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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

News Roundup for 9/7/11

Chief Wiggums
Paul Ryan's constituent services department

-Headline of the Day-
"12 kicked out, 3 arrested at Paul Ryan Town Hall."

A PR exercise in Milwaukee went off the rails this week, when democracy broke out at a Paul Ryan "town hall." I put "town hall" in quotes, because this was that one thing were he charged a cover charge to keep protesters out. An actual town hall meeting is where people show up and ask questions or make statements. Rayn's "town hall" a fundraiser he decided to call a "town hall."

Anyway, it didn't work. People paid their $15 cover for the chance to yell at Congressman Ryan for trying to steal their Medicare and Social Security money to pay for tax cuts for the rich and famous. According to the report, "When turning his town halls into PPV events didn't keep the protesters away, Rep. Ryan did the next best thing. He kicked them out, and in some cases, they were arrested. These people paid money to ask Paul Ryan a question, but when the Congressman didn't like their questions, he had them kicked out."

So a word to the wise, if you're at a Paul Ryan event and you have a question other than, "Why are you so awesome?" you might want to keep it to yourself. Asking Paul Ryan uncomfortable questions is apparently illegal these days. (Teamster Nation, with video)

-Impeccable logic-
OK, so it's not politics. But it may be the most disturbing and effective pickup line in history.

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I rest my case. (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

-Bonus HotD-
"G.O.P. Legislators Balk at a Call to Tie Storm Aid to Budget Cuts."

Eric Cantor is quickly finding himself alone on the "Disaster Victims are Welfare Queens" side of the argument. (New York Times)
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