Posts tagged ‘Eric Cantor’

October 20, 2013

The DC Folly Trolley – 10/20/13

Committee Averts Shutdown.

Pasta Fagioli, Italy.

An exclusive from the UPW Newsroom. From Marcy Popindick, Super Senior Correspondent for International Affairs on the scene in Pasta Fagioli, Italy.

Ms. Popindick reports that a settlement has been reached in a dispute between members of the Nobella Committee and its Board of Directors.


Scene from Pasta Fagioli in the Italian Alps where the Nobella Prize Committee located its hideout.  (Also a painting of that majestic region by Edward Compton).

The Nobella Prize Committee avoided a shutdown just moments ago when committee members and the Executive Board agreed to terms for a settlement.

The committee signed on to a continuation of the austerity measures imposed by the Board in exchange for concessions for reduced workloads.

The committed noted that it had been inundated with nominees for the both the Most Valuable Putz prize (the Putzie) and the Schmuckup Prize (the Little Schmucky). According to members, it simply could not keep up with the flood of submissions for the two awards, the vast majority of which emanated from the Follyland DC area.

After returning to business, the Committee announced its first award. It noted however, that two nominees raced to front of the huge pack and votes for each were hotly contested during Committee deliberations. After numerous discussions that lasted into the early morning hours, members finally agreed to award The Schmuckup Prize to Eric Cantor (R-VA) for his role in prolonging the debt crisis showdown in the U.S. Congress.


The Republicans in the House appointed Eric Cantor Emperor of the United States of America.

The committee noted that its decision was based largely on the fact that the House of Representatives appointed Mr. Cantor to the position of Emperor Of The United States when it designated the Majority Leader as the sole representative permitted to send legislation to the House floor. In his new role, Cantor undermined the authority of Speaker John Boehner, the runner up for the prize, and became the only man in the entire Milky Way galaxy who could reject Senate approved legislation and prevent it from going to the White House for the president’s signature.

Using the unprecedented powers granted to him by his colleagues, Cantor repeatedly refused to bring bills passed by the Senate to a floor vote in the House. By his stubborn actions, the rep from Virginia catapulted the government into a protracted conflict over payment of debts already approved by Congress.

And so for his appointment to the position of Emperor and the convoluted actions that followed, Congressman Cantor receives The Schmuckup Prize.


Winners of The Schmuckup Prize receive a certificate acknowledging the award as well as a forged autographed copy of a photo of Don Alberto Vito Nobella, the originator of the prize.

In addition, winners are given the coveted statuette called The Little Schmucky engraved with the words “Schmucked up beyond all reason.” The Little Schmucky is sculpted of rusted metal stolen from an auto junk yard.

All prizes are awarded while supplies last and unfortunately for the current winner supplies just ran out.


To win The Schmuckup Prize you can’t be an ordinary schmuckup. There are already thousands of those in the nation’s capital. No, you have to be an extraordinarily monumental schmuckup and we are proud to say the most recent winner fits that description.

From the UPW Newsroom: Surpassing the Mainstream Media in reporting worthlessly useless news worldwide.


Lies, Lies, Lies.

We all know that stretching the truth is a Fox News staple. The network is openly and notoriously a right wing propaganda organ. But last week Sean Hannity went over the top even for the Fox Funnies.

He brought “guests” on his entertainment hour to discuss Obamacare. It was obvious that neither the “guests” nor Hannity knew what they were talking about.

The entire lie filled segment was so full of misstatements that the piece appeared to be a set up that had little to do with the facts.

When Eric Stern fact-checked Hannity’s amateur hour, he revealed that the tall tales told by the “guests” were fables that belonged in a book of propaganda fairy stories.

Once again Hannity was outed for his show’s insannity.

Sean Hannity Gets Fact-Checked Hard On Obamacare Claims


Boehner Turkey Trot.

Once again House Speaker John Boehner tried to pull his oft used and now worn out schtick.

He pulled that wool over the president’s eyes once too often. The flim flam goes something like this: the Speaker, once upon a time the leader of his party in the House, is entangled in plots hatched by the Tea Party extremists in his caucus. There is no possible way he could arrive at an agreement with the White House without unless the accord satisfied the demands of the right wing radicals, even though that vocal group represented a minority of the Republican Party. The Speaker’s hands, you see, are tied.

That turkey trot didn’t cut it at the most recent dance. In fact, the dance never took place as the president refused to join the festivities. So the Speaker got all dressed up and had nowhere to go.

The moral of the story: the turkey had better tiptoe through the tulips; Thanksgiving is just around the corner.


House To Name Pet.

According to a House staff member, who spoke under conditions of deep background, the House of Representatives will shortly name its Pet of the Year.

Speaker John Boehner is the lucky recipient of that award.

The possibility is very real that Boehner will lose his Speakership.  Should that eventuality become reality, the hapless Speaker is a shoe in to receive the consolation prize and be elected House Pet.

Deliberations are secret but UPW Super Senior Congressional Correspondent Marcy Popindick is reporting that Boehner has amassed enough votes to walk away with the honor.


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In a report filed by UPW Super Senior Congressional Correspondent Marcy Popindick, a high-ranking GOP House staffer revealed that the taxpayer will pick up the humongous bar tab Republicans left at watering holes throughout the DC area.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), the leading candidate for the honor of Shit-Eatingist Grin in Follyland, said he worked during all of his stops at Raul’s Oasis Grill and Massage Parlor and is entitled to declare the expenditures on his expense report. So what if he tips a little heavy when he’s tipsy. The ladies at Raul’s really love it and they always to go the extra mile.


Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said today he would give every hair on his head if he could squelch Obamacare.

When told by Ms. Popindick that Sen. John McCain said the rep from Texas had “no intelligence”, Gohmert fell off the bar stool and slurred “sticks and stones may break my bones…..”

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July 29, 2012

The DC Folly Trolley – 07/29/12

OK, let’s stop making fun of Mitt Romney.

From all reports, Mighty Mitt did very well in grade school. In fact, he finished first in his class in the ABCs.

Got all the way up to Z without missing a single letter.

Romney won contests in fifth grade and retroactively won in fourth, third, second and first grade.

However, he refuses to release the Certificates he received for memorizing the alphabet for any of those grades.

To show you what a determined guy this candidate is, at this very moment, he’s brushing up on his ABCs just in case a question about it comes up during the debates.

Remember Mitt, P comes before Q. That was always one of the hard ones.


Image courtesy of DONKEYHOTEY.


Committee Announces Award

From its hideout in Pasta Fagioli, Italy, the Nobella Prize Committee announced a second award in as many weeks.

Michelle Bachmann is the most recent winner of the MVP prize. The representative from Minnesota won the award for her remarks that the Statement Department is infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Ms. Bachmann directed her attack at Huma Abedin, an assistant to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, charging that Ms. Abedin’s association with the Muslim organization represents a security threat to the United States.

In McCarthy like fashion, Bachmann called for investigation into the matter of Muslim infiltration of the government and would support termination of any member suspected of association with the Muslim Brotherhood.

For her hatching of a 21st century form of McCarthyism, the Committee believes the Minnesota congresswoman deserves its Most Valuable Putz award.


Winners of The Most Valuable Putz Award receive a certificate acknowledging the award as well as a forged autographed copy of a photo of Don Alberto Vito Nobella, the originator of the prize. .

These exceptional individuals also receive a statuette named the Pubar engraved with the words “Putzed up beyond all reason.” Known as the Putzie the statuette is sculpted of rusted metal stolen from an auto junk yard.

The Putzie is given while supplies last and unfortunately for the current winner supplies just ran out.

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Birds of a feather – Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum by Boris Rasin (Boris Rasin).


Eric Cantor seems to believe he could not practice his religion anywhere else in the world as freely as he can in the United States.

I wonder how countries like England, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and many others would interpret such a statement, to say nothing of Israel.

Of course, he could be a Pastafarian. In which case I’m not certain which countries allow freedom to practice those beliefs.

Taking his remarks about the right to practice religion freely in the U S more as a statement of American exceptionalism rather than one of limitations on religious practices in other countries, Eric Cantor’s statement does not quite ring true.

I wonder how countries like England, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and many others would interpret such a statement, to say nothing of Israel.

While many laws do restrict specific religious practices, the intent is not always to prevent free worship. The law in Sweden, for example, regarding the slaughter of chickens is an issue that addresses cruelty to animals. The law, while it seems silly on the surface, actually prohibits the kosher killing of the birds by Orthodox Jews. It seems likely, however, that the concerns of animal rights activists and Jewish practices can be reconciled.

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Does it really matter how it’s killed. (Photo by H. Padlecklas).

The same applies to recent developments in Europe banning circumcision. From all appearances, that issue should be resolved permitting the religious ritual, although the practice may be limited to clerics. In any case, initiating the ban in the first place does seem suspect – if not antisemitic then anti-Muslim and a reaction to what many Europeans consider an immigration problem.

The religious clothing ban in France, sadly, could be a safety issue rather than a blatant attempt to restrict religious freedom as many Muslims believe.

Nevertheless, dress can represent a public expression of religion and be an imposition on others. And while laws do impact more on certain religions, they apply to members of all religions and, therefore, should not be considered a restriction of religious freedom.

Yes, Israel is a special case. However, none of the religious ceremonies are actually denied even though they are restricted to Orthodox rabbis. They must simply be performed in a manner prescribed by law. And, as I recall, many Israeli citizens are not Orthodox and can practice or not as they see fit with only a few exceptions.

So if by “freedom of religion,” we mean the unfettered right to practice religious rituals, even those others may consider harmful, I don’t believe that right exists anywhere. Therefore Eric Cantor is, as any law abiding citizen, free to practice or not as he sees fit in many countries. But the right is not absolute.


Other laws prevent religious practices in public even in the United States. Here, for example, prayer in public schools is prohibited because it represents an attempt to impose a religious practice on others. The law does not in any way limit freedom of religion. Any person can say a prayer in a public school, a public building or even a courtroom simply by bowing his head and praying silently.

What I find odd is that no one ever goes to a courtroom to pray. Courts of law generally begin sessions at 9 AM and anyone is permitted to enter, sit quietly on a bench and say a prayer. I personally know of no one who practices this ritual on a regular basis or, for that matter, who has done so even once. But we are all free to pray anytime, anywhere.

What a person cannot do is to get up in front of the court and force everyone present to pray in a manner which he dictates. This restriction applies to everyone regardless of religious persuasion.

The best policy is, as always, to keep religion where it belongs – in church.


Speaking of killing chickens, that Swedish law mentioned a couple of paragraphs above does seem rather silly.

I say “silly” because I remember my parents taking us kids with them to a poultry farm to buy chickens for dinner. The farmer grabbed a fear stricken bird by the legs, yanked it from a wooden cage, jammed it into a funnel like device with its head sticking out of the hole on the bottom. He then slit the chickens throat, let it bleed out, removed it and chopped off its head. He put the dead bird into a vat of steaming water for a few minutes and next removed its feathers by holding it against a large spinning wheel whose tines stripped the bird clean.

That practice would today violate the Swedish law.

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A source of food and not much else. Painting by Albertus Verhoesen.

However, we always enjoyed a fine dinner thanks to the farmer and his bird.

Although I witnessed this procedure many times, I never thought of it as being cruel to animals – anymore than the actions of a mother lion hunting and killing a zebra to feed her pride.

Animal rights activists might consider the slaughter of chickens cruel and that a more humane method should be used because, after all, we humans are civilized. And, while that is so, referring to ourselves as “civilized” may be hubris more than truth. We might recall that we humans over the millennia have massacred billions of our own kind. Keeping that slaughter in mind, the manner in which chickens are processed to furnish food for survival seems a token issue at best. 


So did Walmart become one of the biggest corporations in the world all by its little ole self.


I’ve noticed that Walmart locates many of its stores near interstates or on or near busy state highways.

It’s huge fleet of tractor trailers make daily use of these convenient roadways, all built with taxpayer dollars.

The local roads that carry millions of customers to Walmart stores were also built with taxpayer money.

I wonder what kind of corporation Walmart would be without the support contributed in so many ways by the American taxpayer. Roads, schools, police, fire protection, etc, benefit us all. Yes, even Walmart.

Sorry, Sam. You didn’t do it all by yourself. Even I contributed to your success. And you’re business would still be selling sundries in Arkansas without my help, and the help of many others.



This Bloke Is A Joke

Photo courtesy of DONDEYHOTEY.

You mean elephant riding isn’t an Olympic sport. Since when?

 Image courtesy of DONKEYHOTEY.


Mighty Mitt, what a critter

Left the Brits feeling bitter.

His written statement he misplaced

So his remarks then soon disgraced

A city proud in Olympian glitter.


In London the Mittster was no smash

Headlines read “It Was a Crash.”

He left the queen in a dither

And from it all he tried to slither

To the airport in a baffled dash.


Oh Mitt, poor Mitt, what a twit

Got the British in a snit

Opened his mouth and spoke and spoke.

And the Brits replied “this bloke’s a joke.”

Oh Mitt, poor Mitt, is he really legit.



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