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October 16, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

Every so often but not nearly often enough, the opportunity to revel in guilt-free schadenfreude rolls around. This is one of those moments.

Over at Daily Kos, one of the most heavily-trafficked liberal websites and a revealing glimpse into the repugnant id that is the leftist mind, Daily Kos diarist "Tirge Caps" is belatedly learning that the Affordable Care Act is not the glorious legislative accomplishment that "progressives" have trumpeted over the last three years.

October 14, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

For the sake of truth in advertising, Ed Schultz should rename his eponymous radio show with the more accurate title, "Comedic Stylings of Ed Schultz."

Schultz's latest example of unintended doofusness over the airwaves came on Friday when a caller asked him for advice on answering criticism of the Obama administration from the caller's conservative friends. (Audio clips after the break)

October 11, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

Libtalker Thom Hartmann has been on a tear of late, denouncing the GOP as "the party of suicide bombers" and comparing Sen. Ted Cruz to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

It was just a matter of time before Hartmann's hothouse rhetoric become a bit overheated even for him. That day came yesterday, after he derided House Speaker John Boehner as guilty of "manslaughter" for his role in the partial government shutdown, followed by Hartmann describing Boehner as "a killer." (Audio clips after the jump)

October 10, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

Two words tied together that make one of the best arguments around for conservatism -- "Ed Schultz."

The lefty radio talker and MSNBC action hero often rails against the idiocy of others, their only common denominator being that they don't share his reverence for Obama-era redistribution. What makes Schultz so entertaining is that it's only a matter of time during one of his windy rants that he reveals more about his side of the aisle than he intended. (Audio after the jump)

October 9, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

The Vietnam War is beloved by liberals, Ann Coulter once observed, because it's the only war America lost.

Looks like the Civil War could become the left's new fave, if it hasn't already. Not only have left wingers deluded themselves that Barack Obama is the second coming of the Great Emancipator (Steven Spielberg's unstated motive for filming "Lincoln"), they now view the partial government shutdown as comparable to the secessionist storm that preceded the Civil War. (Audio after the jump)

October 8, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

.... and the envelope please for Most Overwrought Hyperbole from Left-Wing Radio Host Rendered Deranged by Government Shutdown ... the winner is .... Thom Hartmann ... and it was the unanimous decision of our judges! (cue applause)

Alas, Hartmann will be unable to accept the award in person, seeing how the ceremony conflicted with the next round of his strictly monitored medication schedule ... (Audio after the jump).

October 7, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

How do you know you're winning an argument with a liberal? When she resorts to cheap shots and personal attacks. Come to think of it, that's how you know you're talking to one.

Randi Rhodes, long known as one of the dimmer lights on the left, realizes that she has to go beyond liberal talking points to garner attention. So she'll occasionally up the ante in a feeble bid to remind those who'd rather listen to Ed Schultz, Thom Hartmann or Stephanie Miller that ... Hey! Don't forget me! (Audio after the jump)

October 3, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

Bill Press shouldn't hold his breath waiting to be named marshal in any upcoming gay pride parades.

The ex-"Crossfire" host and his radio show producer took time from their daily adoration of cradle-to-grave government dependency to malign the husband of GOP congresswoman Michele Bachmann in a manner that would lead to harassment, torched effigies and threats of violence if any conservative did likewise. (Audio after the jump)

October 3, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

On average, Ed Schultz is good for at least one belly laugh per week, though this number drops steeply when measured among the turgid types who flock to MSNBC and aren't in on the joke. Schultz hit his quota early this week while hyperventilating about the health exchanges mandated by Obamacare.

Pay no attention to those many glitches and long waits for callers that accompanied rollout of the exchanges Oct. 1, Schultz assured his radio listeners -- these are actually evidence of the Affordable Care Act's gleaming "success." (Audio after the jump)

October 2, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

A sure sign that Dear Leader in the White House is under siege? His most ardent followers in media are sounding like denizens of Radio Rwanda circa 1994.

Latest example -- liberal radio host Stephanie Miller, aka the "Sexy Liberal" (yes, she actually calls herself that) upping the ante with a bedwetter of a caller who feared for his children's safety because of the partial government shutdown. (Audio after the jump)

October 1, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

If Obamacare is as glorious and transformative as its most vocal proponents claim, why do they skirt the truth about it?

The state-run health exchanges mandated by the legislation take effect today -- and coinciding with their appearance are laughable claims about the law from its chief apologists in media. (Audio clips after the jump)

September 27, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

You'd be hard-pressed to find a bigger cheerleader in media for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, than Ed Schultz.

Hardly a day has passed in three years since the law was enacted that Schultz has not touted its magnificence on his radio show and cable program on MSNBC. Those familiar with Schultz's huff-and-puff shtick know that he's got another soft spot -- for labor unions. (Audio after the jump)

September 24, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

Democratic strategist Bob Beckel is often pigeonholed as a token liberal on FOX's late afternoon show "The Five," but yesterday made it emphatically clear that he's no useful idiot for jihadists.

Angered by horrific violence against shoppers at a mall in Nairobi and churchgoers in Pakistan, Beckel lashed out at "moderate Muslims" as "cowards" for not confronting extremist militants among them. (Video after the jump)

September 23, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

It's with good reason that Bill Maher's liberal politics don't prevent many conservatives from enjoying his comedy.

They know it's just a matter of time before Maher notices that the emperor is strolling down the sidewalk shorn of attire, and Maher will mock him regardless of the target's political affiliation. (Video after the jump)

September 22, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

As luck would have it, I've never seen Mafia wives exchange air kisses as they feign affection. But I saw a close approximation of it Friday on "The Ed Show," a few hours after hearing a similiar version on Ed Schultz's radio program.

Schultz had blown a gasket over the airwaves Thursday in response to a passage from MSNBC colleague Richard Wolffe's new book, "The Message: The Reselling of President Obama." (Video, audio clips after the jump)

September 20, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

It's gotten to the point where CNN anchor Carol Costello makes Ted Baxter look like Edward R. Murrow.

Costello is dispensing with any pretense of objectivity and has decided to let her left-wing flag fly -- this while the execs at CNN scratch their heads over the network's abysmal ratings. If I want liberal media on cable, I'll turn to MSNBC thanks very much and thereby avoid, to borrow from Lincoln, the base alloy of hypocrisy at CNN.

September 19, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

It's one thing for Ed Schultz to march way out of lockstep with his MSNBC colleagues on guns. Today he accused one of them with getting it flat-out wrong in claiming that Schultz's remarks during a meeting with President Obama in 2011 were perceived by the president as disrespectful.

In his new book, "The Message: The Reselling of President Obama," Richard Wolffe, executive editor of MSNBC.com, describes a White House meeting attended by Obama and several prominent media liberals, including Schultz. At one point during the gathering, Wolffe wrote, "Ed Schultz sat listening to others opine before ripping into an impassioned plea for the president to stand up and fight. The 44th president of the United States listened calmly and nodded his head, surprising his aides with a meek appearance that successfully masked how little patience he had for such criticism." (Audio after the jump)

September 18, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

This won't go over well at MSNBC to say the least.

In the wake of Monday's shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, radio libtalker Ed Schultz, who also hosts an MSNBC cable show, wasted little time in saying further restrictions on gun owners would be pointless. (Audio after the jump)

September 17, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

Combine derangement and deceit from a liberal radio talker and what you get is singularly repellent.

Much like her lefty soulmate Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, Randi Rhodes is a huge fan of "infrastructure" spending. But while conservatives hear "infrastructure" and are likely to think, oh say, roads and bridges, Rhodes hears it and thinks, ka-ching! Much like the Democrats in Congress for whom she so heartily shills. (Audio after the jump)

September 16, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

Further proof that purported academic and occasional hip-hop recording artist Cornel West has no intention of ever again being taken seriously.

On the weekend podcast he shares with Tavis Smiley, West talked about the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., which occurred 50 years ago yesterday. (Audio after the jump)