Huntsman has risen in my estimation in the pack of Republican presidential candidates by the sheer accomplishment of not being batshit crazy.
I would probably fight against most of what he believes, but he does at least seem to accept and live in the reality the most of us inhabit.
Apparently those are his real daughters singing and in the picture.
Minus points for Mr. Huntsman on this “ad”.
My friend Francis shared this on Facebook and I couldn’t resist grabbing it.
A mock GOP ad that compresses the Republican agenda into two minutes:
Andrew Sullivan posted this on The Daily Dish the other day.
From Sullivan and Wikipedia:
An ant mill is a phenomenon where a group of army ants separated from the main foraging party lose the pheromone track and begin to follow one another, forming a continuously rotating circle. The ants will eventually die of exhaustion. This has been reproduced in laboratories and the behaviour has also been produced in ant colony simulations. This phenomenon is a side effect of the self-organizing structure of ant colonies. Each ant follows the ant in front of it, and this will work until something goes wrong and an ant mill forms. An ant mill was first described by William Beebe who observed a mill 1,200 feet (365 m) in circumference. It took each ant 2.5 hours to make one revolution. Similar phenomena have been noted in processionary caterpillars and fish.
Sullivan remarks that this is a great metaphor for the long-term effects of “epistemic closure”.
The term, appropriated from philosophy, means (in terms of the political blogosphere) the tendency for conservative media to become untethered from reality — accepting no new ideas or entertaining or discussing in any meaningful way ideas which they disagree with.
Sounds about right.
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have again brought the art of political satire to new heights.
On October 30, they plan on holding two opposing rallies on the National Mall in Washington, DC, parodying Glenn Beck and the Tea Party crowd.
Colbert’s “Keep Fear Alive” rally kicks off first in the morning, followed by Stewart’s “Rally To Restore Sanity” in the afternoon.
Details for “Fear” are here.
Those seeking “Sanity” can click here.
I’ve already made plans to be there for both!
- Jon Stewart Announces ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’ (blogs.forbes.com)
- Stewart, Colbert: ‘Rally To Restore Sanity’ vs. ‘March To Keep Fear Alive’ (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
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