Immigration, executive orders, Faux News and Jon Stewart channeling Columbo

Now that President Barack Obama has taken the heat off of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came here as children, the Right Wing Noise Machine has predictably gone full steam to declare he can’t do that, said himself he never could do it, and he completely failed to pursue immigration reform, anyway. Except … not. As Jon Stewart demonstrates here, Fox News (through the mouth of its trained seal, Sean Hannity) got it all wrong. The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook I don’t know what’s up with the falsetto Santa in red spandex, but Stewart’s imitation of the late Peter Falk’s detective character, Lt. Columbo, at the end is dead on.

Paging Dr. Sinclair, 2008 calling! Paging Dr. Sinclair! 1

Birthers have to be among the dumbest people on Earth. Listen carefully to this exchange between these two intellectual giants, Pamela Geller (of anti-Muslim blog Atlas Shrugged fame) and Eric Bolling (of Fox Business News fame). After “analyzing” the image posted on the White House website, Bolling rhetorically asks Geller why the physician attending Barack Obama II’s birth back in 1961 never mentioned to his family that he had delivered the future 44th President of the United States. Maybe it was because the doctor, David A. Sinclair, died in 2003, five years before Obama, a senator from Illinois, even entered the presidential race. Doctor Who can travel through time. Doctor Sinclair, I suspect, could not.

Despite Fox News hype, tax day protests are duds

JISHOU, HUNAN — The national TEA Party protests flopped. The anti-tax/anti-Obama rallies — Taxed Enough Already Parties — were supposed to represent a coming “revolution” against the sitting president’s policies and the “overtaxation” of the American populace, like the Boston Tea Party of 1773. In that famous incident, the protest was against the Tea Act, which imposed tariffs on tea bound for Britain. The Boston Tea Party was a spontaneous protest against taxation without representation, one of the main complaints of the colonists. By comparison, the modern day TEA Parties were hardly impressive. Fox Noise’s Sean Hannity hyped the parties on the air, and other right-wingers predicted a groundswell of grassroots activism against the Obama administration’s attempts to stimulate the economy by spending government money. Instead, local rallies had puny attendance. Here are some estimates I pulled off news sites. New York Times 16/4/09 Philadelphia, Penn. 200 Pensacola, Fla. 500 Austin., Texas 1,000 Houston, Texas 2,000 Boston, Mass. 500+ Newsday 15/4/09 Massapequa, NY 300 CBS News 15/4/09 Declan McCullagh blog San Francisco “a crowd of hundreds” USA Today 15/4/09 Des Moines, Iowa 1,000 Cincinnati, Ohio 4,000 Lansing, Mich. 4,000 Hartford, Conn. 3,000 New Haven, Conn. 1,000 Montgomery Ala. 1,000+ Frankfort, ...

Expelled panned … times 2

You would hope that Scientific American would pan Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” but the reviewer on Fox News? When the network that carries the likes of Sean Hannity can say “‘Expelled’ is a sloppy, all-over-the-place, poorly made (and not just a little boring) ‘expose’ of the scientific community,” you know the movie gotta be bad.
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