There she is, so where’s her scholarship?

A couple of years ago, I had a post on the Miss America pageant, where I was sort of perturbed about the amount of money the pageant said it awarded to the winner.

I’m sure there are lovely prizes, but here’s what gets me. There’s a scholarship involved, and according to news reports, Miss America’s scholarship prize is  $50,000. I know that $50,000 is a lot of money, but as the parent of a child in college, I also know that $50,000 isn’t going to cover costs over the four years it takes to graduate.

It seems like a minor complaint, but let’s break it down in terms of how the real world works.

If your kid is going to a state school and you’re a resident of the state, you probably pay $15,000 a year. That’s considered cheap for a college education, and a Miss America scholarship won’t carry you through graduation. If you’re going to a state school as an out-of-state resident, the cost will run you about $25,000 a year, so being Miss America gets you through your sophomore year. If you go to a private school, you’re talking $40,000 a year, so maybe you make it through freshman year and part of one semester. And if you go to an Ivy, you’re talking in excess of $50,000 a year, so maybe you make it through freshman year, and after that, you’re on your own.

About a week ago, John Oliver took a look at the Miss America pageant, and he’s sort of perturbed about the amount of money the pageant said it awarded overall:

I made my calculations on the back of an envelope. He called the IRS. That was impressive.

And he’s right about Donald Trump.

Republican outreach: Offensive as usual

This is happening in Wisconsin:

I wonder what the GOP’s vice presidential candidate for 2008 is doing?

This is why we should never listen to John McCain again, because he thought this woman was qualified to be president of the United States if he died in office (Via Talking Points Memo):

Sarah Palin’s camp has finally weighed in on the Alaska birthday party brawl that put the former Republican vice presidential nominee and her family back in the national spotlight this past week.

The website Real Clear Politics spoke to what it described as a “source close to the Palin family” who offered the Palins’ side of the physical, bloody altercation that took place on Sept. 6 at a house in Anchorage. The article said the source’s description “diverge[d] significantly” from what had been reported elsewhere, but the anonymous portrayal essentially confirmed the broad outlines of the fight, including that Sarah Palin herself was present and was shouting as it all went down.

On Friday, TPM published a detailed account of the brawl based on reports from several news outlets as well as our own reporting. Two named eyewitnesses reported seeing the former Alaska governor at the party, including one who said he saw Palin’s husband Todd, son Track, and daughter Bristol were involved in multiple melees with other party guests that night. One anonymous source said Sarah Palin was “nearly crawling on top of people” while screaming and shouting profanities.

Stay tuned for the next episode of “Real Housewives of Wasilla.”

Like a president never wore a tan suit before

All right, I’ve had it, again. As I’ve said before, what is wrong with these people?

For some reason last week, this …

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“There’s no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday,” King said on NewsMaxTV on Friday. The interview was flagged by Buzzfeed. “When you have the world watching … a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do. For him to walk out —I’m not trying to be trivial here— in a light suit, light tan suit, saying that first he wants to talk about what most Americans care about the revision of second quarter numbers on the economy. This is a week after Jim Foley was beheaded and he’s trying to act like real Americans care about the economy, not about ISIS and not about terrorism. And then he goes on to say he has no strategy.”

OK, Peter King is a nut, but what’s everyone else’s excuse?

While Washingtonian magazine Fashion Editor Kate Bennett gives the president props for “[stepping] out of the mold” and nixing a traditional blue or black suit, she says he instead “opted for a color” more associated with laid-back occasions than addressing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the situation in Ukraine.

“Personally, I think a tan suit is a little too casual for a press conference or a formal statement from the White House, but that’s just me,” Bennett says.

Are you serious? He’s at a press conference, not a funeral. But maybe I can see the point, since no other president has worn a tan suit in public.

628x471Uh, but no Republican would wear a tan suit at a news conference:

628x471-2Uh, but the patron saint of the GOP wouldn’t disgrace the Oval Office by wearing one:

C3657-13Hell, Jimmy Carter wore a tan sweater for a major speech:

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In some of the most iconic images in American history:

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And in situations that determined the fate of the free world:

article-0-0209D9160000044D-113_468x367So SHUT UP, SHUT UP, SHUT UP about Obama wearing a tan suit. Republicans aren’t mad because he wore one. They’re mad because he looked so good in it!