First, a note from MeanMesa. Blogger is back on line -- and so is MeanMesa! The Googlers apparently took our favorite feature down for a few days to tighten up the bolts and check the wiring, leaving "big mouth bloggers" such as MeanMesa stuck out in the cold.
Well, it's over.
The Blogger is running better than ever, and MeanMesa intends to take it through its paces! The interlude provided some much needed time for MeanMesa to go to work on preparations for the 2012 election. We are "so done" with the GOPCons and their adolescent mischief that we're "cooking up" a few plans of our own.
MeanMesa intends to do everything possible to un-elect as many tea bags as possible. There will be more about this in future posts.
Now, back to the serious business of blogging with a tasty little morsel about the latest GOPCon looter to proclaim his candidacy. Just in case a MeanMesa visitor might encounter a "pro-Gingrich For President" type at the water cooler, here is a little "ammo" to throw on the bonfire.
From The Nation.com (original article here )
|So, where exactly did Newt get the idea for these comments? (image source)|
The Eleven Craziest Things
Newt Gingrich Has Ever Said
Today, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will announce a run for the presidency. Over his long and checkered career, Newt has said some wild and crazy things—most are deeply offensive, while some are outright bizarre. Here’s the most unhinged Newt-isms, 1989-present.
1) “I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time [my grandchildren are] my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.” [Address to Cornerstone Church in Texas, March 2011]
(2) “The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.” [To Mother Jones magazine, October 1989]
(3) “All I would say is, why did it take so long? The whole thing is strange.” [Speaking to TPM about the recent release of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate, April 2011]
(4) “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.” [To the National Review, September 2010]
(5) “It doesn’t matter what I do. People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.” – [Newt’s explanation for why his multiple affairs won’t damage his political fortunes, as told to his jilted wife.]
(6) “The secular socialist machine represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did.” [In his book To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine, May 2010.]
(7) “This is one of the great tragedies of the Bush administration. The more successful they’ve been at intercepting and stopping bad guys, the less proof there is that we’re in danger…. It’s almost like they should every once in a while have allowed an attack to get through just to remind us.” [At a book talk in Huntington, NY, April 2008]
(8) "A mere 40 years ago, beach volleyball was just beginning. No bureaucrat would have invented it, and that's what freedom is all about.” [At the Republican National Convention, August 1996]
(9) “I want to say to the elite of this country—the elite news media, the liberal academic elite, the liberal political elite: I accuse you in Littleton… of being afraid to talk about the mess you have made, and being afraid to take responsibility for things you have done, and instead foisting upon the rest of us pathetic banalities because you don’t have the courage to look at the world you have created.” [Speaking about the Columbine shootings, May 1999]
(10) “How can you have the mess we have in New Orleans, and not have had deep investigations of the federal government, the state government, the city government, and the failure of citizenship in the Ninth Ward, where 22,000 people were so uneducated and so unprepared, they literally couldn't get out of the way of a hurricane.” [Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, March 2007]
(11) “I’m running for President.” [5/11/2011]
The best estimate of the actual species which has provided this "candidate" (mentioned in previous MeanMesa posts as one being "as popular as fleas on a fruitcake to women in America") is, most likely, something along the lines of Notophthalmus viridescens, the common Eastern Newt. Although ostensibly a native of Pennsylvania, the Newt became Speaker of the House as the federal representative of the 6th District of Georgia in 1994, suggesting that Eastern Newts are migrants of opportunity.
A little about Newt -- and Newts, in general.
|The Eastern Newt (Image - Mike Graziana, 2005)|
Newt or lizard- can you identify it? (uk)?
I just spotted a lizard or newt shaped thing under a rock in my garden. (Sheffield, UK)
It was about 6cm long, flattish body (rather than round in cross-section) four spindly little legs (no visible toes, although they would have been very small)!, tail looked like it was part of the body rather than 'stuck on'.
Colouring was brown on the back with a orange stripe running the length of the body. I didn't manage to turn it over to look at the belly-side.
It looked kind of sleepy (as if I'd woken it from hibernation) but it crawled off, so I can't answer any more questions about it.
If anyone can help me identify it I'd be greatful!
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Newts are amphibians and lizards are reptiles. The major difference is the presence of scales. Amphibians don't have scales, just smooth, moist skin. The scales of a lizard or snake can be smooth and shiny, but no reptile is actually slimy. Bright colors are often warning signals that the animal is toxic. Many amphibians are brightly colored to advertise they can't be eaten. Many newts have orange bellies which they display if attacked. The newts are very toxic.