Goat spears Rep. Weiner; Bush's inaugural address on Facebook; British Lords, Alvin Greene and Glenn Beck
Thursday was a b-a-a-a-a-d day for Rep. Anthony Weiner.
It's not every day that a Capitol Hill news conference on trade policy ends in bloodshed, but this one was different. A pair of Angoras really got the New York Democrat's goat.
Weiner and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) were making the case against mohair subsidies by showing off two goats, named Lancelot and Arthur, when one of the beasts speared Weiner in the hand, drawing blood, the Hill reports. We're inclined to blame Lancelot, but we don't want to turn him into a scapegoat.
Weiner had proposed (presumably before his injury) a Facebook caption contest for a photo of his meeting with the dangerous animals. Our entry: What a weiner.
Here's another item just begging to be turned into a Facebook caption contest. George W. Bush, who as previously reported has just discovered The Facebook, has come out with what he calls his "inaugural address" as president of the United Facebook of America.
The former president has in mere days amassed an impressive 141,184 "likes." That already exceeds the total number of Americans who liked him when he left office.
Tories to Obama: Bugger off.
It seems the conservatives in Britain are not amused at the Americans' criticism of BP, and particularly Obama's. Former Conservative chairman Lord Tebbit judged Obama to be "despicable."
Here in America, where BP's oil has wrecked the Gulf Coast and caused ecological and financial calamity, we have a word for people like Lord Tebbit: wanker.
Alvin Greene, the mysterious and accidental Democratic Senate nominee from South Carolina who spent "less than $2,000" on his campaign, went on Shep Smith's show on Fox News Channel to discuss the salient issues of his campaign -- namely, the felony pornography charge pending against him and his involuntary discharge from the military.
"You have the matter of a porn charge against you. How do you plan to handle that?" Smith asked.
"I have no comment," the candidate replied.
And the involuntary discharge?
"Just a long story."
But one that promises to entertain the nation for five more months.
Maybe Obama should appoint Glenn Beck to run the National Endowment for the Arts.
The conservative talk-show host likes to talk about how he didn't make it through college, but it turns out he has some pretty refined literary tastes. The trailer for his new book quotes (without attribution) from Rudyard Kipling's "The Gods of the Copyright Headings":
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man There are only four things certain since Social Progress began. That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire, And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;
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