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When he first talked to me about working on the show, Bill Prady told me that I’d be playing a “delightfully evil version” of myself. This sounded like a lot of fun to me, but it was more difficult to find that character than you’d think. When I’m playing Fawkes on The Guild it’s easy to slip into his kilt and be a jerk, but wearing my own clothes and essentially playing a stylized version of myself made it a real challenge to hit “delightfully evil” without veering into “not committed to being delightfully evil” or “just plain evil.” Keeping that twinkle in my eye, and knowing that Wil Wheaton (The Big Bang Version) is planning to scam Sheldon from the moment he sits down, was essential to this particular characterization working out, and I didn’t completely find it until we’d run the episode a couple of times.

The episode was very funny and the semi cameo was really good. I’d love to see him as a semi-recurring character.

Take a peek at it here:

It is very hard to be depressed when you have stuff like this to laugh at, that is why no matter politically insane they get I’ll always owe the python’s a debt of laughter. Amazingly they can still surprise me with things I haven’t heard:

The others remembered how, when in Germany to perform their stage show, And Now for Something Completely Different (in German!), they decided to make a day trip to visit the concentration camp, which had been converted into a Holocaust museum. They arrived to find the gates closed. Standing outside, Chapman puffed on his pipe and blurted out a suggestion: “Tell them we’re Jewish.”

They were let in.

I’m sorry but who else could make a joke like that?

Unlike my local Mayoral candidate who doesn’t know an opening when he sees it Doug Hoffman saw this fox story:

Thirty-eight forged or fraudulent ballots have been thrown out, according to records at the Rensselaer County Board of Elections in Troy, N.Y. Enough votes, an election official admits, to likely have tipped the November election to the Democrats.

and struck while the Iron is hot via a Robert Stacy McCain Exclusive:

The campaign of Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman is preparing to request that President Obama send monitors from the Justice Department to prevent vote-fraud efforts in the crucial Nov. 3 special election in upstate New York’s 23rd district.

The actual release is also on McCain’s site and linked here.

“Today, I am calling on Bill Owens to do the right thing and, when he is with President Obama tonight; ask him to take immediate action to defund ACORN and block the flow of any and all federal funds to the scandal ridden organization and its numerous subsidiaries. In addition, Bill Owens should request that Justice Department monitors be put in place to insure that ACORN’s political arm in New York State, the Working Families Party, does not steal this election. In Troy, New York, just South of the 23rd Congressional District, a special prosecutor is currently investigating the forgery of absentee ballots in September’s Primary elections and the Working Families Party is the focus of that investigation. Its common knowledge that ACORN and the Working Families Party have absolutely no respect for the law and I know I am the one candidate they want to defeat.”

Oh and Charles for future reference this is another example of actually saying a press release is a press release. That’s the type of thing that done by what we call professional reporters.

This should be an object lesson to the NRCC by doing this not only does Hoffman guarantee Fox coverage as he acts based on their coverage. (Which Stacy links here) but he explicitly manages to link Obama to Acorn if he doesn’t act and both of his opponents as well if they don’t join his call.

This is called the smart way of doing things. We need smart people in Washington.

And speaking of smart how come McCain can break this story even if he isn’t in NY yet but nobody else can?

If you can explain why this isn’t on Memorandum you are smarter than I am. Maybe Move-on is making another set of demands? Or maybe republicans don’t want to offend Newt. Hey Newt how’s your candidate doing? What does she think of Acorn?

Vote Hoffman!

Update: My full collection of posts on the subject are here, not as much fun as the Flemish Menace but very interesting.

Behold the Flemish menace!
Behold the Flemish menace!
If these guys are Fascists then Il Duce and der Fuhrer are spinning in their graves:

Vlaams Belang Senator Hugo Coveliers, together with his son Roel Coveliers and an Israeli lawyer, have lodged a complaint with the European Commission on behalf of 15 EU citizens who are living in Israel. The EU failed to sufficiently protect its citizens against Qassam rockets from Gaza.

Apparently the Alinsky methods will work against the left on the other side of the pond too, but I’d be careful after all look at that guy on the left do you think he can be trusted?

Update: If you aren’t fooled by this then use this handy field guide to identify the insidious Flemish menace.

A: Because if for any reason the other guy doesn’t show you still have lunch at Linguini’s Italian Eatery in Marlborough, and that is almost always worth the trip.

Important note: the same rules would apply for either the Border Grille & Bar in Leominster or the Southside Grille & Margarita Factory in Gardner

if your are Jewish then apparently you can just die:

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organization is holding a conference this week in Egypt. No Jews are allowed.

Apparently Jewish Doctors were uninvited at the last minute.

I would think the Susan G. Komen organization wouldn’t go for something like that.

Why don’t you ask them?

There is a page for reporting improper conduct, it is made for this.

Update: Would any organization have been willing to do this a mere 10 years ago?

These people would rather let their populations die than have them be cured by Jews. And this from a country that has allegedly been at ‘peace’ with Israel for the last thirty years.

I wish I could say I was amazed.

Update: Pam Geller is outraged

What would Susan Komen say? We are to be sympathetic to a foundation that wants to cure cancer but has no problem with Jewish genocide? Not one dime to Komen.

I would remind her that on their contact page you can report inappropriate behavior. I’d say this qualifies.

There have been two characteristics Pope Benedict XVI has shown that have impressed me since he took over.

His unapologitic defense of the truth of Catholicism.

His evangelism to welcome individuals and groups to embrace that truth.

He is not the rock star that John Paul II was but he knows what the way the truth and the light is, and welcomes all to it.

And today he throws open the doors to the Anglicans:

The Note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith specifies that the Apostolic Constitution “provides for the ordination as Catholic priests of married former Anglican clergy” but that Bishops will have to be unmarried men, in accord with the historic tradition of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. However, the possibility is left open for the Ordinary to be a priest rather than a Bishop.

Creative Minority reports has the full official document.

The Anchoress is delighted:

This is very big. If this reconnection is well-facilitated, we may see the entire African arm of the Church of England (which is currently its most vibrantly-growing branch) cross the Tiber, and that will be a very interesting development, especially as Catholics are exposed to the Anglican-use liturgy, which will remind many of everything they loved about the Latin mass, but in the glorious language of the Anglican liturgy. This may do accelerate the already-growing movement within the Catholic church to correct some of the liturgical excesses and errors we’ve seen in the last 40 years.

As I said earlier, as secularism and evangelical atheism gain in influence and power, we may well see the a new unity among Christians, ut unum sint, (that they all may be one).

The curt Jester is also happy but not as wordy.

Thanks be to God this time it is the Traditional Anglican Communion coming to full communion with the Church. Te Deum!!!

Fr Phillip Nori is pleased and Damion Thompson is impressed:

this is clearly a historic gesture by Pope Benedict which will encourage thousands of disaffected Anglicans to become Roman Catholics.

in fact he is so impressed that one post is just not enough!

The Archbishop of Canterbury is unlikely to be pleased, though he was vigorously concealing any displeasure at a press conference this morning. (There was a lot of spin about this decision “arising out of dialogue”.) The truth is that Rome has given up on the Anglican Communion. With one announcement, the Pope has given conservative Anglicans a protected route to union with Rome – and promised that, even once they are members of the Catholic Church, they will be offered a permanent structure that allows them to retain an Anglican ethos.

Thousands of Anglicans who reject women bishops and priests and liberal teaching on homosexuality are certain to avail themselves of this provision. Within a few years, there will probably be “Anglican ethos” Catholic parishes in England and Wales (and one wonders how many conservative cradle Catholics will gratefully start attending Mass there).

I guess Rowan Williams is more like the Master that he thought, he is foiled again by the good guy.

Hey oh brothers of the Lutheran faith you guys are welcome too.

You know one of the few advantages of the awful times that we now live in is the fact that truth stands out even brighter because it contrasts so much with the BS we are shoveled. The Truth of Christ, via the Church can’t help but contrast brightly and those who wish the light will be drawn to it. Henry VIII must be rolling in his grave, but this is consistent with the acts of the Apostles:

This is the letter delivered by them: “The apostles and the presbyters, your brothers, to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia of Gentile origin: greetings.

Since we have heard that some of our number (who went out) without any mandate from us have upset you with their teachings and disturbed your peace of mind, we have with one accord decided to choose representatives and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So we are sending Judas and Silas who will also convey this same message by word of mouth: ‘It is the decision of the holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities, namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals, and from unlawful marriage. If you keep free of these, you will be doing what is right. Farewell.'” Acts 15:23-29

This is as historic as it gets.

To paraphrase Robert Stacy, just because we don’t know what God is doing doesn’t mean God doesn’t know what he is doing.

Update: Cripes, at least the Master wasn’t a whiner.

I am sorry that there has been no opportunity to alert you earlier to this; I was informed of the planned announcement at a very late stage, and we await the text of the Apostolic Constitution itself and its code of practice in the coming weeks. But I thought I should let you know the main points of the response I am making in our local English context– in full consultation with Roman Catholic bishops in England and Wales – in the hope of avoiding any confusion or misrepresentation.

Update 2: Welcome Anchoress readers, take a peek around. Learn why you should schedule lunch meetings at Linguini’s and the quickest way to change teenage plans, Learn how to understand the NRCC, Read why local policy on illegal immigration is an insult, find out what Judaism has to do with breast cancer. And discover why my very catholic mother considered a seeing eye dog the most memorable part of the Passion of the Christ.

Update 3: Read Fr. Z’s take on all of this because it hints at the nitty gritty which I will now explain.

As I’ve said before the only reason to be a Christian in general and a Catholic in particular is because it is true. The primary duty of the church it to keep people from burning bottom line Saveing souls.

That’s what’s it’s all about from the Latin Mass to every other move, it’s about saving souls. Unlike our liberal friends who use the Church to further causes even if it involves sin, this pope is all about using the Truth of the Gospel and the Church for the cause Jesus designed it for:

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you Matthew 28:19-20a

Keeping this in mind is how you grow the church, remember the quote from acts, the apostles didn’t mind playing with form, but they didn’t compromise on sin.

The world is very lucky to have the pope we have.

Update 4: The BBC covers it.

The Right Reverend Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Ebbsfleet, said in a statement on his website: “Now is not a time for sudden decision or general public discussion.”

He and colleague Keith Newton, Bishop of Richborough, said in a joint statement, “We have chosen 22nd February… to be an appropriate day for priests and people to make an initial decision as to whether they wish to respond positively to and explore further the initiative of the Apostolic Constitution.”

I’ll wager the BBC is burning over it. (no pun intended)

…if being questioned by the weekly standard on your positions causes you to call the cops then you have no business being in the house:

Earlier today Lindsay Beyerstein reported that Scozzafava responded to an AFL-CIO questionnaire by saying she would support card-check legislation that eliminates the secret ballot requirement for organizing unions. As Beyerstein notes, this contradict statements made by a Scozzafava spokesman in September.

So after the dinner, I asked Assemblywoman Scozzafava if she supports card check. “Yes, yes I do,” she replied.

At that point someone from her campaign placed himself between Scozzafava and me and told me I should direct all my inquires to the campaign’s spokesman. I nonetheless asked Scozzafava if her signing of the Americans for Tax Reform pledge not to vote to raise taxes means she would oppose any health care bill that raises taxes. “What kind of taxes?” she replied. Then another couple of gentlemen interposed themselves between Scozzafava and me as Scozzafava headed for the door.

I spotted Scozzafava later as she was walking to the parking lot, and asked her: ” Assemblywoman, do you believe that the health-care bill should exclude coverage for abortion?” She didn’t reply. I asked her twice more. Silence.

After she got into her car, I went to my car and fired up my laptop to report the evening’s events.

Minutes later a police car drove into the parking lot with its lights flashing. Officer Grolman informed me that she was called because “there was a little bit of an uncomfortable situation” and then took down my name, date of birth, and address.

This is the RINO that the NRCC wants us to support? This is the candidate that Newt endorsed? Her positions are bad enough but this performance shows this lady (who might be nice, I’ve never met her) is not ready for prime time even as a democrat.

It matters not our feudal lord demands allegiance to Dede Scozzafava and we must obey, at least we would have to if it wasn’t the 21st century.

If that isn’t worth a Nelson I don’t know what is.

And if you won’t accept my reasons to care about this how about we ask the American Papist:

* NY23 is the only congressional race this election cycle, so everyone is watching it, making the stakes very high.
* The pro-life republican candidate (Hoffman) is gaining far more grassroots support than the liberal, pro-abortion republican candidate (Scozzafava). He is a classic underdog, come-from-behind candidate. Now he has to beat the pro-abortion democrat (Owens).
* if Hoffman beats Scozzafava and Owens, it sends a strong message to the Republican Party about what kind of candidate will win in upcoming elections, namely, one who is strong on “social issues” like traditional marriage and pro-life. It says that “RINOs” (Republicans in Name Only) is not the way to go. People are more passionate about issues and the integrity of their representatives than they are about the letter behind a person’s name.

You know the Palin idea is looking better and better

Vote Hoffman!