The Morning Quote

“Any woman can come forward right now and say ‘Billy Cosby did this to me 40 years ago’ and be on the cover of US Weekly,” he said. “With no vetting.”

“They will print your story, and maybe it happened,” Scarborough said. “If it did, it’s tragic. But if it didn’t happen, you get your 15 minutes of fame,” he added.

Joe Scarborough, the patron saint of dead interns.


Good News (sort of)


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.

The Crass Menagerie


The reality TV stars will next release “The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible,” a King James translation of the Old and New Testaments that will include branded features about the family.

The Bible, which will be published Oct. 28 by Thomas Nelson, will focus on patriarch Phil Robertson’s five core values — faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness, and freedom…

The Bible will include “30 life-changing testimonials along with 125 ‘Set Your Sights’ features” from Robertson and his oldest son, Al Robertson, who serve as executive editors for the project.

Cash only.

Kill Me Now

Right now, Larry Summers is the front-runner for Fed chair

Oh, sweet baby Jeebus, what have I ever done to you?

The only person grateful for Rubio’s reponse

…was noted volcano scholar and Kenneth-the-Page impersonator Governor Bobby Jindal.

“An’ now y’all kin ferget about mah performance in th’ rebuttal tha’ done sunk mah national aspirations, y’all,” Jindal did not say.

Shorter Politico:

“All men are created equal, but white dudes are more equal.”

Here’s the full bit:

“If President Barack Obama wins, he will be the popular choice of Hispanics, African-Americans, single women and highly educated urban whites. That’s what the polling has consistently shown in the final days of the campaign. It looks more likely than not that he will lose independents, and it’s possible he will get a lower percentage of white voters than George W. Bush got of Hispanic voters in 2000.

“A broad mandate this is not.”

So, some votes are better than others, eh Politico?


About the 47% remark

The Death of the Media

The lazy media, is of course focusing on the foot-in-mouth syndrome, but so far has not responded to the the meat of the matter and disputed Willard’s comments. I just watched an NBC segment that went through the chronology of the tape and how it got released, but no one is disputing his bold-faced lie that half the country pays no taxes.

This is a place where the blogs excel. Think Progress (as almost always) goes on a deep dive and gives us charts and information that shows us what a naked lie Willard told.

If you want to see it broken-down, I suggest you go there. The long and short of it is that there are a lot of people who do not pay income taxes because their incomes are too low but they do have withholdings from paychecks even on low minimum wage earners.

Of course there are seniors living on Social Security; there are Military Personnel. But the big lie here is that people do not pay taxes: There are all sorts of other taxes: sales taxes, state and local taxes, library taxes. Everyone pays a tax in some form, including the GOP’s favorite punching bag, “illegal” immigrants.

So… in your travels today, if a Wingnuttian engages you on the 47% here is your information. Use it, but use it in a narrative sense. Ask if they paid sales tax on the coffee that they are enjoying. It might make them think.

I think that this is another dog whistle that the 1% blow for everyone that they consider beneath them.

(Think Progress)

A dream come true:

Brisket® is going to repeat her Dancing with the Stars role because, well, what else is that fame-whore oaf going to do?

Let’s hope she reprises her furry-endorsed Monkey Dance of Love.

The Sunday Talkies (on Saturday)

The Death of the Media

This is our weekly PSA-type post, to help the citizens at large figure out who the heck are the swine and grifters making an appearance in your living rooms on Sunday. The crack research team at Mock, Paper, Scissors looks up the guests on all the shows and in italics annotates their credentials with the bits from their resumés that somehow never make it to the Tee Vee guide listing.

This week marks the return of Grandpa Walnuts to the TeeVee machine (missing in action last week, for unknown reasons) he is joined by the dim fruit of his loins, the curvey and delightful SoyBlo. As nepotism reign supreme, THE MOST IMPORTANT DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR NEAR EASTERN AFFAIRS IN OUR NATION’S HISTORY, MAYBE EVER Liz Cheney makes an appearance for unknown reasons.

This week marks the first time I was able to find anything snarky to say about the excellent Up With Chris Hayes‘ guests. I know that he runs a tight ship, and as he encourages having opposing viewpoints, it is perfectly fine that these people are on his show; however, why not state what their history includes rather than just having the polished points from the resume? That said, he gets bonus points for having my long-time hero Amy Goodman on his show. (Full disclosure: My quick and self-humiliating meeting with Amy Goodman is documented here.)

BONUS: If I had cable teevee, you could bet that I would probably watch Melissa Harris Perry. Dave Zirin is the god of sportswriting and the guests are unbelievable, even to a sports agnostic like me, this would be a fascinating show.

  • Dancing with the Gregory: Special edition including reports and guests from Colorado; roundtable with:
    • New York Times columnist, serial liar and notable hippie-puncher David Brooks
    • Cursed Democratic strategist Bob Shrum whose clients have never once won a campaign
    • Republican strategist and original Mooselini fanboy Steve Schmidt
    • Union-hating, School Voucher-loving and failed former D.C. “Chancellor” for public education, StudentsFirst CEO Michelle Rhee
  • This Week with a Greek Dwarf: Special edition featuring the latest developments in the mass shooting
  • Martin van Buren Today:
    • Live reports from Aurora, Colorado
    • Serial sexual harasser with more money than God, party registration hopping opportunist Mayor Michael Bloomberg
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    • Author and former Special Inspector General for TARP who left to spend more time with his family Neil Barofsky whose “office has charged a few dozen people with civil or criminal fraud, resulting in 14 convictions for fraud, more than $550 million in fraud losses avoided, and $150 million in fraudulent earnings recovered for taxpayers.” (“Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street while Rescuing Wall Street”)
  • Faux News Sunday:
    • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu;
    • Notable hawk and 1%-er Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
    • Intelligence Committee peer of Michele Bachmann Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI);
    • Every bookie’s favorite bet to get it exactly wrong, The Weekly Standard’s Bloody Bill Kristol
    • former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)
    • Fox New’s favorite Dim apologist and punching bag, The Daily Beast’s Kirsten Powers
  • State of the Union:
    • Highlights from Saturday’s U.S. Senate debate
    • Macaca! Former Sen. George Allen (R-VA)
    • Former Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
    • Grandpa Walnuts (R-AZ)
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS Live:
    • Current investment Banker for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former investment banker at Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, and Lazard Freres & Co., author and former Obama administration car czar Steven Rattner (“Overhaul: An Insider’s Account of the Obama Administration’s Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry”);
    • War Criminal Henry Kissinger’s official biographer, Newsweek columnist and Harvard University’s Niall Ferguson;
    • former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed;
    • author and neuroscientist Dr. V.S. Ramachandran (“The Tell-Tale Brain”)
  • Sociopaths Today with Chris Matthews: Roundtable with:
    • The movie Broadcast News‘ inspiration Dan Rather
    • Dull as dirt wingnut and cancelled show host (see boring) Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker
    • Ron Paul torturer, CNN’s Gloria Borger
    • Villager Royalty, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius
  • Al Punto:
    • editor Israel Ortega
    • Brady Campaign spokesperson Dana Sanchez;
    • Primer Impacto and Univision news correspondent Ricardo Aram Barri
    • immigration lawyer John De Leon
    • Human Rights Watch: Americas Division director Jose Miguel Vivanco
    • actor Wilmer Valderrama
    • immigration lawyer Ezequiel Hernandez
    • PUBLICO’s Isabel Piquer
  • Up with Chris Hayes:
    • Former Goldman Sachs partner and Clinton-era throwback CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler
    • farming advocate Bryn Bord
    • former Syrian Brigadier and current military advisor to Syrian rebel groups General Akil Hashem (Ret.)
    • NRO-online regular and Forbes contributor Josh Barro
    • Democracy Now host Amy Goodman
  • Melissa Harris-Perry:
    • Chef Syrena Johnson
    • ESPN’s Jemele Hill
    • sports writer Dave Zirin
    • former Olympian swimmer Donna Devarona
    • model and activist Alex Wek
    • former Olympian John Carlos
    • New York University’s Michael Ralph
    • The Enough Project’s Mark Quarterman
  • Inside Washington: Roundtable with:
    • Washington Post columnist Colbert King
    • NPR’s Nina Totenbag
    • Founder of He-said, She-said gossip rag, Politico’s Roger Simon
    • Neocon fanboy and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer
  • Washington Watch with Roland Martin: re-broadcast of conversation on fatherless Black children with:
    • The Potter’s House (Dallas, TX) pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes (taped in Dallas)
  • To the Contrary:
    • Probably doomed Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
    • Our favorite booze heiress and functionally literate “author” Meghan McCain (SoyBlo)
    • Centrist Dim and friend of Arlen Specter, Women’s Campaign Forum’s Sam Bennett
    • National Council of Negro Women’s Avis Jones De-Weever
    • Republican commentator Mercedes Viana Schlapp
    •’s Crystal Wright
  • Polioptics” with Josh King: Back from summer hiatus in the Catskills and Maine woods! With:
    • guest co-host, Matt Mackowiak, founder of Potomac Strategy Group
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    • Theo Lecompte, Chief Operating Officer of the Democratic National Convention, previews preparations
    • .

    • Robert Merry, editor of The National Interest, reassembles the faces on Mount Rushmore as he takes leads a tour through his new book, “Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians.”

It’s our free and unfettered media, fellow citizens. Cherish it.