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Noun, Verb, Maverick

Although I know I shouldn’t be, I am flabbergasted that the media in this country seem to completely ignore the fact that, beyond making a little verbal flub here and there like anyone in the public spotlight is likely to do, Sarah Palin seems to have no interest in being grammatically correct and speaking in correct sentence. Here are but […]

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PHOTOS + PANO: Obama in East Lansing, Michigan

PHOTOS + PANO: Obama in East Lansing, Michigan

Yesterday, Barack Obama appeared in East Lansing, Michigan, home of Michigan State University (my alma mater, 2 degrees and a daughter who goes there). There he spoke to a crowd of more than 18,000, mostly college students after having addressed a crowd of around 16,000 that morning in Grand Rapids. During his speech, he hit on a variety of topics […]

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Dick Cheney with a Tiara and Such As

Last night’s vice presidential debate was very enjoyable for me. Joe Biden hit all the right notes and showed that he has a firm grasp on both domestic and foreign policy issues and supports his candidate’s positions on how to move forward. His demeanor was perfect: not too snarky and condescending but not too wishy-washy either. Sarah Palin, on the […]

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Vice Presidential Debate Prediction

Prediction: Palin will do just fine. The format pretty much ensures it. They each get 90 seconds to respond with an additional 2 minutes for discussion. No follow-up questions and a 2 minute closing statement. Palin is good at rambling on without saying anything of substance so filling 3½ minutes with nice-sound pablum will be no problem for her. Also, […]

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Ho-leee Cow!

McCain Giving Up on Michigan John McCain is pulling out of Michigan, according to two Republicans, a stunning move a month away from Election Day that indicates the difficulty Republicans are having in finding blue states to put in play. McCain will go off TV in Michigan, stop dropping mail there and send most of his staff to more competitive […]

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Political Joke

Seems apropos of Sarah Palin to me: While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who’s hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Palin and her bid. The old rancher said, “Well, ya know, Palin is a […]

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I Know. This Shouldn’t Surprise Me in the Least

I guess this little clip from Fox News doesn’t even really need any commentary. It’s such a blatant demonstration of how completely “bias” (that’s my new Republican term) they are that it speaks entirely for itself. Good God… I’m just sayin’…

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NEW GAME: Guess the McCain/Obama Supporter & Add Captions

NEW GAME: Guess the McCain/Obama Supporter & Add Captions

Below is a composite photo of ten faces. The faces are people who attended one of Senator Obama’s rallies in Detroit, Michigan or the McCain/Palin rally in “Detroit” (Sterling Heights, actually). There are five of each. Try to guess which ones are which. And then add your own captions to each one, telling us what they are thinking/saying. I’ll publish […]

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Palin to Drop Out?

My wife has just predicted with great certainty that Sarah Palin will drop out of the race between now and the debate. After the release today of Katie Couric’s Vice Presidential interviews in which Sarah Palin completely implodes, I’m not so sure she’s wrong. If you haven’t seen this, may I suggest you get a towel or something to bite […]

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It’s Worse Than I Thought

Much, much worse, in fact: McCain: I routinely turn to Palin for foreign policy advice. Jesus, are you kidding me? John McCain is getting foreign policy advice from a woman who just got her first passport last year? O. M. F. G. NPR: Given what you’ve said Senator, is there an occasion where you could imagine turning to Governor Palin […]

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Chile Heads are Sexy!

Chile Heads are Sexy!

So says Yasser A. Mahmmoud of the University of Aarhus in Denmark: In muscle cells the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA) couples the free energy of ATP hydrolysis to pump Ca2+ ions from the cytoplasm to the SR lumen. In addition, SERCA plays a key role in non-shivering thermogenesis through uncoupled reactions, where ATP hydrolysis takes place without active Ca2+ […]

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