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By Jesse Taylor
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 22:37 EDT

I’m not sure why conservatives keep bringing up the “but this woulda been a senior moment for McCain!” specter when it comes to what they perceive are Barack Obama gaffes (and what actually appear to be some guy behind him continually talking through his speech). The most famous version of the media harping on “senior moments” is Fox News’ 64-year-old Brit Hume attempting to excuse a McCain flub, which would seem to sort of counteract the idea of McCain’s base going after him.

I remember when Marc Ambinder did this a couple of months back, too. It’s one thing to declare that something McCain did shouldn’t be declared a senior moment (I’m of the full belief that he has the ability to fuck up just as well as a man half his age), but the idea that you can simply create a press corps ravenously scouring for any hint of McCain’s age peeking through and triumphantly bumping genocides and floods off the front page to blare out “This Motherfucker Is OLD! O-L-D!” is beyond ridiculous.

Taser International loses first liability lawsuit

By pams

The winning streak for the arrogant stun-gun manufacturer is over. A San Jose, California, jury yesterday said Taser had failed to warn police in Salinas, California, that prolonged exposure to electric shock from the device could cause a risk of cardiac arrest. The jury awarded $1 million in compensatory damages and $5.2 million in punitive damages to the estate of Robert Heston, 40, and his parents. The jury cleared the police officers of any liability.…


Passing the denial stage

By Amanda Marcotte

While higher gas prices are no fun for any of us, the good news is that the crisis is starting to drift into no-longer-a-crisis-just-a-problem-to-be-solved mode. People are beginning to accept that high gas prices are here to stay. The nation is getting over the denial stage, which is the first…


The Cascade

By Jesse Taylor

Perhaps the reason that we’re in such a debt crunch these days isn’t because we’re all weak-minded simpletons who look at the national debt and say, “I want me some of that!”, but instead a system which is designed at virtually every corner to maximize the burden on debtor to…


Faux News’ E.D. Hill’s asinine ‘fist bump’ terror alert

By pams

Fox News’ America’s Pulse host E.D. Hill must have gotten an associate-Obama-with-terrorism-at-all-costs memo from upstairs, as she desperately tried to interpret the “fist bump” between Michelle and Barack Obama in a unique segment featuring a “body language expert.” Now I don’t know why the fist bump is worth dissecting, but…


Chatting about feminism and Hillary Clinton

By Amanda Marcotte

I’ll be on KFPA out of Berkeley this morning with Kim Gandy of NOW and Shireen Mitchell, Founder of Digital Sisters to discuss Clinton’s feminist legacy and the future of women in politics, starting at 7AM Pacific Time, 10AM Eastern Time. You can listen to it here.…


I’ve Heard Rumors You Smell Like Poo

By Jesse Taylor

Via Whiskey Fire, the National Review is proposing an innocent, simple solution that should help Barack Obama – showing us his papers, please: Having done some Obama-rumor debunking that got praise from Daily Kos (a sign of the apocalypse, no doubt), perhaps the Obama campaign could return the favor and…


Bishop to impotent paraplegic: no church wedding for you

By pams

Imagine being a devoted churchgoer and being told that you cannot marry in the church because you’re impotent because of a car accident. An Italian bishop has reportedly told a young paraplegic he cannot have a church wedding because he is impotent, despite his fiancee being aware of the problem.…


Well, what do you know about that?

By auguste

I like this news very much: Obama’s speech in Raleigh launching his economy tour is underway, and towards the end, during a discussion of health care, he drops a surprise aside that wasn’t in the speech’s prepared remarks: “By the way, I’m going to be partnering with Elizabeth Edwards, we’re…


Worst. Job. Ever.

By Jesse Taylor

Although I liked this article’s focus on fairness as the main reason for burnout, I wish this hadn’t been in there: Burnout has been long associated with being overworked and underpaid, but psychologists Christina Maslach and Michael Leiter found that these were not the crucial factors. The single biggest difference…