Jon Stewart: Government Shutstorm from Bullshit Mountain

Stewart points out: “Outraged, [Fox News' false-outrage-exploitation-engine] will storm the barricades to make sure these, maybe, 100 veterans get into the [WWII] Memorial while forgetting that it’s their allies asinine budget shenanigans that not only shut it in the first place, but also put Meals on Wheels at risk–a program that serves meals to over 500,000 veterans a year.”

After playing a montage of Republicans describing their love for “small government,” Stewart summarizes: “You hate the government. Yet you rail like banshees if any of the services and benefits YOU like are taken away.” Echoing a famous scene from Steve Martin’s The Jerk, he says, “I don’t need any government… except these memorials… and Social Security… and the paddle game.”

He continues, “And THEN, in the middle of your outrage and sadness over the government shutdown, well… you always wind up giving away the bullshit game.” Stewart cuts to a video of Michele Bachmann saying, “We’re really very energized today, we’re very strong. This is about the happiest I’ve seen members in a long time.”

WashingtonPost — One of the last remaining veterans of World War II in Congress called Thursday afternoon for his colleagues to end the government shutdown, suggesting that members of the legislative body who have appeared at the World War II memorial this week are not doing enough to support those who served in the conflict. “If this Congress truly wishes to recognize the sacrifice and bravery of our World War II veterans and all who’ve come after, it will end this shutdown and reopen our government now,” John Dingell (D-Mich.) said in a joint statement issued with former Republican senator Bob Dole of Kansas, a combat-injured veteran of World War II.

What? Photo ops with WWII veterans in wheelchairs isn’t doing enough for veterans during the shutdown? That must be a mistake.


Video: Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) bullies a National Park Service Ranger

Can the Republican Party unf*ck itself?

“[The government shutdown is] a temporary inconvenience for a lot of people. But if Obamacare is ever implemented, we will never recover from that as a nation. We can never be a free people again.” — Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)


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What the shutdown is really about – Ezra Klein: This is all about stopping a law that increases taxes on rich people and reduces subsidies to private insurers in Medicare in order to help low-income Americans buy health insurance. That’s it. That’s why the Republican Party …shut down the government and [might] default on the debt.


sandandglass: Jon Stewart on The Daily Show commenting on the fact that President Obama is able to negotiate with Iran but not the Republican Party.

LOL Sean Hannity

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LOL Bob Woodward: All The President’s Men’s Veiled Threats!

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Time for another movie!?

All The President’s Men’s Veiled Threats!

The ACTUAL emails, via Politico

From Gene Sperling to Bob Woodward on Feb. 22, 2013


I apologize for raising my voice in our conversation today. My bad. I do understand your problems with a couple of our statements in the fall — but feel on the other hand that you focus on a few specific trees that gives a very wrong perception of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here.

But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying saying that Potus asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim. The idea that the sequester was to force both sides to go back to try at a big or grand barain with a mix of entitlements and revenues (even if there were serious disagreements on composition) was part of the DNA of the thing from the start. It was an accepted part of the understanding — from the start. Really. It was assumed by the Rs on the Supercommittee that came right after: it was assumed in the November-December 2012 negotiations. There may have been big disagreements over rates and ratios — but that it was supposed to be replaced by entitlements and revenues of some form is not controversial. (Indeed, the discretionary savings amount from the Boehner-Obama negotiations were locked in in BCA: the sequester was just designed to force all back to table on entitlements and revenues.)

I agree there are more than one side to our first disagreement, but again think this latter issue is diffferent. Not out to argue and argue on this latter point. Just my sincere advice. Your call obviously.

My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize.


From Woodward to Sperling on Feb. 23, 2013

Gene: You do not ever have to apologize to me. You get wound up because you are making your points and you believe them. This is all part of a serious discussion. I for one welcome a little heat; there should more given the importance. I also welcome your personal advice. I am listening. I know you lived all this. My partial advantage is that I talked extensively with all involved. I am traveling and will try to reach you after 3 pm today. Best, Bob


Clown graphic by Gawker.

Related: A kind of madness: Bob Woodward has lost it, let’s all stop indulging him.

More government will hold you back! (unless you’re a Republican)

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But my point is: f*ck you.

Unpunished war criminal / sh*tty former VP criticizes Obama’s “worldview”

TPM: Asked by Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning” if the Obama administration could make a case that the U.S. was nursing a weak reputation abroad when [Dick] Cheney and former President George W. Bush left office, the former powerful vice president was dismissive.  “I think the President came to power with a worldview that’s fundamentally different than mine,” Cheney said. “The sense that he wanted to reduce U.S. influence in the world. He wanted to take us down a peg.”

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Jon Stewart: Where Does This ‘Shi*ty’ VP ‘Get The Balls’ To Attack Obama? Stewart was amazed that Cheney had the nerve to criticize President Obama over national security when he himself provided false information to the public on national security issues. Stewart called Cheney a “shitty” vice president and couldn’t believe that people are taking the word of a man who Stewart said “sucked” at his job. [...]

Jon Stewart then tore into Cheney over why anyone should care about his opinion anyway. He said that Cheney “sucked” at his job, calling him a “shitty” vice president and arguing why Cheney has no authority from which to attack Obama.

“Even if Obama wanted to take our standing in the world down a peg, he couldn’t, ’cause the Bush-Cheney administration left him with no peg room… the previous administration had left us in a bit of a cash crunch, and by ‘previous administration,’ I mean these motherfuckers.”

Stewart then ran clips of Cheney making comments about American involvement Iraq that turned out to be untrue… (watch video)

“I don’t think we have a visual for that.” – via drunkonstevphen

Orwell 101: the GOP tries out some new words to adjust for ‘language errors’

#1: Ix-nay on ape-ray abies-bay comments

Think Progress: “On Tuesday afternoon, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) delivered a speech that sought to “rebrand” the GOP as a party that can advance legislation that would improve the lives of the “most vulnerable” Americans…. But a closer look behind Cantor’s policy proposals reveals that House Republicans are still more interested in sounding compassionate than ensuring economic advancement for middle and lower income voters.”

Here are 8 reasons why the new rebranded GOP is just the old GOP (but with new words!):


Read Cantor’s spiffy, new ‘rebranded’ version of GOP policy on the issues above, vs. the same, old, unchanging reality of their policy here.


Charlie Pierce hilariously takes apart Cantor’s psyops, comparing it to “Let me tell you about the benefits to your family of fine vinyl siding.” or “Has anyone spoken to you recently about a reverse mortgage?”


Frank Rich“The party is what it is. This idea that it’s something else is a fantasy and they’re going to have to get real about it and face the party they have and change it from within, not with stunts involving spending money on advertising.”


WATCH JON STEWART discuss the rebranding effort currently underway on Fox ‘news.’

Raw Story:  Conservative strategist Frank Luntz, for instance, has called on Republican candidates to “adjust” their “language errors.” [...]  

Luntz said Republicans should stop using the phrase “smaller government” and instead advocate “more effective and efficient government” because voters don’t care about the size of government.

“If you say you want smaller government, the electorate rejects it,” Stewart elaborated. “But if you say you want the government to function more efficiently, the electorate likes it, even though that’s clearly not what you believe.”

Luntz even suggested that instead of talking about controlling or cutting Social Security and Medicare, Republican should talk about saving and strengthening the popular government programs. Though Stewart, amazed at Luntz’s audacity, noted that strengthening Social Security and Medicare was the opposite of what Republicans were proposing.

“Save and strengthen does sound better than the Republican’s actual plan for entitlements, which would cut them, which sounds shitty,” he remarked.


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OMG he’s taking away our guns!!

shortformblog: Recently, President Obama was quoted as saying, in response to a question as to whether or not he has ever shot a gun, “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.” So as to allay the controversy and curiosity the comment drew, the White House has released an image of the president skeet-shooting. So, there you go internet.


It’s funny because rightwingnutjobs will feel that he’s taking something away from them by being photographed shooting a gun. He’s doing something they think only they can do.

But the President is merely illustrating what Jon Stewart pointed out this week: “Since when does the ability to fire a weapon become a badge of honor? A patriotic achievement? All you need is a finger.

So maybe he actually is taking something away from them : )

Two ‘Quotes of the Day’ on guns: David Corn and Jon Stewart

“Like if you put a speed limit on a highway, pretty soon they’re going to take your car away from you.” — David Corn of Mother Jones on the NRA’s “slippery slope” argument (via)


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“Since when does the ability to fire a weapon become a badge of honor? A patriotic achievement? All you need is a finger.” — Jon Stewart, TDS | 2013.01.31 [x]

Jon & Stephen on Jack Lew’s signature


via beeishappy — TCR & TDS 2013.01.10 | Jon & Stephen on Jack Lew’s John Hancock

Jon Stewart: we have our first Fox boner alert of 2013


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Another day, another bunch of Fox hypocrisy:

Current TV, a fledgling cable network, was bought by the Arab news network Al Jazeera last week. Various Fox News personalities have blasted Al Gore for selling his channel to an allegedly “anti-American” network that was owned by Qatar.

To see what all the fuss was about, Stewart played a clip of a Saudi cleric saying that Jews made matzos with human blood, among other absurdities.

“You know, if that were true you’d think matzos would be more flavorful, but its not,” he joked. “That’s just awful. To air that on Al Jazeera — oh, I’m sorry, that didn’t air on Al Jazeera, that aired on a network called Rotana. That’s my fault, that’s another television station in the Arab world. That one is owned not by Qatar, but by a Saudi prince named Al-Waleed bin Talal and also 20 percent of that is owned by a guy named Rupert Murdoch.”

Stewart noted Rotana had also aired a movie that portrayed American soldiers as “the bad guys,” who massacred Iraqi civilians and sold their organs to Jews.

“I don’t even know what to say. Rupert Murdoch profiting from the airing of that type of anti-American propaganda? Words fail me. Can anyone else jump in?”

The late-night comedian then played a series of clips where Fox News personalities criticized Al Jazeera, but the word “Al Jazeera” was appropriately replaced by “Rotana.”

— Raw Story

[Watch clip on Comedy Central]

Jon Stewart: NRA because imaginary Hitler


Nailed it. via drunkonstevphen

Jon Stewart: “It’s really a ‘right to work’ … around the union for the corporation.”

“It’s really a ‘right to work’… around the union for the corporation. It’s one of those things that are actually named for the opposite of the thing they do, like strip bars call themselves ‘gentlemen’s clubs.’ Or the TV network, dedicated to making us stupider, is called ‘The Learning Channel.’ Or a TV show that airs four days a week calls itself The Daily Show.

— JON STEWART, The Daily Show (via inothernews)

This is where most of us part ways with the Republican Party


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The ‘all for me, none for thee’ philosophy of the GOP — selfish and hypocritical.

“It’s official: Republicans hate the UN more than they like helping people in wheelchairs.”


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More from Anne Laurie / Balloon Juice:

Lawrence Downes, in the NYTImes, on “A Parting Slap Against Bob Dole & Disabled Americans“:

Former Senator Bob Dole, 89 years old and in a wheelchair, went onto to the floor of the Senate today to urge his former colleagues to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. Mr. Dole, a disabled veteran, has been one of the leading voices urging ratification of the treaty, which seeks to bring the world closer to the high standard set by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark civil-rights law enacted under President George H.W. Bush.

One by one, according to Roll Call, the senators approached Mr. Dole to pat his shoulder or clasp his hand, making gestures of respect for the man who was for many years the Republican majority leader.

Then he was wheeled away, and all but a handful of the Republicans bailed out on him. The treaty failed. It needed a two-thirds vote to pass, or 67 votes, and fell six short…

In other words, these cowards didn’t have the guts to disagree with a crippled octogenarian to his face. [...] Senator Kerry:

.. Senator John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement after the vote: “This is one of the saddest days I’ve seen in almost 28 years in the Senate, and it needs to be a wake-up call about a broken institution that’s letting down the American people.”

He added: “Today the dysfunction hurt veterans and the disabled, and that’s unacceptable. This treaty was supported by every veterans group in America and Bob Dole made an inspiring and courageous personal journey back to the Senate to fight for it. It had bipartisan support, and it had the facts on its side, and yet for one ugly vote, none of that seemed to matter. We won’t give up on this and the Disabilities Treaty will pass because it’s the right thing to do, but today I understand better than ever before why Americans have such disdain for Congress and just how much must happen to fix the Senate so we can act on the real interests of our country.”

Also too:

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, said the measure would return to the Senate floor in the 113th Congress.

“It is a sad day when we cannot pass a treaty that simply brings the world up to the American standard for protecting people with disabilities because the Republican Party is in thrall to extremists and ideologues,” he said in a statement.