Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Tuesday morning reading:

September 12, 2006 is:

Nationality Day (Guinea-Bissau)
Steve Biko Day (South Africa)

Click here for Steve Biko's Wikipedia entry.

Closer to home, some notable reads today:

Jeff Lamberti says he wants to promote fiscal responsibility in Congress. That hasn't kept him from funnelling money to Rock in Prevention and Excel while he's in office here in Iowa. Maybe he's getting all the irresponsibility out of his system.

Yepsen hypes 2008 as the mother of all opportunities for political opportunists. I needed a break over the weekend to clear my head and passed on an opportunity to meet Dodd, but I've already had invites to meet with seven Democratic candidates, not including Tom Vilsack.

Via State 29, we get this joke from Tom Harkin:

"Tell your friends and your neighbors that all they ever needed to know about this election this November, they learned in driver's education," he said. "If you want to go backward, you put it in R. If you want to go forward, you put it in D."

Ah, partisan hype-mongering. Think how great our elections could be without it.

Not political, but interesting nonetheless: the WTA (Women's Tennis Association) is setting the stage for potential match fixing in early rounds of tournaments. If you've read Freakonomics, you already know how this affects sumo wrestling. The concept of a sumo wrestler and Maria Sharapova having something in common makes me laugh.

Chris Woods wanted to make sure we know it's hard to recruit for a fraternity and write a political blog at the same time. That'd be why I didn't join a frat.


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