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Jon Stewart talks about the mess in Syria, but Jason Jones steals the show from Coralville, Iowa

Jon Stewart started out Wednesday night’s Daily Show with an update on the situation in Syria — the spinach the audience had to sit through, he quipped, before they got their dessert, guest George Clooney. Things aren’t going well in Syria, he noted, with the recent United Nations–supported Geneva II peace talks ending in failure, leaving no end to the bombings, starvation, disappearances, and other assaults on Syria’s civilian population. (Watch below)

Things are so bad in Syria, Stewart noted, that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had to disown the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a brutally violent al Qaeda–affiliated group trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This schism in the terrorist group is a major challenge to Zawahiri’s authority — a fact that doesn’t exactly win sympathy points from Stewart.

For more on the situation in Syria, Stewart turned to Senior Foreign Correspondent Samantha Bee, live from “Beirut.” She coined a phrase — TINOs (terrorists in name only) — saying that’s what ISIL is calling al Qaeda’s central management. She then ended the segment with al Qaeda’s response to this inter-operational challenge: A recruitment video, eerily similar to a famous Apple add, for terrorists who respect “a well-established chain of command.” Watch:

The highlight of Wednesday’s show, however, was Jason Jones’ excursion to Coralville, Iowa, a town of 20,000 that had a nasty mayoral race last cycle. (Watch above) Jones talks to Mayor John Lundell, who was the recipient of a sleazy direct-mail campaign. It’s a classic Jones interview, ending with the mayor laughing and uttering a mild explicative.

Jones moved on to a city council candidate, Chris Turner, who was supposed to benefit from the mailings. Turner had nothing but nice things to say about the incumbents who beat him, including Lundell. Only then did Jones unveil the source of the attack ads: brothers David and Charles Koch and their deep-pocketed super-PAC, Americans for Prosperity. “Tired of losing in big national elections,” Jones explained, “they’re embracing a new strategy of buying wins in local races, using national-style cutthroat tactics.”

The tactic didn’t work in Coralville, or anywhere else it turns out. Turner says that when Americans For Prosperity entered the race, it was “kind of like being endorsed by Charles Manson.” He tied for last place. To find out why these “yokels” didn’t “embrace the future of small-town attack-ad politics,” Jones interviewed “big city super-PAC sympathizer Matthew Vadum,” a conservative author and polemicist.

At this point in the interview you have to wonder why conservatives agree to appear on camera with The Daily Show. Vadum, though, took to his assigned role with relish. He called (presumably) the residents of Coralville “small-minded” for rejecting attack politics, and defended the misleading mailers by arguing that private organizations have the right to try and influence elections. That takes a bit of showmanship, Vadum added.

So Jones confused everyone at a Coralville town hall meeting by doing a song-and-dance number, a la Harold Hill in The Music Man. Yeah, I don’t know what to make of it either. He then confronted Vadum with Turner’s statement that he’s happy he lost, since it might help shoo the Koch brothers away from Coralville. Vadum said Turner took the wrong lesson from the election.

When Jones asked what the right lesson would be, Vadum was stumped for a comically long time, then finally offered this: “There’s nothing he can do about another group coming in.” That’s probably bad for small-town America, but promising fodder for Daily Show writers down the road.

Jon Stewart Blasts Fox Over ‘Duck Dynasty’

In the 80’s when I was at an interview for admissions to a pre-law honors program at college, one of the questions asked was: What’s your position on the First Amendment, particularly the issue of free speech?”

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.[1]

I remember answering the question by rephrasing a quote from Voltaire:  “I may not like what you say, but I’ll gladly defend your right to say it…”I said .   It’s how I have always felt about free speech.

I’ve never seen an episode of Duck Dynasty.  I do know that what I’ve read thus far, one of the cast members gave an interview to GQ Magazine in which he had some choice words for Blacks and Gays.

Yes, what Phil Roberston said  to  GQ  was stupid and insensitive on so many levels, but to castigate him by removing him from the series is just as wrong as what he said.  So, long story short…I agree with Jon Stewart on this one…especially when he demonstrates how Fox News is the biggest violator of free speech by stifling others’ free speech.  This also applies to Tea Party types and many Conservatives.

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On last night’s “Daily Show,” Jon Stewart took a position on A&E’s suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson — and it’s not the one you may think.

He admitted he has never seen the show (“I don’t actually watch ‘Duck Dynasty,’ and I had assumed it was a show where ducks reenact the show ‘Dynasty’ — which, by the way, would have a huge gay audience”), but when news broke that Robertson made homophobic and racist comments to GQ in a new interview, Stewart was hardly surprised that Fox News would be outraged.

And of course they were, as personalities lambasted “political correctness” and the “word police” who were punishing Robertson for expressing conservative views.

While Stewart did not agree with Robertson’s statements, he took the Patrick Henry stance of defending his right to say them. “I think the guy said a zinger,” Stewart deadpanned. “But I also have an inclination to support a world where saying ignorant shit on television doesn’t get you kicked off that medium,” he said while adopting a sheepish look, implying that he would have been kicked off years ago had he been held to the same standard. (Although some would argue that the nature and context of controversial statements determine the punishment. Stewart’s own “Daily Show” predecessor, Craig Kilborn, was suspended after making sexually crass comments about his female staffers to a men’s magazine.)

Stewart may have defended Robertson’s right to say what he said, but he could hardly ignore the hypocrisy on Fox News’ part about how far free speech should go.

“I guess I stand with the free speech absolutists at Fox News, who don’t believe you should have to adhere to the culture norms of speech. Mostly,” he said, before rolling a montage of Fox personalities outraged that some people and companies have abandoned “Merry Christmas” in favor of “Happy Holidays,” including a certain reality show family.

Check out the full clip above.

Stewart Praises Budget Deal: Hallelujah! A Break From All the ‘Congressional F*ckery!

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It’s been so long since Congress actually compromised on something, Jon Stewart seemed almost giddy Wednesday night that there’s a budget deal that could very well pass. Stewart even played “Hallelujah” in celebration, though quite frankly, absolutely no one on either side is really happy about this.

Stewart fully expected to do another cursory look at “today’s congressional f*ckery” but was legitimately surprised at the “witchcraft” that must have led to this deal. He mocked all the piling on the deal prior to reading what was actually in it, and John Oliver stridently declares the deal is so good, it “ranks up there with the Civil Rights Act.”

But let’s face it, this isn’t a sexy story, so in the second segment of the show, Jason Jones tried to make it more like Die Hard, but buzzkills like NBC’s Chuck Todd ruined all the fun for him.

Watch the first segment below, via Comedy Central:

Jon Stewart’s Reaction To Megyn Kelly’s ‘White Santa’ Statement Is All We Need

By the way, has anyone noticed my new avatar ?  It’s a gesture against Megan Kelly’s “statement” about “Santa”…

The Huffington Post

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.

Yes.

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.

 

Jon Stewart Cannot Understand The Media’s Freakout Over Obama’s Castro Handshake

I love this guy…

The Huffington Post

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 mocks Mitch McConnell’s warning to Democrats: Someday you will want to be obstructionist a*sholes

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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.

Jon Stewart Blasts ’60 Minutes’ For ‘Sort Of Acknowledging’ Benghazi Story Was ‘Total Bullsh*t’

The Huffington Post

On Monday, Jon Stewart dove into the scandal rocking CBS News, and what he called the “meh culpa” offered by “60 Minutes” in response to learning the key figure in its Benghazi story was lying.

Stewart mock-sympathized with what a “pain in the ass” it is to have to ask “Is this true?” before going to broadcast, and then went off after rolling a clip of Lara Logan revealing that Dylan Davies had lied to CBS:

“What? If you can not trust an international mercenary existing in the netherworld ‘twixt assassin and bounty hunter, whose very livelihood is predicated on the flexible morality needed to survive in the chaos and lawlessness of failed nations, who can you trust?”

But CBS isn’t the only one having to deal with this mess; Jon Stewart’s favorite southern gentleman (and accent) Lindsey Graham has some tough questions to answer now, too.

 

Jon Stewart: Obama ‘Somewhat Dishonest’ About Healthcare But Republicans Are ‘Lying Like Motherf*ckers’

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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.

North Carolina GOP Official Who Called Blacks ‘Lazy’ In Daily Show Voter ID Interview Resigns

This article was scheduled for posting this morning.  I apologize for the delay…

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The guy being interviewed is one of many officials in North Carolina that have given Black students in particular North Carolina precincts, voting problems beyond belief for this day and age.  Good riddance is the nice way of watching this man’s exit from the NC legislation process.

The Huffington Post

A Republican precinct official in North Carolina resigned from his position Thursday, after The Daily Show aired a segment on the state’s voter ID lawin which he criticized “lazy black people that wants the government to give them everything.”

Don Yelton stepped down from his position in the Buncombe County Republican Party, Buncombe GOP Chairman Henry Mitchell told WRAL.

“When I was a young man you didn’t call a black a black,” Yelton said during the interview. “You called him a negro.”

In a press release, the Buncombe GOP — which has the slogan “Moving forward without forgetting our past” on its website — called Yelton’s comments “offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party.”

“Let me make it very clear, Mr. Yelton’s comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon,” Mitchell stated. “This mentality will not be supported or propagated within our party.”

Yelton “did not seek the approval of any party official before accepting the interview request,” officials said.

 

Jon Stewart Blasts Republican Governors Who Refuse To Expand Medicaid

The Huffington Post

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.

Part 1

Part 2