Friday, June 10, 2011

6-10-11: Perry's Praying for America, a Tax Cut Anniversary, and an American Werewolf in Ohio

So, folks, what have you been reading about most in the news? We'll take a guess, but first, here's Merriam-Webster's definition of 'distraction': The act of distracting or the state of being distracted; especially: mental confusion or something that distracts; especially: amusement . What story could this possibly relate to?

Darn-it, Weiner! Thanks for showing us the true colors of the
distinguished mainstream media! Well, enough about Weiner-gate. There's a lot going on that you might have missed, had you been tuned into Wolf Blitzer or Greta van Susteren!

We're looking forward to next week or the week after...


Senate Democrats - well, most of them - are standing united against their GOP colleagues on changes to Medicaid. Republicans have proposed using block grants and caps on Medicaid as part of their deficit-reduction package. 41 Democrats signed a letter to the President, urging him not to waver in the upcoming battle.

TR petekingGreat American Pete King has scheduled a second hearing on Muslim radicalization in the United States. The hearing, scheduled for next Wednesday, will be "a deliberate and thoughtful examination" of a very important issue. So that means no show-boating, right?

Our great nation is in crisis. So much so, according to Rick Perry, that he's invited everyone to a fancy prayer session thingy in August. Your Response? Will this be part of a campaign kick-off tour?

The first GOP Presidential debate is this coming Monday. We're hoping Michele, Herman and Ron stick to their schedules, because without them, we'd probably be snoring.

The Week That Was

Sarah Palin concluded her menacing bus circus tour over the weekend, much to our dismay. A little hint while you're watching her new video: Turn off that distracting sound. It's totally psychedelic! A while back, we heard rumors that our beloved Alaska Governor was interested in tea and TR palintourcrumpets with Margaret Thatcher. Well, it seems the latter considers the former a bit of a nut and has declined. Who would have guessed?

Abandon ship! A max exodus has occurred over at the Newt Gingrich for President campaign. Rumor is the staff didn't take his week-plus long Mediterranean vacation very well. The former Speaker is 're-launching' his campaign in that librul bastion of Los Angeles. This will go over well with grassroots conservatives! Who is the immediate beneficiary of Newt's implosion? Rick Perry.

Happy ten-year anniversary to the Bush tax cuts! As we mark this special occasion, let's have a look at what could have been done with $2.5 trillion. The 'common sense' conservative Republicans are no more. While we're on the subject, T-Paw is proud to announce his tax-cut plan, which, if enacted, would add a whopping $7.8 trillion to the deficit over ten years. And, yes, under this plan, everyone but the wealthy receives a paddling. That's the truth.

Shocking: The U.S. Senate voted against the Big Banks this week by rejecting a six-month delay on debit card swipe fees. We're not living in an alternate reality, are we? 45 senators couldn't bring it on themselves to side with the little people. Shame.

TR wallowfireThousands of Arizonans have fled from a massive fire that has burned more than 400,000 acres in the eastern part of the state. The Wallow fire is only 5% contained, but firefighters say weakened winds will work in their favor over the weekend. Stay safe, everyone!

The United States is ramping up its military operations in Yemen. You heard that right: We're conducting airstrikes in yet another country. This time our enemies are militants with links to al-Qaeda. The campaign had been on hold because of widespread protests that threatened Yemen's ruling regime. Ha ha, what are we doing there now?

Are You Not Entertained?

Bill Press has some great tips for beginners interesting in pursuing a career in the press. Great name, BTW.

Comedians are having tons of fun with Weiner-gate, including Jon Stewart. Ouch. Let's leave the real news to them.
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Reviews are glowing for JJ Abram's new science fiction thriller, Super 8. A Star Trek sequel is also around the corner. Hooray for the geeks!

Biebs might be Canadian at heart, but he says he's fond of country music. This confession coming at the Country Music Television Awards, of course. There's still hope for you, yet, country-lovin' tweens!

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck officially endorsed Alec Baldwin for a so-far unannounced campaign to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Hey, at least its not The Donald putting in his two cents.

Interweb Tomfoolery

This week in American crime: Sheffield Township deputies arrested a man for under-aged drinking. The twenty-year-old claimed to have been scratched by a wolf, while blacking out whenever the moon rises. Too much Twilight, people.TR phonewater

The Federal Communications Commission has released a new report which paints a bleak picture for local communities and the lack of coverage provided by newspapers and other media. The rise of digital technology and reduction of newsroom staffs are primarily to blame.

Oopsies. How many times have you dropped your phone in water? Dry, uncooked rice can be a lifesaver, if it works. Please don't try this rescue plan until you've actually had an accident.

Here's a novel time-waster: Textify it.

Out on the Town

Take part in the final days of the DC Jazz Festival. Jazz on the National Mall returns this year with Toby Foyeh & Orchestra Africa, Claudia Acuna Quintet, Frederic Yonnet, Roy Hargrove's RH Factor and the Eddie Palmieri All-Star Salsa Orchestra. Also, the D.C. Jazz Loft series features music at Red Door and Subterranean A.

Tomorrow, come out and enjoy music from local bands at the Mount Pleasant Music Fest. Virginia Beach will be hosting Hardee's Latin Fest all day today and Saturday.

Watch your favorite SNL guests at the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival. Billy Crystal in City Slickers is tonight's feature.

Want to learn how to cook a multi-course Italian meal? Don't we all! The location and top Washington chef are a mystery until you reserve a spot.TR shakespeare

The Washington Shakespeare Company is selling extra costumes and props at its theater yard sale in Arlington. Looking forward to Halloween, anyone?

For three hours on Saturday, view (and buy?) art masterpieces at the 2nd Saturday Art Walk.

The Indigo Girls are at Wolftrap this Sunday.

It's an all-in-one event at the Embassy of Kazahkstan next Thursday. Dinner, drinks, music, and even a diplomatic Q & A with the Ambassador.

Finally, for the politicos: Help The Washington Post decipher the prose of Sarah Palin. You must be 18 or over to participate! Just kidding.


Thanks to hard news outlets, such as CNN and Fox News, the Anthony Weiner story is going to stick around for a while. As predicted many months ago, Newt's campaign is pretty much done for, but Rick Perry could be in it for real.

Stay cool,


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