Well, we’re already seeing the arrogance of Obama and Pelosi and some signs of life from the New York governor as Caroline Kennedy fades from the scene of diversion…
As you’ve probably heard, Condi Rice has signed on with the William Morris Agency…here is her page at the WMA site:
|Copyright © 2009 William Morris Agency. All rights reserved.
OK, she JUST signed on, so there’s nothing there now as I write this…but she already is listed in the roster of people speaking on “Domestic and Global Issues.”
She’s sharing the roster with the likes of Al Franken, Arianna Huffington, Larry King, Diane Dimond, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Winnie Mandela, Ed Koch, Joe Scarborough, James Cramer, Rita Crosby, Gen. Claudia Kennedy and George Lakoff. Oh, and Prince Edward of Essex. And there are many more in the club…
Condi is also listed on the “Women’s Issues” roster (and so is Jennifer Lopez!). My old chum Peggy Noonan is with a whole crew of people to ignore over on the “Mass Communications” roster.
According to Reuters, Condi won’t be going on shows as a policy analyst, but is going to concentrate on “philanthropic efforts involving classical music and college educations for disadvantaged students, as well as initiatives to help U.S. children become global citizens.” And, she reportedly is negoatiating a book deal, which will possibly include a memoir of the Bush years.
Wonder if she’ll include the August memo prior to 911, you know, the one about planes, buildings, etc. etc.
I see the pilot of the jet that ditched into the Hudson has finally been released to the public by investigators. One wonders about the delay…
I was watching the show “Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America” on PBS last night and really was caught up in the segments on Lenny Bruce and the censorship… and the Smothers Brothers and the censorship…and George Carlin and the censorship. In the middle of all this, the name of Pat Paulsen comes up. Remember Pat Paulsen and his run for President??
Well…his son carries on….Check out the website “Pat Paulsen for President“…
Looks like Pat’s son, Monty Paulsen, is gearing up for a 2012 run for the White House. Here he hits the campaign trail to find the pulse of American voters. (video follows)
According to Tommy Smothers (Tommy Smothers Says Paulsen Saved the Show):
It’s debatable who actually urged Paulsen to run for commander in chief of the free world starting in 1968 through 1996, Smothers said.
“It could have come from a whole bunch of people,” he said. “But his ‘68 run was one of the best satirical things ever done in politics.”
[Trivia from IMBD: In 1968 Paulsen first ran for President of the United States under the Straight Talking American Government (STAG) Party, first as a "gag" candidate, then apparently for real. Some critics claim that he stole votes from Hubert H. Humphrey and caused Richard Nixon to be elected (in the televised election returns of that year, he was referred to as a "minor party candidate"). Until his death, he ran as a perennial write-in candidate. His last campaign slogan was "Send Pat Paulsen to the White House! He has to sleep somewhere!"...His last running mate in 1996 was Tiny Tim.]
In the article, Smothers opines that the McCain-Obama race could have used Paulsen added to the mix….I agree!!
Paulsen delivered a series of “Editorials” as V.P. while on the Smothers Brothers Show and the texts are preserved on the web. Here is an excerpt that was shown on the PBS special. It’s on the subject of the draft:
A good many people feel our present draft laws are unjust. These people are called soldiers…Now the crux of the criticism is based on the premise that an ineptitude without gross regress tends to efficiate and gorge masical…and frankly, we find this a bit cloudy.
Let’s take this step by step…When we talk about the draft, we are talking about a law duly enacted by Congress, in which men should be drafted first…women second…and Congressmen last. And what are the arguments against the draft? We hear that it is unfair, immoral…discourages young men from studying, ruins their careers, and their lives…picky…picky…picky.
Paulsen was awarded a Comedy Legends Award posthumously in September 2008 (he died of cancer in 1997). Will Durst remembers:
“I remember Pat when he first announced he was running for president on ‘The Smothers Brothers Show’ in 1968. He did these double-talk speeches that were so hysterical because he had that look of a ’60s-era politician,” Durst said. “It was hysterical. That was satire.”
One of his choice quotes:
Assuming either the Left Wing or the Right Wing gained control of the country, it would probably fly around in circles.
Tired of the media? Well, you can get your propaganda directly from the new and improved Voice of America site…you can listen to what’s being piped into Afghanistan, for example, and many other places in many languages.
The Confluence had a great piece up yesterday on the subject of the status of women in Afghanistan, which never seems to improve. Do check out Saturday: A little thing for the girls.
If you want to see television from Afghanistan, check out World Wide Internet TeleVision from the Netherlands at wwiTV.com. This site has the most incredible collection of foreign and U.S. TV that can be viewed via the web that I have ever seen. I love the CCTV from China. Check out the English feed. Today I learned that China is hoping to boost its economy by promoting breakfast–Chinese-style breakfast, not American fast food offerings. One man said that the state-run restaurant breakfasts were very good and one woman said that for only 3 yuan…well, it’s a bargain! Sure looked great to me…lots of food and who can beat that price?? (But first I’d check for melamine…)
I leave you with two questions:
Why am I suddenly getting emails again from the JRE Grassroots group? In case you don’t remember, this was a thing put together by John Edwards. Well, according to the emails, they want to figure out what to do so they are contacting people on their email list for suggestions. My suggestion is that they ask John Edwards if HE has any idea on the subject…
And, who would be looking at this little blog at about midnight MT from Andrews Air Force Base (the base the Presidents all fly from)?
Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland landed on http://insightanalytical.wordpress.com/2008/11/03/obama-a-lo… 23:45:02 — 4 minutes ago
Maybe they’ll come back for a visit again?
THE PAST WEEK
*By everyone at IA–Kenosha Marge, Grail Guardian, American Lassie, Leslie Chicago Correspondent, and IA-GRL
**By IA-GRL, Leslie Chicago Correspondent, & Kenosha Marge
Come and Get it! “Idiot Wings” Served Up by Republicans & Democrats…(Update 1X: Lyrics from Stealers Wheel)
**Throwing Things as We Think of Other Historic Events on January 20th We Don’t Plan to Celebrate (A Joint Post by IA-GRL, Chicago Correspondent Leslie, and Kenosha Marge)
The Past Week: January 11-17, 2009 (Al Jazeera Hooks up with PBS; House vs. Senate/Obama and Bailout Oversight; “Everyman” Biden; Non-GMO Verification Project; “The Prisoner” is Free; Extra Anatomical Tube Bypass
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