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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Judge Not 4 ►

Unretouched photo of Judge Nap taken from author's tee vee
Maybe Judge Nap was still licking his wounds after Tuesday's election, in which Mendacious Mitt had his ass handed to him.

Or maybe it was simply because Judge Judy still won't return his tweets. [It's a long, complicated story. Sunday night The Judge and I were killing time and a bottle of tequila when he got a crazy idea and took out his smartphone. I warned him not to send Judge Judy that! Have you ever tried to tell The Judge what to do when he gets a snoot-full?]

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Magazine Day ► Nostalgia Ain't What It Used To Be

First issue of Rolling Stone
First issue of The Atlantic
DATELINE November 9 - On this date in 1967, Rolling Stone published its first issue in San Francisco. On this date in 1857, The Atlantic Monthly was founded in Boston, Massachusetts.

A lot of magazines have folded in the 155 years since the first issue of The Atlantic Monthly, or the 45 years since Rolling Stone first came out. Yet both magazines are still essential reading and important cultural touchstones.

We know tend to know about the founding of Rolling Stone by Jann Wenner and Ralph J. Gleason of Rolling Stone Magazine. While Wenner came out of nowhere, almost, Gleason had already carved a reputation. By contrast, most of the founders of The Atlantic are names you would still recognize: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., John Greenleaf Whittier and James Russell Lowell.

Current front page of Rolling Stone
Current front page of The Atlantic
In 1977 Jann Wenner moved Rolling Stone to New York City. The Atlantic Monthly published, err, monthly until 2001. After a year in which The Atlantic published 11 issues, it settled down to producing 10 issues a year and dropped the word "Monthly" from its name.

Both magazines remain important and vibrant today, and both currently have a strong electronic presence. However, with Newsweek already deciding to kill its analog version, how much longer will magazines be around?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Another Magical Tee Vee Moment ► KKKarl Rove Blunders Badly

While he's mostly as serious as a festering boil, there was unintended comedy from KKKarl Rove during the Fox "News" election coverage last night.

Rove was, once again, in the catbird's seat. Once again, Fox "News" was allowing him to spout election lies without ever once -- during the entire election cycle -- revealing his MASSIVE conflict of interest. For, you see, Rove's 2 SuperPACs spent an estimated $300,000,000.00 to influence the 2012 elections. Yet, Fox "News" neglected to mention that the billions of times that KKKarl Rove was on the network.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Fox "News" Spin Cycle ► Episode 24

Bizarro is owned by DC Comics
This SPECIAL ELECTION EDITION of the Fox "News" Spin Cycle is being compiled the day prior to the election. It's been an intense several months. The closer we got to the election, the faster the so-called "news" network has had to spin in order to WHITEwash for Mendacious Mitt.

It was a week in which there was a national disaster of historic proportions. However, if you were watching Fox "News," you could almost be forgiven for not knowing about it. That's because the network spent so much more of its airtime trashing President Obama for conspiracy theories it has invented about Benghazi. That is, until they could figure out the right way to blame President Obama for the hurricane. As a new week begins, that's just what they have done.

About that election tomorrow. Media Matters put together a little infographic that highlights why Fox "News" is not "Fair and Balanced." Never has been. Never will be. This is the context for everything that follows.

Media Matters for America infographic. Fox "News" made them a sworn enemy. What better recommendation is there?

Unpacking Aunty Em ► My Shocking Confession

"Hanging" Chad. Despite his
name, Chad's a wonderful dancer.
I have never voted in an election in my entire life. In fact, it's somewhat of a family tradition. I am a Second Generation Non-Voter™. 

I had always assumed that Pops voted before I moved back in with him to help him out. I was shocked to learn he never voted in his life. I've asked Pops why he doesn't vote and simply put: he thinks they're all crooks and doesn't want to encourage them. People ask me why I've never voted and I say, "It's complicated."

Get comfy, kidz.