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I agree with Capt. Obvious

Balloon-Juice: Some interesting points regarding the Sununu-O'Brien dustup..

http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/08/16/all-the-beautiful-sounds-of-the-world-in-a-single-word/

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There are a few things going on here that are worth discussing. First, O’Brien’s show is CNN’s version of Today or GMA. She’s not on a political beat, which means that her job doesn’t rely on access, and she’s not marinated in the conventional wisdom. It’s pretty clear that she and her producers were well-prepped with actual facts, and that she didn’t give a shit whether she offended the delicate feelings of John Sununu. When he acted like a dick, she pushed back hard without worrying about the next time they run into each other at some DC bar. Second, I really do think the coddling they get on Fox is hurting the average Republican shill’s ability to appear reasonable on regular TV. Sununu just keeps repeating his weak-ass talking points instead of coming back with a follow-up, because Fox only expects its Republican guests to memorize and repeat what’s on the sheet that Sununu was waving around when he was trying to smack O’Brien down. Finally, there’s some limit to the number of lies the media will tolerate and that limit is probably being reached with the Romney campaign. There’s a general air of disrespect from the Romney people, they campaign almost totally on falsehoods, and they do so arrogantly. I think it’s the arrogance that finally triggered María de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien, and it’s going to be interesting to see who’s next.

Science fiction satirist Harry Harrison has died

http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/articles/2012/08/15/sci_fi_writer_harry_harrison_dies_in_britain/

LONDON—American author Harry Harrison, whose space-age spoofs delighted generations of science fiction fans, has died, a friend said Wednesday. He was 87.

Irish sci-fi writer Michael Carroll said in a telephone interview that he learned of Harrison's passing from the author's daughter, Moira, earlier in the day. He said Harrison died in southern England, but didn't have much further detail.

Harrison was a prolific writer whose works ranged from tongue-in-cheek inter-galactic action romps to dystopian fantasies, with detours through children's stories and shambolic crime capers. Carroll said most of the works delivered a stream of sly humor with a big bucket of action.

"Imagine `Pirates of the Caribbean' or `Raiders of the Lost Ark,' and picture them as science fiction novels," he said. "They're rip-roaring adventures, but they're stories with a lot of heart."


Harrison was best known for his "The Stainless Steel Rat" series, starring the free-spirited anti-hero Slippery Jim DiGriz, a quick-witted conman who travels the universe swindling humans, aliens and robots alike. His 1966 work, "Make Room! Make Room!" -- a sci-fi take on the horrors of overpopulation -- inspired the 1973 film "Soylent Green" starring Charlton Heston.

Separated at birth?




Paul Ryan and Victor from Dollhouse.

ETA: This is actually a very creepy comparison if you are aware of what Dollhouse was.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollhouse_(TV_series)

Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon under Mutant Enemy Productions. It premiered on February 13, 2009, on the Fox network and was officially cancelled on November 11, 2009.[3] The final episode aired on January 29, 2010. Production wrapped in December 2009, with a total of 27 episodes produced including the original pilot.[4][5]

The show revolves around a corporation running numerous underground establishments (known as "Dollhouses" across the globe which program individuals referred to as Actives (or Dolls) with temporary personalities and skills. Wealthy clients hire Actives from Dollhouses at great expense for various purposes.

What do Obama and Voltaire have in common?

Evidently God has granted both of them what they prayed for.

"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it." -Voltaire

New York Times: Can People as Rich as Romney Escape Taxes? They Can

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/11/business/in-the-superrich-clues-to-romneys-tax-returns-common-sense.html?_r=1&hp


On the face of it, Senator Harry Reid’s explosive but flimsily sourced claim that Mitt Romney paid no income tax seems preposterous. Mr. Romney has denied it, and without his returns no one can say for sure. But for someone who makes millions of dollars a year, would it even be possible?

Evidently it is.

It so happens that this summer the Internal Revenue Service released data from the 400 individual income tax returns reporting the highest adjusted gross income. This elite ultrarich group earned on average $202 million in 2009, the latest year available. And buried in the data is the startling disclosure that six of the 400 paid no federal income tax.

The I.R.S. has never before disclosed that last fact.


Read the rest of the article at the link..

Luckovich: It's obvious which ones are Americans..

Danziger: Romney Hood's advice to the middle class; Be patient..

A man who is terrified of releasing his tax returns publicly is a man vulnerable to blackmail..

Do we really want someone so vulnerable to being blackmailed as POTUS?

Danziger: Dirty Harry Reid..

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