The Watering Hole, Saturday, April 18th, 2015: This Week In Faux News

I was going to write about Rand Paul’s “Libertarian” followers, but thankfully Wayne steered me to PoliticusUSA’s “Friday Fox Follies”, which is a bit more entertaining. Well, that’s if by “entertaining” one means ‘laughing because screaming is the only other alternative.’

Rand Paul acolytes are NOT “entertaining”, by any definition in any dictionary on this or any other planet.

On the other hand, Friday Fox Follies, put together by Headly Westerfield, is a stupefying roundup of the past week’s non-stories, conspiracy theories, idiotic commentary and other nonsense, all hacked up from the fine folks at Fox “News.” This week, the Follies ‘2016 Presidential hopefuls’ edition’ provides links to anything and everything, from Media Matters’ Fox coverage, to Hillary Clinton and “Chipotleghazi” [term courtesy of Evan McMurray of Mediaite], to Jon Stewart ranting at the media**, to Bernie Sanders schooling Bill O’Reilly, to Donald Trump-or-Monkey [thank you, David Letterman, for linking those two forever in my mind.] There are so many links, you’re sure to find more than one story to pique the interest.

**Jon Stewart Watch: I’ve noticed for the last week or so, Jon has been using the first segment of his show to ream, eviscerate, and generally rant about various topics, including his amazing tirade about Dick Cheney. I think that Jon is taking advantage of the time his show has left to really get everything off his chest, in his own inimitable style. The “real news media” should sit up and pay attention, because Jon seems to be pointing in their direction.

This is our daily Open Thread – have at it!

17 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Saturday, April 18th, 2015: This Week In Faux News

  1. 109 years ago today, San Francisco was rocked by an earthquake that destroyed most of the city. 109 years ago today, people came together to build each other and the city back up. Never ever count the City out.
    Photo via Lost San Francisco

  2. The Huckster is starting off his campaign to eventually begin a campaign with a bang. His message? Don’t join the military until we have a “godly” president. Seriously. Why join up when there’s a president who doesn’t seem hellbent on invading anyone? Sounds like a waste of time to me and nothing says “President” like telling young people to not join the military.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/huckabee-dont-enlist-till-we-get-a-more-godly-president

    • pHuck is a Christian, and is therefore very warlike and doesn’t care for peaceniks because in the buybull there was lots of ass-kicking that god really liked. Mark Twain’s summation nails it to the cross, sotospeak:

      “O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it — for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.” ~Mark Twain, The War Prayer; March, 1905;, first published 1916 in Harper’s Monthly

    • Down through Durango, Colima, Almiera,
      Then in the Manzanillos,
      Where I slept in the sunshine on the seashores of old Mexico.

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