- In case you are wondering why you have been logged out so much lately, it's because a hacker stole a bunch of cookies allowing him or herself the ability to log in as other users. We flushed out those compromised cookies by forcing everyone to log back in again.
It's a sad reality of running a popular site that script kiddies think it's fun to mess with us.
- One of the cool community-driven projects to emerge from our community was the Art in a Liberal Frame book put together by several of our members and distributed at YearlyKos. I thoroughly enjoyed my copy. And here, it gets a nice writeup.
- Steve Gilliard's old community has reconstituted itself at the Group News Blog.
- My "office" is essentially my laptop, and I abuse them. I used to go through laptops every 10-12 months, banging them up badly at home and during my travels. The magsafe power adapter Apple now uses had given my last machine -- the one with the "Tester for Senate" bumpersticker on it, extra life. Rather than tripping over the power chord time and time again, bringing it crashing to the ground, the new magnet adapter protected my machine from such abuse. As such, my last laptop was 20 months old and while a bit ragged (bad dent marks on one side, peeling paint, and a lid that was feeling less than sturdy), I felt it still had another six months of service left in it.
Alas, the delicious tortilla soup I spilled on it killed all that. And while I have a shiny new machine, it doesn't feel as nice and "worn-in" as my last one. I'd never gotten attached to a laptop. I always wanted and craved the latest and greatest. But that last machine had grown on me. I wasn't ready to let it go.
Still, if you must go, drowning in delicious tortilla soup isn't the worst fate.
- I am not a cat or dog person. I am a ferret person. And I still mourn the loss of my two ferrets six years ago (as I mourn for this diarists lost little one as well). Real children (and California law) have prevented me from adopting new ones. But there isn't a better pet in the world.
- Seriously, what would it take for Barbara Boxer's Senate Ethics Committee to actually do something for a change? I don't understand how it can site dormant while Republicans like Murkowski, Stevens, Domenici, Craig, and Vitter flirt overtly with criminal and ethical lapses.
- Is Texas about to execute an innocent man? Sure looks that way. The Board of Pardons has just voted 6-1 recommending clemency, but Gov. Perry has the final word.
- VA-Sen: Big day in Senate news tomorrow: Sen. Warner is about to announce his reelection decision. The shocker would be if he decides to run again. You can bet the NRSC is desperate for him to do so, lest they end up surrendering the seat to Democrat Mark Warner.
- The Wyoming Republican Party has leapfrogged its caucuses ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire -- to January 5th.
Even as they moved up their county conventions, Wyoming's Republicans said they wanted a solution to the leapfrogging.
"Ultimately the goal here is to look beyond 2008 and fix the system, because the system is broken," Sansonetti said. "All this jumping around is because the states feel disenfranchised by letting Iowa and New Hampshire call the shots."
That's the truth.
- AL-Sen: Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) has comfortable early lead over Democrat Vivian Davis Figures, 59-37. This race will always be a "what could've been" situation, had we been able to draft Ron Sparks into the race.
Update: Perry commuted the death sentence referenced above.