Real Time's Bill Maher had a bit of fun with House Speaker John Boehner and shared some of his "drunken" Tweets they just happened to come across with his audience this Friday.
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The Daily Show's Jon Stewart once again tore into Republicans during their ongoing coverage of what they've dubbed, Shutstorm 2013, and the ridiculous analogies we've heard from some of them to justify their continued brinksmanship during this government shutdown.
After noting that President Obama didn't exactly make the best analogy himself during a speech this week, he moved onto Sen. Tom Coburn and his grandstanding on the Senate floor, where he cut up a giant credit card.
STEWART: I would like permission to use scissors? That is the best evidence yet that our Congress functions at a kindergarten level. [...]
Angry giant aside also, I'm pretty sure cutting up the country's credit card doesn't make the debt go away. You still have to pay it. Credit cards aren't like cursed medallions, where "I destroy it" and it loses all its power. They still find you.
Next up was Sen. Ted Cruz' BFF, Sen. Mike Lee, who compared what the Republicans are doing to a "family man running errands" who was being forced to buy things that aren't on his grocery list. Someone needs to remind this clown that there are a whole lot of items on the Democrats' "grocery list" they would rather not be paying for as well, but they never threatened the full faith and credit of the United States government over it. I was glad to see Stewart let him have it for this bit of nonsense he was spouting on the Senate floor as well.
STEWART: You're a family man running errands for French toast day, forced to buy poetry and gay-ish music.
LEE: That in some ways, is the way that we're asked to spend money here in Congress.
STEWART: Oh, I get it. You're saying some people in Congress are being forced to pay for some stuff they don't want and that's not fair, but unfortunately that's called being in a country with some people who aren't exactly you.
So let's talk about what's really happening at that store. Everybody chipped in and gave you money to go to the store to buy milk, bread and eggs. And then you decided on your own, "You know what? I don't f**king like eggs. Eggs are a Communist menace turning our country Muslim, so I'm just going to buy milk and bread." And everybody else is like, "We passed a law that you would buy milk, bread, and eggs and the Supreme Court upheld... that shopping list."
And that's when you burn the f**king store down!
Stewart asked if there was any way out of this mess, but as he and his Daily Show cohort, Al Madrigal noted, it looks like these GOP "bipartisan-curious” "moderates" are going to "stay in the closet" rather than face a primary challenge from the right, although I have to say, I really object to someone like Peter King being referred to as a "moderate." It seems everyone in the media thinks that the new definition of a Republican "moderate" is someone who isn't completely bats**t crazy.
Stephen Colbert did his best parody of Fox "news" and their constant hammering of the poor who rely on programs such as food stamps along with those who rely on earned benefits such as Social Security -- otherwise known in Fox-world as "moochers" -- and he had some recommendations on how they might be able to make ends meet in this Tuesday night's "Word" segment.
Pick yourself up by your own bootstraps people... and if that doesn't work, well, you can always resort to selling your hair and body organs.
A new parody video featuring actress Amber Tamblyn and her husband, comedian David Cross reminds us why we shouldn't be allowing Republican "Gynoticians" to be making decisions about women's health care.
Can you imagine if this actually happened to you? If you're one of millions of American women, it has. It is happening not in an exam room, but in a room with marbled floors, expensive pens and numerous symbols of "freedom," populated by men and women in crisp suits whose ideas about "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" are rooted in illogical double-standards and hypocrisies that boggle the mind. These people are making decisions about you, for you, but not by you. They are passing wildly unpopular laws everyday that dictate the choices you can or cannot make, the health care you may or may not be afforded, the rights you can or cannot enjoy in regards to your very own body. Tell Gynoticians like Rick Perry, Trent Franks, Pat McCrory and the Pat McCrorys of women like representative Jodie Laubenberg and Marsha Blackburn that enough is enough: We aren't just coming for their laws, we're coming for their JOBS.
The Daily Show's John Oliver was back for his second week filling in as host for Jon Stewart and doing a fantastic job once again. He opened this Monday's show with a revelation following the return of Sarah Palin to Fox "News" and her hawking her upcoming book on their ridiculous "War on Christmas":
“I just don’t even know where to begin with her,” he said. “I mean — hold on. I think I’ve just realized something. F*ck it, this is exactly what she wants. Just because I walked into a turd supermarket doesn’t mean I have to buy anything.”
Though Oliver could mock Palin in the typical Daily Show-esque fashion by mashing up clips of the conservative commentator contradicting her own “nonsense,” the more prudent move was to “just f*cking ignore her.”
“I promise America it will feel so good,” he remarked. “It will be like we give our brains an enema together.”
Ignoring Palin rather than mocking her would be a difficult task, Oliver acknowledged, but it was the right thing to do.
It makes me wonder if the writers over at The Daily Show read Karoli's post on the same subject. While I understand and share the fatigue completely and the sentiment behind not wanting to feed her obvious trolling, I also think ignoring her completely is dangerous. I would prefer to see the media ignore her for the most part unless she's subjected to the proper level of mockery and derision she received here.
From this Friday's Real Time, Bill Maher told his audience that he and his staff think they've found the "smoking gun" that proves the IRS had unfairly targeted the tea partiers who are upset about having to wait to get their 501(c)(4) status approved.
Chris Hayes took a shot at him the night before and this Thursday, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart took his turn skewering Rand Paul for his appearance at Howard University. Paul asked the audience there how his party has managed to go from being one that elected the first twenty African American congressmen to becoming a party that now loses ninety percent of their vote, and Stewart was happy to answer that question for Sen. Paul.
Stewart proceeded to explain for Paul that maybe that pesky Southern Strategy employed by Nixon and St. Ronnie and Bush Sr. -- all the way up to recent times and presidential contender Gov. Rick Perry and his Niggerhead Ranch -- might tend to alienate a voting bloc.
Jon continued by going through baby Paul's train wreck of a speech at Howard which you can read more about here: The history Rand Paul struggles to understand:
Reince Priebus and the RNC's recent efforts to work on the GOP's messaging and their ridiculous minority outreach program were mocked roundly on this Tuesday evening's The Daily Show by host Jon Stewart, who was, to put it mildly, not impressed with their post-election plan:
“Holy shit, let me break this strategy down, if I may,” Stewart said after running a clip of RNC Chair Reince Priebus discussing the report. “Let me break this strategy down. After pretending minorities didn’t exist proved a loser, the Republican Party has decided to physically go into these areas and engage, person to person, or, as that is known on the streets, talking. But of course, as the saying goes talk is not cheap.”
That’s where the additional paid staff come in.
“So there you go,” Stewart said. “You’re going to go into minority neighborhoods, do a little market research, then send paid spokespeople back into the minority communities with a new retargeted message. Hey, it worked for Kool cigarettes, why not, why not for another organization that has seemed indifferent to the overall health of minorities?”
Stewart followed up with some highlights from this year's CPAC 2013 and after showing the audience some of The Donald, the Wasilla Snowbilly and their new "rising star" and Fox favorite Ben Carson's speeches, wished the Republicans "good luck in 2020."
Stephen Colbert told his audience Monday that like most conservatives, he's "long had respect for the Hispanic community, ever since they voted Barack Obama in for a second term" and said that was a "sobering moment" -- at least, it would be if he could stop drinking.
Colbert then opined that he thought Hispanics came to the United States to do the jobs that other Americans did not want to do, like voting for Mitt Romney, whose name he couldn't remember as usual, and he played footage of some of the political pundits out there, claiming that Hispanics should naturally be a part of their coalition. Colbert agreed.
COLBERT: Yes, Hispanic and Republicans go together like beans and very, very white rice... that is very suspicious of the beans. Now granted, we conservatives may have said a few things about immigrants in the past, but now that is just agua the Spanish word for bridge. Because Republicans have now reached out to a group they trust even less than Mexicans -- Democrats.
After showing the Republicans out there talking about their newfound embrace of immigration reform and the right wing pundits explaining how this is just going to make all of the racist statements in the past go away, Colbert made note of why they still might have some problems with those voters.
COLBERT: Yes, Republicans will take racism off the table, or have their bus boy do it. Either way it's gone.
After showing the yappers over at Fox attacking President Obama for coming out with his own plan and basically telling the President to sit down and shut up, Colbert got to the root of their problem and this recent pandering we've seen by Republicans.
COLBERT: Hispanic voters know that immigration reform is moving forward only because Republicans decided to quit blocking it. They're not going to give Obama credit for supporting it all along. That would be like passing a kidney stone and then thanking your doctor, instead of thanking the kidney stone for taking you on such a character building adventure of agony.
Colbert wound things up explaining that there is still another hitch for the GOP, which is actually following through and voting for any of this, which is the President's plan wanting to give visas for same-sex partners. As I already noted here, Harry Reid might have expressed some optimism (heaven forbid, as Colbert noted) for "treating gay people as people," but I don't share it. I don't see Republicans doing anything else but continuing to treat just about everyone other than old white men as second-class citizens if they think there's any political benefit in demonizing them.
Although it wasn't as bad as the carping over at Fox, Stephen Colbert's character wasn't taking the inauguration of President Obama this Monday all that well to say the least. After complaining about why they needed to even have another ceremony and wondering what Romney was doing while the festivities were going on, Colbert decided to re-inaugurate himself as the Commander-in-Opposing-the-Chief on a mound of bibles.