L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling has a new excuse about why he made those racist comments on a phone call to his mistress. It all boils down to a variation on Marion Berry's "bitch set me up." Donald Sterling is aware that Marion Barry is black, right? In a classic moment, Sterling said of his mistress "I don't know why the girl had me say those things." Donald, that doesn't show that you're not a racist - it shows that you're a racist AND a horrible boyfriend. It's not a good idea to make excuses about your comments about minorities by blaming women.
Meanwhile, Senator Marco Rubio said in an interview that he thinks he's ready to be President of the United States - and that there is nothing we can do about climate change. OK, he didn't say he's ready to be a GOOD President of the United States. That's quite a range of sentiments, Marco. "Yes, I am qualified to lead this country. And no, there's no place to really lead it. I would appreciate your vote."
On Sunday, Fox's Brit Hume and George Will mocked the Twitter campaign to bring back the kidnapped girls in Nigeria. Sunday mornings used to be the time that the substantive issues were discussed - on Fox News, Sunday morning is the time that the substantive issues are dismissed. For experts at using media for evil, they don't seem to realize that the media can also be used for good.
In positive news, Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team this weekend, after being picked by the St. Louis Rams. After Sam got picked, he gave his boyfriend a big kiss in front of the cameras. Of course, the draft was being followed by all of the sports networks. Oddly, none of them chose to do a slow motion replay of that historic kiss.
Twitter - specifically, bigots on Twitter - did not have a good first reaction to Michael Sam's NFL kiss. Does Twitter ever have a good first reaction to anything? Twitter literally captures the very first thoughts of people who have nothing better to do than tweet things. Twitter reactions are by definition knee-jerk reactions…with the emphasis on the "jerk."
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You may have missed this last Friday, even if you were watching "Real Time With Bill Maher" on HBO, since the video below only happened on "Overtime". Dinesh D'Souza - a perfect example of a selfish right-wing extremist nutjob (who may soon be going to prison) if ever there was one - tried to blast out the self-centered tea party/libertarian line on the minimum wage, how it isn't really a big deal. Sister Simone Campbell, stomped him flat, and hit D'Sousa from both the right AND the left on how the modern Republican Party is all wrong about business and the minimum wage
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