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Breaking: Charlie Rangel Expelled from House of Representatives

The Huffington Post reports Congressman Charlie Rangel (Dem, NY15) was booted from the US House of Representatives late Thursday for wearing a LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers Jersey on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

As he was escorted off the floor by the Sgt at Arms, Congressman Rangel flipped the Bird to the Florida Delegation and yelled, “Eat me Nancy Pelosi!.”

Updates to come…

Helen Thomas Named US Ambassador to Arizona

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs today defended the administration’s decision to name Helen Thomas as US Ambassador to Arizona by calling it a classic case of making lemons into lemonade.

Reading from prepared notes, Gibbs said Ambassador Thomas’ first official action would be to visit Arizona to invite Arizonans of  Euro-American decent to re-emigrate to the United States.

Smiling, the slyly humorous Mister Gibbs said Ambassador Thomas is free to use her own language to express the Administration’s position towards encouraging certain citizens of Arizona to repatriate to America.

Bonus Nursery Rhyme from @govkainebrow:

Hamas Helen Puddin & Pie kissed Hamas & her Credibility byebye.

When her Mouth comes out to play AntiSemitism Rules the Day…

#tcot #israel

“What’s the Matter with Karachi?” is new Thomas Frank Book

“These Pakistani citizen’s are living the American dream so why do they insist on voting Jihadi?,” asks Thomas Frank rhetorically in his new LibLogic Book release, “What’s The Matter With Karachi?

As Ezra Klein said on his WaPo blog, losing his house to foreclosure is what pushed Faisal Shazad into a Jihadi fury.  He learned how to self-loathe like any good progressive ‘merican citizen.

But enough opinion journalism, let’s get to some quality hard news reporting from one of the Dinosaur Media as CBS news reported on the story of the motivations of the Times Square Bomber with straight-faced journalistic panache  & integrity:

Faisal Shahzad’s Motive Shrouded in Mystery

Man who Admits Plot to Explode Bomb-Rigged SUV in Times Square Spent Decade in U.S. on Path to Respectability

(link: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/05/national/main6462351.shtml?tag=cbsContent;cbsCarousel)

My sides hurt with credible laughter… But wait there’s more Pulitzer quality investigative work from CBS to report:

Sources tell CBS News there is no evidence Shahzad was part of a broader plot. But investigators are very interested in Shahzad’s recent stay in Pakistan – he was there for several months – and the FBI wants to find out who else he had contact with, reports CBS News Justice correspondent Bob Orr.

The juxtaposition of the first two sentences is Colbert-esque in it’s irony.  Of course, there is ABSOLUTELY no connection between the Times Square Bomb attempt and the recent stay in Pakistan.  None whatsoever.

At times like this I almost miss having Dan Rather to kick around…

Frank Rich Fingers The Original Tea Party Racists…

December 16, 1763 was the date of The Original Boston Tea Party.

The following day, December 17, 1763, the Boston Chronicle published the now universally famous essay “Welcome to Colonial History Month” penned by the talented Tory inkstained scribe, Sir Francis Rich.

Rich’s incisive essay no doubt changed the course of Colonial history in the Americas and is still taught in Freshman Journalism class at the King’s Ivy League schools to this day.

In the piece, Rich correctly identifed the Original Tea Party crew as racists for dressing like Injuns to dump crates of legal, lightly taxed tea into Boston Harbor in a faux protest driven by their misguided desire to demonize the King of England.

In his most famous passage, Sir Rich spoke Truth to the Usurpers of Power:

How our current spike in neo-Colonial rebellion will end is unknown. It’s unnerving that Tea Party leaders and the so-called Sons of Liberty now aim to create a new volunteer militia that, as Prime Minister Lord North has put it, would use as yet mysterious means to “help defend against what they believe are illegal and improper infringements by the Crown on Colonial sovereignty.”

This is the same ideology that animated Guy Fawkes, whose attempted strike against the so-called ‘tyrannical’ King’s government will reach its 165th anniversary on Monday in the same city where Parliament meets.

Once correctly educated by Rich, the loyal subjects of Massachusetts united in a backlash against the Tea Partiers.  The deceptively named Sons of Liberty were arrested and prosecuted including ringleader Samuel Adams. 

Upon his release from gaol, Samuel Adams was publicly forced to imbibe copious amounts of his own illegal home brew before being tarred, feathered and ridden from town on a rail  — but not before being levied for the full amount of alcohol taxes due by his Majesty’s tax collector, Sir Timothy Geithner.

As teachers and students know well, the loyal subjects of Massachusetts learned the correct lesson from this episode, including many commoners who may have been initially snookered by the heated rhetoric of Adams et al. 

The good people of Massachusetts rejected the false promises of the Sons Of Liberty and have remained true to the Crown to this day.

With his characteristic wit and insight, Sir Francis forestalled a potential Revolution in the Americas– and no doubt saved The Colonies from a descent into the inevitable chaos of Democracy and Individual Liberty.

 

And that boys and girls is today’s lesson in Progressive Revisionist History…

Aside:  Samuel Adams was once quoted as saying, “I know Lord Charles Blow and Charles Blow is no Crispus Attucks.”

satirical inspiration from this @GovKaineBrow tweet:

HISTORY REVISED: Tories brand the ORIGINAL Tea Party crew as racists for dressing like Injuns & forestall the American Revolution… #tcot

11:51 AM  April 19  via web

 

NJ TeaParty Prays For Obama’s Death…

… well, not really.

It was actually the Bergen County Education Association that prayed for the death of Governor Chris Christie. But it’s a joke doncha know!

Here’s the prayer as reported in the Bergen County Record:

“Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”

Those silly teachers in Bergen county sure know how to pull a leg!

I’m guessing one of those highly qualified AP English teachers who knows a thing or two about Jonathan Swift and Mark Twain penned the prayer. It takes someone smart to ink quality satire like that.

So let’s have a TRUE Teachable Moment: substitute Barack Obama for Chris Christie and then pretend the author was the New Jersey TeaParty instead of Bergen County Education Association.

Now imagine the howls of outrage… Too bad David Shuster is getting the boot from MSNBC because he would’ve run with this story.

Here’s the short link to full article: http://bit.ly/bvZvlh

(hat tip to my #tems pal @cubachi for the heads up on this one)

Breaking: MSNBC reports Harry Reid Rewrites Senate HC Bill

David Shuster of MSNBC is reporting that Harry Reid has rewritten the Senate version of the Health Care Reform bill to make Ticklish a pre-existing condition…