Hell's Angels' puppy; Nevada's unwashed; Palin's Norwegian dikes; Honore's finger on trigger; Rand Paul's mistaken identity; Virginia's confederate revival
And you thought things in South Carolina were weird?
The sanity quotient appears to be substantially lower in Germany, according to this report out of Europe:
A German student created a major traffic jam in Bavaria when he 'mooned' a group of Hell's Angels, hurled a puppy at them and then escaped on a bulldozer.
The 26-year-old drove into the grounds of the motorcycle gang members' clubhouse north of Munich, according to reports in local media. The young man, who was not identified, then dropped his pants, threw the puppy, and then fled.
After making his getaway, he stole the bulldozer from a nearby construction site, and attempted to drive it to Munich. ... "What motivated him to throw a puppy at the Hell's Angels is currently unclear," said a spokesman for local police.
The puppy, of unknown breed, was resting comfortably at an animal shelter.
The BP chairman thinks Gulf Coast residents are "small people." But at least they bathe. The same cannot be said of the good folks from Nevada, according to Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga).
Assessing a speech to a group of Republican senators by Nevada's Senate candidate, Sharron Angle, the tea-party challenger to Harry Reid, Isakson said: "She's an articulate lady. ... It wasn't the kind of speech you would give to the unwashed back home. She was talking to her colleagues."
So maybe all those smelly tourists Reid once complained about were actually coming from his home state?
As the small people continue to clean up the spill, the large mouth of Sarah Palin continues to offer advice on how to deal with the spill.
"Well, then what the federal government should have done was accept the assistance of foreign countries," Joe McGinnis's neighbor told Fox's Bill O'Reilly "They can't even get a phone call returned, Bill. The Dutch -- they are known, and the Norwegians -- they are known for dikes and for cleaning up water and for dealing with spills. They offered to help and yet, no, they too, with the proverbial, can't even get a phone call back."
Meanwhile, retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore suggested on CNN that the oil in the gulf should meet a violent end:
"We need to act like it's World War III. You know, when we did the world wars, everything was mobilized. Nothing was left on the table. All branches of the military should be there working for Admiral [Thad] Allen, apply manpower as well as advanced command and control to find this oil and kill it."
It's unclear whether President Obama has this authority under the War Powers Act or whether he would have to seek a congressional war declaration on the petroleum enemy.
Folks at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee thought they had caught Washington state Senate candidate Clint Didier (R) in a bad spot. The DSCC sent out an e-mail to reporters, based on a tweet by Didier, saying the candidate had just met with Rand Paul, the Kentucky Senate candidate with the curious views of the Civil Rights Act. But the DSCC folks, reading too quickly, didn't realize Didier had in fact tweeted that he met with Ron Paul, the candidate's father. Either way, it's not clear why this was regarded as a gotcha moment; it's not as if Didier had just admitted to meeting with RuPaul.
Clearly, the DSCC needs a better way to pass the time. Perhaps they should take a cue from the House of Representatives, which devoted itself to a debate on whether they should be "commending and congratulating the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the occasion of its 50th anniversary." Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), last seen with Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) when Weiner was speared by a goat at a news conference, raised objections that included the presence of a Pee Wee Herman star on the Walk.
Finally, an update from the Confederacy, where the residents of Franklin County, Va., are watching with tears of joy as the county rebuilds its monument to the Confederate soldier.The statue, damaged when a truck ran into it a few years ago, was originally built by the Daughters of the Confederacy.
But lest you think Franklin County has not kept up with the times, a group of residents has proposed that a second statue be erected honoring the black slaves who, through no choice of their own, fought for the Confederacy. Others argue that African Americans are sufficiently honored by the statue of the white Confederate soldier.
Compiled by Matt DeLong, Dylan Matthews and Felicia Sonmez.
| June 16, 2010; 10:03 PM ET
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