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"I love breasts." --MJS
President Barack Obama's speech on Tuesday night has garnered some negative reviews, not so much due to the message itself - that's inconsequential, after all - as much as the difficult language used by our Commander-in-Chief. Paul Payack, the president of Global Language Monitor, a Texas-based company that analyzes the cultural impact of word choices, considered President Obama's speech to have been written at a 9.8 grade level.
In other words, you probably had to have gone to high school in order to understand it.
Here's a sentence from President Obama's speech, chosen by Mr. Payack as particularly difficult to follow: [Read more]
I forgot I made coffee this morning, and once I remembered the pot was a-brewin', the black sour liquid of life had already gotten cold and stale. Luckily, as I got online and checked out Dagblog, my heart basked in the warmth of the realization that if there's one thing that never gets old, tired, cold, and stale, it's the gay marriage debate.
So, you, like so many others, have spent the recent months on the road with a motley crew of Mensa members in 18th century garments, protesting against health care, tax cuts, education, lamp-posts, and shopping carts with one missing wheel. Now, out of the blue, you’re reading from someone’s Facebook update that the bill that was printed on both sides of hundreds of thousands of pages, and which grants the government the right to make it easier for people to keep themselves alive (whatever happened to a man’s right to have a coronary on a Burger King parking lot?), has actually been passed in secrecy in the dead of night. Who knew? [Read more]
The layman definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly while expecting different results.
That mentality, incidentally, also appears to be the cornerstone of Republican politics. We have seen it many times before: start a war or two, give tax cuts to the rich, and expect the national debt to decrease. If at first you don't succeed... [Read more]
Immediately following the recent injury of freshly elected Republican Senator Scott Brown, there has been some speculation that the Massachusetts Senator might not be sworn in this afternoon after all. However, according to a source at the House GOP leadership, such rumors and speculations are not only premature, but entirely baseless.
"We don't expect Senator Brown's ceremony this afternoon to be delayed. He will be sworn in at around 5 pm, and will thereafter be able to vote on any bills that may come before the Senate," reported an aide on the condition of anonymity. [Read more]
Now that President Obama's approval ratings are slipping, and the good people of Massachusetts have voted in their first Republican senator in almost forty years, it's time to get real about politics in this country. It's time to take leadership into our own hands.
Brother, I know what you are thinking: "how am I supposed to feed my horse and my wife the next winter when the government wants to spend my money on health care and education?" This is a difficult question, one that needs an easy answer. [Read more]
It must be difficult for the GOP these days. On one hand, they want to continue to appeal to Bible-thumping, teabagging, gun-toting bigots, but on the other, they also want to extend their congregation beyond the high school drop-outs and the plantation owners. This level of re-branding is hard enough to do without the family of one of their most recognizable Senators breaking ranks with the party on one of their core issues.
At least the Taliban and I can agree on something.
During their regime in Afghanistan, the Taliban banned the popular Central Asian sport, Buzkashi. This, uh, sport consists of horseback men riding around and trying to drag a dead calf into a ring in the sand.
If you find this objectionable for some odd reason, don’t worry – a goat can also be used.
So, the Taliban may make no bones about killing innocent people for no particular reason, but dragging around dead calves – that has got to stop. Well, since these musketeers of peace and morality are no longer running things in merry ol’ Afghanistan, the sport has made a comeback. [Read more]
Now, those were not the greatest eight years this country has ever seen, I’ll admit that right off the bat. Yet, I can’t help but miss having George in the White House. Here’s why.
I miss the silence. Seems like every other day Obama is giving a speech or a lecture or tap-dancing in front of the cameras to promote one issue or another. George W. Bush had no need for such antics. It was never “open mike” at the White House. He kept his appearances among the riff-raff to a minimum. The only times the general public was addressed by the President was during the annual State of the Union speech and whenever we attacked another country. [Read more]