Thursday, January 29, 2009

DICK Armey Is, Well, You Know, A...

Sexist. He's a sexist. What did you think I was going to write? At the very least he made an incredibly sexist remark. What did you think I was going to write?


In the clip below former Representative and Republican majority leader Dick Armey from Texas gives a great demonstration of techniques that some Republicans/conservatives employ when debating a Democrat/liberal on a talking head show:



Dick Armey in this one relatively short clip exhibits all the classic Republican/conservative talking head characteristics. Whether it's Rush, Ann Coulter, Hannity or apparently Dick Armey they all employ some classic, juvenile, disrespectful traits when they have a camera pointed on them and they have to listen to a Democrat/liberal speak. Namely, they will:

1) Smile weirdly or laugh while the other is speaking
2) They will interrupt (numerous times) or make exclamations like, "give me a break!" while the other is speaking.
3) They will generally talk louder or flat out yell down the other speaker.
4) They will refer to themselves in the third person.
5) They will get off issue or topic and attack the other speaker personally or about other issues unrelated to the topic being discussed.

In this case Dick Armey exhibits many of the above traits and ends it by making a sexist remark. Oh, and of course he's from Texas, way to make Texas look good on a national stage. We already gave the nation such notable Republican politicians such as Tom DeLay, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and W. Anyway, Dick Armey did a good job of exhibiting the above described Republican/conservative talking-head-show-characteristics.

Our Pets #19: Gilda's Gotta Go, Part II



Blogo on a Role


Blagojevich, Political Cartoon, Senate seat

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Yodeling Monkey on Craig Ferguson

For those not familiar with Craig Ferguson's program he sometimes does a puppet monkey thing as the lead-in that comes on right after Letterman. Well, I saw this, the yodeling monkey puppet, last night and had an out loud, crying, extended laugh. Some may not think it's funny. Well I do, so there, and I fart in your general direction if you don't find it funny.

Our Pets #18: Gilda's Gotta Go



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Fixing the Credit Crunch


economy, GOP, Obama, Political Cartoon, recession, Republican, stimulus, taxes


Monday, January 26, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Re-Do

Someone asked if I write and draw the cartoons that have appeared recently on my blog. I thought I'd answer. The answer is yes, I write and draw (poorly) the cartoons that appear here, unless noted otherwise. Take it easy. JG.
Inauguration, Obama, Roberts, Supreme Court

Monday, January 19, 2009

Marvel (Iron Man) vs. DC (Batman)

I am a huge comic book geek, mix that with action figures and humor and then you have the funny in my opinion:

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bush's final press conference


Or alternate title, if you're W., why change things up now?

W. gave a bizarre final press conference. And I'm not the only one who thinks so. Look at what Ed Rollins, Republican strategist extraordinaire, had to say about W.'s final press conference:


And if you don't believe me or Mr. Rollins, watch it for yourself, here's part 1:



and here's part 2:



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Is it just me or did he seem happy that this was his last press conference? Did he seem relieved that he's almost out of the White House? Did he seem to already be laying out the case that his presidency wasn't all that bad or that he did pretty well, all things considered; he said as much when he stated in this press conference that he would continue to defend his record. I don't know. That's how I saw the press conference.

As for how history will view George W. Bush's presidency, I do not know. Having watched this press conference (and, by the way, having not seen Oliver Stone's movie, "W.") I come away looking at this president as I think most do when viewing most presidents when they leave office. I look at this president and think that he really did try to do the best he could and that he is a good person. I just sometimes (most times) disagreed with his politics. Perhaps he wasn't up to the challenges he soon faced shortly after taking office. Those would-be challenges weren't on most people's radars after Clinton left office. In this press conference, and for most of his presidency, G.W. Bush seemed awkward, over whelmed by it all, out of his element, beyond his depth, or over his head.

However, he did run and he did serve, and for that he should have all our thanks. Good luck President Bush, and thank you.

Friday, January 9, 2009

This Is As Close As I Get To "Fair & Balanced"


Or, alternate title, we have someone in office because, in part, of who they are related to, let's be sure about it this time.

Caroline Kennedy is positioned to potentially be appointed to Hillary Clinton's soon to be vacant Senate seat. Rhetorical fillers, such as "um", "err", "like" and "you know", for example, are pet peeves of mine. Here are some clips about Kennedy over-using the phrase "you know" in a series of recent interviews over the course of one day:


Here's a news report about her use of the phrase "you know" and how she did generally in a series of interviews:



And here's John Stewart commenting on it, amongst other things, toward the end of this clip:


I understand this is potentially only a rhetorical crutch. But, again, it's one of my pet peeves. And that's not to say that the Senate doesn't have members with questionable resumes or poor communication skills. Also, remember how some thought W.'s verbal gaffes are/were funny? I never thought they were funny. I thought they were and are embarrassing. To me this would be like a professional basketball point guard that can only dribble with his left hand. This is just one series of interviews on one day. And maybe she was just having a bad day. However, verbal inadequacies may be representative of a lack of adequacy in other areas relevant to public office, such as sound decision making or lack of knowledge regarding key policy issues. Maybe. I guess we'll find out if Caroline Kennedy is appointed.

Legos + Eddie Izzard = Funny

Don't get me wrong, Eddie Izzard on his own is funny as all get out, but the Legos visual just makes me smile a little more:

Monday, January 5, 2009

W.'s Greatest Mis-Hits


Or, alternate title, yes, a future/sitting President of the United State of America really said these things.


Below are some for W.'s greatest misstatements, as taken from an Associated Press article:



• "I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." —September 2000, explaining his energy policies at an event in Michigan.
• "Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning?" — January 2000, during a campaign event in South Carolina.
• "They misunderestimated the compassion of our country. I think they misunderestimated the will and determination of the commander in chief, too." — Sept. 26, 2001, in Langley, Va. Bush was referring to the terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks.
• "There's no doubt in my mind, not one doubt in my mind, that we will fail." — Oct. 4, 2001, in Washington. Bush was remarking on a back-to-work plan after the terrorist attacks.
• "It would be a mistake for the United States Senate to allow any kind of human cloning to come out of that chamber." — April 10, 2002, at the White House, as Bush urged Senate passage of a broad ban on cloning.
• "I want to thank the dozens of welfare-to-work stories, the actual examples of people who made the firm and solemn commitment to work hard to embetter themselves." — April 18, 2002, at the White House.
• "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." — Sept. 17, 2002, in Nashville, Tenn.
• "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." — Aug. 5, 2004, at the signing ceremony for a defense spending bill.
• "Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." — Sept. 6, 2004, at a rally in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
• "Our most abundant energy source is coal. We have enough coal to last for 250 years, yet coal also prevents an environmental challenge." — April 20, 2005, in Washington.
• "We look forward to hearing your vision, so we can more better do our job." — Sept. 20, 2005, in Gulfport, Miss.
• "I can't wait to join you in the joy of welcoming neighbors back into neighborhoods, and small businesses up and running, and cutting those ribbons that somebody is creating new jobs." — Sept. 5, 2005, when Bush met with residents of Poplarville, Miss., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
• "It was not always a given that the United States and America would have a close relationship. After all, 60 years we were at war 60 years ago we were at war." — June 29, 2006, at the White House, where Bush met with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
• "Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to families who die." — Dec. 7, 2006, in a joint appearance with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
• "These are big achievements for this country, and the people of Bulgaria ought to be proud of the achievements that they have achieved." — June 11, 2007, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
• "Mr. Prime Minister, thank you for your introduction. Thank you for being such a fine host for the OPEC summit." — September 2007, in Sydney, Australia, where Bush was attending an APEC summit.
• "Thank you, Your Holiness. Awesome speech." April 16, 2008, at a ceremony welcoming Pope Benedict XVIto the White House.
• "The fact that they purchased the machine meant somebody had to make the machine. And when somebody makes a machine, it means there's jobs at the machine-making place." — May 27, 2008, in Mesa, Ariz.
• "And they have no disregard for human life." — July 15, 2008, at the White House. Bush was referring to enemy fighters in Afghanistan.
• "I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office." — June 26, 2008, during a Rose Garden news briefing.
• "Throughout our history, the words of the Declaration have inspired immigrants from around the world to set sail to our shores. These immigrants have helped transform 13 small colonies into a great and growing nation of more than 300 people." — July 4, 2008 in Virginia.
• "The people in Louisiana must know that all across our country there's a lot of prayer — prayer for those whose lives have been turned upside down. And I'm one of them. It's good to come down here." — Sept. 3, 2008, at an emergency operations center in Baton Rouge, La., after Hurricane Gustav hit the Gulf Coast.
• "This thaw — took a while to thaw, it's going to take a while to unthaw." Oct. 20, 2008, in Alexandria, La., as he discussed the economy and frozen credit markets.
To borrow, in part, from Nixon, you won't have W. to kick around much longer.