Friday, October 31, 2008
One Darth Vader, struggling with his helmet. Two young Jedi, lean and taut. They seemed less interested in tracking down the Sith Lord than in my basket of Smarties, however.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Do you remember when the wise people said it wouldn't happen?
Whatever happened with all of that?
Monday, October 27, 2008
Otter could be writing for McCampaign these days.
Dead! Bluto's right.
Psychotic, but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now we
could do it with conventional weapons that could take years and cost millions of
No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation
absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's
Friday, October 24, 2008
Who was the highest paid individual in Senator John McCain’s
presidential campaign during the first half of October as it headed down the
Not Randy Scheunemann, Mr. McCain’s chief foreign policy adviser;
not Nicolle Wallace, his senior communications staffer. It was Amy Strozzi, who
was identified by the
Washington Post this week as Gov. Sarah Palin’s traveling makeup
artist, according to a new filing with the Federal Election
Commission on Thursday night.
Ms. Strozzi, who was nominated for an Emmy award for her makeup
work on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance?”, was paid $22,800 for
the first two weeks of October alone, according to the records. The campaign
categorized Ms. Strozzi’s payment as “Personnel Svc/Equipment.”
In addition, Angela Lew, who is Ms. Palin’s traveling hair stylist,
got $10,000 for “Communications Consulting” in the first half of
There's more if you can stand it.
Standing in front of her net curtains, a half-eaten pancake on one side
and a bottle of washing-up liquid on the other, no one could possibly confuse
the bespectacled Icelandic lady with Osama bin Laden. But just to ram the point
home, she brandishes a handmade sign: "I'm not a terrorist!"
After Gordon Brown used anti-terror laws to freeze the assets of an
Icelandic bank, the Land of the Midnight Sun is fighting back. Given Iceland
does not have an army, the uprising is less Viking warrior and more citizen's
revolt. Yesterday, more than 35,000 people – a ninth of the population – signed
an online petition to let the world know that Icelanders are not
A photographer, Thorkell Thorkelsson, has turned his Reykjavik studio into a
protest chamber, inviting people to pose with weapons to show how "dangerous"
Iceland is. One man turned up with a gun made from Lego bricks; another had a
snowball, and Hulda Edelvy, a pensioner, brandished a staple remover and
"It is so unfair, and so ridiculous; using a terrorist law against Iceland
is like using a terrorist law against the Vatican," Mr Thorkelsson told Reuters.
"The difference is there are more weapons in the Vatican."
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I took, "Never" in the pool. When do you think they'll so much as acknowledge that they were telling tales?
I'll offer those bloggers a little biscuit to chew on while they think about their sins. Righty bloggers, feel free to check out the veracity of this.
The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to
clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family
since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.
According to financial disclosure records, the
accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue
in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.
The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman
Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.
UPDATED: Fair enough. Fred does the right thing.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
All I'm saying is, that if your first instinct when I ask for a bourbon and water is to reach for the Seagram's 7 Crown, you might want to do a little label reading while you're stocking shelves.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Today we get this from WisPolitics.
Grampy is in Waukesha and Wausau today and La Crosse tomorrow. If he
can't get back under the MoE by next weekend there's no sense to running the ads
for the faithful.
McCain is out of Wisconsin on 10/18 at 4 PM.
The Republican National Committee hasn’t booked ads for the next week in
Wisconsin TV markets after running a series of spots attacking Barack Obama and
congressional Dems, according to TV sources.
I believe the expression is, "Running down the hawsers."
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
"Have you noticed how [Palin's] rallies have begun to take on the
characteristics of the last days of the Weimar Republic? In Florida, she asked
'Who is Barack Obama?' Hey, lady, we just met YOU five f-ing weeks
More maverickiness in action. Someone should ask him about it today in Waukesha or La Crosse.
Obama Campaign Economic Policy Director Jason Furman said in
the campaign statement opposing McCain's plan: "John McCain wants the
government to massively overpay for mortgages in a plan that would guarantee
taxpayers lose money, and put them at risk of losing even more if home values
don’t recover. The biggest beneficiaries of this plan will be the same financial
institutions that got us into this mess, some of whom even committed fraud."
A Douglas County Sheriff's deputy returned home from the hospital Monday
night after being bitten by a prairie rattlesnake over the weekend in
Poor decision making? Check
"He began playing around with the snake with his baton and putting his footCompounding the problem by driving? Check
out trying to see if it would strike, finally he chose to pick it up and it
striked him," said John Eischen
Roberson had a severe reaction to the venom while back behind the wheel ofBad result. Double check.
his patrol car. That caused him to drive over an embankment and crash.
"He must have either lost consciousness or had something so severe happen to
him that he put down the gas pedal and the car drove over an embankment into a
field area and (the car) got high centered," sheriff's spokeswoman Cocha Heyden
Well, hell yeah!
Witnesses said that before Roberson arrived on the scene the snake had
been struck by rocks and was disturbed.
"I think it was really the other people's fault because they were kind
of teasing with it before they were thinking about killing it, so I think the
snake was already really agitated," Eischen said.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Neither scored a knockout punch in my eyes. Obama scored points, I thought, in the by-play around Iran and Pakistan. Neither one convinced me that they had a clue as to how to fix healthcare funding.
Not a great night for America, but at least we get to see our candidates. I'll give the win to Capital D Democracy and wait for the next one.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
The best Schmitz has got to defend the indefensble is, "The judges are biased and won't let us say whatever we want to say."
What brought all this on?
The state Judicial Commission levied charges today against state SupremeIf only we'd had some kind of inkling Gabelman was less than honest in his ads. If only someone had spoken out.
Court Justice Michael Gableman, alleging he knowingly misrepresented facts in a
campaign ad that helped elect him in April.
Adm. Painter: What's his plan?
Jack Ryan: His plan?
Adm. Painter: Russians don't take a dump, son, without a
John McCain has launched his last ditch plan for taking over the White House and it includes all the sludge-pumping he can muster.
Captain Davenport: They're pinging away with their
active sonar like they're looking for something, but nobody's listening.
Jack Ryan: What do you mean?
Captain Davenport: Well, they're moving at almost
forty knots. At that speed, they could run right over my daughter's stereo and
not hear it.
McCain and his Mini-maverick are pumping so much chaff into the air that it's nearly impossible to sort out issues from slanders. But that's not the part that worries me. I don't think the American people are going to fall for US Weekly politics in a time of a crashing economy and two, nearly three, wars. What I'm worried about is what McCampaign is trying to incite.
Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful
interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on
reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others
hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial
epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down,
That's not enough for the Embarracuda, though.
"Boooo!" the crowd repeated.
"Kill him!" proposed one man in the audience.
Palin went on to say that "Obama held one of the first meetings of
his political career in Bill Ayers's living room, and they've worked together on
various projects in Chicago." Here, Palin began to connect the dots.
Will that be enough? Will the crowd come to their collective senses after someone gets hurt or killed? How does the Secret Service feel about having to stand in front of crowds that are being exhorted to shouts of, "Treason?"
Admiral Josh Painter: This business will get out of control. It will get out of
control and we'll be lucky to live through it.
McCain is about to learn that the problem with dancig with a bear is that the bear gets to decide when you're done. Truly sad.
Monday, October 06, 2008
That's $2324.59 per theater for three days (Oct 3, 4 & 5)
That is about $775 per theater per day on its opening weekend, even though it's been the talk of the Intertubes for 6 weeks.
Let's be charitable and say that each theater showed it for only four shows a day. That means a gross of $193.72 per show.
Again, let's be charitable and balance the $5 Matinee tickets off against the $8.50 big-city evening shows and call the average price $6 a pop. That means an average of 33 people were interested enough to go see An American Carol.
You'd be hard-pressed to find another commercial flop of that type. Even Expelled did a first weekend of $2,970,848 on 1052 screens. Using the same math as above that would be attendance of nearly 40 per show. So, using only box office data for opening weekends, we can conclude that the passing wind that was Ben Stein's last movie was almost 20% more successful than this attempt at, as one reviewer called it, masochistic revenge fantasy.
“They are also building schools for the Afghan children so that there isAnd, on a task so simple as reading off a Starbuck's cup, she's managed to misquote Madeleine Albright.
hope and opportunity in our neighboring country of Afghanistan,” she told
several hundred supporters at a fundraising event in San Francisco.
Albright responded to Palin's remarks in a statement to the Huffington PostOh, and she's pallin' around with her favorite domestic secessionist.
on Sunday. "Though I am flattered that Governor Palin has chosen to cite me as a
source of wisdom, what I said had nothing to do with politics. This is yet
another example of McCain and Palin distorting the truth, and all the more
reason to remember that this campaign is not about gender, it is about which
candidate has an agenda that will improve the lives of all Americans, including
women. The truth is, if you care about the status of women in our society and in
our troubled economy, the best choice by far is Obama-Biden."
While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75-year old Kansas rancher whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.
Eventually the topic got around to Sarah Palin and her bid to be a heartbeat away from being President. The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Palin is a post turtle.'
Not being familiar with the term,the doctor asked him what a post turtle was.
The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle.'
The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain. 'You know she didn't get up there by herself, she doesn't belong up there, she doesn't know what to do while she is up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put her up there to begin with.
Friday, October 03, 2008
Get your hair out of your face. It makes you look unserious and ditzy. Joe, you too.
A random thought.
Suppose, just suppose that SP turned out to be an unwitting Trojan Horse.
The TV crowd was huge, exceeding the Presidential Debate numbers by 40%. I think it's fair to say those were people tuning in to see Palin, whether to root for or against her they turned out. She did, as my wife said, distressingly well.
But, just as big a surprise was Joe Biden striking hard against, not Palin, but John McCain. The senator took shot after shot that Palin wasn't ready for and didn't refute because she had been coached to deflect criticism of her.
That's oversimplistic of course but it sure looks like it's being borne out by the reaction poll numbers.
Mr 911 seems to forget that we been suffering through Outsider Leadership for nearly 8 years and have had quite enough of neophytes. Thank you very much.
My wife said that Palin did, "Fairly well, dammit." I marked her down as being for Biden.
I asked who was the stronger candidate, Palin or Biden. the owl in the fencerow just said, "Who?" I've marked him as Undecided/No Answer.
When I asked who was the stronger debater Miss Mikhaila (she's 3) said, "Shrek." I've marked her as being in the Nader/3rd Party column.
How did you score the debate?
Thursday, October 02, 2008
The practice of paying volunteers is perfectly legal, and having scores
of rowdy pro-war supporters cheering on the backdrop of TV sets can be an
effective way for Vets for Freedom to disseminate its message.
But keep in mind, some of the people demonstrating outside the VP
debate had a choice to make: take the money from Vets for Freedom or subject
themselves to a night of hazing and binge drinking. On Thursday, we will see how
many chose the former.
This may not be the first time.
Secondly, they will get lots of media attention! My organization did a
similar thing in Mississippi last week and a ton of them were on TV. Meaning,
the guys could wear their [REDACTED] gear while holding up our signs and get
attention for their frat.
What's in it for the Greeks?
Vets for Freedom field staffer Laura Meyer offered a fraternity at the
University of St. Louis a "sizable donation" - plus free lunch - if it could use
their pledges to demonstrate outside the VP debate.
Reached by phone, Meyer said the total amount of cash the frat could
earn was between $200 and $250 for organizing 20-plus members. She also noted
that the program was a success in generating publicity during last Friday's
I wonder if that explains the college boys standing behind McCain when he was busy blamethrowing on Monday.
It would certainly be cheaper to buy the Governor a puppy.
He loaned out all his money at high interest rates and then skipped town.
Sounds sort of like the whiners blaming poor people for forcing banks to give them loans which they should have known were no good. Huh?
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
SP can't name a single newspaper? Won't name a single magazine? Doesn't recognize the object of a direct question? Puzzling and troubling all at once. It's Troubuzzling that she just seems to rattle on when asked a direct question that she doesn't have a note for.