Perhaps it’s because I’m old enough to remember the height of the cold war between the “Soviet Union” and Western countries, primarily the United States so I can’t understand conservatives taking Vladimir Putin’s side on the Ukranian crisis.
Putin, an ex-KGB officer is a dangerous man but many conservatives would rather take his side than be aligned with “the Black Guy in the White House”.
It boggles the rational mind…
Last night, Jon Stewart covered Vladimir Putin’s “in another world” press conference, but mostly focused on the right-wing’s unhinged reaction to Putin, as opposed to how they treat Obama.
I’ll tell ya, the weirdest thing about this isn’t Putin invading Ukraine. You expect a crazy guy to act crazy. The weirdest thing is seeing conservatives in our country point at the crazy guy and go, “Yeah, I’ll have what they’re having.”
SARAH PALIN (3/3/2014): People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our President as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates. CHARLES PAYNE (3/4/2014): This is a guy that wrestles tigers while the President wears mom pants!
What a great talking point that “mom jeans” thing turned out to be! Here’s the thing you gotta remember. Putin doesn’t actually wrestle bears and tigers. That’s propaganda! He did once shoot a tiger, but only after that tiger had been pre-tranquilized and trapped in a snare for him.
When a bill came up for vote that would have expanded health care and education for veterans, we knew two things would happen next. First, Republicans would block the bill, because that’s kind of their thing. Then, Jon Stewart would deliver a passionate monologue explaining just how disgraceful this is.
Stewart did just that on “The Daily Show” last night, correctly attacking senate Republicans for their shaky argument for voting against the bill — which was somehow made even worse when an unrelated Iran sanctions amendment was attached to it. Of course, at least one senator argued that it was the only way the bill would get noticed.
“How do you justify attaching the Iran sanctions bill to the veterans’ benefits bill?” Stewart responded. “That’s right, you’re the victim here. You’ve been denied something that you need by an impersonal government bureaucracy. How can anyone know the anguish that you must feel?”
Check out the full clip above to watch Stewart wish the same shame on Republicans that has been brought upon John Travolta.
On Monday, The Daily Show host Jon Stewarttook on the controversy surrounding comments made by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who suggested that far-right conservatives running for office are not welcome in the Empire State. Noting that Fox host Sean Hannity pledged to leave the state as a result of those comments, Stewart worked out an innovative way to convince the conservative broadcaster to stay in New York.
The Daily Show talked to gay couples pledging to marry people of the opposite gender, cab drivers pledging to abandon their accents, food vendors promising to stop selling Halal meats, and African-American youths pledging to take off their hoodies if Hannity would stay.
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Even the cast of Jersey Boys got in on the backhanded begging of Hannity to remain a New Yorker.
Watch below, via Comedy Central:
Jon Stewart came out with both barrels blazing on Thursday night’s episode of The Daily Show. He had the right-wing squarely in his crosshairs and he had no qualms firing upon them. The first segment of the show was regarding income inequality and how the right seems to show complete disdain for the poor and find excuses not to help them, all the while constantly making excuses for giving more and more to the rich. It was a beautiful display by Stewart of showing the complete hypocrisy the right shows when it comes to discussing income inequality, as well as basically showing how totally cruel and insensitive they really can be.
The whole segment was essentially a montage of conservatives saying douchey things in regards to poor people, while at the same time making sure to constantly come to the defense of the rich. It started out with clips of pundits and politicians railing on about the takers. Then, it segued into Republicans providing reasons why long-term unemployment benefits shouldn’t be extended. First, he showed them saying this was just supposed to be temporary relif. After that, it went into them saying that this was something that needed to be paid for. However, as Stewart highlighted, things were different when it was suggested that Bush-era tax cuts needed to be paid for.
Stewart really got into a groove after that. He did little to hide his anger and frustration at the clips he was showing of conservative pundits and Republican lawmakers saying idiotic things regarding social programs and poor people. He pinpointed how conservatives think that welfare programs provide too much to poor people, giving them less incentive to work. However, at the same time, they feel that it is fundamentally unfair to raise the minimum wage. Obviously, since there are some people taking advantage of social welfare programs and committing fraud, it is reason to not provide benefits for ANYBODY. Yet, we should not judge Wall Street for the actions of a few bad apples and make the industry adhere to more regulations.
This is when Jon Stewart is at his best. When he is passionate about something and displays true righteous indignation, nobody is better. When he aims his comedic gun at a deserving target, watch out! Stewart truly is a master at highlighting hypocrisy and completely shredding those who practice it.
By the way, has anyone noticed my new avatar ? It’s a gesture against Megan Kelly’s “statement” about “Santa”…
Fox News has certainly made their fair share of problematic gaffes on air, but on Thursday, they marched forward with out-and-out racism when Megyn Kelly clarified to kids that Santa is white, despite what the liberal media has been telling them.
Jon Stewart hit back: “Who are you actually talking to?”
He tried to imagine the kid Kelly was addressing: “Sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o’clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real, yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn’t white.”
Even more troublesome was her statement that the black Slate writer she was addressing need not have concerned herself with such issues: “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change.” As Stewart pointed out, that’s literally the dictionary definition of oppression.
Check out the full clip above.
I love this guy…
You know it’s a slow news week when a significant portion of Monday’s news coverage centered around President Obama’s handshake with Cuban president Raul Castro.
Jon Stewart could barely wrap his head around the media’s subsequent fascination with said handshake, as he outline on last night’s “Daily Show.”
“Barack Obama [was] at a funeral celebrating Nelson Mandela, a man whose legacy is that he forgave and embraced his foes and tormentors, and thus inspired his country to a national and democratic rebirth,” Stewart said. “Attending that, Obama had the audacity to greet another world leader with a gesture so meaningless you can train a basset hound to do it.”
He continued: “What the f*ck is wrong with us?”
Plus, some of Stewart’s critics, like Sen. John McCain, have not exactly been without sin when it comes to shaking hands with our past and future enemies.
Check out the clip above for Stewart’s full missive.
Jon Stewart kicked off this week’s “Daily Show” by shedding light on some truly odd reactions that some folks had about the passing of Nelson Mandela — including at least one prominent Republican.
Newt Gingrich and Ted Cruz, to their credit, offered sincere notes of gratitude for the South African leader’s life work on their respective Facebook pages. What they did not expect, however, were the swift and racist reactions they saw from several of their fans. Example: “This clench-first gorilla [sic] warrior does not deserve respect from informed Americans,” one user wrote on Gingrich’s Facebook.
Stewart was hardly surprised by the outpouring of bile. “Of course, that’s why the Internet was invented,” he said. “To say hateful things with greater efficiency, reach and freedom to keep people from finding out how truly disgusting you are in your home. ‘I would never say those things, it was Dr. Awesomeballs69!’”
Racist Facebook fans are one thing, but Stewart could not let an actual Republican leader off the hook so easily. Rick Santorum, appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor,” somehow equated apartheid, South Africa’s former system of segregation that Mandela helped end, to the Affordable Care Act.
“The systemic subjugation of a race of people is different than the establishment of subsidized insurance exchanges,” Stewart helpfully explained before channeling his inner Julie Andrews with a “Sound of Music” parody: “Obamacaaare is not apartheeeeeid!”
Check out the clip above to see Stewart lay into the reactions to Mandela’s death.
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Daily Show host Jon Stewart poked fun at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) warning to Democrats that ending the long-standing abuse of the filibuster by invoking what pundits insist on calling the “nuclear option” would come back to haunt them.
“Mark my words,” Stewart boomed on Thursday. “One day you Democrats will want to be obstructionist a*sholes making a mockery of our system of government. And who’ll be laughing then? Turtle Man.”
Stewart also mocked media coverage of Senate Democrats’ move to have non-Supreme Court nominations and other procedural matters be decided by a simple majority, rather than by having to get at least 60 votes to pass.
“So deciding to allow majority rules to incrementally increase governmental efficiency and presidential appointments is so unthinkably extreme that it’s the ‘nuclear option’?” Stewart asked. “It’s the Hiroshima of voting.”
Watch Stewart’s take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) going “nuclear,” as posted online on Thursday, below.
On Tuesday, Jon Stewart tore into the latest issues with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, most notably the fact that President Obama’s promise that if you liked your insurance before, you could keep it wasn’t entirely true. But, as is often the case, there were even bigger liars to fry.
After rolling clips of Obama contradicting himself on the policy, Stewart pointed out, “So, yes, the president was somewhat dishonest about the promise of his healthcare program, but here’s the weird part, his opponents have been lying like motherf*ckers about its effects.”
The rest of the segment focused on politicians and pundits from the right pulling out all the stops to characterize a legitimate problem as one of the worst tragedies the U.S. has ever seen.
Watch the clip above and let us know if you agree with Jon Stewart’s take.
Jon Stewart picked apart another piece of the messed-up healthcare puzzle on Thursday, calling out the Republican governors of 26 states who refused to expand Medicaid.
Stewart insisted that spite was the only possible excuse for the states’ not taking part in the expansion, which would cost them nothing for the first three years. Is this just another example of “that hit game show sweeping part of the nation, ‘What Do You Hate More: Poverty Or Obama?’”
Watch part one of the segment above and part two below.