Last night Cedric's "Barry's got plenty of ideas -- always bad ones" and Wally's "THIS JUST IN! ROUGH WATERS!" went up. That was their joint-humor post. The non-humor posts last night revolved around a theme: write a book you have and that you've selected at random: Mike's "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (Pauline Kael's movie critiques), Trina's "Collected Stories" (Tennessee Williams' Collected Stories), Rebecca's "pigs at the trough" (Arianna Huffington book), Kat's "Rock Encyclopedia" (the classic text), Ann's "4 men, 1 woman" (Gore Vidal's Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace), Marcia's "Embassytown" (China Mieville's new novel), Elaine's "Left Bank and Other Stories" (short stories by Jean Rhys), Ruth's "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" (novelizations of Disney films in an attempt to increase reading among children -- this is a novelization of a Disney film starring Kurt Russell), Betty's "Lorraine Hansberry: The Collected Plays" (the title says it all but for any who might not place the name immediately, she is the playwright who wrote A Raisin in the Sun) and Stan's "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" (Greg Palast's classic book).
There were so many interesting twists and turns in those.
"The Politics Of Decline: Marco Rubio's Maiden Speech Versus Barack Obama's Puerto Rico Flim-Flam" (Hillary Is 44):
Shameless Barack Obama advertised his trip to the island as the first presidential visit since John F. Kennedy in 1961. Obama mentioned Kennedy the minute he arrived and the streets were festooned with posters of Obama 2011 and Kennedy 1961. The problem with this flim-flam is that President Gerald Ford visited Puerto Rico in 1976 for an economic summit.
Barack Obama used island Puerto Ricans as props to prop himself up:
“To some Puerto Ricans, Obama’s trip was too short to merit significance.
“I think it’s a public relations visit. I say it as a Democrat. This visit does not satisfy me,” said Sen. Cirilo Tirado of the island’s Popular Democratic Party.
Luis Guillermo Febus, a public employee, called Obama’s visit “too fast,” adding: “It seems to me that there will not be time for us to talk about serious things and the problems that this country has.”
Barack Obama went to Puerto Rico, not for serious talk and action, but to try to bamboozle the Latino vote. Recently Obama “strategists” declared that they were targeting the state of Georgia for an Obama victory because Georgia has a Latino population of 10%. Because states such as Ohio are all but lost Obama “strategists” have also declared that they will target Latino rich Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and even Texas!Barack barely got Latinos to turn out in 2008. And that's when he didn't have a record trailing him.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):