Does Time magazine’s breastfeeding cover go too far?
Following the Time Magazine controversy comes this brilliant parody courtesy of Rush Limbaugh’s staff:
There was a a lot of comment on our earlier postings: Bush Chimp vs Obama Chimp and Chimp Story Has Legs…. The recent horrific chimp attack in Connecticut and the chimp cartoon in the NY Post prompted a flurry of new postings across the blogosphere. A sampling, some serious and some humorous follows (not always sure which is supposed to be funny and which is not):
GasBag Keith Olberman weighs in with Al Sharpton
Rev David Mannings take:
The View Goes Overboard….
David Drake says it’s again a case of the left seeing racism where it doesn’t exist.
From an L.A. Times Op/Ed:
In a wave of revisionism sweeping the nation the “N” word is now obsolete and has been replaced by “President”. This video explains:
The revisionism has required the alternation of the famous Chris Rock skit, “Nigga Please Cereal” (original video below)
….and the replacement, revised video:
Funny stuff indeed!
This is not a gag. Here is how online seller Amazon desribes “Pocket Obama”:
This is the little blue book that right-wing partisans love to hate. Printed in a size that easily fits into pocket or purse, POCKET OBAMA is an anthology of quotations borrowed from Barack Obama’s speeches and writings, intended to keep the momentum going for those inspired by his message of hope and change. The portable book serves as a reminder of the remarkable ability of this man to move people with his words, a primer for readers who want to examine the substance of his thought and reflect on the next great chapter in the American story. His captivating oratory has earned comparisons to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and this collection presents words that catapulted his remarkable rise to the American Presidency and set a true course for the future. Includes themes of democracy, politics, war, terrorism, race, community, jurisprudence, faith, personal responsibility, national identity, and above all, his hoped-for vision of a new America. POCKET OBAMA is essential reading as we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin the work of remaking America.
And inside the editors issue these ominous words:
I bought this book and read some of it to my landlord. Guess what?! He said I didn’t have to pay rent any more! And when I went to fill up my gas tank, the service attendant saw my book, winked, and said, “No charge!” At the DMV, standing behind 30+ others, I held up my pocket Obama and was immediately ushered to the front of the line! Wow! At just $5.95, what a great investment! It’s like an all-access pass and everything is free!
Many more witty and prescient comments here.
Kinda reminds one of that other little book; Mao’s Little Red Book!
Guess what folks! We are now having to deal with the latest inane acronym: FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States). POTUS was bad enough, although I confess to having used that one a lot for convenience. Then came the made-up Office of the President Elect (OPE), this should actually reflect that there is not such office (NOPE). This was followed shortly thereafter by the made-up holiday (KWANZAA).
FLOTUS, hardly a flattering term, came to my attention by way of a posting by The Politico’s Nia-Malika Henderson today reporting the displeasure being expressed by certain fashion designers of color that FLOTUS was not wearing their precious designs.The Black Artist’s Association (BAA) has notified FLOTUS of their pique in a letter to the FLOTUS office. BAA Cofounder Amnau Eele told Women’s Wear Daily (WWD):
It’s fine and good if you want to be all ‘Kumbaya’ and ‘We Are the World’ by representing all different countries. But if you are going to have Isabel Toledo do the inauguration dress, and Jason Wu do the evening gown, why not have Kevan Hall, B Michael, Stephen Burrows or any of the other black designers”
I am still trying to readjust to life back East after two weeks on the Left Coast. I have concluded that the scenery in the Pacific Northwest is spectacularly beautiful while our Eastern landscapes are subtly beautiful. Contrast the two photos below; first West and then East:
It helps to look at the humorous side of things political. Just out in time for the New Year and a new administration, The Liberals Gone Wild Calendar:
The calendar is already in print; too late for this classic gaffe from Joe (“Smartest Man in the World” Biden:
Being interviewed by Katie Couric on the “CBS Evening News,” Biden said: “When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.'”
Either Couric also did not know who was president in 1929, and that TV had not yet been invented, or she chose to ignore Biden’s ignorance. Contrast her treatment of Biden with her badgering of Sarah Palin in Ann Coulter’s account of the interview:
Here is Couric’s full response to Biden’s bizarre outburst about FDR (a) being president and (b) going on TV in 1929:
“Relating to the fears of the average American is one of Biden’s strong suits.”
But when our beauteous Sarah said that John McCain was a better leader on the economy than Barack Obama, Couric relentlessly badgered her for evidence. “Why do you say that?” Couric demanded. “Why are they waiting for John McCain and not Barack Obama? … Can you give us any more examples of his leading the charge for more oversight?”
The beauteous Sarah had cited McCain’s prescient warnings about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But Couric, the crackerjack journalist who didn’t know FDR wasn’t president in 1929, demanded more examples from Palin.
Remember when informal sports, i.e. basketball, were organized with shirts vs skins? I don’t know if they do that anymore but I remember it from my high school days. Our friends in Eastern Europe have taken the idea to a whole new level with organized brawls, or row boxing, no holds barred; Kicking is OK. This activity apparently is quite widespread in Ukraine and Russia. Apparently this is a traditional rural pastime where village vs village was the Saturday night pastime; now it’s transferred to urban settings. It musts be something like the pitched battles of the ancient world only without the knives and spears. These kids don’t fool around; kicks to the downed person’s head seem routine. Interesting comments from this site :
After (or before) watching or visiting the football match, some Russian football fans like to go out, gather in groups and fight with each other. They call such fight a “mahach”, from the word “mahatsia”, which means to fight with somebody. Here are the pictures and the video of the typical fans “mahach” that took place in Rostov-On-Don. Probably this tradition goes from the ancient Slavonic fisticuffs; it was a real national fun in Ancient Russia when village met village each weekends in a row on row boxing fun.
So in modern Russia it’s not considered to be violent like a corrida (bullfight) in Spain or Boxing in USA, it’s the same like a boxing but at the same time hundreds of athletes fight on their good will. Maybe someday organized crowd row boxing would be included into Olympic Games official sports list?
New Olympic event anyone?
Sad news from La Scala in Milan: (from AP)
MILAN, Italy (AP) – First it was the film and the book. Now the next stop for Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is opera. La Scala officials say the Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli has been commissioned to produce an opera on the international multiformat hit for the 2011 season at the Milan opera house.
Fortunately the opera won’t appear, if ever, unti 2011. By that time, hopefully, Al Gore’s alarmism will prove to be unwarranted and his crackpot theories will have been exposed for the fraud that they are.
In the meantime we present this modest proposal for La Scala and Signr. Battistelli:
Il mondo Nuovo Secondo il Goracle
(opera in diversi atti nefasto)
Di Londra che brucia! Di Londra che brucia!
In tutta la città, tutta la notte
Tutti con la guida completa fari
Bianco o nero che a sua volta, affrontare la nuova religione
Everybody’s seduta ’round guardare la televisione!
Il Goracle: (Basso-Baritone)
Ho inventato Internet. Come l’uomo più intelligente del mondo portare prima di una visione del mondo catastrofe, un mondo soffocamento nel proprio gas di scarico.
1a prostituta: N. Pelosi (Mezzo Soprano)
Fare la tua offerta O Goracle; a portare l’America in ginocchio; a “level playing field “per tutte le nazioni; ad imposta nel dimenticatoio noi con i nostri” cappuccio e il commercio “regime.
2a prostituta: B. Boxer (Soprano)
E ‘sui nostri bambini, sui loro figli, e circa il pianeta che abbiamo ereditato.
il Salvatore: J. McCain (Tenor)
Vorrei ripulire il pianeta, farò il riscaldamento globale una priorità.
Risposta pubblico, gettando la frutta: Basta Cretini
h/t: Scott Thong
Comedic sketch artist Stephen Colbert has drawn tons of attention (a good thing) to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. His portrait, which has hung there in btween the bathrooms and over the water fountain, will be taken down April Fool’s Day after being on view for 2 1/2 months.
Stephen Colbert, born 1964
Born Washington, D.C.
Stephen Colbert, the mock pundit for the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report recently contacted the National Portrait Gallery hoping to donate this portrait of himself from his show. While this triple portrait is not one that would typically be accessioned into the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, NPG agreed to go along with the joke and hang the portrait for a limited time.
In episodes of The Colbert Report that aired on January 10, 14, and 15, 2008, Colbert tries to convince the Smithsonian that he should be considered a national treasure. He attempts to donate his portrait to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, but the museum’s director suggests that perhaps Colbert should speak to the National Portrait Gallery. Finally, after much “discussion,” the director of the National Portrait Gallery finds an appropriate place to hang Colbert’s portrait, in between the bathrooms and above the water fountain.
Photo: (Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo)
“We agreed to go along with the joke and hang it for a short time in between the bathrooms,” said museum spokeswoman Bethany Bentley. “Let me tell you two key things here: His portrait is not coming into the collection, and it’s not hanging permanently.”
Although I often find much to disagree with when uber liberal Alec Baldwin speaks I find he is right with comments in yesterday’s Huffington Post about prostitution and the Spitzer fiasco:
Prostitution should never be legal. Ever. Selling your body is not the worst thing in the world, but men who pay for sex help complete a battery that is, without question, an emotionally unhealthy one. Every prostitute is someone’s daughter. Spitzer has three of his own.
Baldwin demolishes the Alan Dershowitz nonsense of a day earlier which sought to characterize Eliot Spitzer’s philandering as not worthy of even the back pages of any European newspaper.
Baldwin goes on to point out the importance of careful vetting of a candidate’s running mate; i.e. Lt. Governor or Vice President saying:
Pay close attention to a candidate’s running mate. Scrutinize him as carefully as you do Number One. David Patterson is the Governor of New York now. And most New Yorkers, regardless of age, education or income, don’t even know who he is.
I don’t mean this to be the least bit critical of Governor-to-be David Patterson as I don’t know anything about him. The lesson is clear, however, that the question of presidential running mate is of critical importance in campaign ’08.
Also see Debbie Schlussel’s blog.