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Biggest Gaffe Ever At MSNBC?


Lindsay Lohan

In the words of of Belle Carroca (Lanie Kazan) in the film classic, My Favorite Year, "This I did not even know."

And I'm willing to bet, MSNBC didn't know it either.

Joy Reid needed smelling salts after collapsing on stage hearing this. Reports are that she's fully recovered and won't miss any additional work at MSNBC.

MSNBC Fact checkers? Can you please clean up the mess in front of the White House lawn. Her name is Chris Jansing and she needs some schooling. Oh, and a washcloth to remove the egg from her face.

It seems the mush-headed thinking reporter, Jansing (who must have taken too much of her medication before going on air) claims she was talking about the President's father, not the President.

But if you hear her go on, she's absolutely talking about the President as she refers to his election and his expectations he'd do great things for Africa after his election sure make this reporter look awfully unprepared and quite ignorant.

The President's Kenyan father was never elected to anything as far as anyone fact checking can find. Quite a gaffe from a woman who will most certainly be the laughing stock of MSNBC for years to come. Her next assignment will probably be getting someone coffee at the news outlet, not reporting from the White House.


Africa - Along the Rift Valley 2 of 4 - BBC Travel Documentary

Africa Rift Valley

Image: BBC Travel

From YouTube

Explore - Africa - Along the Rift Valley 2 of 4 - BBC Travel Documentary, recorded 19.02.2011

Simon Reeve leads a team of journalists on a spectacular journey down east Africa's Rift Valley.

From the tiny country of Djibouti, which is the centre of America's military presence in Africa, to the wide open plains of Kenya, the team encounter awe-inspiring landscapes, rich culture and amazing wildlife.

The Rift Valley in Africa is described in detail here.


Overnight: Africa: Overland from Nairobi to Cape Town


Africa Overland

I've been in Africa several times, North Africa and in Kenya and Tanganyika.  I loved it.  

I'm not sure how it would be now. To Michael Crichton who taught school in Malawi as a Peace Corps volunteer and later at a university in Uganda as he details in Dark Star Safari, it had changed dramatically upon his return.  I'd love to travel through it overland for a longer period. I have alternated between taking a group overland trip, such as you'll see in this video, and outfitting a Land Rover or a Unimog to travel on my own.  The former is much less expensive - very reasonable - and has the advantage that the drivers know the routes and the borders and you're always among friends.  Taking your own vehicle is far more complicated and expensive, but you can travel on your own schedule.  

Incidentally, Africa's size is misrepresented on most maps: in reality, it is enormous.  


Ann Coulter Accuses Obama Of Taking Retard Pills



Now I'm not sure of the political correctness of this all, but when it's Ann Coulter, nothing much that she says has any resemblance to political correctness. I think "retard" is best left off the table, especially when used with her intent.

She had a radio chat today with conservative host Howie Carr and as you would expect, she targeted President Obama. But interestingly, she took a new tack... No longer is she arguing where Obama was actually born, she just wants you to close your eyes and for a moment "believe" that he was born in -- that's right -- you're just ahead of me, Kenya.

The ultra conservative wacko doesn't stop the Fantasyland express there. No, she goes the extra mile as only Ann Of A Thousand Daze can do. From Raw Story:

“But, let’s just think for a thought experiment for a moment: if Obama were born in another country, had no love for this country, and had set out to destroy America, what would he be doing differently?”

She'd be certifiably crazy if she stopped there. But she went on. She took a hit at the President's confession that he's taken his share of  hits, or tokes might be a bit more on point. After Carr told her that smoking grass could lower your IQ by up to 8 points, Ann opened her mouth and proved 8 is 10 more than she has.

“And a hundred points off your initiative and ambition,” Coulter replied. “It is as if they have legalized retard pills. You’ll have a kick, but you won’t be able to accomplish anything in your life, including delivering a newspaper.”

Got a minute to take a listen? You won't regret it.