News Roundup for 5/25/10

Rioter stands before bonfire
Obama revels in the destruction he has wrought

-Headline of the day-
"President Obama clashes with McCain in Republican luncheon."

According to reports, President Obama went fullblown apeshit at a GOP lunch, maybe throwing chairs and beating up a couple people. "The more he talked, the more he got upset," Sen. Pat Roberts told Politico. "He needs to take a valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans and just calm down, and don't take anything so seriously. If you disagree with someone, it doesn't mean you're attacking their motives -- and he takes it that way and tends then to lecture and then gets upset."

Yeah, we all know how upset President Obama gets. He's famous for his out-of-control temper. Apparently, Obama even got in kindly old Mr. McCain's face and threatened to walk all over his lawn. It was the worst thing ever.

Except, here's the thing; according to the report, it was an "tense closed-door meeting" -- meaning no one can verify any of this presidential roguery. You have to take the GOP's word for it. Let me repeat that; you have to take the GOP's word for it. You can't trust these guys any farther than you can throw a dead, oil-soaked pelican.

You know, I'm thinking back to the last time Obama and Republicans sat down to a televised luncheon. It didn't go so well for the GOP. Remember this?

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Now, this time around, Republicans totally ate Obama's lunch and -- darn it -- there were no TV cameras! So we're just going to have to take the GOP's word for that.

Guess what? I'm not gonna. (Politico, The Daily Show)

-Big gummint to the rescue!-
Americans want to speak out, but Washington politicians won't listen. So a bunch of politicians in Washington are setting up a website -- America Speaking Out -- where you can go and do some of that. You come up with some idea, everyone gets to vote on it, and then zoom!, America is saved.

Of course, there's always a hitch. "This isn't American Idol," says Rep. Kevin McCarthy. Republicans already have a platform, so any crazy commie ideas are out -- no matter how many votes they get. "We are in the process of creating [our platform], so it's based upon our principles," McCarthy says. So you get to submit your great ideas for what the GOP ought to do -- after choosing that idea from within the confines GOP politically-correctitude. That's what ya call yer "citizen input."

Bonus fun; the party's trying to get you to foot the bill for this gimmicky pile of nuthin'. "Republicans are claiming that the project will be kept separate from their campaign committees, and can therefore be financed by taxpayers," reports Steve Benen.

I'd urge you to go over there and suggest, "pay for this fucking thing yourself," but you know that's not part of the Republican Party platform. No matter how many votes that suggestion gets (assuming you can even post it at all), they ain't gonna do it. (Think Progress, with video)

-Bonus HotD-
"Souder: I'm Happy That Abstinence Vid With Mistress Now Defines Me."

See, because everything he said in that video about abstinence was true and now a whole bunch of people have seen it and he's sure they're totally ignoring the fact that he was porking that nice lady interviewing him.

Anyway, that's what you like about abstinence-only advocates; their masterful grasp of reality. (Talking Points Memo, with video)

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