The Watering Hole: February 11 – Newt I (Oops – Henry VIII)

One of the candidates for the 2012 election is Newt Gingrich. Newt has to be a clone of England’s King Henry VIII.

Newt shares the following “qualities” with good ole Henry.

  • Henry had six wives, Newt is on his third.

  • Henry was predeceased by four wives, Newt by one.

  • Both Henry and Newt remarried with one of their wives on the death bed.

  • Henry cheated on all of his spouses. Newt at least two and probably three.

  • Henry made the the Anglican Church into the Church of England in order to have a place to remarry, Newt changed churches on each of his marriages.

  • Both Henry and Newt considered themselves infallible.

  • Neither can be considered honest.

  • Henry died of complications of syphilis, Newt is spared by penicillin.

  • Both seem obese.

This is our Open Thread. I have presented only a few traits which both Henry and Newt share. Can you come up with some more?

134 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: February 11 – Newt I (Oops – Henry VIII)

  1. I wasn’t aware that one of Newt’s wives pre-deceased him. I thought both Jackie and Marianne were still alive.

    I love when news channels come up with clever titles for their stories. When Marianne gave that interview in which the “open marriage” was discussed, Rev Al called the segment, “The Professor and Marianne.”

  2. In a world where nutcase populations are approaching majority status, some things never end.

    Unhinged NRA chief Wayne La Pierre says Obama conspiring to destroy the 2nd Amendment in second term

    National Rifle Association chief Wayne La Pierre told a cheering crowd Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that Barack Obama has been hiding his true intentions about gun-owners until he wins a second term:

    “In public, he’ll remind us that he’s put off calls from his party to renew the Clinton [assault weapons] ban, he hasn’t pushed for new gun control laws … The president will offer the Second Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he’s actually been good for the Second Amendment.”

    “But it’s a big fat stinking lie!” the NRA leader exclaimed. “It’s all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and destroy the Second Amendment in our country.”

    “Obama himself is no fool. So when he got elected, they concocted a scheme to stay away from the gun issue, lull gun owners to sleep and play us for fools in 2012. Well, gun owners are not fools and we are not fooled,” La Pierre declared.

    La Pierre has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the NRA for 21 years. Gun-owners with good sense long ago said goodbye to the lunacy that this ever-more right-wing organization represents. The delusions presented in its leader’s latest rant ought to send a lot more out the door.

    • This is like the story of Chicken Little. The Republics tell this story every election year, the Democrats are going to take away our guns. Doesn’t matter that many, many gun owners are Democrats. They are only coming to take away the Republic guns so if they want to keep their guns, they need to become Democrats. It’s a recruiting tool for the Democratic Party.

      If the Republics win the White House, we will be forced to move to the moon and we will all be forced to either become Catholics or Mormons. Which one doesn’t matter because both of these religions have crazy leaders.

      So be afraid, be very afraid.

    • Sooooo…four years ago Obama said he wouldn’t take away your guns, and when he kept that promise, you now think it was all a scheme to do exactly the opposite in a second term that, until the recent field of GOP candidates came along, wasn’t a guarantee that it would even happen. Riiiiight. Makes total sense. To an insane person! Or a RWer who spends his days crapping his pants in fear that someone might take away a gun he never fired after the day he bought it.

    • He previously ranted that the fact that Obama had done nothing to change gun laws was proof that he had a heinous plot to take away all of our guns. I guess this is getting down to the fine details.

      “Well, gun owners are not fools and we are not fooled,” La Pierre declared.

      You, on the other hand, are The Fool — and not in a good way.

  3. Not only does Herman Cain say we liberals are stupid, ignorant, and ruining America, he doesn’t understand that the unemployment numbers are looking better compared to other months in which the same underemployed and those who stopped looking for work are counted. If the books were cooked, as many on the right have claimed, they were cooked with teh exact same recipe they’ve always been cooked. Despite the right’s best efforts to do otherwise, the economy is improving.

    “They stopped counting the people who dropped out of the work force, they stopped counting the underemployed,” to arrive at the current unemployment rate. Notably, people who have stopped looking for work and those who take less-than-full-time jobs rather than be unemployed have never counted as “unemployed.” But according to Cain, “The lame stream lapdog media can’t do these calculations,” and trumpets only the unemployment rate. The underemployment rate, which Cain prefers, is calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, though Cain credited it to former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao (R), and released each month along with the official rate

  4. Having spent the time it took this morning to review yesterday’s CPAC nonsense, one episode in particular (albeit only part of the total picture) has me convinced that the conservatives in the US dump the GOP and unite under a new banner. I recommend the banner be the Hakenkreuz Flagge, and that, in order to keep things clean and above board, they name their fresh and new organization the American Nazi Party.


  5. The Gekko sells insurance,
    The Frogs croak for their beer,
    The Newt wants to become our king,
    Oh dear, Oh dear, Oh dear!

  6. Rembrandt could have had some fun with the current motley crew of GOP candidates.
    Gingeritch as Henry VIII, Santorum as Torquemada, Romney as an overdressed fat burgher counting out bags of gold coins; surrounded by their militia and telecommunications servants.

  7. In a way, you have to hand it to the Republican spin machine. Just a week or so ago they were slowly getting whacked over the whole jobs and taxes issue. Then suddenly there is this public flurry over women’s health issues, birth control and such. The jobs questions vanish and they breath a sigh of relief. Until they realize the ground swell over the new topic is totally hammering them and Sick Rantorum surges.

    Pure political genius!

    • Indeed. Nothing like ginned up outrage to keep the good economic news under wraps. Still, there are some signs that they have overreached.

      President Obama’s polling numbers are creeping up in general and rising pretty fast against his GOP opponents. People who get any of their news from sources other than FAUX “News” can’t help but see that the President is willing to compromise (Perhaps too willing for many of us.) while the GOoPers throw hissy fits. Plus, those people who actually pay attention to what the GOoPers are saying and have average memories can’t help but notice that the GOoPers turn on their own policies if Obama accepts them.

  8. So, did you hear about Andrew Breitbart losing it and yelling at Occupy protesters? He was screaming, “Behave yourself!” and “Stop raping people!” Some people believe he was drunk. He was certainly disheveled, anyway.

    • I don’t mean to belabor the obvious but if the protestors were not behaving themselves they would have beaten the crap out of the only freak I saw in that clip. I guess it’s just more proof that the unhinged Reichwhiners hate free speech when it’s aligned against them and the only people with a right to peaceful assembly are those who buy a ticket.

      BTW. Why wasn’t he arrested for pushing back against the cop?

    • I saw that last night. Dude had to be drunk.

      I’d say he was drunk because no one acts that way sober, but this is Dimbart we’re talking about. Still, I think he was blotto.

      • I’m not so sure. I think he’s that unhinged all the time but doesn’t show it unless he’s challenged. The frustrating part is that he will be granted a platform to spend the next few weeks whining that he was denied his 1st Amendment rights. And the freaks will buy it.

  9. Henry might not have cheated on Jane Seymour who died before he got tired of her. If Callista dies soon enough she won’t get cheated on. Nah, probably too late for that.

  10. You know, as much as I enjoy watching Newter spiral down the toilet, the “surging” Rick Sanitorium really freaks me out. All the Repubs have to do is sabotage an economic recovery and we could end up with a nutcase religious fanatic in the White House.

    I can only hope that the “surge” is a result of the media completely ignoring this tool for years. There have to be a lot of voters, including Repubs, that don’t really know a thing about him other than (a) conservative and (b) Christian10. He’s not instantly unlikeable the way Newter and Mittens are and he’s been consistently a & b pretty much forever. With increased scrutiny perhaps the “independents” would realize that he’s on the fringe of the fringe of the Right Wing nutbags, or maybe they’d hold their noses and vote for Not Obama.

    • I don’t think it will last. He is too rabidly Catholic. His comments over the past couple of days are all focused on putting women in their place in the kitchen. He is getting his Not Romney Moment in the Sun.

    • I don’t think he will survive the increased scrutiny he’s facing as the latest “Not Rmoney”. His cray knob has always been at 11 but his recent success has pushed it up to about 17.

    • Sick Rick has at least been consistent in his positions, the fact that Mitt has not is what makes him suspect. I can only hope that the general populace will be horrified by Rick’s long held beliefs once they understand how medieval they are. Like you, the thought that anyone would consider Rick an appropriate candidate for the presidency scares all hell out of me.

    • Actually, Santorum is the more likeable among the group. His problem is that he opens his mouth and then the stupid words start spilling out. There’s nothing likeable about condescending Romney or bully Newt.

      • Supposedly there were 10,000 attendees but only 3000 votes were cast!

        They also bragged about voting over the internet, so who knows was the real vote counts were?

  11. 8 Arrests in British Inquiry Tied to Murdoch Tabloids

    British authorities arrested eight people on Saturday, including five employees of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid The Sun, as part of an investigation into bribery of public officials by journalists, according to Scotland Yard and the newspaper’s parent company.

    The Sun is Mr. Murdoch’s British flagship and the best-selling daily newspaper here, with a circulation of just over 2.7 million copies daily, according to figures from late last year. It had previously been on the fringes of a scandal that led to the closing of its sister tabloid, News of the World, last summer over accusations of illegal news-gathering techniques like intercepting voice-mail messages, hacking computers and bribing public officials.

    Sooner or later they are going to get someone who fears jail more than they want Rupert’s hush money.

  12. Sarah has yet to learn to know her history before she opens her mouth; She was mistaken when she talked about our founding fathers going to D.C. to start our government. The 1st Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in 1774 as did the 2nd Continental Congress from 1775 to 1781. The newly formed Congress of the Confederation also met there from 1781 to 1783 when they fled an angry mob (soldiers from the Revolutionary War seeking payment for their service) and convened in Princeton, NJ. Subsequently they met in Annapolis, MD, Trenton, NJ and New York, until 1789 when the new government chose an area on the Potomac River to locate the capital city of the new nation. In 1790 Congress began meeting in Philadelphia until 1800 when the new Capitol was first used.

      • I thought I did: “…the new government chose an area on the Potomac River to locate the capital city of the new nation.”

        The District of Columbia was supposed to be a square that extended across the Potomac into Virginia. If it had, the Capitol would be in the center of the city and Virginia would be short some prime real estate!

  13. AWK.WARD:

    “…Mrs. Santorum, 51, apparently wasn’t always committed to the cause. In fact, her live-in partner through most of her 20s was Tom Allen, a Pittsburgh obstetrician and abortion provider 40 years older than she, who remains an outspoken crusader for reproductive rights and liberal ideals. Dr. Allen has known Mrs. Santorum, born Karen Garver, her entire life: he delivered her in 1960.”

  14. I wish the twits at Think Progress and TPM would learn how to spell.

    Romney eeks out win in Maine caucus by 192 votes. Paul places 2nd.

    Yes, Rmoney screamed the whole time. EKE!

    • I’m surprised at the number of grammatical errors I see on those sites and others. I suspect they rely on the computer to correct spelling mistakes and don’t proofread articles for missing, extra or wrong words before they’re posted.

    • Paraphrasing the accompanying commentary within the video:
      “The slow lifting and obvious cooperation of the dolphin did not suggest aggressive behavior.”

      Sad commentary on human lines of thought, in that the first thing we look for is not play, but evidence of predator-prey relationships. This is an engaging snapshot of relationships in the natural world which transcend the depths to which human concerns have stooped.

  15. Earlier this week my computer was crashing 4 to 5 times an hour while listening to msnbc and reading other sites. Thus far today I’ve only crashed twice after Firefox updated itself!

    I left the computer on all night last night, streaming a National Geographic channel and it was still streaming when I got up today. Then I opened up a new window to here and within minutes shockwave crashed! Since I’ve been here tonight I’ve had Bravo playing in another window and so far so good!!! 🙂

  16. Wow, it sure is fun being able to post and watch video and not crash! Between the dragonfly and the Saint I could stay online all night except my computer is in the unheated part of the dwelling and the temperature will drop to 27 tonight. I’ll be heading to the heated area soon, after I get the cat inside!

    • Computers do better at lower temperatures, if that’s any help. I see you’ve got a freeze warning down there tonight…
      (Looking ahead for where I might want to peregrinate to next winter, I arbitrarily clicked my NWS map to some spot on the Florida Gulf north of Tampa…)

      • I know that about electronic equipment operating better in cooler temperatures but this computer operator doesn’t do so well.

        That reminds me of the “old days” when computers were room sized vacuum tube monsters requiring massive amounts of air conditioning. I knew of a company in the 70’s that made 2×2 floor sections to cover the cables running between different large parts of a single computer. Chip makers put them out of business and reduced sales of air conditioning systems big time.

        • I’m running off of what is now known as a “notebook” computer. I’ve got a USB powered cooling pad that seems to help a lot. That, and room temperature, which varies between 30 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the time of day. Or night, if you will.

  17. Enjoying the old Twilight Zone via Netflix Streaming. I’m up to an episode called The Obsolete Man. Burgess Meredith stars. I’ve seen this one many times before. Serling’s monologue really struck a chord in me this time.

    You walk into this room at your own risk. Because it leads to the future. Not a future that will be, but one that might be. This is not a new world. It is simply an extension of what began in the old one. It has patterned itself after every dictator who’s ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time.

    It has refinements; technological advances and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom. But like every one of the super states that preceded it, it has one iron rule: logic is an enemy and truth is a menace. Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the rights, the dignity of Man, that state is obsolete. A case to be filed under M for Mankind. In the Twilight Zone.

    “The Obsolete Man” – Rod Serling

    Logic is an enemy and truth is a menace. Sound familiar? Seems like the mission statement of Fox News/Republican Party/Religion.

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