Tag Archives: George W Bush

Joe Biden’s revealing gaffe may actually be his strongest argument

Joe Biden caused a minor stir earlier this month when he told an audience in Iowa, “We choose truth over facts.” Given his history of gaffes, most coverage assumed this was just one more.

I’m not so sure.

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Making sense of Lewis Black’s pre-election prophecy

One month before the election, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart holdover correspondent Lewis Black turned up on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to record a fresh segment of Back in Black. He highlighted how few Americans choose to vote and urged eligible voters to overcome personal distaste for both candidates:

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Ready for Romney to be Ready for Hillary

As the list of Republicans who are officially With Her seems to lengthen daily, the world awaits word from Donald Trump’s immediate predecessor as Republican candidate for President.

Back when it still appeared Trump might be stopped, Mitt Romney famously dedicated an entire speech to encouraging other Republicans to oppose him. At the time he gave that speech, Romney was not willing to endorse Hillary Clinton:

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Jeb Bush’s new campaign logo represents a clear effort to distance himself from the Hispanic community

Hillary Clinton’s campaign logo received a lot of attention (much of it negative) when first released,* and pundits have continued to dissect it in the two months since. And now, design critics finally have something else to talk about. Today, another contender for the presidential throne revealed his own icon [click or see above].

Pundits argued that the emblem represents “an attempt by Bush to distance himself from his famous family name” slash dynasty:

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Jon Stewart wants you to rethink how you think about Dick Cheney

I’ve previously questioned the frequency with which Jon Stewart gratuitously invokes Star Wars on The Daily Show, but I’ve never before felt the need to question how they fit into some overarching narrative. Which is why I found it so striking when, last week, he made a Dick joke that looked like this:

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Anatomy of a hidden Colbert Report pun — pun intended

Stephen T. Colbert is known for his predilection for visual jokes on-screen, most notably during his The Word segments, when the words that appear next to his face often draw bigger laughs than the words coming out of the host’s own mouth.

But if you’re only reading the words whenever the segment is titled ‘The Word’, you’re missing out on a far more constant source of hilarity: the subtitles Comedy Central makes available during every segment.

As it turns out, Colbert is not above inserting gratuitous puns along the bottom of your screen. Take, for example, this transcription error from Thursday night’s segment on (overt pun alert) “Nostra-dumbass”:

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Is ‘Boyhood’ truly one of the least Jewish movies ever made?

A few days ago, I came across an article on Tablet that proclaimed “Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is the best film of 2014, and one of the least Jewish movies ever made.”* This seemed like a pair of extraordinary claims. So when I sat down to watch the movie earlier today, I kept them both in the back of my mind.

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George W. Bush’s speaking engagement with the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute makes sense, in the Biblical sense

The headline in Mother Jones tells you just about all you need to know: George W. Bush to Raise Money for Group That Converts Jews to Bring About Second Coming of Christ. But I’ll fill you in on some of the details anyway:

Next week, former President George W. Bush is scheduled to keynote a fundraiser in Irving, Texas, for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, a group that trains people in the United States, Israel, and around the world to convince Jews to accept Jesus as the Messiah. The organization’s goal: to “restore” Israel and the Jews and bring about about the second coming of Christ.

What exactly will Bush’s presence contribute to the event? Glad you asked:

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Rick Perry’s latest “oops” moment may not have actually been all that mistaken

When he accidentally referred to Libya as Lebanon on Saturday, Rick Perry was putting himself in good company — he’s now the second 2012 Republican Presidential primary candidate who can’t keep the country straight, after Herman Cain famously self-immolated when asked to comment on Obama’s policy there. Here’s one account of Perry’s speech:

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Grand Ayatollah posts anti-Semitic update, inadvertantely confirms Iranian election was rigged

We could be best friends.

This is my third post about the Iranian election, and the second to involve that cousin. This time, because she alerted me to the existence of a recent Facebook post by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (by way of Yair Rosenberg, for Tablet):

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