Oscar Madison: Now kindly remove that spaghetti from my poker table.
[Felix laughs]
Oscar Madison: The hell’s so funny?
Felix Ungar: It’s not spaghetti, it’s linguini.
[Oscar picks up the linguini and hurls it against the kitchen wall]
Oscar Madison: Now it’s garbage.The Odd Couple, 1968

One of the funniest movies ever! And speaking of garbage….
From The Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

The Republican brand is in the garbage

There’s only one thing worse than being a member of Congress these days – being a Republican member of Congress.

Original DVD cover.

According to the latest Gallup Poll, Congress’ job approval rating has dropped to 14 percent – a record low for the survey. That’s a figure that qualifies President Bush, with a 31 percent approval rating, for American Idol.


Eighteen months ago, a Democratic majority took control of both houses of Congress. And a curious footnote to the latest Gallup data is that Democrats actually give Congress an even lower rating than Republicans or independents.

An opposition party with a sliver of insight and shred of principle would easily be able to capitalize on this sentiment. That party is not the Republican Party of 2008.

In the 51-49 Senate, Republicans are struggling – not to net enough seats to put Democrats back in the minority but, rather, to stave off enough losses to prevent Democrats from obtaining a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority.


How is this happening? How is it possible for Republicans to face electoral disaster at the hands of summer vacationers Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?

The easy answers are George W. Bush and Iraq. But those are only partially correct.


A first-year marketing student could identify the real problem – the Republican brand is in the garbage. Credit John McCain’s maverick reputation and stands on ethics and earmarks for his ability to thus far fight Obama to a draw in the polls. Every candidate whose name on the ballot is followed by an “R” is running at a disadvantage. And it’s not difficult to understand why.

Begin with Tom DeLay, R-Texas, Mark Foley, R-Fla., Duke Cunningham, R-Calif., Bob Ney, R-Ohio, Larry Craig, R-Idaho, Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., and now Ted Stevens, R-Alaska. That’s a partial list.


But a campaign theme of “We’re no worse than the other guys” has all the appeal of a trip to Siberia with Jack Abramoff.


If Republicans had shown zero tolerance for corruption, opposed careless government projects, affirmed a prohibition against earmarks and declared a new conservative compact, it would have provided a sharp contrast for the American people.

Instead, the Republican leadership has delivered more of what caused the 2006 electoral wallop. They shouldn’t be surprised if the results in 2008 are no different.

I disagree with a lot of what this guy, Jonathan Gurwitz, says, but what fun to see what conservatives are wringing their hands over! 😆


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31 responses to “Branded

  1. sorry so late, kids. just got home.

  2. nightowl724

    Oh, nonnie, I love The Odd Couple and I was just talking about it yesterday! I like the poster, especially Oscar (the Grouch, not Madison). (Actually, I like Oscar Madison, too, and Felix Ungar.)

    This reads like a Wanted List at the post office:

    Begin with Tom DeLay, R-Texas, Mark Foley, R-Fla., Duke Cunningham, R-Calif., Bob Ney, R-Ohio, Larry Craig, R-Idaho, Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., and now Ted Stevens, R-Alaska. That’s a partial list.

    Bunch of (Re)thugs…

  3. i love the odd couple, too, and that line is one of the funniest. the other line i loved was when oscar said this:

    You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Ungar!

  4. Got a Grip

    Alright, young lady, that’s torn it! You had me worried sick, SICK I say! You are never to stay out that late again, do you hear me? You are GROUNDED!

    Thank God you’re home and okay. Mom worries…. 😉

  5. i sorry! 😥
    i was going to post the diary from my sister’s, but her computer wasn’t on, and i didn’t want to bother her with all the people there. i hadn’t planned on staying that late, but my nephew was there, and i haven’t spent any quality time with him in ages. we hung out together and talked.

  6. Friend of the court

    Hello, to the raisin gang. Simon wrote some of the best lines ever written.

  7. jeb

    I think the last time a party in Congress laid down and became such a red carpet was the Dems in the early 90s. Of course the Rethugs took full advantage and capatilized.

    I look at Reid and Pelosi sometimes and shake my head. They don’t seem to sense the opportunities before them. I sure hope that all those Dems running in opposition don’t follow the Reid/Pelosi model and we can get a real sweep of some of the most morally, philisophically, politically and personally corrupt people in Congress since the worst of the Roman Senate.

  8. Friend of the court

    Howdy jeb, what can you expect from people who have to lie, to get their jobs?

  9. jeb

    Hi FOTC, good to see ya back.

    I dunno. Lie better?

  10. well look who the cat dragged in!!! fotc!!!!!! 😀 where have you been? i have missed you so much!!!! so happy to see you again! 😀
    you are correct. neil simon has written some of the best lines ever!

  11. jeb,
    it is beyond me how and why the dems picked reid and pelosi. they had so many good picks, and they came up with these two! 🙄 she doesn’t seem to understand the constitutional duties of the house, and he is as inspiring as a stale bagel.

  12. Got a Grip

    Well, well, well, little miss Fotc. Where have you been? Have you been to London to visit the queen? (Sorry, nursery rhymes pop into my head at the oddest times…) 😉

    Seriously, I hope all is well. I’ve miss you….

  13. ooh!! new game–guess where fotc has been all this time.

    i bet fotc has been training for the olympics!

  14. Got a Grip

    I think she’s been engaging in some form of espionage. She’s been undercover. Mum’s the word (nudge, nudge, wink, wink)…..

  15. hey! fotc’s real name isn’t rielle, is it? 😮

  16. Friend of the court

    It is one or all of the following:

    1. moved to new place
    2. ugly breakup
    3. dark black breakdown
    4. pouring concrete paver stones
    5.learning a new math program at
    school, so I do not look like a fool
    to the kindergarteners
    6. going to therapy and trying to adjust the
    also, playground highjinx

  17. Got a Grip

    Sorry, Fotc, I still think you’ve been to London to visit the Queen…. 😉

    Seriously (again), I’ve had a similar list more than once in the past. Hang in there, and if you need someone to listen that you don’t have to pay for the pleasure, I’m always around.

  18. Friend of the court

    Thank you Got a, I think I’m on the mend. I have been eating and sleeping again and LOL for the first time in about a year.
    Also, i have not been to London since 1996. I did see a cow jump over the moon. It was going fine until she landed.

  19. fotc, sweetie, you need to hang out here more often. you make us laugh, and, hopefully, we can do the same for you. by the way, that fu¢king cow landed on my car. as if the bird poop wasn’t bad enough…..

  20. Friend of the court

    “OH!!!! the humanity!!!!” I hope that you weren’t driving at the time.

  21. jeb

    That looks very similar to a list I’ve worked off of for the last few years FOTC. That’s why it’s good to have a place (here) where the abuse is administered with whiffle bats and care.

    Besides I mucked up the paver stones and math has never been my strong suit.

  22. Got a Grip

    That cow was mine, and insurance wouldn’t pay for the loss. Something about natural disasters.

    I’ve managed to avoid London. Brussels was wonderful though, and Amsterdam was fantastic. To explain Egypt would require more than a comment. I want to go back to all three.

  23. fotc,
    i am still trying to get the sour milk stink out of the upholstery. 😡

  24. Got a Grip

    jeb, we’ve been known to pummel people with much heavier objects than the whiffle bat if called upon. It can get ugly. You just happen to be in the “circle of trust” and therefore only whiffling and care are used upon your fragile psyche. The Raisinettes can leave more than just a mark in the cause of all that is right and just and in defense of their own.

    The paver thing is in my future. I may actually make them myself before laying them, just to up the stress factor. Math bores me, unless it’s in the form of music.

    Okay, I’m off to find something to eat before I do a face plant on my keyboard. Carry on….. 😉

  25. i could really, really use a bunch of paver stones. do i hear anyone volunteering? anyone? hello?
    other than a couple of weekends in the bahamas, i have never been outside of the u.s., let alone overseas. what a sheltered life i have led. 😥 one day, i would love to backpack through europe. without the backpack. and while staying in really, really nice hotels.

  26. did i ever tell you guys that i was on the math team in high school? that and english were my best subjects. nowadays, i don’t remember how to add or spell the easiest words. my numbers are all irrational and my participles dangle. and they used to be so perky! 😦

  27. jeb

    Gotta, using your keyboard as a planter is not a good idea. The fertilizer makes the keys sticky and if you water your plants, your computer will get short with you.

    Nonnie, that was not the cow that jumped over the moon. Go back and review “The Holy Grail.”

  28. Got a Grip

    nonnie, I don’t think I ever had perky participles. They always dangled. Bummer.

    jeb, the only watering my keyboard is likely to get is the drool that will result in said face plant. I’ve noticed as I get older that things that frighten me have begun to sprout from my face. Lord only knows what would sprout from the keyboard, should they mingle……

  29. i was relying on fotc’s eyewitness account. she’s never lied to me before.

  30. two best Odd COuples on TV

    1. password
    2. when they buy a car

    problem is — a lot of americans LOVE garbage

  31. i liked the tv version of the movie, but it still wasn’t as good as the movie. the tv show had a different feel to it. i don’t remember the different episodes very well. do they show the reruns somewhere? i don’t remember seeing it on tvland.