I'd heard a bit about this but wasn't sure if it was going to be something like a "Jackass Guide To Finding Good Drugs In Liberia". Last night I saw CNN is running a special where they present some of the stories, so I figured it must be worth looking into and it was. I was only going to watch a couple of parts before I went to bed and ended up watching the whole thing.

I should warn you, it is extremely graphic and sad.

The Vice Guide To Liberia

Excellently done campaign announcement. You might have already seen this, but Sean is an Internet-style friend, so I feel it's my duty to help him get the word out to his fellow Kansans. I think he has some pretty good ideas.

I must admit, I feel a little sneaky giving someone in another state money to run as a representative for people I do not know. But then again, this is Kansas…you know, Kansas…and that's still a state in my country's union so I was compelled.

Poor Abe still can't catch a break. This shirt celebrating President Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address did not do so well in the former Confederate States of America.

I love the stats feature on Woot and I want one of these shirts.

Alec Baldwin (huh) on a newspaper in New Hampshire that ran a pretty foul piece of satire it has since removed from its website. It's reminiscent of Fox News' "1/2 Hour Comedy Hour" which was absolutely terrible. found on the rabbit blog

Apologies to The Daily Show for swiping the title of this post.

Matt Romney (Mitt's son) pranked his dad in a very funny way. I won't spoil the joke but it's pretty funny. thanks, omar.

Geez, Maaaa!!. McCain's 95-year-old mother points out how the Mormons were the reason behind the Salt Lake City Olympic Scandal.

I haven't cared much for the race we're about to be bothered to hell over, but I figured it was time I add a "politics" category on my site so I can start tracking all the fun.

My friend Mat took a trip home to Alabama and while there snapped a photo of this letter Jimmy Carter sent to his sister-in-law. Jimmy seems to have shot and killed her cat while trying to shoo it away from his bird feeders.

It made the rounds amongst the right-wing blogs with the expected responses, but I just saw it on Kottke so I figured I'd point some things out about it that were interesting to me.

Some facts you might not be aware: this is one way bird shot is used, in .22LR shells. It's not the most effective way to kill anything at a medium or long range. I've seen birds and squirrels hit by it and simply run to higher parts of the tree or fly off to another tree. The shot inside is extremely small and not having much mass it would likely bounce off your skin at a long range if it even managed to get that far.

When my dad and I hunted he'd keep the first cylinder in his .22 pistol loaded with birdshot for snakes. As you climb around hills with low brush you sometimes end up a little closer to rattlesnakes than you wish. Keeping something like that handy means you can stun or kill a snake that feels threatened.

But really, I don't want to defend what he did, it was stupid. The first rule of guns is never point it at something you don't intend on killing. Every 8 year-old kid getting his hunting license knows that.

What I wanted to say about this was Jimmy Carter, when confronted with his own stupid mistake wrote a letter(!) admitting such: "It may ease your grief somewhat to know that the cat was buried properly with a prayer & that I’ll be glad to get you another of your choice." and "I called & came by your house several times."

I think what he actually wrote says a lot more about him than one dumb mistake. He could have done any number of things to shirk responsibility but he admitted it and even allowed it to be displayed in a museum of his letters. I hope when I'm facing a situation like that I have even half that amount of decency as he did.