Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Separating mind from sanity

No matter what you think of Katherine Harris, the former Florida Secretary of State who oversaw the 2000 presidential recount debacle, you, too, must be surprised at how quickly she has fallen from GOP graces in her bid for a U.S. Senate seat. And it's all but certain that if she still wins the Republican primary she'll lose handily to incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. Her recent remarks about the separation of church and state being "a lie we have been told," and that the nation's founding fathers did not intend that the country be "a nation of secular laws," might, in fact, shock our founding fathers, many of whom were deists.

But ours is not to wonder why Ms. Harris chose this year's Senate race to implode, politically. She no doubt daydreamed about a future bid for the White House, running against arch-nemesis Hillary Clinton and carrying the weight of the evangelical world on her padded shoulders. But that contest will never be, and ours is simply to sample some tasty YouTube fodder while we (and Ms. Harris) ponder what might have been:

Jettisoned by the GOP
Separating mind from sanity
Sharing the spotlight with Osama
Hooking up in Congress (watch the background)
Sharing some profile with the boys at Fox "News"

"If you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin ... did I just say that?"

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Ted "Tube" Stevens in the news again

It's old news now but I couldn't let Senator Ted Steven's latest foible go unmentioned. It appears the old oil man's world is naught but a series of tubes, not unlike the oil and gas pipelines in which he would so love to enmesh his home state of Alaska. Here is how the Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation describes the internet:

Ten movies streaming across that, that internet, and what happens to your own personal internet? I just the other day internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday, I got it yesterday. Why? ... They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a big truck.

It's a series of tubes.

And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

I can't help but close with some Daily Show send-ups of Stevens and company in the Senate, courtesy of YouTube:

With Senator Byrd
John McCain on Ted Stevens
Jon Stewart explaining Ted Stevens
John Hodgman deciphering Ted Stevens

"If that ... that internet had as many tubes as I have intestine we wouldn't need the truck. WAR, I say!"