Sunday, July 18, 2004

Sunday Morning Musings

Ok, tell me you would have believed this a year ago. It's looking like morning guy Howard Stern is poised to have more of an impact on the upcoming election than our favorite oxy woofing conservative megaphone.

Honestly, I've always run hot and cold on Howard. He's not really my cup of tea most mornings - I gravitate to NPR on the morning drive. However, 8 million Stern listeners would probably disagree with me. While the GOP is willing to downplay the impact of Stern and his direct competition (the more cerebral Don Imus), all you have to do is look at the demographics.

The GOP characterises the potential Stern impact as "minimal". Ok, fine. Not that I agree. But let's add up all of the impacts to the Boy King that the GOP is poo-poohing as "minimal", and all of a sudden, it starts to become a significant movement.

That Stern and Imus are clearly anti-Bush this year is somewhat surprising; that they're not (yet) more pro-Kerry is a bit disappointing. But I have an itchy bitchy feeling that will change as we move into the fall silly season.

Advantage: Kerry

Shock jock veers into fray of election

Well, it's another wet day here on the east coast. The rain is coming down in buckets (like we need more) and is predicting this to be an all day sucker. (Shameless plug - is the best five buck investment you'll ever make online, particularly if you live in a hurricane prone area. Check out a membership today.)

Anyway, it just seems so appropriate that on an indoor kind of day, it's also screening day for "Outfoxed". is sponsoring house parties around the country, and there's still time to register for one near you. I am absolutely floored that on my little scrap of the Republican planet, there's actually almost 20 people registered for the local house party that I'm heading to later today. Check it out.

Attend an Outfoxed house party.

From the Damn, Karl, They're Onto Us department: Liz over at blondesense dons the tinfoil hat this morning (in a smart blonde, booby sort of way) having discovered the VRWC might target the left coast (and California in particular) on election day. Plausible? Yeah, it was - until now. Liz points us to Wayne Madsen over at Break For News. Even if it's just tinfoil hat stuff, raising the possibility now of using "terror alerts" as vote stoppers on Nov. 2 actually lessens the chances of such a thing happening.

And lastly, at least for the moment:

PORT ORANGE, Fla. - A man hit his girlfriend with a 3-foot alligator and threw beer bottles at her during an argument in the couple's mobile home, authorities said.

...Nancy Monico, 39, told investigators that Havenner beat her with his fists, then grabbed the alligator and swung it at her as she tried to escape, sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said. She said the animal hit her at least once. She also told authorities that Havenner threw empty beer bottles at her, Davidson said.

Havenner's version of the story differed. He told investigators that Monico bit his hand because she was upset that they had run out of alcohol.
Why does this kind of shit only seem to happen in trailer parks? And you wonder why God targets tornadoes toward doublewides. No word yet if either Havenner or Monico are Bush supporters.