Rubio, Republicans and the Right: Winning with Water

Never mind that there was more truth in Senator Marco Rubio’s awkward drink of water than there was in the preceding State of the Union address by President Barack Hussein Obama. Anyway, most Americans skipped the cringe-inducing hour-long speech by the Targeted-Drone-in-Chief. (Many of us chose the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show over the Dog-and-Pony-Show Tele-prompter Lalapalooza. Yay Affenpinscher! Go Banana Joe!!) Even fewer stuck around to witness the Big Drink of Water. We had to catch it in the endless re-runs, courtesy of the supurbly-coiffed moving mouths in the Alphabet Networks.

But just forget Wolf Blitzer and the other gasping girls in the CNN Situation-Comedy Room. What they are trying to divert your attention from is the wisdom and clarity of what Senator Rubio actually said.

But [President Obama’s] favorite attack of all is that those who don’t agree with him – they only care about rich people.

Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They’re workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They’re immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy.

The tax increases and the deficit spending you propose will hurt middle class families. It will cost them their raises. It will cost them their benefits. It may even cost some of them their jobs.

And it will hurt seniors because it does nothing to save Medicare and Social Security.

So Mr. President, I don’t oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.

Okay, Wolf, I know this play. I lived in New York. It’s a hot summer night. You set a little fire in the garbage shoot and start yelling. The tenants, hearing the commotion and smelling smoke, run into the hall to see what’s going on. This gives your partner time to sneak into the apartment through the open window on the fire escape, to steal the radio.

But it is a pathetic stretch to turn an unscripted drink of water during the delivery of a nationally televised speech into a tsunami in order to prop up the vapid Leader of the Western World (formerly known as the Free World). This is what “Journalism” has become in the 21st Century.

If you live in the mind of an MSNBC broadcaster, this “Rubio’s Watergate” incident is apparently a train wreck. Therefore, we demand photographs! Brace yourself, because until now it has been a not-too-well kept secret that Senator Marco Rubio is not the only one in the GOP who has been observed refreshing himself with a drink of water. Here are the pictures to prove it!

Rep Paul Ryan, Sen Marco Rubio, Gov Mitt Romney

Rep Paul Ryan, Sen Marco Rubio, Gov Mitt Romney: Refreshing

As an interesting point of trivia, while it is probably true that Democrats also drink water, there are no known photographs of Vice President Joseph Biden in the act of doing so. There is evidence, however, that while the party with the elephant mascot favors water, the jackass party has distinctly more complex beverage preferences.

Clinton_Clinton_Obama

Pres William Jefferson Clinton, Sec Hillary Rodham Clinton, Pres Barack Hussein Obama: In their Cups

Right.

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I Put a Spell on You, Because You’re Mine

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1929-2000) may well have been a man born ahead of his time. His best known song, I Put A Spell On You, recorded in 1956 when he was drunk and in a blackout, sold more than a million copies. This is the perfect theme song for the second term of the Pop-Culture President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama:

I put a spell on you
’cause you’re mine

You better stop the things you do
I ain’t lyin’
No I ain’t lyin’

Screamin Barack Hussein Obama

Screamin Barack Hussein Obama

When Barack Obama first ran for President in 2008, unlike Screamin Jay Hawkins, he was a man without a record. Now, of course, he has a record. It’s an abysmal one. But for some reason, a majority of voters decided to give this man another shot. (And you gotta love the way Barack Hussein Obama pronounces the word “shot” with his Chicago accent. He was fond of electioneering on the basis that he was the One who would give everyone a “fair shot.” Unless of course you are an entrepreneur, a small business owner, an investor, a Medicare recipient, a Christian, an hourly wage earner, a coal miner…. Well, maybe it’s not exactly fair, but you do get a shot if you are in certain labor unions, or if you want someone else to pay for your birth control and abortions. That’s not just me talking. No. It’s that straw man. You know. The one over there.)

Speaking of the straw man, there is another character from The Wizard of Oz who bears a striking resemblance to the leader of the Free World. It’s not just me saying it:

Apologies to Margaret Hamilton

Witch is the Real Obama?


Does this man look angry a lot? Other people have noticed. Haven’t you? And how’s this for a coincidence? The Leader of the Western World and the Wicked Witch of the West are in practically the same pose. What are the odds?

And here they go again:

Wicked Witch of the West & Leader of the Western World

Wicked Witch of the West & Leader of the Western World


I don’t know about you, but so far this week I have watched a lot less Fox News and a whole lot more reruns of The Big Bang Theory.

No one is recommending that you stay drunk and in a blackout for the next four years. But maybe listening to that great recording by Screamin Jay Hawkins will lift your spirits, if only for a couple of minutes.

Have a nice day.

Obama & Christie = Laurel & Hardy? Just Saying….

I don’t mean to trivialize a serious situation, but the images speak for themselves:

Governor Chris Christie & President Obama - Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy

Christie & Obama – Laurel & Hardy


Governor Chris Christie welcomes President Barack Obama to New Jersey to inspect the damage caused by the killer super-storm Hurricane Sandy.

Obama & Christie - Laurel & Hardy

Teamwork!

Israeli or Palestinian?

Do you know the difference between an Israeli and a Palestinian?

That’s not a joke and there is no punch line. It’s a question raised by Swiss photographer Olivier Suter in his project Enemies.

Last March while on a trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Mr. Suter asked Palestinians for photographs that he could use to compare with photographs of Israelis. He then published the eight photos he received in an ad in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, with the words “Wanted: people who look alike.” There was no mention in the ad that the people in the pictures were Arabs.

enemies_275x170The photograph on the left shows five-year old Adam Shurati, who lives in Bet Hanina, a Palestinian suburb of Jerusalem. On the right is an Israeli, Hadas Maor, in a photograph taken many years ago when she was six years old.

Hadas’ father Yehuda said, “Ben-Gurion was right when he said ‘The Palestinians are not our cousins, they’re our brothers. Turns out, they could be twins.”

Adam’s mother Nancy was surprised but happy about the resemblance between the children. But, she says, Adam is not too pleased that he looks like a girl.

See Also:
Can you tell the difference between an Israeli and a Palestinian? [Haaretz; May 30, 2009]

Memorial Day Reflections

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
President Harry Truman

A highlight of my recent visit to Washington DC was seeing the War Memorials on the National Mall. I took photographs one morning in early May 2009:

Vietnam War

Vietnam War Reflections

Vietnam War Reflections

The power of the Wall is in the reflections of the living superimposed upon the names of the dead heroes.

Reflections on the Vietnam War Memorial

Reflections on the Wall

Thank you.

Thank you.

Korean War

Korean War Reflections

Korean War Reflections

Korean War Soldier

Korean War Soldier

Gratitude and Remembrance

Gratitude and Remembrance

World War II

Three tour buses had pulled up at the World War II Memorial just before I arrived at the site. Elderly war veterans disembarked one by one. Many were in wheel chairs. A tall man, in his eighties, wearing a cap embroidered with the words “Top Gun,” sat down on a ledge and quietly wept.

World War II Veterans

World War II Veterans

World War II Reflecting Pool

World War II Reflecting Pool

Undying Gratitude

Undying Gratitude