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Archive for October, 2007

Electioneering, Russian Style

by @ Wednesday, October 31st, 2007. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Russia

It’s just like in the United States, but with vodka: Russia’s ruling party is trying to lure voters in upcoming elections with free bottles of vodka and other gifts, campaigners from two non-governmental groups said in Moscow on Wednesday. Yelena Panfilova, Russia director for Transparency International, an anti-corruption group based in Berlin, said at a […]

Stephen Colbert Beating Ron Paul & Dennis Kucinich

by @ Wednesday, October 31st, 2007. Filed under 2008 Election, Dennis Kucinich, Humor, Politics, Ron Paul, Stephen Colbert

Rasmussen is reporting that comedian Stephen Colbert is polling higher than Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich in head-to-head polls: Fresh from a victorious interview on “Meet the Press,” Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert continues to out-pun pundits and expectorate political expectations with his half-sincere, three-quarters-book-promoting campaign for the presidency. According to a new Rasmussen Reports national […]

Roy Pearson Finally Loses His Job

by @ Wednesday, October 31st, 2007. Filed under Dumbasses, Legal

Well, that took long enough: Roy L. Pearson Jr., the administrative law judge who lost his $54 million lawsuit against a Northeast Washington dry cleaner, lost his job yesterday and was ordered to vacate his office, sources said. Pearson, 57, who had served as a judge for two years, was up for a 10-year term […]

Ron Paul On Leno

by @ Wednesday, October 31st, 2007. Filed under 2008 Election, Politics, Ron Paul

In case, like me, you missed The Tonight Show last night and forgot to TiVo it, here’s the video of the Congressman’s appearance last night: All in all, more substantive that I would’ve expected from late-night television. And, I’m fairly certain that this is first time the term “Austrian Economics” has been mentioned on late […]

Scariest Movie Scene Ever

by @ Wednesday, October 31st, 2007. Filed under Holidays

I’m not much of a Halloween person, at least I haven’t been since I was a kid. Oh, we’ll be handing out candy here at Chez Mataconis tonight, but that’s about it. No costumes, none of that other stuff for me or, as far as I’m concerned, anyone under the age of 13 or so. […]

Tale Of The Tape: The 2008 Presidential Race In Virginia

by @ Wednesday, October 31st, 2007. Filed under 2008 Election, Politics, Virginia, Virginia Politics

In addition to releasing a new poll on the 2008 Virginia Senate race, Rasmussen has also released a poll on the state of the Presidential race in Virginia, and it’s a lot closer than you might think: The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Virginia voters finds Rudy Giuliani with a three-percentage point lead over […]

Rasmussen Reports: Warner Continues To Lead Virginia Senate Race

by @ Wednesday, October 31st, 2007. Filed under 2008 Virginia Senate Race, Jim Gilmore, Mark Warner, Virginia, Virginia Politics

The latest Rasmussen Report shows Mark Warner continuing to maintain a commanding lead over Jim Gilmore in the 2008 Senate Race: In the 2008 race for Virginia‚Äôs open U.S. Senate seat, a Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds Democrat Mark Warner leading Republican Jim Gilmore 53% to 37%. Both men are former Governors of Virginia and […]

The Sad, Pathetic History Of The Yankees And Their Managers

by @ Tuesday, October 30th, 2007. Filed under Baseball, New York Yankees, Sports

Sports Illustrated takes a pictorial walk through the Steinbrenner-era history of what you would think would be the most coveted position in baseball. And ends with this warning for Joe Girardi: The former NL Manager of the Year with the Florida Marlins takes over a franchise in flux, with superstar Alex Rodriguez opting out of […]

The Sex Pistols, Tom Cruise, and Ron Paul

by @ Tuesday, October 30th, 2007. Filed under 2008 Election, Politics, Ron Paul

No, it’s not the setup for some weird joke, it’s the lineup on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. Texas Rep. Ron Paul will have the largest audience in his longshot bid for the Republican presidential nomination tonight when he joins Tom Cruise and the legendary punk rock band the Sex Pistols as guest […]

U.S. Navy Battles Pirates

by @ Tuesday, October 30th, 2007. Filed under Foreign Affairs, In The News

And I’m not talking about Davy Jones or Blackbeard, but real honest-to-god piracy: (CNN) — A crew battled pirates in a deadly fight Tuesday to regain control of a North Korean cargo ship off Somalia, the U.S. Navy said. The Navy is still chasing a second ship held by pirates in the area. When the […]

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