'Bigfoot' Isn't the Only Picture That Deserves a Disclaimer

A hunter in Pennsylvania ended up getting some pictures of a mangy bear, and all of a sudden Bigfoot seekers (think “snipe hunting” but bigger) are asking if this is proof of the existence of a juvenile Sasquatch (a juvenile Sasquatch is just like a regular Sasquatch except it puts “kick me” signs on the backs of the other Sasquatches).

Something besides that struck me as funny, however. After all the years of bogus and doctored photographs from mainstream media sources, the AP decided to put the following disclaimer on the “bigfoot” picture: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CANNOT AUTHENTICATE THE CONTENT OF THESE IMAGES.

Too bad the AP and Reuters didn’t feel the necessity to put an authenticity disclaimer on any of these photos. I wonder why.

‘Bigfoot’ Isn’t the Only Picture That Deserves a Disclaimer

A hunter in Pennsylvania ended up getting some pictures of a mangy bear, and all of a sudden Bigfoot seekers (think “snipe hunting” but bigger) are asking if this is proof of the existence of a juvenile Sasquatch (a juvenile Sasquatch is just like a regular Sasquatch except it puts “kick me” signs on the backs of the other Sasquatches).

Something besides that struck me as funny, however. After all the years of bogus and doctored photographs from mainstream media sources, the AP decided to put the following disclaimer on the “bigfoot” picture: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CANNOT AUTHENTICATE THE CONTENT OF THESE IMAGES.

Too bad the AP and Reuters didn’t feel the necessity to put an authenticity disclaimer on any of these photos. I wonder why.

Pumpkin-Headed Taxes

nullToday’s “Stupid tax du jour” is brought to you by the Iowa Department in Oversight of Taxes (IDIOT), better known as the Iowa Department of Revenue.

The state is now taxing pumpkins — unless a form is filled out by the consumer and submitted to the government by the pumpkin seller stating that the pumpkin will be used for food purposes — with one copy placed in IDIOT’s “in” box, three in their “out,” and two in the file marked “Inane.”

Due to the “if used for food it’s tax-free” provision, the number of pumpkin pies in Iowa is expected to triple this season — as is the consumption of automobile sandwiches, inheritence soup and propane-sicles.

How’s small business reacting to the pumpkin tax?

“I don’t mind paying taxes, but let’s get real here, people,” said Bob Kautz, owner of the Buffalo Pumpkin Patch in Buffalo, about eight miles west of Davenport.

Kautz, who has owned his farm for seven years, was particularly dismayed with the notion of requiring customers to fill out a form verifying that they planned to eat the pumpkins they were buying.

“It’s another crazy, crazy, stupid thing,” he said.

Kautz said he will estimate how many pumpkins were bought for non-food purposes, and then will send the tax on that amount to the revenue department.

“It gets unfeasible for people to have small businesses,” he said.

Danny Carroll, who owns Carroll’s Pumpkin Farm in Grinnell with his wife, said he will have to pay the sales tax out of profits.

“Essentially, they just reduced our income by 6 percent,” he said. “It’s too bad, but it’s not surprising.”

As that great American economist Bill Clinton would advise, “Just raise your price!”

If we continue to create our tax schemes around the ideas of liberal economists in government, there will be plenty of jobs — as long as you want to be a liberal economist in government, red tape manufacturer, or chicken broth ladeler in the unemployment line.

Update:

Jeremie informs us that the pumpkin tax has been repealed. Don’t celebrate yet though, because I’m sure a replacement is in the works. (Psst, Governor Culver, it’s almost mistletoe season… nudge nudge…)

Romney Brings Clinton Campaign to its Knees

Mitt Romney said that if the Clintons are in the White House, Hillary will be an intern. The most disappointed person in the country right now has to be Bill Clinton. Oh well, if all else fails, at least there will be pizza.

Here’s part of what Romney said to Sean Hannity:

…the greatest drawback beyond the direction she’d take us is that she’s never run anything. She’s never had the occasion of being in the private sector, running a business, or, for that matter, running a state or a city. She hasn’t run anything, and the government of the United States is not a place for a president to be an intern. You need to have experience actually leading and running things.

Look for this “comparing Hillary to an intern” thing to be an ongoing theme among GOP candidates. It’s semi-veiled, multi-level fun at its finest.

The USA Today blog asks of Mitt Romney, “Was ‘intern’ a loaded word to throw at Sen. Clinton?” Isn’t a more appropriate question this: wasn’t Clinton a loaded president to throw at an intern?

What, Me Liberal?

In the “letters to the editor” section at WorldNetDaily today, there’s this gem:

You need to change the banner for columnist Doug Powers to “OUT OF LEFT FIELD.” He gets more liberal with every article. A few months ago, he was critical of us who study Bible prophecy, and now he wants us to abandon our beliefs and vote for a pro-abortion presidential candidate. His reason – to keep Hillary out of office.

He says the reason is that we Christians and conservatives need to fight for what we want. Once the primary is over, the fight is over. If the Republican Party won’t listen to us before the primary, who in their right mind would think they would listen to us after the general election?

First of all, in the “prophecy” column, I wasn’t critical of those who study Bible prophecy, I was critical of those who play on faith by constantly trumpeting reasons that Jesus is coming back before dinnertime in order to perpetually pump book and video sales. Judging from the promotional behavior of these authors, most of them seem incredibly convinced that Jesus is coming back soon, just not before their next book hits the shelves. I missed the Bible verse where it says “thou shalt sensationalize to boost sales.”

Secondly, the column yesterday wasn’t about who to vote for, it was about the counterproductive ultimate outcome inherent in fleeing to start a third party.

There are Republicans in the field I wouldn’t vote for as well. I’ll push for the pro-life candidate (my “pro life” position is fairly well documented here and here and here) — provided that person is also socially and fiscally conservative and a stickler for national security. The latter is the big one. We need a president who will take the initiative to create an atmosphere that makes it more difficult for thousands or even millions of Americans to die in a terrorist attack. What’s more “pro life” than that?

Once the terrorists are dead and the borders are secure, then we can have a nice chat about many of the other issues, but judging by some of the letters sent to me, I get the feeling that there are some Republican voters out there who would only be concerned about somebody who blew themselves up in a crowded shopping mall if the bomber was pregnant.

I also heard dozens and dozens of different ideas on what constitutes the “perfect candidate,” and in the absence of that, a third party should be created. This is the kind of politically narcissistic approach with which elections are lost and parties fragmented to the point of irrelevance.

During the one term of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president drifted from pro-choice to being supportive of pro-life legislation, but he lost many of us with his “no new taxes” broken pledge (and he lost the votes of pro-choice Republicans — yes, there are some). Ross Perot came about in a third party and soaked up some of the disgruntled vote. As a result we ended up with eight years of Bill Clinton — pro abortion and pro high taxes.

Haste for immediate satisfaction on all accounts is often our worst enemy.

Now if you don’t mind, I have to make a tofu pizza, strap on the Birkenstocks and go house shopping in Berkeley.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, Bill Clinton!" chicka-chicka bowwww chicka-chicka bowwww

A short news clip of Bill Clinton being confronted by some “9/11 truthers” at a speech came out a few days ago, but a full clip was made by the group who did the interrupting. The funniest part, in my opinion, is near the beginning, just after Clinton is introduced. Crank up the volume and try to figure out which porno movie they stole that music from.

I can’t help but admire the skill with which Clinton can spin a negative yarn into a positive sales pitch for Hillary. You have to admit, the guy’s good. I couldn’t help but think of Alec Baldwin’s sales manager character in the film Glengarry Glen Ross. If you could see the inside of Bill Clinton’s head, this is what you’d see, and it applies both to both sexual and political sales:

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“Ladies and Gentlemen, Bill Clinton!” chicka-chicka bowwww chicka-chicka bowwww

A short news clip of Bill Clinton being confronted by some “9/11 truthers” at a speech came out a few days ago, but a full clip was made by the group who did the interrupting. The funniest part, in my opinion, is near the beginning, just after Clinton is introduced. Crank up the volume and try to figure out which porno movie they stole that music from.

I can’t help but admire the skill with which Clinton can spin a negative yarn into a positive sales pitch for Hillary. You have to admit, the guy’s good. I couldn’t help but think of Alec Baldwin’s sales manager character in the film Glengarry Glen Ross. If you could see the inside of Bill Clinton’s head, this is what you’d see, and it applies both to both sexual and political sales:

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John Edwards, the "Robbin' Hood" Candidate

John Edwards is like a bank robber who’s not afraid to take off his ski mask, look directly into the security camera, and let everybody know exactly who he is and what he’s about. I like that in a Democrat — because it makes them lose:

John Edwards says if he’s elected president, he’ll institute a New Deal-like suite of programs to fight poverty and stem growing wealth disparity. To do it, he said, he’ll ask many Americans to make sacrifices, like paying higher taxes.

Edwards, a former Democratic senator from North Carolina, says the federal government should underwrite universal pre-kindergarten, create matching savings accounts for low-income people, mandate a minimum wage of $9.50 and provide a million new Section 8 housing vouchers for the poor. He also pledged to start a government-funded public higher education program called “College for Everyone.”

He’ll solve “growing wealth disparity” alright — we’ll all be poor. In addition, “College for Everyone” will also go by the name “Making a college education even more worthless.”

I also expect Edwards to soon unveil his “National slip-n-fall care” plan.

If John Edwards had any chance of winning the presidency, this kind of talk would be disturbing. Instead though we can just read it and poke fun at him, as the last guy to be this honest about his intention goes by the name of Walter Mondale.

For now, frankly, Edwards’ biggest campaign problem isn’t his leftist political views, it’s that he continues to allow himself to be photographed like this:

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