UPDATE: Linked by The Astute Bloggers
I really wish he’d have done more countries, because this concept has a lot of untapped comedic potential. But still, I’m grateful for the countries he did do.
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I like it.
Romney could have had a safe pick like Portman. Or a bold pick like Jindal. Instead, he went for EXTRA BOLD.
The country basically has a terminal illness with its deficit, and Obama and the Democrats strategy had been to ignore it and hope it goes away. Only Paul Ryan has come out with a plan to actually do something about it, already showing far more leadership than the current president who hasn’t gotten his senate to pass any budget in the past three years. So hopefully the American public will see this as a clear choice between the status quo of slouching towards Greece and actually trying to do something about our problems.
UPDATE: Linked by MaxedOutMama
Welcome to Fun Facts About the 50 States, where – week by week – I’ll be taking you on a tour around this great nation of ours, providing you with interesting, yet completely useless and probably untrue, information about each of the 50 states.
This week, grab your racing gear because we’re headed to Indiana, so let’s get started…
* Indiana became the 19th state on December 11th, 1816. It’s residents are nicknamed “Hoosiers”, which is a Chippewa Indian word meaning “What the hell does that word mean?”
* The city of Gary, Indiana, was named after Gary Coleman, and is populated entirely by black midgets.
* Singer Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, but was eventually exiled from the city for being too tall and too white.
* The state bird of Indiana is Larry
* Natives of Indiana are the only people in the US who can say “French Lick” or “Ball State” without giggling.
* Beaver City, however, makes EVERYONE snicker.
* Actor James Dean was born in Marion, Indiana, but soon left the state, as all cool things do.
* Indiana is SO boring that people will actually PAY MONEY to watch other people drive around in circles. No wonder James Dean left.
* Crazed socialist nutjob and vocal World War I protester Eugene V. Debs was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was sorta like an early version of Jane Fonda, except less skanky.
* The state of Indiana was once 80% forest, but over the years has lost 3/4 of its trees to hordes of plundering Amish furniture-makers.
* Indiana is home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which – with relative safety – combines public drunkenness and reckless driving.
* 25% of people in Indiana are of German extraction, leading to occasional blitzkriegs into Ohio and Illinois.
* Indiana has more covered bridges than any other state, mostly so that the bridges don’t go around flaunting their sexuality and frightening the Amish.
* Some of the more rural parts of Indiana only accept farm animals as currency. However, a lot of the small-town general stores DO take MasterCow.
* Although people in northern Indiana must contend with long, harsh winters, at least they’re safe from the cruel assault of bluegrass festivals that plague the southern part of the state.
* The state flower of Indiana is the peony which – being large, pink, round, and smelly – perfectly represents the people of the state.
* The city of Santa Claus, Indiana, has a 20-foot statute of the jolly old elf at the outskirts of the town, which is usually covered in graffiti by gangs from the nearby cities of Grinch and Scrooge.
* Indiana has only 40 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan, most of which is covered by the corpses of people who hired non-union labor which wash in from Chicago.
* The highest point in Indiana is only 1200 feet above sea level. Geographically speaking, if Indiana were a woman, it’d be Olive Oyl.
* Traditionally, Jewish people in Indiana wear yarmulkes made out of used Indy Car tires.
* Well… they WOULD… if there were actually any Jews in Indiana.
* Indiana’s state tourism motto is “Hope you brought something to do.”
* The city of Peru, Indiana, was known as the “Circus Capital of America” until 1952 when it was wiped out by an epidemic of Mad Clown Disease.
* South Bend, Indiana, is home to Notre Dame College. Their nickname – The Fighting Irish – is considered offensive by some, but it’s still better than previous nicknames such as the Brawling Bog-Trotters and the Surly Spud-Munchers.
* Stainless steel was invented in Kokomo, Indiana, by Elwood Haynes in a desperate bid to get his wife to stop nagging him to “polish the damn silverware!”
* Singers Axl Rose and John Cougar Mellencamp are both natives of Indiana. In a knife fight between Rose and Mellencamp, bet on the guy with the most tattoos.
That wraps up the Indiana edition of Fun Facts About the 50 States. Next week… well, I hope you really like corn jokes, because we’re headed to Iowa.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go put fifty bucks on Axl Rose.
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This post will be obsolete after Romney makes his VP Pick, but I bet the Gormogons’ generic Democrat talking points memo will be pretty darn close to what you see on the accursed Huffington Post and the Sunday talking heads cable shows this weekend.
Check it now, and later on, you can say, “I KNEW they’d say that!”
From: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Chair, DNC
Re: Vice Presidential Candidate <VP Candidate Firstname> <VP Candidate Secondname>
We are shocked and appalled at Governor Romney’s choice of <VP Candidate Title> <VP Candidate Secondname> for Vice President. <VP Candidate Title> <VP Candidate Secondname> is a choice that demonstrates how out of touch Governor Romney is with regular Americans. <VP Candidate Firstname> <VP Candidate Secondname> has extreme views on <Prepolled Pushbutton issue 1> and <Prepolled Pushbutton issue 2>, exemplified by <Prepolled Pushbutton Issue Example 1> and <Prepolled Pushbutton Issue Example 2>.