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Archive for July, 2008

Day 173

Posted by Greg on July 31, 2008

The United States of America is engaged in a war against an extremist group of folks.

VA, 2006

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The company they keep

Posted by Greg on July 31, 2008

Via satirist Andy Borowitz:

One day after Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) broadcast an anti-Obama ad in which he compared the presumptive Democratic nominee to celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, the two tabloid mainstays fought back with an eviscerating anti-McCain spot of their own.

While Mses. Spears and Hilton said they had planned to remain on the sidelines during the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. McCain’s negative ad “left us no choice,” the notorious party gals said today.

“We don’t mind John McCain going after us if he sticks to the facts,” Ms. Spears said at a New York press conference.  “But we are sick of the distortions about our record.”

Ms. Hilton said that the McCain ad appeared to link herself and Ms. Spears to Sen. Obama, leading the casual viewer to conclude that the three of them had “the same energy policy.”

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” said Ms. Spears.  “Both of us strongly favor off-shore drilling to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

Ms. Hilton said she was also “offended” by the implication that she and Ms. Spears favor a tax on electricity: “We have both been very clear on that issue.”

In their anti-McCain spot, the two starlets fight fire with fire, comparing Sen. McCain to the Joker from the smash-hit film “The Dark Knight.”

“It’s perfectly fair,” Ms. Spears said of the ad.  “They both have pasty white faces and totally creepy smiles.”

Elsewhere, Chinese Olympic officials confiscated the poles of the pole vaulting team to prevent athletes from going over the wall.

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Striking back

Posted by Greg on July 30, 2008

And about time too.

This one is also worth watching.

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Another stupid anti Obama ad

Posted by Greg on July 30, 2008

And McCain thinks this helps him?  Sheesh.

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An ouchy kenetic energy recovery system

Posted by Greg on July 30, 2008

Isn’t this fun?  A BMW mechanic gets knocked on his butt.  The idea is the system recovers energy which can be delivered back to the wheels on the next straightaway.  But sometimes the energy discharges in unexpected ways.

UPDATE:  Oh yeah, the video’s in Italian.  I speak Italian, and it being non English didn’t really register to me.  Still fun to watch.

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Legacy alert

Posted by Greg on July 30, 2008

This Oliphant cartoon pretty much summarizes what’s left of the Bush legacy.

Just imagine how different things would have been had Bush lost in 2004?  He would have been remembered as a president who was popular and united the country against Terrorism, and had some legislative success despite his controversial ascension through the Supreme Court.

Fast forward to term two.  Now the question is will be known as heading the most incompetent administration in history, the most corrupt administration in history, or both?

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Day 174

Posted by Greg on July 30, 2008

I think war is a dangerous place.

DC, 2005

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Day 175

Posted by Greg on July 29, 2008

Columbia carried in its payroll classroom experiments from some of our students in America.

MD, 2003

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Another Minnesota bridge for sale

Posted by Greg on July 28, 2008

How special.  Yet another freeway bridge in Minnesota falling, this time onto vehicles passing underneath.

Age, freeze-and-thaw cycles and salt contributed to the brew of deterioration that caused 1,200 pounds of concrete to fall in chunks from the underside of a freeway overpass in St. Paul on Saturday, the state’s top bridge engineer said Sunday.

After an inspection in August, officials knew the bridge deck was breaking down, but nothing suggested that pieces would break off within the year, said Dan Dorgan, state bridge engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Two vehicles were hit — one on the windshield, one on the hood — and debris from the chunks, which fell from the underside of the Maryland Avenue bridge, choked off traffic on Interstate Hwy. 35E for more than eight hours as crews inspected the overpass and knocked off other loose concrete as a precaution. Traffic backups stretched for miles in both directions on the north-south thoroughfare, which shuttles nearly 140,000 vehicles per day through downtown St. Paul.

This one’s even closer to home.  Joy.  But hey, Tim Pawlenty is the bees knees and needs to be John McCain’s vice president. (rolling eyes – take our governor, please)

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How Tim Pawlenty ruined Minnesota

Posted by Greg on July 28, 2008

Great piece focusing on the record of Governor Tim Pawlenty – and why he shouldn’t be allowed to do to the nation what he did to Minnesota.

Tim Pawlenty’s main claim to the mantle of GOP vice presidential candidate, when all is said and done, is probably his loyalty to the John McCain campaign in its dark hours of 2007 and McCain’s much-remarked personal affection for Minnesota’s Mr. Nice Guy. Pawlenty’s strategic value to the campaign is another question entirely, but to the extent TP has credentials to bruit around, they consist mainly of his bona fides as an evangelical Christian (previous MnIndy report) and as a fiscal hawk who has held the line on taxes in his state.

On the latter count, voters across the country might be interested to know that no one has been more influential than Pawlenty in reversing Minnesota’s longstanding tradition of using progressive taxes to make prudent but significant investments in our social and physical infrastructure — education, transportation, health care and the environment.

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Breaking the law at Justice

Posted by Greg on July 28, 2008

Not any surprises, but it’s now thoroughly documented that Monica Goodling and Kyle Sampson violated the law in their hiring practices.

Former Justice Department counselor Monica M. Goodling and former chief of staff D. Kyle Sampson routinely broke the law by conducting political litmus tests on candidates for jobs as immigration judges and line prosecutors, according to an inspector general’s report released today.

Goodling passed over hundreds of qualified applicants and squashed the promotions of others after deeming candidates insufficiently loyal to the Republican party, said investigators, who interviewed 85 people and received information from 300 other job seekers at Justice. Sampson developed a system to screen immigration judge candidates based on improper political considerations and routinely took recommendations from the White House Office of Political Affairs and Presidential Personnel, the report said.

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Day 176

Posted by Greg on July 28, 2008

And the other lesson is that there are people who can’t stand what America stands for, and desire to conflict great harm on the America people.

Penn, 2003

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Day 177

Posted by Greg on July 27, 2008

I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.

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Day 178

Posted by Greg on July 26, 2008

I need to be able to move the right people to the right place at the righ ttime to protect you, and I’m not going to accept a lousy bill out of the United Nations Senate.

Indiana, 2002

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More Republican’t family values

Posted by Greg on July 25, 2008

Another GOP operative caught up in a prostitution sting. This time in my own town:

Peter Hong, a longtime Republican operative in Minnesota, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of soliciting prostitution in St. Paul.

Police spokesman Peter Panos said that the arrest came during the first day of a two-day sting operation during which “johns” and prostitutes responded to ads placed on the Internet and in print. Thirty-five people were arrested Wednesday and Thursday, Panos said today.

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