Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor sells sea shells by the seashore, and other tongue twisters

Reading the news these days can be too frustrating without some kind of distraction to take the edges off of this obamanation we find ourselves in. For some, the distraction may come in the form of soft background music from Pandora. For others it may mean putting bologna slices into their slippers. For me, it's hard rock on Pandora, olive-loaf slices in the slippers, and associating a tongue twister with every news story that irritates me.

As Navin Johnson always likes to say, "I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit."

HERE, the president promises to jam it in and break it off...
Obama: "I think at some point, sometime in September, we're just going to have to make an assessment... I promise you, we will pass reform by the end of this year because the American people need it... We're going to have to make it happen."

A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk,
but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.

Sonia Sotomayor to become the Supreme Court's first Empathetic Hispanic justice with the Senate's vote today.

Who washed Washington's white woolen underwear
when Washington's washer woman went west?

How about this one every time White House Press secretary, Robert Gibbs, is at the podium...

I am not the pheasant plucker,
I'm the pheasant plucker's mate.
I am only plucking pheasants
'cause the pheasant plucker's running late.

Or this whole "cash for clunkers" thingy - Save the planet by trading in your gas-guzzler for a new, higher-mileage model! The Earth has a fever, according to algore, so why not take advantage of that $4,500 rebate for the hundred dollar pickup truck and get yourself one of these top-selling vehicles on the list - Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry. Something tells me this program has been TOO successful!

Sarah sitting in her Chevrolet,
All she does is sits and shifts,
All she does is sits and shifts.

I hope the tongue twister strategy works for you at least a little. Hey, we have to help each other, right? So the next time you think of the three stooges of government in Obama, Biden and Geithner, just remember this...

(say it fast)
One smart fellow, he felt smart.
Two smart fellows, they felt smart.
Three smart fellows, they all felt smart.


  1. Unfortunately, these tongue twisters do not bring me relief. When I was a small, innocent child, my grandmother washed out my mouth with soap for something similiar rhyming with "Little Tommy Tucker". I was only there, and it was my cousin Jerry who said it, but I still got my mouth washed out with soap. Hence, my aversion to tongue twisters, nursery rhymes, limericks, and yes, soap. So as I sit here under the overpass relating this traumatic experience, I only wonder...what might have been had I not been there that day.

  2. I LOVE the Pheasant Plucker for Gibbs....funny 'oops' said fast or not, the sense of it fits his position, don't you think, as it is? (and with the 'oops' factor)
    He's there speaking for THE ONE..yuck

    Today, at jess's blog, she wrote about swearing and trying to stop. I commisserated in my comment then saw my word verification was FUCTERIAS..You can't make this stuff up.

  3. The "good" doctor - Your cousin sounds brilliant. A regular Renaissance man. It sounds like you could learn a lot from him.
    Z- The word verification has a mind of its own sometimes :)

  4. Word verification is a source of endless amusement for me.