News Roundup for 11/18/09

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

-Headline of the day-
"Rep. Louie Gohmert: Democrats want another terrorist attack so they can pass a new jobs bill."

Yeah, that makes sense. We all remember how after 9/11, George W. whipped up hysteria to pass a jobs bill. See, because nothing says "we need jobs!" like a devastating terrorist attack. Well, other than vampires, anyway.

Gohmert made his assertion where all crazy-assed lunatics make these assertions -- on FOX News. In an appearance on the Come Shriek Crazy Shit at Neal Cavuto show, Louie said he was introducing a bill to to keep Khalid Sheik Mohammed out of a New York City court (a bill, by the way, that would be so unconstitutional that it wouldn't stand for a day, even if it had a chance in hell of passing). He also said Democrats were dumb. Or insane. He hasn't made up his mind yet.

"You've got millions of New Yorkers that would be put at risk [by trying Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York City]... Unless they're trying to create a new jobs bill by allowing terrorism back in New York, this is insane," Gooie Lohmert said. "And even that would be insane."

There's video, but I didn't play it, so I don't know whether Mertie Lougom crapped himself in a patriotic fit of pure terror at the thought of KSM actually standing there in court, but I assume he did. It's the in-thing for all the Republican kids these days. (Think Progress, with aforementioned video)

-Just being helpful-
Sarah Palin's new book, Is That Putin Outside o My Kitchen Window?: The Sarah Palin Chronicles, doesn't have an index. Because that's what they expect you to do and she's a maverick, so she's not gonna do that, nosireebob.

The problem here is that when famous people get the book, they go straight to the index to see how often they're mentioned. Editors refer to this as "Gingriching." Anyway, this is a big problem with the book, so Christopher Beam went ahead and wrote an index at Slate.

There are entries for halibut tacos, reindeer sausage, and caribou lasagna, just in case you didn't know she lived in Alaska. There's also a mention of Bono and a whole bunch of stuff about God. Another fun entry: "moose, 18, 20, 31, 113, 134, 270."

So, if you aren't Bono, God, or a moose, you probably don't want to read this thing. That is, unless you're really into Ronald Reagan. With mentions on pages "3, 12, 45, 46, 47, 59, 124, 158, 216, 297, 384, 386, 387, 391, 394, 400," he gets more page space than God. (Slate, via reddit)

-Bonus HotD-
"Obama won't read Palin's book."

You and me both, pal... (CNN)

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