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Bubba Trouble

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2008 4:39 am by HL

Bubba Trouble
The new Vanity Fair piece on Bill Clinton by Todd Purdum is the must-read article of the day.

“To know Clinton is, sooner or later, to be exasperated by his indiscipline and disappointed by his shortcomings. But through it all, it has been easy enough to retain an enduring admiration — even affection — for a president whose sins against decorum and the dignity of his office seemed venial in contrast to the systemic indifference, incompetence, corruption, and constitutional predations of his successor’s administration. That is, easy enough until now.”

“This winter, as Clinton moved with seeming abandon to stain his wife’s presidential campaign in the name of saving it, as disclosures about his dubious associates piled up, as his refusal to disclose the names of donors to his presidential library and foundation and his and his wife’s reluctance to release their income-tax returns created crippling and completely avoidable distractions for Hillary Clinton’s own long-suffering ambition, I found myself asking again and again, What’s the matter with him?”

Priced to Move
CQ Politics: “Like clothing stores clearing out their spring lines, this year’s unsuccessful presidential campaigns are trying to unload their leftover T-shirts, bumper stickers and key chains as the primary season winds down and the general election gears up.”

For more, check Political Stuff.


Sunday Late Nite: Things Younger Than McCain

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2008 4:38 am by HL

Sunday Late Nite: Things Younger Than McCain
The list seems never-ending, and yet newly revelatory every time something — or someone! — is added to it.

The list seems never-ending, and yet newly revelatory every time something — or someone! — is added to it.

 91% of Americans, including Jack Nicholson and Larry Flynt

Penicillin

Scrabble

Area codes

ZIP codes

Chocolate chip cookies

Cobb salad

Cheerios

Krispy Kreme 

Velcro

Nylon

Teflon 

Spam (both kinds!)

The Lincoln Tunnel

The Golden Gate Bridge

Even CNN’s no-spring-chicken-himself Jack Cafferty, who got into the act one Friday afternoon in April.  Maybe you missed it; I did:

AARP

LSD

DNA

Oh, but don’t take my word for it, or even Jack Cafferty’s word for it (like you would!)  Here’s John McCain, circa 2000:

Keith Richards

Pat Buchanan

Dick Cheney

Mount Rushmore

Got any to add?  That’s what tonight’s comments are for!  Also, please send your best ideas here:

tips at thingsyoungerthanmccain dot com.

{YouTube from ThingsYoungerThanMcCain.com

and Jack Cafferty YouTube from jonathangodfreyindc

and John McCain YouTube from Crooks & Liars}


The DNC Doesn’t Want to Count Michigan’s Popular Vote?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2008 4:37 am by HL

The DNC Doesn’t Want to Count Michigan’s Popular Vote?

I love Markos, he's a very good friend, but this has to be the funniest version of the popular vote total.

By the way, in the real popular vote, including Florida which the DNC now accepts, and excluding Michigan, which the DNC now rejects, and including the caucus states (which Clinton and her camp want to disenfranchise), the numbers currently are Obama +183,067.

So, the DNC wants to count delegates from Michigan, including awarding 4 delegates to Obama that Hillary won, but give her none of the 328,309 votes she won in the state certified election?

Telling 328,309 voters from Michigan who voted for Hillary their vote doesn't count because another candidate voluntarily removed himself from the ballot has to be one of the dumbest moves ever.

From the Real Clear Politics popular vote total link that Markos cites :

Total Votes With Florida and Michigan and without the caucus estimates:

  • Hillary: 17,605,496
  • Obama: 17,350,032
  • Hillary leads by 255,464 votes

Total votes with Florida and Michigan and the caucus estimates for IA, WA, NV and ME:

  • Hillary: 17,829,358
  • Obama: 17,684,116
  • Hillary leads by 145,242 votes

Note: Any personal attacks on Markos or his readers will be deleted. We don't do personal insults here.

Comments now closed.


Endings

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2008 4:36 am by HL

Endings
No more Sam Seder on the radio.

Deep Thought
Sometimes when you’re slicing bread you really appreciate just what a good idea sliced bread was.


Hardliners Try to White-Wash Their Own Immigrant Pasts by Redefining ‘Immigration’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2008 4:35 am by HL

Hardliners Try to White-Wash Their Own Immigrant Pasts by Redefining ‘Immigration’
Redefining the word “immigrant” is an attempt to differentiate between those they hate and their own grandparents.

Six Reasons Why Women Are the Most Important Audience for Changing the World
Contrary to popular belief, women make a lot of money — and they spend a good amount of it on charitable causes.


We Must Repeat

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2008 4:34 am by HL

We Must Repeat
Tristero has a great post up about Nixonland where he also talks about the dramatic shift upwards in the quality of pop culture in the 60s. I’m linking it, because one of my favorite pieces of rock and roll…


What Happened Indeed

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2008 4:33 am by HL

What Happened Indeed
If you’re just whiling away your Friday afternoon at the office, staring at the clock, then you might enjoy our highlight reel of Scott McClellan’s greatest hits as White House press secretary:…


Bloggingheads.tv: The Week In Blog

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2008 4:32 am by HL

Bloggingheads.tv: The Week In Blog

The latest installment of The Week In Blog is up at Bloggingheads.tv where Conn Carroll and myself discussed the electoral map, the opportunity for a “progressive” wave, global warming and the veepstakes. Check it out below.


Pension fund snubs cluster bombs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2008 4:31 am by HL

Pension fund snubs cluster bombs
Swedish pension fund AP7 said Sunday it will sell all its holdings in companies making cluster bombs and nuclear weapons, including Airbus parent EADS and U.S.-based Lockheed Martin Corp. and General Dynamics Corp. The fund’s chief executive, Richard Grottheim, told The Associated Press the decision would affect the fund’s holdings in about 10 companies.

Swiss concur with high court: Citizenship not a popularity contest
Swiss concur with high court: Citizenship not a popularity contest


54 former state attorneys general support Siegelman.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 2nd, 2008 4:30 am by HL

54 former state attorneys general support Siegelman.
AP reports: A bipartisan group of 54 former state attorneys general from across the country has filed a federal appeals brief supporting former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman’s bid to overturn his criminal conviction. Saying the prosecution and sentencing of Siegelman “raised serious First Amendment concerns,” the brief asks the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn […]

AP reports:

A bipartisan group of 54 former state attorneys general from across the country has filed a federal appeals brief supporting former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman’s bid to overturn his criminal conviction.

Saying the prosecution and sentencing of Siegelman “raised serious First Amendment concerns,” the brief asks the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Siegelman’s conviction.