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Eliot Spitzer: Now with Bigger Guns Than Jim Webb's Aides

In the photo below, taken during NY Governor Eliot Spitzer's budget showdown with the state legislature, Spitzer is presumed to be thinking about whether his heavy-on-education, and including-universal-health-care, with cuts-to-medicaid-spending budget will get passed.

But on further examination, I'm pretty sure he's thinking about eating your children.


Read on...

Boxer to Inhofe: You're in My World Now, Asshole

I'm not sure Barbara Boxer has ever been tougher or funnier (or hotter) than she is in this clip, in which she politely tells James "global warming is a hoax" Inhofe to go fuck himself.

Read on for some Tom Delay funnies.

"I've never gotten into these issues before."

This NY Times blog post of a few days ago really hits the spot on the nonsense of presidential campaigns - especially those that have been taking place since two EIGHT years before the election.

Here's an excerpt. John McCain on HIV prevention:

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) "Ahhh. I think I support the president's policy."

Q: "So no contraception, no counseling on contraception. Just abstinence. Do you think contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV?"

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) "You've stumped me."

Q: "I mean, I think you'd probably agree it probably does help stop it?"

Mr. McCain: (Laughs) "Are we on the Straight Talk express? I'm not informed enough on it. Let me find out. You know, I'm sure I've taken a position on it on the past. I have to find out what my position was. Brian, would you find out what my position is on contraception--I'm sure I'm opposed to government spending on it, I'm sure I support the president's policies on it."

Q: "But you would agree that condoms do stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Would you say: 'No, we're not going to distribute them,' knowing that?"

Mr. McCain: (Twelve-second pause) "Get me Coburn's thing, ask Weaver to get me Coburn's paper that he just gave me in the last couple of days. I've never gotten into these issues before."

A couple of thoughts:

1. McCain has been running for President for nearly eight years and has been in Congress since 1982. How can he still not be informed enough on this issue?!?

2. Even though he acknowledges that he's "not informed enough" on the issue, McCain is "sure" that he's "opposed to government spending on it." I am so fucking sick of this pseudo-libertarian nonsense from the right, and think we can expect more of it as a backlash to Bush's spending habits.

3. McCain himself was the one that asked, "Are we on the Straight Talk express?"

Scientician, pt. 2

Badges? We Don't Need no Stinkin' Badges!

Barry H. Obama goes country.

My first instinct was to turn this into a post asking the question if (a) Obama is pissed about wearing the hat but feels he has to, (b) think it's funny, or (c) doesn't really care one way or the other. But honestly, that question is irrelevant. The photo says all it has to. And Obama actually seems to wear the hat rather well. Though I know nothing about this subject, it seems like that slight dip is preferred. (See other famous cowboy hat wearers Bush II and Eastwood/Man With No Name.)

(The title of this post comes from Blazing Saddles. Or so I thought. Apparently it originated in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and has since been used in UHF, Troop Beverly Hills, and The Super Mario Brothers Super Show!.)

Read on to see why (1) The New Republic thinks Obama needs to emphasize his gay-black-cowboyness and affinity for "bombs," and (2) why Fox News hates Obama because he's black, Muslim, a smoker, a liberal, and intelligent.

Scientician

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