The grifters

Bristol Palin‘s tax returns reveal she’s inherited her mother’s talent at earning money for nothing. Tax documents show unwed mother Bristol Palin earned more than $262,000 for her role in helping raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention in 2009.

‘Bible camp counselor’ in chief

If Ned Flanders was an insincere pol, he’d be Tim Pawlenty. Try really hard to be cool:“If this was a Lady Gaga song, the relationship between the youth vote and Barack Obama would be ‘Bad Romance’… We may not in this room have tiger blood like [Charlie Sheen] does, but we’ve got something else in common with him. There’s going to be a lot of winning on the Republican side in 2012.” Try really hard to be tough: “The just-out-of-office Minnesota governor confesses a love in his new book for ‘watching two guys, gloves down, helmets off, pounding each other while the…

Wouldn’t want to offend China

Neither President Barack Obama nor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has singled out China for public criticism over the latest wave of arrests, though both have said that they always raise human rights in their private conversations with Chinese officials. Which makes them just like every administration, Republicans and Democrat. Artist Ai Weiwei, who collaborated on the design for Beijing’s Olympic stadium, is the latest high-profile critic of the Chinese government who was reported detained. He was stopped at Beijing’s airport on April 3 as he prepared to fly to Hong Kong, and his whereabouts since have not been disclosed by Chinese…

The crass insincerity of Rusty Limbo

There’s no debating whether Limbaugh is a buffoon. Further evidence: March 30 Obama and Mrs. Clinton are suggesting now that we make it official, that we start arming the rebels in Libya. They are suggesting that we arm Al-Qaeda – and yet, ladies and gentlemen, we, you and me, are the extremists. We are arming Al-Qaeda in Libya! March 7 This guy’s got a chip on his shoulder about the country. He doesn’t believe in exceptionalism about America, doesn’t believe in America’s greatness. One of the reasons he’s not doing anything in Libya with Khadafy — has anybody got a clue? —…