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Louie Gohmert on John Boehner’s revenge: ‘we’re going to have another fight and it’s going to be pretty nasty’

Boehner’s allies have been waiting for him to take a stand, saying “he’s let people walk all over him for too long and is too nice to people who are eager to stab him in the back”. Well the Speaker of the House isn’t playing nice anymore, and his enemies will soon find themselves losing their plum committee positions.

America's Watchtower

 After winning another term as Speaker of the House John Boehner wasted no time in seeking revenge against some of those who voted against him when he removed Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent from their positions on the House Rules Committee.

  Needless to say, this did not sit well with two of the people who volunteered their services as the next Speaker of the House, Louie Gohmert and Ted Yoho.

  During an interview with Sean Hannity both Louie Gohmert and Ted Yoho addressed this issue. Louie Gohmert stated that if Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent were removed from their positions in retaliation–for at the time of the interview it was unconfirmed–“we’re going to have another fight and it is going to be pretty nasty.” 

  Ted Yaho took it to another level when he compared John Boehner’s stifling of political dissension to what is expected in China, Cuba, Russia, or…

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Turn off your Damn Phone

This December, my grandfather passed away, and my whole family gathered for his funeral. Having served in the National Guard, he was buried in a  military cemetery. At the beginning of the ceremony, an honor guard reminded us all – the immediate family – to please silence our cellphones, and avoid using all electronics during the burial. Seriously.

You would think that paying respects to a departed loved one certainly takes precedence over checking Facebook, unless you’re one of the awful people that takes funeral selfies, but the fact that they felt compelled to remind us really makes you wonder, doesn’t it: how many people must have texted and tweeted through the eulogy before it became necessary to remind people to be respectful?

And it’s not just funerals – it would be a little weird if it was – it’s everywhere. If you look around in any restaurant you can see families and friends at the same table, ignoring one another and typing away on smartphones. Not to sound antiquated, but I prefer actual social interaction to meaningless “hey, sup”s and “lol”s. I’m not saying we need to return to the dark ages, but it wouldn’t kill you to put the damn thing down once in a while – especially if you’re quite literally tweeting over someone’s grave – the internet will still be there when you get back, I promise.

End rant.

Okay, now end rant for real.

By Cole Ellenbogen

What Needs to be Done in 2015?

Last year was eventful on the political stage to say the least, but moving into 2015, what issue takes precedent?

…and what issues do you think we need to let go of as a nation? 2014 also saw its fair share of scandals. What should be left in the past, and what still needs work?

Moving away from politicians, what role do you think media played in the issues of 2014?

Thank you for letting us know what you think! Check back in a few days for the results!

By Cole Ellenbogen

White Christmas = White Power?

This post is going to be difficult for me to get through without swearing, so bear with me – I could’ve just as easily called this: SNOW IS RACIST, ALLEGES SOCIAL MEDIA.

I like country music. Everything from the feel of it, to the lyrics, it just always puts me in a good mood and makes me think of the summer time.

I also like Darius Rucker. I don’t know anything about his political stance on anything, and frankly I don’t care; he’s a musician and I like to compartmentalize. He sings a particularly good remake of wagon wheel, if that gives you a better idea of who he is.

Anyway, last night Darius Rucker performed a Christmas song at the Rockefeller Tree-Lighting in New York City, and was immediately blasted on social media for being racist and insensitive. I’m sure you can already guess which villainous song he was singing: “White Christmas.” Apparently, that is insensitive because of the recent grand jury decisions in both Ferguson, and NYC. See for yourself:

WARNING: THIS VIDEO IS NOT FOR THE EASILY OFFENDED; IT FEATURES AN AFRICAN AMERICAN COUNTRY MUSICIAN SINGING ABOUT HOW HE HOPES IT SNOWS THIS CHRISTMAS.

I understand that some people are upset with the Eric Garner case, but to consider just the color white to be racist is insane.

Does this mean that we shouldn’t whitewash buildings, use whiteout to correct writing mistakes, or talk about Walter White’s tragic life on Breaking Bad, until the protests have all ended? By that logic, power outages, thin, hard-to-see ice and my favorite kind of olives are ALL racist as well! (See also blackout, black ice and black olives.)

Darius Rucker should not be taking flack for singing one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time simply because it contains the word “white” and there happens to be a protest about the death of an African American occurring nearby.

I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that there are people out there who legitimately believe “White Christmas” is a racially charged and hateful song, or the fact that those people incorrectly used the word “ironic” to describe the situation. I know it doesn’t really relate to the story, but irony is not coincidence. Just figured I’d throw that in there.

Either way it looks like I have to stay inside for the rest of the winter so I don’t see any of that racist snow.

Give me a break.

By Cole Ellenbogen

Don’t Stick That in Your Mouth

Have you ever come across a warning label that makes you wonder why the maker even felt the need to put it on the packaging? I’ll throw in an example:

A sticker placed on a power tool, cautioning the user not to stick the device in their mouth.

A sticker placed on a power tool, cautioning the user not to stick the device in their mouth.

(If you can’t quite make it out, the highlighted portion of the image kindly suggests that you use this drill on wood, and not your teeth.) While this may be perfectly sound advice, to me it seems unnecessary. I personally have never finished up a project around the house, looked at my family’s DeWalt and thought, “I could probably save myself a trip to the dentist here.” And this is just one example; there are plenty of others.

The thing that separates me from the poor sap who tried to give himself a root canal – I’d imagine someone had to misuse the product before they made that little addendum to the warning – is common sense.

Earlier today we saw this video of a kid microwaving a glow stick. Then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, he holds and shakes the now supercharged rave accessory until *spoilers* it explodes in his face. If you’re impatient, skip to about 1:00, the father’s reaction is prime, and you should go into this video armed with the knowledge that glow sticks are non-toxic so you won’t feel bad for laughing.

Webster defines common sense as: “the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions.” We would love to believe that most people possess this trait, but I’m a realist, and I know that the proof is on the internet. Plus in my book, common sense is about more than knowing how to avoid getting sprayed with glowing green goo; it’s about understanding how the world works.  It’s about knowing that “free” just means that someone else paid for it for you, knowing how to be a responsible adult, and an informed citizen. Our goal is to educate those who want common sense, and entertain those who have it.

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By Cole Ellenbogen and Kyra Azzato

And cast your vote in our poll: some people are book smart, some are street smart, and some are both. (Some are neither too, but nobody likes a full-time cynic.) Where do you think America stands?