TGIF/Weekend edition - November 19-21, 2010




Anti-Palin remarks get snipped from Tina Fey's Mark Twain Prize acceptance speech

Tina Fey got a little political airbrushing from PBS on Sunday night ..Fey, this year's recipient of the prize, caused a few ripples during her acceptance speech at the ceremony on Tuesday when she mock-praised "conservative women" like Sarah Palin

Fox News Chief Blasts NPR 'Nazis'

Roger Ailes slams Jon Stewart as a conservative-basher, explains why he rode to Juan Williams’ rescue—and sees NPR as taxpayer-funded propaganda.

GOP fails to cut off NPR's funding

Sorry Roger Ailes, but The Hill reports that the House voted Thursday "to move forward on legislation without voting on a proposal put forth by Republicans to defund NPR."


PBS should have made teaser promos of Tina Fey's acceptance speech to draw in more viewers. Isn't that what networks are supposed to do?



I'm so proud to represent American humor, I am proud to be an American, and I am proud to make my home in the 'not real' America. And I am most proud that during trying times, like an orange [terror] alert, a bad economy or a contentious election, that we as a nation retain our sense of humor."- Tina Fey





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Good Journalism Debunks Lies


On Nov. 4, Anderson Cooper did the country a favor. He expertly deconstructed on his CNN show the bogus rumor that President Obama's trip to Asia would cost $200 million a day. This was an important "story." It underscored just how far ahead of his time Mark Twain was when he said a century before the Internet, "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." But it also showed that there is an antidote to malicious journalism -- and that's good journalism.  



In his own statement, Scarborough apologized for violating the policy. He said that the donations, which were discovered by Politico, were made to "close personal friends and family members and were limited to local races," and that they were "given for personal rather than political reasons." (The donations went to his brother and three "longtime family friends.") He therefore believed he didn't need approval from MSNBC.

I wonder if MSNBC has noticed the silence from Joe's fans compared to Keith's fans?



Highlights of the George W. Bush Library Groundbreaking - David Letterman

10. While digging, they found Obama's birth certificate

9. Read warm congratulatory note from Osama and Julie bin Laden

8. Displayed thousands of books Bush pretends to read

7. George arrived wearing a flight suit and piloting the Conan blimp

6. Dubya only had three shoes thrown at him

5. Dug up thousands of Gore ballots from 2000

4. Bush gave Halliburton $300 million check just for the hell of it

3. George correctly pronounced the word "nuclear" (it doesn't get any more groundbreaking than that)

2. After a few seconds of digging, Bush raised "Mission Accomplished" banner

1. Bush and Cheney celebrated the day with a long, passionate, open-mouth kiss




Disturbing News


In Detroit, a man bought a Powerball ticket worth $128 million at an adult bookstore. See kids? Look what can happen when you turn off your fancy Internet and read books. - Conan




Cyber War Update


A malicious computer attack that appears to target Iran's nuclear plants can be modified to wreak havoc on industrial control systems around the world, and represents the most dire cyberthreat known to industry, government officials and experts said Wednesday.


A senior citizen was arrested after shooting his TV when Bristol Palin wasn’t kicked off of “Dancing With the Stars.” Come on, John McCain, it’s been two years. Get over it. - Craig Ferguson





Republican-Shenanigans News


"The New Oxford Dictionary has declared Sarah Palin's word 'refudiate' to be the 2010 Word of the Year. Palin was honored and said she would do her best to 'dismangle' the English language." –Conan O'Brien





The Parenting Skills of Mama Grizzly And Future Mothers-in-Law Beware


During the premiere of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" Sunday night -- a boy named Tre who went to school with the Palin kids wrote a status update that read, "Sarah Palin's Alaska, is failing so hard right now."

The comment sparked an intense response from Willow -- who replied on the boy's wall, "Haha your so gay. I have no idea who you are, But what I've seen pictures of, your disgusting ... My sister had a kid and is still hot."

Willow followed up that comment with another that read, "Tre stfu. Your such a f**got."

Bristol Palin also got in on the smacktalk -- writing a message to Tre saying, "You're running your mouth just to talk sh*t."


Well, at least Bristol knows the correct usage of "you're and your".


If The Article Below Is True Then We Have Ourselves Another Reality Show: Nailin' the Palins or Mama, Where Fore Art Thou?


SARAH PALIN has ANOTHER teen pregnancy
scandal on her hands - and this time it's Bristol's younger sister WILLOW!




Rock-The-Voter News




Just 46 percent of the public knows Republicans won majority control of the House two weeks ago. (Pew Research Center)


David Letterman's "Top Ten Ways To Make Airport Security More Pleasant"

10. For $10, screeners will give you luxurious shiatsu massage
9. To your left, x-ray conveyor belt; to your right, complimentary hot buffet
8. Passenger's naked body scan ends up on YouTube — hey, that joke was in the monologue
7. Anyone caught with something suspicious has to eat it
6. You can watch other passengers get groped for 99 cents a minute
5. Guess the TSA agent's weight and you can bring any liquid on board
4. Passengers have option to be frisked by security or airport Cinnabon employee
3. Pipe in soft rock classics from the '70s, '80s, '90s, and today
2. Concludes with a good luck pat on the butt
1. Vibrating wands




She's Back


Ironically, midterm-election losses helped Nancy Pelosi keep her spot as leader of the House Democrats.

The Democratic caucus voted Wednesday to install Pelosi as their next Minority Leader despite fierce opposition from congressional moderates.





Subject: Desperately Seeking Resumes


Dear Lisa,


Finally, a sane website. Thank you. I ran across your site about two months ago and have perused your archives. I work in DC and your accuracy about the buffoons here is right on. Especially Joe Scarborough. I find your webpage on Scarborough highly accurate. Believe me when I say, Scarborough wants to be president. Why in the world did he think he could threaten you with a false light lawsuit? Do tell.

You should be in the Smithsonian. Why aren't you in Wikipedia?

James in insane DC


Thank you James for making my day.


Good question about Wikipedia, I must not be worthy.


In 2006, I was mentioned in Wikipedia once regarding a cease and desist request from Joe Scarborough's lawyer wanting me to remove all slant about Joe and his dead aide. It was located in Joe's Wikipedia bio but it soon disappeared from there. 


I personally spoke with Joe's lawyer, and Joe obviously felt I was calling him a murderer, which I never had done. In fact, I don't think he had anything to do with her death. All I ever wrote about was comparing the media coverage or lack thereof, Joe versus Gary Condit and Chandra Levy.


I was offended that he would misrepresent my webpage in a "false light."


I threw Joe a bone by offering to change the title of my webpage from "Which Republican Congressman had a dead aide found in his office?" to "What Liberal Media?" in an email to Joe's attorney.


I never heard from him again, so I didn't change anything.


Joe is Florida's Sarah Palin.


Joe quit the office he was elected to, and he pugnaciously whines about the same media who ignored the dead aide found in his office.


 I lived about 10 miles from where the body of his dead aide was found and watched the whole story unfold and then promptly saw it tucked away. Joe's hometown newspaper The Pensacola News Journal only ran two small briefs buried deep in the paper. Joe's good friend was the managing editor.


This is an excellent factual piece on the tale of Joe and his dead aide.


Here is a snippet from the above article explaining how Joe Scarborough manipulated the media with misinformation put out about his dead aide within 3 hours of her death:


According to Anna Dobbins, a producer at WEAR-TV, Joe was on the phone with the local ABC affiliate in Pensacola within three hours of the discovery of the body, and before the family was notified, to say that "a young woman had died in his office and that she had a complicated medical history, specifically surrounding 'stroke and epilepsy.'"

The congressman and his advisor, Mick Serrano, made similar calls to two other local media outlets within hours of the body's discovery.

According to Dobbins and others, about a week later, after the Klausutis family wrote an excoriating letter to a local paper, Serrano called back to ask that they stop reporting the "complicated health history."

Joe, they were now correctly told, had spoken in error.

Klausutis-a marathon runner, 28 years old and happily married-had been in great shape. Her "complicated health" began only on the night that she died, and its "history" surfaced primarily because of Joe's misinformation.


Actually it reminds me of a Carl Hiaasen type novel.


And to this day the national media continues to ignore the lack of coverage of the tawdry tale of Joe's dead aide and his botched public relations move by blaming his dead aide.


I imagine Joe would govern as president the same way he manipulates misinformation. NewSpeak.


Just what we need, another Republican president with a stained résumé.




Thanks to Larry for the graphic.


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Biz-Tech News

Hurry Up, We Need To Make Billions More In Profits!!


Oil industry groups on Wednesday urged U.S. lawmakers to allocate more money for the federal offshore drilling regulator to speed permitting and environmental reviews.

Regulations imposed by Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in the wake of the BP oil spill have slowed the process for greenlighting offshore oil and gas projects for development.





GM Success Story


President Barack Obama on Thursday celebrated the return of a reborn General Motors to the U.S. stock market, saying it shows some of the "tough decisions that we made" during the financial crisis were beginning to pay off.



If you’re British, you may as well enjoy the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. You’re paying for it. - Craig Ferguson


Bush-Prison-Torture News






"Dick Cheney attended the ceremony. It's fitting for Cheney to be at the library. He spent eight years telling Bush to be quiet." –Jimmy Fallon


Go-F**k-Yourself News



Valerie Plame especially pleased that "Fair Game" underscores what she did at the CIA.
"It's pretty clear I was not a glorified secretary, I was a highly trained officer working on substantive issues of counter-proliferation.



"The idea that my government, which I had served loyally for years, might be exaggerating a case for war was impossible to comprehend." - Valerie Plame Wilson




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