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Oh, no. Oh, HELLS, no! Did you see this thing? Obama’s weekly address this week?

It was all about how “some people” in Congress are putting party ahead of enacting the glorious Obama agenda, blah blah blah. But — get this — he had himself photographed sitting in front of a shelf of jam jars and a sack of potatoes in some general store in flyover country. Oh, just read:

Hello from the Country Corner Farm in Alpha, Illinois! For the past few days, I’ve been traveling to small towns and farm towns here in the heartland of this country. I sat down with small business owners in Gutenberg, Iowa; and ranchers and farmers in Peosta. I had lunch with veterans in Cannon Falls, Minnesota; and talked to plant workers at a seed distributor in Atkinson, Illinois. And to the girls volleyball team at Maquoketa High School, let me just say one thing: Go Cardinals.

He said “Go Cardinals” with all the enthusiasm of “dose of clap.”

Saying words like “Peosta” and “Cannon Falls” and whatever other goofy-ass placenames you sister-fucking hayseeds call your hopeless, tragic dead-end cowtowns, automagically transforms him into Populist Man. Can’t you feel it?

Country Corner. Small towns. Farm towns. Heartland. Small business owners. Ranchers. Farmer. Veterans. Plant workers. Seed distributor. Dang, there’s more ersatz cornpone stuffed into that one paragraph than a whole fucking season of Hee Haw.

Oh, but this is the best bit: they released the video on the 20th, two days after he jetted away to his $50,000 a week getaway home at Martha’s Vineyard. You know, the vacation everybody’s talking about.

Be-yoo-ti-ful.

By the way, he managed to sound fairly upbeat, but somehow every screengrab I took, he looked like he was sucking a lemon.

sock it to me

Comments


Comment from Andy
Time: August 22, 2011, 10:51 pm

>> Dang, there’s more ersatz cornpone stuffed into that one paragraph than a whole fucking season of Hee Haw.

Poetry

 


Comment from Randy Rager
Time: August 22, 2011, 10:53 pm

I don’t want to hear from the President every week. Hell, unless we’re at war (real live Congressionally declared state of war with national mobilization, the draft, etc.), I don’t want to hear from him more than twice a year.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 22, 2011, 11:22 pm

I don’t know why they do it. Nobody ever watches or listens to the radio address, do they?

Who started it? I mean, I know FDR did, but that was just in wartime, wasn’t it?

 


Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: August 23, 2011, 12:23 am

Her Stoatship hits it out of the ballpark and into next county. That is a Damascene razor wit indeed. 😉 😉 😉

favreau must be indisposed; obungwa must have taken some leftover notes that dan cottonpickin rather wrote for joe goshdarn bidet. Obungwa probably thought about jazzin it up for his homeys in compton and southside chimpago by weaving a paragraph about arugula brioche and monkfish cheeks he had in the back of napa auto parts in sparrowfart, nebraska.

Yo, matafakazz, my bus be havin 60″ spinner rimz. Tha cungress they bad. Tha cungress be bad, yo.

I am savoring every waking minute of this bizarre affirmative akshun clown. Prezident herbert elizondo camacho mountain dude from idiocracy is downright jeffersonian compared to this baboon turd from tanganika via indonesia.

 


Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: August 23, 2011, 1:28 am

Have you guys seen the Drudge Report page today? everything on it, (no exceptions that I could see at the time,) is pointing to the fact that were screwed. This presidential attempted (and massive failure ) fluff piece was just the icing on the shit cake. Man, I hate mondays.

P.S., For not being involved in Libya we sure are spending alot of money on our troops in Libya.

 


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 23, 2011, 1:31 am

Re: FDR – That bahstahd gave his famous Fireside Chat radio broadcasts in 1933 and 34. He did it 30 times, which is at least 30 too many, but at least he eventually stopped.

Who needs syrup of ipecac when we have 0?

 


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 23, 2011, 1:40 am

@Mono The Elderish — Drudge did pick up on the fact that the price of gold climbed to well over $1,900/oz. (it’s a little under that at the moment). For those who started a buying program of the lovely yellow stuff some years back, that was quite satisfactory news.

Of course, in keeping with the “we’re screwed” topic (we are), that also means that the dollar is going down the toilet.

 


Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: August 23, 2011, 1:52 am

Well, Those people who bought all the gold better hope that it’s all in their house and that it’s all small linked chain. otherwise their just as screwed as the rest of us. Since, I doubt that you can buy food with gold bars.

And, yeah, toilets. Damn porcelain.

(slightly OT, has anyone heard anything new on this?

http://www.eutimes.net/2011/06/china-wants-to-build-a-50-square-mile-city-in-the-us/)

 


Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: August 23, 2011, 2:01 am

sorry, bad link, *sigh* this one should be better. http://tinyurl.com/3tlkesr

 


Comment from dawn
Time: August 23, 2011, 2:20 am

Speaking of be-yoo-ti-ful…

Seriously. No one could have expressed this any better.

I just kept nodding my head, thinking EXACTLY!

EXACTAMUNDO.

 


Comment from Oceania
Time: August 23, 2011, 3:56 am

Hey Scube!

Stay out of the Rain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJCRmaIDCQE

 


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 23, 2011, 4:09 am

@Mono The Elderish — Well, Those people who bought all the gold better hope that it’s all in their house and that it’s all small linked chain. otherwise their just as screwed as the rest of us. Since, I doubt that you can buy food with gold bars.

Quite right. Gold is only helpful so long as The System doesn’t crap out completely, which is always possible. For day-to-day purchases, I have a large bag of pre-1965 (90% silver) dimes. But that is also helpful only up to a point. After that I have guns, ammo, camping/survival gear, food and water supplies, seeds, land, and a surrounding region with deer, turkeys, squirrels, and other edible game. Oh, and trustworthy friends, an essential before all other essentials.

I expect The System to get very shaky but not quite collapse, but I’m at least somewhat prepared for the worst.

 


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: August 23, 2011, 4:34 am

I live in Colorado, flash. High background counts are a fact of life here.

 


Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: August 23, 2011, 4:44 am

@Uncle Al,

Yeah, those are handy, You can use them for cursory water purification as well. I’ve also found having a couple board games around the house can be a life saver as well (I’m partial to monopoly, risk, and good ole fashioned chess.) since having a good moral is essential. Also, as my father would say, “Every move has a counter-move.” A person has to constantly re-evaluate his situation or risk having stuff slip under the radar. (like a bunch of squatters in the forest eating your game.) While I really hope it doesn’t come to that, It’s best to prepare for everything while using a threat matrix to prioritize the most likely. And, Looking at the current leadership, It wouldn’t surprise me to see a full collapse. Hopefully the next guy is better.

 


Comment from Flashy
Time: August 23, 2011, 5:33 am

Nice dredging spots in Colo.
We’re detecting it on food grown in the USA imported here, especially citrus. One of my reasons for coming home – it’s def not background. More and more of these vids are popping up :)

 


Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: August 23, 2011, 1:53 pm

Hells Bells, its not just “background” counts around here. There was a small, active uranium deposit being mined west of here right where I-70 cuts thru the hogback heading west to ski country. Evidently, it was low grade and not worth the work.

Scuba…you might have heard about it.

NO ONE…and I mean not one local politician sez one word about it. Way to much of a environmental nightmare. It gets discussed in hushed, tavern conversations by the knowledgeable minions at the School of Mines in Golden.

 


Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: August 23, 2011, 2:19 pm

OH!! — as for the current occupant of the White House, I pray for him daily.

I pray that David’s words written in Psalm 109, verses 6 and 7 be fulfilled:

When he is judged, let him be found guilty,
Let his appeal be in vain.

Let his days be few,
And let another take his office

 


Comment from Statler & Waldorf, LLP
Time: August 23, 2011, 2:46 pm

Radiation… Crisp ions give the fresh scent of sliced cucumber, put a gleam in the eye, bounce in step, velvety fur on the chest, and opalescent sheen to nipple discharge.

We are not a praying sort, but it is mandatory to be literate in magic incantations and chants of your opponent. After exhausting available ordnance, sometimes your opponent’s superstition is the last arrow in your quiver.

The verse for today is Talmud Gittin 57a.
Generations of furry rabbis find intricate ways to translate to audience that it does not mean what it says.

 


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: August 23, 2011, 5:20 pm

Apparently his approval rating is cratering, and honestly I don’t see any way out of this one for the president. I think the Obama team had a theory that probably was true: keep approval ratings above a certain level or you can’t climb out of the deficit. Approval ratings don’t mean much to me but they seem to matter to voters.

 


Comment from Oldcat
Time: August 23, 2011, 5:29 pm

At least Hee Haw didn’t take itself seriously, unlike Mr Best Prezident Evar.

 


Comment from Oldcat
Time: August 23, 2011, 5:32 pm

The other problem with stocking up on Gold was in the last Depression, FDR made holding gold illegal. Not a lot of reason to think they won’t play that card again.

 


Comment from Truman North
Time: August 23, 2011, 5:47 pm

I rarely have an idea for an editorial cartoon, which is just as well, since I can’t draw. But you might be able to whip this one up:

The scene: Martha’s Vineyard Auto

Two busses, up on blocks.

Bus one labelled “US Economy”

Bus two labelled “Obama 2012”

Obama on his back under the “Obama 2012” bus

The caption: “Recovery Summer”

Best regards, Stoats!

 


Comment from Ric Locke
Time: August 23, 2011, 6:02 pm

Oldcat, I don’t think that’s a big concern.

In those days the currency was “backed” by gold, that is, you could take your money to the bank and get the equivalent in gold. All the deficit spending was worrying people, and many of them were taking the option, so the pile in Ft. Knox was shrinking fast — and “current account” balances (foreign trade) were cleared in gold. If the run on gold had continued, the US wouldn’t be able to participate in world trade.

Nowadays the only backing for the currency is the full faith and credit of the United States (most other countries the same) and current accounts aren’t cleared at all. They’d have to monetize it again before they’d need to seize it.

Regards,
Ric

 


Comment from Mark Matis
Time: August 23, 2011, 6:30 pm

Ric, they understand that gold can be used in lieu of the “…full faith and credit of the United States Government…” and will act to take that option away. I expect that our fine friends in “Law Enforcement” are in for some interesting times in the not-too-distant future.

FedGov has already gone here:
http://mintnewsblog.com/2011/08/all-us-mint-numismatic-gold-coins-suspended/

I don’t expect that the pigs will be very far behind.

 


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 23, 2011, 6:41 pm

Totally OT, but. . . there was a quake in Virginia that allegedly caused the evacuation of the Pentagon. Wow! I only know because it hit my region as well, only in a very mild form.

 


Comment from Oldcat
Time: August 23, 2011, 7:14 pm

Ric – even in the 30s they could have gone off the gold standard without making holding gold except for some old gold coins by collectors illegal. They ended up doing both.

 


Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: August 23, 2011, 8:06 pm

Completely off topic Stoatie, but I found this today, laughed, and had to share:

“How many hungry weasels could your body feed?”

http://theoatmeal.com/quiz/weasels/

Let’s just say I think the weasel population will owe me, bigtime, and leave it at that.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 23, 2011, 8:10 pm

Hahaha…I’ve done that quiz! Weasels shall not go hungry around here, either.

 


Comment from Oceania
Time: August 23, 2011, 10:58 pm

“NO ONE…and I mean not one local politician sez one word about it. Way to much of a environmental nightmare. It gets discussed in hushed, tavern conversations by the knowledgeable minions at the School of Mines in Golden.”

Err most Col mines are not low grade. It will be in your soils, local plants and water big time. As for the tailings … fik. Lets just hope it is not blowing about … pesky alpha emitters.
BTW – Uranyl series ions stick to phosphates of DNA and centrioles like shiit to a blanket … increase your citrate intake to excrete (changes absorbtion rates in collecting duct and nephron hence is excreted) and wash clothes in bicarbonate (A hint from Richard Feynman) to remove uranyl groups as alkali washes make it stick to cotton.
Try to keep your intake looooow. (Water, Food, Air).

 


Comment from Ric Locke
Time: August 24, 2011, 1:40 am

Correct and contributory, even if a little OT.

Who are you, and what have you done with Oceania?

Regards,
Ric

 


Comment from David Gillies
Time: August 24, 2011, 2:14 am

Dunno, RL, that was a bit left-field wasn’t it, but I’ve been around enough sciency/engineeringy types in my life (being one of ’em was a large contributory factor) to know that some can be technically very competent while being mad as a big box full of mad things. Look at Ted Kaczynski, for example (although I reckon half his problem was just signing his surname – if Pat Sajak had gifted him a couple of vowels he might have turned out normal.)

 


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: August 24, 2011, 2:35 am

RL & DG are good blokes! And, well, yeah. Most of us, however barking mad we may be, have competencies and can offer something of value. Glad to hear–from folks who can tell–that this was one of those moments.

 


Comment from Oh Hell
Time: August 24, 2011, 2:40 am

BO looks like he is sucking on lemons because he isn’t the most popular kid on the block anymore. And he can’t take his ball(s) and go home because he never had any in the first place.

 


Comment from Oceania
Time: August 24, 2011, 4:55 am

G’Day Ric!
I’m on the day/afternoon shift, the other character takes over during the Night.
I think his name is Trev.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-fssfdTXdU&playnext=1&list=PL9A743B02DA58B8DE

 


Comment from Mark Matis
Time: August 24, 2011, 11:45 am

Hey, David Gillies, Ted would have been better off with Vanna instead of Pat. Just sayin’…

 


Comment from David Gillies
Time: August 24, 2011, 3:54 pm

I know I’d have been better off with Vanna. Yum.

 


Comment from Mark Matis
Time: August 24, 2011, 5:48 pm

Yeah, yeah, yeah. But would SHE have been better off with you?
}:-]

 


Comment from Mojo
Time: August 25, 2011, 8:24 pm

Face it, this mook couldn’t find water if he fell out of a fuckin’ boat.

 


Comment from Yackums
Time: September 4, 2011, 12:52 pm

Shorter Barack: Hey, watch me do my Sarah Palin impression!

 

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