Archive for December 19, 2010
GOP’er Bill Kristol claimed today that the DREAM Act was a political ploy by Harry Reid and President Obama to make Republicans “appear” to be anti-Hispanic.
In 1999 I bought a little 4″ x 4″ blank book (this is the cover — love the colors),
and since then I’ve used it to record quotes I like or that I want to think about.
I was looking through it today (trying to clear my desk (wish me luck) in anticipation of the new year), when I came across this:
March 24, 2006: Retired Air Force Col. Sam Gardiner appearing on DemocracyNow!: “…[W]hen you have to make up stories to sell the thing that you’re trying to defend, you’ve gone down a bad road.”
That one sentence encapsulates the GOP and the Fictional News Channel. And just think, Col. Gardiner said it before the advent of Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, the Glenn Beckistaners and crybabyism.
If they had a good product they wouldn’t have to lie to sell it. But they don’t and they do.
What’s that saying they have in Texas? Our former president used it. Oh, yeah, it’s: “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” So I want to ask Vice President Joe Biden why I should believe him when he says, as he did today on Meet the Press that, when it comes to Afghanistan, “we’re gonna be totally out of there, come hell or high water, by 2014.”
Yo, Joe — I’ve already been “fooled again.”
Just for the heck of it, let’s compare Rachael Ray, the Food Network star, to Glenn Beck:
You may have heard that, “in the spirit of Christmas,” Beck,
will be bringing his radio and TV shows to economically devastated Wilmington, Ohio tomorrow, and he is even inviting residents to join him at his radio show taping. Of course, Beck being the “populist” that he is, will be charging the residents of a county where unemployment is at 15.8%, $125 to attend.
To the surprise of no one, except maybe Beck himself, Glenn is having a bit of trouble selling tickets. Despite the fact that his appearance is tomorrow, seats are available starting in the seventh row of the 999 seat Murphy Theatre. This fact has more to do with the $125 price tag of tickets to watch Beck tape his radio show than it does the popularity of the Fox News host.
You see, Wilmington, Ohio has been devastated by the Great Recession. The town lost 10,000 jobs when their major employer DHL closed down in 2008, and is still mired in an economic nightmare.
Fast forward to 2010, the unemployment rate in Clinton County, where Wilmington is located, sits at 15.8%. The overall unemployment rate in Ohio is 9.9%. Into this daily struggle for survival, steps Glenn Beck to spread a little holiday cheer for the small price of $125, or $500 if you would like to personally meet the conservative embodiment of populism.
What a guy, heh?
Compare that to what Rachael Ray did for Wilmington during last year’s holiday season:
Television cooking star Rachael Ray is boosting the local food supply for a struggling Ohio town.
On Saturday, Ray brought a Wilmington soup kitchen new appliances, shelves and furniture. Ray’s show also promised to supply food for the kitchen for the next year.
The soup kitchen is getting as many customers in a day as it did in a week a year ago.
Wilmington is still reeling from the departure of DHL Express and other Wilmington Air Park operations, which has left a 15 percent local unemployment rate in its wake.
On Sunday, the Food Network star hosted an early Thanksgiving feast for the community. The soup kitchen improvements and the Thanksgiving meal are scheduled to be featured on “The Rachael Ray Show” on Nov. 25.
I don’t have a clue as to Rachael Ray’s political preferences, nonetheless I think this illustrates the difference between conservatives and progressives.
Did you hear about the guy who robbed the “post” Bellagio resort in Las Vegas of $1.5 million in chips?
Why would anyone do that? The chips are worthless unless they’re gambled as “money” at the casino, right? And you buy the chips before you go to the table to gamble. I mean, nobody walks in with a backpack full of chips.
So, what is this guy thinking?
Hey, I saw it on the Internets:
A Serbian man reportedly has become a hero in Egypt — by accidentally killing a shark with his butt while drunk.
Dragan Stevic was soused to the gills while partying at the Red Sea resort Sharm El Sheikh when he inadvertently felled the beast that had been terrorizing tourists for weeks.
Stevic cannonballed into the water from a high-diving board, according to a Macedonian news agency.
Instead of making a splash, he came down right on the shark’s head, killing the toothed terror instantly.
The fun-loving party boy was immediately touted as a local hero who saved tourist season, which had dried up after the shark had injured three people and killed one vacationer.
I guess it’s no surprise that the Golden Globe Awards have been corrupted by bribery, just like so many other things:
Wafting over the red carpets this awards season, amid the expensive cologne and forced smiles: a dubious whiff of scandal. The Golden Globes, supposedly Hollywood’s second most prestigious awards event after the Oscars, is finding its often-criticised voting process at the centre of unwelcome controversy.
At issue is a decision by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), organisers of the annual exercise in back-patting, to shortlist two recently released but highly derided studio films – The Tourist and Burlesque – in the “Best Motion Picture (musical or comedy)” category for next month’s event.
The move initially surprised pundits, since both films received unsympathetic reviews and hit cinemas to public apathy. Burlesque, which, according to the aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, got positive write-ups from only 38 per cent of critics, opened fourth in the box office charts and made back just $34m (£22m) of its $55m budget. The Tourist, panned by 79 per cent of reviewers, returned a mere $22m of its $100m budget. Disbelief later turned to mild outrage, however, after it emerged that Sony, the studio behind the clunker Burlesque, recently flew Golden Globes judges to Las Vegas for an all-expenses-paid trip which included luxury hotel accommodation, free meals and a private concert performed by the film’s star, Cher.
I’m beginning to wonder if there are any grownups around anymore.