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lily tomlinIt seems to me that a fitting punishment for Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation's hacking of phones would be a little reverse phone-hacking. There's little doubt that the 4chan's and LULZsec's of the world could easily slide in for a massive freak-a-thon during business hours, and the recorded conversations uploaded to youtube would make for some splendid late-night lulz. Best of all, News Corporation would have to allow it willingly, otherwise they might seem just a LIT-tle hypocritical if they began complaining too much about their deepest, darkest secrets being shared with the world.


Immediately after Barack Obama was sworn in as president the Republican Senate minority began frantically flinging filibusters around like so much monkey-poo. Their record-breaking pace in this regard was part of their undisguised effort to see that little got achieved while they waited for the 2010 mid-terms to arrive. In the meantime they managed to throttle, as an example, the following bills:

Veterans Retraining Act
Free Flow of Information Act
Vision Care for Kids Act
Radioactive Import Deterrence Act
Elder Abuse Victims Act
Expanding Entrepreneurship Act
End the Trade Deficit Act
Managing Arson Through Criminal History Act
A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center Act

You can find a more complete list of stalled bills here.

Then came the aforementioned mid-terms and the GOP gained the House of Representatives, which means you'd expect the Democrats to take their turn on the filibustering defensive. But instead the stonewalling spigot has been turned entirely off. You know why? Because the Republican Party has yet to propose one meaningful bill. They have basically been sitting on their hands doing absolutely nothing all these months, especially anything to do with job creation, waiting for the economy to dip into recession again so they can blame it on the president.

Real governance at this point would have by now passed some sort of meaningful stimulus bill (the Obama stimulus plan was mostly a lot of tax breaks, the only stimulus program the Republicans would opt for) but the Republicans have long since forgotten how to govern. All they know is how to parrot the words of their rich masters, and those words are "We got ours. Fuck everyone else."



john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #53 in a list of accomplishments by the GOP since they gained control of the House in 2011. None have yet to result in one, single new job.

(53) 7-15-2011: Finally. The GOP is doing some investigating, but it's not about Wall Street or Rupert Murdoch. The target in their cross hairs this time is <groan> Planned Parenthood. Again. This is the official definition of insanity, you know.

For the entire list of GOP futility, click here.


Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? The Victory Mosque is back! Evidently they've run short on stories about incandescent bulbs.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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Helen: Mr. Murdoch? A Mr. Fortune on line six.
Rupert Murdoch: Thank you, Helen.
Ruper Murdoch: Yes, may I help you?
Hackers: Petard! (Times a bunch!)
Rupert Murdoch: Crap! I being hoisted.
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Hackers: Arrrr!