Thursday, June 07, 2007

Short attention span musing...

...Is there anyone who truly believes that Paris Hilton's fame and wealth *didn't* impact the LA County Sheriff's decision to let her out of jail early?

Of course, her stay at home may not last long - the judge that originally sentenced her to jail specifically ordered that she NOT be allowed to serve her sentence at home under electronic surveillance. Since that is what the sheriff's department is letting her do, he's called a hearing on the issue for Friday morning.

...She may end up spending only five days in jail for her crime, but if some folks get their way, that 5 more days than Scooter Libby will spend in jail for his crimes.

From News Hounds:
Yesterday (6-6-07) on Special Report, anchor Brit Hume reported on the groundswell of support among Republicans for a Presidential pardon for Scooter Libby. "Scooter Libby had barely left the courthouse yesterday when speculation began about whether President Bush might pardon him," Hume said. "...The subject even came up in last night's Presidential debate."


During Tuesday night's debate GOP Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said he thought the sentence was "grossly excessive" and felt that what the judge did "argues more in favor of a pardon." Mitt Romney accused Patrick Fitzgerald of abusing "prosecutorial discretion." Sam Brownback indicated he would pardon Libby.

Leave it to the Republican presidential candidates to make Paris Hilton look responsible, remorseful and reasonable.

...In a macabre milestone, the official U.S. death toll in Iraq passed 3500 today.

Wonder if the congresscritters who voted to continue funding the war without a timeline for withdrawal are hanging their heads in shame yet...

...From the "OK, so maybe things at the lege could be worse" department...

From AP, via Yahoo! News -
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Simmering tensions in the Alabama Senate boiled over Thursday when a Republican lawmaker punched a Democratic colleague in the head before they were pulled apart.

Republican Sen. Charles Bishop claimed that Democratic Sen. Lowell Barron called him a "son of a (expletive)."

"I responded to his comment with my right hand," Bishop said. Alabama Public Television tape captured the punch.


Members of the Alabama House said the incident makes the entire Legislature look bad.

"It's certainly a black eye on the Legislature and the Senate in particular," Republican Rep. Jay Love said.

Well, it's a black eye on one legislator, anyway. :)

...From the "Well, even if they aren't slugging each other, things are still pretty bad at our lege" department" -

(Courtesy an emailed Farley-gram - sign up at the link) Russell Pearce (R-National Alliance) had a strike-everything amendment to SB1265 that, among other things, would make the fact that someone speaks Spanish as probable cause to believe that they are in the U.S. illegally. It passed on a voice vote in the House Committee of the Whole (COW) and should come up for third read next week. Rep. Farley (and I expect, many other legislators) hopes that the session runs out before this bill can pass the House, go back to the Senate, and then get through a conference committee to iron out the differences.

...In sports news, former D-Back and current Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling took a no-hitter to two out in the ninth inning before it was broken up by Oakland A's OF Shannon Stewart.

I caught part of this game on ESPN this afternoon (they cut into regular programming for the 9th inning), and while I was hoping that he would get the no hitter, one thought kept sneaking into my mind -

He's already an insufferably arrogant jerk; what will he be like if he ever gets a no-no on his resume?

...In other sports news, congrats to the U of A Wildcats softball team on winning the Women's College World Series yesterday in Oklahoma City.

Here's hoping the ASU baseball team can bookend that with a win in the men's College World Series...

Have a great weekend!

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