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I wonder how much the Cochran people are paying for this advertising

I heard it through YallPolitics on Facebook, which pretty much would explain whose interest is served by advancing this. But, still, it really kinda almost sorta makes one want to go out and vote for the incumbent.

Although I’m pretty sure that if I go to my precinct and vote in a Republican [...]

Gov. Bryant signs bill protecting peyote eaters and rejecting Scalia opinion to the contrary

In 1990, the United States Supreme Court decided Employment Division v. Smith.  In that case, individuals were denied unemployment benefits because they were fired for eating peyote.  In an opinion by conservative justice Antonin Scalia, the United States Supreme Court held: Of course you can deny unemployment benefits to people fired for eating peyote.

While [...]

Rumsfeld denies Bush administration had a Justice Department

Charles Pierce pulls this quote from Errol Morris’s documentary about Rumsfeld:

ERROL MORRIS: What about all these so-called torture memos?

DONALD RUMSFELD: Well, there were what? One or two or three. I don’t know the number, but there were not all of these so-called memos. They were mischaracterized as torture memos, and they came [...]

New Yorker’s Borowitz Report: “Obama’s plan to pay people enough to eat stirs controversy”

Writes Andy Borowitz:

President Obama has sparked outrage in Congress and renewed calls for his impeachment by signing a daring Presidential memorandum that would pay workers enough to eat.

more here.

Chef Kelly English says no to proposed “Turn Away The Gays” bill in Tennessee Legislature

Kelly English, the chef-owner of Restaurant Iris and Second Line in Memphis was already one of my favorite regional chefs and someone I knew to be a great guy.  I’ve had his food a number of times and always loved it.   He’s got Oxford roots, too– went to Ole Miss and had his [...]

Gov. Christie: Best to square your story with the evidence held by people who have criminal and other exposure and want to tell the truth…

News reports about Christie’s childhood friend appointed to the Port Authority state:

A letter from David Wildstein’s attorney says “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the Governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference he [...]

Washington journalists getting all silly about the Republican primary in Mississippi

The national media is getting all ready to get worked up with the idea that the primary race between Sen. Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel is going to be a real contest.  Sam Hall on his Clarion Ledger blog noted a story in the National Journal yesterday.  After noting that seven sitting Republicans have [...]

Get a bigger hammer

In a switch, Gov. Bryant comes out for mandating health insurance contracts, or, Did you know that governors could issue injunctions?

Gov. Bryant wrote Blue Cross Blue Shield and said he was going to issue an executive order mandating they allow the hospitals they’d struck from their system back in, under the prior contract, until a deal was struck.

Blue Cross Blue Shield responded with a federal court civil rights action.

Kingfish has the documents [...]

“Oh my god, the joint terrorism task force was in my house and there were dirty dishes in my sink!” A true story

Some anecdotal evidence that yes, they are tracking internet searches, from the blog of freelance writer Michelle Cantalano.

In a small family, the wife, contemplating a speedier way of cooking lentils, does some internet searches about pressure cookers.  Meanwhile, the husband does some shopping for back packs.  And, reading up on the news, their teenage [...]