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Can You Make Fun Of Obama? December 6, 2008

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This a question many comedians are facing: what’s funny about Barack Obama? And, if so, is it not so offensive that it can’t be said? This article sort of gives us an idea of the problems that comedians will face when trying to roast Obama, and they are rather unprecedented.

One “comedian” (I personally think he’s a hack), Jimmy Kimmel, tried to address the question in a black barbershop in on one of his recent shows:

Interesting questions. However, I’m sure that as time goes on and Obama actually, you know, becomes President, we’ll find plenty to laugh (and cry) about.

That said, it was a pleasure blogging for Policuse this semester. I hope you enjoyed our slice of the poliblogointernetosphere.

Signing off December 5, 2008

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Never forget MC ROVE.

Goodnight and goodluck, Matt.

December 5, 2008

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In honor of my final Policuse post, let’s focus today on a constant theme throughout our posts: Confusion. The people running this country often seem to know even less about what’s going on than the rest of us do and are often blinded by bizarre and depressing occurrences. It’s not even 5:00 today and the news has been inundated with examples. So grab a bottle of your favorite liquor and join me for a stroll through today’s messed-up world.

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Finding Hitler’s Missing Testicle December 5, 2008

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In a recent column, Slate’s Ron Rosenbaum goes to great lengths to disprove the reemerging rumor  that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler only had one testicle.  This rumor, which has been around forever, has reappeared in the English tabloids this month, in papers like The Sun (headline: Hitler HAD only got one ball) and the London Telegraph.  

In a Nov. 19 story, Alex Peake of The Sun claims that he has found a new document that validated  the rumor.  Peake writes:

 

 

Johan’s friend Blassius Hanczuch confirmed the priest’s account of how the medic saved Hitler’s life. He said: “In 1916 they had their hardest fight in the Battle of the Somme.

“For several hours, Johan and his friends picked up injured soldiers. He remembers Hitler.

“They called him the ‘Screamer.’ He was very noisy. Hitler was screaming ‘help, help.’

“His abdomen and legs were all in blood. Hitler was injured in the abdomen and lost one testicle. His first question to the doctor was: ‘Will I be able to have children?’ ”

Blassius said that when the Nazis swept to power Johan began to suffer nightmares and blame himself for saving Hitler.

 

 

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Obama’s an atom bomb December 4, 2008

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I once thought that, barring death, Barack Obama would become the next president of the United States in a few months. I was wrong.

Apparently there are several groups that haven’t given up on the dream of keeping African Americans out of the White House.

Slate ran a story today that lists a few and then asks the inevitable question — What the hell?

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The Lame Duck Report: What Is The President of the United States Up To December 4, 2008

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It’s easy to forget in, all the excitement surrounding the President-Elect and the new incoming administration, and all the economic stuff that George W. Bush is still the President. Wonder what he’s been up to? Well, I’m telling you anyway.https://i1.wp.com/www.newslose.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/george_bush_press_conference.jpg

He’s apparently pretty anxious to get out of Washington D.C., having already purchased a nice little pad in Dallas, TX. Wow, he’s living in Texas? What a shocking turn of events this is, stop the presses. Oh wait, presses barely exist anymore. Well, stop the internets?

Anyway, he also lit the national Christmas tree. Again, lots of fun, substantial activity. My point?  This basically sums up Bush’s activity since election day. The man has been hiding in the shadows since then, and has been virtually invisible during the economic crisis. As controversial and unpopular as he’s been, it’s pretty pathetic to watch him shrivel up into his spot in history.

Other Bush news:

Brother Jeb wants to be a Florida Senator! My question: can anyone with the name Bush be elected again in the United States? My answer: yes. They’re just too damn good at getting elected not to, and I doubt Jeb will have much trouble getting elected in a state in which he was governor.

Politico: Chris Matthews to quit MSNBC for Senate Bid December 4, 2008

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Politco has been all over the story that NBC blowhard Chris Matthews is gearing for Republican Arlen Specter’s Pennsylvania Senate seat in 2010. The site is reporting that Matthews will quit “Hardball” soon to move forward with his campaign.   What’s interesting to me is that no other major news sources have confirmed or even reported politico’s findings. The New York Times hasn’t touched the Matthews story since a blog post in October.  The Washington Post has followed the story but still lags behind Politico’s reporting.

I hope Matthews, if elected, can get along with the Secretary of State.

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Boom. December 3, 2008

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I live in constant dread of 2012, the year the Mayans predicted the earth will cease to be. Now, thanks to Joe Biden and a government report, I have even more reason to fear 2012. Even if we make it past 2012 safely, apparently some sort of attack by a weapon of mass destruction will occur by 2013. But don’t worry, it’ll most likely be biological rather than nuclear.

The report says that “unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013.”

That attack could be as small as a single anthrax-coated letter. Or it could be, um, bigger.

Future Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Biden both said it’s time for the U.S. to “act urgently, deliberately and in concert with nations across the globe.”

That’s big talk for an administration that already has a recession and two wars to deal with. But, judging by the rate things are moving and the volatile nature of the world, dealing with weapons of mass destruction is an increasing priority. The only effective way to deal with them is through global communication and cooperation, so maybe Amtrak Joe‘s getting ready for some useful conversation once his team is sworn in.

On the other hand, if the Mayan’s predicted it, there’s no point fighting the inevitable . . .

49 Out of 50 States HATE Making College Affordable December 3, 2008

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If you’re from a state other than California, congratulations: your home state FAILS at making college affordable for the average student. In a study called Measuring Up 2008, which is fresh off the presses, almost all of the states received a grade of “F” for making college affordable.

Hey, here’s a possible reason:

-From 1982 to 2007, the median family’s income rose 147 percent

-In that same period, the cost of college tuition rose 439 percent

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Richardson’s beard and other political happenings of the day December 3, 2008

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Photo from the Seattle Times

Photo from the Seattle Times

 

 

Today, Barack Obama announced New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as his secretary of commerce.  More importantly, the President-elect offered these words about Richardson’s facial hair:

I’m going to answer this question about the beard. I think it was mistake for him to get rid of it. I thought that whole western rugged look was really working for him. For some reason, maybe because it was scratchy when he kissed his wife, he was forced to get rid of it. But we’re deeply disappointed with the loss of the beard

It’s good to see Obama is keeping his sense of humor amid all this transition madness.  Personally I like Richardson sans beard, what do you think?  

 

Photo via Playboy magazine (lol)

Photo via Playboy magazine (lol)

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