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“Flip a coin, what shall we talk about? Heads I tell the truth and tails I lie.”

–The Refreshments

George W. Bush’s weeklong trip through Europe wasn’t only about glamorous dinners and leisurely jaunts to old school castles. The President’s so-called “farewell tour” was a ploy for him to take one last stab at rounding up an entourage to have our backs in our impending squirmish with Iran.

Thus far, this last ditch attempt to convert “the unwilling” into fellow warmongers has come up short, akin to the Hail Mary that gets batted down at the line of scrimmage; an air ball at the buzzer, heaved from half court. (more…)

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Once a week in London, Gordon Brown squares off against his political opponents. As British Prime Minister, the Labour Party leader must personally appear before Parliament each Wednesday. This isn’t the same as memorizing speeches written by some third person or sending proxies to field softball questions from a tame press corps. (more…)

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“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

-Upton Sinclair

By now you’re probably familiar with Bill O’Reilly’s attack-dog style of pseudo-journalism, whereby some no-name lackey (say, Jesse Watters or the balding Porter Berry) ambushes an unsuspecting civilian, gets right up in the person’s face, and asks the same question repeatedly. The O’Reilly Factor then edits the entire clip down, so only the parts that serve the show’s objectives make it onto the air. O’Reilly then portrays himself and his producers as “looking out for you”even though they’ve compromised your ability to interpret what actually happened by cherry-picking which parts of the interaction they’ll allow you to see. (more…)

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Clinton supporters are furious with the Democratic National Committee, for its decision to not “count the votes.”

The votes of 368 delegates from Florida and Michigan were initially voided altogether because the two states held their primaries in January, earlier than party rules allow.

This weekend the DNC voted 19-8 to seat the delegates at the Denver Democratic convention, but only half a vote for each delegate will count toward the official tally deciding the party’s nominee. This is sort of like the Three-Fifth Compromise of 1787, which gave black people the right to count as 60% of a human being. Actually, it’s nothing like that at all–unless (more…)

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