Ted Cruz Impersonates Great Politician, and Does Impression of JFK Too

Republican presidential frontrunner-up and Canadian Usurper Ted Cruz loves to show off his pop culture acumen and skills at mimicry whenever he can let up on his Steven Colbert-like devotion to his passive/aggressive conservative dick character. Those skills were on brilliant display yesterday when Cruz favored an Iowa eatery with his impression of JFK, only really loud, because everybody knows louder is funnier:
JFK would be tarred and feathered and thrown out of the modern Democratic Party. You know, JFK said “Some men see things as they ahhh, and ask why. I see things that nevah wuhhh, and ask ‘Why not?'”
I’m not going to make some hoary reference to that old Lloyd Bentsen joke, because that’s just the kind of hack move that Ted Cruz would make, only he’d do it REALLY LOUD. Instead, I’ll just observe that like every other touchstone Ted Cruz tries to appropriate Continue reading "Ted Cruz Impersonates Great Politician, and Does Impression of JFK Too"

AP Removes Terrorist God Charlie Hebdo Photos After Mediaite Column

After a Mediaite column pointed out that Associated Press was selling pictures of a Charlie Hebdo cover featuring God as a terrorist after refusing to show the covers of Muhammad, the AP responded by pulling the God cover as well. As the original story pointed out:
The Associated Press also did not carry any images of the Muhammad cartoon, saying in a statement, “It’s been our policy for years that we refrain from moving deliberately provocative images.” Presumably, this is no longer AP policy, since you can now buy this picture for editorial use:
AP429770685673 But that photo is no longer available after The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple asked AP about the discrepancy:
When we pointed out that Mediaite’s Alex Griswold had found an AP-sourced photograph showing the current Charlie Hebdo cover, an AP rep responded: “12 photos have been taken down from AP Images, which is the Continue reading "AP Removes Terrorist God Charlie Hebdo Photos After Mediaite Column"

The One Law Democrats Could Write to End Gun Violence

1shall-e1452187340946Chris Hayes is a genius. Or rather, I’m a genius, and Chris Hayes is my genius’ assistant. On Wednesday night’s All In, Hayes gave me the idea for a law that Democrats could write, that Republicans would almost have to vote for, that would end preventable gun violence in America forever. One law, two provisions, half a page. No more preventable gun violence. Sound too good to be true? Stick with me. President Obama‘s just-announced executive actions on gun regulation have had the effect of pushing Republicans to such an absolutist position on gun rights that they’re now essentially calling themselves tyrants. There’s one bridge that they’re not all willing to cross yet, but only because no one is putting them to the test. At the conclusion of an interview with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) Wednesday night, Chris Hayes decided to hit him with one of those smug Continue reading "The One Law Democrats Could Write to End Gun Violence"

Media That Censored Charlie Hebdo‘s Muhammad Have No Problem With Terrorist God Cover

charlie hebdo coverThe massacre of the staff of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo one year ago today presented a unique challenge for media outlets covering the story. The Muhammad covers that prompted the Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists to kill were obviously newsworthy, and terrorists had killed specifically to keep these images out of the light day. But on the other hand, publishing the cartoons could put themselves in danger. What mattered more: taking a stand against murderous thugs, or avoiding retribution? Most outlets failed the test. The Big Three networks, MSNBC, CNN, AP, and most newspapers chose the path of least resistance and blurred or refused to publish cartoons. The excuses given (when they bothered giving an excuse at all) were that they didn’t publish intentionally offensive images. At the same time, outlets were careful never to address the elephant in the room: that murderous religious fanatics believed publishing the cartoons deserved a death
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Senator Cruz is Wrong, His Eligibility for Presidency is Debatable

PicMonkey Collage - CruzSenator Ted Cruz is wrong, his citizenship is not settled law. Cruz defiantly scoffed off recent criticism by Republican opponent Donald Trump regarding his citizenship by proclaiming that the question is “settled law.” Here is the thing. It is not. In fact, there is no current law on the books defining the meaning of a “natural born citizen.” It is also NOT defined in the U.S. Constitution. There are three basic requirements for presidency. First, the President must be 35 years old or older. Second, he or she must be a “Resident” of the Unites States for fourteen years. But the third one is vague and is the heart of the controversy. The President must be a “natural born Citizen.”  Mr. Cruz – a Harvard Law grad, an attorney and former state solicitor general – should know that. While the U.S. Supreme Court has mentioned in Continue reading "Senator Cruz is Wrong, His Eligibility for Presidency is Debatable"

Why Did Elizabeth Warren Suddenly Pivot to Praise ‘All’ Dem Candidates on Wall St. Reform?

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 10.13.13 AMAt 10:10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, bankruptcy law pro and anti-big bank hero Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat representing Massachusetts, took to Twitter to offer her unequivocal support for Senator Bernie Sanders. The praise in question stemmed from Sanders’ heightened rhetoric this week, when the Democratic-Socialist candidate for President visited New York City to speak publicly about Wall St. reform. The support from Warren on its own would not strike many people as strange. The two candidates share a populist ideology over breaking up the financial institutions viewed largely responsible for the banking collapse of 2008; Warren’s own work as a prominent bankruptcy law professor led her to oversee a committee charged with the TARP bailout funds before her Senatorial career, Continue reading "Why Did Elizabeth Warren Suddenly Pivot to Praise ‘All’ Dem Candidates on Wall St. Reform?"

Anti-Gay Marriage Dude Tries to Mansplain The Supreme Court to Megyn Kelly

1mk-e1452136908268On the heels of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore‘s order to halt same-sex marriage licenses in the state, an emboldened National Organization for Marriage decided to send a history major to do a lawyer’s job. Fox News anchor and experienced lawyer Megyn Kelly hosted Brian Brown (the NOM president, not the Australian guy from Cocktail) on Wednesday night’s The Kelly File to discuss Moor’s order. Brown was doing pretty well for himself until he started to say words, and then things went all haywire for him. Brown’s opening gambit was the fine legal thinking of Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee (imagine that wedding), which holds that Supreme Court rulings are more, like, guidelines. Kelly lost it a little when Brown said officials shouldn’t “kowtow” to the court (which might be NOM-speak for some kind of man-dairy animal union), then  patiently tried to explain the legal concept codified in Continue reading "Anti-Gay Marriage Dude Tries to Mansplain The Supreme Court to Megyn Kelly"