Friday, April 10, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Poisoning The Cyanide Factory

Via C&L, Jon Stewart takes on the right wing.

We poisoned that brand. Just out of curiosity, let me ask you a question, and I mean this sincerely. How do you poison a cyanide factory? But see, the little game that they play here is, the only reason the right looks bad is that these guys are unfair liars to us.

For some reason, the clip won’t embed, but go watch it.

HT to CLW.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

He Got Their Attention

The news that Jon Stewart will be leaving The Daily Show later this year is sad; I’m sorry to see him go.  But he’s also making the choice to leave it while he’s still got the energy and wit to make it a graceful exit.

What I think makes his work different from a lot of other comedians and observers of our world is that he was able to get the attention of the people he was laughing at.  It got to the point that if someone was skewered by The Daily Show, they actually responded or, in some cases, even amended their ways.  That’s a whole other level beyond getting a mention in a David Letterman monologue.

The closest parallel I can think of in terms of theatre is the role of the Fool in Shakespeare’s plays such as King Lear: the one character who had no trouble speaking truth to power and doing it in such a way as to really drive home the point with humor and surgeon-like deftness.  We need these kinds of clowns — and I use that word in the best way — to bring down the powerful and remind them that they are just as flawed and powerless as everyone else.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Recent Unpleasantness

According to Andrew Napolitano at Fox News, the Civil War could have been avoided if Abraham Lincoln hadn’t been such a bloodthirsty tightwad and tyrant.

“Slavery was dying a natural death all over the Western world. Instead of allowing it to die or helping it to die or even purchasing the slaves and then freeing them, which would have cost a lot less money than the Civil War cost, Lincoln set about in the most murderous war in American history,” Napolitano said.

I guess the GOP isn’t the Party of Lincoln any more.

Over to you, Jon Stewart.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Welcome Back, Jon Stewart

He’s back and catching up on his e-mail.

After pointing out the sheer hypocrisy of the United States making an issue of another country using chemical weapons, Stewart showed several clips of pundits and Sen. Ted Cruz saying we’re going to look weak, and “that bullies and tyrants don’t respect weakness,” Stewart responded:

STEWART: Oh right! We have to bomb Syria because we’re in seventh grade! And the red line… the red line that they crossed is actually a dick-measuring ribbon.

Why does holding back look like weakness? Isn’t it maturity? It’s like when a guy’s picking on Clark Kent and he doesn’t do anything, even though he knows he could throw that guy into the sun.

I’ll tell you what would be real weakness, Clark Kent laying waste to a town because someone called him a pussy.

You know what else is weakness? Asking the advice of a plague of idiots who got the same issue completely wrong in Iraq — or as those people are known on cable… experts.

Video at the link.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Jon Stewart: “Broken Bad”

Jon Stewart looks at how the Senate deals with guns and crime.

Well, thank God for Chris Hayes, because I’m not good at math. I’m so stupid. I still think 54 votes is more than 46, because I’m a f**king idiot. But I’m pretty sure that a million is more than 3,400, and yet, to battle the evil of terror, we started two wars, tortured people, reorganized almost the entire federal government, disallowed the air trafficking of shampoo and conditioner and okay’d the robot sky killing of American citizens, if warranted by… someone.

Because one American life lost to terror is one too many, which I agree with. But it seems to me we’ll move heaven and earth to do whatever it takes to prevent weapons from falling into the hands of foreigners who might kill our citizens, because apparently we think killing our citizens, is our job.

Via C&L.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday, December 14, 2012