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“What we got here is a failure to communicate,” I told Swamp Rabbit, quoting from an old movie but referring to Philly-based John Bolaris, one of the many talking heads paid by the media machine to make weather forecasts. Bolaris was on the radio, explaining why the “monster storm” predicted for us barely touched PA […]

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Quote of the day

Rush Limbaugh, who believes that since he’s happy to coast in his job, so is everyone else: I can’t tell you the number of times a record or major snow storm has been forecast — this year alone — I was just trying to think last night, trying to recall a couple of instances where […]

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Swamp Rabbit had an interesting thought today. You’ve got to wonder, he said, how many media companies Comcast CEO Brian Roberts would have gobbled up if recent U.S. presidents hadn’t been stooges for big business. Net neutrality is only one of Comcast’s big battles right now: the other is getting approval for its merger with […]

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I was on the porch at the shack with Swamp Rabbit, critiquing Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union address. Obama turned out to be the embodiment of magical thinking on the part of American liberals, I told the rabbit. It long ago became clear he is the consummate insider, good buddies with Jamie Dimon […]

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I know. You’re shocked, right? I’ve never talked to anyone in TV or radio who had a nice thing to say about Mike Huckabee — hell, even Glenn Beck calls him a liar! I do feel bad for all those poor suckers who keep sending him money: After Mike Huckabee criticized Beyoncé’s music as “obnoxious […]

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Poor Pope Francis, cast into eternal darkness by comedian Bill Maher, host of Real Time and unofficial head of the Church of the Latter Day Snarks: “I was starting to really like this pope,” Maher said during his monologue on Friday. “He’s dead to me now. Oh yeah, f*ck the Pope. Look, George Bush said […]

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Ted Rall, no stranger to controversy: As someone who speaks and reads French fluently, and has read more than my share of French cartoons and graphic novels, Hsu’s reliance on “translated cartoons” jumps out at me. The Charlie Hebdo cartoons are stripped of cultural and historical and political context when they are translated minus the […]

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News of Anita Ekberg’s death at 83 got Swamp Rabbit and me and other Federico Fellini fans thinking of Ekberg’s small but unforgettable role in La Dolce Vita (1960), her only good movie and one of the greatest movies ever to be shown at my shack in the Tinicum swamp. I liked the photo of […]

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Salman Rushdie has issued an eloquent denunciation of the fanatics who murdered eleven in Paris in the name of their god: I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become […]

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Voodoo time machine

Paul Krugman has a good one today and you should go read it, but I especially liked this part: Now, everyone makes predictions that turn out to have been wrong; it’s a complicated world out there, and nobody’s perfect. The point, however, is that Congress is now controlled by men who never acknowledge error, let […]

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