Reading Digest – 16 November 2012   Leave a comment

“What do you do, Bender?” – Fry
“I’m a bender.  I bend girders, that’s all I’m programmed to do.” – Bender

DailyCallerLogo Most news outlets are focused on the latest Israeli-Palestinian game of “mine’s bigger than yours”, while FOX is running hard with the fake Benghazi scandal in anticipation of private citizen David Petraeus testifying before Congress today.  Tucker & Friends, to their almost credit, have bucked the trend in Benghazi coverage:

Taliban Solutions

It’s just a cheap paraphrase of an Agence France-Presse story that they saw on Huffington Post, but I gotta say, didn’t see that one coming.  Of course, they also have some Petraeus coverage that’s more their usual line:

Control Your Women Better Or We Shall Mock You

Let’s see: misrepresenting the known relationships in the case?  Check.  Insulting to women?  Check.  Unfathomably stupid in general?  Check plus.  But wait, that’s not the only real news they’ve boiled away to catty irrelevancies:


Hot Soliders Are the Best Soldiers

Tucker & Friends do love them some pointless bikini photos. 

ABC Logo Breaking: kids sometimes have famous parents:

Shame On You Bon Jovi

I’ll bet Peter Jennings is glad he’s dead.

WSJlogo1 Carlson’s House of Wingnut Welfare’s casual stupidity and ABC’s incessant celebrity chasing aren’t the morning’s only expressions institutional obsessions.  Surprising precisely no one, the Journal thinks we should lower taxes:

Stephen Moore: Why Lower Tax Rates Are Good for Everyone

This being the Journal, you have to at least make a stab at numerically proving your case.  This also being the Journal, you don’t have to be very clever about it:

It is also true that when Bill Clinton raised tax rates in the 1990s, the economy boomed and the share of taxes paid by the rich increased. But the otherwise depressive effect of higher tax rates was counteracted by the lighter burden of government on the private sector—federal spending declined to 18% of GDP in 2000 from 22% in 1993.

That’s some lazy ass bullshit, right there.  Federal spending declined only because the economy was exploding, it didn’t have anything to with a “lighter burden” or reduced overall expenditures.  The rest of the thing is just repeated examples of the same kind of simplistic, monocausal, heads taxes are bad, tails they’re even worse crap.  Read it for a giggle, the petulance alone is pretty funny.

Posted November 16, 2012 by Charlie Sweatpants in Futurama, Reading Digest

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