It only seems like the same joke everyone else is making

First it was learned professional right-wing negro Armstrong Williams took $240,000 in bribes to opine favorably about the Bush administration, now we learn pundit and non-lesbian Maggie Gallagher received money as well, nearly $40,000.

For the record, I haven’t received any filthy lucre from the Bush administration or anyone else to say anything. But it doesn’t have to be that way. I will extol the virtues of any asinine plan the administration wants in exchange for the government picking up my bar tab for a year, making me cheaper than Mr. Williams and slightly more expensive than Mrs. Gallagher.


  1. In 1956, Elvis had just recorded his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"; transatlantic cable telephone service was inaugurated; golfer Cary Middlecoff won the Open; the oral vaccine against polio was developed by Albert Sabin; and there were 8,420 public libraries in the United States.

    But today we focus on November 18, 1956. Nikita Khrushchev (remember him?) was at a reception in the Polish embassy in Moscow when he declared, "About the capitalist states: It doesn't depend on you whether or not we exist. If you don't like us, don't accept our invitations and don't invite us to come and see you. Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!"

    My, oh my! What a difference almost half a century makes. Nevertheless, that last sentence of Khrushchev's was scary back then. Just as this from Osama bin Laden rattles some people nowadays: "We -- with God's help -- call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God's order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan's U.S. troops and the devil's supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson."

    Time will tell.

  2. I'm not one of "Satan's U.S. troops" but I did work briefly in his PR department. Strange cat, always brought a sack lunch.

  3. At the time you worked for him, was he using the name Satan or one of his aliases: The Devil, the Evil One, the Foul Fiend, Beelzebub, Mephisto, Old Scratch, Lucifer, the Tempter, the Prince of Lies, to mention but a few?

    I spent some time in his employ, too. Got to know him best as the Prince of Lies. I wasn't far enough up in the heirarchy to notice what he brought for lunch, but I know for a fact he has branches all over the world. I get tired of people saying his home office is in the U.S. Long before this country existed, he was doing awesome business around the Mediterranean littoral. He seemed to have a preference for deserts. Probably has something to do with the heat.

  4. We all called him 'Gigolo Tony' because he was so smooth with the ladies.

  5. I won't ask what he was with the "men."


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