Chris Rock on Real Time with Bill Maher

Posted in Comedy, Politics, Videos on September 27th, 2008 by Hyphen

Gotta love that ‘related videos’ feature on YouTube, right?  As long as we’re posting up recent Chris Rock videos, here’s his appearance on Bill Maher’s Real Time after last night’s debate.  He reuses a few of the jokes from Larry King, but there’s still some great new stuff in there.  Chris is always hilarious and on point as well.

Everyone’s asking where Sarah Palin is after this debate (answer: stowed safely away in Area 51), but I want to know where Dave Chappelle is.  I would love to hear his take on all this.

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Sarah Palin, the NRA, and hunters get the gasface

Posted in News, Politics, Videos on September 5th, 2008 by Hyphen

Along with all her other moral standings that I find reprehensible, one thing I really despise about Sarah Palin is that she’s such a staunch supporter of the NRA and hunting. I’ve always been an animal lover and sympathetic to animal activism, so I can’t agree with anyone who enjoys hunting or fishing for entertainment. Theoretically, if you’re killing a creature for sustenance, I can live with that. If you’re just murdering creatures for entertainment, I think there’s something seriously wrong with you.

Also, I find it curious that a lot of hunters are also ultra-religious, when the Bible clearly states “thou shall not kill.” How do they justify that? Don’t animals have souls just like we do? How can they claim to follow the word of God when they can’t even follow the Commandments?

This woman cannot be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

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Jay Smooth on the Republican Hater’s Ball

Posted in Politics, Videos on September 4th, 2008 by Hyphen

As always, Jay Smooth is so on point. Between all of the fire and brimstone spewed by Palin, Romney, and Rudy and the 9-11’s, there was one overriding theme: these people have no ideas of their own and have nothing left other than attacking Barack. Besides the fact that we’re all tired of these divisive tactics, last night, Palin crossed the line by disrespecting and belittling community organizers. This is the year when the voters, especially all the new blood registered by the Obama campaign, will step up and change American politics. Goodbye Rove and company. Your days are numbered.

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They’re just lying to you

Posted in News, Politics on September 4th, 2008 by Hyphen

Plain and simple, the Republicans took to the stage last night and lied through their teeth to the American people. It’s pretty shocking and despicable when the Associated Press (a news service based on reporting facts, not opinion) has to take you to task for some of your inaccuracies. Here are just a few of the examples:

Attacks, praise stretch truth at GOP convention

Associated Press Writer
Wed Sep 3, 11:48 PM ET

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back little Wednesday as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and flattering praise on her credentials to be vice president. In some cases, the reproach and the praise stretched the truth.

Some examples:

PALIN: “I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending … and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress ‘thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.”

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a “bridge to nowhere.”

PALIN: “There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate.”

THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.

PALIN: “The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.”

THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama’s plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain’s plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.

Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.

He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.

MCCAIN: “She’s been governor of our largest state, in charge of 20 percent of America’s energy supply … She’s responsible for 20 percent of the nation’s energy supply. I’m entertained by the comparison and I hope we can keep making that comparison that running a political campaign is somehow comparable to being the executive of the largest state in America,” he said in an interview with ABC News’ Charles Gibson.

THE FACTS: McCain’s phrasing exaggerates both claims. Palin is governor of a state that ranks second nationally in crude oil production, but she’s no more “responsible” for that resource than President Bush was when he was governor of Texas, another oil-producing state. In fact, her primary power is the ability to tax oil, which she did in concert with the Alaska Legislature. And where Alaska is the largest state in America, McCain could as easily have called it the 47th largest state — by population.

MCCAIN: “She’s the commander of the Alaska National Guard. … She has been in charge, and she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities,” he said on ABC.

THE FACTS: While governors are in charge of their state guard units, that authority ends whenever those units are called to actual military service. When guard units are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, for example, they assume those duties under “federal status,” which means they report to the Defense Department, not their governors. Alaska’s national guard units have a total of about 4,200 personnel, among the smallest of state guard organizations.

FORMER ARKANSAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE: Palin “got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States.”

THE FACTS: A whopper. Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 mayor’s election, and got 909 in her 1999 re-election race, for a total of 1,525. Biden dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses, but he still got 76,165 votes in 23 states and the District of Columbia where he was on the ballot during the 2008 presidential primaries.

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: “We need change, all right — change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington — throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin.”

THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.


Keep this in mind when McCain hobbles on stage tonight and spews some more falsehoods.

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45+ reasons why Sarah Palin is the worst pick ever

Posted in News, Politics on September 2nd, 2008 by Hyphen

As I’m watching this horribly embarrassing Republican National Convention (the co-chair just called Sarah Palin “Sarah Pawlenty”…Freudian slip much?), I can’t believe these people even exist. Aside from the fact that I disagree with most of their core values, some of these people are downright crazy. That includes Mrs. Palin, who is clearly the worst Vice Presidential candidate ever selected. The Daily Kos posted up a long list of reasons why, so go ahead and get familiar with this woman right here.

Some of my favorites include believing that creationism should be taught in science class, fighting to remove polar bears from the endangered species list so she can drill more in Alaska, and leaving the tiny town of Wasilla in economic tatters after her mayoral stint. I’m not even going to talk about the idiocy of being anti-choice and anti-sex ed in schools when your own underage daughter is pregnant. How’d that whole abstinence thing work out for ya?

I could go on and on (…and on and on and on), but this is just ridiculous.

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