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Mississippi high court halts woman's execution, orders a new trial -- Her son has repeatedly confessed to the killing.

Police chief: Officer shoving woman is concerning | Riot Cop Absolutely Levels an Unsuspecting Girl at Arizona State -- The video at the second link is shocking. I don't know what's going on in Albuquerque these days.

Heir's sentence raises questions in child rape case -- Affluenza strikes again. How does a man who admits to sexually assaulting a 3- to 5-year-old end up with probation? It helps if you're due to inherit millions, if not billions.

The Tin Ear of the #CancelColbert Brigades -- I presented pretty much the same argument when I was a student at Grinnell, when the campus became embroiled in a controversy regarding the campus' satirical rag. The argument is even more cogent in Colbert's regard, as he was in character when he made his remarks.

Chernobyl Trees Barely Decomposed, Study Finds

Life-and-Death Gunshot Victims to Be Frozen in Suspended Animation to Save Lives
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Chthuloops?

Chthuloops?!

Damn, Colbert. Just . . . damn.

SCILF

Sep. 3rd, 2010 07:16 pm
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I had the most delicious dream about Stephen Colbert last night. It wasn't explicit, per se, but it was definitely enjoyable, so much so that when I inadvertently woke up, I tried to get back to the dream. (Such an endeavor never works, but he did recur as a main character, just not a sexy one.)

On a related note, I need another Colbert icon.
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"I promise, if elected, I will crush the state of Georgia," Stephen Colbert said.

Is Colbert really the people's choice? -- "A recent Rasmussen Report national telephone survey found that comedian Stephen Colbert is preferred by 13% of voters over Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Rodham Clinton."
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BTW, Stephen Colbert has declared himself a candidate for President of the United States. He'll be joining the South Carolina primary.

NYT confirms that Colbert consulted both parties before announcing, but calls it a "stunt" in the same breath.
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Stephen Colbert's guest from last night, Benjamin Barber, is an author from Grinnell. After Colbert demanded to know if he went to an Ivy League college, Barber acknowledged Grinnell as his alma mater. Then he said, "Well, Grinnell is the Harvard of the Midwest, so I suppose in a way you're right."

Great, great plug.

The show reruns at 8:30 p.m. ET.
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Today is not Stephen Colbert's birthday. Today thousands of people are praying for Stephen. (He mentioned this on his show a few episodes ago.) Maybe you will join them.

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Nov. 1st, 2006 10:39 am
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So, last night I was listening to the Colbert Report (because I was online in the dining room, which is adjacent to but around the corner from the living room). Stephen's guest was a gentleman from the Log Cabin Republicans. Stephen was mostly quiet as the guy said what he had to say. I, along with much of Stephen's audience, was a bit stunned.

This guy basically outed several prominent Republicans. At first he mentioned Ken Mehlman, the head of the RNC; that wasn't too surprising. Then he listed Karl Rove--again, to people who've kept their ears to the ground, not much of a shock. But then he listed others, the main one of which that caught my attention was Condoleezza Rice. Then he rounded out his list with Jeff Gannon/James Guckert.

I wanted to find a transcript so I could get exact quotes, but I wasn't able to find anything on Comedy Central's website. So you all will just have to take my word for it that Condi was outed on national (cable) television.

Edit: [livejournal.com profile] aiela tells me this was all a joke. So never mind, go about your business. Forget that I was being a political gossip.
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People keep saying immigrants built America, "but here's the thing, it's built now. I think it was finished in the '70s sometime. From this point it’s only a touch-up and repair job."

--Stephen Colbert, Knox College commencement
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Stephen Colbert was in my dream last night. So, so odd.
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As seen at Wikipedia:

Satire is a mode of challenging accepted notions by making them seem ridiculous. It usually occurs only in an age of crisis, when there exists no absolute uniformity but rather two sets of beliefs. Of the two sets of beliefs, one holds sufficient power to suppress open attacks on the established order, but not enough to suppress a veiled attack.

Further, satire is intimately connected with urbanity and cosmopolitanism, and assumes a civilized opponent who is sufficiently sensitive to feel the barbs of wit leveled at him. To hold something up to ridicule presupposes a certain respect for reason, on both sides, to which one can appeal. An Age of Reason, in which everyone accepts the notion that conduct must be reasonable, is, therefore, a general prerequisite for satire.

--Jacob Bronowski & Bruce Mazlish, The Western Intellectual Tradition From Leonardo to Hegel, p. 252 (1960; as repub. in 1993 Barnes & Noble ed.).

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