Things to read on Saturday when you’re bored

Matt Bai has a very nice piece on the late great Steve Gilliard

The Buffalo Beast has up their list of the 50 Most Loathsome People In America for 2007. Sample:

14. Glenn Beck Crimes: If Fox News isn’t quite asinine enough for you, just click on over to Headline News, where the CNN brand is eagerly defiling its vestigial credibility by giving an hour a day to the dumbest dumbfuck in dumbfuckistan, Glenn Beck. A white-knuckle, dry drunk, closet case man-child with apparent xenophobia issues and a penchant for end-times theology, Mormon convert Beck is palpably horny for the apocalypse, passive-aggressively accusing even the world’s most benign Muslims of plotting America’s destruction and likening withdrawal from Iraq to slavery. Beck’s combination of faux everyman persona and deliberate misinformation — The hottest year on record was 1934 (actually 2005), tax cuts increase revenue (patently false Reaganomic mysticism), Antarctica is cooling, Scooter Libby went to jail — seems increasingly insane, as his whole persona seems to be a frantic pantomime of how he thinks an even-keeled, "smart" bigot would act. Thinks Al gore is "like Hitler." May actually be in love with the president of Iran.

Exhibit A: "I don’t know if the Muslim community will ever step to the plate like the Japanese-American community did during World War II. You know, it was absolutely disgraceful how we rounded innocent people up then and, sadly, history has a way of repeating itself no matter how grotesque that history might be. The Muslim community can prevent this if they act now."

Sentence: Anchored to the Florida shore, Beck is forcibly compelled to vigorously deny the gradual rise of water levels around him as boats full of gay, Marxist Muslim illegal immigrants arrive and disembark nearby. Eventually, after two decades, Beck drowns.

Then there is Gary Willis on why Mitt Romney is no JFK. Granted, he only scratches the surface…

Finally, back when we were looking for a college for the lovely and talented Casey we only knew about her future school for one reason. In Sports Illustrated, Alexander Wolff writes about the school’s fifteen minutes of fame.

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