At Least Weiner Didn’t Sext an Underage Girl, Unlike Former Los Angeles GOP Official

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but at least Anthony Weiner wasn’t cyber-canoodling with minors, unlike 30-year old Scott Hounsell, who up until June 15 was executive director of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County.

Hounsell was arrested Friday, August 2 by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a nationwide task force focused on child victimization.  He was booked on suspicion of sending harmful matter to a child and released later that day after making his $40,000 bail.  According to, citing City News Service,  LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh said:

Officers conducted a child sexual exploitation investigation. During their interview with the 16-year-old victim, she identified the suspect, Scott Hounsell, as the person who had engaged in sexually explicit chats with her via a social media website.

Jonathan Wilcox, spokesman for the local GOP, issued a statement to the LA Weekly and other media outlets:

Scott Hounsell is a former employee of RPLAC who resigned on June 15th. Until we were contacted by LAPD today, we had absolutely no knowledge of any information relating to this case. We take this issue very seriously and will fully cooperate with law enforcement any way we can.

Nine days before he quit the GOP, Hounsell posted this to his Twitter account:

Oh the cake! And then there’s this, posted earlier:


Duh! Clint Eastwood’s GOP Comedy Routine Could Boost Movie’s Opening Weekend

The stunt presenter at the GOP convention was Clint Eastwood, who played a doddering, crotchety, ill-natured but loveable old coot talking to an empty chair. In the actor’s new movie, Trouble with the Curve which opens tomorrow, Eastwood plays a doddering, crotchety, ill-natured but loveable old coot who talks to baseball players.

It doesn’t take much of a stretch to realize that Eastwood saw the offer to appear before a national audience as major promotional opportunity for the father-daughter baseball story, which once again showcases Clint in the same light as his most recent roles in Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino  (doddering, crotchety, ill-natured but loveable old coot) and sort of like his doddering, crotchety, ill-natured but lovable young coot Philo Beddoe in Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can, but opposite Amy Adams instead of an orangutan. Though they both have red hair.

(Turner Movie Classics saw an opportunity with Clint’s convention appearance and ran his spaghetti Westerns those whole weekend after the convention to capitalize on the the Empty Chair momentum, reminding us of what a crotchety young gunslinger he once was).

CNN’s The Wrap explains:

In an online survey conducted by ticket broker Fandango earlier this month, 61 percent of respondents said that they would be more inclined to see the film in the wake of his appearance with “the invisible Obama.” His occasionally rambling ant-Obama diatribe set off a storm of social media responses, most negative…

For potential filmgoers, it probably doesn’t hurt that the growling, obstinate crankiness displayed by aging baseball scout Gus in trailers and commercials for “Trouble With the Curve” doesn’t seem such much of a stretch for the 82-year-old Eastwood.

Eastwood made short work and corned beef out of his GOP appearance, telling Extra:

I figure if somebody’s dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they’re gonna have to take what they get.

Obama Better Able to Handle Space Aliens Than Romney, Say Majority of Americans

Nearly two-thirds of Americans surveyed by National Geographic TV think that President Barack Obama would be better able to handle an alien invasion (oh noes, watch out for the 4th or 5th Marcab Invader Fleet!) than putative Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

More than two in three (68%) women say that Obama would be more adept at dealing with an alien invasion than Romney, vs. 61 percent of men. And more younger citizens, ages 18 to 64 years, than those aged 65+ (68% vs. 50%) think Romney would not be as well-suited as Obama to handle an alien invasion.

(No word as to which candidate would be more effective during a zombie apocalypse.)

We’ll just have to wait and see who The Alien endorses in Weekly World News. In 2008 he floofed his goof, backing John McCain, the first time his favored candidate lost.

Late Night FDL: Hot Mic Merriment

At least Obama has a sense of humor plus some timing and delivery, which is more than can be said about Rmoney, Frothy Santorum, the Gin Grinch, or Grandpa Ron Paul. Or for that matter, Sarah Palin who wooden delivery on the Today Show, coupled with her grating voice, and robotic repetition of

socialist policies

was tragic.  Fred Karger is funny and as a former actor  can deliver witty remarks, but MSM forgets he’s running.  Here’s what Obama said today:



Marriott Wardman Park

Washington, D.C.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  Please have a seat.  Well, good afternoon, and thank you to Dean Singleton and the board of the Associated Press for inviting me here today.  It is a pleasure to speak to all of you — and to have a microphone that I can see.  (Laughter.)  Feel free to transmit any of this to Vladimir if you see him.  (Laughter.)

Clearly, we’re already in the beginning months of another long, lively election year.  There will be gaffes and minor controversies, be hot mics and Etch-a-Sketch moments.  You will cover every word that we say, and we will complain vociferously about the unflattering words that you write — unless, of course, you’re writing about the other guy — in which case, good job.  (Laughter.)

Fun Time: Mitt Romney and Ron Paul Rap Videos

Mitten$ Rmoney gets the rap treatment, and rapped on the knuckles, in this clever Fair Use video from Hugh Atkin which asks

Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up

Meanwhile, a Ron Paul supporter wrote this  fanboy rap song featuring highlights from Dr. Grandpa.

Today is the Illinois GOP primary. Don’t forget to vote.

GOP Race: Fred Karger Beats Ron Paul in Puerto Rico Primary

Lawn sign supporting Karger in Los Angeles

Fred Karger–the openly gay, Jewish, pro-choice, pro-LGBT, pro-pot, anti-war GOP candidate–beat Ron Paul in the Puerto Rico primary Sunday. In New Hampshire, Karger beat out Michele Bachmann.

Karger, who has no SuperPAC and despite qualifying for the GOP debates has been excluded from the podium, traveled to Puerto Rico in advance of the primary, spending six days on the island campaigning:

We spent the past 6 days campaigning hard in Puerto Rico and it worked.  Ron Paul has been in all 20 debates, raised $35 million, and has 80% name identification and it looks like we beat him with our message of jobs now, moderation and inclusion.

Karger’s strategy–meeting with Republican leaders, students, the LGBT Community and lots of voters over the last six days, a  Spanish-language television commercial, “Hola Puerto Rico” and passing out lots of Frisbees–paid off.

It should be interesting to see how Karger, who is vastly underspending his fellow GOP candidates, fares in the upcoming primaries. I hope he gets on Colbert, and makes it into the debates.

Mitten$ Rmoney won the Puerto Rico primary by a landslide.


Gary Busey Un-endorses Gingrich


On Saturday, Celebrity Apprentice-wanna be and Wife Swap star/grinning skull goofball Gary Busey endorsed Newticles Gingrich, admitting

I’ve never met Newt but I know what he stands for.

But now in a shocking reversal, Busey has stepped off from the Newter’s ledge, declaring in a statement:

It is not time for me to be endorsing anyone at this time! When there are the two final candidates, then I will endorse.

Because really, Busey’s thumbs up is gonna sway a lot of voters.


Late Night FDL: GOP Fatwa, Rush Goes Mullah on Newt


The world is wacky and zany in GOP politics:  Rush Windbag has ordered a fatwa on Newter Gingrinch, saying:

Newt Gingrich should apologize for his attacks on free markets. He should apologize to Governor Romney.

Is this eleven-level chess playing by Rush, bait and switching? Is he serious? Is he crazy? Or is he testing the bounds of reality?


Late Night FDL: GOP Epic Fail!


It is really tragic when the mouthpiece of conservatism’s fill-in host has uncovered that no one in the GOP is worthy of running. Today, Rush Windbag’s guest blatherer, Mark Belling, actually made sense when he basically said that no one running for the Republican nomination is qualified, though he cited some  reasons that only make sense to conservatives.

Along with pointing out Mittens is well, Mittens, it seems Newt must be cast off the island, because he supported Romneycare. Aside from his stance on business, Ron Paul is a


Yes, Belling called Ron Paul a wingnut! At that point I had to get out of the car, because I was at my appointment. But wow. And the hits keep coming. That frothy mixture of anal lube and feces, Rick Santorum said today:

If I finish dead last behind the pack I’m going to pack up and go home.

stating elsewhere that

If you want to send a message to the man, those are the folks that are the experts, the folks that are trying to shape this race….If you want to stick it to the folks who want to shape the debate and think they can tell you who you should pay attention to, as opposed to you who have been on the ground listening to all the candidates, this is where you step up and say, ‘No, you don’t get to decide…’

Then he went pheasant hunting.

Late Night FDL: Babble On, Michele, Babble On


Somehow this makes more sense than Bachmann herself.

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