A nice tour

At Firedoglake, a bike tour of St. Paul.  Nicely done.

Yes, I’m biased.  I live in a suburb of St. Paul.

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MoDo on why the base will accept Palin

From the NYT:

Enthusiastic Republicans don’t see the choice of Palin as affirmative action, despite her thin résumé and gaping absence of foreign policy knowledge, because they expect Republicans to put an underqualified “babe,” as Rush Limbaugh calls her, on the ticket. They have a tradition of nominating fun, bantamweight cheerleaders from the West, like the previous Miss Congeniality types Dan Quayle and W., and then letting them learn on the job. So they crash into the globe a few times while they’re learning to drive, what’s the big deal?

Savaging Palin

Dan Savage wonders how men will look at Palin:

Look, Sarah Palin tried to get her sister’s ex-husband fired—and, yeah, he sounds like a total douche, but that’s neither here nor there. Palin tried to get a guy with child support payments to make fired. It seems to me that there are a lot of divorced & divorcing men out there—working class, middle class, upper class—who might still be angry about the way they were treated by the families of their ex-wives, and these guys might think twice about putting their ex-wife’s raging bitch of a sister a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Not the mamma

It really doesn’t matter that Sarah Palin’s youngest child is really her grandchild.

But it shows how poorly things were vetted.

UPDATE:

OK, it matters to the extent that it does show things about her character and mindset.  If she’ll go that far to cover up something nobody gives a rat’s rear about, what would she do for something that she thought mattered?  That is of concern given the next president will be following the most corrupt presidency in living memory if not American history.  Probably the latter when you think of it…

Police raids across Twin Cities in anticipation of the RNC

The Strib reports:

Ramsey County authorities conducted raids across Minneapolis and St. Paul Friday and Saturday as a pre-emptive strike against disruptive protests of the Republican National Convention.

Five people were arrested and more than 100 were handcuffed, questioned and released by scores of deputies and police officers, according to police and elected officials familiar with the raids.