Obama References Tea Parties He Didn’t Know About

The “teabaggers” were noticed after all:

At his 100th-day town hall meeting in St. Louis, Mo., President Obama took direct aim at the anti-tax “tea party” demonstrations that have cropped up over the last month – and took a veiled shot at FOX News Channel, at the cable news network closely associated with the protests.

Asked about fiscal discipline and entitlements reform, Obama seemed to be repressing a smile as he jabbed critics of his spending plans.

“Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, Obama said, “let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.”

He seems a little annoyed by the tea parties for somebody who was supposed to be completely unaware of them:

Update: Tea Party organizers have accepted Obama’s invitation to have a “serious conversation” about these things. They call it “accepted the president’s invitation” because it sounds nicer than “called his bluff.”

Bye-Bye, Arlen

Arlen Specter is finally giving up on the long, half-assed charade of calling himself a “Republican.” He’s leaving the party.

Take Collins and Snowe with you, Sen. Specter.

Arlen said that the Republicans “want to purify the party.” If by that he means that the GOP doesn’t want to be infiltrated by Democrat water-carriers, then it’s the first thing Specter has said in a good while that I agree with.

Here’s the GOP’s biggest RINO de-RINOing himself:

(h/t Conservative Express)

Playing ‘Musical Blogs’ Again This Week

I’ll be posting a bit again this week at Michelle Malkin’s blog, so be sure to go her site for newer posts until Thursday morning. I’ll try to keep up a few new ones here too if possible.

Also, if you’d like to register to comment at Michelle’s site (it’ll tell you registering is closed if you try to register from there), send me an email with what user name and password you want (you can change your password immediately after registering if you like) and we’ll get you set up. (Connie, this means you!)

Just Another Panic Monday

Got the swine flu yet? After reading many stories and watching the news, either nothing is about to happen or we’re all about to die. That’s a fairly broad spectrum, and actually one that we live under every day without really knowing it. At least somebody in DC might care about actually watching the borders now that they might get sick if somebody with the disease sneaks through.

On the bright side, at least something knocked pirates off the front page for a couple of days.

Oh, and I don’t have a column today. Took the weekend off and just relaxed. I don’t think I’ve missed a Monday column since 2002, and I think that makes me the Lou Gehrig of “right wing extremists.”

Enjoy the Monday all, and stay away from anybody who looks ill. Mickey Rourke’s gonna be lonely today.

A Tortured Counter-Offer for Hannity to Consider

Charles Grodin appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program last week and asked Hannity if he’d agree to be waterboarded (since Sean’s not against the practice as a CIA interrogation technique). Hannity said, half-jokingly I imagine, that he’d do it for charity.

Enter Keith Olbermann, who has offered to pay $1,000 for every second Hannity is waterboarded.

I’d like to up the torture ante now and offer Hannity $1,250 for every second he can stand to watch Keith Olbermann’s show — a practice so horrific that it has been banned at Gitmo. I’m guessing Hannity chooses the waterboard.

To be fair, a similar offer goes to Olbermann for every second he can go without blaming Bush for everything and foaming at the mouth like he just rear-ended a Burma Shave truck.

As a brief closing observation, at what point did it become conventional wisdom, in the media at least, that if you support certain interrogation techniques, you should be willing to undergo them yourself? Nobody uses the “don’t back it until you’ve tried it” so-called “logic” for any other issue. In other words, I’ve yet to hear Keith Olbermann offer a pro-choicer $1,000 for every second he subjects himself to getting aborted.

Prison Economy Collapsing

Snack prices in Florida prisons have risen, and some aren’t happy about it:

Having to pay more for Honey Buns and other prison snack shop items has made inmates at Florida prisons and their families upset.

The state, which has the nation’s third largest state prison system, raised prices about three weeks ago under a new contract with an outside company. Since then, the department has gotten approximately 60 phone calls and letters from families complaining about the increases.

“The prices have increased dramatically,” one inmate’s family wrote in an e-mail to the department signed “concerned family.” “We have to send money to our loved one and now he can hardly buy anything substantial. Please can we fix this?”

No word on how many families that, rather than sending angry notes to the prison management complaining about the raised prices, instead sent letters to their imprisoned loved ones saying, “Next time stay out of jail, moron.”

And did the author of this story really need to use “Honey Buns” as the example? When you hear that in the joint, they’re not talking about a snack food.

If you couple the increase of snack prices with the skyrocketing cost of cigarettes, the prison economy is reeling.

The Onion has more on this:

Prison Economy Spirals As Price Of Pack Of Cigarettes Exceeds Two Hand Jobs

Your Saturday Crack-up: Gore Compares Global Warming Deniers to Madoff

The asininity is almost too much to bear. Here’s Al Gore telling Congress yesterday (also read “The Thrilla in Vanilla”) that global warming deniers are “like Bernie Madoff, they lied to the people who trusted them in order to make money.”

Oh… my… God. I’ll give Al credit — he’s got balls the size required to hold all his bullshit.

I’m a global warming “denier” by Al’s definition. If Gore can tell me exactly how I’m making money off that and how that makes me like Bernie Madoff, I’ll donate a few bucks to the “Alliance for Climate Protection” — one of the ventures that has allowed Gore to go from a net worth of $2 million when he left the vice-presidency, to a worth of well over $100 million based on ignorance, blind faith, misinformation and gullibility… just like Ber… oh, nevermind.

Here’s Gore in all his pasty, desperate-to-keep-the-scam-going glory:

(h/t PoliticusUSA)