January 2011

You, sir, are a complete ass

by editor on January 31, 2011

We were always taught not to speak ill of the departed, but this is Keith Olbermann we’re talking about here, folks, so all rules of civility are off.

Among Olbermann’s many annoying affectations was one that he sprinkled liberally through his Special Comment feature – the use of the word “sir.”

He loved it like heroin addicts love needles. Like liberals love other people’s money. Like socialists love taxes. But we repeat ourselves.

Here’s a compilation of all 173 times Olbermann used the word “sir” in his Special Comment segment.

It really does make him look like the ass he was. And is. And, we fear, will be again someday.

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There’s a very good reason that dedicated environmentalist Robert Redford opposes a proposed eco-village near his Napa, California vineyard: He cares a lot more about having green in his wallet than he cares about having green in his world.

NotEvilJustWrong.com has the details:

Redford is one of the main opponents of a plan by the Pacific Union College to build an eco-village in Angwin, California. The college says it needs the funds because of a dire financial situation. The village is close to Redford’s vineyard in the Napa Valley. However whilst publicly opposing this development “to preserve the rural heritage” Redford has been quietly selling development lots in the Sundance Preserve for $2 million. These lots are intended for vacation homes close to Redford’s Sundance Ski Resort.

The double standard is revealed in a short film Robert Redford Hypocrite which has just been released.

Film director Ann McElhinney said the film is not criticising Redford for selling his property.

“It is great that in a recession Mr Redford can find so many buyers. I am delighted that those houses will be built, creating jobs and vitality in a remote area but it is shocking that Mr Redford would deny others similar opportunities to make a profit and create jobs.”

The film’s co-director Phelim McAleer said the film was highlighting the double standards of so many celebrities and environmentalists. “This is just another example of environmental elites telling the rest of us how and where we must live and what we are not allowed to do, but thinking that those rules don’t apply to themselves. Robert Redford has shown himself to be a hypocrite – plain and simple,” said McAleer.

If McAleer wants to do series of films about green hypocrites, he’ll end up with more sequels and prequels than Star Wars.

Source: Not Evil, Just Wrong

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The Los Angeles Times reports, “After making headlines this week for accusing a congressional cafeteria of selling him a ‘dangerous’ sandwich, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, released a statement today announcing his lawsuit seeking $150,000 in damages had been settled.”

Surely, that sandwich will forever more be known in the Congressional cafeteria as the Kucinich Special. We’re pretty sure customers are already lining up and saying, “Gimme that Dennis Kucinich sandwich.”


Mmmmm. A huge f'ing joe Biden sandwich sounds good right now.

With that in mind, it seems to us that the Congressional cafeteria should introduce a whole line of sandwiches named after Washington, DC political and media types.

Please allow us to make some suggestions:

The Obama Surprise: Some days it’s all baloney and no bread. Other days it’s de-boned and spineless chicken on dark rye (You never really know what you’ll get. That’s why it’s called a surprise.)

The Barney Frank: Rump roast with an extra helping of salami.

The Harry Reid: Cold, aged beef with no seasoning on white bread.

The Ed Schultz: Beef tongue with an extra serving of fat. Always served hot.

The Keith Olbermann: This item has been removed from the menu.

The Joe Biden: This is a huge f’ing sandwich. It contains a lot of f’ing pork. It’s a f’ing fork-ready project. (NOTE: The Joe Biden Combo comes one fry short of a happy meal.)

The Nancy Pelosi: Cold, crusty chicken, hold the pickle, on old rye.

The Helen Thomas: Non-Kosher meats and cheeses that have been aged beyond recognition. It’s all served on Halal-friendly breads (all profits from this sandwich will be donated back to Palestinian freedom fighters seeking the destruction of Israel a peaceful two-state alternative.

The Tim Geitner: Lean, greasy turkey. Tax-free through April 15.

The Michelle Obama: You don’t order the Michelle Obama. The Michelle Obama orders you!

The Al Sharpton: A delightful low carb alternative featuring dark meat turkey wrapped in a thin skin of pure cheese.

The Ben Nelson: Sorry, ladies and gentlemen, The Ben Nelson has sold out.

The Ted Kennedy: Dry, aged liver patty. Ask for the Kennedy Combo and get a free Bloody Mary.

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We’ve come up with a funny headline or two in our time, but our best efforts pale in comparison to the one on this week’s Time magazine. “Why Obama Loves Reagan. And what he’s learned from him” may be the funniest ten words ever written in the English language. (And let’s not even get into Time’s use of the heart symbol in a sad, dated attempt to be relevant nor the strange PhotoShopping that makes Reagan’s left arm appear to be about four feet long.)

time-obama-reaganYes, America, according to yuckmeisters over at Time magazine Ronald Reagan is Obama’s role model.

Time says, “Obama and Reagan share a number of gifts….” But, quite honestly, we’re at a bit of a loss as to what those gifts may be other than sharing a common DNA pattern.

According to Time, “Obama was clearly impressed by the way Reagan had transformed Americans’ attitude about government.” Hint, President Obama: He didn’t do it by spending trillions of dollars nor by taking over private industry nor by coddling government employee unions.

We also can’t recall Ronald Reagan hanging out with terrorists, nor appointing communists, socialists, and Marxists to government positions. And perhaps our memories are failing, but we can’t recall him appeasing our enemies and appalling our friends.

Where Ronaldus Magnus boldly stated, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” Barack Obama would have bowed to the Russian leader and borrowed money from China to provide him with additional bricks at no cost.

Nevertheless, Time just can’t get over the similarities between the two men, even quoting Douglas Brinkley as saying, “Obama is approaching the job in a Regananesque fashion.”

And then Time said, “We just flew into town. And, boy, are our arms tired. Thank you. Thank you very much. We’ll be here all week.”

Stop it, Time. You’re killin’ us. We can’t catch our breath. Our stomachs hurt from laughing.

Source: Time

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Let us just say one thing: It must have been a very nice car. Sporty styling. Comfy, heated leather seats. Great gas mileage.

Nah, what are we saying? No car is nice enough to go through what this guy went through.


Not for a Mini, not for a Maybach, not for a Lamborghini. No car is worth doing what Andreas Muller did.

Metro UK has the details:

Andreas Muller, 39, has gone to extreme lengths to win himself a car – having the word ‘Mini’ tattooed on to his penis.

The crazy German decided to have the rather painful tattoo after a radio station ran a competition to win a £20,000 Mini Cooper.

The brief: whoever pulled the craziest stunt to get the car would win.

Unsurprisingly, Muller’s offer to have the car manufacturer’s name branded on to his penis topped the list of crazy suggestions.

‘There were a lot of crazy stunts put forward by listeners, but Andreas won by a short head,’ said one of the competition’s organisers.

Radio listeners were then treated to Muller’s cries of agony while the unique piece of branding was created.

Unbeknownst to the radio station, Muller sold the rights to his penis to two different companies.

In its normal, flaccid state his penis says, “Mini.”

But when he’s excited it says, “Minirva’s Hofbrau, 437 Schorbachstrasse, Baden Baden.”

(We apologize for using an old punch line, but it just seemed so damn appropriate that we couldn’t pass it up.)

Source: Metro UK

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Hey, wait just a gol danged minute. We thought the science was settled. Didn’t Al Gore tell us the Himalayan glaciers were melting away and that the entire Indian subcontinent was about to make the Oklahoma dust bowl look like the Garden of Eden?


The Himalayan glaciers are advancing, but Al Gore's credibility is in full retreat

Hmmmm. Hard to believe as this may be, it turns out that none of it is true.

The Telegraph UK has the report you probably won’t see in the American media:

Himalayan glaciers are actually advancing rather than retreating, claims the first major study since a controversial UN report said they would be melted within quarter of a century.

Researchers have discovered that contrary to popular belief half of the ice flows in the Karakoram range of the mountains are actually growing rather than shrinking.

The discovery adds a new twist to the row over whether global warming is causing the world’s highest mountain range to lose its ice cover.

It further challenges claims made in a 2007 report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the glaciers would be gone by 2035.

So the way we understand this story, the glaciers are growing. The only things shrinking are Al Gore’s bank account and his credibility.

We’re ok with that.

Source: Telegraph UK

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Let us say right up front that we don’t get it. Yeah, she added a few flourishes here and there that vary from the original, but jeez, we’ve heard a lot of singers do a lot worse things to the National Anthem. Roseanne Barr comes to mind.

Here’s the story from Yahoo News:

An Indiana school district that told a black teenager to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a “traditional way” after receiving complaints about her performance is drawing questions now about whether the complaints and directive were racially motivated.

Shai Warfield-Cross, 16, has performed the national anthem at sports events at Bloomington High School North over the last year without incident. But school officials said they received complaints about her performance during a game in Martinsville.

Principal Jeff Henderson told The Herald-Times in a statement that people had complained that while the words to the anthem were the same, the tune was unrecognizable. He declined to comment to The Associated Press.

Here the part we really hate. Note that the first paragraph of the story pointed out that Shai is black. And this following paragraph will point out that the complaint came from a town that is “predominately white.”

Some who complained after the game in Martinsville – a predominantly white community about 30 miles southwest of Indianapolis – also said they felt the rendition was disrespectful to current and former members of the military, Henderson said.

It doesn’t say that the complaint came from a white person. It doesn’t say that the complaint said that Shai’s rendition was “black.” In fact, there’s nothing in the story to suggest that the complaints had anything to do with race except that Shai is black and the complaint came from the ominously-categorized “predominately white” town.

Well, you know what that means. The complaint must be raaaacist!

Warfield-Cross’ family says athletics director Jen Hollars told the teen last Friday that she would not be allowed to sing the anthem unless she modified her version and sang in a more traditional way. Hollars declined to comment and referred questions to Henderson, who said school officials told Warfield-Cross the performances should be more “traditional” to ensure the song’s tune is recognizable.

Our take: Whoever complained is a horses’s ass. The principal is a horse’s ass. The athletic director is a horse’s ass. And whoever wrote Yahoo story and inserted the racial angle is a horse’s ass.

We’re also horses’ asses, but that a completely different story.

H/T: KimmyQueen

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Good thing this story comes from New Zealand. If it had happened in the United States some scientist would get a multimillion dollar grant from the Center for Disease Control to study the hickey epidemic afflicting American teens.


Hickey is one of those words you look at and say, "That's a very odd word."

A Christchurch doctor had to treat a woman after she was partially paralysed by a lovebite from her amorous partner.

Dr Teddy Wu, who is currently working in the neurology department at Christchurch Hospital, said he believed it was the first time someone had been hospitalised by a “hickey”.

An article on the case has appeared in the New Zealand Medical Journal. Wu said he saw the woman over a year ago while he was working in Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.

The 44-year-old Maori woman went to the emergency department after experiencing loss of movement in her left arm.

It happened while she was sitting watching television.

The only injury was a lovebite on the right of her neck near an artery.

“Because it was a lovebite there would be a lot of suction. Because of the physical trauma it had made a bit of bruising inside the vessel,” said Wu.”There was a clot in the artery underneath where the hickey was.”

The clot had gone into the woman’s heart and caused a minor stroke that led to the loss of movement, he said.

We’re going to start selling ribbons to support the victims of this heartbreaking epidemic. They’ll be dark purple.

Source: Stuff New Zealand

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Rarely does a day go by that Vice President Biden doesn’t say something stupid. But he outdid himself in Indianapolis on Wednesday by giving you two, two, two gaffes in one.

WISH-TV details the Veep’s latest gaffes:

Vice President Joe Biden made a couple of mistakes at the microphone when he appeared at the Ener1 plant in Hancock County, Ind. on Wednesday.

The first came when he mentioned a state Senator. “Senator Gard is here, wanna recognize him, I was told he was here,” said Biden.

Senator Beverly Gard, in fact, was in the audience. She met with Biden after the speech.

The Vice President didn’t always get the name of the company right, either. At one point he referred “Enron one leading the way.”

This guy makes Dan Quayle look like Albert Einstein.

Source: WISH-TV

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From the Every Once In A While A Blind Sow Finds An Acorn Department:

The knuckleheads over at iOwnTheWorld.com found this remarkable 1994 clip from the Today Show in which Katie Couric and Bryant Gumble reveal that they don’t have a clue what that internet thingy is. They don’t know what that little @ sign means, either. But they do know that people in Los Angeles are sleeping with their shoes on.

The money quote over at iOwnTheWorld.com is, “These people who posture and preen for a living, as if they are insightful and knowledgeable, are amazingly ignorant when they go off script.”

We think they were talking about Gumbel and Couric, but if you’ve ever visited IOTW you’ll know that may well have been talking about themselves.


H/T: iOwnTheWorld.com

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Despite all the hype and all the promotion and a huge first night, Piers Morgan’s ratings are dropping faster than F-bombs from a rapper.

Glenn Garvin, TV critic at the Miami Herald, has the details:


Much to his dismay, the former judge on America's Got Talent is learning that America's also got discernment

Talking about ratings in the first couple of weeks of a talk show is usually unfair; it takes a new one time to build an audience. But in Morgan’s case, he’s losing an audience. His show debuted on January 17 with 2.1 million viewers tuning in to see him chat up Oprah Winfrey. They were so impressed that almost half of them didn’t return for day two.

Since then, Morgan’s ratings fell every day except for a small upward blip last Tuesday when Rudy Giuliani was the guest. By the time the Kardashians had finished hyperventilating Thursday night, Morgan had lost more than three-quarters of the viewers he started with last week.

(Hey, you wanna know who’s really enjoying reading this? Larry King. In its final six months, his show was averaging 613,000 viewers, was low enough to get him kicked off the air after 50 years in broadcasting. But it’s about 20 percent bigger than Morgan’s audience Thursday night.)

At the rate Morgan’s ratings are dropping, they’ll soon be smaller than the opening in one of Larry King’s ventricles.

Source: Miami Herald

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Boobs. That’s right, we said boobs.

(Sorry, but we’re trolling for search engine traffic and using the word “boobs” usually brings in lots of hits. But in our defense, it’s appropriate for this story.)


Ahhh, now we remember Regina Benjamin. She's the fat Surgeon-General who said the rest of us need to lose weight.

CNSnews.com has the story:

Americans don’t hear much from U.S. Surgeon-General Regina Benjamin, but on Thursday, she issued a news release urging “everyone” to “help make breastfeeding easier.” She cited the “health benefits” of breastfeeding for baby and mother, and pointed to a study saying that breastfeeding would save billions in health care and other costs…

Everyone? We applaud Surgeon-General Regina Benjamin (although we have to admit we’ve never heard of her) and suggest that this program would prove a lot cheaper and a lot more popular than ObamaCare. Especially if it’s taken to the extremes that Saudi women have taken it in an effort, apparently, to assure the continued good health of Saudi cab drivers.

Please allow us to reprise this story from the IHTM files:

Saudi women plan to turn a controversial fatwa (religious ruling) to their advantage and launch a campaign to achieve their long-standing demand to drive in this conservative kingdom. If the demand is not met, the women threatened to follow through the fatwa which allows them to breastfeed their drivers and turn them into their sons.


We would imagine it's very easy for Saudi women to hail a cab these days

The campaign will be launched under the slogan: “We either be allowed to drive or breastfeed foreigners,” a journalist told Gulf News. Amal Zahid said that their decision follows a fatwa issued by a renowned scholar which said that Saudi women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to become their sons.The renowned scholar said Saudi women can breastfeed their foreign drivers for them to be become their sons and brothers to their daughters. Under this relationship, foreign drivers can mix freely with all members of the family without breaking the Islamic rule which does not allow mixing of genders. Breast milk kinship is considered to be as good as a blood relationship in Islam. “A woman can breastfeed a mature man so that he becomes her son. In this way, he can mix with her and her daughters without violating the teachings of Islam,” the scholar said.

If there’s anything that can bring our two cultures together, this may be it.

Let’s just rename it The Cab Driver Health Act of 2011.

Source: CNSnews.com, IHTM

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It’s been a few of weeks since we’ve done one of these inexplicable photo caption contests.

The same rules apply: No prizes, but make ’em funny or the Administrator will come over to your house and force you to watch his special “Keith Olbermann: The MSNBC Years” DVD.


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The Governor of New Jersey has balls. Big balls. Balls the size of musk melons. He needs to have his pants specially-tailored just to accommodate them.

Illinois has spent its way to the edge of the fiscal abyss and the state legislature’s solution is to increase taxes by 66%. So Chris Christie is swooping in like a buzzard on roadkill and running radio commercials in Illinois that invite the state’s businesses to pack up and move to New Jersey, where he promises no new taxes.

Warning: Do not stand at the state border. You may be trampled in the stampede.

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Bill O’Reilly took a few minutes to ruminate about The Olbermann Incident without mentioning his former competitor by name. Not once. And from Olbermann’s point of view, that’s probably the worst insult O’Reilly could have delivered.

“They took one of their guys out and then they’re moving everybody else around. Doesn’t matter who he is or why they took him out,” O’Reilly said. “[I] don’t want to get involved with any of that personal stuff.”

When he says they’re moving everybody else around, we’re pretty sure he means like deck chairs on the Titanic.

O’Reilly noted that MSNBC was ranked 28th overall in cable ratings, which he said demonstrated failure, especially considering the fact the network has the resources of NBC behind it.

“Sure, look — we know the double standard, but it is and we’ve accepted the double standard, Bernie and I have because we can’t do anything about it,” O’Reilly said. “Bernie left CBS. I left CBS. Now we are here at Fox News. But let me ask you this: When you read in the print press about all of this garbage and that’s what it is, this network with NBC’s resources behind it to be ranked 28th is a disgrace. That’s a failure. Now they could squeeze out a few million dollars of profit, I guess, but it’s a failure. But the Fox News Channel is a colossal success – colossal success. You never read that. I very rarely read that.”

Source: Daily Caller

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If you thought politicians were to blame for the spending frenzy that put us in our current economic situation, you’re wrong. And CNN contributor Roland Martin is there to set you straight.

It’s not the politicians’ fault. It’s your fault. You and the rest of the greedy American people.

The Daily Caller points out Martin’s finger pointing:

On CNN’s pre-State of the Union address coverage on Tuesday, Martin explained politicians are not completely to blame for the dire straits of entitlements. But instead he said it was the American people – since they’re not either willing to accept spending cuts or higher taxes.

“It’s not just they when we talk about politicians, it’s also the people who send them to Washington, D.C.,” Martin said. “When you look at the CBS poll where they laid out where they said, ‘Oh no, we don’t want taxes raised, but we don’t want cuts made to our Social Security or Medicare benefits. And again, the American people also want their cake and eat it as well. They’re also part of the problem. We can’t just sit here and say it’s 535 members in Congress.”

Understand? It wasn’t Congress’ 75 years of vote buying. It wasn’t their 75 years of selling drugs down at the economic junior high school. It wasn’t their 75 years of fixing free lunches. It wasn’t their 75 years of redistributing work ethic as well as income.

It was you.

And don’t forget it.

Source: Daily Caller

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Vladimir Lenin died in 1924, but the Soviet Union tried to keep his memory alive by keeping his preserved body on display in Red Square. If the Russian people have their way – always a questionable prospect – the evil, old Communist will finally be buried.


For 87 years, Lenin's body has been on display in his own personal Madame Tussaudski's Wax Museum

Time has the details:

Seventy percent of Russians voting in an online poll support the removal of the former revolutionary’s body and his burial–totaling 178,022 votes.

To mark Lenin’s 87th anniversary of his death, the goodbyelenin.ru online poll, which attracted votes from 270,000 people, was organized by Russian Prime Minister Putin’s ruling party after one of its members of parliament, Vladimir Medinsky, last week strongly backed Lenins’s burial.

“It’s well known that Lenin himself did not plan to put up any mausoleums to himself, and his living relatives, his brother and sister, were categorically against,” Medinsky was quoted as saying on the poll’s website. “Communists could not care less about what Lenin himself or his relatives wanted.”

Fair is fair. Considering how many Russians were buried as a result of Lenin’s legacy, it’s only fitting that he should be buried, too. Perhaps in Siberia alongside so many of his victims.

Source: Time

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It was late fall and the Indians on a remote reservation in South Dakota asked their new chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild.

Since he was a chief in a modern society, he’d never learned the old tribal secrets. He couldn’t look at the sky to predict what the winter was going to be like.


"It's going to be a very cold winter."

So just to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect firewood to be prepared.

But after several days, he had an idea. He went to the reservation’s phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, “Will it be cold this winter?”

“Oh, yes,” the meteorologist at the Weather Service replied, “It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold.”

So the chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more firewood in order to be prepared.

A week later, he called the National Weather Service again. “Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?”

“Yes,” the meteorologist again replied, “It’s going to be a very cold.”

The chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.

Two weeks later, the chief called the National Weather Service again. “Are you sure it’s going to be very cold winter?”

“Absolutely,” the man replied. “It’s looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters we’ve ever seen.”

“How can you be so sure?” the chief asked.

“Simple,” the weatherman replied, “The Indians are collecting a shitload of firewood.”

Oh, sure, you laugh. But it’s as accurate as any prediction Al Gore ever made.

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Good news! The United Nations is committed to solving all the world’s ills. Including, of course, the deadly plague of junk food. No problem too small for these corruptocrats.


Please note that U.N. corruptocrats never put champagne and caviar on their list of banned junk foods

The Associated Press has the details:

The U.N. health agency says world leaders will discuss efforts to clamp down on junk food marketing to children when they meet in New York on Sept 19-20.

The World Health Organization says heads of state will use the U.N. General Assembly meeting to talk about limiting the number and type of ads that children are exposed to.

WHO says 43 million preschool children around the world are overweight or obese. Experts talk of a “fat tsunami” that is already causing millions of premature deaths each year.

Bjorn-Inge Larsen of the Norwegian Directorate of Health told reporters Friday that he expects voluntary measures limiting junk food advertising to eventually evolve into laws banning the practice in the same way that has occurred with tobacco.

“Mommy, mommy, I’d like a Twinkie in my lunch box.”

“Sorry, honey. Have this nutritious and United Nations-approved Ban Ki-Moon Pie instead.”

By the way, this is just a guess on our part, but we’re willing to bet they’d kill for some Twinkies and Snickers bars in Darfur right about now.

Source: Associated Press

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The drumbeat has been constant since the day BarackObama first burst upon the national scene: This guy is smarter than the rest of us. He operates on a completely different intellectual plane than mere mortals. He’s brilliant, you’re not.

average-flesch-kincaid-grade-level.JPGSo how do Obamabots explain the fact that his State of the Union was written at eighth grade level. In fact, it only one State of the Union address in the last seventy-five years was written at a lower level.

University of Minnesota Smart Politics explains:

The Flesch-Kincaid test is designed to assess the readability level of written text, with a formula that translates the score to a U.S. grade level. Longer sentences and sentences utilizing words with more syllables produce higher scores. Shorter sentences and sentences incorporating more monosyllabic words yield lower scores.

But Tuesday evening’s address beat even that.

A Smart Politics analysis of 69 orally delivered State of the Union Addresses since the mid-1930s finds the text of Obama’s speech to have notched the second lowest score on the Flesch-Kincaid readability test recorded by a U.S. President.

A little advice, Mr President:

No reason to dumb it down. Alan Grayson isn’t in Congress anymore.

UPDATE: Just to do a reality check, we performed the same analysis on a
couple other pieces of writing.

Paul Ryan¹s response to the SOTU was written at the 10.08 grade level.

Michele Bachmann¹s Tea Party response was written at the 9.00 grade level.

The University of Minnesota¹s explanation (excerpted in this article) was written at the 9.24 grade level.

IHateTheMedia.com¹s portion of this story was written at an 8.12 grade level.

Of course, no one ever called us the Smartest Blog In History.

Source: University of Minnesota

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Our advice: Don’t invite Don Imus and Rachel Maddow to the same dinner party. Or if you must, do yourself a favor and seat them at opposite ends of the table.

Imus has a segment on his show called “Blonde On Blonde.” The blondes in question are Lis Wiehl and Imus’ wife Deirdre. (We tell you that because no one actually watches or listens to Imus unless its in clips like this one.) During the Wednesday morning Blonde On Blonde session, Imus went off on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow:

Having nothing to do with her politics, she is a gutless coward and I’ll tell you why. Because everybody knew what the situation was with Olbermann at MSNBC. We used to work there. Tom Bowman, who’s our producer, Elisha who’s one of our producers, they both worked with me at MSNBC. They left there to come with me, by the way, don’t look for any of Olbermann’s producers to go any place with him. However, so we all know people, we still know everybody who’s at MSNBC. So, everybody knew what was going on with Keith. Everybody knew what was going to happen to him. For this woman, who owed her job to him, she’s live there with Bill Maher, a lot of people watch that terribly influential program, not to offer a defense of Olbermann, in spite of what you think about Olbermann, is unconscionable.

It’s like when I got fired, Sean Hannity, who works for Fox, was defending me, and I didn’t think I should be defended, but that’s irrelevant. He works for Fox, he was defending me getting fired by MSNBC. Mike Francesca and Chris Russo nearly lost their jobs ’cause they worked for CBS, along with me, defended me on CBS. They told them to stop doing it, they refused. No, she’s awful. She’s the worst kind of coward and gutless, sniveling worm. Oh God, horrible.

Be nice, Don. Maddow is a fine young man who deserves praise, not scorn.

H/T: NewsBusters.org

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ABC’s Jonathan Karl interviewed Harry Reid after Tuesday’s State of the Union address. Poor ol’ Harry was not happy with the President’s pseudo-Republican masquerade.

ABC News has the porcine particulars:

… Reid launched a vigorous defense of pork, the pet projects that members of Congress insert into bills to benefit their home states.

“I think it’s taking power away from the legislative branch of government and giving it to the executive branch of government,” Reid said of the president’s plan. “The executive branch of government is powerful enough and I think that I know more about what Nevada needs than some bureaucrat down on K Street.”

“So you think the president is wrong about this?” Karl asked.

“Without any question,” Reid replied. “I understand it’s great for an applause line, but it’s really not solving anything to do with the deficit. It’s only for show.”

“So you’re saying that earmarks will be back?” said Karl.

“Of course they’ll be back,” said Reid.

Is the Pope Catholic? Does a bear crap in the woods? Is Obama’s conservative act just an act?

Source: ABC News

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IHateTheMedia.com’s Administrator watched it, but the Editor watched a Simpsons rerun and the L.A. Lakers-Utah Jazz game.

The Editor wasn’t alone. Turns out most people found something else to do while the President conducted his annual lie fest.


The SOTU was on eleven different networks, but with a little work you could avoid it

Nielsen.com has the details:

On Tuesday, January 25, 2011 President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. The address was carried live from approximately 9:00 PM- 10:15 PM on 11 networks. The sum of the average audience for those networks was 42,789,947 viewers, with a combined household rating of 26.6. The networks carrying the address included ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TEL, UNI, CNN, Centric, CNBC, FOXNC, and MSNBC. Viewership to last night’s address was down 18% from his address on February 24, 2009 and down 11% from his State of the Union address last year on January 27, 2010.

The trend is not the President’s friend. In 2009 drew 52,000,000 viewers and a 32.5 rating. In 2010 he rounded up 48,000,000 and a 29.8 rating. In 2011, it fell to 43,000,000 viewers and a 26.6 rating.

Unfortunately, the President’s ratings seem to be following the same trajectory as the economy.

Source: Nielsen.com

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Rachel Maddow loses it. She apoplectic that a good, reliable liberal network like CNN would violate MSNBC’s code of ethics and actually give time to an opposing point of view.

This is classic: One network that no one watches is offended that another network that no one watches would air a speech that people might actually be interested in watching.

The Fairness Doctrine, liberal style.

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The networks’ response to Rand Paul’s response to the State of the Union was just what you’d expect. They pretended it didn’t happen. Just plain ignored it.

They shouldn’t have. And neither should you. Watch it for yourself. Paul wants to slam on the brakes before we accelerate over the edge of the cliff. Unlike most politicians, he doesn’t mince words about the perilous state in which we now find ourselves.

“The Democrats have a conundrum,” Rand said. “You see, they really do believe that government really is the answer to all our economic and social ills. Yet they’re becoming aware that a debt crisis looms and they have no way to finance their dreams of bigger government … We are sick and tired of hearing that a program is wanted and not how we are going to pay for it.”

And that’s just the opening.

Go, Paul, go.

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