This Should Surprise No One

sanfAt last – we have some news about our favorite Promisekeepers. Ensign not only won’t resign, he’s going to run again in 2012. Entitled, anyone?

As for our favorite governor, would it surprise you if discovered he got some help from the conservative media while he was “hiking the Appalachian trail”?  Not me:

In an email to Sanford press secretary Joel Sawyer, Brendan Miniter, an editor of the Wall Street Journal‘s, called out his own paper’s first-day coverage (sub. req.) of the story, writing: “Someone at WSJ should be fired for today’s story. Ridiculous.”

On June 23rd — by which time Sanford had been missing for five days and his staff had offered unconvincing explanations about his whereabouts — a Fox News Channel correspondent wrote to Sawyer:

Having known the Governor for years and even worked with him when he would host radio shows for me — I find this story and the media frenzy surrounding it to be absolutely ridiculous! Please give him my best.

And a Washington Times staffer at one point wrote in an email to the governor’s office:

If you all want to speak on this publicly, you’re welcome to Washington Times Radio. You know that you will be on friendly ground here!

But they’re Very Serious People!


No surprise. Mommy-oso Ensign was still going to run unless mommy and daddy cut him off or told him not to.

Sure, why not? Ensign’s a friggin’ saint by Nevada standards.

Hopefully we’ll never find out about the prostate-blowing perversions Harry Reid enjoys.

Time stopped fawning over Sarah Palin long enough to throw together a quiz about political sex scandals (which, sadly, does not include the present cases). First one to 10/10 (without googling the answers) gets a gold star!

@mellbell: 9/10 here. I got the Bob Barr question wrong.

5/10. I have an excuse, I’m a furriner who is not hip to what Bob Barr licked off women’s boobs.

@mellbell: 7/10. But some of those are softballs. Still, my bad for missing the tennis ball.

9/10 – and guess how Michael Steele is going to lure minorities to the GOP? Fried chicken and potato salad!

@blogenfreude: Sounds like a plan. Oh. And Ralph Reed is launching a new cash cow Xtain Coalition for hip young urban professionals. I wish them both all kinds of luck yo.

T/J I’ve been worrying about this for a couple of days and maybe someone here can help me: what was it about Howard Dean going Booya! that was so terrible it ended his presidential bid? I think I must be missing something.


I’ve been toying with the idea of setting up a fake xtian PAC or wingnut charity website, but how to avoid imprisonment?

Asking for tiny donations of say, $5 to $15? Get a couple hundred thousand donations, and I can retire whilst still in my dirty thirties.

Is it still fraud if I don’t register the site and explain in 2-point font that 100% of the donations will go to my salary? Call it Americans United for Freedom, or some other such shit.

@Benedick: I think it’s that he made this goofy noise which was then played and re-played by a giddy media for about a week. By the end of that week, all anyone could think of when they heard the name Howard Dean was this bizarre yell.

In other words, I blame the media.

What, no watermelon?

/my head hurts from pounding it on my desk

@Original Andrew: I’m sure it’s not fraud if you intend to register the site at some time in some place and if you talk about Jesus a lot and offer a prayer link so folks (I use the term loosely) can pray for the sinning lying gay-loving communist Democrat of his or her choice. I don’t see how that could possibly be fraud so long as your intentions are pure.

@IanJ: I find it quite bewildering. I mean, that’s all that it was?

@SanFranLefty: If he offers tamales I might drop by …

@mellbell: 6/10. The Bubba quote is just too good, and I should have gone with my first choice on the Strom elevator incident. I plead the Manchu defense: abroad for most of these.

@IanJ: Howard Dean remains the only politician I can listen to and actually feel like he’s not bullshitting me. The “Eee-yahh” moment was hugely out of context, product of a spurned media that had fallen too quickly in love.

@Nabisco fought the lawn (and the lawn won): Yeah, I thought the whole Dean-scream thing was bizarre. I didn’t understand why it was such a big deal, or how it could possibly have sunk him like it seemed to. I wasn’t really aware enough to say whether I trusted him, but he seemed acceptable at the time.


Because you were, like, five years old when that happened, right?

@IanJ, Lawnmower Man: Blame directional microphones. The feed with room sound included was much less embarrassing. I watched it in a bar in Santa Fe the night of our own caucuses and knew we were dead. Of course, my introduction of him at a rally that week in NM may have been the jinx. I did accost him on the bus tour this summer to get his autograph on a blue Dean yard sign. Still my favorite politician.

@Tommmcatt Floats: Approximately, yes. 5 years old, or thereabouts.

@redmanlaw: That’s the thing — in the context of the event, I thought it was a pretty natural noise to make. It was only when stripped of context that it sounded like a noise made by a deranged lunatic. As usual, anything stripped of its context changes meaning and intention, sometimes dramatically.

TJ: WTF is “Evony” and why is its softporn boobie lady following me around on the Tubez?

@Tommmcatt Floats: Baby, you’re only as old as you think you are. Trust me, I have a friend whose driver’s license says he’s 39 or something, but you’d swear he’s about 25. Likewise, I got to know a woman recently who gives off a 22 year old vibe like you wouldn’t believe until you spy her birth date: she’s 37. Hell, for that matter, go look at those party pictures I posted on FB this weekend, and find the goth-queen bellydancer with the blue lipstick: she’s somewhere over 40.


None of that negates the fact that I have porn older than you. Socks, even.

@Tommmcatt Floats: How old do you think I am, exactly?

ADD: according to FB, I’m almost exactly 5 years younger than you, is the answer.


Were you at the Dean rally at Westlake Center in early 2004?

There were about 10,000 people there; it was like magic. We really thought “hey, he could win this thing!”

The establishment media really humiliated themselves over and over this decade. They’ll be gone soon, thank the FSM.

I guess Mr Steele thinks all those skinheads and militiamen are just evidence of his party’s spirit of inclusion. Also, he might try not to look like an ahistorical fuckwit when he talks about the party he purports to represent. Even Abe wasn’t an integrationist and, like, freed slaves could not vote. You try to give a fellow points for showing up to work in what must be a nasty job but the few times I’ve heard Steele speak proves to me that the RNC’s controllers are just going to abandon any pretense of public participation and operate the party as a long-term covert operation dependent completely on assassination, swiftboating and voting system manipulation.


I was just kinda playing. I did think you were in your 20’s, tho.

@Tommmcatt Floats: You have porn and socks from the late ’60s?

Christ – look at the video I just posted – probably a new low.


They don’t make ’em like they used to!

@Tommmcatt Floats: That’s just my youthful, “Gee, I don’t know anything about politics <innocent look>” manner tripping you up. Not to say it’s untrue, exactly, more just that I haven’t been able to find any interest until recently. Sites like Wonkette and Stinque make politics much more interesting.

@SanFranLefty: I was so intrigued (an abomination, by the way) that I looked them up; its a scam thing, run by some chinese group, that preys on WoW types.

The last ad before this one, with the submissive looking fantasy girl, was a little creepy, in the “appetite for destruction” sense, something just sort of rape was hinted at, willingness to submit out of desperation, yes, its a nerd fantasy, women will want me once they know I am vlad the avenger and can protect them, but still creepy. The new one, it shows an adult woman, a bit stronger, and the cleavage art is superb. This one projects a sense of seduction from a position of more equal power, rather than desperate flaunting of the goods in hope of protection. Much better.

@Promnight: So speaks the computer-generated cleavage connoisseur?

@SanFranLefty: I love sunsets, I love rain falling on the water on an overcast day, I love the smell of the forest when the leaves start to fall, I love when I see young lovers embrace, I love a thunderstorm on a summer night, raging outside, while I watch the flashes from the safety of my bed, I love the poems of Emily Dickinson, and I love cleavage. I love the deliberately allowed glimpse of the beauty of the female form, despite the artificiality of the conventions that make that glimpse all that is allowed. Yes, I am a connoisseur of cleavage, madame. I love the beauty of women, and I do not confine the term “beauty” to the narrow, pervy standards of our popular culture and its worship of barely grown, impossible bodies. I love beauty. And its everywhere.

Promnight: That’s beautiful, man. [Sniff.]

But as to our banner-ad friends: the more-than-obvious bewbies should be a clue as to the nefarious intentions of the sponsor. But the one with the woman with the sword pointed at equally-obvious breasts? That’s just plain creepy.

@chicago bureau: Thats the one I was saying was creepy.

I also love camel toe.

I was never one for the beach, as a kid and as an adult, I love the water, I love the ocean, but I never hung out on the beach. Now I have a business a block from the beach, and the woman walk to and from, with their vulvas all out there and stuff, and I am somewhat shocked, really, by how naked people are when they have very little clothing on. They’d be less naked nude.

@Promnight: Take this cameltoe quiz and let me know how you do. I got exactly one.

@SanFranLefty: Last I checked, my dad’s porn was from the late ’60s. But that was in the early ’70s.

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