Lay off McCain/Palin?

From MSNBC:

McCain’s campaign on Wednesday angrily called for an end to questions about its review of Sarah Palin’s background, deriding a “faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee” for vice president.

Don’t get me wrong here – I agree with what Obama said last week – family is off-limits, and pretty much irrelevant.  However, the way that the McCain campaign is pitching this is just wrong, but in line with what they’ve done in the past.

For those of you keeping track at home:  can’t pick on McCain cause he was a POW (which I admire the man for, but as Fred Thompson said last night, “being a POW doesn’t qualify you to be President”), and you can’t pick on Palin cause she’s the first female Republican nominee for VP.

Clinton and Cleavage

HillaryThere you have it: two words that both begin with “C” that I never thought I’d write in the same sentence. Clinton. Cleavage.

If you’ve been living under a rock the last few days, apparently Hillary Clinton wore a somewhat low-cut blouse on the Senate floor, and the Washington Post is tearing her to bits over it. Picture’s there on the right. Go ahead, click it for full-size. It’s not gonna make you go blind.

I don’t see what all the fuss is about. I saw them talking about it on CNN and MSNBC. In both cases, the female news anchor was showing even more cleavage.

It’s been talked about before: Hillary Clinton is a woman. And people are just realizing she’s got boobs? zOMG!

Get a life, people.

Washington Initiative 831

I just stumbled across a blog about Washington State politics called [HorsesAss.org](http://www.horsesass.org/). In the blog’s [About](http://www.horsesass.org/?page_id=2227) page, it talks about how it got its name. Apparently, the author of the blog (David Goldstein) submitted [initiative 831](http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2003-04/Htm/Initiatives/Initiative%20To%20The%20People/INITIATIVE%20831.htm) back in 2003. It’s hilarious, especially if you’ve been in Washington State for the past few years.

Initiative text follows:

> INITIATIVE TO THE PEOPLE:
>
> WHEREAS, Tim Eyman’s ill-conceived anti-tax initiatives are an irresponsible means of legislating tax policy, an abuse of the initiative process, and insult to our system of representative democracy; and
>
> WHEREAS, Tim Eyman is an admitted liar, who paid himself $45,000 from campaign funds, while publicly denying any personal gain from the state-wide initiatives he sponsored; and
>
> WHEREAS, Tim Eyman diverted $165,000 of campaign contributions to a for-profit corporation he controls, with the intention of paying himself an additional $157,000; and
>
> WHEREAS, Motivated by self-aggrandizement and personal gain, Tim Eyman has consistently misrepresented the initiatives he sponsored, and misappropriated funds donated to support them; and
>
> WHEREAS, Tim Eyman readily admits, in his own words, that “I just feel like an ass;”
>
> NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the citizens of the State of Washington do hereby proclaim that Tim Eyman is a Horse’s Ass.
>
> BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted to Tim Eyman, his wife, and his mother. So there.

Now that’s what I call using the political system to its fullest.

HGTTG and Current Politics

Watching TV this week, you can't escape the fallout from Rep. Foley's little escapades with e-mails and instant messaging with Pages on the Hill. Of course, the House Majority Leader is parading about on the news trying to minimize the fallout to the Republican Party.

One thing that we've noticed is that Dennis Hastert has an uncanny resemblance to the Vogons from the movie Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Worst written news article ever

So, I'm reading the MSNBC article talking about the denial-of-service attack on Joe Lieberman's website (article here).

I'm always amazed with the over-simplification that journalists use when they write stories:

The Joe2006.com Web site was hosted on a computer named ThePlanet.com, a Web server computer that also hosts about 70 other Web sites. Many of those sites — such as NVToday.com, a local news service in Nevada — were also hard to reach on Tuesday.

A computer. … sigh.

Republicans standing up for … Democrats?

Now, at first, that may seem odd. But the Republicans and this particular Democrat have something in common – apparent ethics problems. Seems the Republican leadership is saying that the Department of Justice has overstepped their bounds, and they're promising an investigation:

WASHINGTON — The FBI's weekend search of the House office of a Louisiana Democrat under investigation for bribery may have overstepped constitutional boundaries, House leaders said as the congressman under investigation pledged to stay in office.

House Majority Leader John Boehner of Ohio told reporters Tuesday that the Congress will somehow speak to “this issue of the Justice Department's invasion of the legislative branch. In what form, I don't know.”

“I've got to believe at the end of the day it's going to end up across the street at the Supreme Court,” Boehner said.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert said the Justice Department had never before crossed a line that separates Congress from the executive branch by searching a congressional office while investigating a member of Congress.

Ok, so maybe I don't know all the intracacies of the law, but it seems to me that the DOJ has a right to investigate crimes, even if those crimes are committed by a member of Congress.

It also seems to me that the Congress should investigate the Executive Branch seemingly stepping into their court as well, but that's not going to happen.

State of the Union, Follow-Up Actions

So, after hearing the State Of The Union last night, I was looking forward to the next steps as far as getting the education system back in growth mode as it relates to math and sciences. Maybe, restoring some of the National Science Foundation budget that the Republican congress yanked out. Maybe boosting student loan subsidies.

But, I guess that's largely wishful thinking. Today, the Congress, in a largely bipartisan vote, cuts student loan subsidies. According to the article, President Bush is “eager to sign the bill.”

Hypocrisy.

A Little R&R At Work

I'm all for work life balance. I check the news websites quite frequently at work, I'll check my home e-mail while I'm at work, etc. But when things need to get done, or if there's something important going on, I'll push my personal life aside and bury myself in whatever it is I need to do to make that next deadline, important decision, or prepare for that upcoming meeting. I think most good people share my beliefs there.

I know we all have our own opinions, but if, for example, I was a US Senator, I'd feel that some things were important. Things like, oh, paying attention to US Supreme Court Hearings. From a Washington Post article:

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) showed exceptional emotional versatility, working a crossword puzzle during the hearing and then choking back a sob while making a prosaic statement about partisanship.

I'd be damned if I'm gonna work on a crossword while listening to hearings on appointing, FOR LIFE, a Justice (nay, a Chief Justice) on the United States Supreme Court.