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Politics and Humor…but I repeat myself

No joke…this is very scary

I really don’t know why some white people still think it is going to be funny when they dance to rap… 

 Napoleon broke the mold folks, sorry.   No one will ever top it so stop trying…

Or then there is always the greatest of all time…

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March 30, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

08′ Trends

HT- Michigan Cooler

March 28, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Granholm caught in lie…***MORE IMPORTANTLY***… Granholm caught in New York Yankees hat!!!!!!

So apparently Governor Granholm was caught in some kind of lie by members of the MIGOP at an Okemos Olive Garden.

According to Right Michigan:

“Breaking news here folks.  Grand Rapids TV13 is reporting that Jennifer Granholm made a quick appearance at the Michigan Municipal League at noon.  She was scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at their luncheon but quickly excused herself to head back into “closed door meetings.”  

Unfortunately, it looks like she wasn’t being completely honest.  At 12:15 she was seen walking into Olive Garden in Okemos, wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap to avoid being noticed and was there for over an hour alone with her daughter.”

O.K. whatever I think I’ll be able to get over the fact that the Governor wanted to have lunch with her daughter…HT to Right Michigan for breaking the story none-the-less.

What concerns me, what irks me more than anything – is this:

“At 12:15 she was seen walking into Olive Garden in Okemos, wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap to avoid being noticed”

Hey Jenny!! What is with the NY cap? You have now lost all of my respect…you should be impeached!

                                                                                                    

March 22, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun, Michigan Politics | 1 Comment

Forget 1984 someone should do a Tron ad…or Rollerball would be even better!!!

O.K. aside from the fact that this is absolutely pathetic compared to the Big Sis Hillary parody, I think it is a very important footnote for the future of elections.

Everyone has been talking about this election as being the first true election of the average person.  With outlets such as  blogs and You-tube campaigns have less control over the message that is portrayed about their candidacy.

Grassroots support can swell from underneath a candidate with these mediums and they can create media attention for a candidate (as we have seen in this case) that is completely outside the candidates control.

With that in mind…I would like to suggest a new theme for independent campaign supporters to use for an attack ad.  Please see the following clips below and adapt as you see fit.

This could be a very interesting election cycle….

Welcome to the FREAK SHOW!!!!!!

Lets hear your ideas!!!

March 22, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Michigan to lose Congressional seat? Thanks Jenny.

Free Press

“Michigan is likely to lose one of its 15 seats in Congress after the 2010 U.S. census — meaning the possibility of a little less clout in Washington, a little less attention from presidential candidates and the smallest delegation from Michigan in about 100 years, based on census numbers released today.”

“Even though the state’s population grew by 1.6% over the last six years, it did so a lot more slowly than in states like Texas (13%), Arizona (20%) and Nevada (25%). That means reapportionment of the 435-member U.S. House will send seats from slow-growing or backsliding Northeast and Midwest states to the South and West.”

“Michigan has lost at least one representative after each of the last four censuses, from a peak of 19 after the 1960 census. The number determines how many Electoral College votes a state gets for president, with one for every Congress member and each of two senators.”

March 22, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics | Leave a comment

1984 Ad creator found, Florida is moving on up, Romney’s loss is Giuliani’s gain

The creator of the now infamous Big Sister Hillary ad has been identified as an employee of a tech company that has a contract with Obama.  Apparently the guy was not involved with the Obama camp and has done no work on their behalf.  Team Obama has denied they had anything to do with the ad from the very beginning.

He has also been fired from the company.  (In all actuallity he will probably be picked up some by some huge PR or marketing firm very soon, so being fired might be the best thing that ever happened to him.)

Read the whole story here.

In other news Florida may be moving up it’s primary to Jan. 29!!!  This is huge news for the Sunshine State, or as my buddy called it when he first moved down their after graduation “America’s Wang.”  With this move they would thus leapfrog all the Feb. 5 or Super Tuesday states and become the first “large state’ to hold a primary.

As I am sure everyone knows, there has been a major rush for states to move up their primaries this election cycle to become bigger players in the Presidential nominating game. 

Many big states like California (who just moved up to Feb. 5th), Texas, and New York (who are all talking about moving to the same date), feel that smaller states like Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire have too big a role in the process considering their size.

Michigan is considering moving up it’s date to at least Feb. 5th and possibly earlier. 

And finally Rudy Giuliani made a big pickup today at the expense of Mitt Romney:

“Richard Blankenship, a Jacksonville area investment banker and President Bush’s former ambassador to the Bahamas, said he resigned from Romney’s Florida finance team after becoming convinced Giuliani had broader appeal and said other Romney fundraisers in Florida could do the same.”

Seeing as how Romney already made news this week concerning his Florida fund-raising staff with the addition of H. Wayne Huizenga, who is #153 on the list of Forbes’s 100 richest Americans, this loss is not as damaging strategically to the campaign as it is morally damaging.

Blankenship gave the following reason for leaving:

“The changes in core beliefs gave rise to some concerns. You have to have an anchor in life,” he said of Romney. “Mayor Giuliani has a firm, secure hold on his moral compass and how that effects his platform, rather than change to satisfy special interests in our party. The Republican Party needs to broaden its appeal beyond a few special interests.”

Having a supporter say that a campaign lacks moral compass and then leave to back someone else is just about the worst press that any candidate could receive.  When people jump ship from supporting a campaign it seriously calls into qoestion the viability of that campaign and Romney has already had problems with losing support right here in Michigan. 

March 22, 2007 Posted by | News from the News | Leave a comment

College Humor hits it big, better vids, Dungey gets conservative, Stephen Colbert tastes good

So I flicked on MSNBC when I got home from class today to hear what the geriatric media is talking about and right away I see one of my favorite websites being praised on Allison Stewart’s “The Most” (Allison Stewart was actually not in today.)

For those of you who are not really into MSNBC, remember Allison Stewart from back in her MTV days.  My teacher used to put together 20 minute clips of her and other MTV reporters covering political stuff because she thought it would be a hip way to get us interested in politics. (In all actuality I like to refer to the actual use of that time as, “20 minutes for me and my buddies to copy every ounce of the previous nights homework from one another.)  But I guess considering most of the content on this blog my old teacher would be proud to see me so interested in politics…ahh memories.

Anyway, today “The Most” featured some clips from College Humor.  It was great to see CH getting some press in that mainstream media. 

One of the videos MSNBC showed was the Nintendo high-school band doing an NES medley: (Not a bad choice)

Now I know that most of the stuff on CH is unfit for MSNBC to play but I think they could have come up with something a little better for their two other choices, which I can not even find.  This one would have made me happy:

Dead Spin has an interesting article on Tony Dungy and his thoughts on gay marriage from the Indy Star:

“I appreciate the stance they’re taking, and I embrace that stance,” Dungy said. Local and national gay-rights organizations had criticized Dungy for accepting the invitation to appear at the banquet. The institute, affiliated with Focus on the Family, has been one of the leading supporters of the marriage amendment. “IFI is saying what the Lord says,” Dungy said. “You can take that and make your decision on which way you want to be. I’m on the Lord’s side.”

I got another interesting note about DeadSpin the other day when I was talking to one of my buddies.  Apparently he is in a DeadSpin sponsored bracket pool over at www.espn.com.  I guess ESPN has a bunch of words that you are not able to usewhile typing on the site or naming your pool.  Obviously this is not rid the site of profanity, but apparently the DeadSpin pool had to be named under a pseudonym because DS was not allowed.

What gives…is ESPN a little jealous of the popularity over at DS.

Stephen Colbert’s fame has been launched into the stratosphere as of late and now he has reached what some might call the pinnacle of stardom, his own Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream flavor: Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream.

Apparently “It’s the sweet taste of liberty in your mouth.”

March 21, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | Leave a comment

“Get a map to the stars, find Heidi Fleiss….Cause I wanna be a Bill Clintman?”

March 21, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | Leave a comment

Facebook Stalker…Awesome

“You cant take my mouse away….”

March 20, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | Leave a comment

Congressman Mike Rogers’ office is vandalized

Michigan’s 8th District made the front page of Drudgetoday, but not in a wat that anyone should be proud of.  Apparently some vandals decided to let Congressman Mike Rogers know that they do not agree with his stance on the Iraq war bydefacing his district office. 

Very productive you morons….

I will keep you posted if I here of any arrests..hopefully these cowards are caught and made an example of.

Roger’s Chief of Staff had this to say:

“It is unfortunate that a few criminals decided to attack the 8th District Congressional office in the middle of the night. This is an office which provides mid-Michigan citizens with assistance regarding Social Security, Medicare, the IRS, Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies.”

 “The aggressive destruction of federal property and vandalism was a callous attempt to intimidate Congressman Rogers and his staff.”

“We all are entitled to our own opinion on the situation in Iraq but we are not entitled to destruction of taxpayer property and intimidation of federal officials. With an office in Lansing, regular office hours throughout the district, rapid response to constituent concerns and a 24-hour online office, Congressman Rogers prides himself on his constituent service and ensuring all voices are heard. Despite this vicious attack last night, the office continues to serve constituents today and we encourage folks to continue calling the Congressman for assistance, appointments and other information they may need.”

 

March 20, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics, News from the News | 1 Comment

Some more good stuff over at today’s Hotline, McCain vs. the Club for Growth, Romney not flinching in Florida

Hotline has been doing a great job of covering the proxy battle going on between the McCain Camp and the Club for Growth:

Here is a video of the Club for Growth’s response to McCain:

Here is a video of an interview on McCain that Hotline says is a response from the McCain Camp:

 

In other news, Hotline has some great news for Team Romney from down in Florida that might just offset the whole Castro debacle…This is a huge pick up for Romney and it could not come at better time for him in Florida.

Romney Scores “King Midas”

Normally, the addition of a single name to a roster of 77 fundraisers wouldn’t be noticed, but this is different: Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney has won the support of one of the most high profile, influential entrepreneurs in all of Florida — a major GOP fundraiser to boot. This get will earn him some positive Sunshine State press. H. Wayne Huizenga is #153 on the list of Forbes’s 100 richest Americans. His nickname in South Florida: “King Midas.”

March 20, 2007 Posted by | News from the News | 1 Comment

Romney is under attack by the Boston Media

comrade.JPGIt is no secret that the Boston media market has been very critical of the states former Governor and current GOP Prez contender, Mitt Romney.  However this week the media generals have launched into DEFCON 5 with their assault.

The cover of the Boston Herald, which I picked up over at Hotline is focusing on Mitt’s recent “fumbleia…fumblerooski” from down in Miami.  (I had original thought this would be something that would be taken as just a simple mistake) but has since really picked up some steam as something that people are really upset about. 

The article states that, “Cubans in Miami are steaming mad at former Gov. Mitt Romney for shooting his mouth off in stumbling Spanish, mispronouncing names and erroneously associating a notorious Fidel Castro-spewed Communist catch phrase with freedom fighters. ”

The Romney camp, who has to be in full fledged damage control mode by now with this one (so much so that a video of the speech that Eye on 08′ had found has since been removed from the net) is running with this talking point to cover up the mess:

 “The point is, the phrase belongs to liberators, not oppressors. It doesn’t belong to Fidel Castro. It doesn’t belong to Hugo Chavez. It belongs to a free Cuba.” 

Personally, and I think that most people out there understand, that a mistake like this is obviously the result of some poor research and some bad advice from someone in the Romney camp rather than a purposeful stab by someone who is trying to run for President, but things like this effect different people in different ways.

I think that the message delivered by my personal idols, Matt Stone and Trey Parker (the creators of South Park) from this seasons first episode really rings true in this case.  (As it will forever shape my outlook on situations like this in the future.)

The episode focuses on the use of the “n” word, which I will admit is some different than the situation surrounding Romney debacle, but I think the over all message still applies. In this case, Stan can not figure out why his dad’s use of the “n” word on national TV, since it was used by mistake and in a non threatening fashion, continues to bother his black pier Token.  Stan’s main argument becomes a classical defense fallacy in cases of this sort, “its was just a mistake and it is just a word.” 

This does not seem to appease Token as he continues to give Stan the cold shoulder for the rest of the episode.  In classical South Park fassion, Matt and Trey hit us with the underlying message behind the episode right at the end when Stan comes to the realization that “he doesn’t get it.”  Instead of trying to apologize and justify the action Stan realizes that he must simply admit that “he just does not get what it feels like to have someone use that word.”

I think that defenders of Team Romney in this case would be well served to use this type of defense in their handling of this situation rather than the generic fallacy that I laid out above.  I think it is wrong to criticize people that get upset by things of this nature, and I think it is wrong to blow it off as merely a mistake and “not that big of deal.”

When it is all said and done most of us will never really understand what it feels like to be put in a situation where words offend us and why they do so.  Since the entire situation blossomed from a certain level of ignorance, I think it is better to use ignorance as an “excuse” if you will, rather than apathy.

Again, I will admit that I view this situation as a simple mistake and something that Romney should not take a ton of heat for, but then again I am just unable to grasp why certain people would view it as offensive, so my opinion really does not matter.

This video kinds of explains the philosophy behind my argument since I was unable to find the actual clip online because VIACOM sucks!!!!!

Whew…now back to the original point of this post…

I also came across this article from the Boston Globe in which the writer, who is obviously fed up with what he views as numerous “flip flops” from Romney for political benefit launches into a bunch of hypothetical situations where he can envision Romney going on certain issues to get political benefit when things are not going his way.

In the writers own words:

“Now that Mitt Romney has flip-flopped on, deep breath here, abortion rights, gay rights, gun control, immigration policy, and campaign finance reform, what’s left to reverse? Maybe this:

July 20, 2007

DES MOINES — Trailing by double-digit margins in the polls to thrice-married Rudolph Giuliani and twice-married John McCain, presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced yesterday that he was seeking a divorce from his longtime wife, Ann.

Sept. 30, 2007

GREENVILLE, S.C. — With the public rallying around Rudy Giuliani in his public estrangement from his son, Mitt Romney called a press conference to announce that he had severed all ties to his five boys.

Dec. 5, 2007

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Presidential candidate Mitt Romney denied ever being governor of Massachusetts, telling supporters at a private fund-raiser: “Check the records. I was never there.”

I think you get the gist of where the article goes from there.  Now it is obviously written with heavy sarcasam, but I think it sets a very important tone for the future of the Romney candidacy.

Romney is someone who many insiders are siding with in the early stages if the GOP battle for the nomination, and he has prove to be a very formidable candidate as far as fundraising potential goes; maybe even the best in the field.  However Romney has been plaugued throughout his campaign by bad press and is at risk of letting the negative attacks from the media shape the general publics perception of him rather than allowing his campaign the ability to do that themselves, and in a much more positive light obviously.

If this current trend continues and his pole numbers remain in the cellar than no amount of endorsements and no amount of money will be able to pull him out of the abyss…just ask John Kerry.

March 20, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Yet another Michigan Poll

Clinton, McCain and Giuliani lead in Michigan polls
KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN
Associated Press
LANSING, Mich. – New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is the Democratic favorite while Arizona Sen. John McCain and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani are tops among Republicans, according to a new poll of likely Michigan voters released Monday.

When 454 Democrats were asked who they would vote for if the presidential primary or caucus were held today, 45 percent said Clinton while 29 percent said Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards came in third at 16 percent, while New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Delaware Sen. Joe Biden each got 4 percent.

Two percent said they were undecided.

Among 392 Republicans polled, 30 percent said they’d vote for McCain, while 26 percent chose Giuliani. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was picked by 21 percent, while 16 percent chose former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and 1 percent chose Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback. Four percent were undecided.

Two percent of Republicans volunteered that they’d vote for former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who plays district attorney Arthur Branch on NBC’s drama “Law & Order.” Thompson has said he’s pondering a run but has not yet decided if he’ll be a candidate.

Both polls were conducted March 12 through Sunday by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA. The margin of sampling error for the poll of Democrats was around plus or minus 4.5 percentage points, while it was plus or minus 5 percentage points for Republicans.

Asked if they had a favorable opinion of the presidential hopefuls, Democrats gave Clinton a 78 percent favorable rating, while Obama got 72 percent.

Nearly 40 percent or more didn’t recognize the names of Democrats Biden, Richardson, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, retired Gen. Wesley Clark and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Clark and Kucinich were unsuccessful presidential candidates in 2004.

Fifty-three percent of the Republicans polled had a favorable opinion of Giuliani, while 50 percent had a favorable opinion of McCain. Thirty-three percent thought favorably of Gingrich, while 29 percent had a favorable opinion of Romney.

But around 40 percent or more didn’t recognized the names of Brownback, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, California Rep. Duncan Hunter or Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel. Brownback, Huckabee and Hunter are all in the race, while Hagel has said he’ll announce his presidential intentions later this year.

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/politics/16935781.htm

March 20, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics, News from the News | Leave a comment

The 2008 Romney Ticket

Mitt Romney

Ernesto “Che” Guevara                                                                                                        Fidel Castro

 Sec. of Defense

“Patria o muerte, venceremos!”

 

Vote Romney 2008

 

 

 

 

Read the article….(This one is just plain funny more than it is damaging IMO)

March 19, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | 1 Comment

The Michigan Primary

States jockey for ’08 position (Det News Link)

Parties seek earlier primary, caucus dates, but will Michigan benefit?

Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Only two things are clear about the convoluted jockeying among states for the pole position in the 2008 presidential nomination contests: No one likes how this is going. And it can only get worse.For Michigan, which is among two dozen or more states scrambling to move its nomination contests earlier in the campaign calendar, the unsettled process carries big implications. It could bring more national attention to the state’s economic plight and that of its embattled manufacturers. Or, Michigan voters could be lost among the sea of balloting. “The system today is ridiculous,” said state Republican chairman Saul Anuzis.What’s happening? A crush of states, all seeking more influence in the selection of presidential candidates, have set primary or party caucus dates on Feb. 5. That’s the first day, under national party rules, in which states can vote. States that go earlier risk losing delegates to the national conventions. California, on Thursday, became the latest big state to move to Feb. 5; as many as 26 may eventually select delegates in one or both party races that day.

All are trying to move as close as possible to Jan. 22, the date of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. Increasingly, politicians have chafed at the influence New Hampshire and Iowa, both in the bottom half of the 50 states, in population, wield with their early contests.

“We’re not going to let New Hampshire run roughshod over this process,” said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who along with state Democratic Party mover and shaker Debbie Dingell fought to place two states between Iowa’s Jan. 14 caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Levin and others hoped to give industrial states such as Michigan more influence; instead, party leaders picked Nevada and South Carolina

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March 19, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics, News from the News | Leave a comment

1984 Hillary

 Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime is death…Let the conversation begin

~HRC 2008

March 18, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Another Michigan Poll (Update)

Check out all the other questions here.

Below are the results of a three-day poll of likely voters in the state of Michigan. Results are based on telephone interviews with 1200 likely voters in Michigan, aged 18+, and conducted March 9-11, 2007. The margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.

13. For the 2008 Republican Presidential Nomination whom would you support? (Republicans Only)

Rudy Giuliani 28%
John McCain 24%
Mitt Romney 14%
Newt Gingrich 8%
Sam Brownback 4%
Tom Tancredo 3%
Tommy Thompson 2%
Mike Huckabee 1%
Chuck Hagel 1%
Duncan Hunter 1%
Jim Gilmore 1%
Undecided 13%

**Update**

Per the request of our friends over at “the d spot” here is some info on the Dems poll numbers…

14. For the 2008 Democratic Presidential Nomination whom would you support? (Democrats Only)

Hillary Clinton 33%
Barack Obama 28%
John Edwards 14%
Joseph Biden 4%
Bill Richardson 2%
Wesley Clark 2%
Christopher Dodd 1%
Dennis Kucinich 1%
Undecided 15%

 

March 18, 2007 Posted by | Michigan Politics | 1 Comment

Michael Moore Exposed…Manufacturing Dissent is a must see…

From IMDB 

It’s hard to count how many documentaries have been made about Michael Moore, but those made by Canadian left-wing fans seem to be a bit scarcer. Supported largely by Canadian financiers, Manufacturing Dissent starts out as a balanced exploration of filmmaker and political personality Michael Moore. The film documents Moore during his 2004 national touring campaign for Fahrenheit 9/11, his politically sensational documentary that spoke out against the integrity of the Bush Administration. As the film progresses, the filmmakers are disappointingly unsuccessful in securing an interview with Moore, and as they try, facts arise questioning Moore’s credibility as a journalist, his film-making techniques, and his personal character. It concludes on a much less optimistic note than at the beginning, gradually disclosing a reluctantly-developed disenchantment with the fervent Midwestern public activist. What makes Manufacturing Dissent particularly unique is its resistance from sensationalizing its condemning findings. With an attitude of professional reserve, Manufacturing Dissent strategically uses subtlety and a careful resolve to disclose straightforward facts and present the comments of interviewees with accuracy and integrity—a set of convictions that many viewers, in turn, observe to be lacking from Moore’s bountiful supply. This is a film that speaks, first and foremost, to the die-hard fans of Michael Moore. Leftist followers owe it to themselves to experience the cautious, revealing process that this film provides.

Wikipedia Page

Manufacturing Dissent is a 2007 documentary that aims to expose the misleading tactics of filmmaker and polemicist Michael Moore. The documentary exposes what the creators say are Moore’s misleading tactics and mimics Moore’s style of small documentary makers seeking and badgering their target for an interview to receive answers to their charges. The film was made over the course of two years by Canadians Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine after they viewed Fahrenheit 9/11, Moore’s controversial film attacking the Bush administration and its policies.[1] Melnyk and Caine have stated that when they first sought to make a film about Moore, they held great admiration for what he had done for the documentary genre and set out to make a biography of him. During the course of their research, however, they became disenchanted with Moore’s tactics.[2]

March 18, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment