The Media’s Coverage of the Flotilla Raid Makes Me Want to Wreck My Face with a Hammer


Last night, Jon Stewart, who I view as honorable, joined the chorus of people criticizing the justified-as-much-as-something-can-be-justified raid by the Israelis on the flotilla carrying “aid” to Gaza, the home of Hamas. First, he referred to the people involved in the shipment as “activists” and then showed video of some of the ship’s contents—the non-violent [...]

China Will Defeat Itself


Ian Bremmer, the author of The End of the Free Market, was on Thursday night’s episode of “The Daily Show.” He argued that the free market in the U.S. needed more regulation so as to better compete with China. The biggest threat to our economy, he said, was “state capitalism.”
China does not have a free [...]

Stop Using the Nazi Card


Few things irritate me as much as when self-righteous commentators condemn their opponents by comparing them to Nazis, which actually is a type of Nazi tactic itself. Nazis and other tyrants use generalizations and flimsy comparisons to denigrate their enemies.
Their tactic is simple, yet effective: First, pick the most disgusting form of life you can [...]

Are We Really Supporting the Troops?


Sebastian Junger, author of War, was on The Daily Show last night discussing his stay with soldiers in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan. Jon Stewart and he relayed how our troops truly embody the best of America—no, the best of mankind—in the worst of situations. The stories of brotherhood, integrity, humanity and professionalism that [...]

Romney 2012 is Off to a Bad Start


President Obama has used Mitt Romney, who he accurately referred to as a “presidential candidate,” to defend his health care plan. And last night on The Daily Show, Rep. John Dingell (D-M.I.) described Romney as a supporter of the individual mandate and Jon Stewart remarked that Republican Senators actually proposed the idea back in 1993. [...]

What What What?! Jon Stewart Defends Tea Partiers?!


No, I did not put acid in your coffee. You read that right. Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart defended the Tea Partiers and criticized the media for painting them with a broad stroke.
In describing the Tea Party rallies yesterday, he said there was “the occasional f—-ing idiot,” which sounds like an insult [...]

I’m Tired of Fantasy World Interviews


I’m really getting tired of shows where guests discuss their grand goals that are just impractical and impossible to achieve. I’m more of a “details” type of dude. One such goal is eliminating nuclear weapons. Sorry, until some magic weapon or defense mechanism makes them obsolete, in which case we’ll be worrying about a new [...]

The Economics of Piracy: Jon Stewart Agrees with Me!


Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart recognized my brilliance. It’s been a long time in coming. He was interviewing Captain Richard Phillips, author of The Captain’s Duty, who is the man that was kidnapped by Somali pirates that only recognized that their business wasn’t working so well for them when they had bullets [...]

Memo to Daily Show Audience: The Afghans Don’t Hate Us


Iranian-American writer Reza Aslan was on The Daily Show last night to promote his new book, Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization. He and Jon Stewart began discussing the war in Afghanistan, with Stewart later on in the interview saying that he favored withdrawing from the country and expressed his frustration [...]

Beating Up on the French Never Gets Old


I’m one of those crappy friends that will make fun of you for your mistakes until there is simply no material left, no matter how far long ago, no matter how much you’ve changed. And it is in this way that I’m a proud American.
Despite this positive turnaround from Chirac to Sarkozy, it just feels [...]