Right from the moment he stepped into the building, we could see that Jon Stewart felt awful. Stewart was paler than pale. He'd been sick with stomach flu, and as you can see here, the guy totally toughed it out.
His hour with Rachel Maddow would be the longest period he'd gone without being sick in a day. At the close of the interview he said to Maddow:
"You, my friend, are like ginger root. You are the ginger root of interviewers, in that you have pulled things out of me I never knew were there, and yet, still I leave not nauseous."
Whether Jon Stewart is correct to draw an equivalence between Fox News and MSNBC (or whether he's even doing such a thing), he's got a history of criticizing the news media for generating more heat than light and thereby doing more harm than good.
Johannes Mehserle was sentenced last Friday, and I've been struggling to form a coherent response ever since. Mehserle is the former Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter in July for the fatal shooting of unarmed BART rider Oscar Grant III during the wee hours of New Year's Day, 2009.
(The video of the incident still lives on the Web, but if you need to see it, I trust that you can find it on your own.)
Following last night's bear interview I somehow have a stack of grizzly bear links.
We learned today that the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer has run out of things to shoot and kill and recommends we wipe out grizzly bears. Or maybe he's just attended too many moustache parades...
Anyway, not even Sarah Palin advocates shooting animals for the sake of wiping them off the face of the earth - and especially not grizzlies. Of course, in light of Friday's Gail Collins column that position could soften.
The Collins money-quote and more after the jump...
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What's just as complicated and much more beautiful than the spaghetti graph? This amazing chart from an equally amazing blog showing the complex web of allegiances between a Mexican drug cartel and government agencies. read more
In the spirit of such great works as "father play with children in autumn park" and from the respository responsible for such compelling imagery as "Happy friendly hispanic waitress serving salads" we present "Lesbian couple eating strawberries."
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(When guns are outlawed, only Lego people will have guns. Or, as a viewer suggests, "When you're forced to let go of your guns, only Lego people will have guns.")
While we're on the subject of fake-truth, here's one from the wilds of the Tea Party Nation forums (membership req'd.):
OBAMA'S SECRET PLOT TO CONTROL GUNS
(The economy added 151,000 private sector jobs last month. Chart: Steve Benen)
Just when voters have given the heave to the Democratic majority in the House, the government reports that the lousy economy got better last month. The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the economy added 151,000 nonfarm jobs in October -- not nearly enough to make up for the 8 million lost during the recession, and yet so much better than we saw in the darkest days of the recession.
(Know Your Meme)
If you think truth is hard, try fake-truth. For tonight's opening segment on the United States of Making Stuff Up, we brainstormed a list of "facts" that have persisted their way into Internet "reality." The first one, unicorn meat, made it into the show. Here's the rest of the list:
Unicorn meatCelebrity death hoaxes on TwitterU.N. has a U.F.O. commissionMr. Rogers, Marine Corps sniperBonsai kittensTourist guyMicrosoft will send you $10 if you forward this e-mailBall girl makes amazing catchKobe Bryant jumps speeding carPopping popcorn with your cell phone
After watching Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell raise a little over five percent of her itemized donations from people who could actually vote for her -- that is, from people in Delaware -- we wanted to see how the rest of the Tea Party Senate slate fared.
It turns out that there's not much correlation between where a Tea Party pol got the money and what happened on Election Day. The final, final reports aren't in yet, but the FEC documents so far show that most of them raised a ton of money out of state. Check out the expanded view of all nine.
When it comes to torturing people, former President George W. Bush is still not embarrassed. Emphasis mine:
In a memoir due out Tuesday, Bush makes clear that he personally approved the use of that coercive technique against alleged Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheik Mohammed, an admission the human rights experts say could one day have legal consequences for him.
The Kentucky Democratic Party has released what might be the most harrowing ad of the campaign season so far. "The Rand Paul Stomp" burns into your brain the image of a Paul county coordinator Tim Profitt stomping MoveOn activist Lauren Valle's head into the curb. Over and over and over.
This is very tough viewing and very tough politics. Fair warning, OK? Clip's after the jump.