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Entries by Jason Linkins from 05/2011

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

Posted 05.01.2011 | Media

Welcome to another version of your quickly-typed semi-liveblog of your various, Sunday political chat roulettes. My name is Jason. We've had quite a week of pseudo-events, haven't we? Royal weddings, and birth certificate reveals, and White House Correspondents' Dinners, and today the news media will almost certainly struggle to cover these stories alongside the more important ones they also struggle to cover, whilst omitting the ones they aren't smart enough to cover at all. And panels will discuss these things!

Obama's Vow To Seek Bin Laden In Pakistan Was Once Controversial

Posted 05.02.2011 | Politics

It was in a speech back in August of 2007 that Barack Obama first made it clear that he was willing to chase down bin Laden in Pakistan, if necessary. It's interesting to remember now the reaction he got at that time.

Politifact Rates Osama Bin Laden's Death As An Obama Campaign Promise 'Kept'

Posted 05.02.2011 | Politics

All well and good, but surely it is not unreasonable to hope that future occasions where a presidential candidate makes a campaign promise to kill someone will be few and far between.

Embattled John Ensign Gives Farewell Speech To The Senate

Posted 05.02.2011 | Politics

After years of taking fire for scandals in his personal life, the retiring Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.) gave his farewell speech on the Senate floor t...

Something Is Happening On A Sunday, So Let's Vamp: The Mediagasm

Posted 05.02.2011 | Media

Before we got the news Sunday night, America got about a solid hour of ramping and vamping, as newspeople took to the teevee to make wild speculation about what it was that they were all summoned back to work to report.

Study: Pundits Wrong Most Of The Time, Just Like You Always Imagined

Posted 05.03.2011 | Media

If you want to be almost as accurate as the pundits they studied, all you have to do is a) root through the cushions of your couch, b) find a coin, and c) start flipping it. Boom! You are now pretty close to being a political genius.

Trump: Gay People Should Not Be Allowed To Marry Because These New Golf Putters Are Terrible

Posted 05.03.2011 | Politics

Donald Trump ended last week getting straight up owned at the White House Correspondents' Dinner by the comic stylings of both President Barack Obama ...

The Second City Can Help Ayn Rand Fans Make Successful Atlas Shrugged Sequels

Posted 05.03.2011 | Comedy

The producers of "Atlas Shrugged, Part I" originally had high hopes for their ambitious film adaptation of Ayn Rand's best known novel, which tells th...

Christiane Amanpour Made Eerie Allusion To Osama Bin Laden's Whereabouts On 'Real Time With Bill Maher'

Posted 05.03.2011 | Media

Amanpour alluded to a source who suggested bin Laden had stashed himself in a "nice comfortable villa" in Pakistan. Unfortunately, Real Time is a freewheeling panel show, so whatever significance the moment had was lost amid the crosstalk.

Late Returns: Jon Huntsman Presses Ahead

Posted 05.03.2011 | Politics

Former Utah Governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman has only recently completed his overseas obligations, but as reports from last week sug...

Obama Or Osama: The Mediagasm (VIDEO)

Posted 05.03.2011 | Media

Never again will there be a night when so many on-air talking heads confuse the president's name with the world's most notorious terrorist's.

Ken Cuccinelli Wants To Be One Of Bin Laden's 72 Virgins, For Some Reason [UPDATED]

Posted 05.04.2011 | Politics

I'm really not sure if this is an example of a bit of tweet-snark gone terribly awry, or maybe an account that's been hacked, but Virginia Attorney Ge...

Charlie Crist Now Just Working As A Personal Injury Lawyer

Posted 05.04.2011 | Politics

The one-time Attorney General of the whole danged state of Florida has hung out his shingle at at a personal injury law firm, and -- if you were injured on a cruise -- you can come "visit him" at an email address, that's "for the people."

CNN Poll Finds That Most People Think Bin Laden Is In Hell, In Case You Were Wondering

Posted 05.04.2011 | Media

I think most of us are glad to no longer be sharing the same space as Osama bin Laden, metaphysical or otherwise. But because a long time ago it was decided that it was acceptable for major news organizations to just take polls about whatever arbitrary thing happened to occur to them, CNN conducted a poll inquiring whether people thought Osama bin Laden was in Hell. Well, congratulations Hell: 61 percent of respondents say yes, Osama bin Laden will be spending his eternity in a special inferno-adjacent walled compound in Jahannam.

Mitt Romney Loses Support Of Key New Hampshire Operative From 2008

Posted 05.04.2011 | Politics

Some bad news for presumed candidate for president and putative frontrunner Mitt Romney today. Mother Jones' Andy Kroll reports that Bruce Keough, who...

Newt Gingrich May Finally End His Torturous Period Of Indecision, Enter 2012 Race

Posted 05.04.2011 | Politics

For so many months, we have waited and waited for Newt Gingrich to resolve his many thousand "financial entanglements" and make up his mind on whether...

Late Returns: Economic Gravity Means The Osama Bounce Could Be Brief

Posted 05.04.2011 | Politics

Everybody is pretty happy over the news that they won't be sharing their future with Osama bin Laden. But it's hard for most people to actually visualize a future -- let alone plan for one -- without having a steady job and the income it provides.

Neil Gaiman Is A 'Pencil Necked Weasel' Says Angry Minnesota Lawmaker

Posted 05.05.2011 | Books

While most of my assumptions about the state of Minnesota are based upon a single weekend trip to Minneapolis and the entire Replacements discography,...

Buddy Roemer: 'That's What's Wrong With The American System .. It's Bought'

Posted 05.05.2011 | Politics

Hey, you guys remember Buddy Roemer, right? Former Louisiana Governor? Re-emerged after a quarter-century of being out of politics to announce he was ...

Mike Huckabee Gets Presidential Ultimatum From Fox News [UPDATED: Huckabee Disputes Report]

Posted 05.05.2011 | Politics

Here's some good news for people who heart Huckabees! Huckabee's employer, Fox News, has given him until the end of the month to come to a decision on whether or not he'll run for president.

Washington Post: The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan Were A Training Exercise To Get Bin Laden

Posted 05.05.2011 | Media

By the Post's explanation, those wars were just like training for the New York marathon, except that you kill a bunch of innocent people along the way, and the trainers never get to go home to see their wives and children. Are you guys actually contending that the whole point to a long war in Afghanistan and a long war in Iraq was to hone the skills of a SEAL team so that they could carry out a single raid and kill a handful of people? That's just extraordinary.

South Carolina Primary Debate Will Take Place Tonight, Despite The Lack Of A Compelling Reason To Do So

Posted 05.05.2011 | Politics

The candidates that the debate organizers want won't be showing up. The AP is in a kerfuffle with Fox News over "restrictions placed on media access." What is the point of this debate, again?

Late Returns: Fred Karger Will Play Frisbee With New Hampshire

Posted 05.05.2011 | Politics

The Speculatron's favorite longshot candidate, Fred Karger, has released a new web video in support of his ongoing efforts in New Hampshire. Titled "D...

Drugs, War, Bells And The GOP: The South Carolina Debategasm

Posted 05.06.2011 | Politics

Did you miss last night's GOP presidential debate in South Carolina, between four people who have only a slim chance of ever being the party's nominee...

Doomsday Cranks Descend On Washington, Ironies Abound

Posted 05.06.2011 | Religion

Do you have plans for the summer of 2011? I know I do. I'm going to visit London, and redecorate my apartment, and maybe go see some movies or something. But we all may want to put our plans on hold, because it's entirely possible that the world might end in just over two weeks. That's the view of some end-times cranks, anyway, who have rolled up on the Washington Monument to explain that everyone needs to have their affairs in order by May 21. If they're right, I have just one thing I want to share with the rest of the world: Suck on that, student loans!