"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." ~ George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
Matt Damon -- Actor Matt Damon says the selection of Sarah Palin as the Republican nominee for vice president in the United States could end up "like a really bad Disney movie" if John McCain wins the November presidential election.
"You do the actuary tables, there's a one out of three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term, and it'll be President Palin," said Damon. "It's like a really bad Disney movie, 'The Hockey Mom.' Oh, I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska, and she's president," said Damon. "She's facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd." (Bloggers’ comment: Matt Damon should stick to acting; he’s not smart enough to offer political commentary. And hockey moms should be offended by that statement. It sounds as if Matt Damon thinks they're stupid.)
Keith Olbermann – During an interview (Bloggers' Comment: Olbermann could barely contain his giddy excitement at being in the presence of The Chosen One), Olbermann asked Obama whether the candidate should use more "exclamation points" in his statements. "Have you thought of getting angrier?" he asked. He praised Obama for his use of the word "enough" in his convention acceptance (Bloggers' Comment: Probably because it was the only word Olbermann understood).
Barack Obama – While addressing his controversial “lipstick on a pig” remark, he demonstrated that he values Keith Olbermann’s campaign advice. "Spare me the phony outrage, spare me the phony talk about change," … "Enough!" Obama said (Bloggers' Comment: Does that mean that Olbermann is now one of Obama's advisors?).
Steve Cohen – Democrat Representative, Steve Cohen from Tennessee made the following statement on the floor of the House of Representatives: “I submit to you, Mr. Speaker, that the parties have differences. But if you want change, you want the Democratic Party (Bloggers' Comment: The change we would really like from the Democrats is the change they keep taking out of our paychecks). Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus, who our minister prayed about. Pontius Pilate was a governor. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.” (Bloggers’ comment: Really? He’s comparing Obama to Jesus? We wouldn’t want to be anywhere near the House of Reps during a lightning storm -- see yesterday's blog.)
Charlie Rangel – GOP leaders asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call for Rangel to step down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee pending an inquiry into recent allegations.
They cited news reports that Rangel has been renting four Harlem apartments at below-market rates (Bloggers’ comment: These apartments are reserved for the poor) and has collected more than $75,000 in undeclared income from a vacation home in the Dominican Republic.
Rangel concedes he did not pay taxes on the vacation villa and owes about $5,000 to the Internal Revenue Service — though the total figure could be more when counting state and local taxes. (Blogger’s comment: Rangel helped write the tax code, for crying out loud. We hope pleading ignorance isn't a part of his defense strategy. He also blamed his wife as she allegedly does his taxes. Way to throw the missus under the bus.)
Barbra Streisand -- The outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter ranted in her blog about McCain picking Palin as his running mate, calling the choice "desperate and irresponsible." Streisand also accused the GOP nominee of pandering to women who may go for the ticket simply because Palin "has two X chromosomes." (Bloggers’ comment: See previous bloggers' comment regarding Matt Damon’s remarks. Why do the Hollywood elite think we’re interested in their idiotic opinions? We MIGHT -- though highly doubtful -- take them more seriously if they actually put their money where their mouths are. First, that would make their mouths full of money and they wouldn't be spewing ignorance; and, second, they want more taxes to help the poor, but has anyone noticed how many homes they own and what neighborhoods they live in? We're just sayin'.)