Monthly Archives: October 2009

A Football Joke

Normally, joke-email forwards aren’t particularly funny.  This, however, is an exception:

A guy walks into Tanners wearing a Chiefs jersey, and carrying a cat that also has a Chiefs jersey on with a little Chiefs helmet on his head, too.

The guy says to the bartender, “Can my cat and I watch the Chiefs game here?  Thing is, my TV is broken and my cat and I always watch the game together.” The bartender replies, “Normally cats wouldn’t be allowed in Tanners, but it’s not very busy in here right now, so you and the cat can have a seat at the end of the bar.  But, if there’s any trouble with you or the cat, I’ll have to ask you to leave.”

The guy agrees, and he and the cat start watching the game.  Pretty soon the Chiefs kick a field goal.   The excited cat jumps up on the bar, walking up and down it giving high-fives to all the other patrons.

The bartender says,  “Hey, that’s pretty cool! What does he do for a touchdown?”

The guys answers, “I don’t know.   I’ve only had him 3 years.”

Glenn Beck, et. al. vs. Anita Dunn

I don’t know how many Democrats/Progressives/Liberals listen to Conservative talk radio as much as I do, but if you have, you’ve probably heard about this big dust up over a quote by Anita Dunn, talking about how she turns to Mao Zedong’s philosophies for guidance.

For those unaware, Mao Zedong was the first Communist leader of China and also happened to be the leader of the biggest genocide in the 20th century, killing an estimated 49-78 million people – considerably more than Hitler, mind you.

Suffice it to say, a lot of people don’t like him.

So, it goes without saying that one should be a bit careful when referencing the guy, particularly in a somewhat positive light.

That all being said, Anita Dunn, the White House Communications Director, when she was speaking to a group of high schoolers, referenced Mao’s philosophies with the goal of showing that people will have to make choices.

Here’s the full quote referencing the “[one] I turn to most” quote that’s at the heart of all this:

And then the third lesson and tip actually come from two of my favorite political philosophers, Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa — not often coupled with each together, but the two people that I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is, you’re going to make choices. You’re going to challenge. You’re going to say, “Why not?” You’re going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before. But here’s the deal: These are your choices. They are no one else’s.

via Media Matters for America.

To me, this is just another instance of selective quoting by certain “News” organizations for the purpose of appealing to their base. C’est la vie.

For what it’s worth, numerous other Conservative politicians have also quoted Mao:

TSA Outs Lying Mother

So the back story is that a lady was going through security and claims that a TSA Agent took her son and she freaked out about it. Which, if true, would have been a big deal.  However, it turns out that she’s just a liar and pretty much her entire store was fabricated.  This fabrication was proven by way of the TSA Blog releasing video of the incident.  Whoops.

via TPM LiveWire

Interesting New Washington Post Poll

According to a new Washington Post poll, people have roughly the same opinion of Democrats and Republicans as they did in 2008 and 2006 – the years Democrats made big gains in Congress.  However, I’m still of the opinion that the Dems will lose some seats in the House and the Senate, though still maintaining their Majorities.  We’ll see I guess.

via The Plum Line

New Obama Administration Policy on Medical Marijuana

Interesting news for the day, the Obama administration has issued a new policy on medical marijuana.  I’m certainly not any kind of drug advocate, but I do have a number of opinions on drug use.  While it may not be for me, individuals are their own people, it’s not my place to really give a shit about what another person does or does not do.  I’ve always thought that medical marijuana usage should be allowed, and taxed for that matter. It’s nice to see that the federal government is respecting the states that have passed laws allowing medical usage.  Under the Bush administration, these laws were entirely ignored.

Found via The Washington Post.