Posts Tagged ‘Political Issues’

Miss Universe checks in to Guantanamo Bay says it was a “loooot of fun”

March 30, 2009

Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008 from Caracas, Venezuela, took a trip to United States prison camp Guantanamo Bay over the weekend.  The death camp…er…torture camp was made infamous during the War on Terror for its questionable interrogation tactics.

Que pasa?  Tengo calor.

Que pasa? Tengo calor.

Mendoza wrote a lengthy entry in her blog describing the trip.

This week, Guantanamo!!! It was an incredible experience.
We arrived in Gitmo on Friday and stared going around the town, everybody knew Crystle and I were coming so the first thing we did was attend a big lunch and then we visited one of the bars they have in the base. We talked about Gitmo and what is was like living there. The next days we had a wonderful time, this truly was a memorable trip! We hung out with the guys from the East Coast and they showed us the boat inside and out, how they work and what they do, we took a ride around the land and it was a loooot of fun!

We also met the Military dogs, and they did a very nice demonstration of their skills.

Military dogs

Military dogs showing their skills.

Mendoza has to be living a bizarre life right now.  Somehow she has to swear by the “patriotism” of her corporate American sponsors while remaining loyal to that asshole Hugo Chavez.   She better not wave that American flag too ferociously or she won’t be welcome back to her country.   Guantanamo Bay will be shut down in the coming months by the Obama administration.

RWP Rating: Bizarre

FULL STORY: Miss Universe Blog

Rush Limbaugh runs away from New York state income tax obligations

March 30, 2009

Rush Limbaugh has had it with the state of New York.  After years of maintaining a a condo in New York and paying the state’s income taxes, he is looking for another place to vacation when hurricane season hits in Florida.

Oxycontin will make you rich.

Oxycontin will make you rich.

The multimillionaire is particularly perturbed by Governor David Paterson’s decision to raise the income tax in order to make up for next year’s deficit.  Rush doesn’t yet know which state he will run away to when the rains come.  High on his list of priorities is, you guessed it, low state income taxes.  Texas is looking good, as the state has no income tax, at least for now.

Here is a partial transcript from today’s show:

New York is the escape valve in case hurricanes are showing up in our area, because of the loss of electricity. So I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I’m going to look for an alternative studio somewhere outside New York, perhaps Texas — another no-income-tax state — and I’m going to get the hell over there, when a hurricane starts coming our way, ’cause I told Mayor Bloomberg: I’ll be the first to lead the way. You know, this is just… I’ll sell my apartment. I’ll sell my condominium. I’m going to get out of there totally, ’cause this is just absurd, and it’s ridiculous — and it isn’t going to work. It’s punishing the achievers for the mistakes and the lack of discipline on the part of a bunch of corrupt politicians that have run that city and state into the ground for I don’t know how many years — and I, for one, am not going to take the blame for it.

They’re going to praise Paterson for driving me out, even though I am rarely there anyway. Or, instead of a slogan, like: “New York: It’s Never Enough,” the I love New York campaigns, “You May Love New York, But New York Doesn’t Like You.” That ought to be another slogan that Governor Paterson ought to employ.

What a fucking baby.

It’s pretty amusing that the man who says he speaks for middle America only really spends time on the beaches in Miami and in the urban jungle of downtown New York.  Any bets that Limbaugh chooses one of the three big cities in Texas to call home?  I don’t think you’ll see him shacking up with the tumbleweeds in Crawford.

RWP Rating: Normal

The most IMPORTANT question during the Ashley Biden scandal: Would you hit it?

March 30, 2009

She’s taken, but in ideal circumstances would you hit it?

Clearly excited about the election

Clearly excited about the election

Vein splits her forehead in two.

Vein splits her forehead in two.

Kentucky drinkers stocking up on booze before new law takes effect

March 30, 2009

Kentucky drinkers will be greeted with an extra 6% sales tax on alcohol beginning Wednesday April 1, after the Kentucky General Assembly approved the tax last month.   Cigarette packs will also see an additional $.30 tax.

Kentucky native Torry Lemp and his brother Terry Lemp spent, Sunday afternoon stocking up on their favorite liquor.  The two brothers shopped at Liquor Barn, a local store that now advertises the current price of booze as well as the price after the tax hike. Lemp says that, “That’s why we’re here. Last time I was in here, I thought ‘I have to be back here before the tax kicks in on the first.”

The president of Liquor Barn says that opposition is growing to the new law.  “We’re seeing some response from it. It’s not huge but it’s building.”

The state of Kentucky is world-renowned for its kickass whiskey.  In fact, Bourbon whiskey is named for Bourbon County, Kentucky.   Are these taxes a good idea?  I’m not sure.  So many states are experiencing huge fucking deficits next year, so the shortfall cash has to come from somewhere.

RWP Rating: Normal


Jack’s Track: Commentary on the public education system, Obama bailouts, and what kittens REALLY taste like

March 30, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, I, Jack Run, would like to say first and foremost that it is a pleasure to be speaking to you right now. I would also like to thank one Joel Lightly for being so kind as to invite me to scream my opinions into your collective face as a contributor to Real Weird Politics. Thank you for your generosity, Mr. Lightly, and I hereby do solemnly swear to be an objective and abrasive cunt of a contributor that speaks my mind and abuses grammatical hyphenations.

Ah, but who am I? I am probably a Virgo, I imagine that I like long walks on the beach, I probably enjoy a good candle lit dinner, and I am most certainly not a “cat person”.

And now, down to brass tacks…

...because the first bailouts of the automotive industry set such a good precedent...

...because the first bailouts of the automotive industry set such a good precedent...

In the article Money For Teachers Could Go Elsewhere, published today March 30th by CBS, we learn that while Obama promised that nearly all of the $100 billion spent on education in his seizure-inducingly-horrid-and-hyper-costly-travesty-of-tax-payer-and-future-tax-payer-money-spending-monstrosity-of-a-stimulus-bill was designed to retain teachers, some states will be spending said money elsewhere. Like on playground equipment (awesome!). Or wallpaper (lame).  Or filling a budget gap (fiscal responsibility!).

The article covers a lot of ground, such as how some states plan to refuse their cut of the stimulus, how the money is an ever-expanding ball of many-strings-attached legalisms and bureaucracy, how Education Secretary Arne Duncan is trying to find a way to force these states to accept the money,  and how kittens actually taste more like baloney than chicken. Weird, I know.

But I digress…

As Obama said, the money is supposed to be spent on the teachers, not on playgrounds no matter how awesome,  not on paying off budget gaps no matter how fiscally responsible, and CERTAINLY not on lame-ass wallpaper. As a huge slice of the stimulus/bailout bill, this money is as one protesting teacher aptly scribed on a picket sign, a bailout.

Let’s just state the obvious ugly fact: despite the king-size spending, America’s public education system sucks. The children it produces are dumber than snot, and in similar fashion to the King of Pop’s face, all the money in the world doesn’t promise any form of improvement to a total fucking clusterfuck of this magnitude.

To clarify the above statement in plainest English, what I mean to say is that raising the pay or even in some cases continuing the salary of failing teachers in a failing system will change nothing other than the balance on the account of he-who-pays; that being YOU, fair tax payer.

Now I understand fully that teachers are people too, and that what I’m talking about here is JOBS – jobs that these teachers need in order to put bread on the table. But I also understand that the money that these “teachers” (yes, quotes – because if children are no smarter after being taught by said teachers, then are said teachers really teachers?) are paid comes directly out of the tax payer’s pockets. Do I think that it is fair that my siblings and my parents and my peers and all you other hardworking sons of bitches should pay these people’s salaries if they’re not actually doing their job? No.

Yes, I know I am over simplifying here, and I would be so bold as to say that kids these days are as dumb as they are due more so to the failed institution of parenting than to our educational system, but folks, let’s call it like we see it. If you want to keep your job or earn more cash, you gotta prove you’re worth it. You gotta show results.

I view the education bailouts in the same light as I view the bailouts of the auto companies – all these bailouts do is support failed institutions in their current failure-prone form. Go ahead, bail them out – but be prepared to bail them out again and again and again…

Picture yourself in a rowboat on the high seas with a hole in the bottom – if you don’t do the work necessary to plug up the hole, you’re never going to be able to stem the flow of water sinking your boat.

And no, kittens don’t REALLY taste like baloney. If I were to describe the taste, it would be something more along the flavor of narwhal…or justice.

That is all.

FULL STORY – Money For Teachers Could Go Elsewhere

Quick Link: Junk food lobby is powerful

March 30, 2009

Well, looks like some grimy lobbyists were able to slime their way into the hearts and minds of some West Virginia politicians.   Nice job guys.

RWP Rating: Unusual

FULL STORY: State Senate turns down calorie-count menu bill

Sports Betting Smackdown: Delaware vs. The NFL

March 30, 2009

The state of Delaware is examining creative means to make up for its $606 million budget deficit next year.  Governor Jack Markell has developed a wholly unoriginal idea:  sports betting.  Now they’re speaking my language.



Markell proposed early this month that the state investigate whether legalizing sports betting could make up for the budget shortfall.  The NCAA immediately pounced, saying that Delaware would face repercussions if it did so, threatening punitive damages for state schools and withdrawal from consideration to host NCAA events.

But the debate continued and the sports world has sent out the big guns.  Lobbyists from the NFL conflated in Delaware in the past few days to urge lawmakers not to consider voting for the bill.   The NFL is also considering bringing football players to the state to fight it.

Markell fired back at the NFL, saying that they promote gambling by providing their audiences with analysts that predict the final score of every game before it is played.  “The notion that the NFL has aggressively and actively fought against betting on its games is belied by the very programming the NFL indirectly endorses and from which it handsomely profits.”

Only two states currently allow sports betting to take place, Nevada and Montana.

What could the NFL’s angle be in this position?  Is it that they are afraid their fans will think it undermines the legitimacy of the game?  There are a thousand bookies in Vegas that are willing to accept any wager a citizen from Delaware has on the outcome of a game.   By legalizing betting inside the state, Delaware would retain that money instead of sending it to the desert.

RWP Rating: Normal


Quick Link: Renegade politicians in Alaska defy billboard laws

March 30, 2009

Usually politicians wait until after they get into office before resorting to illegal activities.  But in Alaska, it’s not illegal until someone arrests you.

RWP Rating: Unusual


Former Wall Streeters are now spinning around the stripper pole

March 30, 2009

Some might say that strippers lack moral clarity.  But these days, many more would say that the purest of moral depravity is saturated in the asphalt of Wall Street.  But to people who need money to pay for an apartment in Manhattan, typical morality is a luxury they can ill afford.

Showgirls, a groundbreaking film.

Showgirls, a cinematic marvel.

Wall Street has faced a lot of layoffs in the last year.  From Lehman Brothers to Merrill Lynch, the nation’s leading financial institutions can’t put up the big numbers any more.  But have no fear.  Rick’s Cabaret, a strip club in New York City, can put up more important numbers.  36DDs.

That’s right.  At least three (the NY Post says “scores” by I think they’re full of shit) former employees at Wall Street mega-firms are financing their six figure lives by showing some good old fashioned T n’ A.   Randi Newton, a former financial analyst at Morgan Stanley, Katie Haverton, a former real estate broker, and Beth, a former something or other on Wall Street (article doesn’t say), now strip in the clubs of Manhattan.

Newton claims that incidents of sexual harassment have actually diminished since she began working at Rick’s.  Now an independent contractor, Newton says that she is able to make nearly $160,000/year in tips alone.

Haverton has seen similar good fortune.  “With dancing, the money is instant. Now that I make better money as a stripper than as a real-estate agent, I’m going to buy my own apartment.”

I find it oddly amusing that the Strip Club industry is unfazed by the economic crisis.  You’d think that as people tighten their belts, they’d find much cheaper ways of gawking at the body of a naked woman.

RWP Rating: Strange


Ashley Biden shot with hidden camera, lawyer quits

March 30, 2009

On Sunday evening, it was discovered that the man who allegedly filmed Ashley Biden snorting cocaine used a hidden camera.  This revelation is a serious matter for the man attempting to peddle the tape.  It is illegal to video record a United States citizen without consent.

When Im in a real jam, I just lick the edge of my Discover card.

When I'm in a real jam, I just lick the edge of my Discover card.

Tom Dunlap, the attorney for the man with the hidden camera, quit his job as legal counsel after the discovery was made.    The man who shot the tape was attempting to sell it for $250,000.   The tape allegedly shows a woman that resembles Ashley Biden snorting three lines of cocaine.  Then, the tape cuts out.  The tape was shot in Willmington, Delaware.

And I’m just about sick of this fucking story.  Legalize it and then let whoever is on the tape snort 10 lines if they want to.  I didn’t get in fights in junior high so that our civil liberties could later be crushed by some asshole Drug Czar.   And what is with us having Czars?  I mean, we might as well call them the Drug Comrade.  You know what happened to the last Czar of Russia?  They beheaded the bastard.

FULL STORY: Radar Online