Monday, October 13, 2008

Good Reads/Random Cool Sites (10/13/2008)

1) OK, this is just bizarre. The "Troopergate" report on whether Sarah Palin abused her authority in trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired and so on just came out. Its "Finding Number One" is that "Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act." Now, people can -- and the McCain-Palin people do, unsurprisingly -- dispute that finding, but the report itself is completely straightforward and unambiguous in its claim: Sarah Palin broke an ethics law.

But in a conference call with Alaska reporters just after the release, Palin had this to say: "I’m very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing … any hint of any kind of unethical activity there." That's right. She says the report cleared her, even though it did exactly the opposite. Then she repeated it three times: "Very pleased to be cleared of any of that. ...and again very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing. ...very much appreciating being cleared of any legal wrongdoing or unethical activity at all."

I just don't get how somebody can say, in public, that a report says exactly the opposite of what it says. Somebody please explain to me why she would say that. She doesn't know how to read? She didn't bother to read the report once she got her talking points? She's a moron? She's a pathological liar? All of the above?

2) If you watched the debate last week, you may recall Oliver Clark, the African-American guy who asked a question about the economy. Turns out, he was a little miffed at McCain for saying, "You probably never heard of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac before this," since he has a bachelor's in Political Science, a master's in Legal Studies, and is pursuing a second master's in Public Administration. But his description of some of the behind-the-scenes action, how he got picked to attend the debate and so on, is more much interesting than plain McCain bashing.

3) Sad Guys on Trading Floors is probably the world's most relevant photo blog right now.

4) Simmons proves he can still bring it with a nice piece on Elgin Baylor, who was recently fired by the LA Clippers.

5) And in a meta note, I'll be putting up a "Let's Ecology!" tonight and an "I'm reading Twilight" tomorrow.

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