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The Special Purpose of Fingers

So jealous: We talk smack about W. all the fucking time and we have yet to hear from the White House. John Aravosis recycles the "Bush flipping the bird" clip and suddenly he's on track for putting red flags in flowerpots and the White Correspondents' Dinner and who knows what else:


David Almacy just called me from the White House communications office to clarify the reports that Bush flipped off reporters yesterday while visiting the Hill. David says that Bush was definitely giving the thumbs up sign with regards to the upcoming CAFTA vote (Central American Free Trade Agreement). I asked David if I could write about our conversation, and he said please do.
Aravosis claims to be skeptical of the "thumb story" but we point out that the White House only lies off the record.

In a pre-buldge-on-back world, we might be surprised that the story of Bush's bird made it into the mainstream press as well, but we are no longer surprised. We are, however, impressed by their style. Ken Herman, proving there's a reason why professional journalists get paid:

Mr. Leno interpreted it as, shall we say, a finger of hostility. Each of our fingers has a special purpose and meaning in life. (Laughter.) Can you tell us what finger it was he held up?
Maybe Ken can explain the pinky.

The White House just called (seriously) [AmericaBlog]

July 28, 2005 Press Briefing [WhiteHouse.gov]

RELATED: President Bush Shows His True Feelings? [Wonkette]

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'Miga and Carlos' by Wonkette Operative 'Chica'

It's Father's Day, which means it's time for Yr Dok Zoom and his son to go to brunch and check out the downtown Boise Father's Day Car Show so we can ooh and ah over the very same Corvettes 'n' Mustangs 'n' lovingly-restored classic cars that are there every year, and I will probably once again point at the '68 Beetle converted to run on electricity and say, "Oh look, a Voltswagen!" Traditions matter. (Kid Zoom is 22, so I may also/instead meet him for cocktails later like grown up human people.)

Don't worry about any deep thoughts on the Meaning of Fatherhood here -- we're just going to enjoy the goofy side of dadding, which as far as I'm concerned is the best thing I've done with my time. Especially since my role model for parenting was the unnamed Dad from "Calvin and Hobbes."

As any fool knows, ice rises to the top of liquids because it's cold, and just wants to be closer to the sun so it can warm up. It's all in the book you get when you become a father.

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