Too bad this local news broke too late to be mentioned in my previous post about the King:
By JIM DAVENPORT – Associated Press
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann got her Elvis Presley dates all shook up during a campaign stop Tuesday in South Carolina.
The congresswoman from Minnesota played the Elvis tune “Promised Land” at a local restaurant and told the crowd of 300 that she wanted to say happy birthday to the king of rock ‘n’ roll.
“Before we get started, let’s all say happy birthday to Elvis Presley today!” Bachmann said.
But Aug. 16 is the anniversary of Elvis’ death, in 1977, and someone in the crowd shouted back, “He died today!”
Bachmann didn’t respond and launched into her speech….
You can’t let hecklers distract you, of course. She later explained why her error wasn’t an error:
“As far as we’re concerned, he’s still alive in our hearts,” Bachmann said.
After all, she saw him coming out of the Krispy Kreme just the other day. I guess.
Do you think she’s been taking too much medicine — of the kind Dr. Nick used to prescribe?
How can she be a real American and not know stuff like this? First John Wayne. Now the King. Whose sacred memory will she stomp all over next?
Remember, ladies and gentlemen — this is your all Elvis, all the time blog. Today anyway.
O.K., this is not about Elvis but if you stretch the point, it could be. This is for Doug.
Doug, don’t know if you saw this or not on the Yahoo page but thought about you when I read it. At least it is good for a chuckle. Depends on whether Ron Paul plans to live there or not.
Enjoy.”Silicon Valley billionaire funding creation of artificial libertarian islands”
Pay Pal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel has given $1.25 million to an initiative to create floating libertarian countries in international waters, according to a profile of the billionaire in Details magazine.
Thiel has been a big backer of the Seasteading Institute, which seeks to build sovereign nations on oil rig-like platforms to occupy waters beyond the reach of law-of-the-sea treaties. The idea is for these countries to start from scratch–free from the laws, regulations, and moral codes of any existing place. Details says the experiment would be “a kind of floating petri dish for implementing policies that libertarians, stymied by indifference at the voting booths, have been unable to advance: no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons.”………………………………………………………
The Seasteading Institute’s Patri Friedman says the group plans to launch an office park off the San Francisco coast next year, with the first full-time settlements following seven years later.””
The gaffs are starting to pile up. She keeps repeating the debunked claim that’s she’s a seventh generation Ioawan. At best she’s a fifth generation American with four generations in Iowa. Sure that’s not a big deal but seriously get it right once it’s demonstrated that you have your facts a bit off doesn’t it make sense to just quietly quit making the claim?
I hope that Sarah Palin runs for President. Two ditzy brunettes running for the same job. Saturday Night Live will have a fest. Jon Steward and Stephen Colbert, also.
Batty stuff sure does come out of her mouth with disturbing regularity. Like this: “I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”
Then there’s the interview where she tries to backpedal on her anti-gay judgments, to hilarious effect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjMnFnrS2t4&feature=share.
Her press people will have war stories to rival any ever told.
If she can make up her own version of American history, lying about her own family tree is just a piddly thing.
I doubt she knows any ancestors past her great-grandparents.
Ow! Coming from a Southerner (paying you the compliment of that assumption, ma’am), THAT’S an insult!
@Bart — put Doug on one. He likes trying new things.
Bart, the part that really cracked me up about this particular libertarian fantasy is the part where he envisions “looser building codes.”
You’re going to be living on an oil platform — an extremely physically limited space — in the middle of the ocean! You’d better have the strictest building codes in the history of the world. In fact, while you’ve got me going — “building”? Really? You’re saying that this free individuals would be able to take it into their heads to build new structures, according to the whims of the Ayn Randian individual, in a shared space that exists on the oceanic equivalent of the head of a pin?!?!?
That would be awesome! Combine that with the “few restrictions on weapons,” and these few individuals should be able to make a lot of money in the Reality TV market by putting cameras in every nook and cranny (if they can suppress their libertarian prejudices against such things for the sake of making moolah, which libertarians crave). As entertainment, it would rival anything the Roman Colosseum ever dreamed up.
Surely we’ve all encountered the phenomenon of neighbors suing each other over minor infractions of the neighborhood covenant. Imagine the tensions in this tight space with “looser building codes” and everyone packing an arsenal!
Sawed-off shotguns. That would be the weapon of choice in such tight quarters.
Anybody ever see “Outland,” with Sean Connery? It’s “High Noon” transferred to a mining colony on one of the moons of Jupiter. No ray guns, but sawed-off shotguns. Awesome.
That’s what a Seastead would be like, as envisioned.
Brad, did you mean to post that last comment here? Seems like it belonged on the libertarian island thread.
About Bachmann, she was my choice to take some of the wind out of Rick Perry’s sails. But she’s coming up short given her inability to string 2 coherent words together. But Perry has his own outrageous ‘words issues’ to deal with. Suggesting the Fed Chair would be treasonous for bumping up the money supply is pretty serious talk. Even Karl Rove has trouble with that type of language.
Nate Silver has a good article today about Perry’s electability in the general if nominated. He lags Romney given his extreme positions and langauge with the independent voters. That will hurt his chances with Republicans who value electibility over all other factors. I would reckon that to be about 10-20% of the GOP voters. If that group breaks to Romney it will hurt Perry. Hence I still favor Romney, although not by as much. Here’s where they stand right now:
Bud, that was my response on Bart’s comment above — which I then decided to turn into a separate post.
As for your list: I don’t know about the odds (I’m always suspicious when probabilities are assigned a numerical value, because we all know the numbers are pulled out of the air).
But I think you’ve got the order right.
In fact, I think THAT’S something I’ll turn into a separate post.
Maybe you could send me an update weekly…
(I’m always suspicious when probabilities are assigned a numerical value, because we all know the numbers are pulled out of the air).
Indeed my numbers are pretty much pulled out of thin air. But Nate Silver does a very good job in scientifically assigning odds. He hasn’t done so yet since there is not enough polling and the situation is still in flux. But in about a month or two it will be interesting to see what Nate says about all this.
And to make sure you know: I mean no criticism. I just have a peeve about numerical probabilities, because they imply precision that is not real.
For instance, those forecasts of “40 percent chance of rain.” Either it is going to rain, in which case the probability is 100 percent, or it isn’t, in which case it’s O percent. Or maybe there’s going to be this drifting mist in the air, and you can’t decide whether to call it rain or not.
Brad, you obviously don’t understand how statistics work. A 40% chance of rain means that on 40% of those occassions when the meteorological conditions were the same as they are now it rained and 60% of the time it didn’t. It absolutely does not mean that the odds were wrong if it does rain. In fact if the odds were 10% for rain and it rained then that doesn’t mean the odds were wrong.
I’m a numbers guy so I pretty much boil everything down to numbers. I rate movies that way. I’d give Apocolypse Now an 89 out of a 100 and a bad movie like No Strings Attached a 37. I can’t view the world any other way. That’s why I do what I do for a living.
Indeed I am a Southerner, beginning in Virginia in 1690 and coming to South Carolina in 1700. Somehow, despite generations of South Carolina craziness, I had very progressive and open-minded grandparents and parents and thus do not worship at the altar of the Lost Cause and its companions “Slaves were happy” and “Slavery was not the cause of the Civil War.”
I should have added “bless her heart” to my earlier insult.
When I open my casino, I will buy you lots of drinks. And sell(no, GIVE) you a lucky rabbit’s foot that will guarantee a 50 percent chance you will win.
@Rose, you owe me screen wipes…