Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly (UNCUT)

Earlier this week, Jon Stewart entered Bill O’Reilly’s “No Spin Zone” for a conversation … or, as Fox News described it, a “faceoff.”

Interestingly though, a lot of Jon’s most incisive and effective arguments were left on the cutting room floor. Fortunately, Fox News generously put the full, unedited conversation online, where it was picked up and logged by Gawker.

Among Jon’s best lines:

How many tyrants do you know that really suffer because they can’t get cloture?

[F]ox News used to be all about, you don’t criticize a president during wartime. It’s unacceptable, it’s treasonous, it gives aid and comfort to the enemy. All of a sudden, for some reason you can run out there and say, “Barack Obama is destroying the fabric of this country.”

There’s no Real America, there’s no coastal elite. … The idea somehow that there’s a Real America, where the good people live, the ones that love God and love the country–that’s ridiculous. … You’ll probably find more evangelicals [in the West Village] than you have in your neighborhood.

He’s not Magneto–Khalid Sheikh Muhammad isn’t going to sprout wings and fly out and start shooting buildings with lasers.

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Sojourning is in my blood

Thanks to my friend Duane, who passed this gem on to me.

According to The Poker Bride, a new book by Christopher Corbett that traces the journey of many of the first Chinese immigrants in the American West, and reviewed by Melanie Kirkpatrick on Wall Street Journal,

Before the transcontinental railroad, a ship could cross the Pacific Ocean faster than the Pony Express could travel from the West to the East Coast. So in 1848 the news of gold in California reached Hong Kong before it reached Boston. Thousands of Chinese risk takers set sail for what they called the Golden Mountain. In the U.S., they were dubbed “Celestials” or “Sojourners” or “Chinamen,” a designation that did not become a slur until later, Mr. Corbett says.

Demon sheep? Oh politics …


This fascinating image is an ad from the campaign of Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard. She’s running for Governor of California, and in a crowded GOP primary, she’s clearly bringing out the crazy guns to try and tar Republican rival Tom Campbell with the wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing brush. (D’you like my barrage of metaphors there?) It gets a little spacey around 2:27.

Oppression, you shall fear me

Oppression, you prey on us when we sleep.
Oppression, you chase after the tired, the poor, the weak.
Oppression, you know you mean only harm.
Oppression, you reach out with your long arm.

But oppression, I won’t let you near me, oh no.
Oppression, you shall learn to fear me, yes you will.

Oppression, you seek population control.
Oppression, to divide and to conquer is your goal.
Oppression, I swear that hatred is your home.
Oppression, you just won’t leave bad enough alone.

But oppression, I won’t let you near me, oh no.
Oppression, you shall learn to fear me, yes you will.

Oppression, I don’t see how you sleep.
Oppression, for your bleeding conscience I weep.
Oppression, you may have the dollar on your side.

But oppression, from the gospel truth you cannot hide.
And oppression, I won’t let you near me, oh no, no.
Oppression, you shall learn to fear me, yes you will.
Oppression, I won’t let you near me, oh no.
Oppression, you shall fear me, yes you will.

–Ben Harper, “Oppression,” from Fight For Your Mind (1995)

Calvin and Hobbes, Eighth Wonder of the World

I love Calvin and Hobbes. While it only ran from 1985 to 1995, there’s an inimitable timelessness in the humor and wit of the 6 year-old and his toy tiger. Recently, creator Bill Watterson, known for his reclusiveness, gave his first interview since 1989. You can read it here (and you’ll get the reference in the title).

And to celebrate, enjoy these 25 awesome strips–sort of an introduction to the wonder of Calvin and Hobbes–compiled by the folks at Progressive Boink. Here are a couple tasters (which you can click to enlarge):

A leap of faith

John Ortberg, Faith & Doubt, 74:

If I leap, if I trust, I do not know for sure what will happen.

What I do know is this: if I don’t leap, if I don’t trust, if I don’t hope, if I don’t ask, I will never soar. I will never know. I will live and grow old and die standing on the side of that cliff.

Note: not to be taken literally.

Now I just need to find someone who’ll settle for me …

A study was conducted on the role physical attractiveness has on marriage:

Physical appearance plays a crucial role in shaping new relationships, but does it continue to affect established relationships, such as marriage? In the current study, the authors examined how observer ratings of each spouse’s facial attractiveness and the difference between those ratings were associated with (a) observations of social support behavior and (b) reports of marital satisfaction. In contrast to the robust and almost universally positive effects of levels of attractiveness on new relationships, the only association between levels of attractiveness and the outcomes of these marriages was that attractive husbands were less satisfied. Further, in contrast to the importance of matched attractiveness to new relationships, similarity in attractiveness was unrelated to spouses’ satisfaction and behavior. Instead, the relative difference between partners’ levels of attractiveness appeared to be most important in predicting marital behavior, such that both spouses behaved more positively in relationships in which wives were more attractive than their husbands, but they behaved more negatively in relationships in which husbands were more attractive than their wives. These results highlight the importance of dyadic examinations of the effects of spouses’ qualities on their marriages. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)

[Source: “Beyond initial attraction: Physical attractiveness in newlywed marriage.” By McNulty, James K.; Neff, Lisa A.; Karney, Benjamin R. Journal of Family Psychology. Vol 22(1), Feb 2008, 135-143.]

Conclusion: according to the study, if the guy’s less attractive, the marriage will be happier.

P.S. I think if the guy is willing to acknowledge or already knows he’s less attractive, you’ve got a keeper.

Originally found here.