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Jon Stewart & A Ridiculous Glenn Beck

Nice to know that you can be off the grid for a month, and things remain relatively the same.

Take the ridiculousness of Glenn Beck, for example.

In the clip below, Jon Stewart skewers the bombastic, offensive, and completely inappropriate plans of conservative nitwit Glenn Beck to deliver a “Restoring Honor” speech on the same date and the same place as Dr. Martin Luther King. Beck, of course, claims that any echoes of King’s historic speech were pure coincidence.

Stewart ain’t buying it, and neither should anyone with common sense. The entire idea of Beck delivering a speech about equality, civil rights, or social justice is laughable. And the audacity to appropriate King’s moment? Can you say “bad idea”?

“Glenn Beck does have a dream,” Stewart says. “Unfortunately, it’s the kind of dream you have when you eat four pepperoni Hot Pockets right before bed.”

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An Interview with South Africa’s Proud Racist

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John Oliver, the Englishman with impeccable timing, finds the last remaining racist in South Africa.

“This isn’t your Tea Party racism,” Oliver says, tasting a bit of the South African soil: “This is the good stuff.”

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Jon Stewart’s “Gaywatch: Virginia Edition”

Getting skewered by Jon Stewart means you’ve reached a certain level of notoriety. Virginia’s AG Kenneth Cuccinelli has achieved this television infamy.

I’ve posted recently about Cuccinelli’s move to discriminate against gays at public colleges and universities. Jon Stewart breaks down Cuccinell’s shameful actions with his characteristic humor.

Adds Stewart in mock exasperation: “What the f**k: You can’t be gay in college? That’s the whole point of going to college.”

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New Marriages Feted with New Name

hubbyhubby-pintOh, Ben and Jerry. The infamous (and infamously liberal) ice cream company celebrates the legalization of same-sex marriage in their home state of Vermont by renaming their popular “Chubby Hubby” flavor to “Hubby Hubby”. This has been my favorite ice cream flavor–the pretzels and peanut butter perfectly mixed with vanilla ice cream–even before its spanking new name.

In April, Jon Stewart joked about Ben & Jerry’s renaming the flavor in a monologue. Instead of “Chubby Hubby” it would be called “Chubby Hubbies”. Apparently, the B & J folks didn’t go for that one.

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Olbermann & Stewart break it down: “Mob rule” and the “Real America”

Keith Olbermann is unrepentant in his political views. Whether you agree with him or not, he supports his bold statements with evidence and reason. About the divisiveness of McCain’s campaign: the McCain staff is “taking a crack in a dam” and “burrowing into it.”

This video of McCain-Palin supporters at a rally in Strongstown, Ohio, highlights the “mob rule” that Olbermann refers to.

Okay, it might be argued that Senator McCain and Governor Palin can not be held responsible for the erroneous, small-minded views of their supporters. But they are certainly capable–and responsible–for their own spokespeople, television ads, and stump speeches.

Examples of the divisive McCain campaign:

  1. Nancy Pfotenhauer, a McCain Senior Policy Advisor: Let’s discuss the “real Virginia”–not the fake Northern Virginia in which those darn democrats from D.C. reside. The “real Virginia” is “more Southern in nature.”
  2. McCain TV ad: Obama is “too risky for America.” Message: Obama is a terrorist and hides the truth, because of his relationship with Bill Ayers.
  3. Gov. Sarah Palin herself speaks about the “real America”: It’s wonderful to visit “the small little towns..the wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America” who are “very patriotic, very pro America areas”

As Olbermann puts it, the McCain campaign has created an “us and them, the pro and the anti” areas and citizens of the United States of America. Personally, I hope that I’m not reduced to choosing an “either-or” model of national identity.

Do you belong to the real or fake America?

Do you belong to the real or fake America?

The inimitable Jon Stewart did a great mockumentary about the real and the fake America.

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