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For two Sundays in a row last month, Kossacks were treated to a front-paged review of this book and a subsequent front-paged interview with the author, who said things like this:

"Are all Southerners racist? Or ignorant? Or backward-looking? Or anti-progress? Of course not. But enough of them are, and their influence is so strong, that they are a threat to the rest of America's well-being."
So I bookmarked both diaries with the thought of revisiting them after Election Day, with the help of The New York Times' election maps.


Damn. That's some red South. But follow me under the curlicue and let's get granular.

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Those damn Southerners!

Oh. Wait.

A local venue owner says that last night a manager at the San Francisco Travelodge on Market Street refused to accept the credit cards of three members of the Meters Experience -- because they were black.

Jason Perkins, who operates the New Parish in Oakland and S.F.'s Brick and Mortar Music Hall, says the manager of the hotel at 1707 Market insisted that original Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli leave a cash deposit, saying "he doesn't take black people's credit cards anymore."

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It seems that one of the big outrages in Encyclopedia Drudge's "bombshell" tape of President Barack Obama's 2007 appearance before a largely black audience has to do with the Stafford Act and how it related to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods.

The Stafford Act, in short, is a law requiring (among other things) local communities to put in roughly $1 for every $10 they get in federal aid, in most circumstances. In the tape, Obama compares the federal response in the wake of Katrina to other disasters like 9/11, and points out that the Stafford Act was waived after 9/11, when it was not waived immediately after Katrina. Pointing out this difference is using racial division and "fear," according to Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson on Fox News right now.

Well, if it is, then Sen. David Vitter is race-baiting right alongside Obama -- "whipping up race hatred," in Carlson's words. Because Vitter said the exact same thing about the Stafford Act -- one year before Obama did.

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An American Carol, the David Zucker comedy lampooning a lefty filmmaker named Michael Moor...I mean, Malone, opened last night in 1639 theaters (about 1/2 the number of screens allotted to the weekend's #1 box-office draw, Beverly Hills Chihuahua).

The movie was not screened for critics. This is usually the sign of a stinker, but director David Zucker told the Los Angeles Times that "the film hadn't been screened for critics because its distributor, Vivendi Entertainment, was convinced that most film critics were way too liberal to possibly give it a fair shake."

Well, the reviews are in. Let's take a look.

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The National Review's Mark Goldblatt is offering Sarah Palin some advice on how to handle that snippy Gwen Ifill at the upcoming VP debate. His essay begins this way:

Thank you for the question, Ms. Ifill — patronizing though it is. And, yes, if pressed, I could probably stand up right now, walk across the stage and name every country on that blank map of the Middle East you’ve so graciously set up for me. But I think I’ll pass.

Get that? In Goldblatt World, Ifill is going to unfurl a map and ask -- nay, demand -- that Sarah Palin name the countries on it. And Sarah could do it! But she just doesn't want to.

But in Goldblatt's mind -- his paranoid, belligerent, cornered little mind -- Palin will go on to show up all the elites! Follow me inside and see how...

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I like to read some of the blogs at Townhall. What can I say -- they're more pompous, and pompously entertaining, than Malkin/Coulter/Lucianne et al. If there's a funnier human being than Hugh Hewitt, I haven't met him.

Anyway, it was one month ago today that Townhall's own Michael Medved, meditating on McCain's yet-unnamed VP pick, proferred this wisdom:

In the same way that the Dems assumed they got enough novelty and excitement from the top of the ticket so they could go with experience and gravitas for the second spot, so the Republicans should recognize that they’ve got plenty of experience and gravitas with McCain so with his running mate they can go with a “breath of fresh air” candidate—someone new, unexpected, thrilling in some way, in order to shake up the electoral dynamic and undermine the big bounce Obama expects from Denver.

Michael's recommendation for a breath of fresh air?

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Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 10:24 PM PDT

Medved: Why Biden is unfit for veep

by Gutterboy

We interrupt your midnight buffet of economy-cratering, McCain-flailing, and Palin-bumbling for a look at a neglected member of the presidential race, Sen. Joe Biden, and the reason he is unfit to hold the second-highest office in the land.

Our instructor will be Michael Medved, radio talk-show host, general blowhard, Town Hall blowhole, and family-values expert.

This evening, Mr. Medved will be lecturing us on the central facet of Biden's unfitness to become vice-president: Biden doesn't earn enough money.

Indeed. Follow us through the wingnut mirror and marvel...

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Today it's Rep. Lesil McGuire, thrown off an Alaska Airlines flight and questioned by police for being (allegedly) tipsy, (allegedly) not complying with crew members' instructions, and (allegedly) throwing a glass of water on a flight attendant when she was denied a drinky in flight.

Witnesses told police McGuire was rude, used profanity, bad-mouthed the pilots and caused further delay by getting out of her seat.

Oh, Alaska Republican women! What is going on among you up there, in the land of limitless energy, homeground mooseburgers, views of Russia from every front porch, and good ol' pioneer spirit?

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Hi from those of us on the Gulf Coast. We're really looking forward to the arrival of Hurricane Gustav, 'cause he's gonna make John McCain and company look really bad during the GOP convention!


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That'll show the GOP!

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He's resigning! He's not resigning!

He's leaving! He's not leaving! And now...

Larry and Suzanne Craig agree to primetime interview

Sen. Larry Craig will sit down with Matt Lauer of NBC News for what is billed an "exclusive and wide-ranging" interview about the accusations that he was trolling for sex in the men's room when a plainclothes cop arrested him in June at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The interview with Craig and his wife, Suzanne, will be broadcast next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

And there's more...

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Move over, Larry Craig. Gangway, David Vitter.

Joey DiFatta - a St. Bernard Parish councilman and (until today) a candidate for the Louisiana State Senate - has been caught tappin' toes in a mall bathroom just outside New Orleans.


Oh, and both times were just terrible misunderstandings.

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Leading this morning on the New York Times website:

In Aiding Poor, Edwards Built Bridge to 2008

John Edwards ended 2004 with a problem: how to keep alive his public profile without the benefit of a presidential campaign that could finance his travels and pay for his political staff.

Mr. Edwards, who reported this year that he had assets of nearly $30 million, came up with a novel solution, creating a nonprofit organization with the stated mission of fighting poverty. The organization, the Center for Promise and Opportunity, raised $1.3 million in 2005, and — unlike a sister charity he created to raise scholarship money for poor students — the main beneficiary of the center’s fund-raising was Mr. Edwards himself, tax filings show.

A spokesman for Mr. Edwards defended the center yesterday as a legitimate tool against poverty.

More under the jump.

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