Friday, December 07, 2007

Top Ten Cloves: Disappointing Things Left Out of Mitt Romney's Mormon Speech Yesterday

News Item: Romney's speech over. Didn't say squat

10. Make it a Federal crime for anyone to repeat the story of him driving around with his dog on the roof of his car

9. Speculation that he say he's moving all the White House, Congress, and government's business to Salt Lake City

8. Many were hopeful that he'd give the word that BYU graduates will be his choice to fill the Justice Department with

7. His first order of business as President would be to mandate that HBO produce and air 'Big Love" throughout his presidency

6. For sure, though we'd hear that he'll definitely double the size of Guantanamo

5. If elected, all the Presidential portraits hanging in the White House would be replaced with ones of Joseph Smith

4. Continue the Bush policy of Illegal Wiretapping and get all those Mosques wired-up

3. He would streamline visas for his old landscaping company, so they could come down and work the White House grounds

2. That he would add Evangelical Christians to the list, along with Muslims, of people who won't be in his cabinet

1. Didn't announce, if elected, will embrace polygamy and have 19 First Ladies

Bonus Make-Up Mitt Links

Chris Cillizza: Romney's "Faith in America" Speech: What Worked and What Didn't

Michael Scherer: "A vote for Romney is a vote for Satan"; Some members of the GOP's largest voting bloc, like Florida preacher Bill Keller, think a Mormon in the White House would mean more souls going to hell.

Retro Garlic: I'm Surprised It Wasn't Headlined As "Mormon Candidate Ties To Cosmetic Industry Exposed"

If elected, will Mitt Romney move the government to Salt Lake City?

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Minced Garlic - New Keith Olbermann Special Comment - Bush: Pathological liar or idiot-in-chief?

Or, "I Could Be Lying About The NIE Report On My Spare Time"

The Garlic has, in the past, tied the Bush Grindhouse to the Keystone Cops, and, of course, the Marx Brothers.

But this new, NIE fiasco, man, they are playing this as straight-up Monty Python!

The infamous "Argument" routine, but instead of arguing about arguing, they're arguing about lying, like "when did he lie and what did he lie about?"

And our MSNBC Countdown hero-host, Keith Olbermann, came riding in tonight, with a red-hot smackdown of The Commander Guy, Darth Vader, the Nitwit Neocons and Ruppert's WSJ Editorial Board.

On the technical side, the production staff must have employed some kind of device, or camera trickery, so as not letting the viewer see, not steam, but billowing smoke coming out of Olbermann's ears.

Not with a flinch, but a forceful, 1-2-combo body blow, Olbermann called out our Court-Appointed President (h/t Barry Crimmins) with "You, Mr. Bush, are a bald-faced liar ... And moreover, you have just revealed that John Bolton and Norman Podhoretz and the Wall Street Journal editorial board are also bald-faced liars."

And that was near the end of the Special Comment.

For, he didn't pull any punches in the opening, either;

"We have either a president who is too dishonest to restrain himself from invoking World War III about Iran at least six weeks after he had to have known that the analogy would be fantastic, irresponsible hyperbole, or we have a president too transcendently stupid not to have asked, at what now appears to have been a series of opportunities to do so, whether the fairy tales he either created or was fed were still even remotely plausible.

A pathological presidential liar, or an idiot-in-chief. It is the nightmare scenario of political science fiction: A critical juncture in our history and, contained in either answer, a president manifestly unfit to serve, and behind him in the vice presidency an unapologetic warmonger who has long been seeing a world visible only to himself.

If you are just getting hip to Olbermann's Special Comments (and he has a new book out on them), this is a good one to jump into.

Olbermann was controlled, precise, yet raging with passion.

It was almost as if he took on the persona of John Coffey, from "The Green Mile" (played by Michael Clarke Duncan) and inhaled all the bile, the pent up anger and outrage of the country, the seven years of lies and bullshit, the asleep-at-the-wheel, enabling MSM, and spewed it back at the Bush Grindhouse.

Olbermann even embraced criticism of himself to make a dead-on point;
My comments, Mr. Bush, are often dismissed as simple repetitions of the phrase “George Bush has no business being president.”

Well, guess what?

Tonight: hanged by your own words, convicted by your own deliberate lies....

You, sir, have no business being president.

Ahhh, if only we could encourage Nancy Pelosi to go table shopping ... And Harry Reid to stop issuing blank checks...

But, then again, the Bush Grindhouse isn't going to let getting caught in a whopper of a lie, slow them down.

They'll just continue on with their Monty Python role-playing.

Mr. Vibrating: That's it. Good morning.
Man: But I was just getting interested!
Mr. Vibrating: I'm sorry, the five minutes is up.
Man: That was never five minutes!!
Mr. Vibrating: I'm afraid it was.
Man: It wasn't...
Mr. Vibrating: I'm sorry, but I'm not allowed to argue any more.
Man: WHAT??
Mr. Vibrating: If you want me to go on arguing, you'll have to pay for another five minutes.
Man: Yes, but that was never five minutes just now! Oh Come on!
Mr. Vibrating: (Hums to himself.)
Man: Look this is ridiculous!
Mr. Vibrating: I'm sorry, but I'm not allowed to argue unless you've paid!
Man: Oh all right. (Pays.)
Mr. Vibrating: Thank you.
Man: Well...
Mr. Vibrating: Well WHAT?
Man: That wasn't really five minutes just now.
Mr. Vibrating: I told you, I'm not allowed to argue unless you've paid!
Man: Well I just paid!
Mr. Vibrating: No you didn't!
Man: I DID!!!
Mr. Vibrating: No you didn't!
Man: Look, I don't want to argue about that!
Mr. Vibrating: Well, you didn't pay!
Man: Ah HAH!! If I didn't pay, why are you arguing??? I've got you.
Mr. Vibrating: No you haven't!
Man: Yes I have! If you're arguing, I must have paid.
Mr. Vibrating: Not necessarily. I could be arguing in my spare time.

Read Keith Olbermann's Special Comment: Bush: Pathological liar or idiot-in-chief? Olbermann: Timeline for Iran’s nuclear ambitions was clear, but he kept on

Watch the video of Keith Olbermann's Special Comment here

Bonus Bush Lying Links

Monty Python - Argument Clinic (extended)

Think Progress: Perino Defends Bush’s Lie: ‘The President Was Being Truthful!’

Dan Froomkin: A Pattern of Deception

The Carpetbagger Report: After NIE revelations, what did Bush know and when did he know it?

Brilliant at Breakfast: Seymour Hersh is always right

Shakespeare's Sister: The Dog Ate My Intelligence Report

Editor's Note: There's Light At The End of The Tunnel

Good Morning Garlic Fans!

Coming up for air today, as the news is good on the homefront.

As related in our Editor's Note of Monday, we had a family crises with my 94-year-old Aunt, having to get her to the hospital Sunday evening.

Turns out, she passed a gall stone, however, it either backed up into, or banged around her pancreas, hence, the resulting pain and discomfort.

Flooding her with fluids (to "cool down" the pancreas), and her own strong will, had her feeling better by Tuesday, and virtually fully recovered yesterday.

Kudo's to the nurses and docs at Mt. Auburn Hospital, here in Cambridge, MA.

She's due to come home today, and we will engage in a follow-up, non-evasive procedure, that will mitigate this type of situation occurring again.

Many thanks to those that called and emailed, and to all who visited, and read, The Garlic this week.


Monday, December 03, 2007

Editor's Note - Posting Delayed

Good Morning Garlic Fans

We trust that you're doing well ... Especially the folks up here in the Northeast, as we got our first snow of the season (here in Boston, not much, a few inches before it turned to freezing rain).

Following up on my post of Saturday, as well as previous notes of this matter, we had another family crises late yesterday/early evening and had to get my Lawrence Welk-loving Aunt to the hospital again. Prognosis is good, as it, surprisingly, is something rather ordinary and not related to her most recent issues (but then again, at the age of 94, that's all relative).

So, likely it will be a day, or two, where I am of time (and clear mind) to get back in the grind with new posts.

In the meantime, there's much to do during your visit to The Garlic ... Catch up on the daily offerings, or scroll down the right sidebar to indulge in some Garlic Classics, or check out some of the other great sites via the bevy of links available to you (and those folks would, very much, appreciate a visit, I'm sure).

Thank You again, for visiting and supporting The Garlic