Last night, with President Obama faraway in France and provisions of the Patriot Act set to expire at midnight, the commander-in-chief awakened at 5:45 a.m. and called on his “autopen” to immediately sign the bill into law. The device replicated Obama’s signature and, as a result, the government’s post-9/11 roving wiretap privileges were secured. “It’s an important tool for us to continue dealing with an ongoing terrorist threat,” said Obama, after a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. So what is this device and how is it legal when constitutionally, the president presumably must sign a bill before it becomes law? Schoolhouse Rock did not cover this.
SDB Evening News Reads for 052711Posted: May 27, 2011
Good evening, Its Friday!
I guess you can tell that I have a fondness for midgets. As the picture to the left shows, I often collect images or stories that strike me as funny and I know, totally unpolitically correct…wait, is that a word? Hey, if it isn’t it should be…if Palin can do it…why can’t I?
Anyway, this midget fancy, it is not something new, I have always been fascinated with anything connected to Little People. So if you ever come across anything (pictures or articles) funny or campy that involves a midget, be sure to send it to me… using my special email address: MinxMidgetFancy@gmail.com
Ah, it is Friday, so today’s reads will be on the easy side. (My little midget rant might have given you a heads up to my selection of links I have for you today.)
Actually, I have one link that is very disturbing…I will just sandwich it in between the fluff.
Hey, Obama signed that PARTRIOT Act bill with an electric pen. Somehow I find this ironic…using this kind of technology to sign the extension of a law to spy on American Citizens. It has a James Bond kind of flare about it. Or if not James Bond, perhaps Boris and Natasha would be a better description? That link goes to an episode of Rocky and Bullwinkle: Goof Gas Attack where…
Boris and Natasha plan a goof gas attack on Washington to take it over.
They took a few days to get there by cab and went to the visitor section of US Congress and they then discovered the US was run by politicians arguing and debating the issues and giving speeches. What the politicians say makes no logical sense and seems to be goofy and so Natasha turns to Boris and asks “Boris is what he said, you think he already have some goof gas?” and Boris says “Natasha what he said, that is goof gas!”
Pete Souza/The White House
Emptywheel joked about this “robosigning” and offered his own new lyric for Schoolhouse Rock:
As I joked last night, they’re going to have to add a couple of lines to Schoolhouse Rock to explain to children the magic of the President’s autopen:
I’m just a bill, yes I’m only a bill, thanks to the President using his auto-quill.
I’m off to the White House to wait in a line for the President’s autosign.
As a side note, look at the signature of Obama’s more closely. There must be some hidden meaning in the way he puts the O so large…it almost encompasses his bama. I wonder what handwriting experts think of it.
Alright everyone. Take a breath. Here is the disturbing link…we’ll just let it speak for itself. I decided not to include the image. If you want to see what the Iran Human Rights group is worried about, then click the link to see the picture.
Reports have been coming in that 11 people were hung in Iran yesterday with five people hung to death in public. However, the group Iran Human Rights has an incredibly disturbing report about the executions. They claim to have a picture that shows a young boy of indeterminate age being used to actually perform one of the public executions.
The picture purports to show the death of Mehdi Faraji, a man convicted of murdering five women. However, in the picture, you can see what appears to be a young boy literally pulling a stool out from underneath Faraji’s feet, sending the man down to his death. An older man seems to be guiding the boys hands.
It seems inappropriate to put this link in a Funny Friday post, but when I saw it in my Google Reader, I had to use it. I don’t know if this boy is somehow related to one of the five women this man killed…it is definitely an image that stays with you… I will just say take another breath and read on.
Okay…speaking of Moose and Squirrel:
John Cole has been collecting suggested titles for the Sarah Palin movie. Other entries:
From Within Sight of Russia With Love
John McCain’s a Series of Unfortunate Events
Check it out. That title Krugman uses for his post is hilarious. I also like this one:
Lost in Translation II
Another funny observation from Kevin Drum: It’s Gonna Be a Long Primary Season | Mother Jones
Well, when your base is glued to the TV watching wrestling and Pawn Stars, what do you expect.
(No offense to those fans of wrestling and Pawn Stars.)
Well, have a fun Friday Evening…and remember my Minx Midget Fancy email…its easy, think of it as a little people version of Cat Fancy or Dog Fancy. (Wink and a smile.)