Late Late Nite: Mercy Now

By: Sunday August 31, 2008 10:00 pm

Mary GauthierMercy Now.

What’s on your mind tonight?


Hurricane Gustav Bears Down On Coast, Shutting Down 25% Of US Oil Production

By: Sunday August 31, 2008 9:30 pm

Gustav is running at 115 miles an hour and expected to hit the coast at around that speed. It looks like New Orleans may miss the worst of the Gustav. The current forecast is showing that Gustav will probably miss it, but there’s still a 43% chance of sideswiping it hard enough that levees might be over-topped or fail. Levies have still not been adequately rebuilt since Katrina. Even with New Orleans being missed, southern Louisiana can still expect to be devestated.

Judgment, Experience, Honor, Country: McCain’s Epic Palin Fail

By: Sunday August 31, 2008 8:01 pm

Presidential candidates have a single task to perform expertly between securing their party’s nomination and Election Day: the choice of a running mate. All else is politicking and speechifying. (And, by the way, wasn’t our guy’s speech just swell?) Debates and photo-opportunities are fine for Villagers and other rubes who read into them all kinds of sillliness.

Bringing the War Home?

By: Sunday August 31, 2008 6:03 pm

As we keep an eye on the reports about police actions in advance of the RNC – particularly through Lindsay’s great reporting at the Silo and Jane’s video yesterday – it seems like a good time to remember that these sorts of raids are a daily occurrence in Iraq though often with more deadly consequences.

P.O.W – Politics of Whatever (gets you elected)

By: Sunday August 31, 2008 4:20 pm

John McCain was a POW. Did you know that? He ostensibly served his time in a cell getting “not tortured” (by current definitions anyhow) by his North Vietnamese captors, and their mentors from the old Soviet Union and Cuba. It’s an amazing story, one worth hearing, and I’m sure if you

A Bike Tour of Saint Paul

By: Sunday August 31, 2008 3:25 pm

I went on a bike ride into downtown Saint Paul today. I was with the spouse, and he spotted a few things I didn’t, because a) he’s generally more observant than I am, and b) he’s a train/boat/plane buff.We decided not to take the streets into downtown, partly because of the barricades put up around the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Palace on University and Lafayette that are taking up the

Two Of Today’s Nine Arrestees Released As NLG Attempting To Have Judge Rule On Probable Cause For The 6 Arrested Yesterday

By: Sunday August 31, 2008 3:08 pm

Bruce Nester from The National Lawyers Guild says that the NLG is attempting to have Judge Joanna Smith rule on whether the police had probable cause when arresting the 6 folks charged yesterday with “conspiracy to riot”. If she rules there wasn’t, then they will have to be released. If she rules there was probable cause, NLG will ask her to set conditions for their release.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Michael Waldman And “A Return To Common Sense”

By: Sunday August 31, 2008 1:57 pm

Political books are a dime a dozen these days. But finding one filled with practical wisdom and much needed real world prescriptions for our myriad political ills? That is invaluable. Michael Waldman has written such a book with “A Return To Common Sense.”

Bush Re-Ups War, Obstructs Accountability As Nation Twitters Over Palin

By: Sunday August 31, 2008 1:12 pm

In all the flurry and bustle of the conventions and Palin, not to mention back to school and Labor Day weekend for the nation, this could be lost in the flow. It must not be. This provision has all the potential implications, problems, and potential for abuse that the Authorization For Military Force (AUMF) had in 2001. And with a Cheney/Bush Administration still in power, and with their known predilection for abuse, this simply cannot be allowed.

Bush May Skip RNC To “Help” Gustav Victims: McCain heading down for a photo-op

By: Sunday August 31, 2008 12:40 pm

I understand Bush is probably focused on his “legacy.” But really, the guy screws up everything he touches. Don’t those people have enough to worry about?

Meanwhile, the McCain campaign sees Gustav as one big rebranding opportunity and has canceled the first evening of the convention while McCain flies down to help get a photo-op. (Of course McCain voted against relief for Katrina victims, reconstruction and catastrophic insurance.)

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