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A sentence I thought I'd never write: Comedian at National Press Club this week explains why he's a Socialist.
Yes, it happened on Monday, when Lewis Black, of stand-up notoriety and Daily Show sit-down "Back in Black" fame, appeared at the venerable DC venue, and offered this testimonial.
Yes, it was witty—he blamed his parents, for one thing (something I can't do)—but also right on the mark in describing how fringe this is in America (he offers a shout-out to Bernie Sanders) and why it is should be regarded in a positive light as "enforced Christianity." (My own Socialist hero, of course, is Upton Sinclair.) Here's a clip:
But it's a good day for fun vids on the inter-tubes. Here's the latest from Funny or Die, purporting to be the "equal time" episode for Cosmos demanded by creationists, and starring the wonderfully apt Timothy Simon—you know him as Jonah from Veep.
Of course, everything can be explained in the Bible. And God made everything—except for gays (who made that choice themselves). His vehicle of choice for navigating the stars? A church mini-van.
Finally, just for laughs: The Amy Schumer show this week offers a send-up of Aaron Sorkin (and his Newsroom series) with Sorkin veteran Josh Charles.
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Meanwhile, here’s the full Greenwald-Poitras press conference in New York.
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Meanwhile, on the right, as Salon reported:
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And William Safire in The New York Times:
Among Maass’s conclusions:
Greg Mitchell’s new book on Iraq and media malpractice is So Wrong for So Long.
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“Will you please explain?” Wilder asked. “I’m just here on a visa, I’m not interested in politics.”
“Shouldn’t I have the privilege of making the donation myself?” Billy asked innocently.
“And my hard-earned fifty dollars is going to stop him?” Wilder wondered.
was a Communist. Wilder said he knew a little bit about Sinclair and he was not by any means a Communist.
“Oh, you’re a Communist too?” one writer replied. “You better watch it.”
The other was: I fled fascism for THIS?
young star supposedly fighting the Merriam tax had surfaced in Hollywood. It raised eyebrows, for the actress, Katharine Hepburn, had much to lose, having just won an Academy Award. While Jean Harlow’s career, in the Production Code “decency” era, appeared to be imperiled, Hepburn had clear sailing.
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That post closes with these questions:
When asked whether Khatib still worked for Reuters, the news agency refused to comment.
We'll update as needed.
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Jon Stewart, your move.
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Below: Early Armstrong with race-based complaint "Black and Blue."
Watch videos here. One re-cap described the conclusion:
“Here to apologize – the co-founder of Twitter, Biz Stone.”
“I am not here to apologize,” Stone insisted.
“I accept,” Colbert responded.
“Will we get a chance to talk about my new book?” Stone wanted to know.
“Yeah. When you founded Twitter, did you do it to attack me?”