Wednesday, March 23, 2011

MAD Magazine vs. Mad Man Obama

MAD Magazine takes potshots at Barack Obama's TelePrompter dependence, middle name, birth place, and former pastor in a new article, "How Barack Obama stacks up to the other 42 presidents."

While George Washington's "head was carved into Mt. Rushmore, Obama's head was sculpted into a Chia Pet," the article starts.

John Adams "got lost on his way to go live in the White House. Obama successfully reached the White House, but has been lost ever since."

"Before [Andrew] Jackson, there had never been a president born west of the Appalachian Mountains. Before Obama, there had never been a president born … wherever it was he was born."

About James Madison, Mad wrote, "Madison's wife introduced ice cream to the White House. Obama's wife introduced a vegetable garden. Seriously? Come on ... "

Obama's campaign slogan of "Yes We Can" also was in the bull's-eye: About John Tyler, Mad said, "The campaign phrase 'Tippecanoe and Tyler Too' is every bit as vague and irrelevant as 'Yes We Can.'"

The magazine had no qualms suggesting that Obama will not win re-election. About Grover Cleveland was this: "Cleveland is the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. There's no certainty Obama will even want to run in 2016."

About Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "FDR stood up to Germany and Japan. Obama can't even stand up to Mitch McConnell.

About Millard Fillmore, Mad joked, "While in Europe, Fillmore had an audience with Pope Pius IX. Obama, meanwhile, was in the audience during Jeremiah Wright's tirades."

George H.W. Bush: "Bush paved the way for his oldest son to become President. At this rate, Obama's paving the way for another Bush son to become President."

Gerald Ford: "Ford declared that 'our long national nightmare is over.' Obama would never say that, knowing our current nightmare still has several years to go."

Jimmy Carter: "Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with Habitat for Humanity. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize because ... uhhhh ... help us out here."

On Martin Van Buren: "Van Buren was the first president to be born an American citizen. Obama was the first president to bust his lip open playing a pickup game of basketball."

On Benjamin Harrison: "Harrison was considered one of the best extemporaneous speakers of his day. Obama is considered one of the best Teleprompter readers of his day."

On Herbert Hoover: "As we go to press, angry poor people have not yet set up 'Obamavilles.'"
Read more at World Net Daily.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Bottle, A Girl, and A Flashmob

Now, I'll think twice about picking up that loose plastic bottle. Thanks a lot, flashmob!

You Tube

Translation: Every year, 1,479,000,000 pounds of plastic are produced worldwide - Every year, 400,000,000 refundable bottles are not being recycled in Quebec - 46,000 pieces of plastic are floating on every square mile of our oceans - 91% of Quebecers care about the environment. Do you?

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Sunday, March 20, 2011



A group of Somali pirates announced Sunday that they're cutting their asking prices for hostages by 20 percent -- to speed up the negotiation process, make room for more hostages and take in more cash.

"We want to free ships within a short period of time instead of keeping [hostages] for a long time and incurring more expenses in guarding them. We have to free them at a lower ransom so that we can hijack more ships," Reuters quoted one pirate spokesman as saying.

When the European Union's anti-piracy task force last took count on 1 March, Somali pirates were holding around 30 ships and 659 hostages. And, at an average ransom of about $5.4 million a ship, (£3.37 million) that's a pretty sweet deal for pirates, who raked in an estimated haul of around $238 million last year.

Apparently, it's not as efficient as it could be to take care of all of those hostages during the increasingly lengthy negotiation process. So, pirates are willing to take a 20 percent hit on ransoms to speed things up and make room for yet more hijack victims.
h/t NPR, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

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