Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza!

Jon: What Ronald Reagan really did.

Thom: The Good, The Bad, and The Very, Very Ugly.

Michele Obama introduces the food label of the future.

Sam Seder: Threat of the Comcast—TWC merger.

Maddow on GOP Vote Rigging in Ohio:

Stephen: FAUX News’ double age standard.

Daily Show: Why health care is a right.

Obama: About Ukraine:

Ana Kasparian: Stop corporate money from killing our democracy.

Stephen unmasks his “Laser Klan” cartoon.

White House: West Wing Week.

O’Donnell: More emails in BridgeGate.

Pap: GOP obstruction is destroying the Judicial system.

“In Jesus Name…we discriminate”

Obama: My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

Mental Floss: 15 inaccuracies found in common science illustrations.

Modeley Braun on why black women don’t get elected.

Sharpton: Like hungry dogs, Republicans continue to attack ‘ObamaCare’.

Jon ‘unfucked’ FAUX Business facts in slavery (via TalkingPointsMemo).

Black Senators on lack of diversity in Congress.

Jon has some fun with Bitcoin.

Last week’s Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza can be found here.


  1. 1

    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    I wonder if Governor Brewer had the Martin Luther King Jr Holiday battle in mind when she vetoed the bill? The state not adopting the holiday cost them the Super Bowl then. Noticed that the host committee was more active than the NFL.

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    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    One of the reasons Caterpillar/EMD built the Muncie, Indiana plant was to replace the union workforce at the London, Ontario plant. Another was to win passenger work, which would have to be built in the USA. Well, their protest of the loss of the contract to Siemens failed. Most likely the locomotives will be built at their Sacramento plant, but since Cummins will build the engines, some work will be done in Indiana.

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    Deathfrogg spews:

    I don’t know what to say about the current state of political discourse in this Country. The fact that the seriously crazy people now have in the internet, a means of communicating their “thoughts” as visibly as anyone else. Anyone calling themselves a “christian” and then actively adhering to Ayn Rand’s ideology cannot be taken seriously by intelligent people, simply because they have to couch their rhetoric in terms of violence, forcible suppression of curiosity and the resultant questioning of authority that goes with that. They openly disparage non-conformist thought, often with direct threats of violent retribution.

    They are quite vehemently against public education in all forms, taking the position that any education process should be strictly controlled by private, vested interests and solely aimed at producing conformist and obedient soldiers and laborers for the individuals who presume themselves to be Kings, by their mere ability to gather and hoard wealth. They say it straight up, that schools do not and should not be teaching music, language, art, literature, analysis of information, or any scientific process outside of the direct need of those “Kings”.

    The TeaBaggerist Fascists are everything this country was founded upon to oppose. The fact that they can label themselves as
    “christian” and be taken seriously as such is the most visible aspect of the near total destruction of the Public Education system in this country.

    We have gone from teaching Greek, Latin, mathematics and Literature in elementary school, to teaching remedial English and first grade mathematics in Universities.

    We are now in the fifth generation of commercial television. A century ago, the illiterate sector was such because they either could not read, or had little access to books. Now, the illiterates are deliberate. They are proud of their lack of ability to take pleasure in literature, and consider themselves the mainstream of the American sociopolitical thinking. They would rather sit for endless hours in front of the television and watch “Duck Dynasty” or “Cops” or some sport than spend any time educating themselves on real-world issues. They prefer to be ignorant. They are entirely reactionary, and their reactions are based in pure, deliberate, willful ignorance of a subject.

    They are the modern “Know-Nothings”

  4. 4

    Gman spews:

    @3 – give it time, the Teahadists will encounter a fast death. They’ll take religion and stupidity with them.

  5. 5

    Deathfrogg spews:

    A case in point.

    These people seem to think that there are legitimate “faith-based” alternatives to established facts. If these lunatics would have it, if they were somehow in charge, we wouldn’t be hearing anything about things like this.

    With that in mind, I have noticed that an awful lot of the TeaBagzis seem to be rather elderly and almost universally alcoholic. As alcohol destroys Niacin, that is, Vitamin B3, and chronic Niacin deprivation (especially in childhood) is a major aspect of low-IQ levels and “meat-head” thinking, I am beginning to wonder if there isn’t a direct connection between chronic low nutrition in that generation that deliberately took on that near total rejection of basic nutrition in the face of the then somewhat new “modern food” that was pushed on people back in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

    Foodstuffs were massively marketed in the same way that shit like cigarettes were during that period, when there was a huge amount of new technology that was coming out at the same time. The push in public schools towards mathematics, formal language and history during that time when we had just won the major war of our nations history and the modern industries that grew out of the national recovery period following it, also put people in the mindset that all new things modern and industrial, were of total benefit to society and there could be no perceivable downside to it.

    So you got: Wonder Bread, Twinkies, Sodapop, hotdogs and Velveeta fuckin “Cheese”, mass produced for the consumer market, in spite of the total lack of any nutritive value to the human body these products contained. It was pure processed plastic food that held no benefits whatsoever. I remember my grandmother sneering at a Wonder Bread commercial once when I was a kid, the sales pitch on the TV was all about the “8 essential vitamins and minerals” that the shit had to have added to it during that industrial process that manufactured it instead of just being natural to the product itself. The only “value” that could be discerned from that was to that of the manufacturer itself.

    Example: When I was in 10 grade, I had to write a report on a common American made product for a writing class that was mostly about learning how to do research. I and my partner (a VERY pretty girl named Allison) chose cigarettes, as we both had started smoking and already knew each other from the circle of folks we hung out in. What we found out about how they were manufactured kinda blew my mind. When you smoke a cigarette, you’re just smoking tobacco-flavored paper. The manufacturers take the tobacco, grind it up, extract and separate all the components of the tobacco into separate vats and then use the resultant pulp to make paper. This paper is then carefully infused with the various ingredients, plus sugars and burning agents, and cooked.

    This is also how Wonderbread, sugary breakfast cereals, Twinkies and other such junk food is made. The manufactures take a somewhat natural farm product, break it down into it’s chemical components, then rebuilt those components out of purely synthetic processes and ingredients. This is then sold to the general public through a meticulously developed propaganda industry as being food. The “christians” have fed their kids on this shit for going on 70 years now.

    The TeaBagzis are the result of being fed on that crap for five or six generations. Chronic niacin (and probably other seriously important nutrients) deficiency, over a long period.

    They’re just incapable of absorbing detailed information about anything from more than one sense at a time. Their brains just aren’t equipped to handle it, and their life-training they got as kids was oriented away from it.

    It’s evolution in action. They’re becoming an entirely seperate subset of the species.

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    dutch spews:

    “The fact that the seriously crazy people now have in the internet, a means of communicating their “thoughts” as visibly as anyone else. ”

    Wow, I think your ranting today is a perfect example of this.

  7. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @6 What’s wrong with that comment? It’s true. I spent this morning arguing on a financial blog with people who claim “liberal” and “socialist” are the same thing and America is a “socialist” country. Just because any jackass with a computer can post any nonsense that pleases him on the internet doesn’t make it true.

  8. 8

    Deathfrogg spews:

    How “faith-based” works in the real world. There needs to be so many more that end up like this. The entirety of the institution is corrupt by its own fucking nature. This isn’t anomalous, it is the purpose of its function. Religion corrupts everything it touches. There’s a damned good reason why every despot in history has used it as a tool to and for the ends of power itself. It really cannot serve any other function, it just isn’t designed that way.

    Ronald Reagan, who was pretty much an athiest during his entire life, suddenly discovered religion as a means to get elected in California. His use of “faith” to garner votes from the more ignorant and short-sighted constituency worked very well for him when he was running for President in 1976. When he ran again, in 1980, he replaced a pretty legitimately “Christian” moderate individual with a near atheistic and anarchic one, but somehow, his “faith” was taken more seriously than that of his predecessor. All he had to do was preach that national-corporatist version of the prosperity gospel, couched in the language of an somewhat absurdly comical evilangelical christian grandpa. That slightly cockeyed smirk, that affable old fart you wouldn’t mind having for a next door neighbor.

    Ronald Reagan, and then the openly Fascist GHW Bush brought us the nightmare we are seeing now. They created it out of the old John Birch Society handbook and it shared many subtle commonalities with Mein Kampf and the ideas of Leon Trotsky and Ayn Rand. But it was layed out to the People and sold as just another form of “faith”. That is, faith-based economics.

    “It will trickle down, honestly and truly it will. We promise.”

    No President since, including the present one, has done anything to oppose or change the “Laws” that enabled the near total takeover of the Government by Corporatist interests, especially including foreign ones.

    We have been sold completely out.

  9. 9

    Puddybud - The One The Only spews:

    All that bullshit above and the real world passes HA DUMMOCRETINS by…

    “Yes, I could see this one from Alaska,” she said on Facebook. That remark was a reference to a 2008 interview in which Palin argued that Alaska’s proximity to Russia helped boost her foreign policy experience.

    Saturday Night Live parodied her remarks in a now-famous sketch with Tina Fey, who played Palin on the show, saying “I can see Russia from my house.”

    Looks like Tina Fey is the jerk now!

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    Puddybud - The One The Only spews:

    Hey Roger Idiot Wabbit…

    See your “friend” OWS Racist Fraggy calling GW Bush a fascist above? And you have issues with Ted Nugent calling Obummer a communist?


  11. 14

    Deathfrogg spews:

    @ the SpittlePuddles

    It’s YOUR TeaBaggist heroes that have been openly praising Putin for his apparent strength of character for the last several years and then in the same breath, denouncing the American President for not being capitalist enough or absolutist enough.

    Funny, how a “religion” that is founded upon the name of a man who sharply rebuked the wealthy, preached to people about feeding and clothing the poor and supported paying taxes, is getting Government funding to build a replica of an old fairy tale, but the same individuals building this object are actively taking steps to remove Government programs that actually do serve to feed, clothe and house the poor.

    They spend their money on themselves and their false idols, their personal vanities as it were, but never on anything that their supposed “messiah” is reputed to have actually promoted to be THE major aspect of the “faith” and considered to be the foundation of that “faith” that they put so much effort into demonstrating the appearance of their devotion, merely for the attention it receives from other people. It is an entirely vain and self-serving effort.

    I wonder how much this guy is skimming off for himself? He’s pretty much persona non grata in his home country, for several good reasons.

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    Puddybud - The One The Only spews:

    It’s YOUR TeaBaggist heroes that have been openly praising Putin for his apparent strength of character for the last several years and then in the same breath, denouncing the American President for not being capitalist enough or absolutist enough.

    Oh really scumbag? Got proof? Sarah Palin was right AGAIN! And since Putin is a Christian hating commmie, the use of your link is stooopid as you are!

    Hillary Clinton was right in one thing… Obummer definitely missed the 3 AM call!

  13. 16

    Deathfrogg spews:

    GodDAMN you’re a stupid motherfucker.

    What would be an acceptable response to you Spttles? What do you think the President should do? Perhaps a massive bombing campaign? how about we just coat the whole peninsula with VX gas, or maybe a nuke on Kiev would satisfy your bloodlust.

    The Russians took over the entire Crimean peninsula without firing a shot. I’m sure the local yokels are less than enthusiastic about it, but at least they aren’t being mowed down in the streets, the way we did to the folks in Baghdad and Fallujhia.

  14. 17

    Puddybud - The One and Only spews:

    GodDAMN you’re a stupid motherfucker.

    Ahhh your racist anti-semitic self is coming through! Not for Puddy to give “advice” to a DUMMOCRETIN preznit! You see you racist scumbag… Obummer claimed GW Bush was a bad thing for the world. We now see that Obummer is a bad thing for the world… starting with his apology tour!

    The Russians took over the entire Crimean peninsula without firing a shot.

    Because they illegally left their Sevastopol base. You’d be screaming to the high heavens if we took over part of Cuba when GW Bush was preznit!

    See ya racist idiot!

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    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    NYMTA management walked out of mediation today, without meeting with the Long Island Rail Road unions representatives. That will lead to a Presidential Emergency Board being convened, and no resolution after that, under the Railway Labor Act, a strike could happen by July. Unlike the 2005 Subway strike, this one will be legal. The LIRR is the nation’s busiest commuter rail system, New Jersey Transit may have more trains, but some don’t count the Princeton Dinky, as it is a shuttle from Princeton to the Northeast Corridor main line at Princeton Junction.

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    And since Putin is a Christian hating commmie,

    “According to the opposition Putin is a despot, but Patriarch Kirill sees him as a gift from heaven. While the country’s leader harshly clamps down on public demonstrations, the Russian Orthodox Church turns a blind eye, it goes even further by blessing him as the saviour of the mother nation.


  17. 21

    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    San Francisco Municipal Railway PCC streetcar 1009 making it’s way back to SF from a rebuild at a company in Pennsylvania, via Donner Pass. The blog was happy to see snow on Donner for a change.

    Interesting, the Market Street Railway helped make this happen, but they still fight MUNI at times. Like right now,MUNI is suggesting charging cable car fares for the F-Market and Wharves line, which if approved, would be a 300% increase. The current TRAINS magazine(April 2014) has a good article on the F-line. It includes a quote that the head of the non-profit Market Street Railway said then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein made heading into the 1983 trolley festival. She said she did not want to see any junk on Market Street.

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    Puddybud - The One and Only spews:

    the Russian Orthodox Church turns a blind eye, it goes even further by blessing him as the saviour of the mother nation.”

    Still doesn’t change Putin isn’t a Christian hating commie schmucko-lunatic!
    Puddy noticed the electroshock therapy at Western State didn’t work!

  19. 23

    Deathfrogg spews:

    @ 22

    Maybe you should go in for more sessions then. There are drugs that can help as well. Try marijuana, it has all sorts of calming effects.

  20. 25

    Gman spews:


    Teahadist schizophrenia – Putin good man for taking on the gays….good man for making Obama look bad (in their eyes), and bad man for invading Ukraine.

  21. 26

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @22 Putin a lunatic? I don’t think so. The Ukrainian rebels who deposed Putin’s buddy in Kiev didn’t expect Putin to surrender his leases on the Black Sea ports, did they? The fact three-fourths of Crimea’s population are Russian-speaking Russians gives him an excuse for this anschluss, but it’s really about the warmwater ports.

  22. 27


    The conservatives would agree. These spoiled liberals aren’t working hard enough:

    After working six months at Amazon, he was told, without warning or explanation, that his target rates for packages had doubled from 250 units per hour to 500.

    Zweifel was able to make the pace, but he saw older workers who could not and were “getting written up a lot” and most of whom were fired. A temporary employee at the same warehouse, in his fifties, worked ten hours a day as a picker, taking items from bins and delivering them to the shelves. He would walk thirteen to fifteen miles daily. He was told he had to pick 1,200 items in a ten-hour shift, or 1 item every thirty seconds. He had to get down on his hands and knees 250 to 300 times a day to do this. He got written up for not working fast enough, and when he was fired only three of the one hundred temporary workers hired with him had survived.

    At the Allentown warehouse, Stephen Dallal, also a “picker,” found that his output targets increased the longer he worked at the warehouse, doubling after six months. “It started with 75 pieces an hour, then 100 pieces an hour. Then 150 pieces an hour. They just got faster and faster.” He too was written up for not meeting his targets and was fired.27 At the Seattle warehouse where the writer Vanessa Veselka worked as an underground union organizer, an American Stakhnovism pervaded the depot. When she was on the line as a packer and her output slipped, the “lead” was on to her with “I need more from you today. We’re trying to hit 14,000 over these next few hours.”

    i.e. Get a job! In the brave new world of the doteconomy…

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @27 I’m sure glad I don’t have to work anymore. Everyone should be a capitalist like me! Then you don’t have to pick anything, and the only thing that gets “written up” is your monthly brokerage statement showing how many dividends came in last month.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Roger Rabbit Quiz (TM)

    Okay, kiddies, it’s time for another Roger Rabbit Quiz! As always, it’s a toughie, so put on your thinking cap! Ready, set, go …

    Question: Who is to blame for Putin’s invasion of Crimea?

    Answers (select only one):

    (a) Putin
    (b) The deposed leader of Ukraine
    (c) The new leader of Ukraine
    (d) Pussy Riot
    (e) Obama

  25. 33

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Here’s what someone who knows what he’s talking about (i.e., not your average GOP congressman, and certainly not the Wasili Village Idiot) says about the situation:

    “From House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers:

    Putin is playing chess and I think we are playing marbles, and I don’t think it’s even close. They’ve been running circles around us.

    This kind of knee-jerk reaction is unsurprising, but it’s also nuts. Has Rogers even been following events in Ukraine lately? The reason Putin has sent troops into Crimea is because everything he’s done over the past year has blown up in his face. This was a last-ditch effort to avoid a fool’s mate, not some deeply-calculated bit of geopolitical strategery.”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Does it matter whether the people running our country know what the fuck they’re talking about? Yeah, it sorta does, because bad things happen when stupid people make stupid decisions. See, e.g., the entire administration of George W. Bush. That’s why we can tolerate people like Palin as long as they don’t get elected to anything important. Governor of Alaska isn’t important. That’s why we’re all still here.

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    Liberal Scientist is the "Most vile leftist on this blog!" spews:

    I see the puddibigot is back.

    For his edification, if one Googles “evangelicals praising putin” on gets a trove of hits, shameful examples like:

    Hateful idiot Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association gettin’ on the Putinlove over shared gay-hate. Calls Putin a “Lion of Christianity”.

    Here’s a whole litany of rightwing American religious whacko, and crazy bigot uncle Pat Buchanon, praising Putin’s gay-hate.

    Probably a bunch of closet-case Bibul-thumpers gettin’ on the gay hate for Jeebus. Perfect examples, like the puddibigot, of modern American Christianist hate – the useful idiots for the 0.1%.