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As Mittens embarks on a European tour of “goodwill” he seems to be – (to be kind) – a little out of his element.  I mean, when some members of the British press refer to him as “worse than Palin” you have to believe that some of his gears may not be working to full advantage.

We have watched him struggle through GOP candidate debates with some of the nuttiest people on the planet and the best that can be offered in his defense is that he “did not seem quite as crazy” as some of the other challengers gracing the stage alongside him.  But that is merely “faint praise” when you shake out that description as a desperate attempt to choose somebody who isn’t harboring mice in their brainpans.

This trip to England has been fascinating to watch.  I don’t care how much one loathes Obama, this guy is pathetic.

Unable to even give a rational explanation regarding his position on gun control, he manages to slip in the fact that the Aurora shooter obtained his armory of weapons “illegally”.  NOT SO and that is the entire point of the tragedy: each and every weapon, right down to the bullets used to murder and maim, were legally purchased by law!  WTF?

Next up he managed to outrage the host country of the Olympics by suggesting that perhaps things were not under control.  In diplomatic circles this would be considered a huge gaffe.

No matter what problems may surround the organizational efforts, a visiting “potentate” does not comment on the lumps in the potatoes being served.  It’s just not done!

But none of this should be taken as unexpected.  It was not too long ago that he was meeting with a group of teachers in PA and served a plate of cookies.  He went on to question their origin and refused to eat one thus forgetting that “politeness” is a sign of maturity. Especially when trolling for votes.

This man is an idiot. His off the cuff comments are as cringe worthy as anything ever uttered by George W. Bush.  As a presidential candidate in a position of world leader, he is a pathetic figure overall.  How many times must we listen to him backtrack or contort himself into bendable shapes while pushing the idea that we should “trust” him in a role he is not fit to hold?

God only knows what “gems” he has saved up for his visit to Poland.  Think about it: when you have been compared to Sarah Palin – and come away wanting! – perhaps you need to sit yourself down and reconsider what it is you think you have achieved so far on the global stage.

Particularly when you appear to not have a clue in what you are talking about nor the self awareness that you may be considered a joke.

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Bill Clinton Released From the Hospital, Prognosis Excellent

Pictures taken of Clinton’s arteries and of bypass grafts he received four years ago revealed that one of the grafts was blocked. Because of that problem, doctors placed two stents in his coronary artery. A stent is a wire mesh tube used to prop open an artery.

The insertion of two stents “makes him less susceptible to future heart attacks,” Schwartz said. “His prognosis is excellent.”

The blockage was typical of the “natural history” of bypass treatment, which has a 10 to 20 percent failure rate five years after the surgery, according to Schwartz.

“This was not a result of his lifestyle or diet, which have been excellent,” he said, adding that Clinton is “in excellent condition, as evidenced both by what he does and objective testing.”

The former president’s counselor, Douglas Band, released a statement Thursday saying that Clinton, currently the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, is in “good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts.”

Clinton’s doctor described the ex-president as “up and walking around and visiting with his family,” adding that the former president probably will be able to go back to work on Monday.

“The goal of the treatment … is for President Clinton to resume his very active lifestyle,” he said.

ABC News’ chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos, who once worked for Clinton in the White House, noted Clinton’s non-stop work ethic and said the former president has worked “20 hours a day for the last 20 years.”

Clinton’s daughter Chelsea and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both were by the former president’s bed, according to Schwartz.

And speaking of the Clintons…

Hillary 2012 FaceBook Page Created

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Luge Events Have Resumed At Slightly Slower Speeds After Tragic Death of Georgian Luger

Olympic luge events will start farther down the track than originally planned, officials said Saturday, a decision they made with the “emotional component” of athletes in mind following the death of a Georgian competitor.

They reiterated that the lightning-fast track was safe for competition, and Olympic officials said they were “completely satisfied” with the adjustments.

“We never said it is too fast,” International Luge Federation president Josef Fendt said.

An extra session of men’s training, as well as all four runs of the men’s event—two on Saturday, two on Sunday—will begin from the women’s start ramp. Meanwhile, the women’s and doubles entrants in the Olympic field will now start even lower, at the junior start position, between the fifth and sixth curves.

It means speeds in all luge events will be a bit slower at the Whistler Sliding Track, where 21-year-old Nodar Kumaritashvili crashed and died in a training run on Friday after his body flew over the track wall and smashed into a steel pole at nearly 90 mph.

The decision to change the start’s location seemed to have the desired effect during men’s training on Saturday, the first session on the track after Kumaritashvili’s terrifying crash. None of the 36 sliders, all of whom wore black tape on the left sides of their helmets in tribute to Kumaritashvili, broke 90 mph after speeds routinely surpassed 95 mph earlier in the week.

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