Some people have marveled at what they’ve characterized as my insensitivity in wearing the costume I wore on Purim. My initial reaction in learning of this was one of shock because my intention was never to hurt or make fun of anyone. Those who know me—in politics and in my personal life—already know this. But others who don’t know me have expressed hurt and outrage, so I am writing to address that once and for all. Unintentional as they were, I recognize now that the connotations of my Purim costume were deeply offensive to many.
The question that is on the tip of everyone’s tongue is why did he even do this in the first place? There are like a bazillion different costume choices that could have been made, Mr. Hikind (who is a freaking politician!) had to go with the one that offends the maximum number of people.
Gawker has a letter (also authenticated by our sister paper, Orlando Weekly) from Central Florida’s palace-building time share mogul, David Siegel, to his 8,000 employees. In it he tells them that if President Obama is re-elected, he’ll fire them all:
“You see, I can no longer support a system that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, so will your opportunities.”
Siegel tells his story of success, founding the company 42 years ago and driving an old car, working hard from his garage while his neighbors worked 40 hours and “spent every dime they earned.” It’s an inspiring story. It contrasts, however, with the story he told me and Jeff Billman in his office in the summer of 1999 as he tried (erroneously, it turned out) to evict the tenant in his $22,000-per-month house. That was quite an interview, and the link is still live..
The Republican Arkansas state legislator whose writing in favor of slavery has embroiled the state GOP in controversy is now defending his viewpoints on the subject.
State Rep. Jon Hubbard (R-Jonesboro) told the Jonesboro Sun on Tuesday that he continues to believe the viewpoints he expressed in a 2010 book that slavery was a “blessing” for blacks, talkbusiness.net reports. In the book, Hubbard argued that blacks received a better quality of life as slaves in the U.S. than they did in Africa, and that African-Americans would not be in the U.S. were it not for slavery. Hubbard’s comments — first reported by the Arkansas Times on Friday — led to a series of revelations about fellow Arkansas Republicans, including Rep. Loy Mauch (R-Bismarck) writing a series of letters to the editor defending slavery and legislative candidate Charlie Fuqua writing in a 2012 book that he wanted to deport all Muslims and establish the death penalty for rebellious children.
In the interview with the Jonesboro Sun, Hubbard said he did not know “any other way that black people in America could have gotten here.” He also said slavery was not justified.
Double down Internet fail, Newster.
When your not banging your staff, your whistling with D’Souza or pining for your shuttin’ down the government - let’s impeach the president glory days, but 5000 hits in 4 days for your website…sh!t, my man, even this middle aged redneck knows those are some mighty sad numbers.
In other words, Gingrich launched a website, and despite massive media attention, no one’s actually going to the site. If 50,000 people had visited newtexplore2012.com from Thursday to Sunday, it would have been pretty awful for someone who seriously expects to compete at a national level. But 5,000 is cover-your-eyes bad.
I don’t imagine Newt will take this as a hint, though he should, but I can’t help but wonder why someone on his staff didn’t stop and think, “Maybe this isn’t something to brag about.”
How big a douchebag is Newt Gingrich?
No sir, much bigger. Maybe this big?
Wow. That’s quite a lot of douche there, but not close. How about this big?
Yep, that looks about right. Newt, your that big a douche.
Jeff In Ohio
ps keep that weeny wet!
At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.
“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”
There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.
As a veteran I find this behavior to be dishonest and an insult to the veterans who actually served. I have no idea why this misinformation extended to his non-existent swim team captaincy but if don’t mind letting folks think you served in Vietnam it probably doesn’t bother you that people incorrectly think you were the swim team captain at Harvard.
On a less serious matter, another flattering but untrue description of Mr. Blumenthal’s history has appeared in profiles about him. In two largely favorable profiles, the Slate article and a magazine article in The Hartford Courant in 2004 with which he cooperated, Mr. Blumenthal is described prominently as having served as captain of the swim team at Harvard. Records at the college show that he was never on the team.