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Josh Barro is the only conservative columnist who has been able to give me pause and keep me engaged and thinking on Twitter. All my favorite libertarian columnists happen to be gay (Greenwald). Not sure what’s up with that.

@jbarro

Politics Editor at Business Insider. Crotchety young man. [email protected]

Via Wikipedia:

Joshua A. Barro is an American opinion journalist and the current politics editor at Business Insider… He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard.

Time named Barro’s Twitter feed one of “The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013”, one of ten in the Politics category. In 2012, Forbes selected him as one of the “30 Under 30” media “brightest stars under the age of 30,” and David Brooks listed him as part of the, “vibrant and increasingly influential center-right conversation.”

Barro describes himself as a neoliberal and a Republican, but has expressed opposition to many policies of the Republican party. He has been described by others as conservative, liberal and libertarian.

Barro lives in Queens, NY. His father is noted macroeconomist Robert Barro. Barro is openly gay and has written in support of gay marriage.

Categories: Economics, Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: Business Insider, conservative, economics, Josh Barro, Joshua Barro, journalism, journalist, liberal, politics

I got an e-mail from Tumblr today:

I am Anthony Weiner turned 2 today!
We hope it was a great year, and we look forward to sharing many more!

I wrote about this a couple years ago, but just in case you missed it:

My Failed “I am Anthony Weiner” Project. What I Learned about Social Movements.

Basically, I tried to start a “I Am Bradley Manning” Tumblr, expect for Anthony Weiner and with crotch shots: http://iamanthonyweiner.tumblr.com/

I thought there was a chance it might blow up. There was another crotch pics for Weiner website that pretty much copied me.

Both websites turned out to be epic failures.

I was thinking about opening it up again since Weiner recently came back to life with a bid for mayor of New York City. But now I feel like it’s too late. I made the Tumblr before the drama in which he came out as a liar.

If you’re a couple years behind on the Weiner news, Wikipedia has your back:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Weiner_sexting_scandal

I don’t feel like Anthony Weiner has a huge shot right now anyway. He probably could have survived the dick pic scandal on pride alone if only he hadn’t freaked out and and then lied about being hacked. So RIP, “I am Anthony Weiner” Tumblr. You had potential, just like Anthony Weiner himself.

Full disclosure:

I am a registered NYC voter now. (I was an NJ resident before. But now am a Brooklynite.) I am actually voting for Christine Quinn, but for reasons other than dick pics.

Categories: New York City, Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, Viral Things Tags: Anthony Weiner, christine quinn, dicks, mayor, new york citiy, NYC, politics, scandal, sexting, Tumblr, twitter, viral marketing

Mug shot of Rob Ford taken by the Miami-Dade Police Department in Florida upon Ford’s arrest for drunk driving (DUI) and marijuana possession charges in 1999.

If you’re not up to date on Canadian political scandals, here’s The Daily Show clip from last Tuesday and an explanation of Canada’s longstanding tradition of sucking dick for crack.

Man, all New York has is a guy named Weiner who was sexting semi-erect penis pics. We should be ashamed at the caliber of our scandals.

Via Guardian News:

“We’re just trying to see whether or not such a video exists and whether or not any video has been doctored or altered,” Dennis Morris told the Toronto Sun. “I think unless one has expertise in crack cocaine smoking it is very difficult to gauge what a person is actually doing in an alleged video.”

For some reason, probably because I wouldn’t be surprised if the government did get a crack expert to testify against him, that quote reminds me of this old campaign video.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: Canada, crack, drugs, politics, rob ford, toronto

I haven’t been posting a lot lately because I want to not turn this blog into a re-blog wonderland or a second youtube favorites playlist, but this one was too good:

“We spent weeks trying to figure out what you call this… if it’s taking pictures, it’s not a cell phone.”

Oh, Newt, I’m sad the effort to Santorum-ize your name never really took off.

I really hope Colbert addresses this tonight.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, things that amuse me Tags: newt gingrich, old people, politics, smart phone, technology

America’s Sweetheart, James Holmes, donning excellent facial fur.

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Hirsute leaders with high office aspirations rejoice.

The paperwork has been filed with the FEC on Wednesday to establish The Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy, a bi-partisan political action committee whose purpose is implicit in the name.

“It’s been 125 years since our last bearded President, Benjamin Harrison, was elected,” BEARD PAC Communications Director Andy Shapero said in a press release. “We’re hoping that with our support, bearded individuals will shrug off over a century of political irrelevance and start running for office again.”

So why have beards gone out of style for politicians over the last century? Slate speculates that besides solidarity with soldiers, who were forbidden to wear beards that interfered with gas masks in WWI, it was later to avoid association with “communists and hippies.”

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Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: BEARD PAC, beards, facial hair, politics

In 90 minutes I’ll be running a live-blog, mostly from Twitter reactions. It’ll probably be a lot more lazy tomorrow because I have to pack during the debate.

Debate Pre-game:

Matthew Burke ‏@MatthewKBurke

#ObamaDebateTips Wear a Big Bird costume.

Ben ‏@NEKansasPatriot

#ObamaDebateTips Make sure everyone will let you be clear.

TheGOP LIES ‏@Brimonian

#ObamaDebateTips Gangnam style

Doc Nelson ‏@JDNelson_68W

Borrow Hillary’s balls. #ObamaDebateTips

KushFaceGangNj ‏@dpreston88

#ObamaDebateTips Legalize marijuana. #Obama2012

Glenn Quagmire™ ‏@thefunnyquag

“@HahaOneLiners: #ObamaDebateTips Don’t say anything. Just have Morgan Freeman say it for you.”

Milkshakes Anytime ‏@MomMilkshake

End every response with, That’s What She Said. #ObamaDebateTips

Twitty Kitty ‏@TwittyKltty

#ObamaDebateTips Break out in random meowing.

Alexander ✮ ‏@alexpicciarelli

#ObamaDebateTips Meow at Mitt Romney. GAME OVER

Of course Twitters obsessed with cats. Because people on twitter have no friends.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, things that amuse me Tags: funny, obama, politics, president, Presidential Debate, romney, twitter

Ze Frank summarizes the facts of the debate:

Paul Ryan’s hair does look like an accordion. Although I think the comparison to the slow loris is unfounded. The slow loris is much cuter than Paul Ryan, although I’m sure Paul Ryan has nicer abs than the slow loris.

Just look at it… it’s clearly part of the 47%.

There weren’t any terribly egregious errors. Mostly normal fact check problems on both sides like rounding numbers like 264 to 300 and using studies that are wrong.

I made a comment during the debate that Biden says they are “friends” like they go flyfishing every second Tuesday month and then go to the titty bar.

Now I have a mental image of Joe Biden saying “titty bar” and it’s hilarious.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: debate, joe biden, meme, politics, vice president, VP