And, now, because it’s been a long time since I last posted it, let’s take a look at what I think is one of the best Monty Python clips. You have to listen carefully to get the full pleasure of this.
My wife’s favorite response to disappointing situations is “Oh, well.”
My younger son’s new favorite phrase is “Who’s to say?”
YES! The incredible true story of Mitt Romney strapping his dog to the roof of the car for a long roadtrip. Now available in book form.
Wait . . . what?
Now for the first time, here is the completely true—and only mildly embellished— shaggy-dog story of Seamus Romney, the famously fetching Irish setter whose master, future presidential candidate Mitt Romney, plopped him atop the family station wagon for that infamous 1983 car trip. From the majesty of Mount Rushmore to the fabulousness of San Francisco, from the sacred temple of Salt Lake City to the hallowed halls of Washington, D.C., here at last is Seamus’s rooftop account of that headline-grabbing journey . . . unleashed.
Doggedly chronicled by satirists Bruce Kluger and David Slavin (NPR’s All Things Considered), and cleverly illustrated by Colleen Clapp (The Chris Matthews Show, NBC News), this American tale is more than just the story of a dog on a hot tin roof. It is the inside (well . . . overhead) look at the Man Who Would Be President and the wild ride that’s sweeping—and bewildering—the nation.
Poor Mitt. He just can't shake this awful story. Not only has he had New York Times columnist Gail Collins bringing it up repeatedly over many months and videos that ridicule him over the incident, but now his mistreatment of his dog will be memorialized between the hard covers of a certain bestseller. I know I'll buy it.
It can be hard to know, unless you're tuned-in to the signs that are there. Washington Post Magazine humorist Gene Weingarten offers help to American dog owners, by outing his own dog Murphy (in photo), who, Weingarten says, seems awfully Republican. Here are some of the tidbits in an article I advise you to check out:
Some of the evidence is unsubtle and unsurprising: Like other Republicans, Murphy shows inappropriate interest in the reproductive systems of women she does not know, shamelessly sticking her nose into their business. It can be a problem on walks. But other things are more nuanced.
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Like other Republicans, Murphy demands less government; she makes this position abundantly clear anytime I attempt to govern her behavior in any way inconsistent with her immediate desires, such as horking up maggoty chicken from the gutter, which she will do with subversive glee while in a protective crouch. She’s for eliminating federal agencies, particularly the U.S. Postal Service, a position she shares with Ron Paul and reconfirms once a day, impolitely, through the mail slot.
Good lord. It appears even man's best friend can fall prey to the lure of the GOP.
In light of the recent ascendance of reproductive and contraceptive issues in our political discourse, I figured that reprising this wonderful Monty Python item, which appeared in the early days of Sense and Nonsense, would not be out of order. Happy Good Friday. Happy Passover. Happy Nonsense.
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