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O'Reilly Factors Out The Donald

Hat-tip to Katia McGlynn of the Huffington Post for the article, and to Lordrag of Delphi Forums for the catch.

Oh, wow - Bill O'Reilly verbally slams the Birther conspiracy theorists as well as several other Internet-based memes, and Jon Stewart gives him a tip of the yarmulke for it.


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Thank you, Jon, and "Nicely Done!" to you, Bill.

That was fun.


The 2 Blocks From Ground Zero Muslim Community Center Built on Hallowed Grounds of a Burlington Coat Factory

Unless you are a stupid right winger that loves turning noncontroversial BS into an epic political battle...

Stop calling it "The Mosque at Ground Zero" because there is no such thing.

Are you really this insane as to elevate the stupidity? More reality below the fold.

Open Thread - Born in the USA!

Jon Stewart does a superb take-down of the fact that from the day the 14th Amendment was first debated it was always about race, so there is nothing new about the reasoning behind those that want to repeal or change it now:

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BruinKid at dKos has the transcript up in a pictorial essay form for those of you that may not be able to watch the video embeds. Another video, the musical kind, that you can watch and listen to below the Open Thread fold.

Open Thread: Conflict Minerals and the "Ore on Terror"

Steven D at the BooMan Tribune pointed out this interesting video on a campaign to raise awareness concerning the grave situation in the Congo:

Profiting from the worst war on the planet that no one in America knows anything about by purchasing "conflicts minerals" from the Congo for their products:

Also from Steven D, and after some nudging from readers, later added a diary covering what you can do about it.

One of the things I have always loved about Blogging is the fact that not only can we start to look at things that are wrong, pick apart stories, facts and ideas... But we can work together on solutions for them when we see these problems for what they are.

Below the Open Thread fold is the same story unfolding with a different name to the region affected, IMHO, as Jon Stewart and the Daily Show crew give us the "Ore on Terror":

It is OK to criticize the Obama administration

And that is especially true when it involves the real big issues of our times... As long as that criticism is, ya know, based in the reality of the policies and not some insane rantings and ravings of fringe and conspiracy theory lunacies. Via Glenn Greenwald, Jon Stewart hit on some really big issues, last night and immediately after the somnambulic presidential address, and pulled no punches from the not so sleepy world of reality:

When ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero last week addressed the progressive conference America's Future Now, he began by saying:  "I'm going to start provocatively . . . I'm disgusted with this president."  Last night, after Obama's Oval Office speech, Jon Stewart began his show with an 8-minute monologue on Obama's executive power and civil liberties record which, in essence, provided just some of the reasons why Romero's strong condemnation is so justified.  None of this will be remotely new to any readers here, but it's still nice to see its being distilled so clearly by a voice which even the most hardened Obama loyalists have decided is a credible and trustworthy one (at least when he's mocking Sarah Palin and exposing Fox News; we'll see what reaction this provokes from them, if any).

There is no denying the truth in the accusations, nor IMHO the real importance of this issue that has been obscured with huge celebrations by Obama's most ardent supporters for tiny and relatively meaningless wins on comparatively less important issues, that Stewart makes in the video below the fold.

Open Thread - "The American People" Daily Show version

Because you know you are tired of politicians (the media does this too) claiming things about "The American People" that is purely partisan wankery:

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I do believe "The American People" want an Open Thread. You can decide if that is true in comments...

The Role Of A Free and Open Media: Accountability in Action

Hat-tip Lordrag of DelphiForums.

Quoting Lordrag's seeder post,

Jon Stewart spent a segment blasting Keith Olbermann Thursday night. And right wingers had a ball getting ready to enjoy the fireworks as Olbermann was sure to respond to the skewering.

Well, Olbermann responded all right.

He played Jon Stewart's ENTIRE segment on his show Friday night.

And then, he loosed his rhetorical cannons on Stewart. Surely, the big liberal ego of Keith Olbermann was going to blast back with both barrels, and a full-scale war would be on.

And here's what Keith Olbermann said, after playing Stewart's whole segment:

"You know what, you're right. I have been a
little over the top lately. Point taken. Sorry."

...nicely played. In the original forum thread, I added -- and here reassert -- the following:

That was well done, and a great example of each at their best -- by showing their capacity to criticize and hold accountable among their own, and admit culpability when wrong.

Great example for both the news media as well as politicians and their pet punditry.

...too bad it'll be lost on all but those wild and crazy liberal progressives.

It's nice to see at least some aspect of our media as capable of self-analysis and accepting of accountability, even if it's not a predominant habit in the traditional media at this time.

Jon Stewart on Healthcare

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart takes a look at the healthcare successes of the Democrats:

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(h/t GottaLaff :)

Stop Hurting America: The WGA And The Daily Show

The ongoing strike by members of the Writer's Guild against the AMPTP is an important line in the sand for rights of the creative community in Hollywood and elsewhere. The producers have thus far proven that they are far more interested in hording their profits than in sharing credit and compensation with the people most responsible for generating those profits - the creators. But there has been an unanticipated drawback to this otherwise righteous cause that could have a significant impact on our nation.

A month from now the first of the presidential primary contests will take place in Iowa. The campaigns are already at cruising speed and the media is hurtling forward with their usual fare of speculation, conflict and the inane horserace chatter that they think passes for news. What's missing is the perspective of what has become the most insightful segment of the commentator class in the 21st century - Satire.

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