Sarah Palin 1984 Miss Alaska Pageant

I came across a youtube video this morning that shows Sarah Palin (Sarah Heath) sporting a swimsuit in the 1984 Miss Alaska Pageant. The video was pulled shortly later, but in the meantime I contacted’s Andy Baio and he, having more foresight than me, made a copy and is now hosting it himself.

Obama / McCain Wordle

I downloaded the transcripts of all of Obama and McCain’s speeches from their respective official websites from March 25th, 2008 to the present and then put them each into Wordle. Wordle gives greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. I used 51 speeches by McCain and 61 by Obama. McCain’s […]

Sarah Palin Hockey Mom

Matt Damon condemns John McCain’s choice of hockey-mom Sarah Palin for Vice President. He compares the situation to a “really bad Disney movie” and says it’s crazy that this woman could become President. Hit play or watch Damon Condemns Palin at YouTube. It’s one of those situations that is funny because it’s true (albeit also […]

Naomi Klien on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher

I went to the Naomi Klien speech at the U of L last Monday and was entertained and enraged (both at the same time) as she talked about the situations and events unfolding in the world right now and the influence that free market ideology has on the world at large. She also emphasized that […]

The Dilbert Economy

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, wondered why someone wasn’t doing something that would give American voters useful and unbiased information about which candidate has the best plans for the economy. Then he realized that he was someone. He commissioned a survey of over 500 economists, drawn from members of the American Economic Association, a nonpolitical […]

SNL: Sarah Palin & Hillary Clinton

When John McCain met Sarah Palin for the first time, you have to wonder, did he think Hey, you remind me of someone. Here’s a little SNL clip from the weekend of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler doing Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. (Sorry Canadian and other international viewers, looks like this clip is for […]

The Shock Doctrine

In a couple of weeks Naomi Klein (author of The Shock Doctrine, and No Logo) is coming to the University of Lethbridge to discuss themes from The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. The book is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world—through the exploitation of […]

2008 Democratic Primary in 8 Minutes

“In case you haven’t been paying attention…” here is Slate’s pleasant recap of the Democratic Primary in a mere 8 and 1/2 minutes 7 minutes. I find it hard enough paying close attention to my own country’s politics, but this recap is nice because it succinctly summarizes the highlights of the race so far.