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Well, so much for that whole bailout plan. The House soundly rejected the Paulson plan yesterday, despite assurances (and a nationwide address) from President Bush and (the former from) John McCain that the Republican members of Congress were on-board to pass the $700-billion plan.
The final votes came in at 205 to 228, with the Republicans voting 65 for and 133 against, and Democrats voting 140 for and 95 against.
While the winner, it seems, is in the eye of the beholder, we did learn a few interesting facts throughout the night that went beyond the candidates’ Iraq strategies and fundamental economic policy differences:
Other buzzwords from the election: orgy of spending, pork barrel politics, earmarks, Main Street vs. Wall Street.
The next debates on the docket are the Vice Presidential debates in Missouri on October 2nd. The second Presidential debates follow soon after, and if you have something on your mind you can submit a question to the candidates via MySpace.
Google’s also created a Moderator application to help you voice your questions, and – as seen in our own Presidential Debate video – there’s always the print area of the almighty t-shirt to help you wear your voice loud and clear.
But for those of you who were waiting impatiently for the Presidential debates, you’re in luck: we have our own version of The Great Debate for you. It’s only 2 minutes long, but hey – it’s better than no debates at all, right?
So for everyone out there who wants to have their own debate over the issues, just remember: an image is worth 1000 words. (Liberals here may insert a “Just ask John McCain.”)
Big thanks to the Ditty Bops for use of their song – check out their site for more throwback music that will summon memories of an era when the thought of a televised Presidential debate was mere fantasy.
(Will history repeat itself?)
Very official song credit:
Performed by The Ditty Bops
Written by Abby DeWald & Amanda Barrett
Published by Ditty Bops Music, (ASCAP)
Courtesy of The Green Witch Society
In the time since this post has been up, the Right Wing has added their voice to the Debate debate. Most designs are however still pro-Obama on the issue, so if you have a strong pro-McCain or anti-Obama position on the Presidential Debates Debate do remember that your image is a great way to get your voice out there. Here’s some newer designs:
While political pundits managed to avoid head-on discussion of the financial crisis for the past 6 months by arguing back and forth on semantics as to whether or not this kind of action (i.e. the Bear Stearns rescue) is a “bailout,” those days are over. It’s bailout time.
We haven’t had a Fantasy T-shirt Wearer in awhile, but on this fine Monday I’ve been moved to choose one.
The folks over at FAIL Blog have a variety of submissions that include unfortunate signage, gaffes, falls and other fail-worthy incidents. One recent submission, however, wins its Zorb victim the Fantasy T-shirt Wearer award of the week. (Though we’d probably put her in a womens’ tank…)
Feel the fail… and if you know her, please send along her address so I might send her a t-shirt.
Gi’en that International Talk Like a Shipmate Tide has had the’r official shirts at CafePress fer voyages now, we be perhaps nay so surprised – but very amused – t’ take a Customer Service call on Septembree 19th a wee voyages aft wherein our customer talked like a swashbuckler through th’ entire call.
Due t’ Captain Legal Beagle, we won`t be postin’ th’ actual audio o’ that call. Instead, we`ve done a dramatic, word-fer-word re-enactment o’ spake call.
So aye: this call really did happen. This be basically a word-fer-word excerpt. So reckon: if ye find yersef makin’ a phone order today, dasn’t forget t’ talk like a swashbuckler!
Barack Obama is no stranger to folks making jokes and commentary about his name – particularly given that his middle name, Hussein, isn’t exactly the American standby of “John” or “Richard.”
Sarah Palin, though, has such an all-American name that one might expect it to fly under the radar. And upon examination of the names she chose for her children, one proud American decided that, indeed, her brood has the most unconventionally American names of any VP or Presidential elect, past or present: Track, Trig, Bristol, Willow, and Piper.
With that in mind, this patriotic soul decide to bring the world the Sarah Palin Baby-name Generator, so that all of you expectant mothers and Palin fans out there can express your patriotism and choose original but 100% American names for your offspring.
There’s been some debate as to whether one should enter First, Middle, and/or Last names. Personally, I’m of the opinion that First and Middle names are the correct names to enter into the generator. So may I hereby be known as Muzzle Mammoth Palin.
And that brings us to Sarah Louise Heath Palin herself, who comes out as: Krinkle Bearcat Palin. (McCain is Bang Walmart Palin – he should probably stick with G.I. John as his nickname.)
One has to wonder whether Obama might be more palatable to the Right if he went with his Palin name: Plank Castle Palin. (Joe Biden gets the short end of the stick here, as Recoil Mush Palin.) Hmm.
While we can neither confirm nor deny the contribution amount of anti-Bush merchandise toward our revenue for the past 8 years, it does leave one to wonder what’s to become of the 1.8 million Bush products, all created by people like you.
Will there be a renewed interest in Bush products as his time in office comes to an end? Will liberals stock up on “End of an Error” merch to remind the world that they knew better? Or will these products simply live on aside the Dean and Kerry merch, mostly ignored but for sale in perpetuity, memories of a punchline gone by and a great gift for those who want a retro political t-shirt?
One glimmer of hope out there: Sarah Palin seems to have energized the t-shirt economy in a way that even Bush himself has failed to do of late. While McCain hasn’t made mention of the fact that his choice of running mate was cleverly chosen to help weather the blow of the anti-Bush merch fallout, that’s most likely due to his preference to focus on long-term economic plans.
Of course, well-respecting liberal bumpers may also welcome anti-Palin stickers of the same flavor. Indeed, perhaps President Bush’s filial epithet will unintentionally leave us all with a financial future made more secure than his 8-year tenure might suggest.
As it happens, our own CafePress meter would indicate that the combination of Obama and Palin might be enough to offset the demise of the anti-Bush merchandise economy. So friends, don’t panic yet. There’s still an election to be had.
That being said, we submit an entreaty to both parties for 2012:
If you’re serious about managing the fallout from the anti-Bush merchandise collapse in order to stimulate the economy, please choose your candidates wisely. We suggest a dream ticket of Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton.
And if you really want to create an explosive economic growth sector and put a dent in the National Debt, we suggest George W. and Bill as the V.P. choices, respectively. A Bush/Bush, Clinton/Clinton ticket would enable a t-shirt throwdown that might even get Ben Bernanke out of a suit and tie. And most certainly out of a grump.
A few months back we went down to L.A. to investigate the Taco Truck Law that had recently been passed. The new law forced trucks to move half a mile every hour or face a $1000 fine and/or 6 months in jail.
Two taco truck enthusiasts sprung to the defense of their beloved taco trucks, and set up saveourtacotrucks.org – as well as t-shirts and such – to rally support.
Molina plans an appeal and, according to spokesperson Roxanne Marquez, “We expect to win.”
You won’t find anything about the taco truck law on Gloria Molinda’s Wikipedia page, however; apparently, someone with a County of Los Angeles I.P. address is quite diligent about deleting anything that has to do with taco trucks or the controversy that surrounds them from this particular page.
One can only imagine that this overzealous editor wishes that deleting the trucks themselves were so easy…
In any case, for now your favorite taco truck will be staying put. And so, for those that missed it: our deep investigative piece on the great taco truck debate.
Last week we mentioned the Great Palin Debate, as argued by the hundreds of thousands of Palin designs created by y’all. We also mentioned that those debates don’t show any sign of going quietly, and to that end we weren’t surprised when this week’s political controversy soundbyte made its way to t-shirts, buttons and everything else fit for a lipsticked pig. Or a pit bull. Or a barracuda. Or any other animal prone to wearing beauty products.
This week, Barack Obama used a common colloquialism when characterizing McCain’s policies as no different than George W. Bush’s:
“You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It’s still going to stink after eight years.”
The GOP has accused Obama of a sexist, deliberate attack on Sarah Palin by intentionally referencing her lipstick/pit bull remark; the Obama campaign claims that the remark was the innocent use of a common colloquialism and not meant to characterize Palin as a swine of any kind, and that the GOP’s attacks are a thinly veiled attempt to stir up controversy.
John McCain himself used this phrase when describing Hillary Clinton’s health plan back in ’07. We didn’t see an explosion of merchandise around it then, but Hillary hasn’t been exempt from the latest batch of creativity…
Interestingly, nobody seems to be objecting to Obama’s second, colorful and non-colloquial portion of that sentence on the grounds that it implies that either McCain or Bush are (a) old, (b) a fish or (c) odorous in any way. Apparently, all animal metaphors used in political commentary are seen as applying to Palin these days.
So: pit bull, pig, barracuda or none of the above? It may be time to ask the animals for their opinions; unfortunately, Ms. Piggy, Babe and Wilbur have all been mum on the matter, and barracuda aren’t known for their public speaking abilities. I will however note that, as the owner of a few pit bulls myself, I’m not convinced that lipstick is the main differentiator between Sarah Palin and my dogs. Then again, she may have a few feather boas hidden away of which the American populace is thus far unaware.