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Morning News – Sotomayor Vote

Sonia Sotomayor

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13 to 6 in favor of putting Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court. Since only one Republican, Senator Lindsey O. Graham of South Carolina, voted for her, pundits are saying that “Partisanship Still Alive and Well.” And this is a surprise because…? Maybe the folks who write headlines like that are also the people who are texting while driving and then express surprise when they get into an accident. Here’s some video of the vote.

Is it just me, or did Al Franken speak more loudly than the rest of his colleagues? Must be that acting background. It also appears that some Senators were too busy to vote in person, so they voted “no by proxy.” One of these was Texas Senator John Cornyn, prompting this from a commenter on Chron.com: “What a WIMP!!!! He wasn’t even man enough to show up and vote NO in person….” Hee hee.

Tops on the list of People You Don’t Want To Be This Week is Dr. Conrad Murray. Who is that? He’s the doctor who was with Michael Jackson when he died. Police took his hard drive and a bunch of other stuff, according to People Magazine. Michael Jackson has been dead for about a month. Think about that for a moment.

The New York Times says that sports tournaments for girls make more money than boy-oriented tournaments. Interesting. (This does not translate to professional sports; see the WNBA for an example.) This statement by Don Schumacher, executive director of the National Association of Sports Commissions, is sort of funny: “There are far more people who will travel with 12-year-old girls than even 12-year-old boys. And vastly more people will travel with 12-year-old girls than 18-year-old boys.” Is he talking about sporting events, or just travel in general?

Apparently Silverton, Oregon has a transgender mayor, Stu Rasmussen. Here’s a video of Mayor Stu walking through town in heels and a dress.

So what’s the problem? His ensemble doesn’t appear to clash (although, as I’ve pointed out before, I’m no fashion plate — I liked Lady GaGa’s Muppet Dress). According to DListed.com, Mayor Stu is “facing criticism by a bunch of jealous bitches who just don’t understand Stu’s version of glamour.” A group called Silverton Together objected to Mayor Stu speaking to “a group of students while wearing a bathing suit top, mini skirt and f**k-me heels,” according to DListed. The Mayor says he was wearing the dress because it was hot. Perhaps he chafes. I’m guessing that the Silverton Together folks aren’t fans of Stu no matter what he wears. Just a guess.

Consumer confidence is down. As the comedian Jimmy Kimmel once said, “People don’t lack confidence. They lack money.”

And now I will rip off The Daily Show and give you a Moment of Zen. This is William Shatner reading Sarah Palin’s farewell speech on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

I have to admit, I hadn’t seen that much of the speech and it’s weirder than I thought. Conan says that it’s a poem, hence the reading by The Shat. You know what? It doesn’t make any more sense when he says it. But it’s funnier.

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