Deconstructive Criticism

The more Republicans stick to this tired meme, the more they’ll be blindsided. (Or they’ll just ignore it, like they ignore the rest of reality.) The whole notion of Romney as a Great Debater — we even caught Patton Oswalt assenting to it last night — stems from a friendly comparison to such Giants of Locution as Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich. Even Clint Eastwood would shine with that competition.

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Breitbart editor Mike Flynn expresses full confidence in his candidate.

What They Say:

Renault, the first car manufacturer to offer a range of four electric vehicles accessible to everybody, reconfirms its commitment by launching an advertising campaign combining humour and education.

What We See:

A perfect demonstration of electricity generated by coal-fired plants.

[via Daring Fireball]

Happy Oestra, everybody!

Barenaked Ladies: Easter Special

“The federal government provided part of a $60,000 grant to pay for the creation of a mural detailing Maine’s labor history. But since LePage had the artwork removed from the lobby of an Augusta building last month, a senior Labor Department official is asking for the the mural to be put back on display or the cash to be returned.” [Politico]

Our guest columnist is Judy Taylor.

In the summer of 2007, I responded to a Call to Artists sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission. The call was to create an artwork depicting the “History of Labor in the State of Maine”. After a reviewing process, I was selected to do the commission. Along the way, I met some wonderful and dedicated people. I also got an excellent education in Maine History.

The 11-panel mural was painted on 4 x 8 sheets of specially prepared MDO board. The panels were applied to adjoining walls in the Dept. of Labor reception area. In total, the mural measures 36 feet in length, and is nearly 8 feet tall.

Excellent work, Ms. Taylor. Too bad Maine’s governor wants to tear it down because it’s “not in keeping with the department’s pro-business goals”.

Gov. LePage Orders Removal Of Labor Mural [WMTV, via Political Wire]

The Maine Department of Labor Mural [Judy Taylor Studio]

More shit that needs to go:

1) the Geico gekko – would somebody squash this little fucker already? Most aggravating ad campaign since the Energizer Bunny.

2) Ben Stein selling shit on TV – why does anyone pay this evolution-denying shitbag to sell anything?  Fuck him.

3) Steven Tyler – dude, you are 62 years old, yet you look like a Real Housewife of New Jersey. Retire, and stop spending your money on plastic surgery and hair extensions.

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