Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart doesn’t blame political rhetoric for shooting

“Did the toxic political environment cause this? A graphic image here and ill-timed comment, violent rhetoric, those sort of things? I have no f**king idea. We live in a complex ecosystem of influences and motivations and I wouldn’t blame our political rhetoric any more than I would blame heavy metal music for Columbine.” - Jon Stewart

While I don’t always agree with Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, in the wake of the tragedy in Arizona, but last night he offered arguably the most reasoned commentary I’ve heard on what happened in Arizona on Saturday and the unfortunate, but avoidable blame game that has taken place afterward.

Jon Stewart calls out Ben Bernanke

On Tuesday evening, Jon Stewart mocked Ben Bernanke for telling 60 Minutes that the Federal Reserve isn’t printing money when it comes to the plans for quantitative easing. He then pulls a clip from 21 months ago from the same show where he says that the Fed is…wait for it…printing money.

What We Saw at the Stewart-Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity

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Quote of the Day: Jon Stewart on enemies and politics

“I think we always have to remember that people can be opponents, but not enemies. And there are enemies in the world. We just need the news media to help us delineate. And I think that’s where the failing is, that the culture of corruption in the media doesn’t allow us to delineate between enemies and opponents.” - Jon Stewart

The Daily Show pokes fun a union hypocrisy

Last night, The Daily Show did a story on a union that has been protesting Wal-Mart, which has long been a target of the left, for not paying employees a “fair wage” and cutting hours. Though I’m sure that in an economy like Nevada, which has an unemployment rate of 14.4%, Wal-Mart employees are just happy to have a job.

The story highlights the hypocrisy of unions. In this case, these protesters are not union members, they are hired from a temp agency, make minimum wage and have had their hours cut from five days a week to three. Of course, the union boss says, “If Wal-Mart were doing the right thing, we wouldn’t need picketers.”

By the way, there is almost no chance that card-check, the misnamed “Employee Free Choice Act,” will pass this year.

Jon Stewart on the Summer of Wreckovery

We’ve noted here recently that Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, has become increasingly skeptical of the Obama Administration and Democrats. Back in June, Stewart slammed the administration on civil liberties and abuse of executive power and the rhetoric surrounding energy independence. In July, he took the administration to task on transparency and Afghanistan. Last month, he had some fun with both parties on the rhetoric from both sides on the Ground Zero Mosque. And just a couple of days ago, he called Democrats out on ObamaCare in a conversation with DNC Chair Tim Kaine.

Stewart’s latest rant is directed at the administration and Democrats’ claims of a “Summer of Recovery,” saying, “‘Summer of Recovery’ is quickly sliding into the ‘Autumn of Nothing but Ramen Noodles for Dinner.” Here is the video:

Political thuggery and ObamaCare

Yesterday, I noted that the Obama Administration is threatening insurers that are considering rate increases to pay for mandates and regulations brought on by ObamaCare. The Wall Street Journal is calling these threats “political thuggery”:

Witness Kathleen Sebelius’s Thursday letter to America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group—a thuggish message even by her standards. The Health and Human Services secretary wrote that some insurers have been attributing part of their 2011 premium increases to ObamaCare and warned that “there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.”

Zero tolerance for expressing an opinion, or offering an explanation to policyholders? They’re more subtle than this in Caracas.

What Ms. Sebelius really means is that the government will prohibit insurers from doing business if reality is not politically convenient for Democrats. ObamaCare includes a slew of mandated benefits for next year, such as allowing children to remain on their parents’ plans until age 26 and “free” preventative care (i.e., no direct out-of-pocket cost sharing for consumers). The tone of Ms. Sebelius’s letter suggests that she doesn’t understand that money is exchanged for goods and services, and that if Congress mandates new benefits, premiums will rise.

Jon Stewart on Wikileaks and Afghanistan

“What the f**k?! We give [Pakistan] billions of dollars of aid. Then Pakistan is funnelling that money to the Taliban. One of the chief financial contributors to our enemy is us? We have ostensibly put a hit out on ourselves. This is insanity.” - Jon Stewart

On Tuesday evening, Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, weighed in on the Wikileaks release of more than 90,000 documents pertaining to the occupation of Afghanistan and media coverage of the leak, which largely was dismissive of what was in documents.

And as President Barack Obama and Democrats secured $59 billion in funding on Tuesday, mostly going for our continued occupation of Afghanistan (the Graveyard of Empires), you have to wonder where the anti-war left is.

Here is the video:

Afghanistan: Petraeus, timelines and accepting a truth

Gen. David Petraeus may change the rules of engagement on the ground in Afghanistan, which will 0likely resul in more civilian deaths:

In his opening statement in his Senate confirmation hearing, Petraeus vowed to “look very hard” at the directives Gen. Stanley McChrystal put in place to cut down on civilian casualties. McChrystal was following counterinsurgency principles that Petraeus, in large part, pioneered and championed within the U.S. military, principles that led McChrystal to say that the attitudes of the Afghan people will be “strategically decisive” in the war.

Stewart takes Obama to task over Afghanistan

“They’ve had the f**king momentum since December?! Of last year, they’ve had the momentum? By the way, at what point does that stop being momentum and just starts being the way s**t is?” - Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart has been on a roll lately in criticizing some of President Barack Obama’s policies, most notably on civil liberties and executive power. Here is the latest, starting just under the 4 minute mark.

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