Shockingly Development: For Once, Republican Candidates Aren’t the Ones Embarrassing Themselves

Montana Senate candidate Amanda Curtis (D)

Montana Senate candidate Amanda Curtis (D)

A crazy person is running for Senate in Montana. If you didn’t know any better, you might reasonably assume that this candidate was nominated by the GOP. But you’d be wrong. Not this cycle, in which Republicans have largely avoided the missteps that cost it seats in 2010 and 2012, and have managed to assemble an impressive slate of candidates. For once, Democrats are a bigger embarrassment.

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Bryana Holly Not So Into Politics, Clothes

Bryana Holly Instagram

Bryana Holly Instagram

Swimsmoke Bryana Holly models for a variety of brands, but her latest for Me Undies is notable in that if you see it in person you are likely to get a crick in your neck from staring at it.

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Repeat After Me: Twitter Is For Moral Positioning

We should treat Twitter as super serial as Manbearpig

We should treat Twitter as super serial as Manbearpig

I knew when our greatest living president took the ALS ice bucket challenge some know-nothing-know-it-all would be like “zomg, waterboarding!” And, indeed, many KNKIAs were all “zomg, waterboarding!” But the stupidest “zomg, waterboarding” tweet has to be this one, from a George R. R. Martin fan fiction* writer by the name of Saladin Ahmed:

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison must read

My must read of the day is “James Foley: How social media is fighting back against Isis propaganda,” in the Guardian.

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Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in airstrikes early today.

Alison Lundergan Grimes “mispronounced the legislative word ‘omnibus’ and overly gestured with her hands…”

Will the U.S. expand its efforts against ISIL?

Obama is considering making changes to immigration policy beyond alleviating deportations.

51 percent of UPS stores were hit by a data breach.

George W. Bush’s ice bucket challenge:

Betrayal: Greedy Obama Alums Get Paid to Trash Unions

The people. United. Are bound to be defeated. By liberal sellouts.
AP

AP

When President Obama and his team of geniuses came to Washington, they promised hope and change. They were devoted liberals, determined to stamp out the influence of corporations and “special interests,” and tireless advocates for working Americans. That was then.

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Comedy in the Era of Obama

Obama wearing an Obama mask, an act described as racist until people remembered Obama did it once

Obama wearing an Obama mask, an act described as racist until people remembered Obama did it once

There’s something disquieting about the way the comedic class has treated President Barack Obama. The phrase “kid gloves” comes to mind, but that doesn’t quite cover it. Obama’s status as a trailblazer combined with a resurgence of political correctness and the fact that he, frankly, holds the political biases of most comedians has placed the presidency more or less off-limits for harsh treatment. It has become dangerous even to draw a caricature of the president: one wrong move, no matter your liberal bona fides, and you’re branded a racist.

In the place of comedy to criticize the powerful, you have comedy to comfort the powerful. You have John Oliver and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert DESTROYING and EVISCERATING straw men, but the DESTRUCTION and the EVISCERATION is kind of beside the point. It’s comedy designed to remind the smart set that it believes the right things, holds the right views, supports the right pols, vouches for the right laws. “Look at how dumb The Other is,” these shows scream. “We are smarter. We are better. We are good.”

Oppositional humor—truly oppositional humor, humor that challenges the Democratic elite that is running the country, that controls the White House and the Senate and the federal bureaucracy—is out. That’s the point that SNL producer-writer James Downey is getting at here:

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Gal Gadot’s Ice Bucket Challenge Is Chilling, Wonderful

Ice Bucket, Won/Gal Gadot Facebook

Ice Bucket, Won/Gal Gadot Facebook

Even with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of the Prequel To Catch Up to Marvel With A Justice League Movie  being bumped up early to March 2016, the movie’s stars have had plenty of time to relax and bask in the midsummer Detroit summer.

Translation: They’ve been dumping ice water on their heads.

Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, put in a good effort.

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Animal Cruelty: Obama Donor Pimps Lassie on Grueling Publicity Tour

Dreamworks' Katzenberg exploits cheap dog labor in effort to save struggling studio
Obama donor Jeffrey Katzenberg appears to strangle a beloved American icon. (AP)

Obama donor Jeffrey Katzenberg appears to strangle a beloved American icon. (AP)

DreamWorks CEO and major Obama donor Jeffrey Katzenberg is forcing Lassie, the beloved American collie, to endure a grueling publicity tour in an effort to turn a profit for his struggling movie studio. DreamWorks acquired the rights to the storied franchise in 2012, and Katzenberg is determined to turn Lassie into a “merchandizing star” in order to milk the innocent pooch for all she’s worth. According to the New York Times:

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Brian Hoyer Will Be the Browns’ Starting Quarterback

Who's had a rougher go: your blogger or Johnny Manizel?/AP

Who's had a rougher go: your blogger or Johnny Manizel?/AP

I should just retire from trying to predict personnel moves for sports teams in Ohio.

White smoke emitted from Cleveland Browns HQ this morning as head coach Mike Pettine made good on his promise and announced Brian Hoyer will be the Brown’s Week One starting quarterback. The Believeland girl will have to keep that piece of duct tape with Johnny Football’s name in her nightstand drawer just a little longer.

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Forty Percent of Americans Are Ruining America

Smells like decline

Smells like decline

Important polling from Reason shows that 40 percent of Americans are choosing decline rather than exceptionalism:

The latest Reason-Rupe poll finds that when it comes to kids and their trophies, 57 percent of Americans think only the winning players should receive them. Another 40 percent say all kids on a sport team should receive a trophy for their participation. [Emphasis mine, because ew.]

Here are the crosstabs* on this question:

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MSNBC Wouldn’t Be This Calm If Tea Party Protesters Threw Rocks at Their Hosts

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After witnessing the spectacle of MSNBC host Chris Hayes getting pelted with rocks by an angry mob in Ferguson, Mo., Monday night, I was struck by a feeling of anger and frustration. Not at the rioters. Rioters throw rocks. That’s what they do. My anger was at the despicable display of “tolerance” and “understanding” displayed by Hayes, as he lowered his expectations for civil behavior to accommodate his liberal need to be accepted by the mob.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison must read

My must read of the day is “Here’s why Democrats’ phony “War on Women” won’t work in 2014,” by Carly Fiorina, on Fox News.

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The Republican establishment scored another “W” last night when former Alaskan attorney general Dan Sullivan won his senate primary for the right to battle against Sen. Mark Begich (D.) this fall.

An Israeli airstrike took out a top Hamas official’s family after the weeklong ceasefire collapsed in light of escalation in the terror group’s attacks.

47 more protestors were apprehended overnight in Ferguson, Mo.

Pope Francis hinted that his tenure may last only ”two or three more years” before he steps down.

Jimmy Fallon played Goldeneye with James Bond.

 

Why Genevieve Morton’s Ice Bucket Challenge Is Better Than Kate Upton’s

Charity superstars. Instagram.

Charity superstars. Instagram.

Kate Upton’s highly anticipated #icebucketchallenge was everything we could have asked for. However, it pains me as the resident Kate Uptonologist that her contribution to ALS research had a significant shortcoming.

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