The Collateral Damage of the Race

Posted on March 21, 2012 in Countdown
Are you disturbed by the PATRIOT Act’s civil rights transgressions? Wait until you hear this: The Justice Department apparently has an even more intrusive interpretation of their powers under the PATRIOT Act; one which, "Contrary to core principles of American democracy" (in the words of Senators Wyden and Udall), they refuse to disclose to the American people.
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It Never Ends

Posted on March 14, 2012 in Countdown
For a while there, we thought Gingrich’s anti-Muslim rhetoric was motivated by cheap political pandering to the growing bigoted sentiments on the far right, but now we understand he’s just trying to restore the balance destabilized by all this extra protectiveness of Islam. Thanks Newt!
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Special AIPAC Edition

Posted on March 07, 2012 in Countdown
No AIPAC edition of Countdown would be complete without Jon Stewart’s brilliant take on The Daily Show on how criticizing Israel is taboo in American political discourse, while perfectly fine in Israeli politics. “Apparently in Israel,” he said, “you are allowed to criticize Israel and still hold public office."
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Boy, The Things They Say

Posted on February 29, 2012 in Countdown
When American troops burned Qurans in Afghanistan, the U.S. military sensibly apologized for the mistake. Well, Gingrich is not happy about that (the apology, not the Quran-burning) because apologizing amounted to American “surrender.” Yup, in Gingirch’s world, nations are all 13 year old boys who must prove they’re tough by never apologizing when they screw up.
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Ever More Surreal

Posted on February 22, 2012 in Countdown
But don’t worry; Santorum’s press secretary Alice Stewart explained that this was all a misunderstanding: Santorum wasn’t attacking the President’s faith, just his “radical Islamic policies.” Oh, thank God it’s just his radical Islamism; for a second there it sounded like Santorum was questioning the President’s faith. Stewart later said she misspoke and was actually trying to say “radical environmental policies.” Nicely done, Ms. Stewart, nicely done! If you ever find yourself in trouble and in need of damage-control, you know who to hire. “Your honor, my client wasn’t trespassing through his neighbor’s backyard, he was just trying to burn his house down.”
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Where Is The Love?

Posted on February 14, 2012 in Countdown
Whether you’re upset today because you hate participating in the commercial industry of love, or because can’t think of an original Valentine’s gift (heart-shaped chocolate box is just fine), or because the world is reminding you that nobody loves you (don’t believe it, we’re sure someone does), today still means something very different to you than it does for Bahrain.
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Still Looking for Sensibility

Posted on February 09, 2012 in Countdown
Health-warning: don’t play drinking games with Islamophobic references at CPAC (we’re just guessing it’ll be dangerous).
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Getting a Little Out of Hand

Posted on January 31, 2012 in Countdown
The consequences were tragic: immediately following Santorum’s remarks, over a billion and a half Muslims died of laughter. We at Countdown encourage the remaining ones (when done mourning, of course) to let Santorum know that equality is kind of a familiar concept to them, and that the God of Abraham is actually their God too.
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Bring On the Heat

Posted on January 24, 2012 in Countdown
A bigoted woman in a Santorum forum (rhyme not intended) told him that Obama “is an avowed Muslim [and...] has no legal right to be calling himself President.” How did Santorum respond? By saying “I’m doing my best to get him out.” We never thought we’d say this, but at least McCain had the decency, however terribly executed, to try to repudiate his crazy supporter’s remarks. Welcome, once again, to the 2012 election.
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In Case You Haven’t Noticed

Posted on January 18, 2012 in Countdown
We at Countdown don’t really care whether Colbert makes the ballot in South Carolina. We’re just dying for him to be allowed to join the debates. Can you imagine an exchange between Colbert and Newt? Yes, we can’t stop smirking at the thought either.
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