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  • Eugene Mirman – Indecision GuestBlogger and Distinguished Gentleman – Is an Objective Outsider Centrist

    People (and ghosts!) are always asking me where I fall on the political spectrum. I am in the middle. That’s what happens when you are very pro-gay marriage and in favor of health care for everyone (even very ugly people), but also LOVE the war in Afghanistan and hope it never ends. Plus, as a Russian immigrant, I am predisposed toward hating communism and admiring the American Dream.

    How do I know that I’m a centrist and not a liberal elitist hell bent on taxing small businesses to pay for the unnecessary hat collections of illegal immigrants? Because on March 6th, 2010 my brother, Ilya, sent me an online survey that asks a series of questions and then shows you a picture of where you lie politically. And guess what? I fall in the direct middle of centrism (though weirdly my dick is actually quite statist). Here is a photo of the result, which could easily be faked, but happens to be real…

    You can take the poll yourself and find out where you land. Are you a misguided 19-year-old Maoist trying to enslave America? Maybe. Or, are you some laissez-faire capitalist who misses the robber barons of the 1800s and wants to pour irradiated chemical run-off into children's faces? Find out in just a few minutes at this website.

    I mostly tell you this so that on November 2nd, when I make fun of Carl Paladino in my liveblogging for Comedy Central, you'll know that I'm not doing it because I'm a close-minded Northeast socialite who is so PC he can't make a joke about how some, but not all, black men wear their pants very low. You'll know that I'm an objective, outsider centrist, like Kurt Loder or Joe Scarborough.

    Months ago, even with the brewing anger of the Tea Party, I originally thought this midterm election would be boring. But for the first time in seven years, I was wrong. This election has become exciting, like happening upon an episode of Law and Order right at the 45-minute-twist mark! To many Republicans (74%) and at least one secret Muslim, this is the most important congressional election of their lives.

    As I travel, anytime I turn on local news, it seems that countless Americans are so angry and terrified — because of what Glenn Beck told them through his weird chalkboard — that they are considering voting for the Incredible Hulk (if the Incredible Hulk mostly quoted Thomas Jefferson and constantly made confusing analogies between tea and civil liberties). And yes, Hulk will smash government spending, but also, he might accidentally step on abortion rights, environmental regulations and the Department of Education. Don't get me wrong, like many Americans, I believe in an individual's unalienable right to pursue happiness and become so rich you can transfer your soul into a sexy robot version of you (instead of going to heaven, which stands at least a 35% chance of not being a real place). But, the Tea-Party doesn’t just love freedom and tea (like you and me) — they have taken the things I hold sacred, muddled them and then yell them in groups on the news while holding ill-thought-out and poorly-constructed protest signs — as if they are mocking American ingenuity and workmanship — and that’s something I can’t support. Just like Jesus would probably be appalled at the atrocities committed throughout history in His name, I can't help but imagine Thomas Jefferson fucking one of his many slaves while shaking his head at the Tea Party.

    Still, I do kind of hope one Tea-Party-Incredible-Hulk-Candidate gets elected, because it will be a lot of fun and probably The Tea Party’s destruction. What could be more beautiful to see than John McCain and one of his Jewish friends proposing some sort of bipartisan campaign reform, only to have Christine O'Donnell yell her misunderstanding of evolution at him on C-Span? I’d like to see that. So this election, Delaware, vote for the only candidate that is running ads on television explaining she isn’t a witch. Thanks!

    See you guys back here with a video in a few weeks! Then see you on election night, when I will be liveblogging all night long.


    Photo by Seth Olenick.

    Tags: Carl Paladino, Christine O’Donnell, Cramming for Midterms, Eugene Mirman, Glenn Beck, House of Representatives, Joe Scarborough, John McCain, Liveblog, Midterms, Senate, Tea Party, Thomas Jefferson
  • A South Park Salute to Presidents, Hopefuls and Wannabes

    Hundreds of thousands of hundreds of years from now, when future civilizations unearth the ruins of what once was the great and mighty United States of America, what will they view as being more historically significant: South Park or the office of the President?

    It's hard to say. One is a collection of crass, immature, scatological jokes and the other is a cartoon…

    Barack Obama & John McCain

    More videos after the jump.

    The second half of South Park's 14th season premieres next Wednesday, October 6 at 10pm / 9c, followed by an all-new Ugly Americans.

    And the Little Box of Butters DVD set — complete with a lost chapter from the literary classic "The Poop that Took a Pee" — is available now.

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    Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, John Kennedy, John McCain, Richard Nixon, Sarah Palin, South Park, Ted Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson, Video
  • Barack Obama Kinda Sorta Almost Maybe a Little Admits to Being an Atheist

    Oh… My… Creator! Have you seen what Barack Obama just did? He just admitted to the entire world that he is an atheist who hates God and is therefore unfit to lead our nation and almost certainly probably worships the Devil!

    It's true! I mean, what other way can you interpret the fact that, while quoting the Declaration of Independence, he left the words "by their Creator"?

    On Friday evening, when President Obama addressed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, he quoted that passage as follows (on the clip at 22:30):  "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal [pause], endowed with certain unalienable rights:  life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

    In Obama's version, there is no "Creator."

    Only two plausible explanations spring to mind.  One is that President Obama isn’t very familiar with the most famous passage in the document that founded this nation; that even when plainly reading from a teleprompter,* he wasn’t able to quote it correctly.  The other is that President Obama doesn’t subscribe to the Declaration’s rather central claim that our rights come from our "Creator" (also referred to in the Declaration as "Nature's God" and "the Supreme Judge of the World").

    Well, that's it. What further proof do we need? The guy is obviously an America-hating atheist jihadist. I mean, can you even imagine what it would mean for the nation if our basic civil rights as citizens were a mutually-agreed-upon moral code devised by by rational people for the good of the whole and not laws thrust upon us by a man who lives up in the sky and hides from us whenever we try to look for him?

    That was a rhetorical question! Don't imagine that! Don't imagine it! Simply allowing that thought to cross the threshold of your consciousness means the terrorists have won.


    * Little Green Footballs is claiming that the DoI quote wasn't part of the speech as written and was simply ad-libbed. Little Green Footballs? More like Little Red Bookballs, eh? Eh? Eh?

    Tags: Atheists, Barack Obama, Declaration of Independence, Religion, Thomas Jefferson
  • Quote Unquote: Did Thomas Jefferson Plagiarize Adolf Hitler?

    GOP congressional candidate from Delaware Glen Urquhart makes the smartest, most-flawless argument ever against that insidious First Amendment

    "Do you know, where does this phrase 'separation of church and state' comes from?… It was not in Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists… The exact phrase 'separation of church and state' came out of Adolph Hitler's mouth, that's where it comes from. So, the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State ask them why they're Nazis."

    I gotta give Urquhart credit for this one. He's totally, totally right. Thomas Jefferson never wrote "separation of church and state." He wrote "separation between church and state." Totally different. "Between" is a good patriotic American preposition. "Of," on the other hand, is a Nazi-sympathizer word. It just sounds anti-Semitic, doesn't it? Henry Ford even used it in the title of the 4th volume of his International Jew pamphlet series. What more proof do you need?

    So, the next time your liberal friends ask you for the time of day, ask them why they hate Jewish people so much.

    Tags: Adolf Hitler, Bill of Rights, Constitution, Delaware, House of Representatives, Jewish, Nazis, Quote Unquote, Religion, Tea Party, Thomas Jefferson
  • Colbert Defends Dr. Laura

    Many were stunned when Dr. Laura Schlessinger recently uttered the n-word several times on her radio program. And as Stephen Colbert discussed on last night's Colbert Report, she's decided to leave her show in the wake of the controversy. Is it sad? Sure. But it's probably for the best. After all, how can I continue to take backwards and destructive relationship and parenting advice from a sociopath, if I know in the back of my head she might be some kind of bigot?

    The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday

    Tags: Bill of Rights, Constitution, Larry King, Laura Schlessinger, Racism, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Thomas Jefferson, Video