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obamarama:

“It’s one of the horse sculptures. By that guy. I don’t know.  I think Reagan left it and no one has had the nerve to move it.”

FACT: The Oval Office hasn’t been redecorated since the Bush era (you can tell, right… all those pale prairie golds and blues?), but Obama hopes to get around to doing it someday. He has moved in a bust of MLK, though.
BONUS FACT: When Joe Biden moved into his office, the very first thing he did was have it repainted blue.
These FACTS brought to you by the Department of Jonathan’s Never Going To Get Tired Of Talking About That Time He Went To The West Wing.

obamarama:

“It’s one of the horse sculptures. By that guy. I don’t know.  I think Reagan left it and no one has had the nerve to move it.”

FACT: The Oval Office hasn’t been redecorated since the Bush era (you can tell, right… all those pale prairie golds and blues?), but Obama hopes to get around to doing it someday. He has moved in a bust of MLK, though.

BONUS FACT: When Joe Biden moved into his office, the very first thing he did was have it repainted blue.

These FACTS brought to you by the Department of Jonathan’s Never Going To Get Tired Of Talking About That Time He Went To The West Wing.


(via andrewtsks, … , justjasper)
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(via andrewtsks, … , justjasper)

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It is understood that in the past few weeks the Queen’s treasurer, Sir Alan Reid, has briefed government officials that her expenditure is running at about £7 million ($12 million) more than the annual allowance. This shortfall is being met by an emergency reserve that is expected to run out in 2012.

The civil list, £7.9 million a year, has been frozen for 20 years.

Courtiers say that, in the long term, the Queen needs an increase in annual funding that at least takes into account inflation over the past 20 years - 80 per cent during that time.

The Queen, however, is sensitive to public opinion and ministers fear a public relations disaster if the civil list is increased by such a large amount in the wake of the economic crisis.

Andrew Alderson and Patrick Hennessey, “Queen is $12m short each year,” The Sydney Morning Herald, May 31, 2010

The civil list is the money the British Parliament pays the Queen to be queen.

So. We have a woman whose only job is to smile and wave and nod at ceremonies, who qualified for such a job by crawling out of her mum’s vagina eighty-something years ago and staying alive long enough for her dad to die, and she receives millions of pounds every year from the British taxpayer for this highly-technical work.

And she spends almost twice as much as she “earns.”

And the only reason she doesn’t ask for even more money is because it might look bad. Because the people who pay her don’t have a lot of money at the moment. Not because she doesn’t do shit to earn the money she’s asking for, but because it might look bad.

I have a modest proposal for the British Government. How about they cut this dumb bint’s earnings to about zero pounds per year, and tell her to go get a fucking job?


Since I understand my suggestion that the Queen get a job might be perceived as a little radical, I’ve got an alternate suggestion for the British government. I propose that they crown me king of England. 
This will save them an immense amount of money, because I promise to spend no more than three million pounds more than I’m given each year.
Please support my campaign by tweeting the hashtag #MakeJonathanKingofEngland. As you can see from the picture above, I asked the former Australian Opposition Leader and one time leader of the Australian Republican Movement to support me. His protest that he never abandoned the movement is sadly unconvincing; Turnbull thinks Australia should not reconsider the issue until the Queen dies. Making the destiny of our country contingent on the actions of a foreign monarch seems entirely antithetical to the intention of republicanism.

Since I understand my suggestion that the Queen get a job might be perceived as a little radical, I’ve got an alternate suggestion for the British government. I propose that they crown me king of England. 

This will save them an immense amount of money, because I promise to spend no more than three million pounds more than I’m given each year.

Please support my campaign by tweeting the hashtag #MakeJonathanKingofEngland. As you can see from the picture above, I asked the former Australian Opposition Leader and one time leader of the Australian Republican Movement to support me. His protest that he never abandoned the movement is sadly unconvincing; Turnbull thinks Australia should not reconsider the issue until the Queen dies. Making the destiny of our country contingent on the actions of a foreign monarch seems entirely antithetical to the intention of republicanism.


Al and Tipper Gore have split up.

John Boehner demands Paul McCartney apologize for dissing Bush

Spotted at BP station in Ohio (by The Rachel Maddow Show, via publicradiointernational, swirlspice)
The ironing is delicious.

The brighter side of Brown.

Republicans are convinced that tea party coverage has become an effort to “other-ize” conservatives. In the words of Mike Murphy, who’s currently living the rugged life of a Meg Whitman consultant:

"These young reporters fly to the wilds of Oklahoma or Kentucky, find a bunch of folks in Uncle Sam suits hollering and come back thinking they’ve got some hot scoop."

This is, obviously, loaded criticism, with the implication being that the nattering nabobs of the East Coast just don’t understand the real America. I take issue with this. If a political movement, however loosely aggregated, is driving the policies of one party, it deserves copious and probing coverage. Yes, it’s frustrating for liberals that a few hundred tea party activists can steal the headlines by packing into town hall meetings. But understanding why that happened, how social networks and technology made that possible, and whether or not their worries were well-founded — that is obviously a job for political journalists.

Dave Weigel, “Yes, the media should cover the Tea Parties,” Right Now, April 22, 2010

Glad I took this photo when I did, since it’s probably going to say “Glenn Beck” pretty soon.
(Note: This isn’t political comment. I really want them to give the chair to Glenn Beck. Let him bring a white board into the Press Briefing room. AWESOME.)

Glad I took this photo when I did, since it’s probably going to say “Glenn Beck” pretty soon.

(Note: This isn’t political comment. I really want them to give the chair to Glenn Beck. Let him bring a white board into the Press Briefing room. AWESOME.)



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