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All we can say is that it’s a damn good thing the gene pool in the U.S. is large enough to dilute the IQ of some people. You might say the woman below lived a sheltered life, but I bet she can tell you what brand of makeup Britney Spears uses. Just check out the expressions on the face of the 3rd grader at the podium next to her during this quiz show. Priceless…
There are occasions when certain points of view are priceless. Scott reports on another one of those occasions as he dissects the not so slip of the tongue slip by one of Hilllary’s campaign supporters…
(Iowa) — Former presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton today apologized to rival Barack Obama for any offense he may have taken from the way former Sen. Bob Kerry endorsed her candidacy this week.Bob Kerry …oops
Mr. Kerrey, who ran for president in 1992, in his endorsement remarks mentioned that Sen. Obama’s middle name is Hussein and that he has Muslim ancestors, “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
Sen. Clinton, in a written statement said: “While I’m grateful for Bob’s endorsement, which generated headlines across the country and even some stories that briefly mentioned me, his choice of words may have left some people with the impression that Sen. Obama is related to Saddam Hussein — a fanatical dictator who gassed his own people, cut off ears and tongues of dissidents and littered Iraq with mass graves. Any implied comparison was purely accidental, I’m sure.”
“There’s nothing to be gained,” Mrs. Clinton said, “by repeating Barack Hussein Obama, Barack Hussein Obama. It’s as immature as noting the similarity between the name Obama and Osama bin Laden.”
She called Mr. Kerrey’s reference to Sen. Obama’s Muslim relatives “fundamentally irrelevant, and radically inappropriate.”
“When you think about it, Barack’s body is made up of cells,” she said, “but that doesn’t mean he’s connected with al Qaeda terror cells. It’s silly, you know, to link Hussein, Obama, Osama, Islam, al Qaeda.”Obama and buddy
Sen. Obama said he took no offense at the endorsement remarks, noting, “After all, Bob Kerrey’s last name sounds like John Kerry, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a failed former presidential candidate, whose political life will be a mere footnote in the history books, if he’s lucky. And of course Hillary Clinton has the same last name as…well…you get the point.”
The Illinois senator added, “At least he didn’t remind people that I’m related to Dick Cheney, which could actually hurt my chances in the Democrat primaries.” — as reported by satirist Scott Ott / ScrappleFace
The polls are now saying John Edwards may be leading. No one should be surprised about that. The move to the ever popular youthful white attractive male seems to be making a comeback in Democrat circles. Let’s see if he has real “staying” power .
Our own poll shows Hillary neck and neck with Obama… with Mit and Rudy neck and neck as well. Both new developments over the past week as the voting public grows tired with the whole affair.
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Rather than focus on one political topic this week we thought we would mix it up a bit. Between the election campaigning, Christmas shopping (yes we did use the word Christmas) and the “elections” in Russia, we felt compelled to try and capture the real spirit of the season…
Uhh, did someone say… steroids? Well, we don’t need no stinking steroids! At least not today — but we are pretty sure we will find a few toons to share with you by the end of next week…
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(JOHNSTON, IA) — The Des Moines Register today apologized because yesterday’s Republican presidential debate, moderated by editor Carolyn Washburn, became mired in statements about the economy, education, health care, taxation and other issues of policy and governance.
Ms. Washburn expressed regret over her “failure to encourage the candidates to quarrel, snip at each other, and re-hash standard stump speech one-liners.”
“In a word, it was boring,” said Ms. Washburn. “The candidates wasted their time talking about their principles, plans and positions instead of making cleverly-scripted attacks on their GOP rivals. There were few sparks, zingers or smackdowns, except when Fred Thompson put me in my place. I hope the American electorate can forgive me.”
The newspaper editor called the debate a “low point” in her career, “because if you read the transcript of the debate, you could be left with the impression that any of these Republican candidates — even Ron Paul and Alan Keyes — would be a better president than Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. What have I done?” — as reported by satirist Scott Ott / ScrappleFace
The role of the media, and in particular Wulf Blitzer at CNN, in goading the candidates into verbal hostility to increase ratings demonstrates the depths to which the MSM has sunk. They prefer to generate entertainment in a feeble effort to morph the stage spectacle into a high brow reality tv show. We predict a game show host will selected next to spice up the debates next year just as soon as the primaries are over. This is just a warm up folks! Then there’s this from an ABC reporter…
Fred Thompson: Provided a highlight of the ho-hum debate by slapping down the debate moderator, refusing to raise his hand or answer a yes-or-no question. Guess he can kiss that Des Moines Register endorsement goodbye …
What he should have done is raised a finger instead…
A former New York Yankees strength trainer says information he provided to the George Mitchell investigation regarding supplying Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte with steroids is included in the Mitchell report scheduled to be released later today, a source close to the trainer told ESPN The Magazine’s Shaun Assael.Brian McNamee, who worked for the Yankees and as a personal trainer for Clemens and Pettitte, also told investigators that on at least one occasion, Clemens was in possession of steroids from another supplier, the source said.The source said McNamee told investigators he supplied Clemens with steroids while Clemens was with the Yankees, and prior to Clemens joining the team. Randy Hendricks, Clemens’ agent, did not immediately return a message seeking comment, according to The Associated Press.
ESPN – Source says information on Clemens will be in Mitchell’s report – MLB(via Bloglines | Log In)
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This week’s nomination of the web’s Top 3 Political Cartoons of the Week is based on the latest threat to western civilization… toxic toys from the great red menace. Actually, China is a very nice place. I have visited there on business travel and the people were always great. We all know that the real villains in this scenario are the American toy manufacturers that are exploiting cheap labor and cutting a few corners here and there. Oh well… the artists below tell the story in their own way…
We felt it was important to get into the Christmas spirit and shift a bit from our normal does of dysfunctional American politics. So which one these said it all for you?
The world can now breath a sigh of relief as it has now been reassured by that most infallible of institutions, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, that the Islamic Republic of Iran is years away from deploying a nuclear device. In an unprecedented announcement, recognizing that their credibility has been brought into question in recent years, the agency is offering their latest NIE report with a money back guarantee. Scott Ott reports today on the rationale that led to that decision…
(Langley, VA) — A little-noticed paragraph in the latest controversial National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s nuclear capabilities notes that if the report’s authors are wrong in concluding that Iran ceased its nuclear weapons program in 2003, they’ll refund the cost of the report.
“We’re so confident in our findings,” wrote intelligence analyst Thomas Fingar, “that if Iran should detonate a nuclear device within the next 90-days, we’ll refund the full cost of researching and writing this report, less shipping and handling.”
Mr. Fingar said the money-back guarantee offer is designed to get the Bush administration to “give peace a chance” and to back off of its demands that Iran cease uranium enrichment and fully disclose the details of its nuclear program.
“If we’re right,” said Mr. Fingar, “the world has become a much safer place virtually overnight, no matter what the Iranian president says about wiping Israel from the map, bringing down the Great Satan America and ushering in the apocalyptic age of the 12th Imam.”
The little-known analyst added that, “And even if we’re wrong, there’s no immediate danger to the continental U.S. from missile attacks, since the Atlantic Ocean is really big and Iran’s known missiles can only reach about a dozen countries right now. In addition, it would be quite inconvenient for Iran to smuggle a suitcase nuke across, say, the Mexican border. The border crossing paperwork alone is enough of a deterrent.” — as reported by satirist Scott Ott / ScrappleFace
You have to hand it to Scott. He really knows how to uncover those little-known facts and dirty little secrets that help keep our politicians perplexed and bewildered at all times. It’s comforting to now know that they have a few more years to work on a diplomatic strategy to democratize Iran and bring them into the fold of modern Western thought. After all, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was very clear in his address to the world that Iran has made great advances in socialization of homosexuals and peoples of all faiths and points of view. They are well on their way of achieving their dream of international solidarity with the West. — ZZ