This posting is a quiz based on recent news stories and will test your ability to discern the correct answers to the questions. Good Luck!
Are you smarter than politicians?
Question 1: Senator John McCain and Senator Tom Coburn recently released a report, Summertime Blues, detailing some of the worst cases of wasted tax dollars. We have almost become immune to these types pet projects that scream WASTE! I don’t know where Sen. Coburn stands on the issue of earmark, but Senator McCain has been steadfast in his fight against them and has refused to participate and we should celebrate his efforts. One of the items on the list was a mere $712,883.00 to build a machine that tells jokes. Here is the test. Which of the following is the machine?
Departing Democrat Representative Eric Massa gave us a behind the scenes look at how the Obama White House runs its business…the Chicago way. Massa’s stories about his encounters with Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel provide detail on what ends this administration will do to achieve its goals. There were plenty of stories about Emanuels’s language, behavior and outbursts, but they were usually tinged with doubt because of the sources. Massa is a Democrat.
The Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb is quoting a Senate aid that White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, has threatened Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson to force his support for the Obamacare Bill. Emanuel is known as a vicious political operative and the story from Goldfarb is that the White House threatened to place the Offut Air Force Base on the official closure list unless Nelson votes for the Democrat heath care takeover.
Insanity is defined as:
- the condition of being insane; a derangement of the mind.
- such unsoundness of mind as affects legal responsibility or capacity.
- extreme folly; senselessness; foolhardiness.
Synonyms: dementia, lunacy, madness, craziness, mania, aberration
What does Einstein think:
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.”
Can you use it in a sentence?
One needs to look no further than Washington D. C. for plenty of examples of insanity.
Peter Paul “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri is a one of the most interesting characters on the Sopranos television series. Paulie is one of the top advisers to the head of the family and is considered one of the most ruthless members. He is considered heartless and volatile which seem to make him a very effective enforcer. He is also part of the inner most circle and perhaps the most trustworthy of Tony Soprano’s crew. Paulie has long been known to desire to move up in the organization.
A while back I posted Divided We Fail, which outlined my theory that politicians want a divided country so they can “rule” with impunity. I am sorry about the quotes, but I cannot bring myself to call what politicians do as ruling or leadership. I have to use the quotation marks to signify my dirision at their efforts.
In the last few days and weeks, there seems to be another campaign, primarily by the President and his followers to provide a distraction. The willing mainstream media made a big deal about how President Obama had a secret meeting with “leading” conservatives in the media. Unfortunately, the meeting was not so secret and the meeting did not include the most conservative voices.
Hopefully by now you have read my review of Bernie Goldberg’s book, Bias. The mainstream (drive by) media cannot seem to differentiate between news and commentary. Maybe I can help. News is what happens and you are supposed to write about. To quote a famous TV show from my youth “The facts ma’am, just the facts.” (the show was Dragnet)
In a Commentary, however, is where you give your opinion. The media can be so cute when they confuse the two. By cute, I mean irritating. The latest example was an article from Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press about the Republican National Committee electing Michael Steele as their national chairman. Mr. Steele happens to be black and is the first black RNC chairman in history.