At some point while reading this round-up, your heart will break, your funny bone will be tickled and your ire will be raised.
1. When pop culture meets real-life…it ain’t pretty!
Salt Lake Tribune: Motorist’s quip about ‘Grey Poupon’ met with cocked, black handgun
A Sandy man took offense to a motorist, who, after getting him to roll down his window, asked, “Excuse me, sir, do you have any Grey Poupon?”
After hearing the request for Dijon mustard, the 22-year-old driver pulled a black handgun from his glove compartment, cocked the weapon and pointed it at the three people in the other car. “Here’s your Grey Poupon, roll your [expletive] windows up,” he responded.
2. Hey, Russia! Leave them kids alone!
Reason Magazine: Russia to Emo Kids: I’ll Give You Something to Pine About
Driven to the brink of unhappiness by repeated listenings of “Sowing Season,” by Brand New, the members of Russia’s Duma are mulling over legislation to ban emo and gothic dress in public schools and government buildings. And the emo kids? Well, they’re not gonna take it:
3. Yeah…the impeachment hearing is just for show, to shut the rest of us up…
John Conyers is now taking the position that no one at Friday’s impeachment hearing can accuse Bush or Cheney of any crime, or any impeachable offense, or dishonorable conduct, or even lying.
Moreover, Conyers is now saying that he will shut the hearing down if anyone does accuse the boys of crimes, impeachable offenses, or otherwise being naughty.
4. If this story doesn’t make you cry then you are not human…Little man died the day after he got “married”…
Reece Fleming was diagnosed with leukaemia back in 2004 when he was just 4 years old.
He battled the disease for years until this May, when doctors gave the 8 year old boy only a few weeks to live.
The family decided to try and help him achieve most of his goals before he would pass. And one of those was to marry his school sweetheart, Elleanor Purgslove.
5. Kid obviously just needed some fresh air and hot wings before the ‘rents showed up…
A 5-year-old boy slipped out of the Imagination Station child care center unnoticed Tuesday afternoon, crossed two busy streets and wandered to a restaurant on the Interstate 35E service road in 100-degree heat.
Employees of Hooters found the child safe about 5:20 p.m. He left the child care center in the 2300 block of San Jacinto Boulevard, crossed the Interstate 35E northbound service road and Dallas Drive, bought a soft drink at a service station and walked to Hooters, where an employee found him in the parking lot and called police.
6. Word is the troops I hang with aren’t too keen on McCain. I don’t see this little tidbit gaining him any traction, either.
Crooks and Liars: Time to start rationing veterans’ healthcare?
The Washington Monthly ran a terrific cover story a couple of years ago, heralding the success of the VA system, and the quality of the medical care veterans receive. McCain may hold some kind of ideological grudge against the VA system — it is, after all, a form of socialized medicine — but even raising the prospect of rationing veterans’ health care seems like a remarkably bad idea. It’s not good policy, and it’s certainly not good politics.
7. That mortgage bill that the House just passed and the Senate is getting ready to vote on…well, it’s not exactly all it’s cracked up to be. It comes with a special “rip of the Constitution” clause, as well.
EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Ron Paul: Housing Rescue Bill Has Provison That Will Require All Credit
The bill is some 600 pages long. Sneaked into the bill is a provison that will require that all credit card transactions be reported to the IRS.
Further, the bill gives approval to increase the national debt by $800 billion. It also requires that those in the mortgage industry be fingerprinted.
8. According to a few soldiers who I chat with regularly who are either in or have been to Iraq, recently, the televisions in all the common areas, in Iraq, are always on Fox News, when not playing movies or other fictional television shows. So it might appear that TPTB want the troops to get a skewed view of the news that we are getting stateside because there is very little evidence that Fox News is either fair or balanced (unless you lean so far to the right that trying to stand up straight is painful). I can speak from personal experience and say that whenever I walk into a government building here, that have televisions, they are always set to Fox News, as well. I don’t believe that this is a coincidence.
Think Progress: Giuliani: ‘It’s Natural’ Troops Watch Fox News Because Fox Covers Iraq ‘In A More
While chatting with reporters on his press plane this week, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), noting that many of the televisions at army bases in Iraq and Afghanistan were tuned to Fox News, jokingly asked, “Is this the commander in chief’s choice?” Missing the joke, the Fox and Friends denounced Obama’s “implication” that the Bush administration was “brainwashing” the troops.
9. What’s next? A note from the ATM machine when you deposit money: Thanks for the deposit, good luck getting it back!” ?
However, the Bank of America teller noticed something funny about 10 of the 36 $100 bills Garcia said he received from Wachovia Bank — they were counterfeit, Local 6’s Tony Pipitone reported.
10. B-I-G-O-T-R-Y. That’s the only reason to keep DADT in place. There are no valid arguments for it except that “Teh Gays” bother some on the Right.
On the advice of more than 50 retired generals and admirals, the House Armed Services Committee agreed yesterday to revisit the utility of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The discriminatory standard, which has led to the discharge of thousands of capable troops serving in the midst of two wars, has already been rejected by voters, and lawmakers are prepared to rethink the approach.
But what’s the best way to win the policy debate? Emphasize fairness? Military readiness? The fact that gay soldiers are already serving their country honorably? The fact that it costs a lot of money to undermine our own national security?
No, as it turns out, the way to make it painfully obvious that the right is wrong about this is simply to let conservatives present their argument out loud.
“Karma usually has a wing man.”
Am I forgetting something? Let me know in comments.
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