From the daily archives: Monday, August 27, 2007

Figured no better time really:

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Last month it was Senator David Vitter of Louisiana.

Yesterday it was Idaho Senator Larry Craig.

Here is Craig’s statement:

At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions. I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct.

I should have had the advice of counsel in resolving this matter. In hindsight, I should not have pled guilty. I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously.

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As the story of the six missing Utah miners slowly fades away I thought I’d get around to posting something that I researched a while back, and other’s have already blogged about

This is a list of contributions from Murray Energy Corp’s political action committee to Ohio Republicans (from OhioMoneyTree.org ):

Husted For Ohio… $10,000 Montgomery Campaign Committee… $10,000 Citizens For Mary Taylor… $6,000 Citizens For Jim Petro… $5,000 Cupp For Supreme Court… $5,000 Ohioans For Justice Odonnell… $5,000 Ohioans For Ken Blackwell… $5,000 Committee For Thompson… $3,000 Friends Of Greg Hartmann… $2,000 Re Elect Judge Mary […]

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Watch Miss Teen South Carolina, a finalist in the recent Miss Teen USA pageant, answer this question:

“Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the US on a world map. Why do you think this is?”

Note: She was the THIRD RUNNER UP!

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No Darwin, no … Hitler?

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As insane as that sounds, it’s the central theme of a religiously motivated anti-evolution piece of media.

Ann Coulter is stunned. How is it, she asks, that she could go through 12 years of public school, then college and law school, and still not know that it was Charles Darwin?s theory of evolution that fueled Hitler?s ovens.

?I never knew about the link between Darwin and Hitler until after reading Richard Weikart?s book,? said Coulter, a popular conservative columnist and a featured expert on the new Coral Ridge Hour documentary, Darwin?s Deadly Legacy, which airs August 25 and 26. […]

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1.21 giga… juelles?

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The excellent (and must-read) ClimateProgress has a terrific debunking of the “Hummer has a lower lifecycle cost than a Prius” BS. My favorite part:

Their website says the report ?does not include issues of gigajuelles [sic!], kW hours or other unfriendly (to consumers) terms. Perhaps, in time, we will release our data in such technical terms. First, however, we will only look at the energy consumption cost.?

Wouldn?t want to confuse consumers with unfriendly technical stuff such as kilowatt-hours like those annoying electric utilities do every month. No. Let?s put everything in dollar terms so no one can […]

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Gonzo out!

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It’s official.

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, embroiled in a row over the sacking of eight US attorneys, has formally announced his resignation.

In a brief news conference Mr Gonzales said he had met President George W Bush on Sunday to tender his resignation, which will take effect on 17 September.

We’re looking at a recess appointment. Given that Gonzo made the last guy look competent, I can’t wait to see who Bush comes up with this time.

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I’m signing up to get the (free!) Community Emergency Response Team training here in Franklin County next month. While I have in the past received some extensive first aid training, primarily in Boy Scouts, I haven’t been recertified in CPR in 8 years, and it’s been much longer than that since I’ve had any real first aid training.

CERT is a part of FEMA’s “Citizen Corps” program, and besides the first aid training, they provide training in fire safety, SAR, terrorism/WMD response, and on how to organize spontaneous volunteers in the aftermath of a disaster.

It’s the two-year […]

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Battle of Algiers

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The threat posed by terrorists is so unprecedented, that we must resort to torture (except not call it that) in order to win, right?

Wrong.

George W. Bush, 2006:

In this new kind of war, we must be willing to question the enemy when we pick them up on the battlefield. (Applause.) We have captured people like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who our intelligence community thinks was the mastermind of the September the 11th attacks. When we captured him, I said to the Central Intelligence Agency, why don’t we find out what he knows in order to be able […]

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Unbelievable

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I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

LIMBAUGH: Here’s [caller] in Lake Orion, Michigan. Thank you for calling. Great to have you on the EIB Network.

CALLER: Hey, Rush. It’s great to talk to you. I talked to you once before. I’ve been listening to you for a couple of years now, and I think I’m getting brighter, but there’s a lot to be learned. I know I’m no expert in foreign affairs, but what really confuses me about the liberals is the hypocrisy when they talk about how we have no reason to be in Iraq and […]

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