Tonight is Duncan's very last class before she graduates with her MPA (Master's in Public Administration) from University of South Florida next Friday.
I'm so proud of her, I could burst.
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So, will Newt Gingrich be the nominee?
And honestly, at this point, who cares. The field of Republican presidential wannabe-contenders has been such a parade of marginal clowns and intellectually bankrupt goofballs, it's hard to take the rise of Gingrich as anything more than just another trial balloon, floated by the Republican base who just can't stomach Romney.
Look at the polling. You can see the Republicans casting about -- Bachmann, then Perry, then Cain, brief flutters of Paul. And now it's Gingrich.
Frankly, of all of them, I hope they end up going with Gingrich. The man can't help himself. His latest is vintage Gingrich: poor children have no working habits. And that's from FOX News, ya'll.
Here's what Johnathan Capehart at the Post had to say about it:
Newt Gingrich, the know-it-all former Speaker of the House who now rides atop the polls for the Republican nomination for president, has been shooting his mouth off lately. He called himself a celebrity who makes $60,000 a speech. Another favorite is, “I helped Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp develop supply side economics. I helped lead the effort to defeat communism in the Congress.” I didn’t realize communism in Congress was an issue, but I digress.
...defeat communism in Congress. Get ready for a lot more of that should we be burdened with Nominee Gingrich, folks.
From the FOX News report:
GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich defended his stance against certain child labor laws during a campaign stop in Iowa Thursday, saying that children born into poverty aren't accustomed to working unless it involves crime.
I'm going to clip more of that, but I just need to stop here and highlight this, make sure you get it: the man defended his stance against child labor laws. This is it, America -- this is what it comes down to: the other political party in this country saying we should just put kids to work.
"Really poor children, in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works so they have no habit of showing up on Monday," Gingrich claimed.
"They have no habit of staying all day, they have no habit of I do this and you give me cash unless it is illegal," he added.
The former House Speaker's comments come weeks after he came under fire for saying laws preventing child labor in America were "truly stupid" and suggested that schools fire janitors and replace them with working class students.
Replace them with "working class students." They probably don't have a "habit of staying all day" because they're using their food stamps to go to Hawaii.
"Remember, this is the best food stamp president in history. So more Americans today get food stamps than before. And we now give it away as cash -- you don't get food stamps. You get a credit card, and the credit card can be used for anything. We have people who take their food stamp money and use it to go to Hawaii. They give food stamps now to millionaires because, after all, don't you want to be compassionate? You know, the Obama model: isn't there somebody you'd like to give money to this week. That's why we're now going to help bailout Italy because we haven't bailed out enough people this week, the president thought let's write another check. After all, we have so much extra money."
Newt Gingrich, friends and neighbors. Surging in the polls.
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It's not all crazy people.
In Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren is pulling ahead of Scott Brown in the polls. That's good news.
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I know this may be some sort of blasphemy, but I'm really like Guy Raz during the week on NPR while Michelle Norris is on hiatus.
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In a world gone crazy, everything seems hazy.
It's almost Friday.