Republicans Desperately Try to Close Barn Door While Horse Frolics

Reince Priebus:

“I don’t think it’s an issue that moves voters,” he said of the birth certificate chatter. “It’s an issue in my opinion that I don’t personally get too excited about, because I think the more important question is what’s going on in this country in regards to jobs, to debt, and the deficit and spending. Those are the things that people are worried about. People aren’t worried about these other issues.”

Jan Brewer — yes, Jan Brewer:

In an interview with CNN’s John King, Brewer called the issue a “huge distraction” and said that doubters have failed to offer any proof that President Obama was born outside the country.

“It’s just something I believe is leading our country down a path of destruction, and it just is not serving any good purpose,” Brewer said, calling it a distraction from the much more pressing issue of the economy.

Donald Trump, keeping two steps ahead of the posse:

Donald Trump is upping the ante against President Barack Obama’s legitimacy, raising questions on Monday night about how the president was admitted to two Ivy League schools.

Trump openly questioned how Obama, who he said had been a “terrible student,” got accepted into Columbia University for undergraduate studies and then Harvard Law School.

Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law in 1991. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


With such deep and powerful thinkers at the helm of the Republican Party what could possibly go wrong?

So anyone want to start a pool on the over/under when Trump stops trying to dog-whistle on race and drops a n-bomb?

HLS doesn’t even have grades any more, FWIW.

Heh. From the February 6, 1990 article about the new black president of the Harvard Law Review:

The president of the law review usually goes on to serve as a clerk for a judge on the Federal Court of Appeals for a year, and then as a clerk for an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Mr. Obama said he planned to spend two or three years in private law practice and then return to Chicago to re-enter community work, either in politics or in local organizing.

@SanFranLefty: Well, he already referred to “the blacks” last week. And really, dropping an N-bomb would just rally his supporters.

I still think it’s a joke that we’ll have to endure until the Apprentice finale on May 22. But the way he’s fucking up the GOP field, I’m starting to hope he actually runs. Trump might make an even better GOP nominee than Palin.

Trump sounds exactly like my US America Aunt and Uncle bitching about how my “genius and way smarter than me” cousins were denied Hahvahd admission because of the Blacks. It wouldn’t have been so bad if I could ignore my mom who told me about their “misery.”

Right… I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry when their idea of a safety skule was Cornell and the Tree. I mostly laugh as things would have been better for them if they did something with their lives besides working in Finance.

@ManchuCandidate: One of my sisters applied to a total of three schools — an Ivy and the top two liberal arts colleges — and struck out. Having no backup, she took a year off, which ended up being a really positive experience for her. When my turn came around, lesson learned, I applied to one school early, and had a dozen or so apps ready to go if that didn’t pan out. Luckily for me, it did.

What I want to know is how Birther Poster Child 1.0 Orly is coping with having all of her thunder stolen. I imagine she’s hitting the laughing gas pretty hard these days.

Smart to do. I did the same. Managed to get into the school I wanted to as well on the basis of my marks… although I’m sure my alma mater probably regretted that later.

The story of my cousins getting rejected was even more annoying almost 20 years later when I read about the admissions process at major skules where it was based on how big a “gift”/bribe donors would need to get their stupid kids into eelight universities or how well connected they were. My uncle was a wealthy man (as he bragged to my dad repeatedly), but apparently too dumb/not rich enough/honest to bribe Hahvahd and was not well connected with their middling marks (for Hahvahd) they were screwed anyway.

I graduated magna cum marijuana from UCLA.

Trump trumped.

Son-in-law got into Hahvahd despite being a lazy middling student but having a very rich daddy.!5795893/donald-trump-thinks-his-son+in+law-is-a-lazy-bastard

@Dodgerblue: It’s amazing I didn’t graduate magna cum marijuana from Evergreen.

@IanJ: Do they produce anything there besides alt cartoonists?

@mellbell: I only remember applying to one school, which admitted me early decision. Part of the memory lapse may be due to the fact that the school that accepted me also allowed me to get drunk on grain alcohol as both a junior and a senior in high school, a tradition that I maintained throughout my undergrad years. Minor in Dodger cum laude.

This is priceless:
“The 40th President of the United States had no trouble producing a birth certificate. In fact it is on display at the Reagan Library”


One Response to “Ronald Reagan’s Birth Certificate”

Ed Threadgill said:
Apr 26, 11 at 8:16 pm

LOL…You guys are idiots! The Reagan birth certificate is a copy just like Obama’s. Look at it! Even better, it was witnessed in 1942 and printed/dated in 1991! Reagan was born in 1911!

@Nabisco: Hometown university for me. They had a J-school, it was cheap, and nothing else crossed my mind.

@texrednface: Rarely are Life’s Ironies so tidy.

@nojo: I doubt it. I certainly washed up on the shores of mediocrity.

@texrednface: Don’t start with me with the fucking wedding. Fuck those fuckers and the whole lousy bunch of crypto-fascist motherfuckers. No, I don’t like your dress, Cathie. Or your fucking ring. And I don’t fucking care how you fucking met Prince Chinless Wonder. Give us back our money, paintings, houses, land, etc and get yourself a nice semi in Tunbridge Wells and STFU.

Wake me when it’s over.

Applied to one law school – New Mexico – because I already lived in Albuquerque and the trout fishing was only 45 minutes away. There were at least a couple of people for whom NM was a seventh choice or something like that, including one guy who got in with a small but highly respected criminal defense/personal injury firm after graduation. “Dude is going to be a wealthy man,” people were saying.

Unfortunately, Dude got completely into drugs and hit bottom when some bouncer threw him through a plate glass window one night in downtown Albuquerque. I saw him once after that at my 10 year reunion, his formerly handsome face looking beaten down, red eyed and being almost desperately friendly.

@Dodgerblue: I got the award for most improved GPA in law school.

@ManchuCandidate: Going through the files one day at my old environmental law firm, I came across a folder that said “Donation from Redacted.” It appears that Redacted’s family gave a sizable donation to the firm, a non-profit, so their precious daughter could work there. I was later passed over for Redacted when a new regional director was selected. I left for my current firm and Redacted only lasted a few months before she left to travel to Eastern Europe and Asia after blowing a huge environmental case against the Forest Service. Litigation came after kayaking, skiing and mountain biking in terms of priorities, I guess.

@Benedick is not as stupid as he looks.:
opps/sorry/my bad
just thought you might get a chuckle at Willie and Kate in their undies.
(bad hair and underwear, the great equalizer)

@texrednface: You have to be a Brit to fully grasp the depth of the loathing in which we hold the royals.

@Benedick is not as stupid as he looks.: I fully understand your position. I will not be watching either. I find galling when anyone speaks of certain families in the US as “American Royalty”
Speaking of which:
@nojo: I don’t dislike Corgis, but I have come to despise Scotties and Springer Spaniels.

@nojo: Fuck the fucking corgis. Fucking dogs have got their own fucking staff.

@texrednface: Imagine the dumbest Republicans you can think of. Now imagine them interbreeding for a couple of hundred years. The one the recent film is about rarely drew a sober breath and the one who abdicated to marry the part-time whore made a deal with the Germans that he’d come back and be king when they invaded – hence his gig as governor of Bermuda. Since them it’s all gone downhill. But at least here you don’t have to bow and scrape to the fuckers. I can think of few things as socially degrading as fucking royals. Give us back the paintings, bitch!

Scotties? Really? And Springer Spaniels? I sense a backstory.

@Benedick is not as stupid as he looks.:
i think it’s creepy she’s wearing Di’s ring, not touching. it’s bad luck, from a lousy marriage and almost iconic. i would have thrown it back in his face and told him to put it in the tower of london, where it belongs, you cheap bastard.

@Benedick is not as stupid as he looks.: Scotties and Springer Spaniels = Official breeds of the Bush family.

@baked: No shit, talk about bad karma.

I’ll be watching the space shuttle launch on Friday. Won’t have to wake up early to do so, either, just stream it on the tubez at the desk.

@SanFranLefty: Ah.

@baked: Not to speak ill of the dead but I never got the whole Diana frenzy. Though to be fair she’s about the only one of them I can think of who actually did anything useful with her life: AIDS and landmine work. Who knows, if she’d lived, having developed a taste for hot arabs she might have become something. But yes as to ring. Another thing about the royals is their terrible hideous godawful taste in practically everything. They are what white trash becomes if you give it long enough. Buckingham palace is really an extra-super-doublewide.

@Benedick is not as stupid as he looks.: They are what white trash becomes if you give it long enough. Buckingham palace is really an extra-super-doublewide.

That would explain the American heartland fascination with this whole thing. There was an article in the local DC fishwrap about some sisters who’ve been planning their trip for ages, with one correcting the other on the proper pronunciation of “Leicester”. They were going to camp out on the parade route days in advance.

I blame it all on Harry Potter, actually.

@Benedick is not as stupid as he looks.:
I have been sufficiently reamed. Thank you.
My original question to you and the link was intended to be silly.

@texrednface: That royal rant was not directed at you, don’t take it personally. And I like the link–it’s good fun. Who knew that Prince William looked exactly like a Ken doll under his duds??

@texrednface: Sorry. No not you. Wasn’t remotely intended to be reaming anyone. Hadn’t actually seen the link. But as you might have noticed the royals make me nuts. They represent everything I most hate about Britain. But not intending to be rude to you. I save that for noje.

@Benedick HRH KFC:
Oh, my apologies, too. I admit I was giving you a good old colonial tweaking.
Can we not agree to be disagreeable and together mock Kate Middleton in her bra and panties?

@baked: @SanFranLefty: @flippin eck: No shit about the ring being creepy. That thing is cursed. I see one good thing that can come out of this royal wedding hoopla: the demise of the omnipresent strapless ball gowns being worn as wedding dresses, something I hate with the intensity of a thousand white-hot suns. Sleeves will be back, and not a moment too soon.

@Mistress Cynica:
“Sleeves will be back, and not a moment too soon.”

Just so long as they’re not poofy sleeves. It took brides 15-20 years to get over that post-Diana wedding craze.

@Mistress Cynica: You mean like big old puffy sleeves bolstered with kleenex like Diana wore?

BTW, Diana’s dress is in the Heartland at this very moment we ruminate on wedding sleeves

When the girls in KC MO get a load of Di’s dress Puffys will will be back.

@SanFranLefty: Whatever her other faults, I don’t see Kate going for poofy sleeves. Still, I’ll settle for anything that covers up the naked shoulders. I’m desperate at this point.

@Mistress Cynica: I can’t not watch it. Like an accident by the side of the road.

@Dodgerblue: I got up at 4 a.m. to watch the other one. But I was young.

@Dodgerblue: @nojo: It’s at 3 a.m. PDT. You really going to get up early/stay up late for that? I’ll just read the snark on the fashion blogs.

I don’t know why I’m surprised there’s an Official (TM) Royal Wedding website, I guess I thought they’d be above that.

Wouldn’t that be fucking awesome if they went to the shire’s clerk office today and just got the certificate and eloped?

@Benedick HRH KFC: According to the WaPo, a third of your people feel the same way. But Lizzie remains popular, Chuckie decidedly less so. Hope resides with Willie, they say.

@SanFranLefty: Stay up late? Hell, no. I’m doing my best to ignore the whole damn thing. But in the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit that I made a point to watch Chuckles and Di Hard.

@SanFranLefty: Yes, going to snuggle up with my lovely wife and some Strong Drink.

@nojo: Bless all you dear sweet funny people. It’s mahm. Ahhhh. No hint of an r, we’re not doing a revival of Showboat. It’s not mahrm. It’s a sound you funny yanquis don’t make when you jabber at each other like monkeys. It’s not ‘mam’. That’s Yorkshire for ‘mum’.

If anyone has any doubts about anything to do with High-Limeyism watch Yes, Minister. They get everything right.

@Nabisco: If one more fucking Limey tells me what lovely skin the queen’s got or how her eyes are periwinkle blue and isn’t it a pity she doesn’t photograph better I will fucking kick them in the balls – if I can find any. Charles is a fucking nitwit. He makes Dubya look like a nobel laureate. Throw the lot of them onto the street, I say. Blair began bumsniffing the queen before going on to Bush causing disgrace to the proud tradition of British Labour.

Not one of them could hold down a responsible job.

And fuck the polo ponies, too.

it’s 5 in the morning. let’s talk about wedding dresses.
my first wedding was royal and so the dress was too. i know you would all approve. it took place in january and even at my tender age, i knew strapless was out of the question. the dress was a long silhouette, not a wad of cotton candy. the fitted high neck and long sleeves of antique lace covered the raw silk bustier and simple sheath. all covered tastefully with pearls. the thing weighs a ton and is hanging in a closet less than 10 feet from me. (what am i supposed to DO with it?) the headpiece was a pearl encrusted cloche, worn jauntily to the side and the 20 foot pearl scattered train came out of the bottom of it. my bridesmaids wore white, making me the only one in the wedding party NOT wearing white, which tickled me. it was very similar to princess grace’s, but not as poofy a skirt.
my last wedding i wore a swimsuit cover-up in burgundy and bare feet. my next wedding will be over my dead body.

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