On Tuesday's Daily Show, Jon weighed in on the recent controversy in which Dr. Laura Schlessinger used the "N" word nearly a dozen times on her radio show. After spouting racial epithets, Schlessinger announced that she was quitting radio in order to preserve the same first amendment rights she abused so thoroughly. Ever addicted to the limelight, Sarah Palin couldn't help but use the debacle to get some attention for herself. Which, in turn, raised an important question: Which word is worse, the "N" word, or the "R" word? Wyatt Cenac and John Oliver debate. Watch it:
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Shocking revelations on Monday's Daily Show. It seems that Fox News, for all its pro-America posturing, is actually in bed with a Saudi prince whose persuasions are less than "patriotic." Indeed, Alwaleed bin Talal, in addition to being a hardline Wahaabi Muslim, is also Fox's biggest shareholder. Don't believe it? Follow the money. It's a pretty straightforward process. Watch it:
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Here's Krugman, via the NYTimes:
What’s at stake here? According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, making all of the Bush tax cuts permanent, as opposed to following the Obama proposal, would cost the federal government $680 billion in revenue over the next 10 years. For the sake of comparison, it took months of hard negotiations to get Congressional approval for a mere $26 billion in desperately needed aid to state and local governments. And where would this $680 billion go? Nearly all of it would go to the richest 1 percent of Americans, people with incomes of more than $500,000 a year. But that’s the least of it: the policy center’s estimates say that the majority of the tax cuts would go to the richest one-tenth of 1 percent. Take a group of 1,000 randomly selected Americans, and pick the one with the highest income; he’s going to get the majority of that group’s tax break. And the average tax break for those lucky few — the poorest members of the group have annual incomes of more than $2 million, and the average member makes more than $7 million a year — would be $3 million over the course of the next decade.
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How can this kind of giveaway be justified at a time when politicians claim to care about budget deficits? Well, history is repeating itself. The original campaign for the Bush tax cuts relied on deception and dishonesty. In fact, my first suspicions that we were being misled into invading Iraq were based on the resemblance between the campaign for war and the campaign for tax cuts the previous year. And sure enough, that same trademark deception and dishonesty is being deployed on behalf of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
This post is by tintin and originally appeared at Sadly, No! Jim Hoft, The Gateway Dumbshit, offers another of his breathless dispatches on the perfidy of liberals who are, apparently, giving the keys to Fort Knox to the Mooslim terrorists while snatching innocent Christian infants from the teats of their mothers and then grinding them up in blenders to be used in acai berry, baby flesh and artichoke slushies drunk by Muslims each evening during the month of Ramadan. Here’s the headline of Hoft’s latest:
Unreal. New York Officials Refuse to Allow Christians to Rebuild Church Destroyed on 9-11
And the post itself:
OK… Now this ought to make your blood boil. New York officials have killed plans to rebuild a Greek Orthodox Church near Ground Zero. … And, yet these same officials are bending over backwards for the Ground Zero Victory Mosque planners. Unreal.
Of course, if true, this would be an outrage. But this tale, like so many of the tales propagated by Hoft (including his recent terrified report of a baboon running loose in St. Louis and endangering the whole town), is just too silly and improbable to be believed by anybody but the most self-soiled of bedwitters (all of which can be found in Hoft’s comment section). So, is the nixed church story true? Sadly, No! Originally, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced an agreement where the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was completely destroyed when one of the Twin Towers collapsed on it, would be rebuilt at a new and larger location east of its original site. The Port Authority would buy from the Church the land on which the church building initially stood in exchange for $20 million and the larger land parcel as well as committing to spend an additional $40 million on improvements for the site. The church and the Port Authority were unable to agree finally to the terms of this deal. However, the church still owns its original parcel and can rebuild its church there. Neither the Port Authority, nor the City of New York, nor the White House, nor the Tooth Fairy, nor the local zoning commission, nor Keith Olbermann, nor Ezra Klein, nor Judge Walker nor anyone else has told the church that it cannot rebuild on that site. Even the Fox News story cited by Hoft to support his point says that in a passage conveniently omitted by Hoft.
“St. Nicholas Orthodox Church has always had and will continue to have the right to rebuild on its original location. The question was whether public money would be spent to build a much larger church at a separate location on the site and ensuring that construction wouldn’t delay the World Trade Center further,” [Port Authority] spokesman Stephen Sigmund said in a written statement.
If you could replace Hoft’s entire brain with puréed raw goat meat, there it little question that this would raise his I.Q. by 20 to 30 points.
The Advocate, via TPM:

Attorneys for U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., threatened Thursday to sue radio stations if they continued airing a commercial critical of the senator’s past conduct with women.

Vitter’s attorneys claimed in a letter to the radio stations that the 60-second advertisement is “false, misleading and defamatory.”

The spot talks about Vitter’s alleged battery of a woman and of the arrest of the senator’s former aide, Brent Furer, on charges stemming from an incident involving the aide’s girlfriend.

The ad, paid for by Senate candidate and former Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor, is being run on radio stations around the state.

Traylor campaign strategist Roy Fletcher said the claims made in the commercial are true and Vitter just doesn’t like its content.

“To me he’s trying to suppress free speech,” said Fletcher, who developed the ad.

TPM posted the ad's script:
Now it's time to man up. A judge found Vitter committed battery on a woman. It was an unprovoked attack. Next, Vitter's notorious scandal with the DC Madam. She ran an escort service for powerful men in Washington, if you know what I mean. Then a former prostitute said she, well, serviced Vitter on numerous occasions in New Orleans. That's family values, right? Now, Vitter's Senate aide for women affairs holds his girlfriend hostage while slashing her face with a knife. Vitter didn't fire the aide. Vitter gave him two more years on his public payroll. Some conservative, huh? Hey Vitter. What's next? Republicans, it's time to man up for change.
If you have a pen, a yellow highlighter and a dream, you can pretty much call anyone a terrorist. That's the lesson of Thursday's Daily Show, wherein Jon Stewart used a favorite tool of Fox News' pundits to show how pretty much anyone can be linked to extremism. Call it "six degrees of people who don't eat bacon." Call it "Extremist Makeover: Homeland Edition." Just don't call it unpatriotic. Watch it:
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Last night, Jon Stewart took to his blackboard to reveal the shady financial dealings between conservative players. In the case of a recent donation to the Republican Governors Association, the relationship is pretty simple: the cash flows straight from News Corp., to Republicans. Shouldn't the Republican Party be paying Fox News, wonders Stewart? Watch:
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With his characteristic floppy hands and flying spittle, comedian Lewis Black delivered a scathing critique of "Eat, Pray, Love" (the movie) on Wednesday's Daily Show. Turns out Black, a "spiritually fulfilled vessel of inner peace," loved the book. He hated the movie because it supplemented his quest for self-actualization with the creepy killer from "No Country for Old Men." Too bad: You were this close to total fulfillment, Lewis. This close.
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On Tuesday's Daily Show, Stewart launched into one of his favorite segments: "Jon Stewart and Anderson Cooper Look at Gaping Holes." Tonight's hole? The security shortfall that allows pregnant terrorists to have their babies in the U.S., then bring them back decades later for ruthless attacks. Real risk, or gaping, rhetorical hole? They report, you decide. Watch it:
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On Monday's Daily Show, Jon weighed in on the brouhaha surrounding the Islamic Community Center planned several blocks away from ground zero. Enlisting the help of his Senior Religion Correspondent, John Oliver, Stewart raised a number of questions about fundamental freedoms, media inadequacy and what it means to be "American." The debate, of course, devolved into shouted expletives between Stewart and his limey counterpart. Jolly good fun all around. Watch it:
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