In an interview on CNN, Sarah Palin called out Pope Francis, saying, “He's had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me.” Well this ignited a bit of a Twitter war between the two and it didn’t take long for things to get ugly. Take a look:
Years ago, our friend Grover Norquist famously said, “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” Because when you’re constructing a metaphor people can get behind, what better imagery than that of murdering an infant?
They have a record of every communication you’ve sent. They track you constantly via the phone in your pocket, and use that information however they please. They have sophisticated satellite imagery coupled with on-the-ground intel that enables them to do sophisticated 3D renderings of your home and your street at an extraordinary level of detail. They are building massive data farms so that these mountains of info can be stored indefinitely.
Radley Balko is the author of Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Force. His latest column as an investigative reporter for The Huffington Post delves into the legal and ethical issues surrounding invasive drug searches on suspects.
Reihan Salam is a senior fellow with the R Street Institute and lead blogger for the National Review Online domestic policy blog, The Agenda. This week he wrote about the public backlash that could occur upon enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.
Casey Affleck will join the panel mid-show to discuss his latest film, "Out of the Furnace," which opens wide on December 6th. He has also been rustling up support for the Massachusetts Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, which would ban the extreme confinement of farm animals “in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs.”
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Let’s just stipulate, yet again, that no matter how bad global warming gets, no matter how screwed we are, even if the oceans rise and a hurricane surge turns Manhattan into Venice, there will never, ever be a single storm that we’ll be able to point to as “caused” by climate change.
By Bill Maher
So 60 Minutes got punked on Benghazi. They put a source on the air – a security contractor at the diplomatic outpost there – who’s since been thoroughly discredited. Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS and executive producer of 60 Minutes, called this “as big a mistake” as 60 Minutes has made in its 45-year history. Lara Logan apologized. She’s usually a great reporter. It happens.
The real scandal is the backstory of how this guy got on the air in the first place. CBS owns a right-wing publishing company called Threshold Editions, which publishes guys like Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and Jerome Corsi – you may remember him as the non-Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Obama biography, Where’s the Birth Certificate? Well, Threshold needed to sell a few copies of their new quack book on Benghazi, and somehow got their clown booked on 60 Minutes.
This is a perfect illustration of the myth of the liberal media. CBS is one of the six media conglomerates that decide what the world sees and hears. It’s not a liberal media. It’s a corporate media, hungry for viewers of all stripes. These companies don’t discriminate based on ideology. They just want your money. And as much as 60 Minutes doesn’t like to admit it, it has the same primary goal as Two and a Half Men: eyeballs.
We shouldn’t just be holding 60 Minutes responsible; we should be holding CBS responsible. Shouldn’t somebody be asking what the company’s doing investing in this kooky book publisher and allowing it to infect its mainstream news operation? Shouldn’t they be erecting stronger barriers between their fiction and non-fiction divisions? To me, this is much more disconcerting.