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Monday, January 18, 2010

News Roundup for 1/18/10

Just as dumb as Limbaugh

-Headline of the day-
"Coulter does her best to out-Limbaugh Rush."

If you're one of the few people on the planet who hasn't come to the conclusion that Ann Coulter is just a media whore, then I've got a tremendous revelation for you -- Ann Coulter is just a media whore. And she just pretty much admitted it.

Speaking to some poor lady who was sitting in for Geraldo Rivera's mustache, Coulter got a little fed up with everyone talking Rush Limbaugh this and Rush Limbaugh that. After all, she's just as big a jerkwad as Limbaugh.

"Stop asking about Rush's statement," she complained. "I made some controversial statements this week too." Lookit me! I'm all controversial and stuff!

What did she say? Some crazy shit about Bill Clinton and a Kleenex and what an awful person Jimmy Carter is... Honestly, who even cares anymore? (Raw Story, with video)

-Remembering King -- badly-
The Republican Party spent the day trying to tie itself to Martin Luther King jr.

No, really. RNC chairman Mike Steele did his part, sending out an email to supporters, saying, "As we celebrate his legacy, I’m reminded that his message is rooted in ideals and principles that the Republican Party has advocated since its inception. Today, our Party and the nation honors Dr. King’s dream by continuing his fight — the fight for all Americans to have an equal chance at the American Dream."

Sarah Palin joined in on the fun, writing on her facetubes page, "Please take a moment to tell your children about this great man. He fought for liberty and equality because he knew they were God-given and he knew that no government should be empowered to thwart our freedom. King summarized his mission when stating that no one should be judged based on skin color, but by the content of one’s character."

Nice thoughts, but a little myopic. King was also anti-war and pro-union. Worse, he was for healthcare reform before it was cool. "Of all the forms of inequality," King said in '66, "injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."

Add to that the fact that Palin's running mate and the GOP's 2008 presidential candidate voted against the King Holiday and all this Republican "we love Dr. King!" stuff starts to look a little untrue.

But hey, since when has the Republican Party let a little thing like reality stand in their way? (Think Progress)

-Bonus HotD-
"AWESOME… Scott Brown Responds to Elitist Obama’s Attack on Truck Owners."

This one's just as stupid as you might think. See, Scott Brown is a Republican in a tight Race with Martha Coakley to fill the late Ted Kennedy's seat. And, since it's tight, President Obama went to Massachusetts to stump for Coakley.

So anyhoo, Brown's been running ads featuring himself driving around in truck, to prove he's a regular fella. In a stump speech, Obama told the audience, "Anyone can own a truck." This -- in the wingnutosphere, anyway -- somehow got turned into an "attack on truck owners," despite the fact that it's an obvious truth.

So Brown wasn't going to take that lying down. Nosiree Bob. "Mr. President, unfortunately in this economy, not everybody can buy a truck," Brown said in a statement. "My goal is to change that by cutting spending, lowering taxes and letting people keep more of their own money."

Yeah, because pulling money out of the economy by cutting government spending is just such a freakin' brilliant idea. For the teabaggers, this counts as "awesome."

For people with brains, however, this is just stupid. (Gateway Pundit, with video)

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