Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza!

Young Turks: Will the NRA support this gun club?

Paul Ryan refuses to answer a question on his tax break for millionaires.

Ann Telnaes: Time for equality, SCOTUS.

Thom: Documented cases of deported refugee children being murdered.

Mental Floss: 26 amusing facts about amusement parks.

Liberal Viewer: FAUX News attacks atheists fighting tax-exempt churches acting like super PACs.

Brown and White and Blood-Red all over:

White House: West Wing Week.

Pap: McDonnell trial highlights GOP’s corrupt nature.

Bringing affordable health care to Alaska Natives.

Ed: The disconnect between Republican Christian ideals and helping the poor.

ONN: U.S. Forest Service kills off Smokey Bear to get people serious about fire safety.

Ann Telnaes: Down the Iraq rabbit hole.

Eric Schwartz: STFU Rush Limbaugh.

Setting the record strait on voter ID laws.

Oops…A Felony Indictment for the Guy with Smart Glasses:

Jimmy Dore: John Boehner’s legal team speaks out.

Honest Political Ads: An Unprovoked Attack:

Maddow: Former VA Gov. McDonnell corruption trial—Pat Robertson blames Obama?!?

Farron Cousins: Has Louie Gohmert completely lost his mind?

Mitt Romney ALS Ice bucket challenge.

Pap: The Tea Party charity swindle.

Thom corrects Karl Rove and the fact free zombies of FAUX News.

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


  1. 1

    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    Pat Robertson blaming the President for the McConnell Corruption Trial? If that is the case, wouldn’t it have been better if the indictment had happened in 2012?

  2. 4

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @3 No, but some is, and those too stupid to sort it out usually are the same ones who don’t grasp that they are.

  3. 5

    zzippy spews:

    I watched the first quarter of the Seahawks game while cooking dinner on Friday night, and my ears perked up when I heard the announcers say that it was going to be a “mostly commercial free first quarter”. Alas, I quickly became disgusted by the fact that it was actually fully sponsored by Boeing.

    Among the tripe in the first-quarter advertisements were appearances by Boeing’s CEO, who told us in those ads that Boeing is “partners” with Washington State, and they have given “five million dollars to local charities”. At the same time, this is a corporation obviously trying to move jobs out of WA to lower-paying areas, and $5 million is the equivalent of about $5 to the rest of us. It was pure propaganda.

    The game was meaningless, so Boeing probably didn’t have to pay a lot to sponsor a whole quarter, but it still left me with a sour taste in my mouth. Good thing the dinner tasted good!

  4. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @5 Did he mention that Washington taxpayers have donated billions to his favorite charity, Boeing?

  5. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    While most of the attention here has focused on the twin police shootings of black men in St. Louis County, let’s not forget we have our own racist-cop/security guard issue here in Seattle. The Stranger is doing a good job of covering the “what are we gonna do about it” angle.

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Sue, for one thing. That security guard won’t work there anymore if Westlake Mall and the security company have to pay a big legal judgment to the innocent black bystander who was pepper sprayed, cuffed, manhandled, falsely imprisoned, and publicly humiliated in front of dozens of witnesses. Given the racial profiling component of this incident, the tort case should be worth at least $100,000 although I’d ask for a million if I were him.

    Lawyers have always played an important role in giving meaning to “civil rights.” It was a lawsuit that dismembered the Hayden Lake, Idaho, neo-Nazi group and turned their compound into a peace park. Having to pay big bucks to a wrongfully assaulted and arrested black man to settle a discrimination lawsuit will give the Westlake Mall honchos and Valor Security a valuable education in race relations and how to treat people.

    SPD should made be a defendant in this lawsuit, too, because one of their uniformed cops was just as guilty of racial profiling as the private security guard — and did lousy police work because he made no effort to find out what was going on (even though numerous witnesses tried repeatedly to tell him) and simply assumed the black guy was a perp.

  6. 9

    Deathfrogg spews:

    Whelp. thjåt Volcånō in Icelåand that ęrŭpŧėd is ėäpparently cälled “Bárðarbunga”.

    Heres now you pronounce it.

    Icelandic volcanoes that look pronouncable but really aren’t:

    Askja, Eldfell, Grensdalur, Hekla, Hengill, Jólnir, Katla, Kolbeinsey Ridge, Krafla, Krakatindur, Laki, Surtsey, Reykjanes

    Those that aren’t at all:

    Bárðarbunga, Brennisteinsfjöll, Eldgjá, Esjufjöll, Eyjafjallajökull, Fremrinámur, Grímsnes, Grímsvötn, Herðubreið, Hofsjökull, Hrómundartindur, Hverfjall, Hveravellir, Kerlingarfjöll, Kollóttadyngja, Krýsuvík, Kverkfjöll, Loki-Fögrufjöll, Ljósufjöll, Lýsuhóll, Öræfajökull, Prestahnúkur, Reykjaneshryggur, Snæfellsjökull, Theistareykjarbunga, Thordarhyrna, Thórólfsfell, Tindfjallajökull, Torfajökull, Tungnafellsjökull, Vatnafjöll

    Christ. No wonder Danes drink so much.

  7. 12

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Well, in Texas at least, the cops are colorblind. Er, wait a minute, that’s a problem. In Texas, the cops can’t tell the difference between a “tan car” with “four black males” and a red car with one black female and four kids.

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: In this video, you hear a cop telling the terrified woman that “we got a complaint [about] a vehicle matching your description and license plate pointing a gun out the window.” Come again? Really? Well, I have some advice for the police: Don’t try to justify this kind of stupid. Please, just don’t. Use that energy to do something constructive instead, such as sending these cops for vision and hearing tests. Oh yeah, and you’re gonna have to compensate that woman and her kids for their psychological injuries.

  8. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “Hodgin … filed an ethics complaint last year saying state lawmakers are taking too many free meals from lobbyists. … One, Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Felida in Clark County, actually argued that doing away with free food could have a chilling effect on constituent outreach. ‘I mean, do you meet with Constituent X if you know you’re going to have to pay?’ he asked during a hearing. ”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: I guess this means if you live in his district and want to talk with him about something you have to feed him or he won’t listen. Why does anyone vote for people like him? I guess that’s their business. When you vote Republican, you get what you deserve, and you deserve what you get.

  9. 15

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    @10 What “other guy” are you talking about?

    Clueless as always the old senile NoBalls IDIOT Wabbit… Information NoBalls the IDIOT will not find on NoBall’s favorite left wrong sites… Somehow stoooooooooooooooopidity and NoBalls IDIOT Wabbit are being found as matched set on HA DUMMOCRETINS…

    Reid’s humor was not enough to sway the group to back his choice for lieutenant governor, Democrat Lucy Flores. The group voted to endorse her Republican opponent, Mark Hutchison.

    This joke was better though!

    Reid has now turned around and apologized for the jokes in a statement to TIME. “My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize,” Reid said. “Sometimes I say the wrong thing.” Or perhaps he meant to say the “wong” thing?

    So Puddy asks that UNCLE TOM inner city children hating ruPRICK,
    why do you jock strap jackboot goosestep to morons like Harry Reid? Reid must make you proud when he demonstrates his racist bona fides!

  10. 17

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Puddy wonders why Da Perfessa used Farron Cousins and not these three left wong morons from the RingofFire another left wrong comedy site Kennedy

    Oh wait Da Perfessa uses Sam 4th Tier Toilet Seder. And Papantonio is a left wrong lawyer of the Roger NOBalls IDIOT Wabbit ilk, while the silver spooner (you see an entry every day from NOBalls IDIOT Wabbit) Kennedy needs his private jets to visit those green energy conferences, because as a silver spoon Kennedy you can’t be seen with the common folk!

  11. 20

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @15 Who, besides you, gives a flying fuck about the Lieutenant Governor race in Nevada?

    @16 And who, besides you, makes cracks about the murder of a police chief?

    @18 Did you fart at 3:20 AM? C’mon, fess up …

    (Note: I’m sticking three replies into one post to economize pixels, because I’m sure there’ll be more puddy spew coming before this thread is over …)

  12. 21

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Capitalism Giveth, Divorce Taketh Away

    Looks like America’s largest personal oil fortune is about to get split up by divorce. Harold Hamm, 69, the Bakken fracking king, is gonna suck in his gut when his soon-to-be-ex wife walks out of an Oklahoma courtroom with billions. The only question is how many billions. Probably somewhere between five and ten.

    Back in ’88, the sharecropper’s son->wildcatter->fracker->oil billionaire ditched his wife and three kids for a doe-eyed lawyer 11 years his junior. She was 32 then. Now that she’s acquired some crow’s feet, he’s ditching her, or maybe she’s ditching him (who knows? who cares?), and the property settlement will be bigger this time because Hamm didn’t own half the Bakken back then. (And the Bakken was nothing but farm pasture then.)

    Hamm doesn’t have a lot of education, only a high school diploma, and it shows. His 2012 presidential candidate lost, his domicile is in a state that treats premarital property like community property, he married a lawyer — and there’s no pre-nup.

    Thanks to the confluence of these factors, America’s wealth will soon be less concentrated.

  13. 22

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Many of America’s billionaires are clever at amassing lucre, but stupid about nearly everything else. (Being Republicans for starters.) It’s amazing how many big fortunes don’t survive the first generation, let alone the second or third generations; all it takes to dissipate them is a financial crash (which happens all the time) or a doe-eyed, sloe-eyed, or moe-eyed honeybun (that happens all the time, too; see, e.g., Harold Hamm, the latest casualty of community property). What capitalism creates, the ex and her lawyers take, you know how that works. And most of the time, the poor shmuck doesn’t even see it coming, because he’s too busy making money to notice he’s neglecting his family. And so it goes.

    I’m not sure why the IRS doesn’t collect capital gains taxes from these property settlements. They should. After all, what these situations are is a property transfer between two legal strangers. If someone I don’t sleep with gives me money for formerly worthless stock, I have to pay taxes. If someone Mrs. Hamm doesn’t sleep with gives her a shitload of formerly worthless stock, somebody should pay taxes, too. This looks like a taxable event to me, just like when I get money or stock from someone I don’t like. It would be different if I were sleeping with them, but I’m only in it for the loot, so it should be taxable. When people go into marriage for the loot, that should be taxable, too. And anyway, Uncle Sam needs the money, and they don’t, so they should give it to Uncle Sam.

  14. 23

    Deathfrogg spews:

    @ 22 RR

    most of the time, the poor shmuck doesn’t even see it coming, because he’s too busy making money to notice he’s neglecting his family.

    That isn’t totally accurate. An awful lot of those folks don’t care enough about their families to actually spend any real time with them. They sincerely believe that bringing home the bacon is enough. That any wealth they bring into the house is theirs to give, or take away. The kid needs a new car for his 16th birthday or to go to spring break in Aruba with her friends.

    It is all about power and control. Not love or compassion.
    Parents who actually care for the health and well-being of their children don’t do that shit. They spend time with their children. If time is money, then the inverse must also be true. I knew a few people in High School (in Palo Alto back in the early 80s) who never saw their parents much. Often for weeks at a time. Their parents were always off somewhere, one girl was from South Africa and her Pop owned a big company that made valves for big ships and power plants and refineries. I don’t think I met Nikki’s parents until I’d known her for several months. Another one had his parents living in New York and their house in Los Altos was super pretty with every luxury you could think of. Butlers, nannies and maids took care of everything and all the kids had to do was keep their grades up and not complain. And they always had plenty of cash to spend.

    On another note, the Officer of the Law that shot that kid in Ferguson had been hired from another department that had been shut down over rampant excessive force and corruption.

    Sigh. Beat a man to death or shoot a kid and you can just walk up to the next shop and get a job.

  15. 24

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Dynamite As Art

    On a lighter note, someone has finally realized the entertainment value of building implosions. This one pioneers the use of fireworks and colored smoke, but that’s only the beginning, building implosions are bound to get more sophisticated with advertising, music, singers and dancers, and tickets to prime seats part of the mix. And, of course, prime time scheduling (e.g., building implosions could be integrated into 4th of July celebrations). And, no doubt, tailgating and drunken parties will become an essential part of the rituals associated with blowing up old useless buildings, too. Only in America!

  16. 25

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    What developers and contractors, working with promoters, really need to do is commercialize building implosions, so that instead of being an expense they’re a profit center. That is, make money from them by turning them into shows. It’s all about marketing and showmanship, and there are people who can do that for them. They need to get Hollywood involved in dynamiting buildings. Maybe demolition contractors will have their own reality shows. (If Duck Dynasty can, why not?). I see an untapped business opportunity here.

  17. 26

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The more I think about it, the more potential I see! Building implosions are a new entertainment frontier. This could become a very big deal. Plus, we have a nearly endless supply of sports stadiums tenanted by loser teams and other useless buildings that would benefit from being blown up. The opportunity is nearly infinite.

  18. 27

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @23 “On another note, the Officer of the Law that shot that kid in Ferguson had been hired from another department that had been shut down over rampant excessive force and corruption.”

    On a smaller scale and closer to home, that’s also pretty much the backstory of the Westlake Mall security guard who pepper sprayed, handcuffed, and kidnapped an innocent black bystander (who apparently was on a public sidewalk) over the objections of witnesses while ignoring a shirtless white guy who was trying to pick fistfights with pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

    The Stranger (unlike the self-appointed “paper of record”) has been following up on that story, and their reporting indicates this security guard lasted only a week as a fledgling corrections officer at Monroe, and the security company had shunted him from an assignment in Everett to Westlake Mall because the guy may have had issues there, too.

    It’s the same thing we’ve seen in schools (both public and parochial) and Catholic churches. Bad teachers aren’t fired, they’re shunted to another school. Abusive priests aren’t defrocked, they’re shuffled to another unsuspecting parish, where they create another set of victims.

    The same thing goes on in police departments (is fired King County deputy sheriff Patrick Saulet still working as a cop somewhere else now?), except in St. Louis County the situation is exacerbated by that jurisdiction’s extreme balkanization into dozens of little Jim Crow municipalities designed to ensure there are no black mayors, no black city council members, no black cops, and preferably no black voters even in the minority neighborhoods. With at least 55 police departments in St. Louis County, poor training and musical chairs are practical givens. It goes without saying the poorest (i.e. blackest) municipalities get the worst cops.

    It’s a pernicious system that’s very hard to correct because it involves overthrowing over a century of embedded boundaries and traditions, and requires that someone have overriding authority to consolidate the existing municipal fiefdoms into far fewer entities. It probably can’t be done, and certainly not in any reasonable amount of time. If any city ever needed federal supervision of its policing, it’s St. Louis and its environs. Eric Holder should send an army of federal agents and lawyers to keep an eye on that place.

  19. 30

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    It also looks like Ferguson cops are in the habit of assaulting kids:

    “Eddie Boyd III, an officer who faced allegations of hitting children while serving under the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, quietly resigned and sought employment with the Ferguson Police Department. Boyd faced three complaints of physical abuse against children between 2004 and 2006, two of which were dropped. Internal affairs sustained the third complaint against Boyd, saying there was sufficient evidence to support the allegation that he struck a 12-year-old girl in the head with a pistol, and recommended Boyd be fired. The St. Louis police chose to demote him. Less than a year later, a teenage boy alleged that Boyd hit him in the nose with a gun, and the officer quietly resigned … [but] his license was not revoked … [and] Boyd was hired by the Ferguson Police Department sometime between July 2009 and December 2010.”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Either the Ferguson PD doesn’t check out job applicants, or doesn’t care what’s in their record. My guess is doesn’t care.

  20. 32

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @31 I doubt it, beyond preferring applicants with experience. Lack of money is behind it. A journalist’s plausible explanation was low-budget departments hire other departments’ rejects because it saves money on training. This often matters more to departments serving poor and minority neighborhoods than previous performance or disciplinary problems. They get the bottom of the barrel, and I’m sure they know that, but beggars can’t be choosers.

  21. 33

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    For a cop, being “demoted” from a big department to a small one is a slap in the face, and he probably resents it enough to enter his new gig with a built-in chip on his shoulder. Add that all his new buddies are losers like him and you’ve got a bunch of guys with lousy morale whose negative behavior is mutually reinforcing. Thus, bad cops tend to run in packs, which is part of why they lie to cover for each other. And, a cop demoted to a “bad” neighborhood probably thinks of the citizens there as trash.

  22. 35

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Another Nut With A Gun Goes On A Rampage

    Los Angeles police have detained a “person of interest” who shot 7 people, apparently randomly, in 1 hour early Sunday morning. Three of the victims died.

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Obviously easy access to guns enables people like this, but an additional unintended consequence of our national policy of easy access to guns is that it makes police more prone to see every citizen as a potential threat and encourages police to shoot first and do risk assessment later. After all, the next traffic stop they make might be the nut who just popped 7 randomly chosen civilians, who won’t hesitate to make the officer #8. In that kind of environment — the environment we have today — with crazy people running around with guns, nobody is safe, because we’re not alone in danger for the psychos but also from trigger-happy police. The way you solve this is by making guns less accessible and available.