The Three Great Premises of Idiot America Take Center Stage

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 11:30 am

These are good times for those who practice wingnuttery and those who observe them, as there is plenty of wingnuttery on display. Sadly, this exacts a cost, either in the idiotic policies and practices foisted upon society (see almost anything enacted at the urging of the NRA), or in the time and energy that must be wasted to beat back these idiocies (see Krugman, Paul “the Shrill One”). No, popcorn is not an option. It’s no surprise, then, that my thoughts have been turning to Charles Pierce.

Yours should too.

 

No Rain Is Apparently Not News

By: Saturday December 1, 2012 9:01 am

While the Pacific coast is getting battered by storms, and while the Northeast coast continues to recover from Sandy, the only falling water that farmers in Nebraska, Kansas, and the great plains can see are the tears on their own faces. Drought may not make for gripping television, and it didn’t end once October’s lower temperatures arrived. Things are still dry — exceptionally so — and in many places, it’s getting worse.

Yet to the national media, “no rain today” in the Midwest and Plains remains “not news”.

Paul Ryan Wants to Cut NOAA’s Budget by How Much?

By: Saturday October 27, 2012 9:01 am

Hurricane Sandy has everyone’s attention, especially along the east coast, which isn’t surprising given the satellite imagery and computer models that put it crashing into the Atlantic coast between Maryland and Massachusetts. But back while things were quiet on the hurricane front — last February — people were thinking about them, like NOAA director Jane Lubchenco and Paul “Austerity Rocks!” Ryan.

But that was last spring, when the seas were calm. Today, Paul Ryan probably doesn’t want anything to think about what he proposed for the NOAA budget.

President Flies on Marine One Chopper; in Other News, Water is Wet

By: Sunday August 8, 2010 7:00 pm

No, Abby Phillip, an American president using Marine One helicopter in the completion of his duties as the head of the Executive Branch is not news.

Late Night: This Is News?

By: Monday April 19, 2010 8:00 pm

Our lives are filled to the brim; we have literally hundreds if not thousands of pieces of media throw up at us every single day. We don’t have a single moment to spare to figure out what to pay attention to. It’s mind-boggling. So, here, tonight, right on our stage, Aunt Toby is going to give you The Guide to the Un-News using today’s headlines (sort of like “The Guide to the Recently Deceased” only the bodies involved probably stink more).

The High Cost of Lower Taxes (Or: Why Can’t I Get Out of My Driveway?)

By: Friday December 25, 2009 1:45 pm

“Not news” falling in our streets is news when we can’t get out of our driveways.

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