Monday, June 20, 2011

The Snarlers

The Brit's take on Jon Stewart's Fox appearance
'You are insane!' The moment comedian Jon Stewart lost his cool with Fox News host Chris Wallace
The Snarler's
Stewart Snarls

File this with my earlier [Send in the Clown] post. That Stewart snarl reminds me of  Bill Clinton braving an appearance with Chris Wallace (Sept 26, 2006). I have a feeling both were double-dog dared. Or, maybe they just wanted to show-off their talent by whipping a right-wing hit-man in his own ballpark?  Things start to heat up at about the 4 minute mark in this video'

We have then two men, both accomplished actors, noted for a mesmerizing speaking delivery and rapier wit.  Both comfortable in their ability to think on their feet; and, I posit, looking forward to full victory props from lesser abled, adoring nutroots.  Alas, both are reduced to snarling, angry boys; frustrated by their inability to hit a change-up.

 It's why Democrats boycotted (boycotted!) scheduled debates hosted by Fox.  Years and years of being coddled —  having every pitch telegraphed by sycophantic media pitchers —  have left Democrats soft, flabby,  and slow.  It's a good thing daddy owns the media playing field, because these poseurs, who can't hit a curve ball, would not otherwise be playing in the Big Show.

From the transcript:

Slick Snarls
CLINTON: But at least I tried. That's the difference in me and some, including all the right-wingers who are attacking me now. They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try. They did not try. I tried.

So I tried and failed. When I failed, I left a comprehensive anti-terror strategy and the best guy in the country, Dick Clarke, who got demoted.

So you did Fox's bidding on this show. You did your nice little conservative hit job on me. What I want to know is ...

WALLACE: Well, wait a minute, sir.

CLINTON: No, wait. No, no ...

WALLACE: I want to ask a question. You don't think that's a legitimate question?

CLINTON: It was a perfectly legitimate question, but I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked this question of.

I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked, "Why didn't you do anything about the Cole?"

I want to know how many you asked, "Why did you fire Dick Clarke?"

I want to know how many people you asked ...

WALLACE: We asked — we asked ...

CLINTON: I don't ...

WALLACE: Do you ever watch "FOX News Sunday," sir?

CLINTON: I don't believe you asked them that.

WALLACE: We ask plenty of questions of ...

CLINTON: You didn't ask that, did you? Tell the truth, Chris.

WALLACE: About the USS Cole?

CLINTON: Tell the truth, Chris.

The Stranger With aHangman's Noose

Confiscated, or abandoned at an airport
Looking for a back-story here boss.

Hangman's Noose

I found this via Drudge's link to PROPERTY SEIZURE AT AIRPORTS TURNS A PROFIT. It's hard not to get pissed when you read the article, and look at some of the items seized - like tiny belt buckle jewelry in the shape of guns.  But a hangman's noose? There has to be a back-story here, and I think it's most likely this.

TSA Lady: "Sir, why are you carrying this rope?"
"Not that it's any of your bidness, but I'm a rodeo cowboy."
TSA Lady: "This thing must weigh  12 pounds.  Maurice,  come look at this ..."
TSA Agent Maurice: "Holy Sh*t!  This a mother-fu**ing noose Patti. "
Passenger: "No 'taint."
TSA Lady: Sir, your ticket is to Washington's Reagan airport ...  "
TSA Agent Maurice: (interrupts) " ... I seen rodeos, and this ain't being no rodeo rope.  It's too heavy/  This here's a rope they hangin' people with."
Passenger: (Snatches rope from Maurice)  — "Alright coppers, you got me.  Yeah, I was going to Washington and hang me a congressman.  Any congressman as long as it's a democrat.  But right now I'm fixing to leave, all peaceable like.  I'll hang the first one of you who tries to stop me." 
TSA Lady: "Maurice, I think he means it.  Let him go."
Passenger: (Drops rope, rushes toward boarding area) - "So long suckers ... !"

Quote from a goofy bastard

Today's Quote From a Goofy Bastard
  “I know that – in distant countries, and within our own borders – there are people intent on, and actively plotting to, kill Americans,” he told his legal peers in the enthusiastic audience. “Victory and security will not come easily, and they won’t come at all if we adhere to a rigid ideology, adopt a narrow methodology, or abandon our most effective terror-fighting weapon – our Article III [civil] court system,” - Eric Holder defining our number one weapon against terror.  The courts.

There is one chunk I'd like a doggy bag for however

Waiter — I demand to see the maitre d', you've done  ralphed on my plate!

Noma Best In the World

Send in the Clown - Jon Stewart

Send in the Clown

This is the appearance we’ve been waiting for – Comedy Central host Jon Stewart making an appearance on a Sunday morning national public affairs program, especially one on a network he so often ridicules.

On Sunday’s “Fox News Sunday,” with host Chris Wallace, “The Daily Show” host explained why he thinks Fox News is different from other news organizations which are criticized by some for being “as liberal as Fox News is conservative.”

   WALLACE: [Y]ou love to take shots at Fox News.
    STEWART: Yes I do.
    WALLACE: Over the years, you have called us –and we’re going to put this on the screen because this is heavy stuff: ‘A biased organization, relentlessly promoting an ideological agenda under the rubric of being a news organization.’
    STEWART: Rubric?
    WALLACE: And I think that was slightly the wrong use of the word – ‘a relentless agenda-driven, 24-hour news propaganda delivery system.’ Where do you come up with this stuff?
    STEWART: It’s easy when you feel it. You have to feel it in your soul.
    WALLACE: Well, here is the deal – are you willing to say the same thing about the mainstream media, ABC, CBS, NBC, Washington Post, New York Times?
    STEWART: No.
    WALLACE: Would you say the same thing about them that they are, in your words, a ‘propaganda-delivery system relentlessly pushing a liberal agenda’?
    STEWART: No, I wouldn’t say that.
    WALLACE: Why not?
    STEWART: MSNBC is attempting that. I think they’re attempting — they have looked at your business model and they have seen the success of it and I think they’re attempting to be a more activist organization.
    WALLACE: You don’t think The New York Times is a liberal organization now pushing a liberal agenda?
    STEWART: The New York Times – no. I think they are to a certain extent. Do I think they’re relentlessly activist? No. In a purely liberal partisan way? No, I don’t. I think this is — Fox is a very special.

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Jon Stewart is  the go-to news source for Obama's yuppie base.  I guess it's a good thing that he be be exposed to adults once in awhile.  Can't hurt.  There's nothing I can possibly add to that transcript.  Stewart, rest assured, and like Rachel Maddow, is honest in his conviction that he's right, and making sense.   There is this though, "Why Jon Stewart Is All the Rage" if you've never read it.

UPDATED  - The Brit's take on all this, and what Jon Stewart has in common with Bill Clinton

Weiner Reneges?

Democrat Party's X-Dressing Poster-Boy Keeps Key To Feifdom

X-dresser Weinerboy
  Although the randy rep. announced Thursday that he was quitting after seven terms, he still has to submit a resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner that says which day will be his last serving his Brooklyn-Queens constituents.

Even after that happens, his staff will stay on, and his offices -- in the Capitol and New York -- will be run by the House clerk, officials said.

"Our offices will be open and fully staffed on Monday," Dave Arnold, who has served as Weiner's congressional spokesman, said yesterday.


Top Gear Top Notch

Top Gear Sampler

I've always been like this.  Compelled to tell (sell) people about stuff I think is top notch.  In April I told you that for me, Top Gear is The Best Show on Television.  Here it is June 20, and I'm even further impressed.  I cannot begin to tell you the salutary effect it has on me.  I watch the archived series on Net Flix (via ROKU), and am now just three episodes into series #4.  I husband each episode lest I run out too soon.  I'm not kidding,  Anyway, cuzzin ricky sent me this clip from series 15.  It is the essence of Top Gear, and why it doesn't make a twit whether you follow car trends and performance.  It's just fun.

My breakfast with the late Times editor Bill Keller

My breakfast with Bill Keller :

  If the 2012 election were held in the newsrooms of America and pitted Sarah Palin against Barack Obama, I doubt Palin would get 10 percent of the vote. However tempting the newsworthy havoc of a Palin presidency, I’m pretty sure most journalists would recoil in horror from the idea. [Keller]

My breakfast with Bill Keller

The name Bill Keller immediately generates in me two distinctly negative brainal pulses.
  1. Keller was until last week Executive Editor of The New York Times.
  2. Keller and New York Times publisher Putz Sulzberger were only recently the subject of this extraordinary debate: "Should they be executed for treason."  It was not hyperbole. [Disclosure:  I was in the firing squad group]
Regarding Keller's latest article [The Tom and Jerry Problem],  his "horror" declaration flashes in bright lights, "Dead End Ahead." Nevertheless —

 Mr. Keller:

The evidence of Palin’s scorn for what she calls the lamestream media is abundant, but I was struck by the gratuitous quality of one remark she tossed off during that Rolling Thunder rally in Washington the Sunday before Memorial Day. When an NPR reporter asked what had brought her to the event, she replied, “It is our vets who we owe our freedom — not the politician, not the reporter — it is our vets, so that’s why we’re here.”

Bill, what does that tell you?

Why, thank you for asking Rodge.

 "There’s a grain of truth and a loaf of myth  (in her obvious to me, though unstated by her, charge that ...)  "journalists are liberal elitists, that they find the Tea Party fringe ridiculous or alarming or that they are infatuated with the cerebral black liberal in the White House.

Bill, do you think there's room in these penumbra and emanations to allow for her animus being, as it is for most Americans,  because the "lamestream" are systemically corrupt; functioning as little more than cheerleader and enabler for the Democrat Party?  People who put leftist ideology before God and country?

Why thank you for asking Rodge, but no you silly goose.

Palin’s disdain goes beyond the bitterness of a public figure who has been burned by the press. Plenty of others have endured the pain of mainstream-media excoriation but have remained civil and responsive. What these politicians have in common, though, is enough confidence in the strength of their ideas to imagine that they can make a case through the press, if not actually to the press. Perhaps one key to Palin’s dislike of the news media is a streak of intellectual insecurity, or a trace of impostor syndrome. Her best defense against being found shallow is a strong offense.

Another factor, I think, is that the humiliations she has endured in the media have been unusually invasive — including, at the lowest point, speculation that Palin’s youngest son, Trig, was actually born to her daughter, Bristol, and borrowed as a campaign prop. That would bring out the grizzly in any mama. 

Bill, what's really behind this stream of bile and pus?

Rodge, "A few months ago I was startled to hear my 13-year-old daughter, who has a Hillary Clinton campaign sticker on her bedroom door, say she thought Palin was 'cool.'"

There there Bill.  My kids are smarter than me too.