10/09/2007 10:17 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Roadkill: OffTheBus's Ongoing RoundUp of the Awkward, the Ugly, and the Just Plain Weird


The following piece was produced through the Huffington Post's OffTheBus. Edited by Richard Riehl and Denise Wheeler. Reported by Kirsten Anderson, River Curtis-Stanley, Jodi Lampert, Julie Pierce, and Debbi Plummer.

"Rudy"s Darwinian moment": When asked what he would do with the millions of illegal immigrants who are here, Giuliani said trying to remove people living here now would overwhelm the court system, taking away from efforts to go after burglars and murderers. "We need immigrants, we do," Rudy said. "We need immigrants at all different levels of the socioeconomic system." That's right. Why worry about rising populations when we have all those burglars to worry about?

"En Route to Nirvana": Kucinich now has a sound explanation why he was caught snoozing on camera during Tony Blair's speech to a joint session of Congress back in 2003. According to Dennis he was merely in a deep trance, under the advice of his team of gurus who say Kucinich "meditates several hours a day, which, to the unenlightened observer may appear like sleeping." Thanks for enlightening us, Dennis. Now any chance that team of gurus can explain the pro-choice makeover?

"The sign says it all": Referring to his welfare reform while mayor of New York City, Rudy said he not only changed the city's culture but changed the sign on the welfare office too. "I took off the sign that said 'Welfare Office,' and I put up a sign that said 'Job Center' and it transformed the city." Hmmm... wonder if the nation will be as equally transformed if he changes the sign on the Oval Office?

"Kucinich shows his pride": It's the week of the rainbow and Dennis wants straight people across the nation to "come out" in support of America's gay and lesbian community. Dubbed "Seven Straight Nights for Equal Rights" the campaign urges everyone to stand strong with the LGBTQ community and Dennis. Of course he was opposed to same-sex marriages while a candidate for Congress. But who's keeping track? For seven straight nights he'll at least be out of the closet.

"Even the dogs love Bill": Bill Richardson was honored Saturday night as the recipient of the 2007 Animal Protection of New Mexico Award for his outstanding leadership in supporting animal rights. Way to go, Bill. If only those animals could vote!

"Pickles or pork?": During a campaign stop in Florida, Giuliani said he wants to "take the lid off" Americans and mocked those who bring up Iraq only to talk about leaving. "I don't know if they realize how counterproductive that is," he said. "We're not in Iraq to withdraw." Forgive me while I find my lid and think about this one for a moment.


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