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Thu 2011 Jun 30

Thu 2011 Jun 30, 2:52pm
On Arlo and Janis

Whew! Thank you Robin for the (or at least an) explanation for the frog cartoon.

Arlo and Janis is so intellectual and deep and stuff. All those oblique culture references and twelve-dollah words like mendacity and bats that look like tiny dragons and surreal walking sandwiches and annually talking cats, it usually just sails over my haid. Except the risqué ones. ;)

Wed 2011 Jun 29

Wed 2011 Jun 29, 1:44pm
On HillBuzz
Posted as three-part comment here, here, and here.

Michelle... um... Malkin... No... Obama... No... Bachmann! That's the one. (I'm kidding. But it was amusing to hear Our Leader Mark Levin say M.Obama a couple of times by mistake, even when he was talking to Bachmann! Quite understandable, as he'd been talking about MO.)

So, Monday, I read early-on that Michelle Bachmann announced her candidacy in her home town of Waterloo, Iowa, saying she's going to fight like the other home-town hero, John Wayne. "Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too."

Okay, first of all, John Wayne was a sweet boy named Maurice [correction:] Marion who grew up to be an actor who played tough guy roles. So, if you want to be tough, you sort-of want to be like the characters he played, more than like him, but that's okay; he's the symbol. (Here's a classic: John Wayne on Laugh-In doing a bit of poetry à la Henry Gibson.) Second, Waterloo just wasn't the actor's town. His parents met there, but they moved away to Winterset, Iowa, about three hours away, before Marion (his given name) was born. All this was in the original articles. That's a pretty silly mistake. Why did she say it? Iowa is his home state, at least. But, a tiny, tiny mistake.

But! This gave the Democrats a hook for another aren't-Conservatives-stupid meme (Palinizing as they say at Legal Insurrection), as they began spreading it around that Bachmann had "confused" the handsome, famous actor with the ugly, infamous John Wayne Gacy, the "Killer Clown."

Well, of course she didn't confuse them! Not even Gaffes Biden could be that dumb. Possibly not even Obama, who apparently can't remember his own kids' names, much less the identities of living and dead recipients of the Medal of Honor. (Special h/t to Sarah [correction:] Ann Barnhart for her article on the psychopath in the oval office.)

I first saw this meme repeated by Joy McCann at under the headline "Bachmann Mixes Up Her John Waynes." McCann linked to the Washington Times (headline: "The wrong John Wayne"). I repeated it on HillBuzz.

The Times article noted that Gacy "had his first taste of the criminal life in Waterloo, where he lived for a short time." How short a time is not noted (January, 1967, through March, 1968, according to Wikipedia).

That's the only association.

The Times has an "update" at the bottom of the article — no change in the headline, of course — citing a release from the Bachmann campaign, noting that the actor's parents lived in Waterloo, were married there, and that the actor is from Iowa, and reiterating the patriotic spirit the actor represents.

Why anyone would think that Bachmann might be thinking of Gacy's living there at all is not even suggested. (Not that "thinking" has much to do with the "say anything" crowd.)

As I look again at the Times article, I see that the "problem" was reported to Times reporter Stephen Dinan by "one [unnamed] eagle-eyed reader" and that a clip of it is already on YouTube under the name BachmannLovesGacy.

I smell brimstone.

I am guilty of participating in repeating Democratic mud-slinging propaganda, for which I apologize. I have corrected myself to those to whom I spread the news personally.

I watched the video of Bachmann deriding our "gangster government." I listened to the Monday program of Our Leader Mark Levin, hearing Levin getting the news about this from a caller — who already had a better take than I had. Levin, naturally, dismissed it out of hand. I heard all of his interview with Bachmann at the end of his show. They discussed the Wallace interview, and she reiterated her credentials, but this later matter was not mentioned. (Levin had only just heard about it from one caller, of course, no time to research.)

Altogether, this is more of Bachmann than I have actually had so far. Levin ran the audio of the Wallace interview, about which I'd only heard the "flake" gotcha, so now I've heard Bachmann's great response. Because I listened to Levin, I learned much more about her than I had known before.

I don't know why she would confuse the birthplace of John Wayne (THE ACTOR!). (More significantly, I don't know why she's permitted her campaign guy to chew at Palin.) But I vehemently repudiate the whole "she confused her John Waynes" meme. It's not that I ever thought she did, but I was "concerned" that this gaffe was going to stick to her. And they're trying to make it stick. But it's just another left-wing propaganda ploy, another wad of madly-hurled monkey poo.

I haven't fully taken the measure of the site Conservative Commune, but despite the separate article pointing out the killer's Democrat background, the "Bachmann confuses her John Waynes" headline is prominent. It matters, just as Mark Levin pointed out the tactic of Wallace repeating the "flake" charge twice in his lame apology, and how it's the repetition of the meme, in any context, that starts it being cemented in the neurons. Well, remember, OBAMA IS NOT A MUSLIM OR A SOCIALIST!

I regret being suckered in by this for even a day. (And that I was too busy to get back to it on Tuesday.) I regret my own "toast" reference. Thanks to Amy for answering on the Monday thread that it's less of a deal than I made it. I thank the folks at HillBuzz for steadily reinforcing the concern trolls watch, and other propaganda awareness. I have been eyeing non-candidate Palin all along and have been listening to the "concern" about Bachmann being a RINO or a RINO dupe. I now have new-found respect for her, and I'm going to be keeping an eye on the other best possible Madame President.

After writing the above, I went looking at for any straightforward article about Bachmann's announcing her candidacy. On page after page I found nothing -- NOTHING -- but repetition of this same meme. Headlines (links eschewed) like:

John Wayne who? Michele Bachmann getting last laugh in polls (Los Angeles Times) (well, that's okay, but the lede talks about her "gaffe-rich entry" into the GOP presidential sweepstakes.")

All in a name: John Wayne vs. John Wayne Gacy and other mix-ups (Washington Post, also not bad -- mentions how easy it is for folks to mix up names like, oh, say, Ted "Chappaquiddick Killer" Kennedy confusing Obama & Osama.)

Will Michele Bachmann’s Gaffes End Her Presidential Chances? (US Snooze & World Retort)

Bachmann Campaign Starts With a Bang (Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone actually held back until the 2nd sentence to mention it.)

Michele Bachmann, you're no Stepford Wife: Only a gaffe-proof candidate can win (S.E. Cupp, NY Daily News -- "latest unforgivable gaffe" in the fourth paragraph)

'She's not ready for the White House': Former aide attacks Michele Bachmann for her 'wildly out of control' office (UK Daily Mail's Fiona Roberts can't even get Gacy's name right when in the 5th 'graph she says Bachmann "inadvertently compared herself to serial killer John Wayne instead of the actor.")

And that's some of the nicer stuff.

I went looking on YouTube for the video about her "gangster government" speech, and until I refined the search saw only page after page about her gaffes and worse. (Everyone should be aware of the problem of "filter bubbles.")

Levin pointed out what Wallace was not asking — what I haven't found any of those in this latest manufactured flap saying — that Bachmann is a serious candidate, a contender, with serious backing, and, why look at that: she's a Republican woman! Where's the excitement about that, like there was for the "historic" half-wit psychopath-in-chief under whom we currently suffer? We may have in Bachmann the first female U.S. President. Historic. Monumental. Where's the buzz?

I followed this up with a short reply at 10:10pm CDST, below. The errors were corrected in the above.

Sigh. Called John Wayne "Maurice" instead of "Marion." Called Ann Barnhardt "Sarah" and screwed up the link. Forgot to close a strong tag. Left out a space. I'm obviously unfit to be President, also! (Heading for bed, in shame.)

Considering my own "gaffe" in repeating concern-trolling, I cringe while I laugh at this video:
Andrew Klavan: Michele Bachmann Makes a Gaffe!!!
Uploaded to YouTube by Pajamasmedia on Jul 14, 2011

Tue 2011 Jun 28

Tue 2011 Jun 28, 10:16pm
On Sister Toldjah

Yessir, Cap'n G!

Ron Fournier: "the president’s eye is set on numbers that have little to do with battlefield strategy and everything to do with his reelection hopes."

the Taliban will take over again,

their leader practically calls us "occupiers"

"the average monthly casualty rate for U.S. military forces serving in Afghanistan has increased 5-fold" under Obama...

Obama is overruling the advice of his generals

Aw, what do those silly generals know about war compared to this brilliant Communist Community Organizer?

Tue 2011 Jun 28, 7:08pm
On Arlo and Janis

Here y'go, A&J fans. I did a Google images search as Jerry suggested.

I clicked on the first link that showed up, at Says there, the discoverer thinks, "It could be a power station or it could be a biological containment or it could be a glorified garage — hope it’s not a weapon."

A few paragraphs down in the article you'll find application of Occam's Razor: "NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab is now looking into the wild claim, but they’re guessing that Bio Station Alpha is just a glitch in the digital imaging program, or possibly an ice formation."

The allegedly viral video was linked at the Herald Sun, but when I tried to view it, it was "removed by user." Hmmm.

I then searched YouTube for "cylindrical object on mars".

That did not turn up the cylindrical object video, but here are some other videos of allegedly unusual Martian objects that showed up, if you like that kind of thing.

Mars Evidence of Life September 2010

Unusual Object on Mars

Mars Unusual & Similar Looking Objects

These have scientifically-persuasive "spooky" music.

I have a pretty good imagination, I think, but the only object that looks to me like anything but rock and shadow and other tricks of light and digital imaging is in that last link. There's an object at 0:26 which looks very much like the famous photo of Bigfoot.

Here's another link about as exciting: Pareidolia at Wikipedia. Far more entertaining are a Kit-Kat bar with the face of Jerry Garcia Jesus, Albert Einstein Marilyn Monroe Illusion, and for those of guy-like tastes, there's this optical illusion.

Mon 2011 Jun 27

Mon 2011 Jun 27, 9:19pm
On HillBuzz

A most unfortunate gaffe by Bachmann as she confuses John Wayne the actor with JW Gacy the Killer Clown. (Here's something about the Killer from the same site.)

I'm not a Bachmann fan, but it's sad to see her deliver this ugly gift to the Democrats right after the little Wallace gotcha question about being a "flake"; and they'll never this one die. She was supposed to be on Mark Levin tonight. I will try to see what he can salvage from this. Caught a bit of the start of his show, and he was going on about the "flake" remark, but didn't seem to have caught up to the John Wayne bumble yet.

I smell toast. Or, as a relative cleverly said, "And doesn't she look tired?" (You have to be a Dr. Who fan.)

This reply by Amy to the above message inspired my reply to her below (not yet posted to HillBuzz as of 2011-06-29 11:49am CDST):

Amy wrote, "Not as big a gaffe as you think...." I agree, Amy, thanks. I've written a a follow-up comment of self-correction and apology which I will post on the Wednesday Open Thread.

Mon 2011 Jun 27, 1:52pm
On Conservative Commune

I'm trying to figure how to build the fence for an ostrich farm. One egg can serve a lot of the refugees when they come flooding in from the cities and we put them to work in the fields.

Mon 2011 Jun 27, 11:34am
On Legal Insurrection

Naawww, you’re all wrong. Clearly, the problem is that the vehicle’s owner forgot to order her Obama Bumper Sticker Removal Kit!

Mon 2011 Jun 27, 11:18am
On Legal Insurrection

Hm. I thought it was Mark Twain who said it, but in a quick search all I can find is this article about the three ways to lie, the last of which is to tell the truth, but to tell it so unconvincingly no one will believe you.

Which is what I thought of when I read this:

In an interview, Bradley said: “You can try to spin those facts and try to make it sound like I ran up to him and threw my neck into his hands, but that’s only spin.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal

Sun 2011 Jun 26

Sun 2011 Jun 26, 10:17pm
On Sister Toldjah

Prosser acknowledged in March that he called Abrahamson a "bitch" and threatened to "destroy" her during a closed-door meeting.

At the time, Prosser told the Journal Sentinel that the outburst to Abrahamson came after the chief justice took steps to undermine him politically and to embarrass him and other court conservatives.

"In the context of this, I said, 'You are a total bitch,'" Prosser said. "I probably overreacted, but I think it was entirely warranted. They (Abrahamson and Bradley) are masters at deliberately goading people into perhaps incautious statements. This is bullying and abuse of very, very long standing."

--Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal with my emphasis

When I read the above this morning, I was intrigued. I have had dealings with a few folks perversely skilled in emotional agitation. Once the other party loses self-control, the provacateur, previously wildly emotional, goes stone-cold, like they were always being cool: 'See? It's you who is losing it!' (I have to say, all my experience with this has been with women, although I don't suppose the behavior is exclusively female.) I've discovered, it's not truly conscious behavior. That is, they're not trying to be provocative and manipulative and duplicious. They really believe they're right. I am not a pedigreed psychoanalyst or anything, just a guy trying to handle life, but it seems to me to be a form of self-justifying, self-deceiving, aberrant psychosis. I have had some success getting a couple of hysterics to do honest self-re-assessment, although it's extremely difficult cognitive therapy, requiring some degree of sincere willingness to admit to error and to change.

If you're not aware of what's going on (it took me a long time and much awful experience to figure out), it's all too easy to become embroiled. So, with nothing more to go on than this, I could sympathize with Prosser's being provoked. I can also understand, if Bradley suffers this kind of problem, she might really believe she was the one attacked, even after first lunging at Prosser.

I read a few of the comments to the original J-S article (before the later revisions started emerging) and I was not surprised to see commenters deriding this as typical of Republican violence. Of course, we all know the other side would never threaten to strangle anyone. Well, maybe the Vice-President of the United States, last October but of course, "He quickly added: 'To the press, that's a figure of speech.'" Right, Joe, right.

Alternatively (to my verbose comment yesterday suggesting unintentional confusion of perception), it could just be simple psychopathy à la Ann Barnhardt’s post yesterday about Obama’s Medal of Honor flub. (Wish Barnhardt had article-specific links… and an archive!)

Sat 2011 Jun 25

Sat 2011 Jun 25, 10:44pm
On Legal Insurrection

My 2¢ for the day on "gay marriage," worth every devalued penny.

Some time back, I heard Eddie Huff on KFAQ, Tulsa, talking about a Black friend of his who said, even if the Republicans were a bunch of racists, he'd vote for them because they're better on defending America. Something like that. I'm often the same way with my Christian Republican spiritual and political kin. I stand nearly indistinguishably with them when contrasted with the Obamanation, but not so close comparing with each other.

It's not easy to think it all through because of how one set of bad laws compounds another. Implementing true liberty gets complicated by socialist systems which even good right-wing folk support. What really makes it a problem to happily issue a work visa to anyone coming over the border is not the liberty to travel but laws like minimum wage and welfare. Prayer in public school is a bogus issue because the church-state conflict does not exist without public school in the first place. (Am I getting too Milton Friedman for you yet?)

So the problem here is the state permission or disallowance of the personal contracts which entail the legal issues of "marriage." The state cannot actually define "marriage" for me or my beliefs! It can enforce legal sanctions against homosexuals entering into civil unions, and worse force folks, landlords, say, to take in a gay couple even over the building owner's moral or religious objections. (Better watch out. I'm about to sound like Rand Paul.)

I'll spare this site my longer arguments and, with uncharacteristic chutzpah, just link to where I, with uncharacteristic temerity, challenged Ann Coulter's June 15 column on gay marriage (and, minorly, drug legalization).

Back upthread, david7134 asked, (much as Coulter complained), "shouldn’t we quit being concerned over minor social issues and start working to preserve our country, wealth, economy and the light bulb?" (Liked the "light" ending on that one, Dave!) As if any issue of human right was minor! While I think david7134 needs to think it through a bit better (the left and right are much further apart than he thinks -- see my first paragraph), he seems on the right track in recognizing the liberty of individuals to contract in a free society.

Sat 2011 Jun 25, 9:49pm
On Legal Insurrection

“The Institutional Republican Party would gladly win the presidency next year, so long as their candidate is a RINO. If it is a conservative, they would rather have Obama re-elected. If they get their RINO president, they would rather not get control of the Senate, so that they have an excuse not to upset their gravy train. They will work with the Democrats to achieve those ends.”

Owwww. Sad to say, that’s the best summary of the unfortunate reality I’ve read. I think that should be shouted from the rooftops until it sinks in.

Sat 2011 Jun 25, 3:09pm
On PoliNation

Okay, now, wait a moment. I saw the DrudgeReport headline, "First Lady Admits: 'Fortunately, We Have Help From The Media'" and followed it to the Real Clear Politics page titled "Michelle Obama: 'Fortunately, We Have Help From The Media,'" and I have to say, this is taken out of context disingenuously. (Although, as a standalone statement, Pete, you're certainly right about the understatement!)

MO was asked about how the family is preparing for the (actually the interviewer said "vicious") campaign ahead, and FLotUS responded that the press has been nice to leave their girls alone. There's nothing wrong with that. Of course, as Palin wrote (hilariously) about media treatment of her small N Korea gaffe versus the knuckle-headed errors they've let slide with O'Bama and A'Bidin, it would be nice if the media treatment were even-handed in their treatment of political folks' kids. Or even Palin's!

In response to several replies, I posted this follow-up comment at 11:57pm:

To be clear, I certainly wasn’t on Pete’s case! And, Integrity, so true “it is such an obvious, obnoxious fact of life we have to endure daily”! Just saying Drudge and Real Clear were playing loose, and it behooves us to stay true and not play the other side’s twisted gotcha games. My main point was, it’s fine if the media is nice to the Obama babies. The real hypocrisy in the story is not the out-of-context gotcha quote (which is, after all, funny, in case I forgot to LOL) but that the courtesy toward family MO spoke of is (along with all the other LaughingStock Media biases) not even-handed. If one of the Obama girls stuck her tongue out like one of the Bush girls once did, would we ever see the pic?

Thanks for the welcome, Dee, and Integrity, and Chrissy on that other thread. Nice place. Mrs W was just complimenting the decor. Glad to bee here.

Sat 2011 Jun 25, 2:47pm
On Sister Toldjah

This year, we seem to have more rabbits than I've ever noticed before. Despite nine cats, they're just hopping around out in the open.

Mrs. Webworker got to rescue a baby bun from a cat this month. Daisy the housecat seemed to be protecting it from feral regular visitor Max, although she may have just beem protecting her lunch. As per Professor Google's advice, we just let the critter go out away from the house, and it hopped away encouragingly. Learned, however, that just a bite from a cat's bacteria-laden teeth can kill a bun in a couple of days, and while we couldn't find a wound, there was one drop of blood from the bun. Oh, well, we did our save-the-baby-bunny part, in any case. At least saved ourselves cleaning up the remains off the front porch (this time).

Sat 2011 Jun 25, 2:39pm
On HillBuzz

>...anyone else questioning recent history, before the internet...?

A most excellent point, and I've been pondering much the same thing lately. I have never been pro-Left, but I know now we weren't getting the Right info in the past, if we were only getting the news from the LaughingStock Media. Nowadays, talking with folks who still get their news only from Time and NBCBABCNNS, it's difficult to correct the dis- and mis-information propaganda. They may have an inkling the messmedia is left-leaning, but have no idea how they're leaning so far they're horizontally in bed with.

Now, we have to guard against the unimaginable but entirely possible domination of this medium, as well.

In addition to worrying about Congress waking up to the Libyan scam, the global elite is also concerned about a diverse liberty movement that has grown exponentially with the help of an open and free internet.

In response, the pocketed pawns in Congress have introduced a raft of bills over the last few months designed to take down the internet and blunt its impact as a medium for alternative news and information.

--Kurt Nimmo (InfoWars): Bilderberg Agenda Leaked

Sat 2011 Jun 25, 12:23pm
On Conservative Commune
In response to Tim Geithner saying the Obama administration believes taxes on small business must increase so the administration does not have to “shrink the overall size of government programs.”

Presuming this is a correct statement of the relationship, thanks for the tip, Timmie! Now, let's work to cut taxes on small business.

Fri 2011 Jun 24

Fri 2011 Jun 24, 10:38pm
On PoliNation

Greetings. Recently found this site. This is my first time posting here, so forgive me if I’m not doing something right. So to speak.

Just wanted to offer my own quickly-hacked little graphic re-mix Ol’ Loose Lips, which I thought you might enjoy.

Inspired by D.R. Weeks: The Obama Enemy Appeasement Speech

Got welcomes from various folks and posted the following June 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm:

Why, thanks for the friendly welcome, Bob & Frankly. Good to be here. So far. :)

Fri 2011 Jun 24, 9:09am
On Arlo and Janis

0. Always fun to see a strip here that I remember enjoying when new, like the cat dancing on the hot roof a couple of days ago, and this one.

1. You betcha my trusty Swiss Army knife has a corkscrew, for which I've often been grateful.

2. Unwind a wire coat hanger (like you would for popping old-fashioned car locks -- am i showing my age?), and use the pigtail end as a corkscrew. Did this more than once.

3. One of the best wine experts I know suggested, if you have nothing else, just (slowly, carefully) push the cork in. Huh -- duh. No straining required.

4. Alas, I seem to have developed an allergy, or aversion, or distaste, or something for wine approaching my sixth decade (now I'm showing my age), after so many years of enjoyment of fine vintages. Maybe I finally grew up? Or old? Or poor?

5. You can get brewer's yeast mixed with garlic to sprinkle onto pet food to deter fleas and ticks at the pet food. Oh, wait, that was an old thread. Sorry.

8. I've got to figure out how to get the RSS feed to come up earlier in the day. Always feel like I'm late to the party and everybody's leaving as I come in. Or is it my breath?

Jimmy Johnson replied that he liked the coat hanger method.

Thu 2011 Jun 23

Thu 2011 Jun 23, 2:11pm
On Sister Toldjah

@Stan: Well! I’ve always known it as a put-down, but I wasn’t aware schmuck = putz, though. (Right?) I’m not Jewish, but I’ve always appreciated the Yiddish contributions to the vocabulary! :)

Wikipedia says that “In Jewish homes, the word was ‘regarded as so vulgar as to be taboo’[3] and Lenny Bruce wrote that saying it on stage got him arrested on the West Coast ‘by a Yiddish undercover agent who had been placed in the club several nights running to determine if my use of Yiddish terms was a cover for profanity.’”

I note that Urban dictionary definition #1 says it’s “[t]hat portion of one’s penis which is cut off during circumcision.” But that’s just U.D. Def#3 = penis.

Altogether, maybe we should just stick to weiner. Intentional misspelling. [Apologies to all good people with that name.] :D

Thu 2011 Jun 23, 12:20pm
On HillBuzz

I was on the road during the speech, turned on the radio, and listened as long as I could stand. Which wasn't long, but probably longer than I've listened to him before. Could any thinking person miss the timing vis-à-vis the US election? As Ron Fournier put it, "the president’s eye is set on numbers that have little to do with battlefield strategy and everything to do with his reelection hopes."

My immediate thought was, we're pulling out, the Taliban will take over again, anything gained will be lost, and where does that leave us? About where we were ten years ago. Boy, we sure showed them, didn't we! :-O

I'm not ecstatic about having our precious, dedicated, volunteer American troops trying to build a modern state in a historically war-dominated backwater, where their leader practically calls us "occupiers," and especially when "the average monthly casualty rate for U.S. military forces serving in Afghanistan has increased 5-fold" under Obama, but I can't help but think there's got to be a lot of folks in Afghanistan who appreciated what we were doing there who are as freaked out right now as the Israelis, Czechs, and every other nation Obama has betrayed. Remember, Obama (who is not a Muslim) is overruling the advice of his generals in this matter. Aw, what do they know about war compared to this brilliant Communist Community Organizer?

Thu 2011 Jun 23, 11:35am
On HillBuzz
For some reason, this comment did not get posted.

Rick Perry, Sarah Palin

Just read through A Case for Rick Perry at Legal Insurrection, including all the comments so far. Especially in the comments, there's lots of good examination of the pros and cons. Worth slogging through. (Also, LI seems to have the same kind of control over trolls & flamers that we enjoy here at HillBuzz, which is nice. There's a couple sniping at each other, but it's water pistols compared to the flamethrowers elsewhere.)

Like Palin, Perry's getting a lot of coverage and looking like a candidate without having declared. He doesn't look great on some of the hard-right's top issues like immigration, public education, the Trans-Texas corridor. He's a Bilderberger FWIW. Ex-Democrat. A commenter noted, an ex-TEXAS Dem -- it's the party that moved away from him, but Perry also worked for the rascal Algore. Some say he's not reliable on keeping promises. On less hard-right issues, his economic record & claims are called into question. There was some criticism in later comments of the InfoWars article, 14 Reasons Why Rick Perry Would Be A Really, Really Bad President. Just giving highlights from what I read, so best check it out for yourself. Also, I think I heard on Glenn Beck the other day that Perry is 2nd only to LBJ as a lifer politician. Maybe that was just in Texas? (Wish Beck had transcripts online I could search through.)

An interesting exchange of comments for Palin fans:
AHLondon: The rumor is that if Perry gets in, Palin will stay out.
john.frank: target="_blank" The rumor... was started by Bachmann’s people in Iowa and South Carolina.
AHLondon: Actually, I got the info from RedState.
So, I checked the RedState article: "if Rick Perry winds up getting into the race... it guarantees that Sarah Palin will not run for President. I have it from sources close to both Governors that Palin will not run if Perry runs."
I don't know how "close" those "sources" might be, but I expect Sarah is still keeping her cards close to her chest, and any such source is long on speculation and short on facts.

A few days back, I wondered on here what had happened to Sarah's tour. Here's the word straight from the Grizzley's keyboard. Her tour "hasn’t been cancelled... looking forward to hitting the open road again... called up for jury duty... I look forward to doing my part just like every other Alaskan... The next leg of the tour continues when the time comes...." I really like her!