There was a time when the violence in Hip Hop lyrics drew condemnation from, actually, a lot of the outraged moralists who seem drawn to Sarah Palin’s hypocritical spell. Perhaps because she similarly mangles language with malevolence in such a visceral way.
Sarah Palin has already defended her violent rhetoric lately accompanying the crosshairs on her Facebook page “targeting” Democratic Congressional candidates, and now she is basically telling her followers to self-righteously stop traffic and confront drivers of cars with Obama stickers on them—particularly a ‘Subaru’ for some reason? Not VWs or Toyotas? What an easy hipster target missed by the debutante demagogue. And who can go by old bumper stickers on cars for accountability for anything? I still see those sad Kerry/Edwards stickers on cars around town, and I think, “Why?” (Although, admittedly, all those W stickers I used to see on the highways did go away fast.)
Karl Rove claims in his memoir to have been traumatized as a child by a mean Kennedy supporting-girl who knocked him over as a kid because of his sticker for Nixon, among 0ther assertions that challenge credulity. Those shrill shrews at Code Pink should have been much more considerate in light of Karl Rove’s fear of girls (hmm) when they tried to perform a citizen’s arrest.
As asinine as these shenanigans may amount to, what matters is that clearly Karl cares, and is perennially unnerved by being called out. To read his historical revisions and wishful talking points, it becomes apparent that Rove really does live a perpetual lie, constantly buttressing it with over explanation. Look at him panic when that lady with the floppy pink sunhat waves her arm in a bingo-like fashion.
Rove went so far as to single out the independent investigative journalist (and, in disclosure, my friend) Jason Leopold at Truthout.org, founder of The Public Record, author of the gripping memoir News Junkie, and reporter who rode Rove’s ass through the Bush years. Devoting a page of his life to a guy most people would not even know about? In a book about which conservative David Frum said you could do a history of the Bush White House based on what Rove left out in his memoir? Rove has paid more tribute to Jason and his work than anyone else could. Congratulations, Leopold!
If all political campaign ads contained the wit and meager budget of U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s ad here, not only would elections be decided less by extravagant media spending, they would be far more entertaining. Here is a sitting Congressman’s viral video, which feels like a Poor Man’s Funny or Die, or a high-end MySpace outing.
(I just posted a pic yesterday from the same bookstore browse by Obama, but this is for completely different reasons.)
As observed by John Hodgman in his address at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, President Obama is indeed the first modern Nerd President, as evidenced by his adulation of Superman, his propensity for personal gadgetry, and his choice in pants. This photo of Obama at the register with a pop-up Star Wars book (money in hand) suggests that even if he did not buy this impressive pop-up volume and unwrap it immediately on board Air Force One—when he could be all by himself at last!—his scrutiny belies a know-it-all fan’s dubious inclinations: “Yeah, but is Boba Fett in this??”
Here, our former President George W. Bush does a publicity tour of a devastated Haiti, and after shaking hands with a Haitian, wipes his hand off on President Bill Clinton’s shirt. (at :50 in)
It rather speaks volumes about W’s contempt for others, as well as symbolizes the mess he freely wipes his hands of onto his Democratic successors. In all of the ruins of Haiti, is there not one shoe in the rubble that someone could pick up and hurl at this arrogant oaf who drove our country into the ground like it was one of his Daddy’s many sports cars?
At least when Joe Biden lets his thoughts slip, it is usually both accurate and often amusing, however impolitic. Here, upon introducing President Obama and lauding Obama’s tireless work in passing the most monumental social policy in 40 years, the Vice President reinforces his role as Washington D.C.’s Kanye.
Rep. Dingell is pretty proud of whatever he is holding, and if I were wielding mine with as much power at his age, then I would be, too, and sure hope that CNN would be covering it live. Nancy Pelosi was beaming at what Dingell endowed upon her, and showed off its size to a packed press conference.