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September 06, 2008

McCain's people trying to fire senator in charge of investigating Palin

Team McCain and the Trooper | Print Article | Newsweek.com

In a move endorsed by the McCain campaign Friday, John Coghill, the GOP chairman of the state House Rules Committee, wrote a letter seeking a meeting of Alaska's bipartisan Legislative Council in order to remove the Democratic state senator in charge of the so-called "troopergate" investigation.

Coghill charged that the senator, Hollis French, had "politicized" the probe by making a number of public comments in recent days, including telling ABC News that Palin had a "credibility problem" and that the investigation into the firing of public safety commissioner Walter Monegan was "likely to be damaging to the administration" and could be an "October surprise." Wrote Coghill: "The investigation appears to be lacking in fairness, neutrality and due process."

The investigation, authorized by the Legislative Council last July, revolves around charges that Palin abused her power by embroiling the governor's office in a bitter family feud involving her ex-brother in law, a state trooper named Mike Wooten. Specifically, the council is investigating whether Palin fired Monegan when he refused to dismiss Wooten (who at the time was involved in an ugly custody battle with Palin's sister) after getting repeated complaints about him from the governor and her husband, Todd Palin. (Among the allegations that were raised against Wooten by Palin's sister: he had Tasered his ten-year-old stepson and shot a moose without a permit.) Palin has denied wrongdoing; Monegan has said he believes his firing was connected to his refusal to fire Wooten.

Bobcats occupy foreclosed house

With homeowner in doghouse, bobcats move in - Los Angeles Times

I admit, that is a worst-case scenario for suburban vacancy that I never imagined. Kudos, nature, you have won again.

With real estate values plummeting and foreclosed homes sitting empty, a family of bobcats apparently decided the time was right to pounce.

So last week, they slipped out of the parched foothills of Lake Elsinore and into a spacious, vacant home in well-groomed Tuscany Hills.

Residents of the development got their first look Aug. 27 when the feline squatters -- at least two adults and three kittens -- lolled atop a wall outside the Spanish-style house.

Daily Show Round-Up: September 5, 2008

Biden calls the Republicans out

Talking Points Memo | Joe

I am oddly excited for the vice-presidential debates, if the Republicans let Palin debate that is . . .

September 05, 2008

Samantha Bee on Bristol's....decision?

Samantha Bee on Bristol's....decision? - Feministing

Target Women: Sarah Palin

Sarah on Sarah action. - Feministing

Sarah Haskins vs Sarah Palin!

Photo Gallery: The 2008 political conventions

The 2008 political conventions of the United States - The Big Picture - Boston.com

There are some really amazing photos in here.

Daily Show Round-Up: September 5th, 2008

Unemployment hits 5-year high

Bloomberg.com: Worldwide

Payrolls fell by 84,000 in August, and revisions added another 58,000 to job losses for the prior two months, the Labor Department said today in Washington. The jobless rate jumped to 6.1 percent, matching the level of September 2003, from 5.7 percent the prior month.

Workforce reductions at companies from UAL Corp. to Gannett Co. are adding to the woes of Americans hurt by lower home values, scarcer credit and higher prices. The report may fuel concern that consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy, will decline and bring the expansion to a halt. Stock-index futures dropped and Treasury notes climbed.

McCain's awful convention speech

Talking Points Memo | McCain's Speech

Poorly written and badly delivered.

Republican backdrop is Water Reed Middle School, not the Water Reed medical center

Talking Points Memo | Mystery Solved!

It looks like someone was a bit hasty in their google image search.

I'm surprised this hadn't occurred to me. But several readers have suggested that perhaps one of the tech geeks charged with setting up the audio/visual bells and whistles for the evening was tasked with getting pictures of Walter Reed Army Medical Center but goofed and got this instead. At first I thought, No, that's ridiculous. This is a major political party with big time professionals putting this together. Nothing is left to chance. I mean, is this the RNC or a scene out Spinal Tap or Waiting for Guffman? I still have a bit of a hard time believing they're quite that incompetent. But when you figure in what appears to be the utter lack of any logic for this school being behind McCain and the fact that it has 'Walter Reed' in its name, I'm really not sure you can discount this possibility.

Norm Macdonald's midget sex story

Norm Macdonald's midget sex story

House of Leaves Pancakes

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

This man knows where my heart lives. And apparently that is inside a twisting maze in a murderhouse in New England, perhaps being pursued by a minotaur.

September 04, 2008

Rage Against The Machine a capella at the RNC protests

Rage Against the Machine a'Capela

Daily Show Flashback: Biden in 2004

The Daily Show - Finding Memo

Biden comes in at about 4:30 and man, I really can't wait for the VP debates now.

Warren Ellis on Star Trek

From his email list:

I sat down in front of a bit of an episode of a Star Trek thing the other day, and in those zoned-out ten minutes, two things occurred to me:

Why did no-one stick warp engines on huge fucking missiles and just fire them at Earth? Seriously, what're you going to do when two thousand missiles the size of asteroids pop out of warp two hundred feet overhead? Nothing.

And why do you never hear this? "Lock on to the roof of those bastards' bridge and beam it into cargo bay one. Let's see the ridge-headed fuckers chew vacuum for a while." Or even "lock onto their warp core and beam it into space." Or even "lock on to the opposing ship's captain and beam him directly into his weapons officer's boots. Keep the screen on, I want to see the shitbags go splat."

I could totally run a spaceship.

I have been drinking.

Michael Moore to release next film for free online

Michael Moore to release new film online for free - Yahoo! News

The film, "Slacker Uprising," follows Moore's 62-city tour during the 2004 election to rally young voters. It will be available for three weeks as a free download to North American residents, beginning Sept. 23. An official announcement of the film is planned for Friday.

Moore said he considered releasing "Slacker Uprising" theatrically as "Michael Moore's big election year movie" as he did with 2004's "Fahrenheit 9/11," which was highly critical of President Bush.

Instead, Moore opted for a symbol of gratitude to his fans as he approaches the 20th anniversary of his first film, 1989's "Roger & Me."

"I thought it'd be a nice way to celebrate my 20th year of doing this," Moore said. "And also help get out the vote for November. I've been thinking about what I want to do to help with the election this year."

Sarah Palin supports chasing wolves with airplanes and shooting them

What's aerial wolf gunning, and why does vice presidential Sarah Palin support the practice? - By Samantha Henig - Slate Magazine

Remember: Wolves don't hunt or attack humans.

An aerial wolf-gunning team typically consists of two people—one to fly the plane, and one to shoot the animals. Former crop sprayers tend to make good pilots because they are used to flying close to the ground. Airborne hunters tend to fly single-engine Super Cub planes at very low speeds and at altitudes of less than 100 feet—sometimes swooping down to 10 to 15 feet above the ground. But flying so slow and low can be dangerous, and there have been a number of reported deaths in recent years as a result. Helicopters have the benefit of being able to hover very close to the ground, but they're prohibitively expensive for private pilots. (A small helicopter might cost as much as four times more than a Super Cub.) This past spring, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game lent its helicopters and employees to the predator-control effort.

There are two methods for making a kill during an aerial hunting expedition: Either you shoot the wolf while airborne or you track the animal from above, then land and shoot it from the ground. Legal limits on "land and shoot" hunting have been far less stringent: For many years after shooting from the air was outlawed, anyone with a hunting or trapping license could practice "land and shoot," provided he or she walked a certain distance from his plane before opening fire. Current rules in Alaska require a delay between landing an aircraft and killing an animal: In most cases, hunters must wait until 3 the following morning before they can get started.

I wonder how much CO2 this dumps into the atmosphere?

Daily Show Round-Up: September 4th, 2008

The rest after the jump.

Obama asks press to stop attacking Palin's kids, focus on issues

Obama says Palin's family off limits - CNN.com

"Let me be as clear as possible," Obama said. "I think people's families are off-limits, and people's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin's performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president."

Obama said reporters should "back off these kinds of stories" and noted that he was born to an 18-year-old mother.

"How a family deals with issues and teenage children, that shouldn't be the topic of our politics, and I hope that anybody who is supporting me understands that's off-limits."

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