Showing posts with label Jon Stewart. Show all posts
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Joe Barton, BP, Jon Stewart, if the Oil Spill was in Barton's Hometown, and More

     If you haven't heard Representative Joe Barton of Texas' apology to BP for President Obama's holding BP accounatble for the cost of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, deaths, and ongoing oil spill, which is the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history, here's the video.

     Rep. Barton, Methodist,  has received $27,000 in campaign donations from BP and $1.4 million from the oil/gas industry as a whole (Christian Science Monitor), but he represents the best wishes of the Americans whose lives have been taken and/or livelihoods destroyed by the BP oil disaster.  

     Yey, Republicans!  Good luck cleaning up this mess.  You best remove Barton from his post as ranking Republican on the House Energy Committee, if you want to cap this disaster.

     The following images are from the ItItWasMyHome.com interactive map, where one can see the extent of the BP oil spill were it to be spread over land.

     Here is the extent of the BP oil spill were it to be placed near Barton's hometown Waco and the Texas 6th that he represents.  The spill would cover an area from Austin to Dallas/Fort Worth and beyond.

     The spill would cover an area from the greater Los Angeles and Orange County regions past the northern most suburbs of Los Vegas.
     In comparison to the fish and seafood resources destroyed in the gulf, the oil spill would cover most of the state of Iowa.  Imagine if all that fertile farmland was lost.  Are we to be any less concerned and angry about the loss of fisheries? 
     The spill would easily engulf Washington, DC, most of Maryland and Delaware, all of New Jersey, south eastern Pennsylvania, New York City, and some of Connecticut.
Bump to Joe.My.God for the map lead.

     Jon Stewart's take on real American Joe Barton's ridiculousness.
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Catholic Nuns and Priests Attack Goldman Sachs on Transparency Issues

     Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,' when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother's eye.  -Jesus of Nazareth, Luke 6:41-42
     Sure, the executives at Goldman Sachs are despicable and deserve to be held accountable for their crimes, but when the Catholic Church attacks Goldman Sachs on issues of transparency, accountability, and excessive wealth and the Church's priests and nuns are ignorant enough to agree to an interview with one of the Daily Show's moles, isn't it time to hang up the cassock and surplice?
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Larry Craig Sings and Talks Airport Perks on the Daily Show

     Senators Evan Bayh and Larry Craig were dumb enough to be interviewed by the Daily Show's John Oliver.  Lucky us.  Oliver gets Larry Craig talking about his frequent flier perks and even gets him to join in a gay old sing-along.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Drill Baby Drill, Spill BP Spill, 34 Days of Clean-Up Hypocrisy

     After thirty-four days, the BP oil spill in the gulf of Mexico continues spewing oil as slicks coat the Gulf Coast.  Where are the chants of the Republican National Convention "Drill, baby, drill"?  Where does one drill in Sarah Palin's Real America?

     Here, Jon Stewart points out some of the numerous political hypocrisies in the ongoing environmental disaster the Gulf Coast is enjoying courtesy of BP.
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     Here is Rachel Maddow's latest coverage of the environmental disaster care of BP, our government, and our culture's addiction to oil that is literally destroying our planet.  Maddow discusses whether BP's promise to clean up every last drop is even possible.

     Keith Olbermann covers the environmental hypocrisy of BP's use of dispersants that the United Kingdom outlawed ten years ago due to their toxicity.  BP continues using the dispersants, even after last week the EPA ordered an immediate end to their use.  He also calls President Obama to task, for not taking charge of the situation.



Are You a Real American? Jon Stewart Deciphers Sarah Palin's Real America Formula

     Do you ever get sick of hearing politicians, like Sarah Palin, talking about the "Real America"?  

     In this video Jon Stewart deconstructs Palin's Tea Party rhetoric, exposing the underlying hypocrisy involved in pitting a rural "Real America" against an urban "Fake America" where people shop at Target, eat at KFC,and don't know how to be patriotic.  

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Glenn Beck's Nazi Tourette's Hypocrisy

     Glenn Beck, who calls everyone Nazis, is angry.  No big surprise, right?  But get this, he's angry because of the historical comparisons being made between Arizona's new papers-please immigration law to the papers-please laws of Nazi Germany.

     Below, The Daily Show gives it to Beck, exposing Beck's Nazi Tourette's.
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jesus Was the Ultimate Fighting Champion Says Xtreme Ministries Church


     Do you remember Jesus of Nazareth?  Do you remember the whole "turn the other cheek" thing?  Or how about the command to pray for your enemies?  What about "my peace I give to you" and that scolding-Peter-for-slicing-the-ear-off-a-soldier incident?  

     Move over peaceful and loving Jesus.  You're too much of a fem for manly Christians.

     The latest trend in Christian churches is to preach Jesus through violence.  Call it Fight Club meets The Passion of the Christ.

     One church leading the way is Xtreme Ministries, lead by Pastor John Renken.  The New York Times reports:
     Mr. Renken’s ministry is one of a small but growing number of evangelical churches that have embraced mixed martial arts — a sport with a reputation for violence and blood that combines kickboxing, wrestling and other fighting styles — to reach and convert young men, whose church attendance has been persistently low. Mixed martial arts events have drawn millions of television viewers, and one was the top pay-per-view event in 2009.
     Recruitment efforts at the churches, which are predominantly white, involve fight night television viewing parties and lecture series that use ultimate fighting to explain how Christ fought for what he believed in. Other ministers go further, hosting or participating in live events.
     The goal, these pastors say, is to inject some machismo into their ministries — and into the image of Jesus — in the hope of making Christianity more appealing. “Compassion and love — we agree with all that stuff, too,” said Brandon Beals, 37, the lead pastor at Canyon Creek Church outside of Seattle. “But what led me to find Christ was that Jesus was a fighter.”
     The outreach is part of a larger and more longstanding effort on the part of some ministers who fear that their churches have become too feminized, promoting kindness and compassion at the expense of strength and responsibility.
     “The man should be the overall leader of the household,” said Ryan Dobson, 39, a pastor and fan of mixed martial arts who is the son of James C. Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, a prominent evangelical group. “We’ve raised a generation of little boys.” [Or in the case of some Christian organizations "razed."]
     This is not a joke.  These ultimate fighting Jesus followers are serious.  And if you make fun of them, they'll beat the devil out of you.

     However, that didn't keep Jon Stewart's The Daily Show from using humor to point out the hypocrisy of preaching an ass-kicking Jesus.  Of course, then again, maybe these Christians aren't hypocrites.  Unlike most churches, these Kung Fu Christians are admitting that violence sells religion.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Statistics, Obama, Protests; a Discharge a Day Keeps the Christian Right Away


     Don't Ask, Don't Tell had a busy week. 

     Monday

     President Obama was heckled during a speech in Los Angeles for dragging his feet on the DADT repeal.  Staying true to form, he promised change, saying that LGBT persons have an ally in him.

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     Tuesday

    six military officers discharged under DADT, lead by Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo, were arrested after chaining themselves to the White House fence in protest of Obama's failure to realize his campaign promise to repeal the discriminatory policy.  CBS News reports:
     GetEQUAL identifies the six protesters as Choi, Capt. Jim Pietrangelo, Petty Officer Larry Whitt, Petty Officer Autumn Sandeen, Cadet Mara Boyd and Cpl. Evelyn Thomas. Pietrangelo was arrested with Choi last month as well.   
     "We're tired of people just giving us lip action," Thomas says in a video posted to the GetEQUAL Web site. She vows to hold the president responsible until the policy is repealed. "Just put your money where your mouth is," she says in the video to Mr. Obama, who vowed to repeal the policy both as a candidate and as president. "If you're going to say that you're going to do something, do it. Because anything else is just a lie."
     Police banned reporters from the scene of the protest and closed Lafayette Park, Politico's Ben Smith reports, an unusual move that one reporter deemed "ridiculous."
     Police banned reporters from being able to cover the story?  Don't we live in a country, where the First Amendment explicitly points out that the government can't restrict the free speech of the news media?  What kind of change is this, President Obama?

     Wednesday and Thursday

      Statistically, each day, at least one homosexual military officer is dismissed under the discriminatory prescriptions of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  This week alone, eight or nine lives will be turned upside down, careers lost, and your tax dollars put to work, in discriminating against persons, who want to protect your civil rights in the world.



     Today

     Service Members United released the latest statistics, the number of homosexual discharges under DADT, and the numbers are likely underestimated, because certain military branches aren't telling:
     “As expected, this record low in total annual ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ discharge numbers reflects a continuing downward trend, as military commanders continue to ignore this law that is clearly outdated and which impairs their unit readiness,” said Alexander Nicholson, a former U.S. Army interrogator who was discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and the current Executive Director of Servicemembers United. “But this new number still means that 443 lives were unnecessarily turned upside down in 2009, 443 careers were unfairly terminated, and military units unexpectedly lost a valuable asset 443 times last year as two wars raged.”
     Although only 443 total discharges are included in the official statistic for fiscal year 2009, the true number of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” discharges is very likely higher. When pressed by Servicemembers United, the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Freedom of Information Office confirmed on three separate occasions in late 2009 and early 2010 that the internal source of their annual “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” discharge numbers is the Defense Manpower Data Center, and that Defense Manpower Data Center statistics do not include discharges from the Reserves or the National Guard.
     On this revelation, Nicholson added, “It is indeed surprising to learn now that the annual discharge numbers have been underreported. Policy makers, the media, and the American public rely on these numbers to make decisions and judgments about the costs of this policy."
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South Park, Mohammad, Death Threats and Jon Stewart


     In the 200th episode of South Park, which was broadcast last week, a proposal to bring the Prophet Mohamed to town is met with short shrift at a community meeting. "Are you nuts?" one character says. "If Mohamed appears in South Park we get bombed!" "We don't know that," another replies. "Maybe enough time has passed that now it's OK to show Mohamed."
     As it turned out, that hope was a forlorn one. The American broadcaster Comedy Central this week censored the programme after the episode's depiction of the Prophet Mohamed dressed as a giant teddy bear drew a warning on an Islamist website that the show's creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, would be murdered.
     The warning was posted on the New York-based website Revolution Muslim. In an article that suggested that Parker and Stone would "probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show", a writer calling himself Abu Talhah al-Amrikee listed the addresses of Comedy Central's New York office as well as Stone and Parker's production office. He also posted a link to a piece giving details of the house that the two rent.
     So Comedy Central broadcast the next programme, which concludes the plot of the anniversary edition, with several crucial speeches bleeped out. In Wednesday's episode, Mohamed's appearances were covered with a giant "censored" label, while he was replaced in the bear suit by Santa Claus.
     In response, Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's The Daily Show gave this homage to all the satirical commentary that his show has provided concerning all religions, once again calling religions on their hypocritical and hateful calls for the death of those who have different beliefs.
     The Guardian gives this summary of the South Park episode in question:
     The Muhammad furore began last week in the show's 200th episode when the creators introduced the character as a riff on censorship. The joke was that Muhammad was dressed as a bear because he could not be shown as a cartoon in the wake of death threats made against Danish cartoonists by Islamist extremists, who see any depiction of Muhammad as a gross insult to their religion.  In the storyline, the prophet was brought into the show on the demand of previous victims of its satire, led by Tom Cruise, who believed that he could make them immune to further ridiculing. In this week's episode, the bear costume was unzipped to reveal that Santa Claus, not Muhammad, had been inside all along.

Images are from the previously hyperlinked Guardian and Independent articles.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Altar Chimps, the Daily Show's Cure for the Catholic Sexual Abuse Crisis


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Just to recap.  Here are Hodgman's prescriptions for preventing priest-perpetuated pedophilia:
  • Prevention by replacing cassocks with button fly jeans and altar boys with altar chimps
  • Kill the Mood by desexifying the Mass: no wine, no incense, no more boy sopranos
  • Accountability via maximum security monasteries
     To recap, here are the steps for remodeling the Catholic confessional in order to assure the safety of children, who must confess their sins to a priest who stand in for a two thousand year old anti-clerical radical named Jesus.

Replace wooden confessional walls with stone

Replace the flimsy screen with five-inch bulletproof glass

To ensure the safety of the child on the other side, place a couple of armed guards next to the priest
The Maximum Security Confessional

*Confessional images from The Daily Show
*Chimp cartoon from OneGoodMove

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Jon Stewart's "Pope Opera"

     Jon Stewart's coverage from last night's Daily Show of the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal and recent responses of Pope Benedict XVI and Vatican to news articles that have revealed the Holy Father's involvement in the harboring of known pedophile-priests.

"Pope Opera."
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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hypocrite John McCain Claims that He's Not a Maverick


     How desperate is John McCain?  How far has he fallen?  He's now officially a parody of himself.

     Baptist, Republican, Panama-born, Senator John McCain continues to flip-flop and sell his soul down hypocrisy lane trying to garner the votes of the far-right Tea Party folks.  McCain now claims that he's not a Maverick.  What?  After his entire presidential campaign was run on the "We need two mavericks like me and Palin."

     David Margolick of Newsweek reports:
    "Maverick" is a mantle McCain no longer claims; in fact, he now denies he ever was one. "I never considered myself a maverick," he told me. "I consider myself a person who serves the people of Arizona to the best of his abilities." Yet here was Palin, urging her fans four times in 15 minutes to send McCain the Maverick back to Washington.
     John McCain, ex-maverick, is a liar and hypocrite.  He is either senile or crazy to claim that he has never considered himself a maverick.  The people of Arizona need to throw him out on his ass.

     The Daily Show's take on the various flip-flops and hypocrisy of Republican Senator John McCain's unmaverickness.
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Friday, February 5, 2010

John McCain's Gay Flip-Flop

     Last week when Sen. John McCain responded to President Obama's State of the Union Address by releasing a statement in full support of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and discrimination against homosexual soldiers who are honest about their sexual orientation, McCain was being a hypocrite.

     Four years ago, McCain stated that he would support the repeal of DADT when and if the military leadership said it was time to end the policy.  Well that time has come.  This week, the nation's top two defense officials called for an end to DADT while testifying before a Senate panel, but John McCain is playing the maverick hypocrite by disagreeing with his younger self.  He's standing firm in his bigoted refusal to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.

     I guess that destroying the careers of over 13,000 homosexual service women and men hasn't been enough for McCain.

     Jon Stewart puts it to McCain in the satirical clip embedded below, calling for the preservation of the Senate's cohesion by banning old people, like McCain, from serving. 
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Straight Talk with Jon Stewart

     So let me get this straight.  Very straight.  It's okay for straight people to talk about their families at work, but not for us LGBTs.  We can't even mention our "so-called" families at work.  That's so Christian of you, Peter. 
     I like Jon Stewart's proposal for protecting kids from anti-gay bullying.  I knew there was a divine plan for All-Star Wrestling!

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