Two quick peeks at the lighter side of politics

If you’ve ever tried to read an Ayn Rand novel — and Michael Kinsley clearly has — you’ll get a kick out of Kinsley’s piece in which he re-imagines Paul Ryan as the central figure in one of Rand’s “masterpieces”.

An introductory snippet:

“(Ryan) flexed his muscles, the result of hours spent in the House gymnasium. Look at these pathetic specimens, he thought. Not one of them could do a one-armed push-up if his life depended on it. Not one was worthy of so much as cosponsoring one of Ryan’s bills. Every single one of them had been elected by appealing to the average citizen in his (or her — Ryan snorted at the thought) district. It occurred to him, and not for the first time, that of all the men and women in this room, only he, Paul Ryan, had been selected for his current office by the president himself.

The president. Ryan’s mind wandered as he thought about the only man who stood between him and absolute power. Mitt Romney was a weakling, Ryan thought — and not for the first time. He’s a man whose views can change. The thought filled Ryan with disgust. His own views were as solid as granite. They were the views of the only clear-thinking woman he had ever met: Ayn Rand.”

And while I’m at it, you also MIGHT enjoy this piece by Kevin Williamson of National Review, written in tongue-in-cheek celebration of the macho powers of Mitt Romney. At least I hope it was written tongue-in-cheek.

Because otherwise ….

You want off-the-charts status? Check out the curriculum vitae of one Willard M. Romney: $200 million in the bank (and a hell of a lot more if he didn’t give so much away), apex alpha executive, CEO, chairman of the board, governor, bishop, boss of everything he’s ever touched. Son of the same, father of more. It is a curious scientific fact (explained in evolutionary biology by the Trivers-Willard hypothesis — Willard, notice) that high-status animals tend to have more male offspring than female offspring, which holds true across many species, from red deer to mink to Homo sap. The offspring of rich families are statistically biased in favor of sons — the children of the general population are 51 percent male and 49 percent female, but the children of the Forbes billionaire list are 60 percent male. Have a gander at that Romney family picture: five sons, zero daughters. Romney has 18 grandchildren, and they exceed a 2:1 ratio of grandsons to granddaughters (13:5). When they go to church at their summer-vacation home, the Romney clan makes up a third of the congregation. He is basically a tribal chieftain.

Professor Obama? Two daughters. May as well give the guy a cardigan. And fallopian tubes.

From an evolutionary point of view, Mitt Romney should get 100 percent of the female vote. All of it. He should get Michelle Obama’s vote. You can insert your own Mormon polygamy joke here, but the ladies do tend to flock to successful executives and entrepreneurs. Saleh al-Rajhi, billionaire banker, left behind 61 children when he cashed out last year. We don’t do harems here, of course, but Romney is exactly the kind of guy who in another time and place would have the option of maintaining one. He’s a boss.

Read. Enjoy. Discuss.

– Jay Bookman

395 comments Add your comment

Class of '98

August 23rd, 2012
5:46 pm

Jay, your readers have never read an Ayn Rand novel. That’s why they are still liberals.

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
5:47 pm

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
5:48 pm

Humor is a scant commodity in these arid political times.

Common Sense isn't very Common - Bored in Pittsburgh

August 23rd, 2012
5:52 pm

Class -

Some have read Ayn Rand and thats WHY they are liberals :-)

Obambarrassment

August 23rd, 2012
5:52 pm

Of course, the reimagining of Paul Ryan overlooks the plain fact that he has been elected to represent a district for the past 14 years.

I think “the lighter side” is all liberals have left to make their case. Nibble the fringes.

As for K. Williamson, it is a black mark against NR that they still retain his services. I think I’d rather Kyle Wingfeld were there. At least with KW, you don’t get the pretentiousness everyone seems to have at NR, whether or not they are any good.

Cherokee

August 23rd, 2012
5:52 pm

Sorry, Class, but we have. But we also have grown beyond the thinking of a 14 year old, so we weren’t impressed.

Obambarrassment

August 23rd, 2012
5:54 pm

I’m going to have to read Atlas Shrugged again. pathetic specimens seems a little out of whack to me, but after killing off all those characters in a train wreck, and then blaming them for it, maybe it’s not a total mischaracterization.

Normal Free, Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

August 23rd, 2012
5:55 pm

Class of 98,

Reading Ayn Rand made me a Liberal. I couldn’t live with myself otherwise…

Some visual humor…

http://cheezburger.com/6532535808

josef

August 23rd, 2012
5:55 pm

BIg Daddy

Heh, heh…seven boys and two girls in our pack…but I don’t think Mama would much cotton to that thesis… :-)

Class of '98

August 23rd, 2012
5:56 pm

Obama is certainly effiminate. Ever seen him throw a baseball? Cover your eyes…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxZfxcEQM2k&feature=fvst

A Simple Man

August 23rd, 2012
5:57 pm

Good stuff. The GOP is imploding, so it looks like four more years of this financial ugliness will continue. We should all turn to the final chapter of Atlas Shrugged to see our course of action. It looks like some of the wealthy are already “withdrawing” the way she predicted.

Class of '98

August 23rd, 2012
5:57 pm

“But we also have grown beyond the thinking of a 14 year old, so we weren’t impressed”.

Yeah, I’ll keep in mind how mature liberals are when I watch Stewart and Colbert tonight.

Normal Free, Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

August 23rd, 2012
5:57 pm

Ryan likes Ayn Rand so much, he dresses up…

http://cheezburger.com/6527336192

independent thinker

August 23rd, 2012
5:58 pm

More humor from the lamestream media:
“”"”"”"“”””””””””””Mitt Romney has had a tough couple of weeks on the campaign trail — and it shows in the latest Fox News poll. After a barrage of campaign ads, negative news coverage of his overseas trip and ongoing talk about his tax returns, Romney’s favorable rating and standing in the trial ballot have declined. As a result, President Obama has opened his biggest lead since Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee.
The president would take 49 percent of the vote compared to Romney’s 40 percent in a head-to-head matchup if the election were held today, the poll found. Last month, Obama had a four percentage-point edge of 45 percent to 41 percent. This marks the second time this year the president has had a lead outside the poll’s margin of sampling error.””””””””””””

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/09/fox-news-poll-obama-lead-grows-as-romney-support-slips/&vm=r?intcmp=obinsite#ixzz24POkvHv8

Obviusly from a source that is not trustworthy- just ask any of the cons.

Matti

August 23rd, 2012
5:58 pm

Oh, how CUTE! A graduate from 1998 knows SO much more about life than the rest of us… heh.. because he/she read Ayn Rand novels. Please, Precious…. tell us more while we rest our chins on our hands and gaze wide-eyed at our computer screens, waiting for the wisdom to drop out. Hahaha!

getalife

August 23rd, 2012
5:59 pm

The romney campaign is a joke and a comedian’s dream come true.

The jokes write themselves but wait until the circus comes back to Tampa.

Comedy jackpot :)

josef

August 23rd, 2012
6:00 pm

Class of 98

“Obama is certainly effiminate. Ever seen him throw a baseball? Cover your eyes…”

And he still looks butch compared to that GOP ticket…could catch your death of cold from the breeze generated by their wrist flipping…that is if the hot air coming from their bodily orifices didn’t neutralize it… :-)

Class of '98

August 23rd, 2012
6:01 pm

You became a liberal because you couldn’t live with yourself otherwise? Did you know that top ten states that donate most to charity are red states, and the bottom ten are blue states? This has been proven in study after study, even by researchers who admittedly EXPECTED the opposite result. Even self-fulfilling prophecy isn’t enough to change the results. You won’t hear about it on the nightly news, though. It doesn’t fit their narrative…..

http://townhall.com/columnists/jeffjacoby/2012/08/22/stingy_liberals

You

josef

August 23rd, 2012
6:01 pm

NORMAL

That was TOO good… :-)

Recon 0311 2533

August 23rd, 2012
6:02 pm

I once saw on TV show Cross Fire Michael Kinsley being called a little twerp by a guest. Kinsley’s mouth started quivering and it looked that he was trying hard not to cry.

Bud Wiser

August 23rd, 2012
6:03 pm

Nice report from CBO today, predicting a recession next year and 9.1% unemployment.

I guess the Obama plan of getting more on govt dependency is working, and that will help, because as Pelosi said last year, having more people on unemployment “creates more jobs.”

Oh, and lets look at Obama’s little bundlet buying that refinery in PA.?

No need to look at serious stuff Bookman.

Anything like this ‘lighter side’ keeps the focus off this miserable slob of a failure currently occupying the Oval Office.

Class of '98

August 23rd, 2012
6:03 pm

Matti, I am smart enough to know that age is an indicator of neither intelligence nor wisdom. I’ve run across to pretty darn stupid old people. Besides, I’m almost 40. Not exactly a spring chicken.

josef

August 23rd, 2012
6:05 pm

Class of 98

Yep, that’s true about charities..but at the same time the Chirren of Israel are tops in the “ethnic” groups when it comes to such and, as a group, are pretty d*mned liberal…just goes to show, you can’t go passing judgment based entirely on left-right, conservative-liberal….

Class of '98

August 23rd, 2012
6:07 pm

Josef, you’re right, I can’t go passing judgement. But I can site scientific data that repeatedly shows that conservatives, specifically religious conservatives, are far more generous about giving to charity. Liberals are generous…. with other people’s money.

Jay

August 23rd, 2012
6:08 pm

Kinsley also has a bad case of Parkinson’s, and has had since a young man, Recon.

But hey, stay classy.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

August 23rd, 2012
6:08 pm

Jay, your readers have never read an Ayn Rand novel. That’s why they are still liberals.

I read We the Living, Anthem, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged before the age of 17. Then I turned 18 and realized what a narcissistic sociopath she was.

TaxPayer

August 23rd, 2012
6:09 pm

Thanks for providing those posts, Jay.

the children of the Forbes billionaire list are 60 percent male.

How gay is that?

nelson

August 23rd, 2012
6:09 pm

It reminds me of a story. I do not know if you have read it. A young lad stopped by while I was working in the yard. He said, when I grow up I want to be President and give all the homeless a new home. His parents beamed with pride[they were liberal democrats]. I said, why wait, go to work and clean up my yard and I will give you $50.00 and you can go down to the corner and give it to a homeless guy and he can start saving for a new home. The boy replied, “why can’t he come over and work for the money.” I said, “welcome to the Republican party.”

Class of '98

August 23rd, 2012
6:11 pm

“Then I turned 18 and realized what a narcissistic sociopath she was.”

As opposed to whom? Karl Marx?

getalife

August 23rd, 2012
6:11 pm

del,

You support a man scared to show his taxes because our President will attack him.

It does not get any weaker than that.

ragnar danneskjold

August 23rd, 2012
6:15 pm

Leftist “humor” always takes the form of diminishment and ad hominem of those outside the leftist cult. If you want real humor, check out Paul Shanklin.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

August 23rd, 2012
6:15 pm

As opposed to whom? Karl Marx?

I reject Ayn Rand so that means, what?

I am supposed to embrace Karl Marx?

I guess that makes some kind of sense in your binary mind.

And since you’re “almost 40″, that means I read and rejected her pablum long before you were born.

josef

August 23rd, 2012
6:16 pm

‘98

I agreed with you on that about conservatives and giving…poor people do, too…Mississippi,highly religious, the most conservative and the poorest state of the 50, has citizens who donate the highest percentage of their income to charitable causes of the 50

On the other hand, as I said, the Yids highly secular, fairly well fixed financially, and probably the group most wedded to liberalism in the country are top of the heap in charitable giving,

It’s a weak argument to promote”Liberals are generous…. with other people’s money,” just the same as liberals who claim that conservatives don’t care about other people…it just doesn’t hold up either…

Normal Free, Pro Human Rights Thug...And liking it!

August 23rd, 2012
6:16 pm

Josef,
I’ve been thinking of making that into a poster… :)

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
6:19 pm

I don’t put much stock in polls or analyses but to dampen down the impulse of those on the left want to publish such things when they seem favorable:

http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2012/08/22/analysis-election-factors-points-romney-win-university-colorado-study-says

Pass the Cheesy Grits Please

August 23rd, 2012
6:20 pm

Did you know that top ten states that donate most to charity are red states, and the bottom ten are blue states?

A myth

This one isn’t though.

The states with the highest percentage of college graduates are blue states.

The states where education levels are low.

Red.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

August 23rd, 2012
6:21 pm

I see that nelson is still spamming every thread with his quaint little bedtime story.

josef

August 23rd, 2012
6:23 pm

NORMAL

Poster, hell, BILLBOARDS…good straight Americans need to know what he’ll be wearing to the inaugural ball…a fashion statement, ya know… :-)

Matti

August 23rd, 2012
6:23 pm

Class of ‘98,

You lost me when you claimed to know what Mr. Bookman’s readers have and have not read. Unless you’re ready to post the make and model of the crystal ball you’re gazing into, I must conclude from your statements that you speak of things you do not know. But… feel free to enlighten us if you think you can!

Pass the Cheesy Grits Please

August 23rd, 2012
6:24 pm

Normally id say that’s right towncrier.

With this economy Obama should be very vulnerable.

Unfortunately for Romney most Americans blame the economy on Bush.

And they are going to see Romney as Bush 2.0.

I would be shocked if Obama loses.

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
6:24 pm

“I see that nelson is still spamming every thread with his quaint little bedtime story.”

At least his post contains more than a few words or sentences, like the “spam” we see from some posters here.

Brad Steel

August 23rd, 2012
6:24 pm

As opposed to whom? Karl Marx?

Is that the only choice? As opposed to Skid Marks would have made about as much sense.

FAIL. Try again.

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
6:26 pm

“It’s a weak argument to promote”Liberals are generous…. with other people’s money,” just the same as liberals who claim that conservatives don’t care about other people…it just doesn’t hold up either…”

Good thought, josef.

Doggone/GA

August 23rd, 2012
6:27 pm

“And he still looks butch compared to that GOP ticket”

Last night I forced myself to watch a whole segment video of Ryan, to see why people think he’s so handsome. It escapes me entirely. I found him neither attractive nor handsome. Romney is at least superficially good looking, but I don’t find him attractive either.

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
6:30 pm

“Obama is certainly effiminate. Ever seen him throw a baseball? Cover your eyes…”

Well, he doesn’t exactly throw like a girl but I am surprised that he threw a pop fly like that (given that he plays basketball). But perhaps the ball slipped from his hand as he released it?

Mark in mid-town

August 23rd, 2012
6:32 pm

to Independent thinker at 5:58 PM — yes it’s true that the last Fox News poll you reference had Obama ahead 49% – 40%. But that’s now old news. A new Fox News poll was released at 6 PM tonight and it now shows Romney ahead 45% – 44%. The new poll is now just among likely voters. Obama is in a lot of trouble. The dishonest liberal msm may still pull it out for Obama as they have an unmatched ability to control the narrative by focusing attention on anything negative regarding Republicans and ignoring or minimizing anything negative about Obama and Democrats . Nonetheless, the election is trending away from Obama. It’s Romney’s election to win. If he’s able to make a connection with his convention speech and then during the 3 debates, Obama will be toast. Those are the 4 opportunities Romney will have to talk directly to large swaths of the electorate unfiltered by the liberal msm.

JamVet

August 23rd, 2012
6:33 pm

98, I saw where you got royally embarrassed downstairs – by our host no less – for making up some silly BS lie.

Good work…

josef

August 23rd, 2012
6:34 pm

CHEESY

There are two ways of looking at these stats on charitable giving…actual dollar amounts and percentage of income.

As for the college graduates…I’m not so sure that’s such a plus given the general level of literacy of those coming out of the diploma factories these days…you might want to look at the stats there..surf around the site…some of the blue states have considerably higher rates of illiteracy than some of the more “backward” red states…

http://nces.ed.gov/naal/

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
6:35 pm

“yes it’s true that the last Fox News poll you reference had Obama ahead 49% – 40%. But that’s now old news. A new Fox News poll was released at 6 PM tonight and it now shows Romney ahead 45% – 44%. The new poll is now just among likely voters.”

See my earlier post @ 6:19. Polls and analyses really mean nothing at this point. There is still a lot of time between now and election day.

Jackie

August 23rd, 2012
6:36 pm

A small bit of ironic humor is that FOX news outed the SEAL member that wrote the book on the Osama bin Laden raid.

These so-called conservatives are real patriots!

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/navy-seal-book-bin-laden-raid-193716211.html

JamVet

August 23rd, 2012
6:37 pm

JamVet’s poll makes the following prediction for the the severely conservative RINO…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSPNQ82Sq4E

kayaker 71

August 23rd, 2012
6:37 pm

A group at the University of Colorado who has correctly predicted every national election since 1980 predicts that Romney will get 320 electoral votes and will defeat Bozo by a margin of 52 to 47%, We can only hope.

hhhhmmmm

August 23rd, 2012
6:38 pm

The portrait of Romney is interesting and rather accurate. And possibly why so many are trying to discredit him. He may/may not make a good president and we may/may not ever find out. But no amount of political ‘narrative’ revisions can change his CV. And it does make a stark contrast to Pres Obama’s. Pres Obama is cool, metrosexual, aloof, a hipster kind of guy. You might want to hit the clubs with him, but you don’t think of the portrayal above when thinking of him.

The truly funny thing is that the Ayn Rand piece is that it fits Obama’s political ‘narrative’ must better than Paul Ryan’s. I guess Michael Kinsley was getting such a kick out his re-imagination, that he failed to see the irony.

Moderate Lin

August 23rd, 2012
6:38 pm

I didn’t really find the above funny. However, the below from John Stewart exposes the absurdity of the political process through humor. Even though Stewart is left of center he has not trouble pointing out some of the most absurd tendencies of the media and politicians. I don’t like how he hides behind being a comedian to avoid criticism but like how he attacks both left, right and the media to show how the process is largely absurd.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/collection/417303/live-love-gaffe/415099

Janney

August 23rd, 2012
6:39 pm

Kevin Williamson, yup, sounds like he belongs in the Republican party.

Moderate Lin

August 23rd, 2012
6:42 pm

Poll: As conventions open, a more negative view of politics

Views of the political parties have soured. For the first time at this point in at least six elections, voters are inclined to see both the Republican and Democratic parties unfavorably.

Obama gets more blame for negative attacks than he did in 2008. Then, 30% accused him of attacking his Republican opponent unfairly; now 44% do. In contrast, 40% say Romney is attacking Obama unfairly, compared with 48% who said that of McCain four years ago.

In 2008, 25% said both candidates would make good presidents. Now, just 12% do

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-08-23/pre-convention-poll/57247226/1

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
6:43 pm

“A group at the University of Colorado who has correctly predicted every national election since 1980 predicts that Romney will get 320 electoral votes and will defeat Bozo by a margin of 52 to 47%”

Yeah, that was the one I linked to above. But right now it means little. Th election is up for grabs.

Jack

August 23rd, 2012
6:44 pm

If you’re gonna read Ayn Rand, you gotta read James Cone.

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
6:45 pm

“In 2008, 25% said both candidates would make good presidents. Now, just 12% do…”

Well, if both parties would give us better choices then maybe this would change. The GOP did try to get people like Jindal and Christie to run, but they were unwilling.

Erwin's cat

August 23rd, 2012
6:46 pm

sophomoric at best….but then again much of the left believes it was Palin that said “I can see Russia from my front porch”

Jackie

August 23rd, 2012
6:48 pm

Erwin's cat

August 23rd, 2012
6:48 pm

TC – to be honest I have no idea why any thinking person would ever get into politics given the discourse

kayaker 71

August 23rd, 2012
6:49 pm

Seems like most every election since the 70s has focused on the economy….. a subject that the left is unwilling to confront. If people are employed, making money, enjoying the fruits of their labor, they seem to vote for the person that is making that happen. As much as the left is trying to dodge that bullet, the voters know and will not forget that in the voting booth. Bozo has failed….. miserably. And anyone with a single synapse in their brain knows this. He was not cut out to be a president. He cannot lead, he suffers from thin skin, a narcissistic behavior bordering on arrogance and some kind of delusion that just having people like him and think that he is megacool is enough. It isn’t.

Doggone/GA

August 23rd, 2012
6:49 pm

“but then again much of the left believes it was Palin that said “I can see Russia from my front porch”

You must have missed me in your exhaustive survey. I certainly don’t remember ever being asked.

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
6:52 pm

“TC – to be honest I have no idea why any thinking person would ever get into politics given the discourse”

Then we have a Catch-22: we can’t get good candidates because no one wants to be subjected to the scrutiny and attacks they will receive and we don’t have good government because we don’t have good candidates.

pogo

August 23rd, 2012
6:52 pm

So the implications of Obamacare is now starting to rear its ugly head. Under Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” hospitals are now being monetarily penalized that admit sick and elderly people twice in one month, even if they are still sick. Just the beginning old folks.

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
6:56 pm

Not surprising, really – and likely that thing that most hurts Obama:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/48768746

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

August 23rd, 2012
6:56 pm

“The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then get elected and prove it.”

P.J. O’Rourke

Erwin's cat

August 23rd, 2012
6:57 pm

TC…it’s not the scrutiny it’s the mud slinging and fabrications and character assassinations…

Old Goober

August 23rd, 2012
6:58 pm

Under Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” hospitals are now being monetarily penalized that admit sick and elderly people twice in one month, even if they are still sick. Just the beginning old folks.

Yup. That’s why we need to get back to the old system, where we sock it to the currently insured to pay for the people who don’t have health insurance. And let’s allow insurance companies to cancel the policies of people who get sick and maybe establish a pretty low lifetime cap on benefits. Insurance companies are people too, my friend. And oh yes, let’s get rid of that socialistic Medicare. Give the old coots a voucher and tell ‘em to go look for pop bottles in order to pay their $6,000 share.

josef

August 23rd, 2012
6:58 pm

DOGGONE

That Palin and Russia one…what I found immensely amusing from my fellow lefties during that was just how few of them even knew that the United States and Russia share a common border…whether or not she said it or in what context it may have been placed for what reason, she can!

Jackie

August 23rd, 2012
6:59 pm

One should read any published information completely to understand the ramifications of work.

“Come October, 2,211 hospitals will have their Medicare reimbursements reduced by as much as 1 percent, records show. It’s part of a new effort, authorized by the Affordable Care Act, to get hospitals to pay more attention to ensuring that patients receive the care they need after they leave. Nearly 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries is readmitted within a month.”

http://www.ideastream.org/news/npr/158711121

Erwin's cat

August 23rd, 2012
7:00 pm

Me :)TC…it’s not the scrutiny it’s the mud slinging and fabrications and character assassinations…

even more astonishing that we elect officials that embrace such behavior…and all of a sudden think they will find a moral compass once elected

Doggone/GA

August 23rd, 2012
7:01 pm

Josef…If I remember correctly she said something along the lines of having foreign relations experience because you can see Russian from Alaska, and of course you can – as you say. That was warped into a joke that she “said” she could see Russia from her back porch.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

August 23rd, 2012
7:03 pm

“I see England, I see France. I see a little girl’s under pants.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Orange12

August 23rd, 2012
7:03 pm

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
7:05 pm

Sorry…I couldn’t resist the temptation to repost this from downstairs:

“…do these bigot filled ex seals realize how many lives Obama has saved by killing bin ladin?”

“Bigot filled”? That is a novel phrase. BTW, I think a new video game starring Obama as Obamaman is due to come out shortly. You will be able to reenact the president swooping down on Bin Laden’s compound before the SEALS arrive and single-handedly take out the world’s number one terrorist.

Orange12

August 23rd, 2012
7:05 pm

Obambarrassment

August 23rd, 2012
7:06 pm

As for “pathetic specimens” I rather believe that Obama is the most likely candidate to to have said that characterization–his comment “clinging to their guns and religion” sounds so much alike.

As for the most “pathetic specimen” in the race, well, that goes to Joe Biden.

TaxPayer

August 23rd, 2012
7:07 pm

Erwin's cat

August 23rd, 2012
7:07 pm

If I’m not mistaken (which is rare) she said that you can see russia from alaska…likely in an attempt to provide some readiness preparation experience ’cause the big bully lives next door…I’ll bet at one time alaska and the us had such a plan/worry for a russian invasion or take over via alaska…as an exercise on paper

pogo

August 23rd, 2012
7:08 pm

And how long do you think that Hospitals will be able to absorb being “fined” if they admit sick patients on medicare or medicaid twice in one month because of Obamacare? The answer? Not long. This is just another one of those nasty details that Pelosi alluded to that would be found out after the bill was passed. Get used to this. Obamacare hasn’t even started in its nastiness and won’t come into full bloom until 2014 (unless repealed or redone). The old will be the first to be sacrificed under this piece of garbage. Innovation in medical technology will now be stymied because of its severe taxes on medical devices. The medicare cuts will be felt immediately in 2014 and even with all of this, the cost of medical care will continue to rise beyond sustainable limits. Another words, Obamacare was an ill conceived and hastily passed piece of garbage legilstation and the Democrats for years to come will not be able to hide from their support of it. Of course Pelosi, Obama and Reid will be living in luxury not having to live under the rules of the act and they will be laughing at all of you fools that supported it.

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
7:09 pm

“I’ll bet at one time alaska and the us had such a plan/worry for a russian invasion or take over via alaska…as an exercise on paper…”

If memory serves, there was such a concern during WWII.

josef

August 23rd, 2012
7:09 pm

ORANGE

Given where I live, I think that we ought to deny driver’s licenses to anybody with a Gwinnett, Forsyth or Cobb tag… :-)

Orange12

August 23rd, 2012
7:09 pm

Towncrier

August 23rd, 2012
7:10 pm

I’m out. Goodnight all.

BADAss BING

August 23rd, 2012
7:10 pm

That explains O’s Mom Jeans.

josef

August 23rd, 2012
7:12 pm

The contingency plan for a Russian (Soviet) invasion via Alaska was very real and was a matter of civil as well as military defense and routine drill. Unmentionable lived in Fairbanks during the Cold War and remembers well what they went through on a regular basis to be ready “if.”

BADAss BING

August 23rd, 2012
7:12 pm

Report……Rodney King was on coke, PCP, and booze when he died. Can’t we all just get along without him?

Tundra Dude

August 23rd, 2012
7:13 pm

ragnar danneskjold:
Leftist “humor” always takes the form of diminishment and ad hominem of those outside the leftist cult. If you want real humor, check out Paul Shanklin

Or read all postings by “Ragnar”.
(Is that a name, or some kind of tropical disease…??)

Orange12

August 23rd, 2012
7:13 pm

Doggone/GA

August 23rd, 2012
7:14 pm

Here’s what she actually said: “They’re our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska”
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/palin/seealaska.asp#5xgSwLF4uBAGSc0c.99

TaxPayer

August 23rd, 2012
7:16 pm

josef

August 23rd, 2012
7:17 pm

The Diomedes…

An interesting bit of trivia…even at the height of the Cold War, residents of the islands, three miles apart, were allowed free access across the border for reasons of family ties…

Obambarrassment

August 23rd, 2012
7:18 pm

A Simple Man,

The GOP is imploding??? Really? You’re falling for the big media lie of the month.

The media would have you believe that a racist (GOP) dog-catcher or a congressman from Missouri is the harbinger revelation of a national trend. If you want to take that at face value, fine. That’s your business.

But remember, we have a coercive federal government, exploding debt, the potential for runaway inflation, rising energy prices, rising healthcare prices, rising food prices, the growing potential for “stagflation”, an increasingly hostile Middle East, a chest-thumping Iran, a growing number of American cities declaring bankruptcy, 8% unemployment, triple that if you include the underemployed and long-term unemployed.

I think the American people, given the issues, will show enough smarts, if only by a thin margin, to focus on at least one or two of these issues that Obama has made much worse and thereby realize that he needs to be doing something else in 2013 besides trying to ruin the country.

godless heathen

August 23rd, 2012
7:21 pm

pogo “And how long do you think that Hospitals will be able to absorb being “fined” if they admit sick patients on medicare or medicaid twice in one month because of Obamacare? The answer? Not long.”

But they agreed to give the same level of care for less money. ;) ;) I’m sure they agreed to be fined now and then, too.

TaxPayer

August 23rd, 2012
7:23 pm

“Ask me anything you want as long as it has nothing to do with the job I’m applying for.” – The Real Mitt Romney

BADAss BING

August 23rd, 2012
7:26 pm

CNN headline…..
“Strippers look to GOP to make it rain”

I think “Issac” will handle that department.

getalife

August 23rd, 2012
7:29 pm

“Romney: My health plan superior to Obama’s

The GOP candidate defends his Mass. health care law, which is said to have inspired Obamacare” Yahoo.

Funny.

josef

August 23rd, 2012
7:29 pm

ORANGE

All that illegal alien stuff…can I see your CDIB card, sir?