While country/western has never appealed to my tastes, I have to say that this song is pretty entertaining. It might actually be the only country/western song to contain clever, thought-out lyrics. Plus, it’s got some serious societal commentary and genre criticism delivered with all the (completely-warranted) sass it needs. Maddie & Tae spare no one in this parody, making fun of every single trope you could possibly find in a modern country/western song. Plus, it’s nice to see some social progress taking place in a certain, unspecified geographical location within the United States.

Thanks for the request Nonny, hope you feel better!

Got any favorite satirical songs?

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CNN Interviews Stephen Hadley On Israel, Fails To Disclose Raytheon Ties

It’s bad enough that CNN is bringing on former Bush administration officials to weigh in on matters of war and peace after their part in leading the debacle known as the invasion of Iraq, but it seems it’s also asking to much to disclose their conflicts of interest as well.

Jake Tapper brought on former Bushie Stephen Hadley to carry water for Israel and to pretend that they’re taking any care whatsoever not to target civilians in Gaza, and he was only introduced as “a former national security adviser to President George W. Bush” and “now a principal at Rice Hadley Gates, which is an international consulting firm.”

They somehow forgot to mention he’s also a board member at the defense contractor Raytheon.

Here’s more on his ties from LittleSis: Stephen Hadley and the Ministry of Peace:

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CIA Admits To Spying On Senate Intelligence Committee

In March, CIA Director John Brennan swore there hadn’t been any hacks into the Senate Intelligence Committee’s network. Today, the CIA issued a statement apologizing for his department’s use of social engineering to gain access to the committee’s computers.

New York Times:

An internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency has found that its officers improperly penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to prepare its damning report on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program.

The report by the agency’s inspector general found that C.I.A. officers created a fake online identity to gain access on more than one occasion to computers used by members of the committee staff, and tried to cover their movements as they rooted around the system, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation’s findings.

A statement issued Thursday morning by a C.I.A. spokesman said that John O. Brennan, the agency’s director, had apologized to the two senior members of the intelligence committee and would set up an internal accountability board to review the issue. The statement said that the board, which will be led by former Senator Evan Bayh, an Indiana Democrat, could recommend “potential disciplinary measures” and “steps to address systemic issues.”

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Watch This Fox Pundit Call Out Tucker Carlson's 'Christian Nation' Hypocrisy On Refugee Kids

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has converted to secularism — at least, when it comes to denying help to refugee children who are fleeing violence in Central America.

During a Thursday discussion on the Fox News show Out Numbered, Carlson asserted that President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers were “just affirmatively for illegal immigration” because they wanted to deal with the children as refugees instead of deporting them as quickly as possible.

"What the Republicans are trying to do is they are basically trying to take away due process," Fox News analyst Kirsten Powers pointed out. "It’s taking away from them the opportunity to actually get a fair hearing to determine whether or not they should be granted asylum."

"What the Republicans want to do is the opposite of humanitarian, and I think that we need to be clear about that," she added. "That’s not hawkishness, that’s un-American."

"So, you’re saying that the United States has an obligation," Carlson interrupted. "Anyone who’s suffering around the world has a right to come here and be supported by you and me?"

"Hey, have you ever been to the Statue of Liberty?" Powers shot back. "I’m saying, yes, we are a refuge. We are a refuge to the people of the world who look to us as a ‘shining city on the hill.’ Does that sound familiar to you?"

"So, I have a moral obligation to share my earnings, and my country with people I’ve never met because they are suffering?" Carlson complained.

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CNN Anchor Bill Weir Angers Fox Nation, Calling Them 'Ignorant F*cksticks'

Bill Weir of CNN doesn’t think much of climate change deniers, and let out a ‘colorful’ tweet earlier today you don’t often see from cable news anchors.

via The Wrap

Bill Weir is not impressed with Fox News site’s weather story

CNN anchor Bill Weir didn’t mince words in his assessment of a Fox Nation post.

“Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings,” read the headline of a post on Fox News’ opinion and aggregation site. The story, from the Washington Times, noted that while Gore’s group has linked global warming to hot temperatures, Denver was 58 degress and rainy on the day of the hearings.

To which Weir replied on Twitter: “Weather is not climate, you willfully ignorant fucksticks.”

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School Blogger Fired Because 'Homophonia'

If you live in Utah don’t expect your kids to learn about certain parts of speech and their place in the scheme of the English language because they might be tempted to think about teh gay.

The Salt Lake Tribune:

Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there.

This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to someone whose native language does not have that feature.

But when the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homophones, he was let go for creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda.

Tim Torkildson says after he wrote the blog on the website of his employer, Nomen Global Language Center, his boss and Nomen owner Clarke Woodger, called him into his office and told him he was fired.

As Torkildson tells it, Woodger said he could not trust him and that the blog about homophones was the last straw.

Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality,” Woodger complained, according to Torkildson, who posted the exchange on his Facebook page.

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Vote Cancelled On Border Crisis Bill; GOP Tells Obama To Act Alone

No wonder Li’l Luke Russert was shocked. One day after authorizing a lawsuit against President Obama for taking executive action, Speaker Boehner yanked the border crisis bill from the floor as House Republicans issued a statement calling for the President to act on his own.

Washington Post

House Republicans pulled Speaker John A. Boehner’s slimmed-down legislation to address the brewing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border rather than see it defeated, amid a conservative revolt that the $659 million proposal did not address the core issues.

Faced with certain defeat, Boehner (R-Ohio) pulled the legislation from consideration Thursday afternoon, according to guidance from leadership advisers. With more than 20 House conservatives opposed, Boehner did not have enough votes from his own Republican ranks because virtually all Democrats opposed the legislation.

Despite the setback, Rogers sought to immediately deflect attention and political pressure back onto President Obama.

"I think this will put a lot more pressure on the president to act," Rogers said. "In many ways, it was his actions and inactions that caused the crisis on the border, and we attempted in this bill to help remedy this crisis. He has the authority and power to solve the problem forthwith."

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Joe Scarborough is catching flack for daring to say out loud what a lot of Americans are thinking anyway, namely that the indiscriminate killing of Gazans by Israel has to stop.

Joe Scarborough: They blew up a popular marketplace yesterday and they blew up a U.N. school where there were 17 warnings — 17. That is indiscriminate. You know what? We share Israel’s values a hell of a lot, a lot more than the people than they are bombing, but you know what? The United States of America — we cannot be associated with this if this continues. This is so bad, not only for the Israeli people, but for us.

Naturally though, those on the right were none too pleased with his impertinence (via Politico), and he’s now walking back those comments somewhat, saying he’s as an “unambiguously strong” supporter of the Jewish state as he’s ever been, and he’s not blaming Israel for retaliating. He just worries about the long term consequences of their present actions.

“Far from taking an antagonistic approach towards Israel,” he continued, “I am most concerned about Israel’s long-term security. And Israel does not become more secure by increasing attacks that continue to kill women and children.”

He warned, as he did earlier Thursday, that Israel’s response could radicalize Palestinian citizens and mobilize a group more extreme than Hamas.

Blue America End Of Month Match For Shenna Bellows

One of Blue America’s most dedicated supporters is offering an end-of-the-month match for Shenna Bellow’s, the progressive Democrat running for the U.S. Senate seat in Maine. As you can see, Blue America contributors have donated as much to Shenna’s campaign as to all the other Senate candidates we are backing combined. But its going to take more than that to get her message out; she’s up against Susan Collin’s money machine. Collins is already swimming in $5,380,803, only 2% of it ($123,536) from small grassroots contributions. The rest is from wealthy donors and PACs. Our anonymous contributor has offered to match the first $600 of contributions to Shenna’s campaign on this page today.

In his own words:
How do U spell “U-P-S-I-D-E”? Answer: With Bellows’ shoe-leather & our matche$

I’m not waiting for the next quarter-end to throw another match on the Maine U.S. Senate campaign fire (this time, I’ll match the next $600 contributed to Shenna Bellows through this page between now and midnight of July 31).

How could I wait, when I read that, just before Bellows started her current walk of 350 miles through 63 Maine communities, the Portland Press Herald found that:

"64 percent of Mainers don’t know Bellows well enough to have a positive or negative opinion of her— and that includes more than half the members of [the Democratic] party."

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Chris Hayes Rips The Curtain Away From Conservative Fundraising Scams

This excellent report about how the right wing scams small donors via direct mail is long overdue, and Base Connect is only one of many offenders.

In a nutshell, Base Connect owns a lot of mailing lists for hardcore conservatives who are mostly on Social Security. A candidate hires them to fundraise on their behalf, and Base Connect keeps over 90 percent or so of whatever gets raised.

There have been rumbles on the Internet for awhile about their practices, but someone usually steps in to sing their praises, like Michelle Malkin or Dan Riehl.

But it’s not just Base Connect. Infocision is another “fundraiser” that keeps more of the proceeds than they deserve. Individual consultants like Dan Backer have taken hundreds of thousands in fees from so-called conservative “grassroots” organizations. It’s an entire industry, built around the fantasy that those small donations will actually go to support the candidate they’re giving to.

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