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Lighten Up Francis…

During my usual effort to get good and stressed before sunrise, I was reading the news this morning -

President campaigns for Health Care Enrollment

Where I came across this photo, which I proceeded to doctor and make mock of.     I thought it was from the White House Easter Egg ceremony of 2014 – and then found out it was from 2009.

Hardly current.   Buggers.

I wandered back to the real 2014 gallery to find some others.  Maybe there was another photo that my hostile imagination could play with.

Heh.

Who needs to play with things when the real thing is so much more entertaining.

The real White House egg hunt photos from 2014.   Step right up, this is the real thing folks, accept no substitutes.

So now we can all try and figure out what kind of people think this is funny enough to make part of the National history of what should be a lighthearted thing for kids.

Here’s the caption “Our heavily armed snipers are dressed in kid-friendly bunny attire”.

Oh, ha ha ha.   You kidders, your heavily armed snipers are kid friendly heavily armed snipers.

Swell.

This made me to wonder if we’ve ever lightheartedly made jokes about needing snipers on the White House roof before.

The gallery of previous years, even post 9/11, seem remarkably short of references of this kind.  You know, no cute photos of MANPAD equipped agents dressed as Harvey the Pooka who will magic Easter Jihadi’s out of the air  (to cascade down in flaming bits over the streets and buildings of the capital, but I digress while expressing thanks that I have neither the job of pulling the trigger or the job of giving the command to do so…).

All in all the previous years have been pretty tame, except for this alligator display there in 2008….don’t be trying to find and eat these eggs kids.

But the real prize for this year goes to this one -with the caption – “Colorful Easter eggs are tossed off the White House roof at special targets below.”

Special targets?    Honestly people.

Given the death from above philosophy I think this humor a little macabre as well.

How about some nice photo shots of the kids and people at the parties as we did in previous administrations?    No?

Readers can feel free to tell me to “lighten up Francis,” I won’t mind.

If it were new behavior from this administration, I’d just think it was a little weird.  As it is, I’ve come to accept this kind of thing as fairly normal.

That is to say, bizarre.

If you’re at all inclined to go look you might want to do so before some adult becomes aware and sanity takes hold and they clean this, yet another, clueless, tone deaf, gawdawful mess up.


UPDATE – 2014-04-21 – 15:00 Central Time

8-O    If you go to the White House web page I linked to, you’ll see a bunch of little eggs floating around the screen, and…..a fly.     A fly?    A fly walking around the screen?

The Easter Fly?   Is this some tradition I don’t know about?

A FLY? Easter? The Easter Fly? What?

Does someone need to remind these people this is the White House or what?   The Residence of the President of the United States of America…

Yeah yeah, I know, lighten up Francis.

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 Subject(s):

Pot decriminalized in CA – What does that mean to the Feds if anything?

Do the Tea Party candidates have enough to win? – Or were they just a primary tantrum by the voters?

Health care meltdown continues – Mickey D’s may drop health care insurance, Principal Group will quit selling it, Pilgrim’s is dropping 22,000 Medicare patients in the NE,  the industry drops child only policies and the legislation is blamed for exacerbating the doctor’s shortage.  ObamaCare is proving its critics rights weekly – but is that a feature or a bug? 

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Cuba – So Fidel, the “Cuban model” doesn’t work for you guys?  What happened?

Mid-term elections – are they about voting for the Republicans or against the Democrats? 

Krugman – Did the guy just go on a bender or what?

Economic policy – why has it taken 20 months for the administration to finally consider tax cuts?

The amazing shrinking presidency – could lack of leadership have something to do with it?

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 Subject(s):

A nation of laws?   ICE is circulating a memo which will essentially direct law enforcement not to apprehend illegal immigrants during traffic stops.  Sine when do law enforcement agencies get to decide what laws they will or won’t enforce?

Is OIF over?  The last US combat unit has left Iraq, but you wouldn’t know it by this administration or the media’s coverage of the event.  What, no “Mission Accomplished” banner?

Health Care law – OK, say the Democrats, we lied about saving money.  But we have a new message and we promise, it’s true.

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BlogTalk Radio – Tonight 8pm (EST)

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 Subject(s):

A nation of laws?   ICE is circulating a memo which will essentially direct law enforcement not to apprehend illegal immigrants during traffic stops.  Sine when do law enforcement agencies get to decide what laws they will or won’t enforce?

Is OIF over?  The last US combat unit has left Iraq, but you wouldn’t know it by this administration or the media’s coverage of the event.  What, no “Mission Accomplished” banner?

Health Care law – OK, say the Democrats, we lied about saving money.  But we have a new message and we promise, it’s true.

 

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Subject(s):

Turkey – wild card in the Middle East. Has Turkey finally committed to a side?

Obama – asset or liability for the Democrats in the mid-terms?

Frustration with the left – and not from the right. Robert Gibbs disses the “professional left”.

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Subject(s):

So you say you want a revolution? – IBD wonders if we’re on the brink.

Within their rights, but it is right? – Ground zero mosque debate.

Stupidity and EJ Dionne – How Dionne demonstrates the shallowness, and, well, “stupidity” of the left’s arguments.

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Cap-and-Trade: Is it really dead or is it “dead” like health care?

 

Race Relations:  Is this administration helping the problem or aggravating it?

 

Rule of Law: Are we a nation of laws?  Or are we a nation of arbitrarily enforced laws?

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Subject(s):

Ideologue or Pragmatist – were we sold a bill of goods on Obama by the media?

Economy – So this is “Recovery Summer” huh – can’t wait for “Recession Winter”

Oil Spill – It was “BP this” and “BP that”, but now that BP has seemingly plugged it, it’s all about “we”.

 

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BlogTalk Radio – 8pm (EST) Tonight

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Subject(s):

Afghanistan – McChrystal out, Petraeus in – now what?

Oil spill – oil washes up on Pensacola beach, Mississippi sees no one skimming oil off shore – who’s in charge on day 69?

Economy – unemployment numbers, housing sales, GDP numbers – we’re in a recovery?

UPDATE [Dale]: Sadly, some weird technical glitch at BlogTalkRadio prevented us from getting a podcast recorded tonight.  We’ll try again next week.

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