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Hughes–openly gay Facebook co-founder to buy The New Republic


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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes is purchasing the New Republic, the nearly century-old political magazine known for its influence in progressive circles, according to The New York Times.

Hughes’ acquisition comes as no big surprise. HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone first reported about his interest in The New Republic in January. The magazine’s ownership, which includes editor-in-chief emeritus Marty Peretz, had earlier brought in the Blackstone Group to assist in finding a buyer.

Damn, I wanna see Mitt Romney run for Prez a third time

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In case you missed it the economy is improving and Obama’s chances of winning reelection have moved into the 51% range. 

I too was skeptical about giving him another term mostly for two reasons: his lack of effectiveness on creating jobs and the appointees he’s made on the SCOTUS and his cabinet.

Dems look like clowns too when it comes getting the right man into the right job. They have damn near fired everyone they hired!  Valerie Jarrett is a mainstay.

Oh Please: “Kennedy’s presidency…mediocrity whose death left his final grade as “incomplete.”

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You know it’s articles like this one that would have Jack turning over in his grave.  That is if he was in his grave.  Apparently he is not dead according to this jerk:  I already know.

THE cult of John F. Kennedy has the resilience of a horror-movie villain. No matter how many times the myths of Camelot are seemingly interred by history, they always come shambling back to life — in another television special, another Vanity Fair cover story, another hardcover hagiography.

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It’s fitting, then, that the latest exhumation comes courtesy of Stephen King himself. King serves a dual role in our popular culture: He’s at once the master of horror and the bard of the baby boom, writing his way through the twilit borderlands where the experiences of the post-World War II generation are stalked by nightmares and shadowed by metaphysical dread.

In this landscape, the death of J.F.K. looms up like the Overlook Hotel. The gauzy fantasy of the Kennedy White House endures precisely because the reality of the assassination still feels like a primal catastrophe — an irruption of inexplicable evil as horrifying as any supernatural bogeyman.

At its best, King’s new Kennedy assassination novel, “11/22/63” — which sends its protagonist back in time to change that November day’s events — offers an implicit critique of this generational obsession. (I am not giving much away when I reveal that the time-traveling hero does not succeed in freeing ’60s America from the cruel snares of history.)

11/22/63 new novel by Stephan King at Amazon

If you squint real hard you just might think that Stephan King has stumbled into the rebirth zone! That’s my take on his new novel. In fact I am going to post a link to it. It might be worth a read and I don’t read his novels.

Diaspora co-founder dead at 22

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The team struggled with money as it worked to  release its website, despite quickly raising $200,000 in funding through venture  capitalists and microfinance startup Kickstarter after being featured in The New  York Times.

But a blog post from the company on Oct. 12 begged  followers for more money; the company argued that PayPal had been “mysteriously  and arbitrarily” freezing donations to the site. PayPal reportedly liberated the  funds.

The site’s founders described Diaspora as a  “distributed network, where totally separate computers connect to each other  directly, will let us connect without surrendering our privacy.” Last year, they  released the first version of the site to a limited audience.

The team’s efforts even got the attention of  Facebook founder Mark  Zuckerberg, who donated money to the project. “I think it is cool people are  trying to do it,” he told Wired. “I see a little of myself in them. It’s just  their approach that the world could be better and saying, ‘We should try to do  it’.”


Qaddafi killed in home town

TRIPOLI, Libya — Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the former Libyan strongman who fled into hiding after rebels toppled his regime two months ago in the Arab Spring’s most tumultuous uprising, was killed Thursday as fighters battling the vestiges of his loyalist forces wrested control of his hometown of Surt, the interim government announced.


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Al Jazeera television showed what it said was Colonel Qaddafi’s half-naked corpse lying on the ground in Surt, with a bloodied face, lifeless open eyes and an apparent gunshot wound to the side of the head, as jubilant fighters fired automatic weapons in the air. The images punctuated an emphatic and violent ending to his four decades as a ruthless and bombastic autocrat who had basked in his reputation as the self-styled king of kings of Africa.

Rick “Sundown” Perry still hunting at family’s “Niggerhead” hunting lodge? updated

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and this gem from Dailykos (which I usually don’t quote)

Rick Perry grew up in a sundown town. As James Loewen exhaustively and masterfully documents, there were thousands of these communities across the country where blacks (and in some cases Jews, Mexicans and other non-whites) were not allowed to live, journey through, or be present in after dark. These towns were often created by racial violence and the wholesale ethnic cleansing of non-whites through murder, forced exile, rape, banishment, theft, and violence.

Mr. Sullivan added that neither the governor nor his family ever “owned, controlled or managed” the property, which he said was owned by a Texas charity called the Hendrick Home for Children. A Hendrick employee said on Sunday that she was not aware of the name and referred questions to her boss, who did not respond to a phone call seeking comment.

In an interview with The New York Times on Sunday, Wallar Overton, the son of Mr. Perry’s scoutmaster in his home county of Haskell, said the hunting camp had always been known by that name.

“It’s just what it was called from Day One,” Mr. Overton said. “I personally am not offended by the name, and I don’t like the word.”

“That’s just what people call it,” he said.

Davis on his radio show this am said that the name of the leased hunting lodge was not noticed or was no big deal to those who came to the ranch.  The name was still visible.  So what does that say about white people in Texas?  It does not matter? It’s the name of a chewing tobacco?  It was used back in the day?  Is this the race card played by Herman Cain as alleged by Mark Davis? 

Somebody knows something. My guess is that when they saw the name on the stone the “head” they probably laughed about it.  That’s what people do when they are uncomfortable.   If they did not own the place then they could not remove the rock, given.  But it sounds like if it were still visible they need to cover it with something.  That’s my take. 

Herman Cain gave Amanpour an earful when he said what she skirted in her question about Perry and his hunting ranch bought in the 1980s that had a big rock that was painted over.  Cain said I’ll say what you won’t it was called “Niggerhead” and it was painted over but we don’t know when.

I told you I would not vote for anyone from Texas because they are the best racists I’ve ever seen.  Subtle but real racism. They love illegals  down here in Texas and don’t buy any other excuse as to why we are overrun with them.   They don’t want anybody who is  black to come and work for them or fill up their welfare rolls and free hospital services.  Just don’t be black, don’t be a nigger in Texas especially in the last century.  I am so glad I did not grow up here.  I am here now but it takes a lot of  shit side stepping to avoid to blatant racism here. 

Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America by Ann Coulter

Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America  available NOW from Amazon for $15.95 it is already on the NYT bestseller list.  Ann will appear on Joy Behar tonight to talk about her book and the Weinergate. Usually Ann with her long blond locks appears on the cover (she likes black men I think because they are in love with her blondness) but with a title like Demonic I don't blame her.


The Wizard of Lies: Inside the Madoff Ponzi Scheme by Diana Henriques

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 Bernie Madoff exposed:

 I could not find any evidence at all that Ruth, Mark or Andrew Madoff knew about Madoff’s crime until his confession in his study on Dec. 10, 2008. Indeed, there are compelling reasons to conclude that they did not know, which I lay out in my book.

For example, consider that confessional in the study: if his wife and sons are his accomplices, what should have happened next? They should have packed their bags, emptied the bank account, gassed up the private jet and fled to some distant spot without an extradition treaty. They had the means and, if they were Madoff’s accomplices, the motive to flee – and none of them did. His brother has been on notice for more than two years that he is the subject of a criminal investigation, but to date, no charges have been brought against him.

Don Lemon CNN anchor “I’m Gay”

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CNN anchor Don Lemon has come out. In a new book, “Transparent,” Lemon talks about his life and his sexuality, and he revealed that he is gay in an interview with the New York Times. In a tweet on Sunday night, Lemon, who has anchored in a variety of roles for CNN, linked to the Times article and wrote, “wanted to be the firs to share with u. thanks for your support!!!”


Glenn Beckistan

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Title by Heloise, quote below by David Carr (now this guy can write Andrew Sullivan…read the whole post here:

My question: is this just another Beck and fro about this guy being fired by the Fox?

The problem with “Glenn Beck” is that it has turned into a serial doomsday machine that’s a bummer to watch.

Mr. Beck, a more gifted entertainer than most cable hosts, can still bring it, lighting up with characters and voices. But much of the time, there is sense that the fatigue from always being on alert, tilting forward in the saddle against the next menace, is starting to wear him down.

What had been a fast and loose assault on all things liberal has grown darker and less entertaining, especially with the growing revolution in the Middle East, a phenomenon Mr. Beck sees as something of a beginning to some kind of end. He’s often alone in the studio with his chalkboards and obscure factoids, a setting that reminds me of an undergrad seminar on macroeconomics with an around-the-bend professor I didn’t particularly enjoy.

This blog is about the lame stream media being lost in Beckistan and my viral idioms. I know I am a blogger’s blogger and my writing breeds lots of imitation especially my idioms. The latest one to go viral is “rant” so it’s rant this and rant that. I get it. It works.  The only problem with folks imitating my style so much is that I have to constantly reinvent my style to stay ahead and not sound like I am imitating everyone else! Enter lost in Glenn Beckistan.   There are lots of  guesses out there that you can stick a fork in this guy because he’s done with the Fox.  This article from The New York Times is just a huge cut above the rest. 

Anyway, Tiny Brown (Jewish) now owner of another media empire, hired Andrew Sullivan to shill for her at the Daily Beast and he can’t write a lick and that’s a promise. 

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