we are young and stupid and raised by wolves

(this is not real life. these are not pictures of me. I am 25 years old and a woman and passionate about politics and fanfiction and, as far as you are concerned, I only exist online.)

 

I have no earned authority to talk about anything.

There was this day over the summer that I was worried about (that) happening — and I’d said to Jon (Stewart) before I was worried about something coming up where I didn’t feel like I had the authority to speak on it, and it was more emotional than it was easy to put through our regular prism.

He said, “Well, I don’t think it’s unearned, but even if it is, this will be the time that you earn it.” And it happened. We had to do a show a day after the Trayvon Martin verdict. That was a tough day. Partly because I felt his absence a lot, the whole day and especially that night with a live audience, you feel like people are looking to him.

And I tried my hardest. We tried to write from the heart to deal with the pain. I did my best. I still think it would have been better if he was there that day. So, I need to kind of earn (it). I did that on credit.

I do not envy whoever’s going to fill those shoes.

the ONLY allusion Stephen Colbert made last night to his succeeding David Letterman, much to my surprise

I think this is about the disconnect between his character and himself, because of course his character isn’t succeeding Letterman. His character has eight months left to live. Or, at best, before he goes into retirement, to be resurrected only on the odd occasion. So it makes sense that Stephen can’t gloat on his show, as his character would like to, about this accomplishment.

Jon’s tribute was really really sweet, of course.

There is no greater joy than seeing a genuinely good man, who works as hard as he can every day, and deserves all the success in the world, actually get that success. For Stephen, we’re just thrilled.

Jon Stewart’s coverage of the latest SCOTUS decision about campaign finance — covered by PART 2, because again, TDS website is dumb about splitting up what’s intended as a single monologue

Anyway, this is a very smart and cutting breakdown of the aggregate campaign finance ruling and how it’s bullshit and actively shrinking the democracy of our supposedly democratic nation

It’s this idea that the loss of absolute power is akin to persecution.

Jon Stewart, discussing with Anita Hill the wailing of (in particular) older white men over what they can’t say or get away with anymore, compared to what they could a few decades ago

(Source: thedailyshow.cc.com)

PART TWO IS HERE. You need to watch both of them together, The Daily Show website is a dumbass for not putting them together. It’s one unbroken monologue, Jon does that when he gets really intense and passionate and those are *always* worth watching.

These are the best segments I’ve seen on his show in months (and I don’t miss a single episode). When he was talking about this initially last week, it made me so angry I couldn’t even write about it (especially that awful Fox News clip of the woman saying she’d love to try to live in $133/month for food because she’d “look fabulous”), even though Jon wasn’t then facing the issue head-on.  Here, though — when some cretin within Fox had the nincompoop idea of challenging him — he does face it head-on.

Sometimes Jon Stewart still takes my breath away.  And when he’s powered by that subtle, almost-hidden undercurrent of fury, he reaches a certain height of eloquency and force that he never does any other time.

When you finish those two, you need to watch part three, the third segment of this show, that introduces #mcconnelling. Because as he explains, he needed to take a vacation from that first monologue.  And it’s the first time I completely lost it, with unsmothered laughter, at my desk at work. Fortunately it was lunch hour.

Finally, his interview with Anita Hill was top-notch, a profound discussion of sexual abuse in the workplace and how far we have and haven’t come since her Senate hearings.

What I mean to say is that Jon delivered a five-star episode last night, from beginning to end, and it’s worth watching in full.

As Jesus once said, If you give a man a fish — don’t, period, end of Bible.

Jon Stewart, paraphrasing the CPAC message

A 2004 Daily Show clip with what might be one of Rob Corddry’s best performances, ever, discussing how Superbowl ads epitomize our consumer society and the dark truths that reveals about America.

(Also, omg I thought this set/this Jon was way earlier than 2004.  He was much less animated in his facial reactions back then!)

thedailyshow:

"Great. Finally Google Glass has made it possible to see what it looks like to go f**k yourself." http://on.cc.com/1jtoRHO

YES THIS.
And he captured my thoughts exactly with this: “Who honestly wants to have sex from their partner’s point of view? The one thing that could drive me away from sex permanently, is the knowledge of how I look doing it.”

thedailyshow:

"Great. Finally Google Glass has made it possible to see what it looks like to go f**k yourself." http://on.cc.com/1jtoRHO

YES THIS.

And he captured my thoughts exactly with this: “Who honestly wants to have sex from their partner’s point of view? The one thing that could drive me away from sex permanently, is the knowledge of how I look doing it.”

The only difference between a bong hit and pointing a loaded gun at your own skull is that a gun can kill you instantly and must never be criminalized or restricted in any way, ever.

Jon Stewart, responding to Bill O’Reilly’s statement that getting high is “literally Russian roulette”