Jon Stewart Crushes Fox News In The 2011 Ratings →
According to Comedy Central, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart averaged 2.3 million viewers per episode in 2011. Unlike Fox News, “The Daily Show” was up in total viewers (+7%) and all key demos: adults 18-49 (+6%); men 18-34 (+2%); men 18-24 (+4%).” The Daily Show was also the top cable late night talk show in terms of total viewers, and was generally dominant. While Fox News was losing 14% in...
Rosa Luxemburg famously said that those who do not move cannot feel their...– WTF? (What the Fawkes?) » Blog of Rights: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union Jeez. This is scary. (via tracesharp)
shortformblog: parislemon: Following up on yesterday’s news, Verizon has decided not to charge their ridiculous $2 fee to those wanting to pay their bills online or via phone. Good save. But I’m with Harry McCracken: When Verizon says it won’t charge $2 for online payments, it’s saying it’ll get $2 out of you in some less obvious manner. Some victory. — Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken)...
For some Paul is seen as a homophobe and a racist. So for her fans, that may be...– Cooper Lawrence, author of the book “Cult of Celebrity” • Discussing why Kelly Clarkson’s endorsement of Ron Paul struck such a raw nerve with many of her fans yesterday. Part of it, perhaps, was the timing of Clarkson’s endorsement — Paul’s long-dormant newsletters, racially-tinged tomes which he’s...
The stalwart possum-eaters now dominating the Republican Party in Tennessee and...– Letter From the Editor | Letter From The Editor | Memphis Flye I sort of adore Bruce (via tracesharp)
ShortFormBlog: Verizon plans to add fee for... →
shortformblog: $2 fee to pay your bill online, as planned by Verizon Wireless source » Nickel and diming, redux: To be clear, this fee wouldn’t be instituted in every case — people using automatic bill-pay wouldn’t be subject to it, nor would people paying by electronic check (at least according to…
EarthWindFire82's Brain Burp: thatphilguy... →
earthwindfire82: thatphilguy reblogged your post: “Fat” does not equal “Desperate”. Are there people who think it does? Yes there are, unfortunately. When I was dating before I got married (like I’m 70 years old now), I have had people tell me that they were “shocked” I dated a handsome guy. I have… I weigh 310 pounds and have a gorgeous girlfriend who loves me AS I AM. I know of what...
Bruce Dobie Remembers Ned Ray McWherter
NED RAY McWHERTER
Governor, kingmaker, friend of the common man By Bruce Dobie Ned Ray McWherter was a hulk of a man, often wearing cowboy boots and smoking a cigar or pipe. Where life ended and art began, it's difficult to know, but he was by various turns hilarious, vulgar, authentic, earthy and country to the core. He was suspicious of the rich, though he was rich himself, and he often made fun of educated people, though he was as smart as they come. As he once chided former Gov. Winfield Dunn in a debate, "Winfield, I may not know Shakespeare, but I do know numbers." This much we know: He was born poor, dropped out of college three times when his knees kept blowing out in football tryouts, and nearly came to financial ruin after he tried selling shoes in places that included remote Caribbean islands. We know this because to the small audience of captive reporters who followed him around the state, he would often ramble on about, say, his sharecropper father who often struggled in a hardscrabble environment, his loving mother who raised the family, and the Sears catalog in the outhouse that served as the family's toilet paper. What McWherter the brilliant politician understood, at his peak, was how to relate to average working Tennesseans — people who had once used the Sears catalog too. At one point, his rural West Tennessee Democratic Caucus (yes, it existed) held almost every lever of power in the corridors of the state Capitol. McWherter's political clout rose. In the conservative wing of the national Democratic Party, particularly in the South, McWherter was a power. He was a confidant of Bill Clinton's team in crisis moments, often trooping up to Washington to give them advice on how to get their act together. Years earlier, he had gotten behind Jimmy Carter's presidential bid, and the two exchanged staff and advice. When Al Gore first ran for president, it was no accident that Gore's only serious victories came in a string of Southern primaries orchestrated by McWherter. Ned brought the traveling press corps along to Montgomery and Jackson and Atlanta so we could watch him put it together for Gore. You never met so many redneck Democrats in your life. McWherter's honesty and straightforwardness inspired a loyalty among staff and supporters that made him an incredibly magnanimous force. Tragically, against the steady advance of the Republican Party across the South, the Democratic Party that he led has mostly vanished. He was a man to be taken with utter seriousness, but he could also be an absolute riot. In the end, one remembers him flying down a two-lane road to yet another campaign speech, his so-called Redneck Express barreling through exhausted little towns filled with falling-down barns, and the little old ladies serving fresh lemonade from hardware store washtubs, and the old farmers grinning from under their hats, and McWherter standing up to the patient and forgotten crowd and telling them that he was one of them. It was a sight to behold. And it will never be again.
There will never be another Ned. Dobie is right. You can read the whole this at The Nashville Scene. http: //www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/in-memoriam-2011/Content?oid=2715242
Gov. Scott Walker–a case study in abuse and... →
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It seems like every other week we get a story about an old person who has...– Yet Another Old Person Denied a Proper ID | Pith in the Wind They don’t want folks voting. The End. (via tracesharp)
These politicians from both parties betrayed our trust, and violated the oath...– Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes • Discussing his plan to force a recall of elected Montana officials who supported the National Defense Authorization Act, an act which has proven quite controversial among some parts of the population — leading even to extreme interpretations of the law (think...
In November, Weakley County’s jobless rate was 12.4 percent, Lake County’s...– Obion County jobless rate remains high on NWTNTODAY.COM I hate that my home area is having such a shitacular time right now. (via tracesharp)
No Truer Words Were Ever Written
tracesharp: Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. TS Eliot
I have no interest in politics. But I have a great deal of interest in peace and...– Martin Sheen, in Martin Sheen, Family (Filmmaking) Man - NYTimes.com (via bohemiansouth)
Pro-Life or Anti-Sex: A thought… It seems to me that most Pro-Life people I...– by Richard Beck (via blackenedbutterfly)
Anon Announcement: @p0isAn0N and @OccupyBoston has...
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In 2010, over 5.5 million cars were produced in Germany, twice the 2.7 million...– Kevin C. Brown reports in A tale of two systems | Remapping Debate In other words, by the standards of German auto workers, the U.S. is a very low wage country. (via bohemiansouth)
Daily Trojan publishes blatantly anti-trans* op-ed →
stfuconservatives: (TW for transphobia, general fuckery) As a former Bruin — specifically, as the former op-ed editor of the Daily Bruin — I am bemused on a personal level that ‘SC chose to publish this incredibly disgusting and transphobic piece of garbage. Here’s the gist: “California just passed some laws to protect people from discrimination based on gender, specifically including trans*...
Reproductive rights are central to the economic equality of women. It’s not a...– - Commenter on Occupy Seattle Online Events (via rooftopsedge) *People capable of getting pregnant. But yes, I definitely agree. We cannot ever achieve true economic equality without reproductive freedom. The two issues are complexly intertwined, they cannot be separated. (via prolongedeyecontact)
House Republican Leaders Agree to Payroll Tax Deal... →
stfuconservatives: “Largely silent in the payroll tax fight in recent days, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, on Thursday suggested a possible way out of the standoff, proposing that the House pass an extension of the tax break while Senate Democrats commit to forming a negotiating committee to reach a long-term agreement.” In other words, they’re kicking the can...
Apparently this poll is still happening →
sleepydumpling: cognitivedissonance: You know what to do, Tumblr. As of 11:50 PM EST: Have at it Tumblr. Show Fox they can’t just sweep people under the carpet.