Day 173

The United States of America is engaged in a war against an extremist group of folks.

VA, 2006

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The company they keep

Via satirist Andy Borowitz:

One day after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) broadcast an anti-Obama ad in which he compared the presumptive Democratic nominee to celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, the two tabloid mainstays fought back with an eviscerating anti-McCain spot of their own.

While Mses. Spears and Hilton said they had planned to remain on the sidelines during the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. McCain’s negative ad “left us no choice,” the notorious party gals said today.

“We don’t mind John McCain going after us if he sticks to the facts,” Ms. Spears said at a New York press conference.  “But we are sick of the distortions about our record.”

Ms. Hilton said that the McCain ad appeared to link herself and Ms. Spears to Sen. Obama, leading the casual viewer to conclude that the three of them had “the same energy policy.”

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” said Ms. Spears.  “Both of us strongly favor off-shore drilling to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

Ms. Hilton said she was also “offended” by the implication that she and Ms. Spears favor a tax on electricity: “We have both been very clear on that issue.”

In their anti-McCain spot, the two starlets fight fire with fire, comparing Sen. McCain to the Joker from the smash-hit film “The Dark Knight.”

“It’s perfectly fair,” Ms. Spears said of the ad.  “They both have pasty white faces and totally creepy smiles.”

Elsewhere, Chinese Olympic officials confiscated the poles of the pole vaulting team to prevent athletes from going over the wall.

An ouchy kenetic energy recovery system

Isn’t this fun?  A BMW mechanic gets knocked on his butt.  The idea is the system recovers energy which can be delivered back to the wheels on the next straightaway.  But sometimes the energy discharges in unexpected ways.

UPDATE:  Oh yeah, the video’s in Italian.  I speak Italian, and it being non English didn’t really register to me.  Still fun to watch.

Legacy alert

This Oliphant cartoon pretty much summarizes what’s left of the Bush legacy.

Just imagine how different things would have been had Bush lost in 2004?  He would have been remembered as a president who was popular and united the country against Terrorism, and had some legislative success despite his controversial ascension through the Supreme Court.

Fast forward to term two.  Now the question is will be known as heading the most incompetent administration in history, the most corrupt administration in history, or both?