Monday Miscellany

John X has a thing about midgets and I thought he was the only one. Sadly, I was wrong. He proved me wrong with the following Redd Foxx video:

I’m so sorry you had to be subjected to that.


Michelle Bachmann more likely than you might think to win the GOP nomination, according to CNN Politics. Meanwhile, on ABC’s Political “Note”, She’s compared to Mike Huckabee. Just in case you think I’m the only one out on a limb about Bachmann’s chances to be the GOP nominee, here’s Markos Moulitas of DailyKos going out on the same limb. The White House, according to reports, is most afraid of Jon Huntsman, the former U.S. Ambassador to China, because he’s most like Obama, a centrist with reasonable points of argument. Not me, it’s the firebrand populist I fear because you’ll never go broke underestimating the American public.

Here’s her official announcement as a candidate for the presidency in Waterloo, IA,

It seems you can’t “fact check” Rep. Bachmann, or, at least, Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation Sunday didn’t have much luck.

In more Bachmann news, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked the Minnesotan if she was “a flake” and stirred up a firestorm of criticism for being rude. He apologized, but Michelle would have none of it and wouldn’t accept the apology.

Finally, my favorite Tweet re: Bachmann

@BorowitzReport Andy Borowitz
Sarah Palin must be looking at Michele Bachmann and feeling the way the Jonas Bros felt about Justin Bieber.


In other political news, Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry is a complete wingnut. (I love love love Jim Hightower. He’s so f’n funny)


My next non-fiction read? The Matchbox that ate a 40 ton truck by Marcus Chown.

Speaking of non-fiction reads, the readers of a blog called Open Culture have come up with a list of the 25 best non-fiction reads of all time. I’ve read quite a few, but I’ll catch up with at least some of the rest. What do you think?


As many of you know, my friend MCARP is a blogger whose site I hit daily, despite the fact that I see him fairly often when he gets out of the VDR (very dark room). He’s had his romantic troubles in the past:

I’m 58 years old now, and I barely understand anything about love. My sense of it is that my understanding is much dimmer than that of the average person.

I’ve tried to help him out with this in the past by doing such things as posting some music selections for him, but this time I think I’ve got it. Five niche dating sites for obscure tastes.

If that doesn’t work, MCARP, here’s where you can learn to swear at me in dozens of languages from Afrikaans to Zulu.