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Watching the SOTU Speech on ABC ...(Pelosi clocked a good 25-30 eye blinks per minute)
B&C ^ | Tuesday, January 23, 2007 | Joel Topsik

Posted on 01/24/2007 4:40:57 AM PST by IrishMike

Did they really need to drag World News anchor Charles Gibson all the way down from New York just to do a stand-up intro with the Capitol dome over his shoulder? George Stephanopoulos and Martha Raddatz were in separate locations, so it wasn't as though he was joining them in the studio. Having just visited the slushy and dreary capital yesterday, I feel for him.

Maybe standing outside in the cold is what led Gibson to fall into what by now should be an eminently avoidable journalistic trap--remarking on the wardrobe of a female newsmaker.

As he and his colleagues noted the historic significance of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's presence on the dais as the first woman speaker of the House, Gibson said that he and Stephanopoulos had shared a laugh earlier about whether she and Vice President Cheney would coordinate their outfits. I haven't checked the transcripts from years past, but I'm quite certain Gibson--or any of his colleagues--never joked about Dennis Hastert conferring with Cheney about tie patterns. (And I'll bet Katie Couric had the sense to avoid it, having been the subject of much sartorial scrutiny herself.)

What was worth commenting on, however, was the contrast in blinks per minute between Pelosi and Cheney. While Pelosi clocked a good 25-30 blinks per minute, Cheney barely mustered 3 or 4. If energy conservation is a personal virtue—as he once said so dismissively—Cheney is a saint. The man functions admirably on standby power.

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KEYWORDS: 2008; bush; congress; democrats; elections; pelosi; senate; sotu; stateoftheunion

1 posted on 01/24/2007 4:41:00 AM PST by IrishMike
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To: IrishMike

Bat the lashes--what a loon........


2 posted on 01/24/2007 4:42:56 AM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: IrishMike
an eminently avoidable journalistic trap--remarking on the wardrobe of a female newsmaker.

How wonderfully PC, to run in terror from the truth. As if women didn't obsess about clothes, and as if absolutely everything they wear to an important appearance weren't thought, fought, and fussed-over in advance, including speculation over what other women will be wearing.

Critics' self-consciousness about this is so dorky. It's a sex difference. It will be with us until Christ comes again. Appreciate it, enjoy it, and get used to it. It's part of the story. It's part of reality.

3 posted on 01/24/2007 4:49:18 AM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: IrishMike

20 to 30 per minute hell, I counted them three different times. They were 60, 80, and 84 beats per minute.


4 posted on 01/24/2007 4:52:45 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear.. on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: IrishMike; null and void; Windwalker

ping


5 posted on 01/24/2007 4:52:59 AM PST by Mercat
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To: IrishMike
Drudge has this story posted about the Queen's rapid batting of the lashes. Must be the botox. Also a shot of McCain snoring.
6 posted on 01/24/2007 4:54:15 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: mware

I compared the Pelosi blinks to Cheney's blinks. Hers were 10-12 and then Cheney would blink twice, very quickly and then Pelosi would blink at least another 10 before Cheney blinked again. At first I thought it was contacts but there was no redness or other signs of irritation so I think she was just very very nervous.


7 posted on 01/24/2007 4:55:51 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat

I was thinking it might be turrets.


8 posted on 01/24/2007 4:56:48 AM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear.. on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: Mercat
Try this experiment: pull back the skin on the sides of your eyes very tightly. You will blink like crazy. It's her many face lifts that cause her to do this.
9 posted on 01/24/2007 5:01:27 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Miss Didi

the other possibility that just occurred to me is that she has had lasik surgery and has dry eye syndrome. hmmm.


10 posted on 01/24/2007 5:09:59 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat

Good point. Whatever it is, I just wonder if the many talking heads will dare mention it today.


11 posted on 01/24/2007 5:22:47 AM PST by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: IrishMike

She has to consciously blink because her body won't do it automatically. That camera angle provided a hidious background.


12 posted on 01/24/2007 5:59:12 AM PST by wolfcreek (Please Lord, May I be, one who sees what's in front of me.)
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To: IrishMike

As bad as her blinks were, I was even more distracted by here constant working at whatever was stuck in her teeth!


13 posted on 01/24/2007 6:02:41 AM PST by whatexit
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To: whatexit

As bad as her blinks were, I was even more distracted by here constant working at whatever was stuck in her teeth!
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I'm hopeful that the average American Joe and Jane looking at the SOTU from their homes are bewildered.


14 posted on 01/24/2007 6:11:35 AM PST by IrishMike (MORE SURGE, Moqtada Al Sadr needs killing.)
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To: Mercat
I thought it was one of the funniest scenes in DC that I've seen in awhile, lol. I commented last night too about the difference in demeanor (and blinks per minute) between Cheney and Pelosi. She was so hyper, she made me nervous just watching! Pelosi was also doing weird things with her mouth too, unconsciously. She really needs to lay off the java.
15 posted on 01/24/2007 6:34:46 AM PST by khnyny
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To: khnyny

"Pelosi was also doing weird things with her mouth too, unconsciously. She really needs to lay off the java."

Hmm, kinda reminds me of old Tom Arnold interviews, now that I think of it...


16 posted on 01/24/2007 6:41:25 AM PST by whatexit
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To: whatexit

Hmmm, where was bj clinton before the SOTU?


17 posted on 01/24/2007 6:42:59 AM PST by VRWCmember (Everyone is entitled to my opinion.)
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To: IrishMike

It was also interesting to watch what she clapped for and what she didn't.

Of course the most telling was the Dems would not stand for Victory, when W mentioned it. Hopefully the public noticed too.


18 posted on 01/24/2007 6:44:05 AM PST by whatexit
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To: VRWCmember

LOL. That thought actually crossed my mind last night, but I was thinking Hillary, not BJ.


19 posted on 01/24/2007 6:45:54 AM PST by whatexit
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To: IrishMike

Pelosi was actually "batting her lashes" in code to the terrorists...


20 posted on 01/24/2007 6:46:57 AM PST by auto power
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To: SamuraiScot
Re: Pelosi's outfits...I don't think she 'dresses' herself (ie., standing infront of the closet thinking 'what should I wear to the SOTU?' More likely, she employs a stylist who does her shopping and puts together appropriate ensembles per Nancy's calendar. The very rich are indeed quite different from the rest of us.

As for the blinking...no glasses, so unless she is an opthomolic miracle, she wears contacts, that coupled with an eye 'lift' or two makes the blinking a constant.

21 posted on 01/24/2007 6:48:16 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you...)
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To: auto power
Pelosi was actually "batting her lashes" in code to the terrorists...

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YES !!!!!
Because the NSA have her and Pat Leahys cell phones tapped
22 posted on 01/24/2007 6:49:03 AM PST by IrishMike (MORE SURGE, Moqtada Al Sadr needs killing.)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
As for the blinking...no glasses, so unless she is an opthomolic miracle, she wears contacts, that coupled with an eye 'lift' or two makes the blinking a constant.

Don't forget these.


23 posted on 01/24/2007 7:06:49 AM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

LOL...oh for the glue to give way...


24 posted on 01/24/2007 7:18:27 AM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you...)
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To: khnyny

Pelosi was also doing weird things with her mouth too

Loose false teeth? Bridgework out of alignment?

Kinda reminded me of an 'ol cow chewing it's cud....

25 posted on 01/24/2007 9:46:49 AM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: IrishMike

The sound system seemed about to break out into massive feedback starting about halfway through. The Pres was disconcerted but slogged through the rest manfully anyway.


26 posted on 01/24/2007 9:49:07 AM PST by RightWhale (Repeal the law of the excluded middle)
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To: IrishMike

I'm betting O'Reilly's body language expert will weigh in on Pelosi's weird behavior.


27 posted on 01/24/2007 9:51:03 AM PST by Proudcongal
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To: IrishMike

I noticed that too. And at times she seemed to be gnawing on something. At other times, she appeared to be attempting a disgusted facial gesture but could not achieve it.


28 posted on 01/24/2007 9:52:48 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: IrishMike

When I got out of rehearsal last night, I found a text message from my most Democrat buddy: "Cheney looks like he's planning another hunting accident."


29 posted on 01/24/2007 9:54:56 AM PST by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: whatexit

Eeeew, was she sucking her teeth? How astoundingly ill-bred.


30 posted on 01/24/2007 9:55:51 AM PST by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: whatexit
As bad as her blinks were, I was even more distracted by here constant working at whatever was stuck in her teeth!

She probably was sub-vocalizing a pack of lies. check this out...

http://members.aol.com/nonverbal2/eyeblink.htm

Neuro-notes. We blink faster when excited because eyelid movements reflect bodily arousal levels established by our brain stem's reticular activating system (RAS). Emotion from the limbic system stimulates the RAS to act on our midbrain's substantia nigra, which releases the excitatory chemical, dopamine, to the superior colliculi (Karson 1992:417). Thus, we bat our eyelids faster in courtship (see LOVE SIGNALS III), when speaking in public (see STRANGER ANXIETY), and when lying (see DECEPTION).

31 posted on 01/24/2007 9:57:07 AM PST by TLI (ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA, MMP AZ 2005, TxMMP El Paso Oct+April 2006 TxMMP Laredo - El Paso)
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To: Yaelle

And at times she seemed to be gnawing on something. At other times, she appeared to be attempting a disgusted facial gesture but could not achieve it.

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Like she had something stuck in her teeth.


32 posted on 01/24/2007 10:00:42 AM PST by IrishMike (MORE SURGE, Moqtada Al Sadr needs killing.)
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To: TLI

She was obviously having a hard time playing nice -- all those evil thoughts in her head had her looking and acting so uncomfortable.


33 posted on 01/24/2007 10:07:59 AM PST by Proudcongal
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To: Proudcongal

The few times that I caught a glance of her she looked like she needed to use the bathroom,I wonder if she has a spastic bowel.


34 posted on 01/24/2007 10:13:10 AM PST by linn37 (Love your Phlebotomist)
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To: IrishMike

She was helping out. The room heater was set up too high, so she was fanning W.


35 posted on 01/24/2007 12:09:40 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ("... without victory there is no survival." - Winston Churchill)
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To: IrishMike
They were talking all day about this on the radio today, just about every talk show I tuned into. One was trying to decide if she was snorting blow right before. lol! I tell you, it wouldn`t suprise me in the least if she was.

This woman is seriously bugged out and steps should be made to determine if she is in fact on drugs with all these faces she makes..All this is hardly a suprise though..

Check out what I posted yesterday on another thread right before the speech:

**LIVE Thread - State of the Union Address [starting at approx. comment 400]

Posted by Screamname to johnthebaptistmoore On News/Activism 01/23/2007 5:43:24 PM PST · 175 of 2,790

She`s going to be very distracting, especially when she pulls her usual psychotic looking bug eyed expressions...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1772549/posts

36 posted on 01/24/2007 12:46:02 PM PST by Screamname (Guinness world records reports that the record for youngest living person is constantly being broken)
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To: whatexit
One guy on the radio was saying it was cocaine, and he was serious, that you in fact do that when you are on that stuff.

I tell you, I said it many many many times before; Politicians are public SERVANTS employed by the GOVERNMENT and paid by the TAXPAYER, and with every other government job, city job, state job, whether it be the cops, the FBI, firemen, etc etc...they ALL have to take drugs tests!!! WHY the hell are the ones who can most severely affect the public with their decisions exempt from that test?? Because they are voted in? Bullshiet! All the more reason to test them so as to see if the person elected is what the people got and not some junkie or some drunk who drives cars off of bridges.

37 posted on 01/24/2007 12:55:41 PM PST by Screamname (Guinness world records reports that the record for youngest living person is constantly being broken)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck
[Loose false teeth? Bridgework out of alignment?

Kinda reminded me of an 'ol cow chewing it's cud....]

Too funny. With Pelosi's money (and generous gov't health benefits), you'd think she'd at least get good dental care. Also, I hope you know that now every time I see Pelosi, I won't be able to get that cow image out of my mind, lol.
38 posted on 01/24/2007 12:55:56 PM PST by khnyny
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To: Mercat
Cheney looked very composed, intent even. Watching the chamber for reactions ... gaging the opposition!

As for Pelosi ... I have never seen a person smile like she does. Her lips are pursed then a flash of the teeth (are they false?) then the lips are pursed almost immediately and she repeats it ...

kinda like a shark moving in for a bite!


39 posted on 01/24/2007 12:59:20 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: linn37
"... I wonder if she has a spastic bowel."

Of course she does, it is attached to her mouth! Via butt and tummy tucks along with other unspeakable tucks!


40 posted on 01/24/2007 1:07:56 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: khnyny
I won't be able to get that cow image out of my mind...

Nor I ...

41 posted on 01/24/2007 1:08:15 PM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: VRWCmember
Hmmm, where was bj clinton before the SOTU?

Hillery looked like a manikin! Or a Bobble Head Doll! Was she actually there, or was it just a DUmmmie I saw? I just thought here head looked a little larger than it should.
42 posted on 01/24/2007 2:14:59 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: IrishMike
Pelosi clocked a good 25-30 eye blinks per minute

I didn't think Pelosi Galore could blink.

Now, since those eyes do close, I guess she can also sleep.

43 posted on 01/25/2007 4:59:00 AM PST by beyond the sea ( All lies and jest, still the man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest)
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