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"Retarded Grandparents"

Written by a third grader, on what his grandparents do.

After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their
holiday away from school. One child wrote the following:
We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used
to live in a big brick house, but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to
Arizona. Now they live in a tin box and have rocks painted green to look
like grass.
They ride around on their bicycles, and wear name tags, because
they don't know who they are anymore. They go to a building called a wreck
center, but they must have got it fixed because it is all okay now, they do
exercises there, but they don't do them very well.
There is a swimming pool too, but they all jump up and down in it with hats on.
At their gate, there is a doll house with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so
nobody can escape. Sometimes they sneak out, and go cruising in their golf
carts. Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And, they eat the same thing
every night - early birds.
Some of the people can't get out past the man in the doll house. The ones who do get out bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck. My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn
his retardment, and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday
too.
When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the doll house. Then
I will let people out, so they can visit their grandchildren
.

Sarah Palin Urges Newt Vote in Florida, Says Gingrich Will 'Clobber' Obama

Sarah Palin Urges Newt Vote in Florida, Says Gingrich Will 'Clobber' Obama

Sarah Palin is urging Florida voters to vote for Newt Gingrich on Tuesday in their state's Republican primary.

"Vote for Newt," Palin told Jeanine Pirro, host of the Fox News weekend program "Justice with Jeanine."

Palin made a passionate plea for Republican voters to reject Mitt Romney in Florida to keep the primary process going forward.

The former Alaska governor made it crystal clear that she favors former House Speaker Gingrich, suggesting that the Republican establishment in New York and Washington is trying to anoint former Massachusetts Gov. Romney the GOP nominee.

"And I say, you know, you’ve got to rage against the machine at this point in order to defend our republic and save what is good and secure and prosperous about our nation,” Palin said. “We need somebody who is engaged in sudden and relentless reform and is not afraid to shake up the establishment. So, if for no other reason, rage against the machine, vote for Newt, annoy a liberal, vote Newt, keep this vetting process going, keep the debate going.”

Here are key points Palin made on Fox:

read them here:

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/Palin-Gingrich-Florida-Romney/2012/01/29/id/425837

Sarah gives the "Kiss" to Newt for Tuesday's vote. Says he'll be the one to beat the President.

Sarah Palin is urging Florida voters to vote for Newt Gingrich on Tuesday in their state's Republican primary.

"Vote for Newt," Palin told Jeanine Pirro, host of the Fox News weekend program "Justice with Jeanine."

Palin made a passionate plea for Republican voters to reject Mitt Romney in Florida to keep the primary process going forward.

The former Alaska governor made it crystal clear that she favors former House Speaker Gingrich, suggesting that the Republican establishment in New York and Washington is trying to anoint former Massachusetts Gov. Romney the GOP nominee.

"And I say, you know, you’ve got to rage against the machine at this point in order to defend our republic and save what is good and secure and prosperous about our nation,” Palin said. “We need somebody who is engaged in sudden and relentless reform and is not afraid to shake up the establishment. So, if for no other reason, rage against the machine, vote for Newt, annoy a liberal, vote Newt, keep this vetting process going, keep the debate going.”

Here are key points Palin made on Fox:

Read them here

sorry about the source, but I do think this really happened

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/Palin-Gingrich-Florida-Romney/2012/01/29/id/425837

The best "laid" plans - A Judge's dilemma

When it comes to a happy WOW - this is heart stopping and heart warming. Gorillas. Don't miss it.

http://www.youtube.com/v/1eXS0o6r-Wk%26rel%3d0%26hl%3den_US%26feature%3dplayer_embedded%26version%3d3

edited to change punctuation

Mitt Romney borrows Tom Brokaw Broadcast about Gingrich Ethics Violations

In new 30-second Florida TV spot, Boston uses NBC Nightly News footage from January 1997 to detail Gingrich's ethics violations.

NBC’S TOM BROKAW: “Good evening. Newt Gingrich, who came to power, after all, preaching a higher standard in American politics, a man who brought down another Speaker on ethics accusations, tonight he has on his own record the judgment of his peers, Democrat and Republican alike. By an overwhelming vote, they found him guilty of ethics violations; they charged him a very large financial penalty, and they raised – several of them – raised serious questions about his future effectiveness.”


the ad plays here:
http://thepage.time.com/2012/01/28/mitt-borrows-brokaw-to-hit-newt/?xid=thepage_newsletter


The secret is out, here's what President Obama said to Governor Jan Brewer accd to Bill Maher:

-paraphrasing, probably poorly, because I was laughing hard through his whole monologue-

"I had the Navy Seals in the most dangerous country in the world last night, they flew in in the dark, they rescued the hostages, and killed every single one of the pirates. Are you sure you want to keep wagging that finger in my face?"

Mark Foley, Mario Batali, Dana Rohrabacher, Martin Bashir and Kennedy are the guests, and it's on already. Will be repeated at 11 on HBO EST

I must say this monologue was so funny I almost could not stand it.
Do yourself a favor and see it tonight if you can, or don't pass up on seeing a link later. Bill Maher was in rare form, and the happenings this week gave him plenty of fodder tor

Good news about the Polling ability.

From the pen of Skinner to me:
"The polls will come back."


That's all I know. I had occasion to "talk" to him and while I had his attention I asked him to tell me if they would be re-instated, and if not to let us know so our mourning can begin.

The knowledge that they will come makes the waiting easier.
It also means, Mz Pip, that you are on the hook for collecting the entries for "Winter".

Crossing the "teas" in dressing Mrs. Callista Gingrich (Beeler Cartoon)

I must say I like the caricatures, though I can't figure out what, or who, is hiding under the lady's skirt. I guess it could it be a water balloon full of first lady aspirations about to break?"

Gingrich, Offstage by Adam Clymer

January 25, 2012, 10:18 pm

Gingrich, Offstage
By ADAM CLYMER
Those raucous Republicans thrilled by hearing Newt Gingrich denounce the “destructive, vicious, negative nature” of what he often calls the “elite media” during debates might be shocked to watch him on other occasions. He enjoys consorting with the enemy.

The presidential wannabe who has won ovations for attacking Juan Williams and John King plainly likes answering questions from reporters, bantering with them and, far from disdaining all things emanating from The Washington Post or The Times, quotes them as authorities when it suits him.

The amiable side of his relationship with the press may not help his campaign for the White House the way his showy denunciations do, but there is nothing new about either. More than 30 years ago, when he was still just a bumptious backbencher, he was always accessible, eager to explain his attacks on Democrats and sketch his long-term plan for a Republican House.

This continued when he was speaker. You could just wait outside his office and talk with him on his way to the House floor and get his up-to-the-minute reactions, not canned talking points.

He would also hold press conferences to denounce stories he disliked, like one I wrote in 1995 on a New York Times/CBS News Poll showing that “the American public fears plans of the Republicans to curb Medicare spending, scoffs at their tax cut and flatly does not believe that the plan would produce a balanced budget by 2002.”

He called it “a disgraceful example of misinformation” based on “deliberately rigged questions.” But the day after he was as cheerful and responsive as ever when I caught up with him outside his office.

That accessibility, despite his occasional annoyance with a particular article, continues today. As the Times political reporter Jim Rutenberg told me in an e-mail: “Gingrich will dive headlong into a scrum of press that his rivals — well, particularly Romney — will run from. So it was that as a horde of cameras and reporters descended upon him at the State Capitol building in Columbia, S.C., a few days ago, he merrily took every question that came his way, his press aide R.C. Hammond dropping his earlier attempts to shut down reporters asking to interview him. As he well knows by now, Mr. Gingrich often acts as his own press secretary; it was futile.”

Another campaign reporter suggested that the former speaker “rather enjoys answering questions, to show how wise he is.”

There are other explanations, too. Nancy Sinnott Dwight, who ran the House Republican campaign committee in his early years in the House after he arrived in 1979, admired his accessibility to the press, because it “gave him feedback, often challenging, that congressmen hardly ever get from their staffs or colleagues.”

Rich Galen, a press aide when Gingrich was speaker, said that despite what the “on-stage Newt” would say, Gingrich enjoyed “talking to people who are at an elite level” and thought reporters often were among those who qualified.

I once got a sense of his curiosity. In 1992, interviewing him on a plane, I had asked all my questions and we still had time before we landed. So he asked if he could ask me something.

I agreed. He wanted to know how The Times decided what to put on Page 1 and where. (It’s a question reporters sometimes ask, too.) He picked up that day’s paper, and while I did not know specifically about the previous afternoon’s choices, I had been to enough Page 1 meetings to offer educated guesses about why certain articles appealed to the top editors. He listened and seemed intrigued. He never used those explanations to denounce the paper.

Over the years, he has been a great interview subject, listening to questions more than most politicians, and saying interesting, sometimes surprising things, even after we broke stories about his ethics problems and we insisted that the $300,000 payment demanded of him by the House Ethics Committee in 1997 was a “fine.” Or when I concluded a magazine profile by writing that his scorched-earth tactics to win the House were the equivalent of the Air Force major who explained the devastation of Ben Tre, Vietnam, in 1968 by saying “It became necessary to destroy the town in order to save it.”

So new supporters drawn by his denunciation of the news media for its alleged soft treatment of President Obama or for his lines about making “it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office,” should remember something. He doesn’t hate the press as much as he makes you think.

After last week’s debate, when he blasted CNN’s King for asking about his second ex-wife’s “open marriage” charge, he went up to him and chatted amiably. Next he praised King on CNN. Then he trashed him on Fox.

So Thursday night at the next debate, whether he makes nice to Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s moderator in Jacksonville, or rips his head off, you’ll be seeing just one of the two Gingriches.

Adam Clymer was a reporter and editor for The Times for 26 years. He retired as the Washington correspondent in 2003.

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