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Awkward and Weird

President Obama was (what else?) presidential last night. Marco Rubio, not so much. You felt sorry for the guy, if not for the Republican Party as a whole. The only time he went left was to lunge for a bottle of water – it was almost painful to watch.

Linda Holmes on NPR:

It was awkward and weird, but it was also genuine and obviously unplanned…

In that moment, there may be a measure of politically fueled schadenfreude for some, but for many more, it’s just, “Oh, oh no, oh no no, that was so uncomfortable, oh … no.” Maybe even a little, “Oh, honey.” Maybe even, “Bless your heart.”

There’s something refreshing about a moment that was so obviously not supposed to happen — it’s why blooper reels exist. It’s why debates are spent waiting for someone to say the wrong thing, even by people who don’t particularly care about the outcome. When things go awry — even in a tiny, tiny moment — the bottom drops out and the foreheads get clammy and all of a sudden, it’s interesting. It’s alive. It’s: We interrupt this impeccably produced presentation to bring you a little story we call “Humans: What Are You Gonna Do?”

In all honesty, the water gulp was just about the only part of that evening you couldn’t have known was going to happen 24 hours earlier. …[I]t was the major plot development (minor as it was) that felt like a collapse of the narrative, and the truth is, people like collapsed narratives. They feel, to use a nonword, real-er, truer, simpler, and more reflective of our experiences.

If you were a climate change denialist from Florida, you might be nervous too.

UPDATE:
6 Game-Changing Ideas In The State Of The Union

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Whitehouse responds to death star petition

Awesome

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO
Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.
This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For
By Paul Shawcross
The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

• The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
• The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
• Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

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How Fox “news” Handles The Truth

It doesn’t!

After trying to win the election by having Mitt Romney blame President Obama for the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi and failing completely, there was one guy who didn’t believe the “story”, and said so yesterday.

Thomas Ricks, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, won the Pulitzer for writing at The Wall Street Journal in 2000. Of course this was before Rupert Murdock acquired the newspaper.

Mr. Ricks doesn’t last a minute and a half on this excuse for a television station.

Funny though!

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Comic Relief Extraordinaire

And we all need a little of that from time to time, especially in a time of extreme zombie prevalence.

Here ya’ go:

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Self Criticism Isn’t a Bad Thing

Especially when you’ve been exposed to unbridled capitalism for most of your life. Love of money has always been instilled in me as an American since I can remember, but the time comes when you have to decide between life and death.

Capitalism may have a place here, but when it has become immune to any oversight whatsoever by the people it effects, there’s a problem.

The thing I have defined as the strength of America, is that we haven’t been afraid to see ourselves as others would. Our movies have traditionally examined our weaknesses, in an attempt to make us better.

Our songs have attempted to make us better also. This is one of them:

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Pretty Darned Funny!

Obama and Romney roast each other at something called the “Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner”

Of course, Obama won. :)

On a more serious note: I hope Obama’s joke that Ohio, Virginia, and Florida are going to decide the election, as he looked at Romney, means that he is on to the fact that Romney’s team is working hard to steal this election. Go here to find out how.

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Part here we go again in an ongoing series of things that make me face-palm.

On Monday, Mitt Romney offered a remedy to the problem that caused his wife’s airplane to land prematurely last week: Allow passengers to roll down the airplane windows.

Ann Romney’s plane was grounded Friday after the main cabin filled with smoke. The small electrical fire caused no injuries, but apparently did cause the Presidential candidate to forget the dangers of altitude.

“When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly,” he told the LA Times. “And you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.”

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Morello Responds to Ryan: Must Read!

When are Republicans going to stop associating themselves with musicians who don’t like them by playing their songs at political events or saying they like them?

Read Morello’s great response to Ryan in Rolling Stone:

Paul Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.

I have to admit, I don’t know much about “Rage Against The Machine” or their music, but this interview with Bill Moyers shows his passion and intelligence. Tom Morello cares about people.

Ryan cares about rich people.

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Here The Hell Are Matt’s 2012 Outtakes

And Utah looks great!

Thanks Matt!

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Matt’s New Video Hits The Internet

It’s been a long wait, especially since myself and around 70 other people from the Salt Lake area hoped to be in it. Unfortunately, we didn’t make the cut. :( Matt is promising an outtakes video later, including scenes from our effort which I documented in my Post “Matt Dances in Salt Lake: Literally“.

I was going to wait until the outtakes video was complete, but when I went to one of my favorite web sites today – Astronomy Picture of the Day – and saw it featured, I decided to jump on the bandwagon now. This is unusual content for an astronomy site, but I guess Matt makes such feel-good videos, they couldn’t resist.

Note: If you want to read the astronomy site’s take on the video after today, you’ll have to go to their archive at the bottom of the page and load it in, using today’s date.

The video is only a couple of weeks old and already has almost 3 million hits. I love what Matt does because he’s an American who inspires people from all over the world to just come out and have some fun. We definitely need more like him!

I’ll never be sorry I showed up at the Great Salt Lake that day!

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Rmoney’s New Campaign Slogan

A Better Amercia

“A Better Amercia.” Yes, Amercia. A-M-E-R-C-I-A. And he will never apologize for Amercia, ever!

More info:
Amercia Is With Mitt!
Amercia! Epic Mitt Romney App Gaffe Goes Viral Online
Romney’s ‘With Mitt’ smartphone app mocked for misspelling ‘America’
With ‘Amercia’ blooper, Mitt Romney is just asking for Internet mockery

UPDATE: Colbert Sings ‘Amercia The Beautiful’

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Most Utah Women Want Government Up Their Vaginas

Finally, I understand why there are woman who vote Republican.

Giving Utah Leaders What They Want


While most women might find it distressing that legislation has popped up across various states that would restrict affordable birth control and enforce invasive ultrasounds before going through with an abortion, these women find them to be refreshing.

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