When Rick Gorka, Romney’s traveling press secretary, heard reporters asking Mitt Romney questions in Poland (Romney doesn’t take media questions while on junket), he told them to “Kiss my ass, this is a holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.” He then told Politico’s Jonathan Martin to “shove it.”
It’s further proof that Romney likes to surround himself with third-raters like Donald Trump and Ted Nugent.
Romney Aide Rick Gorka To Reporters: ‘Kiss My A–‘.
Ohio Congressman Steven LaTourette has decided against running for reelection because the House of Representatives “no longer encourages the finding of common ground.”
Given that he was elected with the 1995 Gingrich wave, you’d think that LaTourette was some kind of knee-jerk conservative. But according to Wikipedia:
- On Thursday, March 17, 2011 LaTourette became one of only seven Republicans who voted “NO” on a measure introduced in the US House of Representatives to strip all government funding from NPR. (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll192.xml)
- On June 28, 2012, LaTourette was one of only two Republicans (along with Scott Rigell of Virginia) who voted against a motion to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his handling of the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal. (http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/112/house/2/441)
Maybe the current tea party mentality was finally too much for the guy.
via GOP Rep. LaTourette announces retirement – SFGate.
“Historically, if you’re not in trouble after five years of being a medical examiner in Tennessee, you’re an outlier,” said Nashville attorney Dan Warlick.
via Tenn. has Troubled History With Medical Examiners – Memphis Daily News.
In Minnesota, Illinois and California, playground equipment that’s being replaced gets donated to other countries. It’s good for the environment, and it’s today’s UN-BiteMe.
Used Twin Cities play sets go where fun is in short supply | StarTribune.com.
“Fire officials said 21 people at an event hosted by motivational speaker Tony Robbins suffered burns while walking across hot coals and three of the injured were treated at hospitals.”
On the other hand, if this event had been run by James Arthur Ray, those 21 people would be dead rather than just burned.
21 burned in walk over hot coals at Robbins event – Yahoo! News.
Reader of this blog know that we don’t think much of Mayor Bloomkberg, but his challenge to both Presidential candidates to stand up and say what they’ll do about gun control in the wake of the Denver shootings is breathtaking.
Batman shooting: Bloomberg urges gun control after Colorado attack.
Hope Yen of the AP has written a fine little essay on the varying definitions of “middle class.”
[Original link, now broken: http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2012/07/18/ap/headlines/us_defining_middle_class.txt]
SPIN METER: ‘Middle class’ turns fuzzy in politics
One of Mitt Romney’s key advisers, former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu recently lashed out against President Obama, saying “I wish the president would learn how to be an American.”
Sununu later issued a tepid retraction, but Mitt Romney has refused to disavow the attack.
via Romney campaign says Obama should learn to be an American | Reuters.
It’s “heads I win, tails you lose” at the Golden Nugget. When the casino put an unshuffled deck into play, some customers caught on and increased their bets. The casino knew something was amiss, but kept the game going, trying to figure out who was “cheating.” They arrested three players and wouldn’t pay some of the winners. Now they’ve filed suit against 14 suckers.
For running a brace game, the Golden Nugget can Bite me.
“A man would act more rationally and correctly to burn his money than to bet it on faro.” — reformed gambler Jonathan Green, 1853
Disputed mini-baccarat game at Golden Nugget prompts lawsuit – pressofAtlanticCity.com: Atlantic City News.
“Yes, if Romney wins the White House and his Republican allies retake the Senate, he could shred most of President Barack Obama’s health care law without having to overpower a Democratic filibuster. But it won’t be as easy as some Republicans portend, and it certainly won’t be quick.
“Why? Because any realistic effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act — as opposed to last week’s quixotic vote in the GOP-controlled House — is sure to get jumbled together with lots of other issues, including Medicare, taxes, food stamps and defense spending.
“And that’s because Republicans have to first pass a budget.”
(I read Andrew Taylor’s article “Repealing Obama’s health care law won’t be easy” in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle Online. [http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2012/07/16/ap/headlines/us_repealing_obamacare_for_real.txt] but the link is now dead. It appears that the AP pulls their articles after a few days.)