The Fox Effect, Cont.

Whatever it takes!

Whatever it takes!

The Lamestream Media has caught on to the Mock, Paper, Scissors theory of the Fox Effect:

2016 Republicans use Trump, TV to make debate cut

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Rick Perry is attacking Donald Trump’s credibility and branding the billionaire businessman “a cancer on conservatism.” Rick Santorum, a conservative stalwart, popped up on a TV program popular with liberals. Lindsey Graham set his cellphone on fire.

With the first debate of the Republican presidential campaign approaching, the White House hopefuls are trying everything they can to improve their polling position. A candidate needs to place in the top 10 in an average of national polls to meet the criteria Fox News Channel has set to take the stage Aug. 6 in Cleveland.

Obvious anagram Reince Priebus had one job to do: set the ground rules for the debates, and he punted to Fox, and therefore this is really his doing. So when he invoked Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment the other day… well, it is to laugh.

I’m still betting that Fire ‘Em All Fiorina will still make the cut somehow, because she is a strategically important fig leaf for the inherent sexism of the Republicans.

Bad Signs, Cont.

(Hat tip: our pal Monkeyfister on the electric Twitter Machine)


Scissorheads –

Beating the odds, Crooks and Liars has asked me to host the morning round-up this week, go figure!

If you read a blog post this week that you think is insightful or if you write one that you think needs more attention, please send me a link via email to Tengrain AT mockpaperscissors DOT com. While I cannot promise every tip will be used, I do promise to read every tip and consider it.

As always the best tips have come from you guys and dolls. And as always I try to feature small blogs; Duncan and Heather get lots of traffic and don’t need a boost, but by far the most interesting and insightful work comes from passionate bloggars, Cheetoh-stained fingers and writing from Mom’s basement wretches, like all of us.

Thanks for you consideration!


The Silver Lining of Rush Limbaugh?

The GOP good-will ambassador to the third world’s boy bordellos and notorious spokesmodel for better living through chemical dependency, Rush Limbaugh asks the simple question, “what have we turned boys into.”

Once again, should we feel comforted that Wingnuttia has no self-awareness? I’m trying to find a silver lining in Junkie Limbaugh discussing teen boys’ sexuality here and failing miserably.

Saturday Open Tabs

Here are some tabs I have had open on my browser for longer reads, they are not necessarily political, just things I found sort of interesting.

  • GQ Magazine – The Chef Who Saved My Life it’s not a foodie article, it’s really an act of redemption. That was Jaques Pepin only makes it more delicious. It’s an elegiac and elegant bit of writing.
  • Web Design, The First 100 Years – after a really interesting and long preamble about the history of flight (read it for that part alone, fascinating stuff) the author gets to brass tacks: “hard constraints are the midwife to good design.” You don’t have to be a web designer or a graphic artist to enjoy this presentation-turned-into-an-article.
  • Delivering Deliverance It’s a story about the story of Deliverance, the novel and movie that even today still has impact.

We might make this a semi-regular feature. You gave some positive feedback last week, so let’s see how this goes.

The Fox Effect, Cont.

He had one job

The RNC Platform Committee Hard At Work

The RNC Platform Committee Hard At Work

The 2016 Goat Rodeo contenders have less than 2 weeks to generate enough buzz that they can get one of the ten Wonka-like tickets to participate on the first debate on Fox News. The way they create buzz is to create a ruckus. They create a ruckus on Fox News by calling each other names.

Obvious Anagram Reince Priebus doesn’t seem to realize that the candidates’ name calling is the natural result of what would happen once he punted all the decisions about debate rules/regulations/participation to Fox News.

“Greater” Wingnuttia likes their candidates to be bellicose, belligerent, and bombastic. They don’t want a reasoned argument with factual data points, they want the guy who shouts the loudest and throws the pie with the most accuracy, and who supports whatever is their grievance of the day (the Kenyan Usurper).

Flashback Friday

A covers edition of Flashback Friday

Additional track: Chromatics covering Sprinsteen’s “I’m on Fire”

Word is that a few people had asked about my daughter. Thanks to the Scissorheads for their kind words and encouragement a few weeks ago. We made it through the initial trauma and have transferred to a major research hospital with an amazing staff. I can’t say enough good things about the teams that have been working with us at this facility.

We’re dealing with the neuro injuries and recovery that come with anoxic brain injury. Even though progress is slow, there is progress every day. We won’t know where we’ll land through this recovery process for weeks or months. It’s going to be a long road with a lot of hard work. All things considered, the rest of the family is doing well as we figure out what the future holds.

¡JEB! The Smartest Bush® Speaks!

Silver Foot In Mouth

He's a son-of-a-Babs

He’s a son-of-a-Babs

And once again we turn to Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) to see how ¡JEB! The Smartest Bush® deals with pushback… from seniors:

GORHAM, N.H. — Jeb Bush defended comments he made Wednesday night in which he seemed to advocate the “phasing out” of Medicare, after he was confronted during a town hall here Thursday afternoon by an elderly woman who said she was worried about losing benefits.

“We’re not going to have adequate coverage for our children or our grandchildren without Medicare. I paid into that for years and years, just like all these other seniors here, and now you want to take it away?” said the woman, who did not identify herself and left before the town hall concluded. “Why are you always attacking the seniors?”

“Well, I’m not,” Bush responded. “Here’s what I said: I said, ‘We’re going to have to reform our entitlement system.’ We have to.”

“It’s not an entitlement,” the woman shot back. “I earned that.”

What is it with sociopaths in the GOP that they don’t get it that Medicare and SS are both incredibly popular and essential? I guess this falls into his policy of wanting people to work longer hours with no overtime and no increase in minimum wage?

And of course, ¡JEB!’s campaign says that the gram was a liberal activist, planted there.

One Lump of Stupid or Two, Sen. Cruz?

Death of the Media

The stupid... it burns

The stupid… it burns

This is from a real interview:
You’re also a fan of ‘‘Star Trek.’’ Do you prefer Captain Kirk or Captain Picard?

Absolutely James Tiberius Kirk.

Do you have a suspicion about whether Kirk would be a Democrat or a Republican?

I think it is quite likely that Kirk is a Republican and Picard is a Democrat.

To which Capt. Kirk replied:

The Morning Quote



“We made a commitment to the American people that we would follow through on Wall Street reform and we have not yet done that,” O’Malley said at the Truman Center for National Policy. He said “any Democratic candidate running for president, who expects to succeed in the general election,” should “make some basic commitments that make real that promise of following through on Wall Street reform.”

…Describing the need for tougher penalties, he said, “If you slap a bank robber on the wrist, he’s going to keep robbing more banks. The same is true if the person wears a suit.”

I’m starting to like this guy, too.  That was a good left hook.