Saturday, September 28, 2013

Don’t get your “beard” in the honey pot.

Big Guy had a busy week. First, declaring that he had no intention of negotiating with GOP terrorists like Ted Cruz, who were threatening to burn the house down, and secondly, declaring his intent to negotiate with Hassan Rouhani, the new, moderate, political, philosophical and spiritual leader of the Republic of Nuclear Iran.

Butt Lady M was equally busy entertaining the spouses/domestic partners of world leaders who were gathered in New York for the annual United Nations pow-wow.

Screenshot Studio capture #1373Lady M enjoyed showcasing the “talents” of the other spouses for a change, instead of her own

Instead of the usual, bland program offered to spouses and domestic partners accompanying the world leaders to UN week, MO wanted the group to experience a unique taste of Americana so she took them to lunch at The Studio Museum in Harlem. They toured the museum’s art gallery which was showcasing an exhibit of African-American art (is there really any other kind?) including paintings by Robert Pruitt that “highlight the strength and dignity of women,” as Lady M described them. Hmmm, interesting take; to the untrained eye they appear to be a bit…misogynist.

Screenshot Studio capture #1372 And if Robert wasn’t an African-America, they might be considered racist, too.

The luncheon featured African-American soul food (is there any other kind?). It was prepared by celebrity chef (and big time Obama supporter) Marcus Sammuelson. Marcus, as you may know, was born in Ethiopia, adopted by Swedish parents and raised in GΓΆteborg, Sweden. He was professionally trained as a chef in Switzerland and Austria, so who would know better how to prepare African-American soul food? Seriously!? Just because he’s black!? Isn’t that a bit…racist?

In case you aren’t familiar with Marcus, he’s ridiculously good looking:

marcusAlmost to the point of looking gay.

Butt he’s married to a gorgeous (and very tall) model:

Marcus Samuelsson 2010 UNICEF Snowflake Ball gtfvFHh2xw7lMy! What long legs…

And besides, in this day and age, what gay guy would marry an Amazon just to hide his sexual preferences?

mo-bo-2009-correspondence-dinnerHappy, happy, happy!

Anyway, I noted that some of you were interested in the menu that Lady M served to the UN spouses/partners in Harlem. It isn’t the kind of food we usually serve – or eat, for that matter - butt we were more interested in making a political statement than impressing our guests with our cooking skills:

“(Lady M’s) remarks focused on the importance of the arts in Harlem in expressing the complexity and struggle of African-Americans.”

The African-American soul food menu - “hailed by Mrs. Obama as "culturally exciting."  included arugula salad (I know this sounds snobby, butt remember, arugula is essentially a weed and as such was relegated to slaves for their own meals), shrimp and dirty rice, collard greens, cornbread and banana pudding parfait with huckleberry sauce. Mmm, mmm, mmm! Wait a minute – “huckleberry?” – isn’t that a bit…racist?

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"There's a reason why I wanted to bring you all to Harlem today," Mrs. Obama said.  "And that is because this community...is infused with a kind of energy and passion that is quintessentially American, but that has also touched so many people around the world."
Explaining Harlem's role as the heart of black culture in the early twentieth century, Mrs. Obama noted it was home to "some of the greatest African-American artists that our country has ever known
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While enjoying their lunch, the guests dined to the strains of a string quartet playing Mahler and Brahms. As dessert arrived they enjoyed the award winning singing of Broadway star Audra MacDonald, who seemed far more impressed with Lady M than the location she selected for the venue:

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Boy, I feel your pain Audra. Butt remember, “this community...is infused with a kind of energy and passion that is quintessentially American.”  So, I guess, get used to it. 

Each of Lady M’s guests were sent home with a hostess gift basket that contained:

“a jar of White House honey butter made with fresh honey from the White House beehive; two jars of White House–produced honey; a custom pewter honey pot…

 

sam_kassSam Kass: White House Honey Pot

I’m sorry to report that as of this writing Sammy is officially off the market: he’s engaged to Ms.NBC “journOlist” Alex Warner (Alex is a girl, in case you were wondering). It’s hard to say who’s more disappointed about this announcement, Lady M

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or Big Guy.

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No word yet on the height of Alex Warner, butt for all I know she could be a really tall girl too.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Obamacare: Take a bite out of this Apple

So there you have it, Jay-Jay has spoken on behalf of the Administration; Obamacare is like a fresh, delicious apple.

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Any worms you think you see are a figment of the Republicans’ imagination:

green apple wormsThose are NOT worms! They’re features.

And, as Nancy Pelosi told us, you’ve got to eat the apple,

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in order to find out what’s really in it:

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So fear not, my fellow Americans: Obamacare is here.

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This message was brought to you by the Committee to Keep Hope-Nosis Alive;

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Because remember: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cruz: Not Since Sarah Palin Have the Proglodytes Had Such a Villain.

It’s not a secret that Ted Cruz doesn’t give Chrissy Matthews any tingles up his pants. In the past he’s called him “a terrorist” for wanting to shut down the American government (BTW, if anyone knows how we could actually “shut down the government,” please advise, because despite all the rhetoric no one around here has the faintest idea how to actually do it.). Yesterday he said Senator Cruz was a “problem for our republic” and in a convoluted reference to the movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, compared him to Hitler. Why must it always be Hitler? Why can’t we ever have a good Stalin, Lenin or Mao analogy?

forwardobama lenin“We do not have time to play at ‘oppositions’ at ‘conferences.’ We will keep our political opponents… whether open or disguised as ‘nonparty,’ in prison.” - Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

In fairness though, Chrissy has compared Senator Cruz to other classic Democratic protagonists;  Major "King" Kong in Dr. Strangelove (riding the delivery system for the “noo-ku-lar” option) and the former most loathed domestic terrorist, Joe McCarthy.

Cruz%20McCarthy%20423 Which might explain the lack of Stalin/Lenin/Mao comparisons

Butt Mr. Matthews was by no means the only pundit who was dismissive, even derisive of Senator Cruz’s Senate floor performance by evoking a comparison to Jimmy Stewart’s Mr. Smith:

Screenshot Studio capture #1364“Smith's naΓ―ve and honest nature allows the unforgiving Washington press to take advantage of him, quickly tarnishing Smith's reputation with ridiculous front page pictures and headlines branding him a bumpkin.” – Wikipedia

In order to understand their disdain it’s helpful to first understand how Progs interpret the message in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, because for them, I don’t think it means what you think it means.

Here’s a take on it from American Prospect, along with a few of my annotated comments

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The movie is often hailed as a tribute to democracy, but it sure isn't a tribute to democracy as a functioning or even valid process. As I've pointed out more than once in print, the hero isn't elected, [ed. Just like George W. Bush] casts no votes [ed. just like Barack Hussein Obama], passes no legislation [ed. like the do-nothing Congress], and prevails via the most undemocratic of Senate tactics: a filibuster [ed. Which is valid only when invoked by a Senator from a non-red state]. Paine's convenient crisis of conscience aside, Smith wins due to a successful appeal to public hysteria.[ed. Which is much worse than public adulation]

It's a very durable daydream. Virtually every successful political comedy since Mr. Smith has borrowed its feel-good but not think-good template, [ed. I thought the copyright on that template was held by the Progs?] featuring an innocent "average" [ed. i.e., not a member of the enlightened Prog class] citizen who gets put in power by mistake and sets everything to rights by circumventing how the system usually works.[ed. Wait! “Circumventing the system?” Isn’t this how “HOPE and CHANGE by any means necessary” works!?!] This usually includes shaming the creepy politicos who dicker and broker in their clubby way instead of solving every problem by whooping it up for our founding ideals.[ed. Like those low-life “tea baggers” do.]

Naturally, unlike the Tea Party version, this kind of "political" movie prospers by omitting any discernible ideology. The contest is always between guileless virtue and the intrinsic corruption of business as usual. But since that invariably translates as mistrust of government—the bumpkin hero may marvel at his first sight of the Capitol or White House, but he's got no use for the practical endeavors they were built to serve—the fantasy is a right-wing one by default. [ed. Holy moly! - “bumpkin hero?,” “right-wing fantasy?” Please see ed. comment above re. disdain.]

Butt no Prog analysis would be complete without the inclusion of at least one clever ad hominem: 

As for Cruz, few people would claim that he looks much like Jimmy Stewart. Instead, he looks ideally like what Ted Cruz should look like. If he looked any more like Ted Cruz than he does, he wouldn't be in the Senate; he'd be in Ratatouille.

ratatouille_storyRemy, star of Ratatouille

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But whether you like it or not, he's our foremost current example of a real-life Mr. Smith—and that ought to tell you how destructive real-life Mr. Smiths can be. [ed. yes sir! We all know how destructive integrity combined with conviction and a belief in the founding documents can be.]

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So here’s my takeaway: Among others, Chrissy Tinglepants, master of the Ms.NBC Hardball filibuster, didn’t approve of Ted Cruz’s non-sanctioned filibuster.

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Yeah, well, I’d like to see Mr. Tinglepants go for 21 hours, 19 minutes without a potty break. Or for that matter, 19 minutes without a drink.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Obamacare 2.0: How To Tell The Sham From The Wow!

Wow! Imagine the nerve of that guy - spouting off on healthcare like that when he doesn’t have the faintest idea what he’s talking about.

No, not this guy:

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This guy:

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I trust you’ve read this report that claims that Big Guy and his Big Brains came up with the whole idea of Obamacare as a “throw away applause line” in a campaign speech:

Soon-to-be-candidate Obama, then an Illinois senator, was thinking about turning down an invitation to speak at a big health care conference sponsored by the progressive group Families USA [in January 2007], when two aides, Robert Gibbs and Jon Favreau, hit on an idea that would make him appear more prepared and committed than he actually was at the moment.

Why not just announce his intention to pass universal health care by the end of his first term?…

“We needed something to say,” recalled one of the advisers involved in the discussion. “I can’t tell you how little thought was given to that thought other than it sounded good. So they just kind of hatched it on their own. It just happened. It wasn’t like a deep strategic conversation.”

I know that sounds entirely plausible, given the relative inexperience of our campaign staff,

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and Big Guy’s own penchant for fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants strategic planning; butt seriously – universal health care has been the Holy Grail of communists socialists progressives since their inception.

And  I know for a fact that BHO didn’t build that strategy on his own; somebody else did that for him:

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Anyway, the Hot Air story makes it sound like BO’s campaign was rather slovenly pulled together and implies that Big Guy would say anything to get elected. How racist is that?

Racist ToasterSo maybe the Really Big Brains hadn’t thought the whole Obamacare implementation thing through, butt that’s not their job. That responsibility falls on the shoulders of the little people: highly trained and skilled government functionaries.

obamacare-cartoon-7New cost-effective, reusable hypodermic needle designed by a government bureaucrat

Butt seriously, how tough could it be? All we had to do was figure out how to give 20-40 million uninsured (documented and undocumented) citizens free health care insurance (which is their right) without raising the government’s cost or driving doctors out of practice. It’s just a matter of spreading the wealth around, right? And we sure know how to do that. It’s so simple, any clown can do it:

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Take Nancy Pelosi for example; she did it without even reading the bill!

So don’t try to scam me into believing that Big Guy’s eponymous bill - designed to win the hearts, minds and votes of millions of poor, unemployed, and disenfranchised citizens for decades to come - was a “throw away line.”

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Let me be clear; Obamacare was a well conceived idea,

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that ran into a few little problems, mostly caused by Republicans,

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and temporarily ran off the rails. Butt don’t worry: we’ve got plenty of Big Brains left around here to get it back on track. Of course we’ll need a little more money to complete the track before things are 100% operational.

Train_wreck_at_Montparnasse_1895Every Big Idea hits a few bumps in the road along the way

And since our economy is now in the fifth year of a robust Obama recovery, there’s no problem with increasing taxes on everyone the filthy rich in order to fund the rest of the track.

So listen up Senator Cruz; we have no intention of putting this train where you think it belongs:

train in henry ford museumTrain at Henry Ford Museum (photo credit: Michael Lavander)

So save your breath. We don’t need to have you shooting your mouth off like some huckster on the Atlantic City boardwalk about all the lies in Obamacare. That’s Barry’s job.

shamwowBarrack Hussein Obama: Sham-wowing us since 2008 

“In the 2008 campaign, affordable, universal health care for every single American must not be a question of whether, it must be a question of how,” Obama said at the Families USA conference. “We have the ideas, we have the resources, and we must find the will to pass a plan by the end of the next president’s first term.”

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Barack Obama Barack Obama Meets Senate Members NiVlTYja7lhlSham…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Les Collaborateurs: Come out of the closet with your hands up!

 

mitchmcconnellcaptionthishandsinair“We surrender”

I’m not certain how far down the rabbit hole we are at this point, all I know for sure is we’re still falling.

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mitch-mcconnell-john-cornynLeaders of the Vichy Senate

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And it’s getting harder and harder to identify non-occupied territory.

Allow me to bring you up to date: you know the old saying “hold your friends close, and your enemies closer?”  Well, in order to follow that good advice, it helps if you can determine which is which. Which apparently we can’t.

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Via Larwyn’s Linx, we find Exhibit 1, from the Republican camp:

"Right now in the Senate, Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn are actively whipping Senators to shut down debate on the House continuing resolution so that Harry Reid can gut it with just 51 votes,” a senior congressional staffer with intimate knowledge of the situation said in an email to Breitbart News. “Unbelievably, they actually are leading the fight to fully fund Obamacare.”

Cruz 2012Trust no one. They have not earned it.

This is indeed growing curiouser and curiouser. It’s almost as if there’s something in the water – I wonder if anyone has bothered to check the official Congressional  bottled water supplier?

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Oh sure, they’ve repackaged their water in pretty new blue bottles and dropped the “Vichy” tag:

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butt it’s still the same old Vichy water. Maybe that’s our problem: more crony capitalism.

saratoga vichy waterChuck Schumer, in upstate New York selecting the 2013 Congressional water vendor. 

I think Lady M is going to have to shoulder some of the blame for this latest trip down the rabbit hole. We all know how she feels about drinking more water.

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Now we know why.

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Have you had your vitamin Vichy today?

vichy waterDrink up!

P.S.  Yesterday was International Bisexual Visibility Day, which we celebrated here at the White House with a roundtable discussion on “issues facing the bisexual community.” I’d post some pictures, butt for some odd reason Bisexual “Visibility” Day was a closeted, closed door, closed press event and all phones and cameras were embargoed at the closed door.

I can’t mention any names, butt you would have recognized some of the attendees.

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