The Red Wave continues. Barney Frank is not only having trouble at the polls, he’s having trouble at his own campaign events.
“Fire Barney!” is the best cry heard in the Boston area since, “One if by land, two if by sea.”
This one’s going to make the Queen of England proud. Her son, Charles, Prince of Wales and King of Fools, is committed to the environment and equally committed, it appears, to proving that he’s insane.
Australia’s Nine Network has the strange details:
In a remarkably candid interview for a BBC documentary, Prince Charles dismisses suggestions he is “loony” but confesses to lying on the floor at his Highgrove home to eavesdrop on visitors.
During the hour-long program, he is seen wandering around the extensive grounds of the Gloucestershire estate with gardener Alan Titchmarsh.
According to the News of the World, he tells the presenter: “I got a lot of flack for a lot of things. I mean, bewildered, frankly, as though you were doing something positively evil.
“I mean potty this, and potty that, loony this and loony that.”
But he admits: “I have eavesdropped on what the visitors have said.”
He reportedly tells Titchmarsh: “When they’re going round outside the windows sometimes you’ve got to lie on the floor.”
And he describes speaking to shrubbery as something which keeps him “relatively sane”.
“I happily talk to the plants and the trees, and listen to them. I think it’s absolutely crucial,” he is reported to say.
Does anyone know if Charles’ parents are brother and sister? That might explain the whole thing.
Source: Nine Network
Is “bloodbath” one word or two? Bloggers and newscasters better find out, because they’re going to be using the word a lot in the next five weeks.
Here’s all the proof you need: Incumbent North Dakota Democrat Earl Pomeroy is not only distancing himself from President Obama, he’s touting his support for “George Bush’s prescription drug plan.”
Let us repeat that just in case you’ve find it hard to comprehend:
Incumbent North Dakota Democrat Earl Pomeroy is touting his support for “George Bush’s prescription drug plan” and saying that his Republican opponent would vote to overturn it.
We just checked. “Bloodbath” is one word.
H/T: Gateway Pundit
We ran across a story in Scientific American headlined, “Women Apologize More Frequently Than Men.” Maybe it says more about us than it does about the survey, but our first thought was, “That may explains why the most effeminate president in history is constantly apologizing to everyone for everything.”
… recent research revealed a curious twist for why women tend to apologize more.
Researchers analyzed the number of self-reported offences and apologies made by 66 subjects over a 12-day period. And yes, they confirmed women consistently apologized more times than men did. But they also found that women report more offenses than men. So the issue is not female over-apology. Instead, there may be a gender difference in what is considered offensive in the first place. The research appears in the September online issue of Psychological Science.
In a second study, three separate offences were rated by 120 subjects on a 7 point scale. And women consistently rated the three offences as more severe than men did. Turns out that men are just as likely as women to apologize for a given offense. But their threshold for thinking they have committed an offense is higher.
Have we offended anyone with our contention that Obama is effeminate? Don’t expect us to apologize.
Source: Scientific American
Let this be a warning: If you’re an animal rights protester and you happen to attend a rodeo down in Chile, do not – repeat, do not – run out into the rodeo ring and interrupt the cowboys as they go about their business. Chilean cowboys are not, apparently, bound by the same awkward legalities that encumber American cowboys.
Unfortunately, these cowboys’ times weren’t very good and they did not advance to the next round of the roping competition.
Republican Joel Demos is running against first-Muslim-in-Congress Keith Ellison Congress in Minnesota.
Keith Ellison is one of those tax-and-spend Democrats, so Demos came up with a clever way to demonstrating who will pay the bill that’s being run up by Ellison and his left wing cohorts.
The production quality’s not as good as it could be and neither is the acting, but it’s a great idea executed simply and clearly.
Did you ever think you’d see the day that environmentalists abandoned Barack Obama? To paraphrase Guy Mitchell’s old country song, “The President has heartaches by the numbers, troubles by the score.”
Politico.com reports a bit of a rebellion brewing on the far left:
“Obama’s environmental record has been dismal, especially on climate, oil and endangered species,” said Kieran Suckling, executive director at the Tucson, Ariz.-based Center for Biological Diversity. “His early appointment of Ken Salazar as secretary of the interior showed very poor judgment. So yes, a pro-environment Democrat might find a surprising amount of support in a primary battle.”
Glenn Hurowitz, former media director at Greenpeace, aired his complaints in an article on the Huffington Post with this headline: “Environmentalists Need a New President.”
“It pains me to say it, but success will require a new president,” wrote Hurowitz, now a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. “And that means that after the midterm elections, we need to start looking for a primary challenger who has the heart and soul required to save the planet from catastrophe and rescue American [sic] from its economic morass.”
Take it away, Guy.
Here’s how Nissan USA describes this commercial on its YouTube page:
“Seeing its arctic home melting away, a lone polar bear sets out on a great journey to thank someone who is trying to help.”
Please note that if the commercial had lasted another 30 seconds, we would have seen the starving polar bear’s razor sharp claws eviscerate the unsuspecting Leaf driver, followed by his next door neighbor shooting the bear and mounting its head on the wall of his den.
One other question: If a polar bear can walk all the way from the arctic to suburban America, shouldn’t adapting to a warmer world be a piece of cake in comparison?
Remember when the Coffee Party was founded – with great fanfare from the media despite attracting a “crowd” of fewer than a dozen people – as a counter-protest to the Tea Party?
Well, the Coffee Party has proven itself to be quite a little success. In nine short months, they’ve gone from filling the corner of a coffee shop to filling the corner of a hotel ballroom in beautiful, downtown Louisville, Kentucky.
The Courier-Journal reports:
The Coffee Party USA — which was founded on Facebook and is holding its first national convention in Louisville this weekend — bills itself as a more thoughtful and reasoned alternative to the tea party.
Saturday night the organization held a panel discussion, part of its three-day “Restoring American Democracy” convention, that included bloggers, college professors and communications strategists talking about what they can do to make politics more inclusive. They also discussed how to draw more disenfranchised voters back into the democratic process.
The discussion before about 350 people at the Galt House touched on policy, politics and values and how to bridge the partisan divide.
350 people? Surely, that’s a typo. Americans are clambering for more government, more taxes, more intrusion into their lives, aren’t they? Surely a few digits were accidentally omitted and the accurate figure was 350,000. No. We just confirmed. 350 is the correct number. And that included reporters and bus boys.
Ironic, isn’t it, that a gaggle of left wing lunatics should meet at a place called Galt House?
Ayn Rand would laugh her ass off.
Source: Louisville Courier-Journal
President Obama’s endorsement is a lot like herpes. A lot of Democrats have it, but none of them want to admit it.
Politico.com has the story of the rapidly spreading Presidential virus:
Late last week, President Barack Obama endorsed dozens of House Democratic incumbents and candidates across the political map. The news was easy to miss, however, because so few of them sought to publicize their presidential seal of approval…
Some went so far as to make clear that they didn’t seek the endorsement.
“We haven’t put it on the website or in press releases,” said Wil Brown, campaign manager for House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt, who occupies a conservative-oriented South Carolina district. “I doubt we’ll use it in the campaign.”
Lindsay Fritchman, spokeswoman for Democrat Manan Trivedi, who is running for a suburban-Philadelphia-based district where Obama won 58 percent of the vote, said the campaign had determined it would not actively highlight the endorsement and that, “We think the president’s word is very powerful on its own.”
“Who me? Endorsed by Obama? Obama who? I’m not really familiar with that name.”
Remember right after the election when Obama drew a crowd of 125,000 in Chicago? Or in Berlin when he attracted 200,000? Or at this inauguration when he brought in millions of true believers?
Well, those days are long gone.
Liberal stalwart Gail Sheehy reveals how far the mighty have fallen in the Daily Beast:
Who would have thought that six weeks before a cliffhanger election, President Obama would have to reach down to the D list to fill a room to listen to him? Most of us low rollers arrived early to see President Obama up close and personal. Our tickets for the general reception at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York were only $100. Some thought the email invitation was a joke. Some bought tickets for $50 from their desperate Democratic committeeman. Some bought the same day…
Only after I received four email invitations and two personal calls imploring me to come did I call Speaker Pelosi’s office to check the admission price. “You mean, to be in the room with the President of the United States is now on fire sale for $100?”
“How long do we get?”
“How many $100 givers have rsvp’d?”
“Do we need to line up early to get in?”
“That’s not necessary. Everybody will get in.”
And everybody did—450 people in a room that holds 650. Even Obama’s fire sale didn’t sell out.
We’re not sure which part of this story is funnier – the fact that Obama can’t sell out a 650-seat facility or the fact that Gail Sheehy thinks this election is a cliffhanger.
Do you think maybe it’s possible that Chris Matthews sometimes says stupid crap (highly-technical economist terminology with which you rank amateurs may not be familiar) just so he’ll get a little attention from bloggers?
Seriously. No one smart enough to get a national cable TV show could possibly be stupid enough to say some of the stuff he says.
We would like to enter the following quote into evidence:
Matthews: You know, a great question, Charles, that wasn’t on my list to ask, but I’m going to ask you because you seem like a sophisticated guy of many parts. You think business can sit on those billions and trillions of dollars for two more years after they screw Obama this time? Are they going to keep sitting on their money so they don’t invest and help the economy for two long years to get Mr. Excitement Mitt Romney elected president? Will they do that to the country?
Sorry, Chris. There’s only one guy intentionally screwing the economy. Hint: His middle name is Hussein.
Apparently, those southern rednecks are just as ignorant as Democrats say they are. It appears, however, that it is the Democrats themselves who are making that gross generalization accurate.
According to a new Rasmussen poll, 21% of the voters in South Carolina are dumb enough to vote for a completely unqualified, possibly intellectually impaired candidate.
Rasmussen reports the details:
Republican Senator Jim DeMint earns his highest level of support yet in his bid for reelection in South Carolina.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely South Carolina Voters finds DeMint, who is seeking a second six-year term, earning 64% of the vote, while Democrat Alvin Greene earns 21% support. Ten percent (10%) prefer another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
In the 2004 election, DeMint’s Democrat opponent got 44.1% of the vote. Since Greene is now getting 21% of the vote, that means that half of South Carolina’s Democrats are willing to overlook the fact that he is dimmer than a 25-watt bulb and give him their votes. What kind of thought process leads these people to a conclusion that says, “I think he’ll do a bang up job representing me and my state in the United States Senate.”
But if could be worse. Looks like damn near every California Democrat is going to vote for Barbara Boxer and she’s only marginally smarter than Alvin Greene. And that’s giving her the benefit of the doubt.
If MSNBC’s executives are glass-half-full kind of guys, they look at the results of this new survey and say, “Hey, look at all the growth potential we have.”
If they’re glass-half-empty kind of guys, they say, “We are miserable friggin’ failures, we’re lucky we still have jobs, and the hosts we’ve hired couldn’t attract flies to shit. And come to think of it, that’s really a pretty good analogy.”
The results show the growing influence that 24-hour cable news has on shaping the political consciousness, despite the fact that network newscasts still draw many multiples of the number of viewers of even the highest-rated cable news shows.…Fox’s opinionated personalities were also rated as having the greatest positive impact on the political debate in the country. Bill O’Reilly was rated as having, by far, the greatest positive impact, with 49 percent of respondents rating him positively, and 32 percent negatively.
…MSNBC’s personalities were largely ranked as unknown by respondents: 70 percent said they had never heard of Ed Schultz, 55 percent said they had never heard of Rachel Maddow and 42 percent said they had never heard of Keith Olbermann.
We would like to nominate the TV remote control as the greatest invention in history. Without it, someone might have actually lingered on MSNBC long enough to be familiar with Olbermann, Maddow and Schultz by mistake. With it, they get the anonymity they so richly deserve.
Tough to argue with Republican leader John Boehner. As he said to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, “Chris, they have time to bring a comedian to Washington, DC, but they don’t have time to eliminate the uncertainty by extending all of the current tax rates. I think that’s irresponsible.”
They can’t manage their time. They can’t manage our money. And we hope they can’t manage to get reelected.
The mystery is why Barbara Boxer is ahead of Carly Fiorina in the California polls when even the liberal San Francisco Chronicle can’t work up any enthusiasm for California’s dimwitted Senator.
This non-endorsement of Fiorina is a harsh condemnation of Boxer’s 18 years in Washington, DC:
Californians are left with a deeply unsatisfying choice for the U.S. Senate this year. The incumbent, Democrat Barbara Boxer, has failed to distinguish herself during her 18 years in office. There is no reason to believe that another six-year term would bring anything but more of the same uninspired representation. The challenger, Republican Carly Fiorina, has campaigned with a vigor and directness that suggests she could be effective in Washington – but for an agenda that would undermine this nation’s need to move forward on addressing serious issues such as climate change, health care and immigration.
It is extremely rare that this editorial page would offer no recommendation on any race, particularly one of this importance. This is one necessary exception.
Boxer, first elected in 1992, would not rate on anyone’s list of most influential senators. Her most famous moments on Capitol Hill have not been ones of legislative accomplishment, but of delivering partisan shots. Although she is chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, it is telling that leadership on the most pressing issue before it – climate change – was shifted to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., because the bill had become so polarized under her wing.
For some Californians, Boxer’s reliably liberal voting record may be reason enough to give her another six years in office. But we believe Californians deserve more than a usually correct vote on issues they care about. They deserve a senator who is accessible, effective and willing and able to reach across party lines to achieve progress on the great issues of our times. Boxer falls short on those counts.
Boxer’s campaign, playing to resentment over Fiorina’s wealth, is not only an example of the personalized pettiness that has infected too much of modern politics, it is also a clear sign of desperation.
In past elections, Boxer has had the good fortune of having Republican opponents who were inept, underfunded, on the fringe right – or combinations thereof. Her opponent this time, Fiorina, is proving to be articulate, well-funded and formidable.
The Chronicle may not have noticed, but that same sense of desperation is spreading across the fruited plains. If Fiorina loses, she’ll be the exception come November.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Congresswomen Melissa Bean, a Democrat from Illinois, refuses to hold any town halls because she doesn’t want to face any unhappy constituents. So when a couple of those voters decided to take the town hall to her, she ran from them like they had rabies.
But what we love about this clip is when the voters try – repeatedly – to give her a copy of the Constitution so she could tell them what clause authorizes ObamaCare.
In case you were wondering why Democrats chances in November are beginning to look like Custer’s chances at the Little Big Horn, wonder no more. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has the answer:
Voters are friggin’ stupid.
“We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are influenced by a simple slogan rather than the facts or the truth or what’s happening,” Kerry told reporters after touring the Boston Medical Center yesterday.
You mean like “Yes We Can,” Senator?
Oh, we beg your pardon. We seem to have interrupted our intellectual superior while he was musing.
Kerry made the remarks on voters following questions about U.S. Rep Barney Frank’s re-election campaign and queries about securing federal funding for the Hub hospital.
“I think a lot of the anger today – while it’s appropriate because Washington is broken – is not directed at the right people,” said Kerry. “Barney is prepared, as others are, to explain what we’re doing. I think when people hear the facts and they see what we’re doing, it frankly makes sense.”
Sadly, Kerry is correct. We’re all stupid. If we were smarter, we would all marry rich, ugly widows one after another, which would allow us to wile away our lives living in big houses, sailing big yachts and shooting off our big mouths.
But it would take a really smart guy to figure out a devious scheme like that.
Source: Boston Herald
In her defense, it was an easy mistake to make. Fellatio is impossible without a considerable amount of inflation.
Glamorous French politician Rachida Dati has been forced to issue a public apology after confusing oral sex with inflation.
The 44-year-old former justice minister and MEP is frequently nicknamed ‘Rachida Barbie’ because of her poor understanding of complicated political issues.
But nobody expected her extraordinary mistake on the national Europe 1 radio station on Sunday.
Asked about overseas investment funds profiteering during a period of economic uncertainty, she said: ‘I see some of them looking for returns of 20 or 25 per cent, at a time when fellatio is almost non-existent.’
In French, fellatio – a sex act performed on a man – is ‘fellation’, which sounds a bit like inflation, which is the same word in French and English.
All politicians suck. We’re pretty sure that’s the point Ms. Dati was trying to make.
Source: Daily Mail UK