Businessman Foster Friess is a very vocal supporter of Rick Santorum. So, that right there gives us some indication of the quality of his decision making skills. He also has a history of making shitty jokes that are not likely to be much-appreciated.
Today, though — while discussing Darrell Issa's Congressional witch hunt on contraception with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell — he really outdid himself…
"I get such a chuckle when these things come out. Here we have millions of our fellow Americans unemployed, we have jihadist camps being set up in Latin America, which Rick has been warning about, and people seem to be so preoccupied with sex. I think it says something about our culture. We maybe need a massive therapy session so we can concentrate on what the real issues are.
"And this contraceptive thing, my gosh, it's such inexpensive. Back in my day, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly."
Okay, so let's all take a step back, breathe in and out a few times, and try to stop hyperventilating for a moment after reading that.
Clearly, it was a stupid stupid joke. One that goes a long way toward highlighting what is likely a deep vein of misogynistic tendencies (he is a Santorum supporter, after all). But it was a joke. One that is likely in a million bathroom readers and crappy used book store yuck-yuck compendiums across the country. And — though you can argue against its sensitivity or value, given the circumstances — it's flat-out wrong to report on it as though it was intended as a statement of fact and not an obvious misplaced attempt at levity.
So, I'm not sure whether normally astute websites like BuzzFeed, Talking Points Memo, Think Progress and Slate didn't get that it was a bad joke or just have all just chosen to act like it wasn't one, but it seems to me like this an overblown manufactured scandal.
All that said, what an idiot!
Photo by Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons
Tags: Contraception, Darrell Issa, Foster Friess, House of Representatives, Senate, Sex
"Is there a chance, by the end of this, we will get a description of Barack Obama's penis?" – Stephen Colbert
The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30pm / 10:30c.
Tags: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Darrell Issa, House of Representatives, Republicans, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Video
Yaaawwwn. Just another sunny day in America, where we no longer have to fear the evil Marx-monster ACORN and its vote-stealing, Census-helping, pimp-enabling habits because OH MY GOD what is lurking in the shadows that just fell across our sunny, democratic day?
[A] report from California Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, includes details of a recent business transaction between ACORN and a California affiliate that broke away this year and changed its name in a bid to start anew.
"ACORN is attempting to rebrand itself without instituting real reforms or removing senior leadership figures that need to be held accountable for wrongdoing," Issa said in a press release. "These newly renamed organizations are like career criminals who adopt aliases without changing their criminal lifestyles."
The document, titled "Asset Transfer and License agreement" shows that Bertha Lewis, chief executive of ACORN, sold the group's assets to the newly formed Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) in exchange for cash.
ACCE has hired former ACORN employees, purchased the ACORN database of dues-paying members and bought a database with "e-mail contact information for approximately 16,202 potential contributors residing in California.
Tags: ACORN, Blackwater, California, Darrell Issa, Republicans
If you received one of the GOP's fundraising letters designed to look like an official U.S. Census form, hang on to it (assuming you didn't "return it along with your generous contribution") — that piece of paper could soon be an historic artifact…
The House passed legislation Wednesday that would ban misleading mailings designed to appear they're from the Census Bureau, following criticism that Republican groups were sending fundraising letters using the census name.
Under the bill, mailings marked "census" will be required to state the name and address of the sender, along with an unambiguous disclaimer that the survey was not affiliated with the federal government.
The legislation passed 416-0, after two Republicans who sit on the House panel overseeing the census, Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Jason Chaffetz of Utah, agreed to co-sponsor the measure. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., has said he intends to move forward with legislation in the Senate.
See how easy it is for Congress to get things done, if people put their minds to it?
Now why can't they be as efficient about banning the actual Census, the way Michele Bachmann wanted all along?
Tags: Census, Darrell Issa, House of Representatives, Jason Chaffetz, Michele Bachmann, Republicans, Tom Carper
REP. KEVIN BRADY (R-TX): You suck. I hate you. Everybody hates you.
TIM GEITHNER: That's not true. Everybody hates the economic crisis, which is what I'm trying to fix.
REP. KEVIN BRADY: No. In the last nine months you, personally, have fired millions of people from their jobs. I think you need a hobby. One that does not involve singlehandedly destroying our economy. If you like numbers, perhaps you should try Sudoku.
TIM GEITHNER: Do you not even remember the past eight years?
REP. KEVIN BRADY: Maybe I'd have more time to remember things if I didn't have to spend all my time worrying about you destroying our economy.
TIM GEITHNER: Jesus fucking Christ.
REP. KEVIN BRADY: I demand that you resign, right now. Give me the keys to your office. And your tie.
TIM GEITHNER: Are you serious?
REP. DARRELL ISSA (R-CA): Kevin! You stole my line!
SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER (D-NY): Hey, can we talk about Chinese currency manipulation for a sec?
TIM GEITHNER: Yes, fine, I'll get on that, Chuck, but ISN'T IT INTERESTING that I can singlehandedly destroy the economy yet I have to ask all these other people before I can impose a few simple trade sanctions on China? Isn't that INTERESTING, Rep. Brady?
REP. KEVIN BRADY: I CAN'T HEAR YOU. I'M SHOUTING TOO LOUD.
The End! (Except, you know, not.)
Tags: China, Chuck Schumer, Darrell Issa, Economy, Kevin Brady, Obama Administration, Timothy Geithner