- Posted August 11, 2012 by
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The Cornfield OOPs! File - August 11th
Sometimes we all say or do things we wish we could take back or do over. But life, especially in these days of Twitter, smartphones, 24-hour news, the blog-o-sphere and social media, captures almost any and all flubs, slips of the tongue, missteps, hijinks and bad behavior.
Not ignoring the seletion of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate, but we all can use a break now and then even in the middle such momentous news. So, taking a look at 3 cases that stand out and hit my funny bone or make me say, "No way he said that".
In our 1st of 3 entries for this Saturday, we have an entry from the "Oh, No You Didn't" department. Seems a county GOP chairman in Pennsylvania doesn't understand nuance and proper etiquette.
According to an article by the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, the Allegheny County GOP party head called supporters of President Barack Obama "retarded". Not only in this day and age of political correctness run amok, is use of the term in this way wrong, but it is meanspirited and disingenious to put it mildly.
Seems at an election night celebration for Pennsylvania State Representative Randy Vulakovich, Jim Roddey, also the former county executive, made this poor taste joke to about 200 people:
"There was a disappointment tonight. I was very embarrassed. I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him. And I felt badly -- he looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, 'Sir, here's a place.' And he said, 'That's a handicapped space.' I said, 'Oh I'm so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded."
Roddey, you may now hand in your honary Mickey Mouse Club membership.
Next up we have this one from the great state of Wisconsin and one of its US Sentate Candidates, Tommy Thompson. From the "Anything You Can Do" department we see how Thompson takes on a challenge from a local newspaper.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Thompson has bragged about doing 100 push-ups each day, 50 in the morning and 50 in the evening. On a recent visit to the newspaper office, the oldest candidate in the race, who happens to also be a former US Health and Human Services Secretary, proved he is more than just words when called out by reporters on his physical prowess.
As the J-S tells it: "Thompson loosened his tie, took off his suit coat, emptied his pockets and slipped off his shoes. Then he braced his feet against the wall - admittedly a bit of a crutch - and ripped off 50 push-ups in under a minute."
Not shabby for a 70-year-old man. Bet those reporters had fun wiping the egg off their faces.
Our final entry for today comes from the always-sticking-his-foot-in-his-mouth Congressman from Illinois, Joe Walsh. From the "Did I Say That" department here are Five Over-The-Top-Things recently said by Walsh as captured by BuzzFeed.com.
1. “There are evil people, all over the world, in probably every town in my Congressional District, who are trying to get their hands on weapons, to kill Americans."
2. "All Jesse Jackson is trying to do is keep African Americans down on some plantation."
3. Rep. Walsh referred to President Obama as "son."
4. Democrats' mission is to make minorities "dependent" on the government.
5. Obama was elected because "he pushed that magical button: a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt."
Want to see the videos of Walsh's mouth in action?
From the Cornfield, may the gaffes, the flubs, the misspeak and stupid actions roll on...otherwise I will have nothing to write about.