John Cole has the best headline I’ve seen about the propagation of House of Windsor.

American media’s fascination with the idea that rich persons who attend ceremonies for a living are capable of procreation does rather baffle one, eh, what?

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Warning: Worse taste than usual.

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The Las Vegas Sun’s Brian Greenspun points out that, too often, propaganda masquerades as news and serves, not the pubic interest, but the public biases. A snippet:

In today’s world, there are three different media. There is entertainment media, there is the news media and then there is the kind of media that calls itself “news” but is really a form of manipulation that takes advantage of a significant portion of our population by telling people what they want to hear without regard to truth or justice.

(snip)

Just look at Congress.

We have people in charge of science and technology who believe the world is 5,000 years old. We have people in charge of foreign policy who believe venturing away from the shores of America is a foreign concept. We have people who talk about women in a first-class way who legislate laws about women as if they were second-class citizens.

I ask myself why that is every day. And now I know the answer.

There is an entire industry of very smart people who realize they can manipulate Americans like sheep just by telling them lies, over and over again. Lies the people are only too willing to hear. Sound familiar?

Read the rest.

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Jon Stewart tries to survive the Blitzer.

Below the fold in case it autoplays.

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Will Bunch reviews the Revenge of the Pseudo-Nerds.

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26 April 2015 · Comments Off on Walkering the Pet · Categories: Political Theatre

Via Juanita Jean.

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26 April 2015 · Comments Off on What’s in a Name · Categories: Political Theatre

China Hand points out that words may not mean what we think they mean:

“Fascist”, it appears, is the go-to epithet for characterizing nationalists and racists we don’t like. “Nationalist” is apparently the go-to epithet for characterizing fascists we do like.

Follow the link to see why he says this.

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25 April 2015 · Comments Off on School for Scandal · Categories: Political Theatre

Noz senses the presence of “fatigue fatigue.”

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24 April 2015 · Comments Off on Susie Sampson Samples Citizens · Categories: Political Theatre

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23 April 2015 · Comments Off on Rand Gestures · Categories: Political Theatre

Macho, macho man.

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22 April 2015 · Comments Off on Earth Day · Categories: Political Theatre

Sir Rodney to the King of Id:


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22 April 2015 · Comments Off on The Case of the Disappearing Talking Point · Categories: Political Theatre

Dick Polman investigates. Follow the link for the rest of the case file.

Sometimes what’s newsworthy is not what politicians say, but what they don’t say. Like last weekend, when 19 Republican presidential hopefuls auditioned at a New Hampshire event – yet they barely mentioned Obamare. They didn’t thunder about a “train wreck,” or warn that the law was destroying America, or vow that they’d repeal it one millisecond after their Inauguration.

Gee, I wonder why they were so quiescent.

Actually, there’s no need to wonder. Here’s why: Obamacare is a success. It has demolished every dystopic Republican prediction, and, at this point, five years after its passage, it would be politically nuts to campaign against it.

Yes, we still get the random rhetorical blast – Ted Cruz wants to repeal “every word of Obamacare,” Marco Rubio talks about a “post-Obamacare era,” Scott Walker occasionally strokes the conservative base by mouthing the word “disaster” – but there is no sustained fervor.

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22 April 2015 · Comments Off on Californicated · Categories: Political Theatre

Pipeline from Mars to California.  One Martian says to another,

Via Job’s Anger.

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20 April 2015 · Comments Off on Civil Air Patrol, Republican Style · Categories: Political Theatre

Republican to man in gyrocopter on Capitol grounds:  Unless you are a corporate lobbyist, you are in big trouble.

Via Balloon Juice.

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Heh

19 April 2015 · Comments Off on Heh · Categories: Political Theatre

(Emphasis added.)

. . . what the NHampsters refer to as “tourism.” One of the richest “tourist” lodes is the quadrennial presidential Running of the Candidates, . . . .

AKA, “running of the bullshit.”

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19 April 2015 · Comments Off on Chartering a Course for Disaster · Categories: Political Theatre

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18 April 2015 · Comments Off on Both Sides Not · Categories: Political Theatre

Froma Harrop marvels at the myth of the middle:

Some time ago, I heard a power company executive arguing that humans have played no role in global warming. Actually, he went further, “demonstrating” that global warming isn’t even happening. (This is often done by cherry-picking dates to start with an unusually warm year.) He ended by spreading his arms and beseeching us in his common-sense voice, “Can’t we meet in the sensible middle?”

To which I thought, “If I say the moon is made of lunar rock and you say it is made of green cheese, is the ‘sensible middle’ that the moon is half lunar rock and half green cheese?”

That’s the problem with sensible middles. You can’t do the give-and-take without agreeing on facts.

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18 April 2015 · Comments Off on Diversity Diversions · Categories: Political Theatre

In the Guardian, Gustavo Arellano examines the efficacy of Republican outreach. He finds it less than prepossessing.

You gotta hand it to the Republican Party. When one of their own makes history in the diversity game – say, Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court, Sarah Palin as a vice president nominee, or Ronald Reagan becoming our nation’s first actor president – that trailblazer is so noxious that their origin group largely disowns them, leaving the party to lick its affirmative-action wounds. That’s exactly what’s going to happen to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, the first-ever Latino Republicans to seriously campaign for their party’s presidential nomination (sorry, Ben Fernandez).

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17 April 2015 · Comments Off on Cruzin’ · Categories: Political Theatre

Juanita Jean.

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