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Idiots Respond To NBC Pre-Empting Sunday Night Football

politicalprof:

kohenari:

NBC pre-empted the first quarter of tonight’s 49ers-Patriots game to show President Obama’s speech at the Newtown memorial for victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. As you might expect, many football fans didn’t take kindly to this.

I’m not posting any of the tweets here; if you haven’t seen them and have an interest in the names and faces of the dregs of humanity, you can go see for yourself how unabashed racism, love of guns, love of televised sports, and hatred of government all mix together.

It’s interesting to see how many of these people have already deleted their Twitter accounts; I suppose they’ll just stick to being racist morons offline from now on. Even more interesting, though, are the geniuses who have kept their accounts and are defending themselves: “Hey, I was just making a joke.” Or, “I always talk like this about everyone.” Or, “People take everything too seriously.” Or, “I’m on the news!”

Of course, if there weren’t a ton of racist morons out there, I’m not sure what I’d write about

Politicalprof: this is incredibly hard to read, but it is a real part of America …

kohenari:

Literally minutes after the Fox Nation website announced that President Obama’s reelection led directly to massive lay-offs “across America,” Republican citizens who bafflingly continue to believe what Fox News tells them took to Facebook to discuss the mythical lay-offs and to argue that companies should fire Democrats first.
The comment thread actually got far more absurd after I took this screenshot. Here are some choice nuggets:

Choosing to buy from a “Red” company rather than a “Blue” one, all else being equal, or even maybe a little unequal, is something else altogether. I don’t propose we unilaterally disarm ourselves.
But if it’s really happening, it’s worth educating America with the reality of it. Majority voted for this, yet here they thought utopia was on its way. Leftism in power brings out the worst in human nature, neither side is exempt from it.
Is someone saying they’re laying off Dem employees instead of Rep employees? Wow. Talk about the un-anticipated and unintended consequences (by those who elected Obama) of destroying freedom in a single election. Trickle-down paybacks. Which turns into more paybacks. As intended and orchestrated by the left, class warfare on the ground begins. What a devastating time for our nation. And it’s only been 3 days.
Lord knows, the Left rigs the hiring and publishing game in academia, media.
Well actually, I’ve heard that anyone in Hollywood who votes conservative, is really attacked

Here’s how the thread came to a grinding halt:

And … no further comments after that.
At what point do we imagine that a majority of Republicans will start to realize that Fox News is actively lying to them?

kohenari:

Literally minutes after the Fox Nation website announced that President Obama’s reelection led directly to massive lay-offs “across America,” Republican citizens who bafflingly continue to believe what Fox News tells them took to Facebook to discuss the mythical lay-offs and to argue that companies should fire Democrats first.

The comment thread actually got far more absurd after I took this screenshot. Here are some choice nuggets:

  • Choosing to buy from a “Red” company rather than a “Blue” one, all else being equal, or even maybe a little unequal, is something else altogether. I don’t propose we unilaterally disarm ourselves.
  • But if it’s really happening, it’s worth educating America with the reality of it. Majority voted for this, yet here they thought utopia was on its way. Leftism in power brings out the worst in human nature, neither side is exempt from it.
  • Is someone saying they’re laying off Dem employees instead of Rep employees? Wow. Talk about the un-anticipated and unintended consequences (by those who elected Obama) of destroying freedom in a single election. Trickle-down paybacks. Which turns into more paybacks. As intended and orchestrated by the left, class warfare on the ground begins. What a devastating time for our nation. And it’s only been 3 days.
  • Lord knows, the Left rigs the hiring and publishing game in academia, media.
  • Well actually, I’ve heard that anyone in Hollywood who votes conservative, is really attacked

Here’s how the thread came to a grinding halt:

And … no further comments after that.

At what point do we imagine that a majority of Republicans will start to realize that Fox News is actively lying to them?

FOX Anchors v. FOX Nerds

kohenari:

I wondered what it would be like to have watched only Fox News for the past four years and then to have to confront the reality of last night’s elections results.

Over at the Atlantic Wire, Elspeth Reeve shows us exactly what it would be like, using animated GIFs of Fox’s own election coverage:

“Are you comfortable with your call in Ohio with the doubts Karl Rove just raised?” “We’re actually quite comfortable with the call,” the nerds replied. Oh.

“Right now there’s too much Obama” votes, Nerd 1 says, for Romney to make up. “Yes there are a number of counties out there that will come in for Romney, but the largest thing outstanding right now is the Cleveland area….” Nerd 2 chimes in: “There just aren’t enough Republican votes left… Cleveland is so overwhelmingly Democrat… as the vote comes in we would expect the president’s margin to rise.”

But what about Karl Rove?! “Explain his theory and why you disagree with it.” Nerd 2 explains, “It’s not that I disagree with it.” But the handful of Republican precincts can’t overwhelm the Democratic votes still to come.

But but but! What about the exit polls? “Could this be an exit poll thing?” Kelly asks. The exit polls were so wrong in 2004…. “What we’re looking at is actual raw vote… What we’re seeing is sufficient vote in Ohio on the Democratic side to say that Ohio will go for Obama.” Megyn asks, And you’re certain? “99.95 percent.” 

“They seem very confident,” Kelly says, not entirely confident in the nerds.

HT: Seth Jolly.

Is Two-Time Divorcé Donald Trump Going to Leak Obama Divorce Papers as His October Surprise?

kohenari:

Professional birther troll and ugly haired human, Donald Trump has been parading around this week alleging that he had a bombshell so big that it was “bordering on gigantic.” A story so big that it would “possibly” change the state of the election. “Possibly,” everybody.

Early rumors today reported on Radar Online said that Obama might have sold a little bit of cocaine in college. But hoo boy, it seems Trump has found some long lost divorce papers drawn up by Michelle Obama.

For a birther that’s like not getting the shiny red bike you wanted for Christmas, but getting some cool video game anyway — it’s not perfect, but it’ll do.

Just so everyone is clear, this is probably my favorite thing about American politics right now. A whole bunch of people are very interested in what the “Celebrity Apprentice” guy has to say about who should have access to nuclear launch codes.

kohenari:

Creepy Mark Hamill is very, very creepy.
Honestly, I understand that Hamill is an actor and that, as an actor, he wants to work and, if possible, to challenge himself. But my nine-year-old self really, really wishes that George Lucas had just paid Hamill a modest annual stipend to stay home most days and to dress up like Luke Skywalker at a handful of annual events.

kohenari:

Creepy Mark Hamill is very, very creepy.

Honestly, I understand that Hamill is an actor and that, as an actor, he wants to work and, if possible, to challenge himself. But my nine-year-old self really, really wishes that George Lucas had just paid Hamill a modest annual stipend to stay home most days and to dress up like Luke Skywalker at a handful of annual events.

Governor Plays Politics With Cancer Research

kohenari:

Gov. Dave Heineman compared the University of Nebraska to a wealthy “special interest group” with its hand out for taxpayer dollars while the state’s citizens want tax relief. 

Heineman, in an interview Friday, said that his top priority remains passage of his proposed tax-cut package and that the university needs to reprioritize its spending or use private dollars from its foundation to finance the $91 million in new construction spending it is requesting from the state.

The university is seeking funds to expand nursing classroom space in Lincoln and Kearney, do design work on a new veterinary laboratory in Lincoln, and build a $370 million cancer research tower at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. 

“Here’s what the average Nebraskan tells me: ‘The university has over a billion dollars in their foundation, and they can’t afford $400 million to $500 million to afford that (cancer tower) project?’ ” Heineman said. “They’re offended, and they have a right to be offended,” he told The World-Herald.

Ron Withem, an NU spokesman, said the university has worked well with the governor in the past and hopes to do so again this year. Withem said, however, that 30 “average Nebraskans” were among those testifying Thursday in support of NU’s spending priorities before the budget-writing Appropriations Committee. 

“There were nurses, students, medical professionals and cattle producers telling legislators that they should invest in economic development and health initiatives at the university,” he said. “We think the average Nebraskans did speak yesterday.”

Withem added that the state’s largest business groups, including the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, also support the NU requests.

Several members of the Appropriations Committee have voiced support for the university project, although they doubted NU would get the entire $91 million. Much, they said, would depend on the health of the state economy and competing demands for state dollars, including the governor’s tax-cut proposal.

I wonder how Governor Heineman would respond if the Board of Regents declared that only people who make significant donations to the NU Foundation are eligible to receive any benefits from the research conducted at the new cancer research facility, since Heineman thinks the Foundation should bear all of the cost.

Or, let’s put it another way: If you don’t understand the myriad ways that a major research university benefits the people of your state, maybe it’s best to let someone else be the governor.

HT: Brandon Locke.

kohenari:

Behind the seeming inability to express what he thinks about the NATO intervention in Libya and whether or not he agreed or disagreed with President Obama’s decision, it seems that Cain was attempting to put forward an important part of his overall philosophy as a presidential candidate. He’s like a modern-day Socrates, so well aware of what he doesn’t know. Indeed, to sum up, directly from Cain, why he couldn’t bring his thoughts on Libya into clearer focus: “I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy.”

So, that’s fine then.

kohenari:

These three tweets are all the debate analysis I need for this evening; I am, once again, not watching this debate, having already made up my mind to vote for the guy who runs against whichever of these geniuses survives the gauntlet of sexual assault charges, flip-flopping, and anti-government promises that has become the central focus of GOP primary season.

kohenari:

These three tweets are all the debate analysis I need for this evening; I am, once again, not watching this debate, having already made up my mind to vote for the guy who runs against whichever of these geniuses survives the gauntlet of sexual assault charges, flip-flopping, and anti-government promises that has become the central focus of GOP primary season.