Say What Now

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Beleaguered CNN didn't do itself any favors recently when host Carol Costello "welcomed" Bill Nye the Science Guy to a segment about fire and climate change:

If you Google your name, 'Bill Nye,' you're the kooky guy who doesn't know what he's talking about... You want to defend yourself?

His response is gold.

[cnn]

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World Net Daily founder and prominent Obama administration critic Joseph Farah is convinced that the president is targeting him -- with drones.

Here's an excerpt from his interview last week with Infowars.com's Alex Jones:

I live in one of the most rural places you could possibly live in Northern Virginia and there could only be one thing that this drone was spying on and that would be me, that would be my property. This is the first term. If [Obama] is reelected, it's going to be war. They will be openly at war. We will be hunted down like dogs...

[dangerousminds]

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Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman appeared on NPR's Tell Me More on Thursday to help promote two of his upcoming films, The Dark Knight Rises and The Magic of Belle Isle. The discussion with host Michael Martin took a political turn, and Freeman offered his thoughts on President Barack Obama and the racial qualifications of a black President:

"First thing that always pops into my head regarding our president is that all of the people who are setting up this barrier for him...they just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white — very white American, Kansas, middle of America. There was no argument about who he is or what he is. America's first black president hasn't arisen yet. He's not America's first black president — he's America's first mixed-race president."

However, Freeman went on to say that he thinks President Obama has been unfairly treated by his political opponents since taking office, and criticized the Republican Party for being uncooperative during his first term.

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Hillary Clinton Rush Limbaugh Say What Now - 6375574272
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent comments about newly elected Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi were fairly innocuous. She merely encouraged President Morsi to include women, Christians and young people in his new government, which would be a break from tradition in the African nation. But apparently something far more sinister is afoot. Thankfully Rush Limbaugh is on the case:

"Huma Abedin, Mrs. Anthony Weiner, Mrs. Huma Weiner, she is Hillary Clinton's number one aide. And Huma's mother is best friends with the new First Lady of Egypt, the wife of the new Muslim Brotherhood guy, Morsi. That's really all you need to know. But there's much more to know. That's why Hillary is out celebrating the brotherhood. That's why Hillary is joining Obama in telling the military to give it up for the Brotherhood guy. Because Huma's mom, there's actually a group, the Muslim Sisterhood, essentially, that is an offshoot of the Brotherhood. And Huma's mom is best friends with the new so-called First Lady of Egypt, who is also a member of the Sisterhood."

Full audio here.

[jezebel]

dan savage goproud mitt romney endorsement Say What Now - 6371878656
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Less than a week after Dan Savage tweeted "The GOP's house fa**ots grab their ankles, right on cue. Pathetic," in reaction to GOProud's endorsement of Mitt Romney, the controversial and outspoken founder of the It Gets Better movement has doubled down, comparing the endorsement to substance abuse:

Mixing it up with GOProud last week got me thinking about why a gay man would endorse -- much less "commit significant resources" to help elect -- a man who has pledged, if elected, to do as much harm as he possibly can to gay people. I mean, what kind of fa**ot supports a politician who would do him harm? Oh, right: the same kind of fa**ot who would harm himself with drugs or alcohol or sex. The kind of gay men who don't like themselves or other gay people much. But while most self-loathing, self-destructive gay men are content to abuse booze, drugs, or d*ck, the self-hating GOProud boys abuse themselves with politics. And just like gay meth addicts who aren't satisfied harming only themselves, the boys at GOProud aren't satisfied harming only themselves. They want to harm other gay people -- they want to harm all gay people -- by getting Mitt Romney elected. And just like your meth-addicted friend who pushed the drug on you, or your drunk friend who mocked you for stopping at four, or your sexually out-of-control friend who insisted that you were a prude if you didn't play... with him down at the bathhouse, the GOProud boys want you to abuse yourself the same way that they're abusing themselves. They want you to vote for Mitt Romney for the same reason your meth-addicted pal wanted you to use that stupid drug. Because they're damaged.

Too far?

[theslog]

Harry Potter Lord of the Rings Say What Now - 6356012800
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IMDb user (and possible troll?) brian__007 posted a comment yesterday in the message boards for Peter Jackson's upcoming prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that accused Lord of the Rings of ripping off Harry Potter. Brian's rant quickly racked up more than 100 comments and was deleted, but not before the Internets captured a screencap.

Here's the manifesto in full:

Overall, I like Lord of the Rings. However, I do feel that Tolkien kind of rips off Harry Potter in many ways. There are several parallels, such as elves, dwarfs, wizards, goblins, trolls, magic (especially invisibility), etc. Sauron is referred to as "Dark Lord" just like Voldemort is. There is also the elder white-haired bearded wizard who serves as a mentor, Gandalf, who is reminiscent of Dumbledore. Some of the character names are similar, such as Wormtongue as opposed to Wormtail, too. There is even a gigantic spider (Shelob) at the end of "The Two Towers" that reminds one of Aragog from Chamber of Secrets. I even noticed that the plots of both series begin with the protagonists' birthday. Now I see that Tolkien, this unoriginal bastard, is coming out with The Hobbit in December. This would be fine, but why didn't he just write this book first to begin with? I still like Lord of the Rings, though–don't get me wrong–but I wonder if Tolkien has ever said in interviews whether he borrowed elements from Harry Potter. I'll be watching the extended DVDs later this week and I think he's featured on the commentary track, so I look forward to that.

[uproxx]

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NBA commissioner David Stern was a guest on today's Jim Rome Show, where the exchange turned ugly when the host questioned whether the league's draft lottery was fixed.

Stern turned on Rome -- "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" -- thereby cementing his jackass reputation for all eternity. Because the draft is fixed, along with everything else in the NBA.

[deadspin]

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It was only a matter of time before Sweden's democratic experiment of a Twitter account, @Sweden, imploded into a PR nightmare -- a different citizen takes over the handle every week, with very little oversight (or apparently, vetting) from the Swedish government.

This week's empowered Swede is Sonja, a single mom who took advantage of her kids' nap time today to ask @Sweden's followers:

"Whats the fuzz with jews. You can't even see if a person is a jew, unless you see their penises, and even if you do, you can't be sure!?"

Naturally, her ignorance of history, social graces, and the fact that she currently represents an entire country has garnered all kinds of criticism -- and unfortunately, prompted further follow-up tweets from the clueless 27-year-old, culminating with this gem: "The question seems to be sensitive and complicated. And a little bit…..… infected. So…. yes. See you later, I have stuff to do!"

VisitSweden, the company in charge of the account, says Sonja's tweets won't be deleted. According to the social media manager: "We are laying a puzzle showing a multifaceted and genuine image of Sweden. One piece at a time — curator by curator, tweet by tweet. We focus on the big picture and not on any single tweet."

[hypervocal]

economy election 2012 obama gaffe Say What Now - 6311300608
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President Obama is backpedaling furiously after his poorly chosen words at a news conference this morning caused a massive backlash:

We've created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months; over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector is doing fine.

Mitt Romney's camp quickly seized on the slipup, calling it the "gift that keeps on giving":

People know what the president said is terribly out of touch. But they also know that his actions have been terribly out of touch. So what he is saying is shocking but it's not anything that people haven't felt. Ours is a reality-based campaign, and this is reality.

Obama attempted to clarify his remarks this afternoon: "It is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine. That's why I had a press conference."

[mediaite]

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The latest anti-gay rant to hit the web is courtesy West Virginia teen talk show host Caiden Cowger, who blames President Obama for turning kids gay, and says that homosexuality is a choice, "no matter what Lady Gaga says."

I see younger people that is turning out to be homosexuals... we've got about 30 teenagers in this county that I'm at that are homosexuals and it is sickening... I knew these teenagers when they were in elementary school... they were not homosexuals. They just decided all of a sudden -- I think I'm going to be gay. Why they are becoming homosexuals is because they are being encouraged... President Obama. It's all right, it's okay you were born that way.

Despite his poor grasp of the English language, the 14-year-old has written a book, Being A Young Conservative, which is supported by Rudy Giuliani and Glenn Beck; and interviewed Herman Cain.

Sigh.

[towleroad]

james franklin Say What Now vanderbilt football - 6283658496
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Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin said in an interview Wednesday that the appearance of coaches' wives factors into the interview process:

I've been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant coach until I've seen his wife. If she looks the part, and she's a D-1 recruit, then you got a chance to get hired. That's part of the deal.

He continued:

There's a very strong correlation between having the confidence, going up and talking to a women, and being quick on your feet and having some personality and confidence and being fun and articulate, than it is walking into a high school and recruiting a kid and selling him.

Franklin took to Twitter today after his comments made the rounds: "My foot doesn't taste good, I hope I did not offend any1, I love & respect ALL,have a great day, enjoy the fam & don't forget 2 #AnchorDown"

[cbssports]

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In which Wolf Blitzer, of all people, schools Donald Trump on the air over his position on birtherism. An excerpt:

WB: Donald, you're beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you. DT: You are, Wolf. Let me tell you something, I think you sound ridiculous, and if you'd ask me a question and let me answer it. WB: Here's the question, did the conspiracy start in 1961 where the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Advertiser contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii? DT: Many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefit because of getting so-called born in this country. Many people did it. It was something done by many people even though they weren't born in the country. You know and I know it.

Trump hosts a fundraiser for Mitt Romney tonight in Las Vegas.

[tpm]

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Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina, went on an anti-President Obama rant earlier this month during a sermon. Then he got off topic:

I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers. Build a great, big, large fence -- 150- or 100-mile-long -- put all the lesbians in there... Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can't get out... And you know what, in a few years, they'll die.

He ended his sermon with this thought:

God have mercy. It makes me pukin' sick to think about -- I don't even whether or not to say this in the pulpit — can you imagine kissing some man?

Notice the "Amens" from the congregation throughout.

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election 2012 jeremiah wright next obama Romney Say What Now super pac - 6236760576
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A Republican Super PAC backed by Cubs co-owner and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts was secretly collaborating with a top political branding group to smear President Obama and destroy his chance at re-election come September -- but their 48-page playbook, called "Next," was leaked to the New York Times, which published the attack plan today.

The $10 million strategy character assassination will highlight Obama's association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who they say preached a "black liberation theology." According to the Times:

The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an "extremely literate conservative African-American" who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a "metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln."

Obama's camp has responded accordingly:

The blueprint for a hate-filled, divisive campaign of character assassination speaks for itself. It also reflects how far the party has drifted in four short years since John McCain rejected these very tactics. Once again, Gov. Romney has fallen short of the standard that John McCain set, reacting tepidly in a moment that required moral leadership in standing up to the very extreme wing of his own party.

Romney, predictably, denounced the effort:

I repudiate the effort by that PAC to promote an ad strategy of the nature they've described. I would like to see this campaign focus on the economy, on getting people back to work, on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity -- particularly for those in the middle class of America. And I think what we've seen so far from the Obama campaign is a campaign of character assassination. I hope that isn't the course of this campaign. So in regards to that PAC, I repudiate what they're thinking about.

Fun fact: The group hopes to snag Jon Voight for the voiceover.

UPDATE: Ricketts has released a statement disavowing the entire proposal:

Joe Ricketts is a registered independent, a fiscal conservative and an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, but he is neither the author nor the funder of the so-called Ricketts Plan to defeat Mr. Obama that the New York Times wrote about this morning. Not only was this plan merely a proposal -- one of several submitted to the Ending Spending Action Fund by third-party vendors -- but it reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects and it was never a plan to be accepted but only a suggestion for a direction to take.

[shortformblog]

arafat Israel joe pitts Palestine Say What Now sharon - 6234458624
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Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., is doing some major damage control after he urged "negotiations between a vegetable and a dead man" in a recent letter to a constituent:

With the global war against terrorism, it is now incumbent on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Yasir Arafat to clamp down on Palestinian extremists that have perpetuated violence and to restart a peace process that has collapsed.

The constituent happened to be the father of Ian Rhodewalt, a journalist working for Mondoweiss, a news site that covers the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As Arafat died in 2004 and Sharon has been in a coma since 2006, Rhodewalt asks: "I wonder to whom Pitts thought he was giving those standing ovations when (current Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu spoke to Congress?"

[timesofisrael]

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The city of Lincoln, NE, is debating a proposal that would protect the LGBT community from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations, and one local resident just couldn't miss the opportunity to rant. Jane Skrovota wins Worst in Show for her hate-filled testimony vitriol in public hearings this week.

The lowlights have been helpfully transcribed (but be sure to watch the video; the horrified guy behind crazy lady is a riot):

  • "P- E- N- I- S goes into the anus to rupture intestines. The more a man does this the more he'll be a fatality or a homicide…"
  • "A huge percent of gay men in school grounds molest boys, partly because they don't have AIDS yet…"
  • "Hillary Clinton's roommate four years in college was a gay woman. To avoid going gay like Clinton did, college students need single rooms and single gender dorms… A college woman is seduced with illegal Rohypnol to go gay."
  • "Candida fungus grows hugely on a corpse. AIDS is a candida fungus disease…"
  • "Gays can transform to be celibate to live to be 80 years old."
  • "Jesus was kissed by Judas, a homo, who tried to sabotage Jesus' kind ideas. Do you choose Jesus, a celibate, or Judas, a homo? You have to choose!"

[hypervocal]