CHICAGO, August 4, 2012 — The origin of the word “gaffe” is obscure. Some sources claim the word derives from the French Provençal meaning hook, boat hook, or hook for a large fish. It was used colloquially to mean blunder.
Other sources claim it may derive from British slang gaff, to cheat or trick; from the Scots dialect, loud, rude talk, which might be from Old English gaf-spræc, blasphemous or ribald speech.
Gaffe, or penny-gaff, also describes a 19th century makeshift theater that offered cheap, mindless and often vulgar entertainment.
Dictionaries define gaffe as a blunder causing embarrassment; a faux pas, gaucherie, solecism, boo-boo, or howler.
President Obama, Vice-president Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Democrats in general are gaffe prone, providing the public with blasphemous, rude, vulgar, ribald, and loud entertainment. They commit boo-boos, howl at the moon. They also cheat and trick the unwitting public.
Democrats are a regular travelling tent show of carnival barkers and circus clowns. They perform major feats of lexicological legerdemain.
Here are the top ten gaffes of Democrats, the party of cheap, vulgar mindless entertainment:
10.) Hillary Clinton presenting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a cheap plastic gift of a Staples “Reset” Button, and President Obama giving the British Prime Minister cheap C.D.s as gifts during their state visits.
9.) President Obama speaking over “God Save the Queen” while toasting Queen Elizabeth.
8.) Democratic National Committee strategist Hilary Rosend saying that Ann Romney “has never actually worked a day in her life.” What does a political strategist do anyway? Is that something like a community organizer?
7.) Democratic Senator Charles Schumer claiming that there are three branches of government: “the House, the Senate, and the President.”
6.) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi boldly asserting of Obamacare, “We have to pass it, to know what’s in it.”
5.) President Obama’s observation that the “private sector’s doing fine,” even though the economy, which is still mostly composed of the private sector, is still in a recession or depression, depending on who you ask.
As an aside, the current drought, which will cause food shortages and price jumps in necessary staples, is history repeating itself. The Dust Bowl severely exacerbated the Great Depression. How will Obama make that look better?
4.) Eric Holder stonewalling and covering up the “Fast and Furious” scandal. Holder could not fight or lie his way out of a wet paper bag. With him as the chief law enforcement agent in the nation, we are in trouble.
3.) Solyandra and all the other green technology scams and boondoggles, including Tesla, Fiskar, and Chevy Volt, all paid for with our tax dollars, defaulted government loans, and tax credits, are Democratic Party-backed failures.
2.) Anything and everything Joe Biden says.
1.) President Obama’s “You did not build that…someone else did” speech. Coverage of this and the media trying to spin it, to what they claim the president really said, has been huge.
Special Honorable Mention goes to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saying that an imaginary friend, voices in his head, or both are whispering in his ear that there is proof, real evidence, that Mitt Romney did not pay income taxes for ten years.
Reid is protecting his invisible source (Harvey?).
Reid has doubled and tripled down on his salacious accusation of a near felony. Reid will quadruple and quintuple down if it helps the Democrats keep the White House and the Senate. Remember, every time a Democrat lies the Devil gets his due.
A Gold Star goes to Chicago First Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno for asserting he would not let Chick-fil-A build a store in his ward over CEO Dan Cathy’s public expression of his personal views on traditional marriage, and Cathy’s donations to groups in favor of traditional marriage. It’s an action that could be unconstitutional, and possibly illegal.
Proco Joe gets a second gold star for lying about it to Our Urban Times, a a neighborhood website. They printed the lies, even though he is on record with the local media saying what he said. He walked it all back, saying he never claimed he would refuse them permits, and stating he had just about approved their zoning when the feathers hit the fan.
Silver Star: To Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel for saying that Chick-fil-A does not share Chicago values, while the same day lauding Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan for helping to curb violence in Chicago neighborhoods.
The good minister is a virulent anti-Semite, a raging racist, and a vicious hater of homosexuals. Minister Farrakhan shares Chicago values.
Jay Carney gets a spit ball for his impersonation of a White House spokesman and a Clio Award as a walking advertisement why people need remedies for agita, acid reflux, and hemorrhoids due to his facial contortions and whining during press conferences.
A kick in the keester goes to the various so-called professional journalists, pundits, blow dried made up news readers, and media entities who spin, twist, and try vainly to make this president and the Democrats appear to say things versus what they really said, or impossibly tangling and knotting things, telling us what Democrats really meant to say.
We’ll be right back after the commercial break with stupid Democrat tricks.
Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance journalist and photojournalist, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone. Mr. Bella is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.
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