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George W. Bush – A Bad Dream

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After his two terms as President of the United States, Bill Clinton started The Clinton Foundation with a focus on climate change, global health, economic development, religious and ethnic conflict and empowerment of women around the world by way of education, access to health care and increased economic opportunities. Important and worthy initiatives for a past president.

After his stint in the White House, Jimmy Carter founded the Carter Presidential Center with a focus on democracy and human rights around the world. In addition, Carter has worked closely with Habitat for Humanity International in its work to provide housing for the poor. Again, important stuff.

And then there’s George W. Bush.

Some people think George W Bush did as much as he could to bring about Armageddon with his earlier interventions in the Middle East. But not the man himself, apparently. He has signed up for a fundraising event for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, an organisation which aims to promote the second coming by converting Jews to  Christianity, and  will speak today at  their fundraiser in Irving, Texas.

The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute? Really? I wonder how much he’s getting paid for that gig.

The man was an embarrassment before becoming president, an embarrassment as president and now an embarrassment in his years as a former president. There is no Bush Foundation dealing with the major issues of the day…and there never will be. If George W. Bush didn’t care about the big issues during his eight years in the White House, no one should be expecting him to give a damn now.

Kevin Drum got it right when he wrote about Bush last year.

I found myself wondering what had become of George W. Bush. The answer, of course, is nothing. He lives in Dallas with Laura and…that’s about it. For all practical purposes, he’s disappeared. You’d hardly know that for eight years he was one of the most polarizing presidents in recent memory.

Why? Partly, it’s because Bush himself has chosen to keep such a low profile. He makes motivational speeches now and again, and shows up for the odd dedication or funeral, but otherwise keeps to himself. Even his 2010 memoir barely made a splash.

But the real reason is deeper. Bush may have seemed larger than life for eight years, but he left a surprisingly thin legacy.

[…] neither party wants anything to do with him. It’s not surprising that Democrats still think of him as the Frat Boy President, one of the worst of all time, but what is surprising is that Republicans largely agree. A guy who was hailed in 2000 as the first real conservative since Reagan, and in 2004 as the second coming of Winston Churchill, was all but dead to the GOP by 2008. He was just another big spender who led the economy into a tailspin and then seemed to have no idea what to do about it. By the time his second term finally petered out, his reputation was toxic on both sides of the aisle.

…for all his swagger, he was a mile wide and an inch deep. Once he left the White House, it was as if his entire presidency had just been a bad dream.

And now, that inch deep former president is getting paid, for one night anyway, to convert Jews to Christianity. A bad dream indeed.

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Cuccinelli and Santorum – Misogynists in Action

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The Virginia gubernatorial election is two weeks away and ultra-conservative Ken Cuccinelli is trailing Terry McAuliffe by 8 points – 38/46. Even more telling of where this race stands, is the fact that Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general who has attempted to outlaw abortion, contraception and oral sex, is losing the women’s vote by a margin of 20 points, 32%/52%. Women despise Cuccinelli. No surprise there.

So what does Cuccinelli do to shore up his support with women? Well he brings in the one Republican who might be an even bigger homophobic, woman-hating dick than himself. He brings in Mr. Froth, Rick Santorum.

via Raw Story:

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced over the weekend that he would be heading to Virginia with a “Strikeforce” to help save Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s struggling campaign.

According to a fundraising email obtained by Right Wing Watch, Santorum promises that his “Strikeforce will go door-to-door and hold sign waves during the weekend of November 1-3 to help get Republican voters to the polls!”

“Ken Cuccinelli, an unapologetic conservative, is running against liberal, Clinton-insider Terry McAuliffe,” Santorum wrote. “The polls show McAuliffe leading, but Ken can pull off a victory with our help.”

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I might be wrong, but if a politician is finding difficulty in getting women to vote for him, it might be a good idea to not recruit the “help” of a guy who has said

“The notion that college education is a cost-effective way to help poor, low-skill, unmarried mothers with high school diplomas or GEDs move up the economic ladder is just wrong.”

and…

“Radical feminists have been making the pitch that justice demands that men and women be given an equal opportunity to make it to the top in the workplace.”

and…

“One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country…. Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

Thank you, Rick Santorum.

Watching the misogynistic Ken Cuccinelli going down in flames is going to be one of the little joys of the year.

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Thanksgiving

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I looked back to what I posted a year ago on this Thanksgiving Eve and it turned out to be the above illustration. I’m posting it once again because it has more relevance now than it did twelve months ago. Could you imagine what a presidency under any one of these clowns would be like?

The middle class would be crucified and religious convictions would take precedence over science. The possibility of war in the Middle East would be greater than ever while women’s and gay rights would be under siege for the next four years. There would be no possibility of ever enacting the Dream Act and the Affordable Care Act would be slowly dismantled bit by excruciating bit.

A Republican win would have emboldened the Tea Party to carry on with their madness and strengthened the Koch brothers’ belief that if you pour enough money into it, even the White House can be bought.

Well, it didn’t happen. Common sense prevailed and you can rest assured that there will never be a President Bachmann, Perry, Santorum or Romney.

Yes, you have much to be thankful this holiday season.

May your Thanksgiving be happy and safe.

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Romney and Ryan As The New Munsters

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When one of our readers (E.A.) suggested the idea of Paul Ryan as Eddie Munster, I immediately recognized it as a natural. With Ryan’s ridiculously low hairline, widows peak and bushy eyebrows, it didn’t take much work to transform Ryan into little Eddie. As for the Mitt/Herman transformation, a quick peek into Romney’s cold inner being was all the inspiration I needed.

Actually, anyone who remembers the ’60s series, The Munsters, knows that Herman was a decent, soft-spoken guy disconnected from reality. The Munster family (Herman, Lily, Grandpa and Eddie) were a ghoulish family composed of a Frankenstein dad, a vampire as his wife, her vampire father, Eddie the werewolf son and Marilyn, their normal looking niece, who was considered the ugly duckling of the family.

The show centered around the Munsters failed attempts to assimilate into normal society. Their tendency to view normal everyday folk as misfits was their downfall. Remind you of anyone you know?

If Mitt and Ann Romney have shown us anything, it’s that their privileged life of mansions, car elevators, dressage horses and Cayman Islands tax havens has left them unable to understand the struggles that middle class Americans face each and every day. Only a man completely out of touch with regular folk would find it amusing to mock people in $3 plastic raincoats (“I like those fancy raincoats you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks”) while boasting of his friendship with race car owners.

When Ann Romney said, We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life, she wasn’t kidding. The Romneys view themselves as a part of society far removed from the riff-raff that clean their pools and sweep up Rafalca‘s droppings.

Herman never figured out why it was he who was the misfit and not the other way around. Don’t hold your breath hoping Mitt is ever going to figure it out either.

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(The Romney and Ryan source photographs are Creative Commons licensed images from photographer Gage Skidmore.)

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