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  • Today's comic is Romney takes down Sesame Street by Matt Bors:
    Comic by Matt Bors - Romney takes down Sesame Street
  • If you're in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas or Utah, voter registration ends today, so get over here and sign up!
  • Good:
    Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was sentenced Tuesday morning to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing young boys, crimes that roiled the university community and shook one of major college football’s most prominent programs.

    The ruling was handed down in Centre County Court by Judge John Cleland, and it essentially guaranteed that Sandusky, 68, would die in prison. The sentencing came roughly three and a half months after a jury found him guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

    Sandusky, the jury determined, had abused 10 young boys, all of them from disadvantaged homes. Sandusky used his connections to the Penn State football program, as well as his own charity for disadvantaged youth, the Second Mile, to identify potential victims, get close to them and then sexually violate them.

  • Since the Mormon church is having a hard time with its numbers, isn't it convenient that "the Lord" changed the policy on missionaries?
    In a surprising move that promises to transform Mormon social and spiritual dynamics, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday (Oct. 6) announced that it is lowering the age of full-time missionary service to age 18 for men (down from 19) and 19 for women (down from 21).

    “The Lord is hastening this work,” LDS apostle Jeffrey R. Holland said at a news conference, “and he needs more and more willing missionaries.”

    The church is counting on this change to dramatically increase the ranks of its full-time missionaries, currently more than 58,000 worldwide.

  • Er, um, oops.
  • If you're into this sort of thing:
    President Nixon shotgun shells, starting bid: $25; Cigars hand-selected for Ronald Reagan, starting bid: $100; A smiling peanut pendant from the Carter White House, starting bid: $25; and John F Kennedy Jr's monogrammed diaper pin, starting bid: $150.
  • Sucks to be a crocodile.
  • To suggest it was something he ate would probably be in bad taste:
    A contestant in a roach-eating contest who downed dozens of live bugs and worms collapsed and died shortly after winning the contest in South Florida, authorities say.

    About 30 contestants ingested the insects during Friday night's contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize was a python.

    Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach became ill shortly after the contest ended and collapsed outside the store, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office statement released Monday. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities were awaiting results of an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

  • Do you like Angry Birds and Star Wars? You're welcome.
  • Briefly setting aside the polling panic, today's Kagro in the Morning show wandered to stories of the absurd, like the Arkansas Republicans coming out in favor of slavery, which somehow took us to Tim Griffin, voter caging, Neal Horsley's admissions of bestiality, and creationism. But we did talk about Pew's numbers and Markos's analysis of the latest from PPP, illustrating the difference between legitimate analysis and crackpot "unskewing". Also: Kevin Drum's "Hack Gap" and what it might tell us about liberals vs. conservatives, and the slow creep of "Leadership PACs" into SuperPACs.

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