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America is 47th in freedom of the press.

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47th Place Sucks.

freedom of the pressIn 2010 America was 20th in freedom of the press, according to Reporters Without Borders. Not too shabby but we should expect no less than first place, right?

But in 2011, thanks to the heavy hand of our pals in the oligarchy, scared out of their imported Peruvian virgin wool britches by Occupy Wall Street, the freedom index in this country has plummeted to 47th. That will happen when you begin arresting journalists.

Think it's going to get any better in 2012? Not when 300 protesters were arrested in Oakland this weekend. Not exactly a promising start.


This weekend Beloved Girlfriend and I fluffed up some pillows, grabbed the cats, plopped our butts in front of the tube, and watched "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil". We thought the trailer was funny and it was on Netflix so, we thought, what the heck.

It was occasionally innovative but mostly it was just one long parody of the teen-slasher genre. If you're a learned fan that sort of thing you might enjoy the film. For me, snoozeville.

We also watched "50/50". I was led to believe it was a dark comedy about cancer as focused through the lens of contemporary funnymen, but I was disappointed again as it was mostly over-pasteurized frat-boy hi-jinks. Real movie-of-the-week stuff with one very minor and gratuitous sex scene thrown in, evidently to garner a street-cred R rating. Frankly, I've seen more scandalous sex scenes in episodes of This Old House.

Bonus points for Matt Frewer cameo, though.



And now our Chart of the Day: Freedom of the Press Index, 2011-2012.

freedom of the press index 2011-2012

This is the short version. Click here to see the whole list.



Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation1-30-2012: On Friday, the 27th, the House was in session for a whole four minutes.  Aaaaand, the House is basically in recess until the 1st of February.


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!Fox News is supporting the notion that being a serial adulterer will make Newt Gingrich a stronger president. Seriously.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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Today's Google Chow.

Would you drive the 47th safest car? No.
Would you eat at the 47th most sanitary restaurant? No.
Would you send your kids to the 47th best school? No.
Would you live in the 47th safest neighborhood? Never.
Would you live in a country that is 47th in freedom of the press? Not on your.... wait! Which country?
Well, fuck.