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Ashley Todd.jpgA McCain volunteer, Ashely Todd, reported to police that a 6'4' "black man" attacked her and carved a "B" for Barack in her face, because she is a McCain supporter.  The big "black man" (isn't it always a "black man" in these stories?) allegedly told her that he was going to make her a Barack Obama supporter.

Todd made up the story.  The tip off to police that she was lying?  The B on her face was backward, because she cut her own self while looking in the mirror. 

Who doesn't know that mirrors reflect letters backward? What a moron.

 

 

Thank goodness everybody is okay!  A man who said he was wearing a bomb took hostages at Hillary Clinton's campaign office in Rochester, NH.  The man has been arrested and all of the hostages are safe.

Clinton posted this statement on the homepage of her website:

I am very grateful that this difficult day has ended so well. All of my campaign staff and volunteers are safe. I want to thank them for their extraordinary courage and coolness under some very difficult pressures and dangerous situations. I also want to thank all of law enforcement. We were in touch from the moment this began with local, county, state, federal law enforcement. I am so grateful to them for their response which brought this hostage situation to such a good ending.

 

 

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 Mikhail Gorbachev and his pet Louie.

Former leader of the former Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, knows the power of a hot handbag.  He appeared in a recent advertisement for Louis Vuitton, seated next to a Louis Vuitton bag in a limo.

The ad has caused drama, because of a Russian magazine poking out of the open bag.  The headline of the magazine (when tranlated from Russian to English) says, "The Murder of Litvinenko: They Wanted to Give Up the Suspect for $7,000." 

Litvinenko is Alexander V. Litvinenko, the former KGB spy who died last Novermber after being poisoned with a radioactive material.  On his deathbed, Litvinenko said that President Vladimir V. Putin was behind his poisoning.  British officials later charged Andrei K. Lugovoi, an associate of Putin, with the crime. 

So the drama is all about whether the magazine was placed in the ad on purpose, and if so, what does it mean? Louis Vuitton, its ad agency Ogilvy & Mather, and a representative for Gorbachev all deny that the magazine placement was intentional or designed to send a message. 

Not everyone is buying their story though.  As one observer told the New York Times, "In an industry where sesame seeds are hand-placed on a hamburger bun by food technicians before a shot, one would reasonably assume that this was not something that happened by chance.  Ads like these get art-directed to the very millimeter and airbrushed so that the advertiser gets exactly what they want.”

Come on, Louis Vuitton. We may be polichicks, but we're not dumb broads.

 

CNN reports that former New York City Police Chief, Bernard Kerik, has been indicted by a federal grand jury.  Details of the charges against him are not expected to be available until the indictment is unsealed on Friday.

Prosecutors had been investigating Kerik for bribery and tax evasion. He admitted to misdemeanor charges of financial  impropriety one year ago.

President Bush nominated Kerik to head the Department of Homeland Security in 2004.  Kerik withdrew his name from consideration after allegations that he hired a nanny with questionable immigration status surfaced.

Kerik is a longtime friend and protege of Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  Frenemy Giuliani has called his previous support of Kerik "a mistake."

Randi Rhodes.jpgWe have some sad news, polichicks.  Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes was mugged Sunday in New York City while walking her dog Simon.  The assailants beat her up badly and knocked out several of her teeth. 

Randi was not wearing jewelry or carrying a purse at the time of the attack, so there is speculation that Randi was not mugged, but was the victim of a "hate crime" because of her liberal views.

We polichicks, red and blue, all wish Randi a full and speedy recovery.  Hang in there, girl!

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Academy Award winning actress and activist Emma Thompson is speaking out against sex trafficking by promoting the London exhibit "Journey in Trafalgar Square," which traces the life of an Eastern European sex worker.  Watch the video (about 2 min long) here.  It's appalling to hear what sex workers slaves go through.

In addition to her political activism, Emma Thompson is known for her roles in the films Howard's End, The Remains of the Day and Sense and Sensibility.

 

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Sen. Larry Craig has announced that he has no plans to resign, because he still has some very important work to finish in the senate.  He's probably redecorating the senate men's room right now.

Urbandictionary.com's word of the day:

Wide Stance October 1
A euphemism for a homosexual, especially one who is closeted.

This is coined from the transparent defense of Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho), to charges of disorderly conduct, stemming from his apparent solicitation of an undercover officer, underneath the partition of a restroom stall.

Prior to pleading guilty, Sen. Craig attempted to explain his behavior by claiming that his shoe touched the officer's underneath the partition because he had a "wide stance", when going to the bathroom.
 
Genevieve is really crushing hard on the varsity QB. Someone should tell her that the dude has a wide stance.
 
Read Urban Dictionary's other definistions of "wide stance" here.

From Politico's The Crypt:

Minnesota prosecutor responds to Larry Craig

Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) knew what he was doing when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from his arrest in a men's room sex sting, said the prosecuting attorney in papers filed Monday in Minnesota.

Craig's plea was "accurate, voluntary and intelligent," prosecutor Christopher Renz wrote in a motion opposing Craig's request to withdraw his guilty plea. "The real basis for the defendent's motion -- his displeasure with the outcome -- is not an appropriate basis for relief sought. The court should also deny the defendent's motion as untimely because it was sought only as a political reaction."

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Minnesota.

Check out the docs here and here.

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