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Iowa, fair or not, every four years we gather in various high school auditoriums and help select the President — the other three we gather in the same places to stage musical salutes to Meredith Wilson.

Otherwise, Iowa is not famous for memorable characters. This has been particularly true of its senior Senator Charles Grassley who has spent a long career reinforcing the stereotype of the dour Iowegian made famous by American Gothic. However, as Digby noted Grassley has suddenly developed a hankering for bad comedy.

…buried within the hours of debate in the Senate on Thursday is an exchange you’d be more likely to hear in a locker room than a congressional hearing.

Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) was on the receiving end of this one, after telling Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), "Oh, you are good."

"Well, your wife said the same thing," Grassley responded.

This comes on the wake of recommending suicide for bankers. But little reported and even more disturbing, Grassley has started twittering — and it’s embarrassing — even by text messaging standards his spelling is atrocious. It’s like watching my father sing in a Prince cover band.

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In 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was "the Sleeper Hold" and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey.

Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

I'm just an average moron who in reality is a practicing civil rights and employment attorney in fly-over country .

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