“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” –Mark Twain
“Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.” –Henry Kissinger
“There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.” –Will Rogers
Sorry about this. I’ve tried to hold back, I truly have. I’ve tried not to post this one: I’ve even hoped someone else might meet this challenge and spare me. I just can’t help myself! Forgive me, gentle readers. (Then again, if you’re at all squeamish, you may have boarded the wrong blog.)
And yes, I do remember that I got all bent and indignant over an article disparaging our political process and problems only last week.
But that was then. And do I contradict myself? Tough shit. No, no — gotta rephrase that … Very well then — I contradict myself. (That was close…)
Crooks and Liars
Tuesday October 8, 2013 04:30 pm
House GOP Silences Alan Grayson After He Cites Poll Comparing Congress to ‘Dog Poop’
It seems the Republicans were not amused when Rep. Alan Grayson read off some of the latest figures from Public Policy Polling on Congressional approval ratings, while making his point about whether “the dignity of the House had been offended” by Republicans and their brinksmanship during this government shutdown.
Comparing them to dog poop is probably one of the nicer things you could say about them and their behavior these days.
Here’s more on the poll Grayson was reading from above: Dog Poop, Hipsters More Popular Than Congress In Latest Public Policy Polling Survey:
Congressional approval currently languishes at historic lows, but what does that really mean?
According to the latest figures from Public Policy Polling, Congress has an 8 percent approval rating. The survey, conducted by the agency from Oct. 4 – 6, found that a nationally representative group of 502 voters had a higher opinion of dog poop than Congress, by an (ahem) “potent” 7 percent margin.
In an interesting twist, hipsters — that much-maligned group of disaffected youth so often blamed for doing little with their lives — were also seen as preferrable to Congress. Ironic, indeed.
Voters preferred hipsters over Congress by a margin of 9 percent, and not because of an oversampling of likely skinny-jeans wearers, either: 18 to 29-year-olds (the population decidedly most likely to be hipsters) were the smallest population sampled in the survey.
The more-popular-than-Congress list also includes hemorrhoids, toenail fungus, potholes, the DMV, public radio fundraising drives, the IRS and zombies.