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How Mitch Made It

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY; left), walks with President-elect Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol for a meeting, 10 November 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

There is a question of whether political messaging is similar to sentiments regarding the periods in which humans have been recording audio or video, and the proposition that we should, as a society, have passed the threshold by which it seems plausible to say one did not say it when anyone in their right mind already knows there is a definitive recording of the very words one really did say. Perhaps it seems obscure, but twenty years ago, traditional Christianist evangelism faltered on the internet and required transformation in large part because countless repetition wore it thin, while myriad objections and retorts pelted traditional religionistic grifting into remission. At some point, then, we might wonder when the necromancy required to raise the dead horse in order to kill it and beat it to chum all over again becomes apparent to political audiences. NBC News brings the latest ouroboros ’round Republican mulberries:

Former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Sunday said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “watered down” a warning about Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 election and defended the Obama administration’s response to foreign meddling in the campaign.

The language in a September 2016 letter from congressional leaders to state election officials was drastically softened at McConnell’s urging, McDonough said in an exclusive interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press” . . . .

. . . . Asked if it was watered down at the insistence of McConnell and only McConnell, McDonough responded, “yes.”

Or, as Steve Benen reminds:

The problem, of course, is that every time Trump World turns its attention to officials’ response to Russian intervention in 2016, we’re reminded that it wasn’t Barack Obama who was negligent—it was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

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Sony, in Disgrace

Score another one for terror:

Sony Pictures decided to pull its upcoming comedy “The Interview” from distribution Wednesday amid security concerns and news that the five largest movie theater chains in the U.S. had decided to hold off on screening the film.

“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film ‘The Interview,’ we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers,” Sony said in a statement to NBC News.

(Howard)

Question: Why does terrorism work?

Answer: Because people allow themselves to be terrorized.

Look, there is a big difference between Daa’ish riding down the street and whatever the hell Sony Pictures has managed to trip over. The executives owe their resignations; not because the emails were embarrassing or racist or whatever, or even simply because they managed to get hacked and apparently left everything from finished films to forthcoming scripts to everyday chatter there for the taking. They should step down because they just caved.

Nothing about this ridiculous tale sounds quite right to start with. And now this. True, I expected it to go over about as well as Team America, which says whatever it says. True, I really had no intention of wasting the ticket price or viewing time. But Sony has pulled release?

Why do I hear Bill Paxton, whining, somewhere in the dusty halls of memory?

Oh, right. Wrong studio. Still, though.

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Howard, Adam. “Sony pulls ‘The Interview’ from theaters amid security concerns”. msnbc. 17 December 2014.

More Stuff to Laugh At: Welcome to Weiner’s World

Detail of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, by Zach Weiner, 7 October 2014

When one’s only comfort is that truth is stranger than fiction?

Consider this: Why is it left to the cartoonists to be the ones making sense?

And that, of course, isn’t intended as a sleight against cartoonists; the world would be exponentially worse off without them, since people only listen to jingles and jokes.

But that’s just the thing; through all the strange, dystopian contortion, much of which is simply for the sake of humor, Zach Weiner sticks the punch.

Relax.

Go. Click. Read.

Enjoy.

Remember.

Oh, and trivia time: Really? Is the tallest candidate still winning?

No, really, is that still true?

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Weiner, Zach. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. 7 October 2014.