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David Tennant is leaving “Doctor Who” 🙁

I wonder if the Daleks will consider this a victory?

Why The McCain Campaign Is Lame, pt. I lost count

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OK, when your campaign demands that the press release a video from 2003 of Obama praising Palistinian activist and scholar Rashid Khalidi, a video that you’re going to use as yet another guilt by association attack against Obama, you should AT LEAST learn to pronounce the guys name Wright… er, I mean right.

Palin’s attack on Khalidi has been eagerly anticipated by GOP faithful for sometime. The National Review, in particular, has practically begged for the campaign to make an issue of “the top apologist for terrorists” — i.e., former spokesman for the PLO — who is another (distant) associate of Sen. Barack Obama’s. Indeed, when Palin first mentioned him, mangling his name a bit in the process, several audience members shouted good-natured corrections.

It would also be a good idea if you hadn’t, in the past, given money to this guy and his “terrorist” organizations.

During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi’s Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, “West Bank: CPRS” on page 14 of this PDF.)


If the McCain camp keeps this kind of behaivour up, I might have to vote for Obama just to spite them. (JK)

But seriously, the LA Times should release the video.

Has McCain Been Channeling the Penguin???

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And then there’s this.

Batman – the mask – could it represent the hidden nature of Obama’s true views? And look at Robin’s hair when he comes bouncing in toward the end – he does seem to be a young Joe Biden. Think about it, Biden bounds from one gaff to another, much like Robin hovering around Batman during the entire run of the series.

“As crooked as a warped shillelagh”, that’s kind of Palinesque, but it’s unknown who Penguin’s running mate is at this point, and I seriously doubt it’s Chief O’Hara. A very strong case could be made for the Joker. He’s very popular with the base, though he doesn’t spend nearly as much money or fuss about his wardrobe. But he certainly is boisterous, and like Palin, he would step out on his own the first chance he could get.

Of course, the big problem for McCain / Penguin – Batman always wins.

Hat Tip for the idea: Zach.

From The "You Can Put Lipstick on a Pig" File… UPDATE

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… or in this case, on a neo-nazi (sorry, no capital letters for you). Jules Crittenden noticed that one of the neo-nazi guys who thought it would be cool to blow things up and off Barrack Obama kinda looks, well, a little swishey. Yep, my gaydar twitched more than a little.

I swear he’s wearing lipstick… and a little eyeliner. And what a tiny little head on this punk. Actually, I think he is just a bit misunderstood. It hasn’t been reported yet, but just last week he left the neo-nazi’s and joined the Racists for Sarah Palin club. He’s really, really into her, I mean she really turns his knobs. After a little more time he was hoping to look like this.

He’ll need to learn to smile more.

UPDATE: Just learned, unlike so many of these idiot neo-nazi jokes, that at least this guy is of German descent. World, meet Paul Schlesselman. I think we all need to be a little more sensitive to his cultural identity.

Hat Tip: Insta-P

The Week-end That Was… Random Thoughts

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This week-end was very busy. On Saturday, Acoustic Highway, my Fresno band, had an all day gig at Tachi Palace, an Indian Casino just outside Lemoore California. The occasion? The annual PT Cruiser Club Show. This Chrysler car has quite a devoted following, and many of the owners deck out the cars. Here are some of the Cruisers at the show:

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Yep. She Made It Up!

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Sad that I was right. but I was right.

Color Me Skeptical. UPDATE X 2.

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On Drudge, there is a report of a young woman who was robbed at knifepoint in front of an ATM, then when the robber noticed she had a McCain bumpersticker on her car, he punched her to the ground, insulted her about the sticker, then carved a “B” in her face.

Here’s the story:

Ashley Todd, 20, of College Station, Texas, was using an ATM at Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street in Bloomfield just before 9 p.m. Wednesday when a man approached her, put a knife to her throat and demanded $60, police said.

Todd handed the man $60 she had in her pocket and stepped away from him, investigators said. The man then noticed the bumper sticker on the woman’s car, which was parked in front of the ATM. The man became very angry, made comments to Todd about John McCain and punched her in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground, police said.

“He continued to kick and punch her repeatedly and said he would teach her a lesson for supporting John McCain,” said police Chief Nate Harper.

Here are my questions:

  • The robber demanded $60 dollars, and she just happened to have $60 dollars. What a coincidence. Now this could be a poorly written bit of the story, where she gave him all the money she had. and this detail just got messed up from the time the statement was taken to the time it ended up in print. It happens – ask any reporter.
  • Does a guy with a knife to your throat simply let you step away, and then when he has the money, he doesn’t make a break for it?
  • I have never been attacked (thank God), but I would imagine it is a very disorienting experience. I would think she she would have stayed where she was, or would go to the first store or gas station she came upon to get help. Here is a map of the area. Assuming  this is the right map, there are store fronts there.
  • Does she have a cell phone? Couldn’t she have called her friend or the police right after the incident?
  • Is it my imagination, or is the “B” backwards, as if it was done in a mirror?
  • My instinct to doubt this deepens, considering she was repeatedly punched and kicked, and forced to the ground, yet declined to go to the hospital to get an examination.

If I’m wrong, I’m gonna look like an ass. But as I said, I am skeptical.

UPDATE: I drew a “B” on my face in the mirror. It comes out looking like a “B”. BUT, if you don’t use a mirror, and you draw a “B” on your face, you are writing with the same movements you are used to when you write a “B”, and it comes out the same way hers does.

UPDATE #2: We now know she had a phone or blackberry with her. From this article:

It also appears she was using Twitter – a social-messaging Internet application for wireless devices – around the time of the reported attack.

In one post, she wrote, “Stubbornly searching for a Bank of America to avoid ATM fees,” she said.

Shortly after, she wrote, “Pretty sure I’m on the wrong side of Pittsburgh.”

So why didn’t she call the police right after the violent attack?

The Dark KNight vs. Superman.

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On Powel and the Obama Endorsement.

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There is an angle to this no one is talking about. I take Colin Powell at his word, but here may be a tinge of revenge mixed in as well. Powell has a legitimate reason to poke a stick in the eyes of Republicans – Feb 5, 2003. He has long regretted his speech in front of the U.N. a speech based on shoddy intelligence that, point by point, was either later proven to be wrong, or worse, later shown to be fabrications. It is a stain on his record. I would venture to guess Powell made up his mind to endorse Obama the moment McCain set aside his old campaign staff in favor of Bush / Rove acolytes Steve Schmidt and company. As Ann Althouse noted, Rush Limbaugh yesterday accused Colin Powell of betraying the Republican party. Well, after all the flack Powell received from some Neocons even while he served as Secretary of State, I don’t blame him.

"Throw the Blackberry away and enjoy life."

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Good thing I don’t work in the financial industry..  or own a Blackburry.

Just retired 37 year old hedge fund trader Andrew Lahde made a mint from the housing loans market by basically betting on its implosion. He has harsh words for many on Wall Street, and, for that matter, many who roam the hallowed halls of our government:

“The low-hanging fruit, ie idiots whose parents paid for prep school, Yale and then the Harvard MBA, was there for the taking,” he wrote. “These people who were (often) truly not worthy of the education they received (or supposedly received) rose to the top of companies such as AIG, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers and all levels of our government,” he said.

“All of this behaviour supporting the aristocracy only ended up making it easier for me to find people stupid enough to take the other side of my trades. God bless America.”

He was apparently pretty stressed out while making a fortune:

“I will let others try to amass nine, 10 or 11 figure net worths. Meanwhile, their lives suck,”

Read the whole thing. I think it would be interesting to look this guy up in a year to see if his perceived quality of life improves. He may be miserable now, but, as I always say, those who say money doesn’t buy happiness don’t know where to shop!!!