Blogressive April 24, 2006
When constituent mail goes bad
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) accidentally ended a constituent letter with "I think you're an asshole."
Emerson says she can't explain how the offensive language made it into the last line of the letter, which otherwise reads like a typical response to a citizen's question about last year's testimony of oil executives before the Senate Commerce Committee. ... [Emerson's spokesman Jeff] Connor said that Emerson personally signed the letter, dated Feb. 15. She also included a handwritten personal message at the bottom: 'PS - please forgive the delay in responding.'
Gas prices bring profits for some
Last year, when gas prices spiked after the hurricanes, conservative TV guy John Stossel said, "The price will go up and down, and we can count on the market to protect us better than politicians ever could." Oil company execs and pawn shop owners couldn't agree more.
Gasoline prices are closing in on $3 a gallon throughout the country as the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is now $2.86 a gallon and rising. That's up 7 cents in just three days. In Wisconsin, pawn shops report brisk business as residents hock their goods to raise money for gas.
Source: Consumer Affairs
If the burqa fits, you must acquit
Swimsuit model Michelle Leslie wore a burqa to a Bali court in a bid to beat a drug rap.
Leslie was convicted of drugs possession in Bali last year following the discovery of two ecstasy tablets in her handbag. ... The model was criticized by some Muslim leaders for wearing a traditional burqa during parts of her trial in the world's largest Muslim nation, and then opting for tight jeans and a singlet upon her release from jail.
Florida woman surprised to find TSA uniform in her bag
Debra Sanders found a Transportation Security Administration uniform in her bag after a flight from New Jersey to Florida. Which might have been okay if she actually worked for the TSA. Compounding the mystery is the absence of a note indicating her bag was even physically searched.
I couldn't believe what was on there. Patches for homeland security, TSA all over it, and then the name tag with the number.
Source: First Coast News
Tributes to Scotty pouring in
Snarky tributes to outgoing Press Secretary Scott McClellan continue to pour in:
Al Franken set his audio tribute to Green Day.
Meanwhile, Countdown compiled a few of his greatest hits into this video.
Bush shows his favorite toy, Brit Hume, his latest toy, a shiny iPod
Bush shows off his iPod to FOX News anchor Brit Hume, who once again demonstrates why he's so high on the Presidential playlist. He just doesn't ask tough questions. The Archies? Which song? Sugar, Sugar?
Bush: Beach Boys, Beatles, let's see, Alan Jackson, Alan Jackson, Alejandro, Alison Krauss, the Angels, the Archies, Aretha Franklin, the Beatles, Dan McLean. Remember him? Hume: Don McLean. Bush: I mean, Don McLean. Hume: Does 'American Pie,' right? Bush: Great song. Hume: Yes, yes, great song. Unidentified male: . . . which ones do you play? Bush: All of these. I put it on shuffle. Dwight Yoakam. I've got the Shuffle, the, what is it called? The little. Hume: Shuffle. Bush: It looks like. Hume: The Shuffle. That is the name of one of the models. Bush: Yes, the Shuffle. Hume: Called the Shuffle. Bush: Lightweight, and crank it on, and you shuffle the Shuffle. Hume: So you -- it plays . . . Bush: Put it in my pocket, got the ear things on. Hume: So it plays them in a random order. Bush: Yes. Hume: So you don't know what you're going to going to get. Bush: No. Hume: But you know -- Bush: And if you don't like it, you have got your little advance button. It's pretty high-tech stuff. Hume: . . . be good to have one of those at home, wouldn't it? Bush: Oh? Hume: Yes, hit the button and whatever it is that's in your head -- gone. Bush: . . . it's a bad day, just say, get out of here. Hume: Well, that probably is pretty . . . Bush: That works, too. ( Laughter ) Hume: Yes, right.
Edwards the Anti-Hillary?
The conservative Hotline blog thinks so:
There's probably no one traveling the country more than Edwards, and his travels have a purpose. He's very aggressively helping recruit members for the hotel workers union, and he's trumpeting various minimum wage initiatives whenever possible. ... Toss in his ability to once again tap into the trial lawyers' money and his already decent poll numbers and his national experience, and it's clear Edwards has the stuff to hang with Hillary.
Fall off your chair funny video: Beat Kids
A precocious reporter for watches as a new Hee-Haw-style televison show, "Horse Apples," goes before a focus group.
These people haven't been asked to write since their first prison sentence.
Source: MTV2 via devilducky.com
Somewhat interesting video: Rove indictment?
MSNBC correspondent David Shuster provides an update on a potential indictment.
Has the prospect of a Rove indictment in Plame-gate again reared its chubby head?
Which Muppet are you?
Take the quiz and maybe learn how I. Lewis Libby got his nickname.
(I'm Gonzo. Surprised?)