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Obama and Paul: The Kings of the Web Election

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[From ReadWriteWeb] Written by Josh Catone There’s no question this year that Barack Obama and Ron Paul are the kings of US politics on the Internet. They both command the lion’s share of their party’s attention online and seem to dominate social networking and social media sites. So why is only one of those campaigns actually working? How come only Obama has been able to translate his online success to success at the polls? We thought we’d take a brief look today at the Obama campaign and why it has…read more

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Waterboarding black inmates in NY state prison in 1858

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[From Boing Boing] Xeni Jardin: Abraham Hyatt says, The furor over waterboarding is _so_ 2006, but I just found a digital clip from an Dec. 18, 1858 Harper’s Weekly(?) article on the use of water torture in New York state prisons more than 150 years ago. The story centers on a prisoner killed by torture, and is illustrated with a drawing titled “The Negro Convict, More, Showered To Death.” Despite a datedly racist sentence (“Like most negros, he entertained a lively fear of cold.”), it’s a disturbing read. But what’s…read more

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Classic Comedy Routines Vetted for Hyperbole

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Burbank, CA  |  Gone are the days of insightful political discussion. Ratings-driven news bureaus both large and small have abandoned their obligation to an informed citizenry, opting instead to serve up a steady diet of sound bites and infotainment. In this so-called Information Age, people who can’t name their elected officials know Saddam Hussein loves Cool Ranch Doritos. Political commentary has been hijacked by carnival barkers like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson who owe their success to disingenuous controversy. Their integrity is on a level with professional wrestling,…read more

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Poor Scotty

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[From The J-Walk Blog] Once again, the White House Press Secretary proves that he has the worst job in Washington. At yesterday’s press briefing, his job was to stonewall revealing any information about Abramoff’s visits to the White House. He kept saying: If you have anything specific to bring to my attention, please do. Then a reporter got specific: Did he meet with Karl Rove, for example? His reply: We don’t — we don’t ever tend to get into those staff-level meetings. I never thought that the White House press…read more

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