Monthly Archives: August 2010

Parodies

Obama Stimulus Added 4.8 million Jobs Apl-June, Prevented Meltdown, Helped Muslims!

Stimulus added millions of jobs in Q2
Tue, Aug 24 2010
By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The massive U.S. stimulus package put millions of people to work and boosted national output by hundreds of billions of dollars in the second quarter, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday.

CBO’s latest estimate indicates that the stimulus effort, which remains a political hot potato ahead of the November congressional elections, may have prevented the sluggish U.S. economy from contracting between April and June.

CBO said President Barack Obama’s stimulus boosted real GDP in the quarter by between 1.7 percent and 4.5 percent, adding at least $200 billion in economic activity.

During that time the economy was growing at an anemic pace.
Gross domestic product rose just 0.6 percent during that period, according to preliminary Commerce Department data which economists expect will be revised sharply lower when new figures are released on Friday.

The massive package of tax cuts, construction spending and enhanced safety-net benefits was passed in February 2009 in the midst of the deepest recession since the 1930s.

It raised employment by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs during the second quarter of this year, CBO estimated.
Measured another way, CBO said the stimulus increased the number of full-time equivalent jobs by up to 4.8 million, as part-time workers shifted to full-time work or employers offered more overtime work.

CBO said the package, officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, would cost $814 billion, down from its previous estimate of $862 billion. The lower figure was thanks largely to health-care subsidies that cost less than anticipated. CBO initially estimated the bill would worsen budget deficits by $787 billion.Other than that, the estimate varies only slightly from the budget office’s forecast released in May.

With both the House of Representatives and the Senate up for grabs in November, Democrats hope voters will give them credit for breathing some life into the economy, which had begun to weaken while Republican George W. Bush was still president.

“The Recovery Act is working to rescue the economy from eight years of failed economic policy and rebuild it even stronger than before,” Vice President Joe Biden said in a prepared statement. “It’s impossible for even the most cynical, bent-on-rooting-for-failure critics to deny.”

Republicans, who almost universally opposed the stimulus, have criticized it as wasteful and ineffective. Some 67 percent of those surveyed in a Reuters/Ipsos poll last month said Obama is not focusing enough on job creation. Voters in that survey said the economy and jobs are the most pressing issues facing the country.
CBO said it expects the effects of the stimulus to gradually diminish over the remainder of the year.

(Additional reporting by Emily Kaiser; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

More than one blogger revealed that the Obama law cleverly provided aid to “Americans” which included Muslims, so the Obama law actually helped Muslims.

Appearances Congressman Bud Noir

Hexagon Foundation, Planet Washington's Ken Rynne To Roast Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

The Friends of Hexagon Foundation’s Darrell Capwell announces that Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne will join in The Foundation’s “Roast & Toast” of DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton on October 22, 2010 at the US Navy Memorial in DC.

For the occasion, Ken will reprise his role as “Bud Noir, Member of Congress,” Washington, DC’s answer to Garrison Keillor & Minnesota Public Radio’s Guy Noir, Private Eye. In the past, “Bud” has sparred on stage with New York Times Columnist “Maureen Dowd” and former Governor “Sarah Palin.”

We look forward to Ken’s “tribute” to DC’s legendary delegate, Ms. Norton, a staunch Hexagon supporter, a frequent “Newsbreak” guest, who is painfully shy so Ken will ask her to open up for once to see if she has an opinion about the issue of “DC Statehood.”

Congressman Bud Noir Upcoming Shows

Hexagon Foundation, Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne To Roast Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

The Friends of Hexagon Foundation’s Darrell Capwell announces that Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne will join in The Foundation’s “Roast & Toast” of DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton on October 22, 2010 at the US Navy Memorial in DC.

For the occasion, Ken will reprise his role as “Bud Noir, Member of Congress,” Washington, DC’s answer to Garrison Keillor & Minnesota Public Radio’s Guy Noir, Private Eye. In the past, “Bud” has sparred on stage with New York Times Columnist “Maureen Dowd” and former Governor “Sarah Palin.”

We look forward to Ken’s “tribute” to DC’s legendary delegate, Ms. Norton, a staunch Hexagon supporter, a frequent “Newsbreak” guest, who is painfully shy so Ken will ask her to open up for once to see if she has an opinion about the issue of “DC Statehood.”

Parodies

Oh Oh Elena Kagan!

(August 5) – Elena Kagan, once a solicitous general, has been confirmed as the 112th Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (or, “SCOTUS” in DC parlance).

While other nominees have ben pilloried for their judicial activism and views as divined from years of published judicial opinions, Ms. Kagan was pilloried for just the opposite. The quietest nominee since Silent Cal Coolidge.

Well, we did learn that she is a policy wonk, Justice Marshall nicknamed her “shortie,” she plays softball, and we know where to find her on Christmas Day —  like any nice Jewish girl, “in a Chinese restaurant.” My girl has a sense of humor! And brains. Forget Julia Roberts, too 80s. Today’s hot woman has smarts – has laughter – has – a great slow inside pitch!

Planet Washington salutes the newest member of
The Supremes!

ELENA KAGAN
Parody of “Oh, Pretty Woman”
by Ken Rynne
See, Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, 510 U.S. 569 (1994) (the “Pretty Woman/Ugly Woman” case) established that a commercial parody can qualify as fair use of copyright material.

Elena Kagan, walking down the street
ELENA KAGAN, DOWN THERE BY MY FEET
ELENA KAGAN
I don’t believe you, you’re not the truth
No one could BE AS…wicked SMART — as you!
(Mercy!)

ELENA KAGAN, won’t you pardon me
ELENA KAGAN, I could not help see
ELENA KAGAN
That your IQ is high as can be
Are you NERDY just like me
(HEH-HEH-HEH)

ELENA KAGAN, stop a while
ELANA KAGAN, talk a while
ELENA, share POLICY INSIGHTS with me
ELENA KAGAN , yeah yeah yeah
ELENA KAGAN, look my way
ELENA KAGAN, pitch slow, inside to me
‘Cause I need you, I’ll treat you right
Come with me baby, read briefs tonight

Elena Kagan, don’t walk on by
Elena Kagan, don’t make me cry
Elena Kagan, don’t walk away, hey…okay
If that’s the way it must be, okay
I guess I’ll go on home, it’s late
There’ll be tomorrow night, but wait
What do I see?
Is she walking back to me?
Confirmed & walking back to me!
Oh, oh, Elena Kagan!

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Appearances

American University: "Let the Eagles Soar!' – John Ashcroft

Students, professors, and administrators from American University have joined Planet Washington for some good fun at our cabaret and we feel a part the expanding AU family up on Ward Circle in DC – the most politically active student body in the country!  We especially love American’s School of Public Affairs. As humorists, we believe that all affairs should be public affairs!   We are proud to add our Planet to the other 144 nations represented on American’s campus!

College Tour

American University: “Let the Eagles Soar!’ – John Ashcroft

Students, professors, and administrators from American University have joined Planet Washington for some good fun at our cabaret and we feel a part the expanding AU family up on Ward Circle in DC – the most politically active student body in the country!  We especially love American’s School of Public Affairs. As humorists, we believe that all affairs should be public affairs!   We are proud to add our Planet to the other 144 nations represented on American’s campus!

Appearances

College Tour: Following W from Yale to Y'all

Good fun, good music, and a great time in New Haven.  No confirmed Whiffenpoof sitings were logged, so we dared to sing our Planet Washington parody ” from the table down at Mory’s” — “we are poor neocons who have lost our way, blah, blah, blah…”   We then headed to Boston, then to Texas, like a great Yale alum, traveling from Yale to Y’all.

College Tour

College Tour: Following W from Yale to Y’all

Good fun, good music, and a great time in New Haven.  No confirmed Whiffenpoof sitings were logged, so we dared to sing our Planet Washington parody ” from the table down at Mory’s” — “we are poor neocons who have lost our way, blah, blah, blah…”   We then headed to Boston, then to Texas, like a great Yale alum, traveling from Yale to Y’all.

Appearances

College Tour: Georgetown – We Put the Ho! Ho! in Hoyas!

Over 100 Georgetown alumni and students gathered for a hilarious night of stand-up comedy at the legendary Improv Comedy Club. Sponsored by The Georgetown Media & Arts Alliance, GEMA LAUGHS featured a variety of styles and humor were on display during the University’s annual John Carroll alumni weekend with such comics as Paul Mecurio (GU Law Alumnus), Ken Rynne (C’78 L’83) David Benedetto (F ’13), Jeff Maurer (C ’02), and emcee George Peacock (C ’84).

Planet Washington’s offered a sampler of some wicked funny musical takes on life in DC and America (and never the twain shall meet) including “It’s Planet Washington, show biz for ugly people!” (Parody of “Hooray for Hollywood”), an homage to the nearby Mayflower Hotel and an infamous guest Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-Libido), “Love Client #9,”  and a tribute to everybody’s favorite lil latte shop and prospective employer,”then I saw Starbucks, now I’m a Barista” (“I’m a Believer.”)

College Tour Healing with Humor Videos

The Cambridge Forum “Bringing people together to talk again.” JK Rowling, Ralph Nader, and Planet Washington!

Laughs with Planet Washington

September 23, 2009

Ken Rynne Planet Washington

Frank Plumer pianist, Planet Washington

The comedy duo Planet Washington opens Cambridge Forum’s 2009 fall season with a benefit performance. Ken Rynne, an alum of the renowned Capitol Steps troupe, and his faithful piano accompanist, Frank Plumer, are Planet Washington. Together they provide an evening of music, song, and comedy improv that cuts through the rhetoric and gets to the laughter. If you sometimes think that “Inside the Beltway” seems like another planet, this show is for you!

Presented by WGBH & The Cambridge Forum – where people can come together to talk – as part of its Keep It Civil Series.
WGBH