Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Headlines - Wednesday June 20

The racist doubles down
Racist Barbara Espinosa is standing by her remarks in which she called the first black President of the United States a "monkey," then trots out the classic teabagger "free speech" defense.

"To set the record straight I did use the word monkey and Obama in the same sentence. Yes I did say I voted for the white guy. Unless there has been a takeover of America and free speech is no longer allowed and I can be put to death for making a remark, I refuse to take the fifth."

Adding to her rock-solid defense, she then copies and pastes part of Wikipedia's "monkey" page. Case closed.


Jonathan Turley: Looking For Socialism? Try Buying A Drink In One of America's State Controlled Liquor Stores
The Family Research Council (motto: we love families. White, straight, Xristian Xrazy families) and that inspired hater Tony Perkins is having a simulcast Pledge of Allegiance Sunday that includes inspiring words from evolution's own banana enthusiast, Kirk Cameron. (FRC)
Grifters gotta grift


Hosts General Wesley Clark (ret.) and Samantha Harris Join Celebrity Cast Including Laila Ali, Dean Cain, Terry Crews, Nick Lachey, Todd Palin, Dolvett Quince, Picabo Street and Eve Torres in the Action-Packed Competition Show
"Stars Earn Stripes" Premieres Monday, August 13 (8 – 10 p.m. ET)

OK, you know that the premise is on the face of it absurd. Honoring America's Armed Forces, really? By having a bunch of Hollywood has-beens and never-will-bes play soldiers? Really? Compete against what? Oh…

The eight competitors will gather at a remote training facility where they will tackle complicated and difficult missions that are inspired by real military exercises.

I can hardly wait to see this F-Team of nitwits re-enact the Navy Seals getting OBL.

Continue on, NBC, we are all ears:

Each will be paired with an "operative" who is a member or a former member of our armed forces or law enforcement agencies. The operative will coach and guide their celebrity teammate on their training and each of their missions and will compete along-side them.

So… Police Academy with the Stars?

From helicopter drops to long range weapons fire – the competitors will be tested physically and emotionally as they play to win and to earn a cash prize for military, veterans and first-responder based charities. Each week one of the teams will be eliminated.

I feel like eliminating myself, but that could be lunch. But here's the best part, the snippet bios of the cast:

  • four-time undefeated world boxing champion Laila Ali
  • actor Dean Cain ("Out of Time," Five Days of War")
  • actor and former National Football League player Terry Crews ("The Expendables 2," "The Newsroom")
  • multi-platinum recording artist, actor, producer and television personality Nick Lachey (NBC's "The Sing-Off")
  • Alaska businessman Todd Palin
  • Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street
  • "The Biggest Loser" trainer Dolvett Quince
  • WWE Diva, Eve Torres

OK, let's just assume for a moment that these stars have honorably earned the designation of being (somehow) beloved entertainers. Then we have the problem of monosyllabic lump and known secessionist Todd Palin. I mention the secessionist only because this show purports to be some sort of patriotic honoring of our armed services, so it seems strange to have a man known for advocating Alaska leaving the United States. But I digress.

So what is the claim to fame of Todd Palin, besides being the husband and former First Dude of Alaska's Part-time Governor and Full-time Grifter Sarah Palin (does that make him Alaska's part-time Dude? Yes)? Is his fame based on being the sperm donor for the most appalling clan of fame-whoring morons in the known world? Or is it for the threatening way he would get in the grille of anyone who got near his meal ticket Mooselini? But what, prithee tell, is this businessman part? Could it be that riding a snow mobile is a business?

Anyway, on a related note: the best review of Brisket's® reality TeeVee show is available here.

(WaPo and NBC Press Release)


True Facts! - Noted world-history scholar and infamous fruit assassin Joe-the-Plumber says that gun laws caused the Armenian Genocide and the Jewish Holocaust. Later, his spox added US Slavery as another historical artifact of gun control. No. Really. (Think Progress)
Gary Wills finds some former professor of Obama's wanking about how Obama must be defeated because he's not a "true progressive". Wills lets the dude have it.
The economic history of the last 2,000 years in one graph:

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