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Everybody Is Going Out To McDonald's Except Mitt Romney

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Happy Friday, everyone! Isn't it great when we as Americans are friends with gay people and immigrants and Saudi Arabia? We should throw a party and all hang out together! But shhh don't invite Mitt. He's too busy giving speeches in Michigan. Also, he's lame.

  • Obama's big announcements about gay marriage and immigration continually make Mitt Romney look bad. Hmm, is that because the Republican stance on social issues is incredibly narrow-minded and based on the idea that if it is someone's "preference" to deny civil rights or denigrate immigrants who came here as children? No, it must be Obama's charm and celebrity supporters. [Slate]
  • Do you feel safe knowing that the US and Saudi Arabia are friends? Muslims around the world certainly don't. They're all like, "Uh guys? They don't let the women do anything fun, like drive or play sports or vote." But it's okay, because oil. [Salon]
  • What do you think of Elizabeth Warren as a possible successor to President Obama? The Democrats seem excited about her, although we know how nitpicky they can be. [The Atlantic]
  • Finally, in an almost literal "this is how we make the sausage" move, McDonald's releases a video showing why a Quarter Pounder doesn't look like it does in the ads. It's really weird, because they use palette knives and special grills and Photoshop, but they're like "we HAVE to do this because of the box and how pictures are 2-D and sometimes the bun has holes and that isn't pretty," but...but they're using Photoshop! On food! Well, the best thing about this video is the marketing woman's Canadian accent. [NPR]
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The Commentczar's In Town

Yr Wonkette has been getting quite a few visits from trolls lately, although most of the infestations have been incredibly tiresome and not at all worth discussing here. We're talking, like, not even as good as ol' Turgid Love Muscle Guy. Come to think of it, we haven't seen him in a while; hope he's OK. At least health-wise.

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In 2006, Bob Casey Jr., then the Pennsylvania state treasurer, defeated Rick Santorum and took his seat in the US Senate; presumably only after having it steam cleaned. Not that Casey wanted anything much to do with Dan Savage, the columnist who had helpfully made the alternative definition of "Santorum" one of the best demonstrations of the power of trolling for the prior three years. But in '06, Casey's campaign actually declined a donation from Savage; Casey's finance director thanked him, but suggested maybe Savage could give the money to a group working against Santorum so Casey wouldn't get flak for taking the donation. That was back when Dems were happy to talk about civil unions but frightened of gay marriage, and Casey just plain wussed out on the chance to bring a "weeks-long debate about feces, lube, and assfucking" to the Senate race, as then-Wonket Dave Weigel put it. But Bob Casey has come rather a long way since then, and he now supports marriage equality. He might still be a bit shy about a full-on embrace of buttsechs talk, however.

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