Politicians' sports bets are usually predictable: one case of micro-brewed awfulness wagered against a locally-produced foodstuff that tastes of civic boosterism and sadness.
But some elected officials take sports wagering to the next level. A few weeks ago, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock made a bet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, offering to perform the Ray Lewis dance if the Broncos lost to the Ravens in an NFL playoff game. Despite sustaining a right quadricep injury practicing the dance, Hancock finally made good on his wager this week.
In his honor, we're taking a look at recent Super Bowl bets made by politicians, and determining who might have A Little Problem.
Tags: 60 Minutes, Football, Gambling, San Francisco, Sports, Super Bowl
Hillary and Obama, sittin' in a… carefully orchestrated 60 Minutes interview, broadcast last night. They are totally BFFs now.
Tags: 60 Minutes, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton
Don't make out-going Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry. Apparently…
A CBS promotional video clip shows an angry Gov. Rendell saying "you're simpletons, you're idiots" during a 60 Minutes interview. The segment is to air Sunday evening as part of an examination of the proliferation of casino gambling across the country…
Rendell reportedly was explaining that gambling addicts already had opportunities elsewhere, when his temper flared. By allowing casinos in Pennsylvania, tax revenue and jobs would stay in the state instead of going to neighboring New Jersey, he explained.
He then picked up the CBS news camera and threw it across the room and out the window before slow-motion breaking through a wall and loping through downtown Harrisburg. Or I assume. The clip only lasts a short moment, but that seems to be the way things are going. Something like that happened, at any rate.
The full interview and carnage runs on Sunday.
(Thanks to my friend Upma, for the heads up.)
Tags: 60 Minutes, Ed Rendell, Gambling, Pennsylvania
Why do those awful, awful Democrats always have to be so hurtful with all those words they use? John Boehner knows what I'm talking about. Poor guy's just going about his business — working to subvert and destroy every piece of legislation that the President wants passed at any cost to the country — and he gets "disrespected" by being called a "hostage-taker."
Words hurt, Mr. President. Words hurt…
John Boehner thinks President Barack Obama is "engaging" and "smart" — but the speaker-elect is also still smarting over the president's claim that he took taxpayers hostage to secure a tax break for the rich.
In an interview with Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes for broadcast Sunday night on CBS, Boehner said Obama showed him "disrespect" by calling him a hostage-taker.
"Excuse me, Mr. President I thought the election was over," Boehner said, according to a transcript obtained by POLITICO. "You know, you get a lot of that heated rhetoric during an election. But now it's time to govern."
You tell him, Mr. Soon-to-be Speaker of the House! Though, you'd think that a guy with a name like his would be used to a few sticks and words breaking his bones. I don't wanna be indelicate here, but isn't "John" another word for "toilet"?
Also, apparently, all those people (at last count, it was everybody) who were making fun of his unnaturally burnt umber-hewed are a bunch of big jerks as well…
"I've never been in a tanning salon in my life, I've never used a tanning product in my life," Boehner said. His wife said he's had dark skin since she's known him.
Aren't you all just ashamed of yourselves now? You'd better be. You'd better be.
Tags: 60 Minutes, Barack Obama, CBS, House of Representatives, John Boehner, Taxes
Lara Logan is a human vuvuzela.
Oh, don’t you remember Lara Logan, the South African-bred CBS News reporter/self-appointed U.S. Army spokesBarbie who got herself knocked the fuck up by some random married military contractor? And don’t you remember Michael Hastings, the Jann Wenner indentured servant who broke the story on Stanley McChrystal talking shit on Your American President? Turns out Lara totally thinks Michael is the worst for reporting stuff that reflects badly on the military. This is because she is a really and truly distinguished journalist and not just another mainstream media reporter in the tank for the military.
Lara got all pissy because Michael reported some stuff Stanley and his boyfriends said because, ewww, it made the military look bad. Part of her evidence for why her opinion is fact is that she has hung around them and they have not told her secrets, ever, which cannot possibly mean that this is because they regard her as some combination of a Bobblehead and blow-up doll. Lara Logan has never heard of chauvinistic military culture. Also, no one has told her that she is dumb.
Apparently, Lara Logan learned in advanced elementary J-school that journalists are only supposed to report stuff that people in power will think is awesome. This is how you make friends and also become a famous person on television news.
And she is correct, of course, because the only way to ethically participate in the American military as a journalist is to make super-besties with the military and, obviously, the civilians who work for the military. And then to have their children, out of your womb. That is how God intended love and journalism to work. Duhhhhhhhhhh.
What does Lara Logan’s personal life have to do with her opinion on Michael Hastings? Probably nothing, except that she’s spent the better part of the past few years ethically and journalistically fucking a dude who works for the very military she claims to be able to cover in a balanced fashion. This raises the question: Why did Michael Hastings not fuck General Stanley McChrystal? Let's hope that Lara Logan gets to the bottom of this, preferably in another very special 60 Minutes piece in which she blithely pimps military propaganda and has shiny hair. Then Andy Rooney can masturbate, live, on-camera. Imagine those eyebrows furrowed in lustful concentration. Now try to eat lunch. You’re welcome.
Video of Lara Logan screeding live for CNN's cameras after the jump.
Tags: 60 Minutes, Afghanistan, CNN, Lara Logan, Military, Stanley McChrystal