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Morning News - Happy Birthday Mister President

225px-official_portrait_of_barack_obamaPresident Barack Obama is 48 years old today. That’s freakin’ YOUNG. Not in a bad way. But to be 48 and President of the United States? Wow.

Perhaps the President’s upcoming birthday is the reason that the birthers have come back out of the woodwork. The “birthers” are the folks who are desperate to believe that Barack Obama is not legally able to be President of the United States, because, they say, he was not born here. No information seems to satisfy these folks. CNN’s Lou Dobbs has recently taken up their cause, sort of. Lou says that “even though I said I believe the President is a citizen of the United States, I don’t understand why he shouldn’t produce a birth certificate.” The latest development in this gigantic pile of nonsense is a birth certificate that even Karl Rove, no friend to President Obama, says is “likely a forgery.” (Politjab has a good analysis of the fakery, but to be honest, I don’t think it needs to be analyzed.) Orly Taitz, the “dentist and attorney” who has been pushing this crappola, says that she is “forcing the issue, where Obama will have to respond.” And why exactly would he “have to respond”? Who do these people think they are? Anyway, happy birthday Mr. President.

Former New York Giant wide receiver Plaxico Burress was indicted yesterday “on two felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment in the second degree.” Antonio Pierce, who is still on the Giants, was not indicted.

Here are the song parodies I made for the Babble Podcast way back (December of 2008) when Plaxico first shot himself in the leg by accident. (Click here to listen; opens in a new window.)

The Giants have a wide receiver named Steve Smith who says that he can “fill Plaxico’s shoes.” Except that Steve played last year and didn’t do a whole lot. Maybe he thinks that he’s really the other Steve Smith, the one on the Carolina Panthers. Just kidding. I hope he, the Steve Smith on the Giants, has a great year. The other Steve Smith too. The one on the Panthers. OK, moving on.

Michael Jackson continues to make more money dead than he did when he was alive. Something to consider: when he was alive, he spent a LOT of money. Maybe the kids will be more disciplined so they can keep some of this new cash that comes in.

Barry Diller is trying to make money from content. Will it work? Who the hell knows? He’s already rich, so he can afford to take chances on this sort of thing.

Some members of the Senate want to keep the “Cash for Clunkers” program going.

The idea is a good one, I suppose. But it seems like maybe not the best time to do this.

And finally: “Beirut, the Provincetown of the Middle East.” The New York Times said it, I didn’t.

Image: Wikipedia

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