Saturday, August 20, 2011

Obama bus tour provides glimpse of reelection strategy

President Obama cheers in a huddle with the Galesburg High School football team while visiting Galesburg, Ill., on Wednesday, August 17, 2011. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

 Michele Bachmann’s Misleading Talking Point On Federal Pay

 “Oh Lord, why did you give me such a tiny, submissive brain?”

Rick Perry’s strength and weakness: Jobs

Excerpt: But if Texas has created many jobs, it has failed to create good jobs. Many of the jobs created since 2009 pay only minimum wage, and Texas, along with Mississippi, has the highest percentage of minimum wage workers in the U.S.

Rick Perry’s ‘cowboy image’ and loose lips worry Hill Republicans

“You can’t be calling Bernanke a traitor and you can’t be questioning whether or not Barack Obama loves America, that type of thing,” said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and veteran Long Island incumbent.







“Hoss, I’m going to let you let you in on a secret that Texans already know. Compared to me, ‘Dubya is a ‘g-d’ Mensa-level genius!”

What In The World Happened to Tim Pawlenty?

GOP Bigs Push Paul Ryan to Run

Top 5 reasons Paul Ryan shouldn’t run for president

POSSIBLE MITT ROMNEY SLOGANS: “He May Be Mormon, But He’s Not Crazy!”, “Compared to Bachmann and Perry, I’ll Take The Mormon!”, “Why Not Mitt?” and last but not least, “Eenie, Meenie, Oh What The Hell, Give Me Mitt!”







“Now on the other side of sanity, you’ve got Bachmann, Palin, Paul and Perry. Or as I like to call them – ‘3 Stooges and a MILF’.”


“You don’t accuse the chairman of the Federal Reserve of being a traitor to his country,” said former Bush White House senior adviser Karl Rove in an interview with Fox News Channel. “And, suggesting that we treat him pretty ugly in Texas — you know that is not, again, a presidential statement.”

“Rick Perry’s an idiot, and I don’t think anyone would disagree with that,” Former Treasury official Bruce Bartlett, who served at Treasury under former President George H.W. Bush and as a domestic policy adviser to the late President Ronald Reagan, said Friday on CNN’s “American Morning.” Come on Bruce, don’t hold back on how you really feel.

BLITZER: “If you’re reelected, the last time you were elected, you got Sasha and Malia a cute little puppy. … What are you going to get them the next time, if you’re reelected?”

OBAMA: “When I’m reelected, what I’ll be getting them is a continuation of Secret Service so that when boys want to start dating them they are going to be surrounded by men with guns. That’s their gift.”

In Columbia, South Carolina today [Thursday], Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) declared herself the “hombrette” to represent the state. “We need one strong hombre or hombrette, and I’m the hombrette to go and stand for you in Washington DC,” Bachmann said. (The Spanish word for woman is mujer.) And the Spanish word for idiot is idiota.

Newt Gingrich says his campaign may look like it’s floundering, but soon it will be as successful as Wal-Mart. “I actually think this is a little bit like watching Walmart grow,” the presidential candidate said before a speech in Orange County, California. “You watch the way we’re developing new approaches and new ideas and the way we’re using the internet – I think over the next 60 days you will see a campaign that is so fundamentally different from anything you’ve seen.” Actually Newtie, we’ve seen ill-conceived and poorly run campaigns before. Tell us, what’s so “fundamentally different” about yours?

“To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy,” Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman tweeted on Thursday afternoon in an obvious dig at “Pretty Ricky” Perry.


President Obama’s Unemployment Inaction Puts Approval Among Blacks At Risk

Allen West: I Am The Modern Day Harriet Tubman “I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the underground railroad away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility.” – Florida Rep. Allen West on his plans to convert African-Americans from Democrats into Republicans. Well, except for his high-top fade, he does sort of resemble her.

Air Force discharging sergeant who doubts Obama’s citizenship

Chris Tucker Is Back, With a Stand-Up Tour

‘The Talk’s’ Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini Likely to Depart

The REAL Story Behind Kobe’s Drew League Cameo

 Toni’s Soul Burgers, Otis Jackson’s Soul Dog 

Don Scott, co-owner of Otis Jackson’s Soul Dog restaurant, bags an order to go for a pair of customers. (Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times / August 18, 2011) 

DESSERT — Frank Luntz coaches Stephen Colbert on communication.

LUNTZ: “The key part of communication is to listen to your audience carefully and actually hear what they’re saying and understand the hopes and fears behind …”

COLBERT: “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch some of that, could you go back? I apologize. You have to do what with your audience?”


The one truth no politician has the guts to say out loud: “Folks, most of the jobs lost since 2007 are gone and there’s no chance of them coming back unless we create a new economy that includes a manufacturing base with well-paying, union jobs here in America. Now, this means things made in America will cost you more than the ones made in other countries like China. Are you willing to spend a little more to create? Because if you aren’t, we’re f**ked.”

Is the message that Congresswoman Maxine Waters and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus are currently pushing – that President Obama needs to pay more direct attention to the economic problems of urban America in general and African-Americans in particular – being undercut by the “messengers”? After all, many if not most of the CBC members in office in 2007 and 2008 originally supported Hillary Clinton for president.

John “Agent Orange” Boehner, Eric “Eddie Haskell” Cantor and Mitch “The Turtle” McConnell have been oddly quiet during the current congressional recess. I wonder what they’re scheming up on.

The more Michele “Kelly” Bachmann and “Pretty Ricky” Perry talk, the more I realize that Tim “Mr Charisma” Pawlenty took a look around after last Saturday’s Ames Straw Poll and decided that it just wasn’t possible for him to get as crazy as these two lunatics and that staying in the race was just a waste of his time, energy and self-respect. I also think that having Bachmann, Paul, Perry aka the “Holy Trinity of Republican Crazies” in the race is the best thing that could happen to Mitt Romney. I mean, after seeing and hearing these loons on any given day Romney shrewdly lays low while rivals say whacked out things, Romney by comparison looks better and better. If he were smart, Romney would send a back-channel message to Sarah “Beyonce” Palin urging, make that begging, her to enter the race too. Hell, he should offer to pay her to run. I’m serious! The more crazies in the field, the better he looks.

Speaking of Republican crazies, anyone still supporting or working for Newt “3 Wives So Far” Gingrich Newt Gingrich’s fundraising approach is no fundraisers, needs their head examined and/or Jesus.

Let’s see: he doesn’t live in the district that he represents, constantly makes controversial statements and gets into fights with his own congressional representative and colleague Debbie Wasserman Schultz and I can’t remember a single piece of legislation he’s sponsored or supported. So I can’t help but wonder if his constituents think they’re getting their money’s worth from Allen West of Florida.

Don King is right when he says “Only In America.” Because it’s the only place where you can go from sucking Ray J’s d**k on video to being one of the biggest and highest-earning celebrities in seemingly the blink of an eye. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “America’s Biggest StarSlut”: Kim Kardashian!

One of these days, NBA commissioner David Stern and CBS head honcho Les Moonves are going to wake up and pull the plug on two “turrrible” ideas that they and they alone, have foisted on the American public: the WNBA and “The Talk” television show respectively.

If these allegations Renegade Miami football booster spells out illicit benefits to players turn out to be even 50% true, the NCAA will either have to drop the hammer on the ‘Canes or reverse their punishment of USC without any further delay.

At the risk of being called a “heartless bastard”, when I read that the Texas Rangers will be honoring Shannon Stone, the fan killed last month when he fell from the stands while reaching for a ball, with a statue at Rangers Ballpark, I couldn’t help but wonder why. I mean, sure, it’s a tragedy that the guy fell to his death trying to catch a ball tossed to him by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, but does that really merit a statue at the ballpark? 

I think the recent spate of shark and grizzly bear attacks on people is nature’s way of saying that it’s sick and tired of being pimped for shows like “Shark Week” without getting paid for their participation. Seriously. I’m not even half joking.

How can you tell the difference between a pimp and Kris (Kardashian) Jenner?

Call me cynical, but I can’t help but wonder why this story Lakers donate to help displaced staff members, particularly the part about Kobe Bryant came out the same week reports surfaced about his possible involvement in an alleged assault in a Carmel Valley church.


 Classical pianist Yuja Wang at the Hollywood Bowl – August 2011


Unfortunately, it really doesn’t matter what President Obama’s new jobs plan, set to be released early next month, contains unless Republicans are willing to set aside politics – the 2012 elections – for working together with the president and Democrats to do what’s best for the country. I’m betting on politics winning out.




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