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Better Know a Gay Lobbyist

Stephen Colbert has topped himself with his “Better Know a Lobbyist” interview of Joe Solmonese of the Human Rights Campaign. They cover such fertile ground as:

“Are you gay for Huckabee?”

“If gay marriage becomes legal, what’s to stop a gay man from coming into my house and gay-marrying me? Marriage is forever.”

Take five minutes, check out the video… and he says there’s more tomorrow!

(I can’t provide a direct link, so look for “Better Know a Lobbyist” on Feb 06 08.

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Selling us Iraq

My friend Jeannie told me about this MadTV skit from earlier this year about the “Apple I Rack” and so I had to see it for myself:

(I embedded it, but it wrecked my layout, so you’ll have to go over to YouTube.)

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Media Consolidation Makes Me Mad

My blood pressure goes up a little bit when I hear about the FCC head proposing that we again open up the restrictions so that one corporation can own too many media outlets. Were we unclear the last time the FCC proposed this boneheaded idea? Should one company own most of the radio dial in a city, and the print newspapers, and the TV news outlets? Does this serve the public? Is it a good use of the public airwaves? Is that what democracy is about? No, no, no, no and no.
Take a few minutes to email your congressional contingent and tell them to rein in the FCC. Supposedly this will be open for public comment, at which point I will post about it again. For some helpful background, check out
Or if you like to learn about issues by playing games, then you should try Whack a Murdock.

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Colbert Takes Over Dowd’s Column in Ironic Coup d’moi

I’ve got a hold on Stephen Colbert’s new book at Multnomah County Library, and expect to be reading it by the end of the month. The book’s debut means that he is now in every corner of the corporate media instead of just Comedy Central. Check out his visit to the pages of the Times. He opens con ganas:

I’d like to thank Maureen Dowd for permitting/begging me to write her column today. As I type this, she’s watching from an overstuffed divan, petting her prize Abyssinian and sipping a Dirty Cosmotinijito. Which reminds me: Before I get started, I have to take care of one other bit of business:

Bad things are happening in countries you shouldn’t have to think about. It’s all George Bush’s fault, the vice president is Satan, and God is gay.

There. Now I’ve written Frank Rich’s column too.

Go on, you know you want to read the whole column.