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22 June 2011

Dear Democrabeepers: KNOCK IT OFF

What's a democrabeep?  It's a car horn honking to the protesters' beat of this-is-what-democracy-looks-like.  And for those living within honkin' ear shot of the WI Capitol for a month this winter/spring, it was the devil.  El Diablo.  Ned Flanders' "Howdily Doodily" hurt less to Homer Simpson's ears than those damn car horns did to people living nearby.

The battle is won.  I know.  So why am I bitching?  I follow all sorts of people on twitter, and tonight I noticed this in my feed.  A celebration of the democrabeep.

The Glenn Beck Program, June 22 LIVEBLOG

Waiting for the show to start, I realize that at this time, a week from tomorrow, it's gonna be super weird.  Last show.

Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program.  [Beck seems a bit more somber than usual.]  Tonight, we're gonna talk about the education program in this country.  We have an audience full of college-aged Americans who are chomping at the bit to have their voice heard and have their chance up to bat.

But first, we have -- it says eight, but I don't actually think it's eight, and I don't think I have an eraser here -- we have seven shows left.  Six after tonight's program.  And I have so much to cover.

Palinizing Michelle Bachmann

Rolling Stone warns:  The Tea Party contender may seem like a goofball, but be warned: Her presidential campaign is no laughing matter.

Before you read the article or the excerpts I've pasted below, consider this quote from the article:
Asked about Bachmann's run, Pawlenty seethed, "I'm not running for comic- or entertainer-in-chief."

And then, consider this quote from the AP (linked from Yahoo):
Asked if he is capable of exciting voters as he competes for the GOP nomination, Pawlenty replies, "I'm not running for entertainer in chief."

And then watch this video (pertinent moment starts at 3:30): 

video linked from HuffPo

Jon Stewart: "Fox News viewers are dumb"

Well, he didn't exactly say that... "most consistently misinformed media viewers" and he backed up his claim citing generic "polls".  Politifact checked out this claim, finding it false.

The way Stewart phrased the comment, it’s not enough to show a sliver of evidence that Fox News’ audience is ill-informed. The evidence needs to support the view that the data shows they are "consistently" misinformed -- a term he used not once but three times. It’s simply not true that "every poll" shows that result. So we rate his claim False.

Politifact used several polls over the past several years, in which people were asked questions (to determine their level of mis/information) and asked where they got their news.

Here's my beef.