Archives for August, 2008

Via ThinkProgress, which watches CNN so you don’t have to, Holocaust-trivializer and Expelled frontman Ben Stein and conservative radio host Larry Elder discuss 9/11: Ben Stein’s comments around 1:20 are the least sensible from the entire clip, and that’s saying quite a bit. Elder’s claim is that George Bush deserves credit for the fact that…

Is it just me?

Or were Law and Order’s Mariska Hargitay and Miss Alaska runner-up Sarah Palin separated at birth? I’m not complaining, but being a celebrity look-alike is not exactly a major qualification to be one heartbeat from the Presidency. Especially when the heart in question belongs to the aging John McCain.

In a move that should’ve been taken eons ago, California’s legislature is moving to bring civic planning under a unified framework that will reduce carbon emissions and reduce traffic: The bill yokes three regulatory and permit processes. One focuses on regional planning: how land use should be split among industry, agriculture, homes, open space and…

Happy Katrina Anniversary

Three years ago: McCain and Bush monkey around at McCain’s birthday party photo op. Hurricane Katrina inundates New Orleans. And then things got really bad. By all accounts, a lot of New Orleans is still in ruins, a state that is frankly intolerable. Obama dealt with the aftermath of Katrina head-on last night, saying: I…

From a 2006 debate: Next, [moderator] Carey asked about teaching alternatives to evolution – such as creationism and intelligent design – in public schools. ? PALIN: ?Teach both. You know, don?t be afraid of information. ?Healthy debate is so important and it?s so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both. And,…

Gobama!

Republican pitbull Alex Castellanos says that, after that acceptance speech: “whoever didn’t get picked for Republican VP today may be a lucky Republican.” It was truly an exceptional speech. He didn’t overplay the day’s anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Sure, his nomination is a huge step towards the realization of…

McCain-Palin

McSame chose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential nominee. This dashed all hopes of a McSame-Mittens ticket, a vehicle of such astounding hilarity as has not been seen in eons. The McCain-Palin ticket has plenty of opportunities for fun as well. Given McCain’s fondness for and treatment of younger women, I expect questions will…

Tonight, Barack Obama will formally accept the Presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. This should be good times. Next week John McCain will accept his, and the campaigns will start in earnest. Up ’til now, the campaigns have basically been laying the groundwork for the real fight. People who’ve been tuning out until now will…

My favorite things

Among my favorite things are pie, blackberries, and good friends. Imagine what happens when a good friend writes an article about blackberries and blackberry pie: It?s August in the Pacific Northwest, and the ubiquitous brambles of Himalayan blackberry, Rubus armeniacus, are suddenly covered with ripe berries, a transformation which radically ?- hypocritically, even ?- alters…

Verb, Noun, POW

John McCain has decides that his time in a POW camp can be used to explain anything at all. He recently sought to deflect criticism for being unable to keep track of how many houses he owns because “I spent some years without a kitchen table, without a chair, and I know what it’s like…