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Friday, January 4, 2013

Republicans Are Fun

Republicans are fun:

Suggestions for Romance

The fiscal austerity crisis has been temporarily averted, but given the apparent animosity between the current leaders of Congress it's a miracle that any deal was made at all. Politico has a rather lengthy breakdown of the last week or so of negotiations that led to last night's budget bill and it leads off with an anecdote illustrating the current state of American politics. As they arrived for a much-hyped meeting with the President last Friday afternoon, Speaker of the House John Boehner spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid approaching just steps from the Oval Office. According to "multiple sources," Boehner pointed his finger at Reid and without any other fanfare said, "Go fuck yourself." When Reid asked him what he was talking about, Boehner simply repeated his curse and moved on.

So John Boy told Harry not once but twice to go*****************

Poor old Harry I hope he does not try it and hurt himself.

If you recall Dick Cheney told Senator Leahy the same thing. See blog entry

I guess these family values guys are encouraging their opponents to multiply and replenish the earth. Wait, I don’t think that works if you are the only one involved.

Republicans vs. Republicans

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is furious at House Speaker John Boehner's decision not to hold a vote Tuesday night on a Superstorm Sandy disaster relief aid package.

"There's only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: The House majority (the Republicans) and their speaker, John Boehner," said Christie at a Wednesday afternoon news conference as he led a rising chorus of criticism from both Republican and Democrat lawmakers from New Jersey and New York at the failure of the $60 billion aid bill. Christie likened suffering New Jerseyans to "pawns on a chessboard" who are victims of political games.

Republican Congressmen Peter King, also angry over Boehner’s failure to call for a vote on Hurricane Sandy, said New York and New Jersey residents would have to be crazy to donate to a republican congressman. The vote subsequently took place and now Peter likes John Boehner again.

More news from Idaho

Idaho Mormon Republican Senator got picked up after drinking vodka tonics over the holidays. Idaho has had interesting Senators in the last few years. Remember when Senator Craig got caught in an airport men’s’ room trying the play footsies under the stalls? If you recall he said he was not passing on gay signals, he was merely a “wide spreader”. Good one Senator.

Hillary Clinton Attack. See the following:

Hey, Fox News, guess it’s not the “Benghazi flu” after all. Turns out that Hillary—you know, the woman many of you love to hate—has a blood clot near her brain What we heard from some on the right after Hillary Clinton said she suffered a concussion last month—following a bout with the stomach flu—was that she could be faking it, since it happened just days before she was scheduled to testify about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. (That’s you, John Bolton, the former State Department official who accused her of contracting a “diplomatic illness.”)

Seems to me that kicking people when they’re down isn’t a very Christian thing to do. Haven’t many of you spent all of the advent season talking about how everyone is taking Christ out of Christmas? Faking an illness is an accusation you would hurl at a third grader who wants to stay home from school. No matter what your politics, here’s a woman who has served her country as a first lady, senator, and secretary of state. What does it take to presume that someone is acting in good faith? And in case you haven’t heard, attacking someone who’s ill speaks more to the character of the person doing the mocking.

Columnist Charles Krauthammer said Clinton was suffering from “acute Benghazi allergy.”

Greg Gutfeld, co-host of Fox’s The Five, said: “How can she get a concussion when she has been ducking everything?”

On The O'Reilly Factor, Laura Ingraham joked that this appeared to be an “immaculate concussion.” Bill O’Reilly chimed in, saying he thought Clinton could at least make a phone call. Fox's 'The Five' co-host Greg Gutfeld wonders how Clinton could have a concussion 'when she's been ducking everything?''

Now that the news of the blood clot has surfaced, the Twitterverse has turned on the haters, demanding apologies from the skeptics who had rallied against her. Doctors now say the location of the clot—between Clinton’s skull and brain—should mean she’s out of the woods and will make a full recovery. Whew. Fire up your inner pit bull; you’ll still have her to kick around.

Closing Remarks

This last couple of weeks has been very interesting. Lifetime Network Holiday Movies and republican politics has made for a joyous holiday season

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