If you're a 'sconsin biker, that is.... The 2008 Tomahawk Fall Ride has roared into town. If you're not familiar with the local fundraiser/rally, it attracts some 40,000 visiting motorcycle enthusiasts to my little town to events at the two local Harley-Davidson plants, SARA Park, downtown, Nokomis and throughout the area. Plant tours, demos, vendors and test rides, downtown street dances, our big Thunder Parade and scenic rides are among the highlights. The focus, besides having fun and meeting other riders, is raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), and locally we've donated more than $1.5 million over the years! The rumble out there is incredible. Pics will follow! :-D
Lileks is back with a world-class screed, a true classic like only he can write. Get a cuppa java, sit back, and read while he completely skewers Canadian journalist Heather Mallick. If your stomach is feeling particularly strong this morning, you might even read her piece for the CBC. "White trash" indeed. LILEKS (James) the Bleat.
Oh, we're screedy today. It's a Canadian columnist vs. Sarah Palin; I could not resist....Now, the first of five pre-election Screeds. Might as well live up to my dreadful reputation. I don’t think that Obama meant to call Sarah Palin a pig. Many in the audience may have been heartened by the stray implication, since they already regard her as a hootenanny mama who drinks corn likker from a jug with 3 Xs and smokes a corn-cob pipe after the media leaves, but Obama was just being Folksy and Colloquial in that um-you-know style he reverts to when he’s in Authentic Mode. In short, I don’t believe a line that stupid was delivered with full knowledge of its implications. I’m in a generous mood. Or was, until I read this piece by a Canadian writer; it sums up with such delightful perfection what so many believe. So. Let’s have a look.
Walked in the door tonight and flipped on the tube. Maybe there's a movie on for twenty minutes or so before I crash.... As I flipped through the channels, I came across the images that we all know so well, those huge clouds billowing into that blue blue sky. It turned out to be a re-broadcast in real time of the NBC feed called "9/11 As It Happened". By some weird coincidence, I turned it on at just about the exact moment I started watching 7 years ago, immediately after the second plane hit. It's no easier to watch tonight than it was then, even though this time I know the ending. I think I might be watching the tube for a little longer than twenty minutes tonight. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ McCain, Obama put politics aside to mark Sept. 11 - Yahoo! News.
NEW YORK – Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama made ground zero their common ground for one rare day, free of politics and infused with memory. Putting their partisan contest on a respectful hold, they walked together Thursday into the great pit where the World Trade Center towers once stood and, as one, honored the dead from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.For a short time between that day and this, we were one people in this country. Not Democrat or Republican, not left or right, not right or wrong. I miss that.
But it's a great roundup of reactions.
DID OBAMA MEAN TO CALL SARAH PALIN A PIG? It's probably just a slip, but . . . "The crowd apparently took the 'lipstick' line as a reference to Palin." Reader David Schlosser emails: "This will endear him to all those disaffected Hillary voters." And former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift is calling on Obama to apologize. All I can say is, some pig. UPDATE: "Lipstick on a trainwreck." Plus, Tom Spaulding: "This is a major gaffe from Obama." ANOTHER UPDATE: Marc Ambinder doesn't think Obama was talking about Palin. But reader Mark Martin emails: "This was just plain stupid on Senator Obama's part. It must be due to Karl Rove mind rays or something."Instapundit.com -. I recall Democrat John Edwards using the same phrase when I saw him speak back in 2004. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Oh wait, maybe I should be using a different overused phrase.
The only day he skipped a Big Mac was the day his mother died, to respect her request. The correctional-institution employee says he doesn't care when people call his Big Mac obsession crazy. He says he's in love with the burgers, which are the highlights of his days. Man says he's eaten 23,000 Big Macs since 1972 - Yahoo News.
Will the Large Hadron Collider save the world, or destroy it? As the atom-smasher at Europe's CERN research center is readied for its official startup on Wednesday, researchers might wish that the general public was captivated by the quest for the Higgs boson, the search for supersymmetric particles and even the evidence for extra dimensions. But if the feedback so far is any guide, the real headline-grabber is the claim that the world's most powerful particle-smasher could create microscopic black holes that some fear would gobble up the planet.Boon or doom? Collider stirs debate - LHC- msnbc.com.
If I were advising the candidates, I’d tell them to double down on weirdness. Obama needs to occasionally criticize his own side. If he can’t take on his own party hacks, he’ll never reclaim the mantle of systemic change. Specifically, he needs to attack the snobs who are savaging Sarah Palin’s faith and family. Many liberals claim to love working-class families, but the moment they glimpse a hunter with an uneven college record, they hop on chairs and call for disinfectant. Obama needs to attack Bill Maher for calling her a stewardess and the rest of the coastal condescenders. If I were McCain, I’d make the divided government argument explicit. The Republicans are intellectually unfit to govern right now, but balancing with Democrats, they might be able to do some good. I’d have McCain tell the country that he looks forward to working with Congressional Democrats, that he is confident they can achieve great things together.Op-Ed Columnist - Surprise Me Most - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com.