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Re: Politics
« Reply #180 on: January 20, 2013, 05:19:25 am »
Did the gun fail?

Or just an idiot in every way
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« Reply #181 on: January 20, 2013, 06:05:37 am »
From the video it looked like it jammed.
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« Reply #182 on: January 21, 2013, 01:28:35 pm »
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Re: Politics
« Reply #183 on: January 26, 2013, 07:23:32 am »
While I don't want to believe conservative (or liberal) news channels are political, I think they have evolved into them. I'm not trying to talk out of two sides of my mouth... it just disheartening to see news evolve into this.

I'm in the middle, a libertarian if you must. I find conservative discussion, especially with the big players not only eye rolling, but disgusting. With the climate of politics in the last 4 years, it's only pegged the Holy-Crap-O-Meter. And this recent posting I found insightful...

Are Conservatives Rethinking The Fox News Outrage Model?


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Responding to President Barack Obama's inauguration address this week, Joel Pollak, an editor at Breitbart.com, wrote about the president's allegedly dastardly attack on the Supreme Court that unfolded during his address to the nation on Monday.

Pollak excitedly claimed that by mentioning his support for gay marriage in his inauguration speech, Obama was trying to bully Supreme Court Justices who were in attendance that day. By stating publically his belief, Obama was attempting to intimidate (to "attack") the judicial branch of the government because the Supreme Court has before it a pending case about gay marriage and the president's comment meant he was instructing the Court on how it "ought to rule."

Alongside Pollak at the Breitbart site, Ben Shapiro, typing excitedly, wrote that Obama, via his address, had "attempted nothing less than an assault on the timeless notion of liberty itself." (That sounds bad.) Shapiro separately attacked Obama for the "brutal name calling" he used in his inauguration speech, even though Shapiro couldn't locate any insults hurled by the president in his address.

Shapiro and Pollak were just two predictable voices within the right-wing media, marshaled as always by Fox News, who freaked out over Obama's inauguration addresses. Going into Monday, readers, viewers and listeners weren't sure exactly what conservative voices were going to be outraged about, but it was foregone conclusion, since the day featured Obama, that they'd find something trivial to Get Very Upset About. (Answer: He was too partisan!)

Being outraged, and especially being outraged about made-up claims, like Obama's imaginary "name-calling" on Monday, has become a signature of the far right movement over the last four years. It's also blossomed into Fox News' entire business model. Fox News makes a pile of profits each year overreacting to imagined Obama slights. 

The question is, has the Fox model of the phony Outrage Machine damaged the conservative movement? Is it standing in the way of Republican progress and electoral success?

Writing at his site RedState this week, conservative CNN commentator Erick Erickson beseeched fellow partisans to drop the outrage shtick and to move into more substantial areas of debate. "Conservatives, frankly, have become purveyors of outrage instead of preachers for a cause," he wrote. "Who the hell wants to listen to conservatives whining and moaning all the time about the outrage du jour?"

Erickson's point is dead on. The amount of time and energy conservatives devote to utterly trivial bouts of phony outrage now seem to consume the movement, or at least the media portion of it. But it's unlikely Fox News and its legion of copycat whiners in the press will heed Erickson's wise advice. They're too busy super-serving a radical niche and making money off the faux Outrage Machine.

It's impossible to catalog every phony freakout that's been staged during Obama's time in office. It's hard to even keep track of the ones that have been hatched over the last week or so. The laundry list is annoyingly long.

Remember how Fox contributor Michelle Malkin led the hysterical cries of exploitation when Obama invited children who had written him about gun violence to attend a public White House event about gun violence? In Malkin's eyes, only monsters incorporate kids in politics. (By the way, here's Malkin's column this week where she incorporates kids into politics.)

And then there's been the obsessive whining about how supposedly mean and nasty Obama is, a hollow cry that's proven to be a right-wing evergreen. The Wall Street Journal editorial page complained how "Obama demonizes anyone who disagrees with him," while columnist Peggy Noonan whined that Obama pushes "partisan rancor." (That is, when Noonan wasn't mocking Obama as the "Irritating Older Brother Who Got 750 On His SATs And Thinks He's Einstein.")  On CBS This Morning, Newt Gingrich bellyached about how the president's "bullying" House Republicans, Karl Rove warned darkly about the "unremitting war" Obama will soon launch on his foes, and Sean Hannity warned states might start seceding from the union.

As for Obama's hopeful inauguration address, Media Research Center's Brent Bozell went on Fox and compared it to the Civil War, claiming it was designed to rip the nation apart. Online, the address was angrily denounced as Orwellian "dreck."

Most of the overwrought claims stem from the fact that Obama disagrees with Republicans and has said so publicly. The hysterical cry of partisan bullying just represents phony outrage being ginned up for feel-good attention among Obama critics. 

Of course, it was Rush Limbaugh who built a radio empire by mastering the we're-all-under-siege-by-liberals shtick that conservatives love to wallow in. But whereas Limbaugh's plaintive, defenseless wail of the oppressed once represented one note in the right-wing media chorus, in recent years as it's been adopted ad nauseaum online, on the AM dial and on Fox News, it's to the point where that whiny, abrasive howl has become the only note in the conservative chorus.

The utter sameness of the fake outrage programming (i.e. We can't believe Obama did/said that) now defines most of the conservative media message in America. Concocting things to be outraged about and oppressed by (Hitler!) is no longer a by-product of the conservative press, it's become the entire purpose of the conservative press.

But it's exhausting. And it doesn't work. (Note the Republican Party's 26 percent approval rating.) That, plus the fact that the perpetual outrage approach is now entering its second four-year cycle with Obama. If politically, the tactic didn't work the first time, why is it being adopted again and reprised for the second term?

The bad news for Erickson is not only is the conservative movement purposefully trapped inside the phony Outrage Machine, but the machine's stuck on a replay loop.
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Re: Politics
« Reply #184 on: January 31, 2013, 05:35:32 am »
Republican Against Voter Fraud Arrested for Voter Fraud

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaAfOHayFEk

And the hits keep on coming. More stupid people. People in America should stop worrying about reclaiming the title of most feared 'Super Power' and start worrying about looking pretty foolish in the "Education" department.


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Re: Politics
« Reply #185 on: January 31, 2013, 12:24:02 pm »
Voter fraud? People, pick your battles. I don't think many people think this is an issue, but apparently to some key, uh, unique politicians they find an issue... to what? Do something while they are office? 15 minutes of fame. Look important?

Gawd... ship all these stupid people off to armpit of earth.
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Re: Politics
« Reply #186 on: February 28, 2013, 09:30:30 pm »
Dennis Rodman Meets North Korea's Kim Jung Un

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLdefaQ0Yd8

Rodman is EXACTLY who we need representing America.

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Re: Politics
« Reply #187 on: April 28, 2013, 04:52:59 am »
This is more about social change, but we find it mostly centered around politics. If this becomes popular we may see these terms like Anti-Intellectualism become more used.

Radio host Papantonio: Anti-intellectualism ‘has become almost epidemic in America’

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Progressive radio host Mike Papantonio sang the praises of author Susan Jacoby on his radio show on Friday, echoing the theme of her 2008 book The Age of American Unreason in saying, “Anti-intellectualism and anti-rationalism have become almost epidemic in America,” and saying the only hesitation one should have in reading the book is how scary her findings are.

“Chances are, if you are one of those corporate media-following bone heads who still believe that weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq, or Saddam Hussein blew up the Twin Towers, or Obama is a secret Muslim, or Obama wants to take your guns, or Obama has FEMA prison camps set up for Teabag Republicans, then search no further,” said Papantonio, who is also president of the National Trial Lawyer Association. “You truly are the undereducated, child-like, impressionable, irrational, dangerous cog in America’s political system that puts Democracy most at risk.”

In her book, Papantonio explained, Jacobs found that more than 40 percent of Americans under the age of 44 did not read a single book over the course of the previous year. And their concentration had deteriorated to the point that politicians needed to condense their messages into 8-second soundbytes to grab their attention, leading her to conclude that the country was now “ill with a powerful mutant strain of intertwined ignorance, anti-rationalism and anti-intellectualism,” compounded by schools’ increased emphasis on passing standardized tests instead of comprehensive education on subjects like civics and humanities.

“If the Susan Jacobys are right and anti-intellectualism is a trend in America, then spoon-feeding our children with facts and figures designed merely to pass a standardized test will never prepare them to preserve democracy,” Papantonio said. “The truth is when we firmly grasp timeless themes that can be found in novels like The Grapes of Wrath, Elmer Gantry or 1984, we are on our way to better protecting democracy against the Mitch McConnels, the Rush Limbaughs, the Rand Pauls, Peter Kings, Louie Gohmerts, the Bill O’Reillys and Glenn Becks who infect the process of intelligent conservative rational thinking.”

Watch Papantonio’s defense of Jacoby’s work, posted online on Friday by Go Left TV, below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwV3kuKG4Nw
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« Reply #188 on: April 28, 2013, 05:32:46 am »
Have you read the book? This sounds interesting. I just added this to my Book Hold. Thanks, Mac.
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Re: Politics
« Reply #189 on: April 28, 2013, 05:43:56 am »
No I haven't, but would like to find the time.

I listen to our local radio talk show host is 90% funny. But his show is on a very conservative political radio station. He's like the black sheep of the station, but he is by and far more popular than any of the other shows on it. So he occasionally gets into politics, but he's very open minded, unlike all the other hosts.

I should sent this to him, and see if he talks about it all.
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Re: Politics
« Reply #190 on: July 23, 2013, 10:08:31 pm »
Mayor Banned from Being Near Women After Bizarre Headlock Sex Scandal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDFlN1-7Uds

Never in a million years did I think this would go National. FYI, he is a douche, and that was before the scandal broke.
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Re: Politics
« Reply #191 on: July 24, 2013, 03:36:30 am »
Sickening.
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« Reply #192 on: July 24, 2013, 09:26:27 am »
Anthony Weiner Admits to Sexting Scandal ... Again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsoQ3Op690Y

Oh brother. Really? Again? Shocking! Not.
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« Reply #193 on: July 24, 2013, 09:32:26 am »
What's shocking is he's running for mayor and people consider him the favorite.  :'(
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« Reply #194 on: July 26, 2013, 03:17:26 pm »
'Outlaw Blowjobs' Candidate Gets Trolled HARD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRzvWEh4IiU

Ken Cuccinelli is a 'f*ckface'. Pun intended.
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