Thursday, July 29, 2010

Randi Rhodes Newsletter for Thursday July 29th 2010

Did you catch President Obama today on The View? This is the first time that a sitting president has appeared on a daytime talk show. It’s not a bad idea—I think George Bush could have benefited from talking to Dr. Phil. Obama described a family game called “roses and thorns” that his family plays at the dinner table where they pick something good and something bad that happened that day. When you’re the President of the United States, it must be hard to come up with roses that equal the thorns. Your rose would be something like “the dog looked really cute when he sneezed.” And your thorn is “millions of gallons of oil are being spewed into the Gulf of Mexico.” Obama said he picked The View because it’s the only show Michelle watches. OK. I’m just glad she doesn’t watch “The Jersey Shore.” I don’t want to see President Obama in a shouting match with Snookie and The Situation over who spilled beer in the Jacuzzi.
If you prefer TV with a dash of Apocalyptic paranoia, evangelist Tim LaHaye was on Mike Huckabee’s show predicting the end of the world (video below). The first clue? Mike Huckabee has a TV show. Tim LaHaye says President Obama’s “socialist” policies will “bring us closer to the Apocalypse.” Gee, I didn’t know healthcare was a sign of the end of the world. I hope my policy covers injuries resulting from exposure to fire and brimstone. Here’s a question: If the Apocalypse is foretold in the Bible, does that make it a pre-existing condition? LaHaye also said we are “very definitely” living in the “end times.” No wonder conservatives don’t give a crap about global warming—they think the world is already cooked. If these people think these are the end times, why do they even have any say in public policy discussions? Heck, if this is the end, why even try to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf? That would be like vacuuming the carpet while your house is burning down.

Finally, if you want your crazy on the radio, Rush Limbaugh said the judge’s decision on the Arizona immigration law means that “Muslim terrorists are gonna have a field day in Arizona.” Right. Not unless they want to pick lettuce. But then if Al Qaeda’s plan is to stand outside Home Depot and get day work hanging dry wall, well yes, this decision clears the way. Today’s Homework

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