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Monday, February 25, 2013

Stories to Watch: 2/25/13

McFarlene and Shatner at the Oscars

Seth McFarlane was not a hit at the Oscars last night. Seriously, did anyone bother to watch his shows? It's not like his style of humor is any big secret.

Comparing abortion to the Holocaust is an incredibly offensive trivialization of one of history's greatest crimes. For life of me, I can't figure out why there's not a huge groundswell of outrage every time some clown belittles Holocaust victims with the comparison, because that condemnation would certainly be deserved. I'm looking at you, Mike Huckabee.

Also just plain crazy: Pat Robertson.

The GOP plan to steal the 2016 electoral college vote is now doomed to failure, yet it still lurches onward in zombie stupidity. "[T]he persistence of these proposals tells us something important about where the GOP stands right now," writes Greg Sargent. In other words, they know they can't win with the party principles they have now, the base won't allow them to make any real changes, and they're desperate, but screwed regardless.

My governor seems to believe that I -- along with everyone in my state -- am a freakin' moron.

Man, Richard Nixon was just full of good ideas, wasn't he?

Confusing Swedish furniture retailer IKEA says there's no horsemeat in meatballs at their American stores. That makes sense, because shipping meatballs over from Europe would be insanely expensive when we've got plenty of competent meatpackers right here. But if we trace this whole horsemeat story back to its roots, we see the wide-ranging damage that can be wrought by a the effects of a single idiotic law on what would otherwise seem to be a relatively inconsequential country. Bad ideas do harm. Really bad ideas do a helluva lot of harm, resulting in tragedy.

Glenn Beck seems to be getting a little panicky about the rate at which his 15 minutes of fame are ticking away.

President Obama patiently explained math and economics today. "We can’t just cut our way to prosperity. Cutting alone is not an economic policy," he told an annual meeting of state governors. In other words, you can't add by subtracting. Duh. Expect Republicans to react as if he babbled incoherently in tongues.

Leonard Pitts jr. throws tankers of cold water on the idea that Rush Limbaugh -- or any random authoritarian 'bagger, for that matter -- would've stood up for Rosa Parks. "[I]t’s seductively easy to imagine yourself or your hero on the right side of history once that history has been vindicated," he writes. Wisest thing you'll read all day.

Finally, Eric Cantor says he'll introduce a bill that would eliminate overtime pay for hourly workers. It's like he's trying to get the middle class to hate Republicans.

[photo via Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences]

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