Palin’s paparazzi

 Posted by at 18:21  Humor, Politics
May 312011

I found this article by Brian Montopoli of CBS News absolutely hilarious…

Sarah Palin’s bus tour treats reporters like paparazzi

Sarah Palin and her advisers are refusing to tell members of the media where she is going on her current bus tour – and the former Alaska governor seems to be enjoying the cat and mouse game that’s resulted.

“I don’t think I owe anything to the mainstream media … I want them to have to do a little bit of work on a tour like this, and that would include not necessarily telling them beforehand where every stop’s going to be,” she told fellow Fox News employee Greta Van Susteren in an interview from the bus…

Since Palin and her team won’t share where the potential candidate is headed, reporters and producers have little choice but to simply stay close to Palin’s bus. This has resulted in scenes of the Palin bus tooling down the highway followed by a caravan of 10 or 15 vehicles all trying to make sure they don’t lose sight of the Palin bus.

It adds up to a dangerous situation, says CBS News Producer Ryan Corsaro.

“I just hope to God that one of these young producers with a camera whose bosses are making them follow Sarah Palin as a potential Republican candidate don’t get in a car crash, because this is dangerous,” he said.

Corsaro asked a member of Palin’s team if he thought it was dangerous to have reporters forced to chase her from stop to stop. “You’re the ones that are trailing us,” he replied.


The solution to your problem, Mr. Montopoli, is painfully obvious and ridiculously simple. Stop following her around. You all are chasing after her as if she were a bitch in heat and you are a bunch of horny mutts. Think about it. You are pursuing a woman with no credentials or credibility whatsoever who will never, ever be anything more than she is right now. She served a term as mayor of tiny Wasilla, Alaska and could not even finish a term as governor of tiny Alaska – a state whose entire population is less than the town in which I live. She knows nothing about national, let alone international, affairs. What she says means nothing to anybody except apparently you and the ignorant extreme right wing lemmings who worship her. Just stop following her. Stop giving her the attention she craves. Just stop.

We don’t care. She isn’t news. What she says or does is not news. We do not need to know what she had for breakfast this morning or how many times she peed today. Stop wasting your time and ours. Move on to something or somebody that actually matters.


Memorial Day 2011

 Posted by at 21:25  Politics
May 302011

President Obama speaks at Memorial Day Service at Arlington National Cemetery today (introduction by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates):

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Weekly Address 05-28-11

 Posted by at 09:29  Politics
May 282011

“Biden on the American Auto Comeback”

Vice President Joe Biden delivers the Weekly Address, celebrating the success of the American auto industry in the wake of Chrysler paying back their loans.

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Perry may run

 Posted by at 21:06  Politics, Republicans
May 272011

Very good news for Democrats:

Texas governor Rick Perry weighs White House run

Rick Perry
Rick Perry

(Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a fierce conservative critic of the federal government, changed his stance on Friday and said he will consider seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

“I’m going to think about it,” Perry told reporters after he signed a bill requiring Texans to show photo identification to vote.

Perry had said repeatedly he would not seek the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama next year, although he has been urged to get in the race by some conservatives unhappy with the current field…

Several high-profile Republicans have decided in recent weeks not to run for president, including Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and businessman Donald Trump.

Perry, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush have been at the top of the wish list for Republicans hoping to lure more big-name candidates into the race.

Perry had responded to recent questions about running by saying he was focused only on the Texas legislative session that ends on Monday. Bush and Christie have said they will not run, but Christie will meet next week with Iowa activists who want him in the race.

Asked on Friday whether he’ll think about running after the session is over, Perry said he would.

“I think about a lot of things,” said Perry, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Run, Rick, run! This coming election season is going to be a lot fun. So far, the Republicans have got Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and some other guy I’ve never heard of and whose name I cannot recall (I think he used to run a pizza company or something). Those who will be jumping in in the next few weeks, besides Governor Goodhair and the fat dude from New Jersey, include Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. I would be very surprised if Jeb Bush should decide to become embroiled in this mess. Besides, I think the United States has had it “up to here” with Bushes.

If nothing else, the next 18 months or so are going to be extremely entertaining.

May 272011

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As always, our thanks go to the talented and observant cartoonists who, each week, help us smile through the pain.

May 252011

Forty Republicans in the United States Senate voted today in favor of the Ryan budget plan. They voted to end Medicare. The only Republicans to vote against ending Medicare were Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) did not vote. The Snowe and Brown votes were most likely influenced by the fact that they are both up for reelection next year. Paul voted no because he didn’t believe the spending cuts in the Ryan plan were deep enough.

Remember that, folks. Forty Republican Senators voted today to end Medicare. They are sure to put some sort of spin on this vote to make it seem more palatable, but the simple fact is that forty Republican Senators voted today to end Medicare.

Last month, all but four Republicans in the House of Representatives also voted to end the medical insurance plan that is keeping so many of our senior citizens alive and well today.

Remember all their talk of “pulling the plug on Grandma” in the campaign of 2010? Who’s hands are pulling on that plug now?

P.S. The Senate also voted on the Obama budget plan that was presented in February. It failed 0 to 97. Nobody voted for it because it has since been superseded by new plans from the White House and is therefore outdated. The vote on it was simply procedural and a means to get it off the calendar.

The Fonda threat

 Posted by at 18:48  Politics
May 242011

This is something that the FBI and the Secret Service definitely need to be looking into…

Peter Fonda, the star of Easy Rider, suggested to Mandrake that he was encouraging his grandchildren to shoot President Barack Obama.

“I’m training my grandchildren to use long-range rifles,” said the actor, 71. “For what purpose? Well, I’m not going to say the words ‘Barack Obama’, but …”

Sounds a lot like a threat against the President to me.

(h/t Balloon Juice)

The Aikman place

 Posted by at 18:47  Entertainment
May 232011

In case you’re interested, the price on former Dallas Cowboys quarterback (and current Fox Sports announcer) Troy Aikman’s home was reduced from $27,000,000 to $24,000,000 today.


It has 5 bedrooms, six bathrooms and a four car garage. The house, built in 2005, sits on about 1.5 acres in the middle of Highland Park, Texas (which is surrounded by Dallas, Texas).

Here is the listing in case you want to arrange a private showing.

Aren’t we glad the Republicans are fighting so hard (and, so far, winning) to keep the tax cuts for folks like Troy Aikman?

Israel’s borders

 Posted by at 13:38  Middle East, Politics
May 222011

President Obama addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee today. He defended his endorsement of a future Palestine based on Israel’s 1967 boundaries but subject to negotiated land swaps as a public expression of long-standing U.S. policy. He also delved into many other issues. Watch the speech here or read it following the break.

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Weekly Address 05-21-11

 Posted by at 08:54  Politics
May 212011

“Reforming “No Child Left Behind” This Year”

From the White House weblog:

Having just given the commencement address at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, which has made inspiring progress in recent years, the President says Congress must reform No Child Left Behind to help all our schools thrive.

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