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Smile – It’s Thanksgiving November 26, 2009

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A very Happy Thanksgiving from my house to your house. Nothing political today. Just some fun.  Everyone needs a break. Click here. And Here.


For those that like games – try to guess whose claws, paws, fingers and toes are whose (answers below the montage).

Claws, Paws, Fingers and Toes –
Left to right:
Row 1: Black bear foot, Lace Monitor hand(?), Capybara foot
Row 2: Puma feet, Monkey hands, Chimpanzee hand
Row 3: Tapir feet, Malaysian Flying Fox, Meerkat hands
Row 4: Cotton-top Tamarin feet, Baboon feet
Row 5: Eagle Talons, Elephant foot
Row 6: Saki MOnkey fot, Turtle Foot, Snow Monkey Hand and Foo


Here’s To Our Health September 10, 2009

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morningI am back, rested and refreshed.  (The photo above was taken this morning.  Oh what a beautiful morning). I have rebooted my entire system and am ready to take on the Repugnants.  Last night’s Presidential address to a joint session of Congress was all I needed to kick in my new outlook.  I thought Obama was…  well – Presidential. He found his summer silenced voice and explained his plan, which appears to be organic, and most likely stirred the Democratic base while at the same time alienated the Repugnant base (if they were watching).  Fox was the only major network that chose NOT to air the speech.  They went for ‘So you Think You Can Dance.’ South Carolina Congressman, Joe Wilson, in a wacky outburst, calling President Obama a ‘liar,’ stood in for all of the crazy ‘birthers’ and deathers’ that we have watched all summer at these town hall scream-a-thons. He later apologized for his outburst, but the damage was done.  When I heard him scream, something deep inside of me wanted him taken out to the public square and be drawn and quartered (Okay, I overreacted, a bit) Did you see Nancy Pelosi’s reaction?  I think she wanted to do to he same thing to him too.

Here is the outburst:

So what’s going to happen?  As I said way back in early summer, the Democrats will pass some major health care reform.  Will it be what we all imagine it to be?  No.  But it will be a start.  Will there be any Repugnant support?  Highly doubtful.  But there will be a handful of Repugnants who will step up to the plate and do the right thing. There is lots to be done as the NY Times states today in it’s editorial.

–  Gail Collins joins in on the subject.

–  Click on this link and you can actually see a photo of Congressman Joe Wilson.  He is the one pointing his finger.

–  Crooks and Liars has a link to the guy who is challenging Joe Wilson for his Congressional seat.  Check it out if you wold like to donate to his opponent’s campaign.  (Ya gotta love democracy, right?)

–  If you missed the full speech last night, click on this link for the text and the video.

–  If you feel the need to contact Congressman Joe Wilson to express your thoughts, here is his contact information.

Address in DC:
The Honorable Joe Wilson
United States House of Representatives
212 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4002

DC Phone: 202-225-2452
DC Fax:    202-225-2455

Email Address:    http://www.house.gov/formwilson/IMA/issue.htm

District Offices:
903 Port Republic Street
Beaufort, SC 29902
Voice: 843-521-2530
FAX: 843-521-2535

1700 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 1
West Columbia, SC 29169
Voice: 803-939-0041
FAX: 803-939-0078

–  Meanwhile, down the street, the Supremes are about to knock holes in our already wobbly campaign financing system. Aurgh.

–  A salute to our two year old walrus, Akituusaq, (check out my photos here)  who lived at the New York Aquarium and died this week.  The walrus died due to complications from pneumonia. During the past few days, Akituusaq had been under special care by Wildlife Conservation Society veterinarians and received round-the-clock attention. Working tirelessly, WCS staff closely monitored his status and provided dedicated medical care’. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved walrus Akituusaq and are proud of the exemplary care that our entire staff provided during this critical time,” said Jon Forrest Dohlin, New York Aquarium Director. “We know Brooklyn was proud of Akituusaq and many loved him. This is a loss to the whole community.”

Akituusaq was the first Pacific walrus baby born in the Aquarium’s 113 year history. This past spring he celebrated his second birthday.  He was born June 12, 2007. Walrus births in aquariums are very rare with only 5 surviving to one year of age.

I took this video in September of 2007.

Hate is Not New and Other Sunday Items June 14, 2009

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upclosetitleThe rage that is headlining across the land is finally getting the media’s attention.  It is hard for the media to ignore the murders of abortion doctors and the latest nightmare at the Holocaust Museum in DC. Raise your hand if you think the loners and groups of gun wielding, right-wing, haters of anything that is not a mirror image of themselves is new?  Frank Rich attacks the issue of the enablers who are stirring the pot and giving these lunatics talking points in today’s column called The Obama Haters’ Silent Enablers.

I have been a long time supporter of the Southern Poverty Law Center . From its website ‘ The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.’ On their website they have a link to a frightening Hate Map. You can select a state and another map will come up showing you exactly where these groups are located and where their hate is directed. If you follow your local politics, you will not be surprised. Bob Herbert discusses The Way We Are (and it is not pretty).

Watch Keith Olbermann talk to Eugene Robinson about the Right, their thought process and the ever growing threats to all of us.

–  Some stories seem to be re-runs don’t they?  Patrick Kennedy is back in rehab.  Sarah Palin is back in the news with a tirade against David Letterman. Riots in Iran, again.  North Korea continues to be rogue with their imprisonment of those two reporters. Poppy Bush jumps from an airplane (again). I was hoping the change we voted for would silence all of these nut jobs. Sigh.

–  Ever wonder who gets those Ambassador appointments?  We usually never hear about them unless they are controversial.  Here is a list of some of the appointments thus far by the Obama Administration.  Interesting stuff here. I would have wanted the post to Belize but sadly it is already filled. Shucks.

–  Al Franken Watch: Norm Coleman must pay $94,783 to future-Senator Al Franken to cover court costs. This decision was handed down last week. Still to be decided: whether Coleman must pay Franken’s attorneys’ fees and the outcome of who gets to be Senator.  I have a feeling that we will find out this Thursday about Al’s future. Stay tuned.

–  John Yoo, the former Bush administration wacko lawyer connected to the torture program put in place by the Bush Administration, has been ordered to testify in court about accusations that his work led to the torture of a detainee.

–  The City was treated to two fabulous openings this week. The Snow Leopard habitat at the Central Park Zoo and the High Line. The High Line  is located in the old meatpacking District on the West side of Manhattan and has opened the first of the proposed three parts to the public.  It is an urban oasis unlike anything else. I went to visit early Saturday morning with my good buddy who is an amazing horticulturist. We were both dazzled by the design and incredible vistas as the High Line as it winds its way through the old streets, combining state of the art architecture, yet keeping the integrity of the old railway line.  He was a little critical of the plantings (I liked everything) but we both loved the visit and will be back for more. You can check out the official website of the High Line for its history, videos and more images. Here are my photos from yesterday.


Charm, Contrasts, Fly Overs and Mothers May 10, 2009

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afiphotoYes, the fly over NYC was incredibly stupid. I heard the airplane that day and cringed.  I then waited for the sounds of sirens.  Not as many sirens started so I figured that it was a big nothing.  It was only later in the day that I heard about the moronic decision to have a photo op and scare the heck out of thousands of NYC residents as these planes flew very low over the Big Apple. Louis Caldera (who previously served as President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of the Army), Director of the White House Military office, has stepped down from his job following outrage over the flyover of Ground Zero in late April. If this were the Bush years he would have probably gotten the Medal of Freedom.

–  If you want to see the speech President Obama gave last night at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner check out his charm, wit and delivery here.  It is a full 17 minutes of good fun. “I believe my next hundred days will be so successful that I will be able to complete them in 72 days,” he said to a roar of laughter. “And on my 73rd day, I will rest.”

–  Here is a fun contrast. Yesterday marked RNC Chairman Michael Steele‘s 100th day in office. ThinkProgress’s Victor Zapanta has put together a video of the highlights at his first hundred days. Quite a contrast.

–  There have been some terrific columns in the New York Times lately.  Check out this one by Gail Collins on The Care and Feeding of Arlen. She addresses loyalty and self indulgence like no one else can.

–  The frightening idea of the death of newspapers is headline news, as it should be. Frank Rich writes about The American Press on Suicide Watch.  “IF you wanted to pick the moment when the American news business went on suicide watch, it was almost exactly three years ago. That’s when Stephen Colbert, appearing at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, delivered a monologue accusing his hosts of being stenographers who had, in essence, let the Bush White House get away with murder (or at least the war in Iraq).”

–  Am I going to see Star Trek?  You bet I am.  My buddy who is also a huge fan and I will be going to another galaxy tomorrow to enjoy the fun. Maureen Dowd writes today about newspapers and Barack Spock Obama. “I know Barack Spock likes newspapers. An aide told me during the campaign that Mr. Obama would get cranky if he didn’t have some time set aside during the day to read The New York Times.”

–  The Sacramento Zoo was the second zoo we visited on our recent eight facility zoo/aquarium world wind California road trip. It turns out that one of our young female Snow Leopards, Molly, who will be introduced to New York on June 11th at the Central Park Zoo, was born at the Sacramento Zoo.  Her mother is featured in today’s montage.

–  A very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers, caregivers, nurturers, pamperers, surrogates and generally loving coddlers out there.


–  The Sacramento Zoo’s senior female chimpanzee is not pleased with the newest member of the troop.  Check out her very vocal displeasure in this 30 second clip.

It’s About Time March 8, 2009

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dst-mapDid you remember to turn your clocks ahead an hour last night? I like daylight savings time. I like the longer days and light filled evenings. Another good thing about DST is that now when I call my friend in St. Croix we are back on the same clock and I do not have to remember what time it is in her house. Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa do not turn their clocks. Hawaii and Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) do not change their clocks either. Hey, what’s with Arizona?  Marc Fisher, a blogger for the Washington Post, proposed the idea of double daylight savings time. He is suggesting not only that we observe DST but we push the clock two hours ahead and enjoy glorious light filled evenings. My favorite line of his was ‘President Warren G. Harding didn’t like daylight saving time. If people want more daylight, he said, they should just wake up earlier”.  Here is a site that will tell you who observes daylight savings time (and when) around the world.

–  Remember all the way back to the summer of 2001 when George W. Bush went for a month long vacation on his ranch to ponder the decision on cell stem research? Oh yeah – that was also the month he ignored that briefing entitled ‘Bin Laden determined to strike in US.’ What the f**k was he doing all that summer? Maybe he was working on becoming a dictator. Well, file this under one of the good things about turning back time. After the 8 years of Republican rule that obstructed and oppressed scientific research in the name of religious fanaticism, President Obama will start paying attention to scientific progress again – he is reversing this cave age policy on stem cell research.

–  Can AIG turn back the clock by changing their image? Blech. Rachel Maddow takes on AIG for their latest waste of our tax payer dollars. Hiring P.R. firms to try to shore up their image with the people who bailed them out. Put some more lipstick on that pig AIG and everyone will feel better about you helping to tank the entire world’s economy.

–  In an ‘its about time’ mode: There is a rumor afloat that the Obama adminstration is giving Howard Dean some consideration for the post of Surgeon General. I called out his name in this space last month. Now that Sanjay Gupta has withdrawn, maybe Howard Dean will get a chance. He deserves something BIG. Go Howard.

–  Here are some of last weeks timely late night jokes. Some of them are really funny.

Doing more time. Poor former Democratic Alabama governor Don Siegelman, who was raked over the coals by Rove and company lost his appeal and will be heading back to prison. I hate Karl Rove.

Bill Maher has some new rules. Stay tuned until the end.

Time is running out for newspapers. With newspapers going under everyday they are getting more and more desperate. I too worry about them. We are in big trouble as a society if newspapers go away. Who will do the investigating of the all pervasive corrupted corporations, politician, etc? Bloggers are good – but newspapers are better. There was a good article in Friday’s NY Times about ‘Fair Use.‘   Since I do try to stick with the ‘fair use’ rules in this space, here is a paragraph on the issue of Fair Use from demconwatch.com ‘The basic question is what can news outlets and blogs disseminate of information that is not independently created? The issue of copyright. There were issues last year when AP was very concerned about people using their material without paying them for it. IN GENERAL Fair Use means that you can use facts from someone else’s work, with attribution, but you cannot wholesale “steal” their work. So if you want to cite poll numbers, by saying, for example, “Pollster A (link to their site) says that Candidate X is polling at B%, and Candidate Y is polling at c%” that’s fine. If you expropriate their analysis, that would be over the line’.

–  If you want to see a really cute joey tree kangaroo, a sea lion pup named Katie and some other fabulous faces,  check out my photos from the Bronx Zoo.

–  If I could turn back time…

Super Sunday February 1, 2009

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rootitleYes it is Super Bowl Sunday. I am not a big sports fan. More to the point, I really do not watch any sports. I am one of those people who can tell you who won the Super Bowl the day after, but not much more. For those that enjoy this hoopla – have a terrific day. For the rest of us, there are lots of things to do other than eat chicken wings. That photo above is of a Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo and Joey I saw yesterday at the Bronx Zoo. If you want to see more photos of this adorable Joey check it out here.

–  More shame and blame is being shouted from the rooftops. Raise your hand if you think that the bankers and pillagers of Wall Street are going to change their ways? Mea culpa, says Chase’s head honcho, Jamie Dimon. “I take full blame for all the American banks and all the things they did,” Dimon said during a panel on leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Thursday.

–  Frank Rich discusses the GOP gone AWOL. Amber alert, anyone? The problem is not that House Republicans gave the stimulus bill zero votes last week. That’s transitory political symbolism, and it had no effect on the outcome. Some of the naysayers will vote for the revised final bill anyway (and claim, Kerry-style, that they were against it before they were for it). The more disturbing problem is that the party has zero leaders and zero ideas. It is as AWOL in this disaster as the Bush administration was during Katrina.

–  Here is a much kept secret. So, you know about the Treasury’s $700 billion bailout plan. But you probably don’t know that the Federal Reserve has lent out about $2 trillion since September. Few do. And that is what’s irritating bulldog Congressman Alan Grayson. Will he be able to shed a light on the Fed’s secret spending?

–  Hats off? The Smithsonian is requesting the now-iconic hat that Aretha Franklin wore while singing at the swearing-in. Aretha, however, is still undecided about parting with her Luke Song-designed hat. “I am considering it. It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history,” says the Queen of Soul.

–  Maureen Dowd chimes in again on those fat cats.

–  Senator Claire McCaskill tells it like it is – and she is one of the mouthpieces for the Obama administration. TARP funds are being used for bonuses, buying jets and otherwise pissing in our Kool-Aid. This is not a joke, American’s are footing the bill to allow these elites to continue their lifestyles after the elites claimed the sky would fall if we didn’t fork over the keys to Fort Knox.

–  The title of this article sure caught my eye. The 15 Most Loathsome People of 2008, includes many people who you would not have at your dinner table, like Michele Bachmann, Bernie Madoff,  Mark Penn, Dina Lohan and more. Check it out.

–  File this under Gasp! Let Them Serve Cake: Rudy Guiliani Defends His Economic Plan of Supporting Huge Bonuses to the Few to Feed the Many

–  If you missed Stephen Colbert‘s the Audacity of Nope, check it our here.

– The Huffington Post has a cool slideshow depicting where the kids who used to live in the White House are now.

– Here are some more of the week’s best jokes from Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien.

– If you missed the HBO Inauguration Concert, check out Bruce Springsteen singing ‘The Rising’.

–  This is what happened on Friday, January 30th from Talking Points Memo:

–  Have a look at the various animal babies born in 2008 at London and Whipsnade Zoos!

Sunday Slush January 11, 2009

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snowlionsThe excitement is in the air. The eight day countdown (no, not Keith’s Countdown) is in full mode. Even the Backwards Bush website has started a new shopping website. The News of The World reported that Harry, third in line to the British throne, used offensive terms to refer to people from Pakistan and people of Arab descent. Who doesn’t miss all of the Royal idiocy? Now that our idiot is leaving town perhaps we will get more Royal shenanigans coming our way. Frank Rich write about our eight years of Madoffs in today’s paper and our NYC snow storm was all hype – now it is just ice and Sunday slush. Bummer. Tonight the Golden Globe Awards are presented on TV. It is already a fun night.  A star indicating that Ann Hathaway had won a Golden Globe was found next to her name under the category Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, on the award show’s Web site on Thursday, but the actress told Access Hollywood that it’s probably just technical difficulties.

–  It is about time someone gave Howard Dean some of the credit that is his due.

–  Enjoy the Jokes of the Week.

–  Here is Dave Letterman’s Dick Cheney ‘Lie Count’:

–  File this under idiot of the week: A waiter at a Jewish wedding who is considering converting to Islam interrupted the celebration’s final prayers with recorded Arabic chants of “God is great,” sparking fear among the 700 guests of a terrorist attack, Nassau County police said Friday in announcing his arrest. Oh, did I mention that the kid’s name is Stephen Buttafuoco.

–  Talking Points Memo has a neat thing. The Day in 100 Seconds.

–  Looking for cute primate photos today? Check out my recent visit to the Bronx Zoo.

–  Gasp! The water skiing squirrel

Blog on Blagojevich December 10, 2008

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orangeflash1What the f**k? Chicago, Chicago – a heck of a town. Watching U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald explain the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was similar to watching an episode of Law & Order, The Sopranos or any other familiar TV show you know. How these brazen politicians think they can get away with this stuff in the day of wiretaps, videotape and 24 hour snooping I just do not know. Blagojevich was arrested on Tuesday on charges he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder in what a federal prosecutor called a “corruption crime spree.” U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald told a news conference prosecutors make “no allegations” Obama was aware of any alleged scheming. Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in the sale of Wrigley Field, according to a federal criminal complaint. In return for state assistance, Blagojevich allegedly wanted members of the paper’s editorial board who had been critical of him fired. “We were in the middle of a corruption crime spree and we wanted to stop it,” Fitzgerald said Tuesday, calling the corruption charges against Blagojevich “a truly new low.”

–  It’s time to play Name That Goon! Rod Blagojevich vs. Tony Soprano. I would like to take credit for this funny piece but Benjamin Sarlin wrote it ( I would like to think that I was clever enough to write it.).

Hands on buzzers: One’s a trash-talking thug trying to stay one step ahead of the law. The other was played by James Gandolfini. Can you identify the speaker of the ten quotes below?

1. “Unless I get something real good…shit, I’ll just send myself, you know what I’m saying.”

2. “What the fuck am I, a toxic person or something?”

3. “Log off, that “cookies” shit makes me nervous!”

4. “They’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. Fuck them.”

5. “You got no fuckin’ idea what it’s like to be number one. Every decision you make affects every facet of every other fucking thing.”

6. “I’ve got this thing and it’s fucking golden, and I’m just not giving it up for fuckin’ nothing. I’m not gonna do it. And I can always use it. I can parachute me there.”

7. “That motherfucker’s full of shit. He’s shaking me down.”

8. “Our recommendation is fire all those fucking people, get ’em the fuck out of there…”

9. “I could have made a larger announcement but wanted to see how they perform by the end of the year. If they don’t perform, fuck ’em.”

10. “Jesus Christ! The money I’ve been dropping in here, I could’ve bought a fuckin’ Ferrari.”

Tony Soprano: 2, 3, 5, 7, 10
Governor Blagojevich: 1, 4, 6, 8, 9

–  Here’s Rachel on the same subject – with a bit of humor thrown in the mix:

–  Rewriting history right before our eyes. I did not think it would be possible to hate Bush more than I did before the election but it turns out I can and do. His gall, disconnect and amazing ability to shun reality in the face shocks more with each passing day. Keith deals with all this in his own unique way because he has the platform and can say it for all of us:

–  It’s holiday time at the Central Park Zoo. For the next two weekends you can see our polar bears, red panda and snow monkeys get edible gifts for the holidays. I saw this fun activity last Saturday and got to see adorable little Zeppy, our snow monkey youngster, attack the little tree in order to get those delicious oranges, apples and Cheerios. Photos to Enjoy.

Sunday Wrap Up December 7, 2008

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r7oarThe Minnesota Senate race is ongoing. The recount is finished but the challenges drag on. Once again, the courts might be the final decision in this battle. Norm Coleman is up in the count but Al Franken is up in the challenges and also up in the count Huh? Stay tuned. Here is what my guy, Nate Silver has to say on the topic.

–  In a karmic smile we salute Eric Shinseki, who tomorrow will be named Obama’s nominee for Veterans Affairs Secretary. Shinseki was fired by the Bush thugs for his stance on the Iraq War.

–  According to Frank Rich, The Brightest are not always the Best. Another great piece by the master.

– For a moment of lightness. Check out the late night jokes of the week.

– A word about Sunny von Bulow. As you know, she died in a Manhattan nursing home yesterday after 28 years in a coma. A multimillionaire born to parents who had a shoe fortune and ran an electric company respectively, the events leading up to her coma triggered charges against her second husband for attempted murder and would create the setting for trials that were media spectacles in the ’80s when Claus von Bulow was convicted and but later acquitted in a retrial for poisoning his wife. Those trials along with the battle among her stepchildren over Mrs. von Bulow’s riches would inspire the movie Reversal of Fortune starring Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close. Mrs. von Bulow attended the Chapin School in Manhattan many years ago and is survived by three daughters, a son and five grandchildren. May she finally rest in peace.

–  Let’s hope that we can now close the book on this piece of human crap:

–  A winter visit to the Bronx Zoo is always filled with surprises. I spent much of my time watching the adorable six month old sea lion pup, Katy. I had so many photos it cried out for two montages and a new video. Enjoy!

–  Smile for the day. Watch my Katy the sea lion pup play with a leaf:

Over and Under the Radar October 5, 2008

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Yes, there is other news, Virginia. Other stuff is happening under the Sarah Palin all news, all the time radar. I thought it would be a good idea to talk about some of those things this morning along with more McTesty/Palin stuff.

–  We are witnessing ‘pulpit freedom Sunday’ across this separation of church and state land of ours. 33 ministers have decided to defy federal law and endorse a candidate (guess who would appeal to conservative Christians?). They are going to send copies of their sermons to the IRS in order to force the ‘tax exempt status before the Supreme Court. In 1954, an amendment to the tax code was added saying that charitable organizations known as 501(c)(3)’s, which accept tax-deductible contributions, cannot intervene in political campaigns. The legislation was intended to prevent nonprofit organizations from funneling money and resources to political candidates.

– Finally, the AG Michael Mukasey has hired a Special Prosecutor to investigate the firing of the nine US Attorneys (especially, New Mexico’s David Iglesias). Will former hack Alberto Gonzales get his due? Stay tuned.

–  Queen Latifah played Gwen Ifill on last night’s Saturday Night Live parody of the Biden/Palin debate. Since NBC will take down all of the youtube links I am attaching the NBC link itself.

– Raise your hand if you are gosh darned tired of hearing the word ‘maverick?’ (wink wink). Terrellita Maverick, 82, a San Antonio descendent of the original progressive family named Maverick is pissed at her family’s name being used so loosely.

–  Frank Rich writes this week about Sarah Palin vs Barack Obama called Pitbull Palin Mauls McCain

– Put your money where your mouth is please. I have decided to send money to the campaigns of Minnesota’s Al Franken and former Governor Jean Shaheen of New Hampshire. I think these two democrats have a very good shot at gaining two seats for the Blue team. Check out other close races at fivethirtyeight and make a contribution please.

– Here is Rachel Maddow’s critique and analysis on the Palin side of the debate:

– Check out my photos from last week’s visit to California and the Oakland Zoo and San Francisco Zoos.

–  In the always leave ’em howling mode: