Barackrobatics: "But let me be clear."

President Obama, August 13:

But let me be clear. As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right…
President Obama August 14:
I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there.
And Later that same afternoon:
"Just to be clear, the President is not backing off in any way from the comments he made last night," White House spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement Saturday afternoon.
Proposed rule of Barackrobatics: when the President explicitly says that he's about to "be clear", what follows immediately thereafter will not be clear.

Bonus observation from the second link above:

And I think its very important that as difficult as some of these issues are, that we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about.
What does it mean to "stay focused on" topics that are inherently huge and fuzzy? Nothing; he'd just prefer that "we" not focus on this specific issue.

I Thought I Could Find a Clear Road Ahead

… but I found stoplights instead:

  • Best opening paragraph I've read recently:
    "I still can't believe they took our yogurt. There's a medical marijuana shop a couple miles away, and they're raiding us because we're selling raw dairy products?" When the Rawesome organic food coop in Venice, California, was raided by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, the Los Angeles County Sheriff, the Ventura County Sheriff, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, plus the federal Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture in late June, one of the store's volunteers was widely quoted expressing incredulity that dairy products would attract more attention from law enforcement than weed.
    Here in the LFOD state, we're OK with raw milk. In fact, there's a straight-from-the-cow vendor within walking distance of Pun Salad manor.

    To my uneducated palate, however, raw milk tastes… exactly like milk.

  • In our Barackrobatic category: How many "top priorities" does President Obama have? Try to guess before you click over for the list.

  • xkcd today:


    Compare with Pun Salad, almost five and a half years ago. Great minds think alike, but there's sometimes a time delay.

Last Modified 2012-10-02 3:45 PM EDT