News Roundup for 5/26/09

Smog monster
Artist's depiction of Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney combined

-Headline of the day-
"Powell's approval ratings more than Cheney, Limbaugh combined."

It may be just me, but I don't want to imagine some sort of combined Cheney/Limbaugh hybrid. It just freaks me out.

A new CNN poll finds that the doubleteaming Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney have been playing on Colin Powell is having an effect; Powell is now more popular than both of them combined.

Apparently forgetting the role he played in getting us stuck in Iraq, 70% of respondents viewed the former Secretary of State in a positive light, compared to Cheney's 37% and Limbaugh's 30%.

Both Cheney and Limbaugh have accused Powell of not really being a Republican. Powell denies it, but they're probably right -- Republicans don't get those kind of approval numbers. Clearly, Powell is secretly a Democrat, because the vast majority of people don't think he's crazier than a monkeyhouse.

The math is weird, too. Cheney is both the most popular and most unpopular of the two Sith Lords. While Cheney beats Limbaugh in favorability, he also beats him in unfavorability -- 55% Cheney, 53% Limbaugh. You figure it out.

Not that it makes any difference, majorities think both are blowful. The disagreement is on just how blowful.

Suck it, losers. (Raw Story)

-Cartoon time with Mark Fiore-
Hey kids, think you know your right hand from your left? Ha!

Click for animation

There is no left or right, young Grasshopper. There is only Oppositeland! (MarkFiore.com)

-I'll take that as an endorsement-
In a blog post for the American Enterprise Institute, John Yoo writes that he doesn't like President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor.

Yeah, that John Yoo. The Bush torture lawyer John Yoo. The "in danger of being disbarred for being a shitty attorney" John Yoo. The possible war criminal John Yoo.

What's the problem? Well, it turns out she's all human and stuff. Yoo says Sotomayor's selection "shows that empathy has won out over excellence in the White House." Yoo has no use for empathy because -- let's face it -- it's hard to design a legal defense for torture when empathy's high on your list of personal priorities.

You know who else has no use for empathy? Any given psychopath. Your average psycho displays a "callousness and lack of empathy," along with other abnormal personality traits, according to the Hare Psychopathy Checklist.

Sure explains a lot about John Yoo, doesn't it? A note to Yoo's family -- hide the steak knives. (The American, via reddit)

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