call it a day and go home.

And so what, you ask, is E2 suggesting that they inpeach the Hawaiian Debbil Baby for doing?

It is Republicans in the House and Senate who orchestrated giving Barack Obama a blank check to raise the debt ceiling through March of 2015. It is Republicans in the House and Senate who were so scared of a government shutdown, that they threw Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee under the bus before the President even initiated a government shut down.

The House Republicans have had one major victory against the President. It was the fight over cut, cap, and balance — an idea initiated by then Senator Jim DeMint and backed by conservatives in both the House and Senate. While it ultimately did not succeed, it saw real cuts in the form of sequestration and a victory against the President on spending.

But House Republicans allowed Rep. Paul Ryan to surrender the sequestration and, working with Democrats, raise taxes.

That bastard! He outsmarted the Teabaggers! INPEACH!

The Kenyan also insisted on paying the bills that the GOP-led Congress ran up! How dare he! Also/too: Ewick is upset over spending, which he notes in his lede is the provenance of the Congress.

Poor doofus. He’s slipping.

The Wit and Wisdom of D’Vorce D’Spousa, Cont.

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sis interviewed in Western Center for Journalism, and wonders why more immigrants are not like himself (convicted felons?):

A bestselling author and driving force behind the groundbreaking films 2016: Obama’s America and America: Imagine the World without Her, D’Souza is a prime example of the opportunities that await foreign-born individuals who choose to legally become Americans. He explained that he made a decision to leave his homeland behind when he came to the U.S. as a teenager more than three decades ago.

“As an immigrant, I chose America,” he said…

Gee, unlike the other immigrants?

Here’s Your Scoop of Stupid With Sprinkles On Top: UPDATED

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Tiger Beat on the Potomac today is writing about something called Reform Republicans, which sadly is not analogous to reform school.

Anyway, it seems that Wingnuttia noticed that they have not been winning many battles lately and so a crew of ‘em got together a wrote a pamphlet that they call Room to Grow (it’s a PDF, Fair Warning).

Politico describes it thusly: “The reformers say they want to move the GOP beyond its Reagan-era script of cutting taxes and shrinking government and toward a focus on what a more limited government can and should do, especially for the middle class.” In other words, it is another rebranding attempt this time by the so-called policy wonks (Peter Wehner, Yuval Levin, and hilariously Ramesh Ponnuru is part of the brain trust behind this Waterloo.)

How do we know this is just rebranding, you ask? Here’s the tell from the reformers themselves:

If anything, they say, their ideas would “reform” broken institutions by pushing them to the right.

So a two-page Politico think piece that tells us that the reform is to be more conservative.

UPDATE: just for shits and giggles I searched for all of the authors involved in this project just to look for one piece of information: their birth dates. You see, this is a project of the GOP’s hysterically named Young Guns Network (YGN), which at best seems to be wishful thinking. It is almost as if they were deliberately trying to obscure this information. None of the encapsulated bios give dates, most of these people do not have Wikipedia entries, and those that do have Wiki entries do not have biographical details as trivial as birth dates, though a few do list when they matriculated from undergraduate to graduate work.

Unless they were exceptionally gifted and enrolled in college while still wearing pull-ups, it seems likely that young guns is a relative term compared to the average age of the GOP; methinks that they probably are between late 40s and mid-60s, based upon what sketchy biographical detail I can detect. The pictures in the encapsulated biographies at the end of each section also give clues to age: many are silver-haired, a few are bald, and some pictures are clearly from another era, judging by the fashion of hair and collars. I’m willing to be wrong of course, but I think Young is a misnomer, but guns seems accurate.

With the exception of Ramesh Ponnuru, all of the Young Guns are white, and with the further exception of Carrie Lukas, all of the Young Guns are male.

Here’s Your Cheese Sandwich With a Side of Stupid

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“It’s ludicrous that we are calling this a rape. Are you serious? I’ll tell you what’s wrong to this extent — he went and tattled to the police and destroyed her life. Are you joking? What a whiny country this is.”

–Hebephrenic TeeVee Dinner heir and vanity press owner Tucker Carlson, arguing that underaged boys are not rape victims, double-standard not withstanding…

Ross Douthat and the Temple of Poon

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Professional scold and Saltpeter Lifetime Achievement winner Cardinal Ross Douthat takes another look at modern culture and finds it… wanting. He takes an argument from Fredrik De Boer that modern masculinity is violent (and needs a new role model) and revanchist Douthat blames (as always) on the sexual revolution of the ’60s (which we should note probably led to his parents conceiving this wet blanket).

Cardinal Douthat wants to rehab the pre-sexual revolution image of masculinity to rescue it from the filthy, dirty hippies who ruined it. But it is not that easy: whether we like it or not, modern masculinity is reflected in pop culture: lonely gunslinger/Rambo/James Bond, and all of it is built on male privilege and entitlement. But Douthat cannot see that because, well, his entitlement got in the way.

Anyway, it is a Tour-de-Derp. Read both articles and see for yourselves.

David Brooks and the United States of Amnesia

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If you go back and read oral histories conducted in the 1950s and 1960s, you’d be amazed by how benign the labor market seemed back then. People would announce that they were moving to a new city and assume they’d be able to find decent work after they got there.

That image of a benign job market is pretty much gone (as expectations about what constitutes a good job have risen). Even incoming college freshmen seem to fear they will not find lucrative and rewarding work. Harsh economic thinking plays a much bigger role in how students perceive their lives. Their parents feel that anxiety even more acutely.

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In the first place, they are very conscious of how much college costs. In 1974, 77 percent of students enrolled in their collegiate top choice. By 2013, only 57 percent were able to. Cost is a very important factor in why students decided to stay away from their favorite school.

Second, they saw college much more as job training than students before. In 1976, 50 percent of freshmen said they were going to college in order to make more money. By 2006, 69 percent of freshmen said that. Since 2005, the number of students who say they are going to college to get a better job has spiked upward.

Their overall values change. In 1966, only 42 percent of freshmen said that being well-off financially was an essential or very important life goal. By 2005, 75 percent of students said being well-off financially was essential or very important. Affluence, once a middling value, is now tied as students’ top life goal.

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I’m not sure if students really are less empathetic, or less interested in having meaning in their lives, but it has become more socially acceptable to present yourself that way. In the shadow of this more Darwinian job market, it is more acceptable to present yourself as utilitarian, streamlined and success-oriented.

Gosh, I’m really mystified how all the optimism and altruism that existed pre-St. Ronnie could possibly be gone now?

(NYTimes)