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Colbert weighs in on torture and American “awesomeness”

 

Plenty of folks are dissecting Andrea Tantaros comments on Fox that the Senate shouldn't have released its report on torture because America is “awesome”. Stephen Colbert does one of the best sendups of that and some other media comments.

Today’s fun video: Colbert jabs McMorris Rodgers over ‘Bette in Spokane’

 

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers made the national “fake news” last night for her use of Bette in Spokane as an example of Obamacare problems.

Stephen Colbert referred to her as “Republican den mother” and aired a snippet of her response to Obama's State of the Union address in which she decries Bette's plight… followed by the explanation from The Spokesman-Review that Bette wouldn't use “that Obamacare website.”

“There's another flaw with Obamacare,” Colbert reported in mock seriousness. “You have to go on it to use it. That's how they get you.”

It's a pretty funny bit… and we're not just saying that because he mentioned the newspaper's coverage. On the other hand, it didn't hurt.

For more on Bette, check out here , here and here.

 

Today’s fun video: Colbert on Super Bowl Coke ad

 

Stephen Colbert makes fun of the conservative furor over “America the Beautiful” being sung in multiple languages in Coca Cola's Super Bowl ad. 

Don't know about anyone else, but I'm waiting for some furor — conservative, liberal, bipartisan, academic or whatever — over Fox's selective editing of the Declaration of Independence, which was only partially read before the start of the game. Who are they trying to appease?

To see what the “reading” left out, go inside the blog.

Senator Stephen Colbert? Nope.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s governor appears to have closed the door on appointing Stephen Colbert to the U.S. Senate, all because he didn’t know the state drink was milk.

During “The Colbert Report” on Thursday, Colbert urged fans to send Gov. Nikki Haley messages on Twitter telling her why he would make a great senator from his home state. Haley is appointing a senator after Jim DeMint announced he is resigning at the end of the year.

Thousands of messages poured into the governor’s official account with the hashtag “SenatorColbert.”

Haley responded today on her Facebook page with a link to her April appearance on Colbert’s show, where the host, who was raised in Charleston, did not know the state beverage is milk.

Haley wrote that was a “big mistake.”

Does Idaho have a state beverage? If not, what should the state drink be?

Today’s fun video: SuperPACman

 

Spin Control returns after some light days with a fun video for your viewing enjoyment.

Why this video? you may ask.

Because Colbert “interviews” an old friend and colleague, Kim Barker of ProPublica, for part of the video. And, of course, because it's funny.

Today’s fun video: Colbert on the politicizing of bin Laden’s death

For those who couldn't stay awake to catch the Colbert Report, here's his take on the suggestion that President Obama is using Osama bin Laden's death to boost his poll numbers.

Spokane To Rally To Restore Sanity

After Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally at the national mall, fans of Stewart’s Daily Show and Colbert’s Colbert Report wanted (Jon Stewart, right) and (Stephen Colbert) to put on a rally of their own. And so they will. Tomorrow, from noon to 3 pm EST, Stewart will gather his followers in Washington D.C. for a “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Enough with the rallies for the crazies, the extremists, and the screamers, Stewart said. Here’s a rally for the rest of us, those who believe their opponents are, in all likelihood, not Hitler. Who are unwilling to boil down foreign policy to a 1:1 blood-oil conversion. Who believe words like “socialist,” “communist,” or “antichrist” should be reserved for actual socialists, communists, or false prophets claiming the mantle of Christ and ushering in seven years of Armageddon. It’s a cry, not for change or for revolution, but for being decent and reasonable/Daniel Walters, Inlander. More here.

Question: What do you make of Jon Stewart’s national “Rally to Restore Sanity” today?

Tues. fun video: Colbert on Ref 71 signatures

Stephen Colbert takes off on the fight over releasing the names from the Referendum 71 petitions, as well as a campaign ad from the Protect Marriage folks.


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Today’s fun video: Spokane’s keyboard cat makes it big(ger)

Readers of Doug Clark’s column will recognize the Spokane connection to Monday night’s  Daily Show closer. (The video comes direct from Comedy Central, which means it has a 30 minute commercial before the 1-minute bit. Sorry about that).

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I’m Going to Exercise on the COLBERT!

My friend was browsing Yahoo the other day, when she found a story about how Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central fame, pretty much rigged the vote for the name of the new space module. NASA held a vote for what the name of the module should be, with a space for write-in votes. Colbert, on his show, asked his viewers to vote for ‘The Colbert.’ Overwhelmingly, they did, and it won the vote, with 230,000 votes. NASA decided to name the module the Tranquility instead.

However, they will be calling the treadmill that astronauts exercise on the “‘Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill.” The COLBERT. Yeah. Stephen Colbert has a treadmill named after him. You can find more about this here.

Do you think that the majority vote should have won?

Today’s fun video: Colbert satirizes Beck

In the battle of the populists, who speaks for the folks, and who speaks for the faux? Stephen Colbert sends up Glen Beck in this segment.

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Yahweh or No Way

This week, Colbert covers Obama’s propechy of a Steeler victory, the failed sale of the Atlanta White House, and the reinstatement of holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson into the Catholic Church.

Blasphemy?  Eh.  It’s all subjective.  And, as Colbert stated (satirically), there are worse things in the world than blasphemy and heresy, including but not limited to denial of the holocaust.

Colbert: Spuds Dominate Idaho Day

A typical Idaho day, he says, consists of planting potatoes, growing potatoes, harvesting potatoes, eating potatoes, going to the rodeo, going to Utah, ridiculing anybody that currently or wishes to reside in Utah, being snowed on in the morning and having 115-degree weather in the afternoon, and “excitedly awaiting layovers in Midwest airports just for the great shopping”/satiricist Stephen Colbert’s discussing Idaho in his Wikipedia knockoff.

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Question: Who do you like to watch more: Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert?