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I have to apologize to myself for the post below. I think we have a new winner.

Saw this post from Sullivan minutes after teaching Virgil in my last class this afternoon. Friggin genius!  But still, nothing tops this piece from The Onion about the Winesburg, Ohio Wal-Mart.

Seriously, why would anyone listen to these ass-clowns?  Oh, wait…20 million people listen to Rush. Sorry, my bad.

The Chronicle of Higher Ed has a sad but interesting story on the high-tech cheating industry, specifically, the websites that write papers for your students.  Accompanying video explaining how the essay mills work is here. As the author of the article Thomas Bartlett notes, the web made this industry inevitable, but what is fascinating are the quotes from students rationalizing their dishonesty.  My favorite, given without a trace of irony:

Mickey Tomar paid Essay Writers $100 to research and write a paper on the parables of Jesus Christ for his New Testament class. Mr. Tomar, a senior at James Madison University majoring in philosophy and religion, defends the idea of paying someone else to do your academic work, comparing it to companies that outsource labor. “Like most people in college, you don’t have time to do research on some of these things,” he says. “I was hoping to find a guy to do some good quality writing.”

The ShamWow guy (who also sells the now-classic Slap -Chop) was always a little creepy, but apparently he’s been busted for slap-chopping a hooker in Miami.  From the mug shot on Smoking Gun, it looks like she wrang out his face faster than it takes to clean up grape juice on carpet.

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If you have the stomach for it, watch this clip of Glenn Beck. He’s trying hard to keep it together, getting all lachrymose with Chuck Norris and others about how America is lost.  I seriously thought this was something from the old SCTV show when I first saw it.

George Packer has a couple of insighful posts on this renewed paranoid style of American politics, which has been around, unfortunately, for a while.

For perspective, Colbert. And lachrymose is a totally underused word.

Coolest geek since Jeff Goldblum in The Fly.  His explanation of the Republican road to recovery

I grew up loving the Three Stooges.  Pissed off my teachers through 6th grade by “nuk-nuk-nuk”-ing them when they asked me a question and rolling on the floor like an idiot.  But I’m not sure if this is a stroke of genius or the lamest idea ever.  Who am I kidding… I’ll be the first one to fork over $10 to see Benicio Del Toro play Moe.

Nasty comments from Laura Ingraham in five…four…three…

A couple of posts by Sullivan and Knapp to follow up on the pathetic “Going Galt” and “Tea Party” nonsense.  Sullivan sums up the total hypocrisy and shrill panic of many on the Right beautifully:

Think of someone like Glenn Beck.

He sat back and watched Bush preside over the worst domestic attack in US history, explode the entitlement state, engage in unending projects of nation-building in two of the most dysfunctional countries on earth, rip up the Constitution, and bequeath as his legacy a trillion dollar deficit, unprecedented domestic discretionary spending, a banking collapse and the worst recession in many many years. The right will take some time to absorb this but Bush was Carter II – with two full terms. All that rage at what has actually happened – bottled up by rank partisanship for years – has come bounding out. Hence the bizarre spectacle of a president just two months on the job being treated on the right as if he’s already Robert Mugabe.