Tweet Follow me COLUMBIA, S.C. — It was a staggering sight. Upwards of 29,000 people at a political rally. And the Democratic primary in South Carolina is not until Jan. 26. The Double O Express — Oprah for Obama — drew what is easily the biggest crowd at a campaign event, for any candidate, so far this season. It may have helped that the day was unseasonably warm, above 70 degrees, and gorgeously sunny. But this size crowd is rare even for a general election in the fall. (JFK drew about 35,000 for a Labor...

Tweet Follow me This is an interesting presentation of how some “netroots” don’t support Barack Obama, but also a window into why some have changed to now back Barack Obama. I do agree with Senator Obama that it’s easy to predict what the Daily Kos writers are goiing to bring to a discussion; all too predictable. The blogosphere’s problem with Barack Obama by PsiFighter37 [Subscribe] Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 11:06:28 AM PST In the past couple of days, there have been some particularly incendiary...

Tweet Follow me U.S. Senator John McCain, a person I admire very much even though I don’t back him for president, has come out with a new campaign ad with Red Sox pitcher Curt Shilling stating that McCain has “a backbone of steel” — but will the 30 second spot translate to votes? I think the basic error is really in that not a lot of people who vote know who Curt Shilling is without a proper annoucement; that wasn’t in the video. Stay tuned. ...

Tweet Follow me Yesterday, Oprah Winfrey came out of her entertainment world to back Senator Barack Obama for President. It’s a development that sent shockwaves through the country, and also tilted the election more in Obama’s favor. But it’s also brought out an element of racism that must be adressed and slapped down. Those people would would see two African Americans of prominent nature together and think that in this case, Oprah’s backing Barack just because he’s Black. Well,...

Tweet Follow me I think this is going to help Barack Obama go over the top more than many realize. It’s great in that it gives more people a reason to go out and see Barack Obama — more than for a normal speech by far. Just that exposure alone is remarkable. ...

Tweet Follow me I don’t know what’s wrong with Marvin Harrison’s knee, but it’s good in a way, because Gonzalez can get more reps. Thus, when Harrison does return, the Colts will have the best set of receivers — Harrison, Wayne, Clark, and Gonsalez — in the NFL. INDIANAPOLIS (ESPN) — Having averaged 78.5 catches, 1,103.3 yards and 8.3 touchdowns in the past four seasons as a starter, wide receiver Reggie Wayne wasn’t quite sure how much more he could do to further...

Tweet Follow me According to this blog post, President Bush determines what is constitutional: Sen. Whitehouse Reveals Secret DoJ Legal Memos: Bush Determines What Is ConstitutionalThis morning, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) delivered an impassioned floor speech to help frame the debate over FISA reform. Using his privilege as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Whitehouse said he has “spent hours poring over” secret opinions issued by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC)...

Tweet Follow me If you remember the “Dick Tracy” live action movie of the 80s, then you’ll appreciate the trailer you’re about to see presenting the movie “Speed Racer”, starring John Goodman and Emile Hirsch. it is an attempt to blend live action with a kind of simple, four colors, cartoon cinematography, much as “Dick Tracy” did when it was made. I’m not sure if this is going to translate into a winning formula at the box office, because I think many people...

Tweet Follow me The comments and suggestions Huckabee conjures up are appalling. By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Mike Huckabee once advocated isolating AIDS patients from the general public, opposed increased federal funding in the search for a cure and said homosexuality could “pose a dangerous public health risk.” As a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in 1992, Huckabee answered 229 questions submitted to him by The Associated Press. Besides a quarantine, Huckabee...

Tweet Follow me While Newark may be dangerous, comprehensive safety measures are in place. Hockey Analyst Visits ‘The Rock,’ Does 180 On Area NEWARK (CBS) ― He said on national television that walking around in Newark was a extremely dangerous thing to do. But he had never even been there. On Friday night, the popular ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose decided to see the city first hand. And he got an earful. At the Arena Bar, hockey fans and the city’s self proclaimed welcoming committee taunted...

Tweet Follow me The numerous fines are unjust and uncalled for. National Football League Four Baltimore Ravens players have been fined for violating league rules prohibiting the abuse of game officials, the NFL announced Friday. Bart Scott was fined $25,000 for verbally abusing game officials and throwing an official’s flag into the stands during last Monday night’s Baltimore-New England game. Samari Rolle, Chris McAlister, and Derrick Mason were fined $15,000 each for publicly questioning the integrity of the...

Tweet Follow me Barack Obama seems to be peaking right at the time an eventual front-runner in Presidential races does. From LJ World.com Topeka — U.S. Sen. Barack Obama won the Kansas Democratic Party email straw poll, party officials announced today. Obama tallied 692 votes out of 1,904 votes cast for 36.3 percent. The poll was held this week and ended last night. Second place went to U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton with 504 votes, or 26.5 percent. Former senator John Edwards had 355 votes or 18.6 percent. After...

Tweet Follow me Going public and getting picked up by The Wash Post hurts Clinton’s campaign, for sure. Garry Thomas counted himself a Hillary Clinton supporter — even signing up to be one of her 25 co-chairs in Iowa alongside with former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack. But Thomas now says he felt obliged to switch sides in recent weeks. “I think the Clinton campaign went negative,” Thomas said in a telephone interview on Thursday. He attributed his defection to the new tone Clinton took...

Tweet Follow me This is too funny! Turns out Santa himself is naughty and nice. An artificial-intelligence Santa bot operated by Microsoft to talk to children wavered off topic saying: “It’s fun to talk about oral sex, but I want to chat about something else….” Microsoft Tuesday confirmed the bot’s potty mouth and snipped Santa’s Web connection. Read the rest, here. ...

Tweet Follow me This is a music video shot impromptu at a place called The Stork Club on 2330 Telegraph Ave. I just happened to have my camera and they were cool with it. Here’s the result! ...

Tweet Follow me This is simply one of the most “spot-on” monologues I’ve ever seen MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann do. He gets after CNN’s Lou Dobbs for Dobbs’ really terrible and just plain racist rants about immigration. Check this out: ...

Tweet Follow me Yep. That’s right! According to Derober, A Santa Monica-based Buffalo Club waiter who had a “tough month” got a nice gift from Donald Trump, a $10,000 tip! ...

Tweet Follow me Wow. Apparently ex-teacher Debra Lafave was arrested for violating a probation edict that she was not to talk to minors because she was talking to a 17-year-old girl. Now in Lafave’s defense, she probably believed the block applied to teenage boys, not girls, and so didn’t do anything wrong. Personally, I hope the judge elects to avoid punishing Lafave this time around. Someone may have set her up to do this just for malicious reasons. According to the account below, they work...

Tweet Follow me ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — In a troubling reversal, the nation’s teen birth rate rose for the first time in 15 years, surprising government health officials and reviving the bitter debate about abstinence-only sex education. The birth rate had been dropping since its peak in 1991, although the decline had slowed in recent years. On Wednesday, government statisticians said it rose 3 percent from 2005 to 2006. The reason for the increase is not clear, and federal health officials said it might...

Tweet Follow me Gary Hart of Jones County, Iowa was the person responsible for outing the sender of the “Obama is Muslim” smear e-mails that people have been complaining about. TRM reports: Guy Who Received Obama Muslim Smear Email From Hillary County Chair Speaks By Greg Sargent – December 5, 2007, 2:32PMChristopher Hayes of The Nation has identified the guy who received the Obama “madrassa” smear email from a Hillary-supporting county chair in Iowa: He’s Gary Hart of Jones...