News Roundup for 2/18/09

Prostitute solicits man in a car
House Republican speaks to constituent

-Headline of the Day-
"Aerosmith to House GOP: Don't Use Our Song."

Rock dinosaurs Aerosmith seem to be pretty ticked off that House Republican Whip Eric Cantor decided to use their song "Back in the Saddle" to make a big deal about the fact that every single House GOPer voted against the stimulus. The song is used as the backdrop of a new GOP video to tell all the wingnuts that "The House GOP is back."

If by "back," they mean "completely ineffective" then yeah, they're back.

Connie Ashton, director of copyright and licensing at Stage Three Music -- Aerosmith's publishing house -- said Republican use of the song "was something we, as the publishers, didn't approve and would not have approved without going to the writers. Aerosmith did not approve of its use and also wanted to have it taken down."

Extra bonus fun; the song's about a visit to a favorite fifty-cent prostitute. "Four bits gets you time in the racks/I scream for more/Fools' gold out of their mines/The girls are soaking wet/No tongue's drier than mine/I'll come when I get back," go the lyrics.

I song about a whore you can buy for half a buck? Oddly appropriate for the Republican party. (Talking Points Memo)

-Cartoon time with Mark Fiore-
Hey kids, it's time for "New Deal or No Deal!"

New Deal or No Deal
Click for animation

Tax cuts for everyone! (MarkFiore.com)

-Bonus HotD-
"GOP votes against, then embraces, stimulus."

When they're not bragging about how all of them voted against the stimulus bill, House Republicans are busy taking credit for it. Reps. John Mica (R-Fla.) and Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) issued a joint statement saying that rail funding for their state is awesome, Rep. Don Young (R-Alas.) claimed "victory" in getting more loans from Small Business Administration for women and minorities, and Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) is happy that "the bill would create 7,300 jobs in Fleming's Shreveport-based district."

They complained about the spending, now they're lining up with their hands out. That's not hypocritical at all... (The Hill)

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