February 13, 2009

Post, Inspired by News!

First, check out this super-peppy 6-year old narrating a book about kittens:

It's one of the awesomest videos I've seen this week. Clearly, someone else has written her lines down for her, but I don't care. Her voice reminds me of Bubbles in the Power Puff Girls episode where she's reading about her favorite cartoon hero "Harmony Bunny."

Oh, you think it's weird for a 41 year old to be that familiar with Power Puff Girls? Having two daughters will do that to you. Besides, Power Puff Girls was light years better than other kids TV at the time. And most kids TV now. Trying to watch kids TV today is like... well, just take a look at how it affected Mojo Jojo.

Judddd Gregggg

The other day, I was wondering who was hogging all of the consonants at the ends of words. Then I realized it was Judd Gregg.

You may have heard that Gregg has withdrawn from his nomination as Commerce Secretary. Gregg mentions the stimulus plan and the census in his withdrawal, but then retreats to "it wasn't a good fit."

There seems to me to be two likely reasons behind his withdrawal. Because I don't buy that it was just a philosophical difference; the whole point of his nomination was to get someone in there who had philosophical differences with the president, and he ought to have understood that from the start.

I think that he was feeling enormous pressure from other Republicans to stay in the Senate and block Obama as part of the new strategy of returning to Newt Gingrich-style politics. What is the sound of one hand clapping? It's about the same as the sound of one party being bipartisan. The Republicans are digging in. Good luck, America.

If it wasn't external pressure that made Gregg withdraw, why not another obvious explanation? He doesn't want to tackle the difficult job of helping clean up the mess that Bush and the Republicans helped get us into.

Republicans are the deadbeat dads of American politics.

In retribution, I am withdrawing one consonant from each of Jud Greg's names. If Americans are going to have to tighten their belts, then you should, too, Mr. Jud Greg.

I agree with the President that Mr. Greg did one thing right. I'm glad he withdrew now rather than wait until next year. Perhaps Obama can find someone who can handle the job. I suggest Robert Reich. Do it, Mr. Obama! And keep your sense of humor.

Lambtastic

Patti sent this link about Uri Geller along. It's about his purchase of a Scottish island. Holy crap, I have rarely read so much hogwash as when i read anything that Uri Geller has said. Can any of you make sense of it? I can't. He thinks King Arthur is buried there, because the islands are arranged in the same configuration as the stars in Orion's belt?

News flash: those stars only LOOK like they're lining up in our sky. The actual stars are not collinear in actual 3D space.

FAIL

Thanks for the link, Patti. I did get a chuckle out if it. I wonder if Geller is planning on using it for tourism. Where the heck does he get his money? Gullible boneheads, I assume.

WTF?

Another depressing story from the SouthCoast, this one from my hometown. Two 15 year-old boys are alleged to have raped a 14 year-old girl.

Can someone please explain this quote from Sgt. Borges:

"If someone doesn't want to take part in this activity it's their right," he said. "If we are informed of these crimes we'll prosecute to the fullest extent. It's a serious matter."

What kind of comment is that? What child ever wants to be raped? Please tell me I'm misinterpreting this somehow.

Posted by James at February 13, 2009 9:31 AM
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Hopefully the democrats will do a better job of pointing out that the republicans are being obstructionist than they did in Clinton's 1st 2 years. They're off to a terricle start so far.

Check out the commenst string on the Geller story and you'll see exactly where he gets his money from. Unbelievable how stupid some people are.

Huh? Um the law says she couldn't have consented to this even if she wanted to. It's called statutory rape you bonehead.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at February 13, 2009 10:03 AM

Some day I will learn to read my comments before hitting post. This was clearly not that day.

I did read this one though.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at February 13, 2009 10:04 AM

Can I just say "ridiculous" and apply it to all three stories?

Posted by: Bull at February 13, 2009 11:00 AM

actually I can't...I need to use the words "horrendous" and "moron cop" for the last bit.

Posted by: Bull at February 13, 2009 11:07 AM

Jud Greg can say what he want, but this was all about fueling the "Republican Resurgence" or whatever. Why is the "liberal media" not pointing out that focusing on your own power base at the expense of the country is not impressive, but rather offensive?

I didn't think it was possible for hope to be crushed so quickly or easily.

Posted by: briwei at February 13, 2009 12:01 PM

Re "Kittens" narration:
Clearly, someone else has written her lines down for her...

I would certainly hope a six-year-old child doesn't know the phras "bow-chicka-bow-wow" from personal experience.

Posted by: Patti M. at February 13, 2009 12:17 PM

Even though I was outwardly skeptical of bipartisan efforts on Obama's part, I am shocked at the path the Republicans have chosen, and also at how effective their choice has been.

Some people may have wanted change, but apparently there are plenty of people out there who don't want bipartisanship.

Yeah, it's depressing. Those at the top know that they will suffer the least if the parties do not work together, and the Republicans will gain the most if they can stall any recovery efforts.

Posted by: James at February 13, 2009 12:24 PM

Right, Patti.

Plus, she slows down for some of the less-familiar words.

Posted by: James at February 13, 2009 12:26 PM

Not impressed with Ud Eg at all. (Removing additional consonants at my own expense.)

Posted by: Julie at February 13, 2009 2:24 PM

I'm not impressed with Uri Geller.

Hasn't the world filed him away with other unfortunate things from the '70s (cf. mood rings, platform shoes, est manual)?

Posted by: Patti M. at February 13, 2009 4:42 PM

I'm never been impressed with him either.

Henceforth, I'm calling him Ui Eller.

Posted by: Julie at February 13, 2009 7:44 PM

HAH!

Posted by: Patti M. at February 13, 2009 8:13 PM

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