Jim Treacher
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2011 Flashback: Rachel Maddow Spreads Yfrog Conspiracy Theory To Defend Anthony Weiner

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As we learn more about what Anthony Weiner did to that 16-year-old girl, and as he thinks up funny lines to try on the prison yard to get out of his "beat-in," I thought it would be worthwhile to look back at the early days of his entirely self-inflicted downfall.

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 06:  Actress Naomi Watts (L) and former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson attend the screening of

Valerie Plame Wants To Warn You About The Jews

12:57 PM 09/21/2017

I can't stand anti-Semitism, which is just one of the many reasons I'm not on board the Alt-Right White Nationalist Pepe Train to Kekistan. I want nothing to do with those idiots. They can take their #RedPill and shove it where the Sonne scheint nicht.

WATCH: Lawrence O’Donnell Loses His Damn Mind On Camera [VIDEO]

8:04 AM 09/21/2017

I've never been able to watch Lawrence O'Donnell for more than a couple of minutes at a time, because he always looks like he's about to burst into a rage. He covers his simmering fury with a snide, faux-calm monotone purr, but I've always assumed that when the little red light on top of the TV camera goes off, so does he. His poor staffers...

A franchise sign is seen above a Chick-fil-A freestanding restaurant after its grand opening in Midtown, New York October 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Rashid Umar Abbasi - RTS2VK3

NYC To Further Normalize Hate-Chicken With World’s Largest Chick-fil-A

1:44 PM 09/20/2017

As you might recall, when Chick-fil-A came to New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a boycott because he doesn't believe in religious freedom. In response, New Yorkers voted with their bellies and wallets. Like everything else de Blasio does, the boycott was a bad idea that went nowhere.

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Good News, GOP: John Kerry Isn’t Ruling Out Running For President Again

11:58 AM 09/20/2017

Other than Hillary Clinton running again in 2020, I can't think of better news for Republicans than the following.

Another Lawsuit Over Rolling Stone’s UVA Rape Hoax Will Proceed To Trial

6:43 AM 09/20/2017

I think rape is such a horrible crime that it's very important to make sure a specific accusation is true before punishing people for it. Whereas our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters on the left think rape is such a horrible crime that any accusation serves as its own proof. We must #BelieveWomen, no matter what. Expressing any doubts or pointing out any inconsistencies in an accuser's story will get you branded a "rape denier." Well, if you want to know where that attitude leads, just look at what's happening to Rolling Stone.

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#NotAllIslams Set Fire To Melbourne Bank Due To Long Wait Time

9:21 AM 09/19/2017

No, folks, not my usual #NotAllMuslims. This time I'm confining my racism and Islamophobia to people with the last name Islam. Only one of those people did what you're about to see, so it doesn't really count. #NotAllIslams.

Court Releases Bone Chilling Texts Jared Fogle Sent To Lure Underage Victims (Getty Images)

Jared Fogle’s Ex-Wife Is Suing Subway

7:12 AM 09/19/2017

Speaking as a Hoosier and a fan of processed meats, I was heartbroken when it turned out Jared Fogle is a big piece of garbage. I'm glad he's in jail, but one thing has always bugged me about the whole fiasco: How did Subway IP Inc. not know? This creep got caught because he was blabbing to a reporter about what he was into, so it's not like he was keeping it to himself. He made Subway a lot of money over the years. Did they turn a blind eye to keep it rolling in?

Is This The Worst Political Ad Ever? Or Possibly The Best?

5:02 AM 09/19/2017

I don't know anything about Dan Helmer, except that he's a Virginia Democrat running for Congress and he's a veteran of the U.S. Army. I respect his service to our country, and I wish him no ill will as he seeks to challenge Republican Barbara Comstock. But this campaign ad he just put out is the most baffling thing I've ever seen, and I've seen mother!.

Top 10 Reasons I’ll Miss Rolling Stone Magazine

3:18 PM 09/18/2017

Jann Wenner is putting Rolling Stone up for sale, and a lot of people are wondering if this is the end of an era. You might not like the magazine because of their UVA rape hoax, or their Jahar Tsarnaev cover, or just the simple realization that it's not 1974 anymore and you don't have to care what they think. But no matter what happens, over the past 50 years Rolling Stone has given us a lot of historical moments to treasure. It's been an important part of American culture since LBJ was president. Although it was tough to narrow down the following list, here are the Top 10 Reasons I'll Miss Rolling Stone Magazine. Drum roll, please... Number 10!

Ben Rhodes, assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications at the White House, answers a question during the Reuters Washington Summit in Washington, October 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Jim Bourg.

Ben Rhodes Is Jealous That Somebody Else Is Getting Attention For Lying

11:11 AM 09/18/2017

If you watched the Emmys last night, my condolences. I didn't tune in for a bunch of Democrats further alienating America and making themselves even more of a fringe party, because I can get that by turning on any channel of TV, or looking at any other form of media, at any hour of an average day in 2017. Putting Stephen Colbert in a tuxedo to do it for a few hours on a Sunday night in September seems redundant, but let them have their fun. This is all they have left.

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Keith Olbermann Just Says No To Boobs

9:00 AM 09/18/2017

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It), the other day a very important thing happened on CNN. No, seriously! A crucial moment in American history occurred on their air. Here's what it looked like:

BERKELEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  California Highway Patrol officers monitor a line of people waiting to enter Zellerbach Hall on the U.C. Berkeley campus on September 14, 2017 in Berkeley, California. Police are out in force as protesters are assembling outside of Zellerbach Hall at U.C. Berkeley where conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro is scheduled to speak.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Berkeley Hosts Conservative Speaker Without Plunging Into Chaos

2:14 PM 09/15/2017

I don't know if Antifa decided to take the night off, or if they were deterred by the extraordinary security precautions in Berkeley last night. Maybe they just got bored with being violent assholes. But I'm glad Ben Shapiro was able to speak there without any leftist idiots starting a riot.

Does Anybody Really Think Anthony Bourdain Is Plotting To Kill The President?

9:03 AM 09/15/2017

So this happened...

A clown looks on during a news conference in Mexico City October 14, 2009. Mexico will host the 14th Latin American Clown Convention from October 19 to October 22. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte

That Clown Protest Of The Movie ‘It’ Is A Hoax

6:08 AM 09/15/2017

Clowns have never scared me. All they do is disappoint me. And now they've done it again. If you can't trust a clown, who can you trust?

Who’s Ready For The Worst Reality Show Ever?

11:52 AM 09/14/2017

Here's one from the Department of Redundancy Department: Somebody's making a reality show set in Washington, DC. That place is already a reality show, amirite? [awesome high-fives all around]

Here’s The New Yorker Cover They Wish They’d Published After The Election

10:22 AM 09/14/2017

If your mantra is "He stinks, but at least she lost," then we are pals. And the New Yorker wants to feed our schadenfreude. They're not letting go of the dream. They're #StillWithHer.

John Moore/Getty Images. NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23:  Anthony Weiner, a leading candidate for New York City mayor, stands with his wife Huma Abedin during a press conference on July 23, 2013 in New York City. Weiner addressed news of new allegations that he engaged in lewd online conversations with a woman after he resigned from Congress for similar previous incidents.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Anthony Weiner: It’s That Teenage Girl’s Fault

8:15 AM 09/14/2017

Whenever I'm feeling down, I just remind myself of one important fact: I am not Anthony Weiner. How great is it to not be Anthony Weiner?

Thomas Jefferson statue at the University of Virginia (Shutterstock/Timothy Harding)

UVA Students Deface Statue Of Thomas Jefferson, Because That’s What We Do Now

1:44 PM 09/13/2017

Remember when people started freaking out over statues, and President Trump speculated that pretty soon they'd go after statues of the Founding Fathers? And remember how ridiculous you thought it was? Remember how you thought it would never come to that?