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Why is Jon Stewart spreading misinformation about tobacco (and Ebola)?

Stephen Colbert has been described as “the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Science on TV” and Slate speculated that his departure to CBS “could be a big loss for television coverage of science.”

Jon Stewart, not so much — and hopefully, you’re about to see why.

Last Thursday’s The Daily Show included a segment on the political scandal that brought down Virginia Governor and potential Presidential hopeful Bob McDonnell (“The Giving Spree“). The scandal revolved around allegations of influence-peddling by a Virginia businessman who enlisted the governor to promote his tobacco-based nutritional supplement. That’s when Stewart went off the rails:

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Stephen Colbert isn’t bailing on Comedy Central a moment too soon

Soon after CBS announced that Stephen Colbert would take over for David Letterman sometime next year, I made a note to write a post with the exact title you see above. In a nutshell [Editor’s note: Feel free to skip the rest of this paragraph], the post would have revolved around the observation that at the end of a full streaming episode of The Daily Show, Comedy Central would automatically begin to play another episode of The Daily Show — but that at the end of a full streaming episode of The Colbert Report, Comedy Central would automatically begin to play… The Daily Show. In conclusion, Colbert was more than justified in deciding to take his talents to a network that could better appreciate them.

Like many of the posts I’d like to write, that one never actually happened. Fortunately, Jon Stewart gave me a brand new opportunity to use this precise headline at the beginning of his show last Thursday night. In that opening segment, Stewart mentioned that his guest — Tracy Droz Tragos — had directed a wonderful documentary. But he didn’t stop there:

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Darth Vader, Barack Obama, and Pete Carroll walk into the frame…

[This post is in keeping with a tradition of writing only about the Seahawks’ second most-recent victory.]

After they knocked off the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football, Pete Carroll was inexplicably photobombed by — well, just take a look:

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The Lincoln Memorial was vandalized last night — or was it?

The CBS headline is blunt — “Lincoln Memorial vandalized“:

Green paint was splattered overnight on parts of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., U.S. Park police say.

They say a patrol officer found green plant splashed on the floor near the famous statue of President Lincoln, and some on the base of the statue, at around 1:20 a.m. local time.

The memorial, on the National Mall, will be closed until the U.S. Park Service can clean it up.

NBC changes a few of the details, but still reaches the same conclusion — “Lincoln Memorial vandalized“:

The Lincoln Memorial will be closed until further notice after green paint was discovered on the monument Friday morning.

A visitor found the paint splattered on the statue and on the floor around it just before 1:30 a.m. and reported it to police. No words or symbols were written on the statue, News4’s Megan McGrath reported.

The U.S. Park Police say the monument will reopen once the National Park Service cleans the statue. There’s no estimate on when that work will be done, but maintenance crews are expected to arrive Friday morning.

Some people have predictably overreacted:

Clubbing seals is horrendous. Assassinating the President is horrendous. Enslaving another human being is horrendous. This is just paint.

But while it’s tempting to pin the crime on a marauding band of Germanic barbarians or the University of Idaho football team, I’m not so sure vandals were responsible. There’s another possibility that seems not to have been considered, and might just put Mr. Klapper’s outrage to rest — perhaps the Lincoln Memorial turning green is simply natural processes at work:

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In defense of the Orthodox Union’s stance on aliya

Michael Freund ripped into the North American Jewish community in Friday’s Jerusalem Post, in response to the release of the latest aliya figures:

According to the CBS, in 2012, just 16,557 people from around the world made aliya, which is slightly more than one-tenth of one percent of world Jewry.

At that rate, it would take nearly 1,000 years for the entire Jewish people to return to the Land of Israel. This lack of enthusiasm hardly bodes well for our nation’s ageold hope “to be a free people in our own land,” as the national anthem puts it.

And so Freund casts about for somebody to blame. Is it the Israelis? Nope:

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Another NFL Coverup?

No, I’m not talking about the recent spate of NFL player body-snatching, or even the Drew Brees/Vick’s Nyquil-related conspiracy I identified a month and a half ago.

This conspiracy goes to the top.

Commissioner Roger Goodell recently expressed his approval over NFL All-Stars’ play in Sunday’s Pro Bowl. What he meant was, the football players on the field actually hit one another like football players.

All of them, that is, except one:

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