Chris Christie and Ebola in a nutshell
Oct28

Chris Christie and Ebola in a nutshell

This will be my shortest post on TMV in many years. I really can’t put it better than THIS. And for more details THIS. Self-destruction by mouth and impulsive action. Turning off two separate sides of voters. You can’t just blame “Bridgegate” now: the dude is an impulsive political klutz, which has nothing to do with ideology. As sure-footed as a drunk octopus. graphic via...

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Hillary Clinton’s major error on jobs: silly mistake, her real view or feeling the (Warren) heat?
Oct28

Hillary Clinton’s major error on jobs: silly mistake, her real view or feeling the (Warren) heat?

The sound of the spin machines are so loud I can hear them here in my hotel room in Toronto. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a political error — a big one. And like the toothpaste that can’t be put in to the tube, she gave her Republican and Democratic foes a line they can run in ads and repeat, no matter how many times she and her supporters try to soft-pedal it or walk it back. The You Tube with this...

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It’s time to play…”Headis” aka Head Tennis: (Video)
Oct28

It’s time to play…”Headis” aka Head Tennis: (Video)

As the old saying goes, “use your head” — especially when playing “headis” — a combination of soccer and tennis. The German town of Unna hosted a tournament on Saturday. (P.S.: DO try this at home…) MLSsoccer.com offers this explanation: What kind of game would you come up with if you combined table tennis, ping pong and header keepie uppies? It’s called “headis,” which is...

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Toronto moves on from Fords: John Tory elected Mayor, Rob Ford’s brother loses and Ford gets old seat
Oct27

Toronto moves on from Fords: John Tory elected Mayor, Rob Ford’s brother loses and Ford gets old seat

TORONTO, Canada — Toronto has now officially moved on from Fords. The city’s controversial but in many quarters beloved Mayor Rob Ford – the answer to American comedians’, satirists and comedy writers prayers – dropped out of the race due to a bout with cancer and his brother Doug ran instead. The voters instead elected John Tory as the city’s new mayor, although Rob Ford did win his old council...

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Mitch McConnell gets big new donor to help him: Mitch McConnell
Oct25

Mitch McConnell gets big new donor to help him: Mitch McConnell

Democrats have started injecting big bucks into TV ads to nudge the dead-lead race Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes is waging against Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over the edge. So now McConnell has found a donor to help him match the big bucks: Mitch McConnell: Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is giving his reelection campaign a $1.8 million personal loan to stave off a new round of attack...

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When ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Became Serious Opera
Oct23

When ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Became Serious Opera

Is Mel Brooks smiling? Brooks’ 1968 comedy “The Producers” dealt with an outrageous, fictitious Broadway musical called “Springtime for Hitler” that trivialized Nazism and became a surprise hit. The New York Metropolitan Opera is now presenting “The Death of Klinghoffer,” which tries to explain the point of view of PLF members who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985, shot elderly...

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POLL: Romney ahead among Republicans, Hillary Clinton dominates among Democrats
Oct19

POLL: Romney ahead among Republicans, Hillary Clinton dominates among Democrats

Less than a month before the scramble for the 2016 Presidential nominations of both parties really begins — the second after the November elections ballots are counted — the latest ABC News/Washington Post shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ahead in a split Republican field and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton totally dominating among Democrats. While it’s silly to predict that Clinton is now a shoo...

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Meet the Comedy Central Press
Oct19

Meet the Comedy Central Press

In what has been a season of jaw-dropping news, the latest bombshell seems like it was ripped from the pages of Mad Magazine. First, the terrorist group ISIS has now unquestionably emerged as a territory-gobbling group offering the same kind of brutal, merciless murder of men, women and children that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis offered during the 20th century. Hitler had a country to back up and implement his ideological and racist...

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MELTDOWN! Rick Scott’s  refusal to come out at a debate due to Crist’s fan probably didn’t win him  fans
Oct16

MELTDOWN! Rick Scott’s refusal to come out at a debate due to Crist’s fan probably didn’t win him fans

Even if it did involve a rule being violated, or a genuine misunderstanding it was akin to one of two job applicants appearing to throw an infantile tantrum when an employer has called them to meet him together so he could compare the two. Republican Gov. Rick Scott stalled his debate with challenger former Governor Charlie Crist, a former Republican now running as a Democrat, due to a fan. Crist had a small fan installed under the...

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New Bullying Problem for Schools: Parents
Oct10

New Bullying Problem for Schools: Parents

BROOKLYN, New York — When you visit Brooklyn, you have to be amazed at the number of stoops. They’re scenic and historical. These graceful old stairways were often built steep because they were constructed during the era when Grand Pianos thrived, and when people would gather on the stoops to gossip, smoke and drink. In his excellent ebook, “Letters from Brooklyn,” detailing a detailed, three-year exploration...

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Logistical TMV posting delay today
Oct08

Logistical TMV posting delay today

There is a logistical posting delay on posts for today’s TMV of features normally on this site. Check back later in a few hours when things will be back to...

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Naomi Wolf Suggests ISIS Beheading Videos May Have Been Staged
Oct06

Naomi Wolf Suggests ISIS Beheading Videos May Have Been Staged

How uttery silly and impulse-control-challenged has our political discussion gotten? This silly and impulse-control-challenged : former Bill Clinton and Al Gore political consultant and author Naomi Wolf has suggested the ISIS beheading videos might have been staged. Which shows you that the afflication that causes some to suggest Barack Obama was born in Kenya, or 9/11 was a government or Israeli operation, or that Hillary Clinton...

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The Barney Fife Secret Service
Oct05

The Barney Fife Secret Service

Law enforcement has long been a popular subject in film comedy. It looks like some producer now has a lot of potential material. In the early 20th century, the incompetent Keystone Cops did big “B.O.” (Variety’s old term for “box office,” although it also means “body odor”) for Mack Sennett and his Keystone Film Company. With its cast including later-to-be-famous actors such as Edgar Kennedy...

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Sabato: Republican chances of winning the Senate increase
Oct02

Sabato: Republican chances of winning the Senate increase

Democrats: start sweating now. The University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato, the most accurate political prognosticator in American (he’sin effect the anti-Dick Morse) says the Republican Party’s chances of taking the Senate have increased. In his must-read Crystal Ball, he and associate Kyle Kondik write: The race for the Senate is perceptively moving in the Republicans’ direction, but not so dramatically that we’re...

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Another stunning Secret Service fail: man with armed gun allowed into elevator with President Obama
Oct01

Another stunning Secret Service fail: man with armed gun allowed into elevator with President Obama

The revelations that people got beyond the White House fence, and one got further into the White House than officially revealed, has now been coupled with yet another revelation that calls into serious question the efficacy of today’s Secret Service and the competence of its current leadership. The latest twist: a contractor armed with a gun was allowed to get into an elevator with President Barack Obama. You almost have to say...

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Oklahoma beheading: workplace violence or ISIS tie in or  ISIS imprinting?
Sep28

Oklahoma beheading: workplace violence or ISIS tie in or ISIS imprinting?

The news from Oklahoma that a man went haywire in his place of work and beheaded a co-worker, and seemed ready to take out as many people as he could in a style now made popular in the snuff videos posted online by ISIS has — what else? — led to a new controversy and speculation being presented as near fact. Was this an example of a mentally loose cannon who absorbed too much of what was on the news and Internet, or the...

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NFL Gave Offenders a Pass
Sep26

NFL Gave Offenders a Pass

The news stories on Google News are surging as forcefully as a tsunami. The subject: the NFL and domestic abuse. “Domestic violence much bigger than NFL…Domestic violence in the NFL…The Media’s NFL Domestic Abuse Hysteria…NFL looks to training to prevent domestic abuse in players…NFL sponsors don’t want their ads running during Ravens or Vikings games.” But that’s only one of the...

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Alaska reporter on air reveals she has medical marijuana business and quits on air (Video)
Sep23

Alaska reporter on air reveals she has medical marijuana business and quits on air (Video)

Conflicts of interest still matter to editors when it comes to their reporters. The public can point to even small ones that and say it compromises their reporters’ and their news organizations’ reporting. It turns out that Charlo Greene of Alaska’s KTVA had a BIG one: during a report on the Alaska Cannibus Club in the context of November’s vote on legalizing marijuana in the state she told viewers she was the...

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Prosecutors: WH fence jumper had 800 rounds of ammo in car
Sep22

Prosecutors: WH fence jumper had 800 rounds of ammo in car

The case of the man who jumped the White House fence last week and made it all the way up to the White House residence door is becoming more shocking by the minute as more details emerge. It’s clear this wasn’t just some nutcase who jumped the fence. It was a vet who had a knife on him and — according to new reports — 800 rounds of ammunition in his car. The man who jumped the White House fence and made it...

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Chief Justice Roberts: Scalia, Ginsburg wouldn’t be confirmed today
Sep21

Chief Justice Roberts: Scalia, Ginsburg wouldn’t be confirmed today

Chief Justice John Roberts has now pretty much confirmed what many American independent, centrist and moderate voters have more than suspected: if Justice Anton Scalia or Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had been nominated today, they wouldn’t get confirmed: United States Chief Justice John Roberts told a Nebraska audience he worries the partisanship that grips Washington will spill over onto the Supreme Court. WILL spill over? Some...

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