‘Twas the day ’fore Election, when all through the House
Not a creature was stirring, not even a louse;
The ads had been run, the voices were still,
And the campaigns weren’t thinking of paying the bill.
The voters were lined up in neat little rows
With IDs in pockets and ready to show.
Obama was still Chief, and Biden VP,
Pelosi demoted, Boehner #3.
When over at Logarchism arose such a clatter,
I flew to the keyboard to add to the natter.
I opened the homepage and saw ’twas Disqus
That damnable program that readers all cuss.
It seems Mitt Romney has no shortage of ways or days in which he puts his (webbed?) foot in his mouth. In today’s edition, Mother Jones reports that he stated during a fundraiser that
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax…[M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
Apparently, a platypus such as myself — who pays a significant amount in federal income taxes every year and receives no direct payments from the federal government, yet will vote for President Obama — does not exist. I have to hand it to our local conservative anthropologist, filistro, who recently pointed out this meme in the comments.
The saddest part of this is how that statement wasn’t from Eric Erickson, or Grover Norquist, or Michele Bachmann. Those people are notorious for making outrageous statements. But none of them are on the ballot in November, in no small part because of making those sorts of statements. Romneyis on the ballot. What does this say about him?
Pauly sees frequent complaints from conservative commenters on this site: he’s accused of presiding over a “left-wing echo chamber” that airs only a liberal/progressive/Socialist worldview. So it is that Pauly wonders if any of the liberal commenters find this analysis offensive:
Rural residents are forced to become conservatives and Fascists if they’re not that way from the outset. That statement includes small farmholders who typically would otherwise embrace a sense of belonging and common purpose in other settings. Put the rural Kansas farmer in charge of prosperity and growth and they’ll turn a sense of community into the Wild West frontier faster than you can say Dodge City — not because they’re intolerant, but because their isolated rural world becomes the center of their universe. Things like “freedom” become so important to these farmers, and then that “freedom” has to be defended at all costs (we need our guns!) and once defended, individualism has to be aligned with the “vision” of the farming community.
Now that Pauly has thoroughly offended you, go read this commentary and see how you feel about it.
Pauly is often baffled by the behavior of Homo sapiens. Take Columbus Day, for example. Here we have people in the United States, celebrating an Italian who was paid by the Spaniards for “discovering” the Caribbean islands. He never set foot on any of the land that would encompass the fifty United States. What on earth, then, does this day have to do with the United States?
Nonetheless, in 1892, President Benjamin Harrison declared October 12, 1892 to be Columbus Day, in honor of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus landing on a small island northeast of Cuba. Fourteen years later, it became an official state holiday in Colorado. It finally became a federal holiday in 1937.
That few people get the day off is perhaps appropriate, given how tangential the day’s importance is with respect to the history of the United States. That anyone in the US gets the day off at all, though, is a mystery to Pauly.
For all you political and citizenship wonks out there (and if you’re not one of those, why are you reading this?), our pet political platypus has discovered a quiz for you to take, enjoy, and discuss.
Pauly did rather well — but then, Pauly is a political animal. Some of the questions are easy, some are hard. Many are matters of fact, and a few are matters of history. Perhaps some could be argued as opinions rather than objective reality. We could argue about them endlessly (and you’re invited to!)
Here is the quiz. Go on. You know you want to!
From the website, sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute:
The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the following test was 49%; college educators scored 55%. Can you do better?
Here’s your chance to find out if you know more than they do!
- Take the Civics Knowledge Quiz! (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
Pauly has quite an eye for the ladies. As you know, he adores Sarah Palin…but he’s also a huge fan of Lady Gaga. After all, what platypus wouldn’t love a girl who wears a meat dress to an official function? Though Pauly loyally maintains that Sarah Palin, that famous hunter, carnivore, and purveyor of red meat, would also have not hesitated to wear a meat dress in public if she’d thought of it first and realized how much publicity it would generate.
So Pauly was delighted to read that Lady Gaga is helping science by assisting in a study of movement that concentrates on the movement patterns of cockroaches. This story appeals to Pauly on a number of levels. First of all, he actually considers cockroaches quite a tasty treat if he’s able to catch them. Secondly, the idea of roaches rocking tirelessly to “Bad Romance” is just so cute. And finally, he really likes that linked image of Lady Gaga in fishnet tights.
- Lady Gaga: Current Queen of Collaborations (newsroom.mtv.com)
- TPaw knows his Lady Gaga (politico.com)
- Roaches Love Dancing to Lady Gaga (abcnews.go.com)
- Turns out that roaches are Lady Gaga fans (oldstersview.wordpress.com)