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Great Moments In Burglary

What the.

Authorities say they’ve arrested a man who broke into the home of two California farmworkers, stole money, rubbed one with spices and whacked the other with a sausage before fleeing.

Fresno County sheriff’s Lt. Ian Burrimond says 22-year-old Antonio Vasquez was found hiding in a field wearing only a T-shirt, boxers and socks after the Saturday morning attack.


The farmworkers told deputies the suspect woke them Saturday morning by rubbing spices on one of them and smacking the other with an 8-inch sausage.

Wow.  I’m at a loss.

September 8th, 2008 at 07:59pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

Missing. The. Point.

Will the Democrats ever get it?

Congressional Democrats have scrapped plans for another vote on expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, thus sparing Republicans from a politically difficult vote just weeks before elections this fall.

Before the summer recess, Democrats had vowed repeatedly to force another vote on the popular program. But Democrats say they have shifted course, after concluding that President Bush would not sign their legislation and that they could not override his likely veto.


Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said: “We are not going to change any votes on the children’s health insurance bill. We still don’t have enough to override a veto. Those who opposed this bill can face the voters and explain why they believe 10 million kids should not get health coverage.”

The child health program has become an issue in some Congressional races. In almost every speech, Kay Barnes, a Democrat running for Congress in northwest Missouri, criticizes Representative Sam Graves, a Republican, for voting against the bill last year. Mr. Graves said the bill would have allowed illegal immigrants and some high-income people to get “free taxpayer-funded health care.”

You know, guys, it really wouldn’t hurt to make your Republican opponents go on record once again as hating children and wanting them to die.  And if they cave, then you can be heroes for expanding children’s healthcare.  It’s a win-win.  But not forcing the issue, and counting on voters to remember a vote from months and months ago, that’s a lose-lose.

Legislative victories are great, and are always the preferred outcome.  But if you can’t achieve those, then you can at least make your opponents pay for being on the wrong side of a popular bill.  And getting to attack them as being anti-children is campaign gold.

September 8th, 2008 at 06:50pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Healthcare,Politics,Wankers

Monday Media Blogging

Russell Brand at the MTV Video Music Awards, making fun of Bush, Palin, and the Jonas Brothers, all of whom richly deserve it:

We thought it was nice of you to let him have a go, because in England, George Bush wouldn’t be trusted with a pair of scissors.

(Embedding doesn’t seem to work properly, but clicking on the big Play button will take you to the video’s MTV page)

September 8th, 2008 at 11:28am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Wanker Of The Day

If it’s Monday, it must be Bill Kristol:

Will that [media] coverage continue to be as belittling of Palin as much of it has been so far? Probably. It’s not just that many in the media don’t like her politics and don’t identify with her socially or culturally. They’re offended that McCain picked Palin without, so to speak, consulting them. The establishment media take pride in their role as gatekeeper to our political process and social discourse.

So the gatekeeper media’s reaction has been: Who is Sarah Palin to suddenly show up on the national stage? We didn’t vet her. And we don’t approve of her.


Should voters be alarmed by a relatively young or inexperienced vice-presidential candidate? No. Since 1900, five vice presidents have succeeded to the presidency during their term in office: Teddy Roosevelt in 1901, Calvin Coolidge in 1923, Harry Truman in 1945, Lyndon Johnson in 1963, and Gerald Ford in 1974. Teddy Roosevelt took over at age 42, becoming our youngest president, and he’s generally thought to have proved up to the job. Truman was V.P. for less than three months and had been kept in the dark by Franklin Roosevelt about such matters as the atom bomb — and he’s generally thought to have risen to the occasion. Character, judgment and the ability to learn seem to matter more to success as president than the number of years one’s been in Washington.


One thing McCain undoubtedly had in mind was Obama’s failure to pick Hillary Clinton. As The Times’s Patrick Healy reported Friday, “If the election remains close, the next president could very well be picked by what Chris Lehane, a Democratic strategist, calls ‘Wal-Mart Moms’ — white working women with children living in the exurbs and in rural parts of battleground states. …”

McCain didn’t just pick a politician who could appeal to Wal-Mart Moms. He picked a Wal-Mart Mom. Indeed, he picked someone who, in 1999, as Wasilla mayor, presided over a wedding of two Wal-Mart associates at the local Wal-Mart. “It was so sweet,” said Palin, according to The Anchorage Daily News. “It was so Wasilla.”

A Wasilla Wal-Mart Mom a heartbeat away? I suspect most voters will say, No problem. And some — perhaps a decisive number — will say, It’s about time.

Yes, a Wal-Mart Mom is exactly what we need in a vice-president, especially one who is highly likely to become president.  Just like a spoiled frat boy was exactly what we needed as president in 2000.

I like how Kristol dismisses objections to Palin’s total lack of experience or qualifications as mere media pissiness that they weren’t “consulted,” whatever the hell that means.  Not because the 20-month governor of a tiny state, population-wise (700,000) and 6-year mayor of a tiny Alaska suburb (8,000) is in no way qualified to be commander-in-chief of the United States.  And no, this is not big-city elitism looking down on small towns or states, just pointing out that they’re… small, and therefore very much unlike the U.S., which is… large.

And just because Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Truman turned out to be great presidents is no guarantee that Sarah Palin would too.  Yes, it’s true that they showed that character and judgment can trump inexperience, but neither of them were hard-right ideologues or religious zealots.  I’m pretty sure that neither of them were under investigation for Bush/Cheney-like abuses of power when they were selected, either.

September 8th, 2008 at 07:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Media,Palin,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

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