Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sexism vs Racism in Pennsylvania Primary Voting

My wife has long held that her interest in the 2008 Democratic Primary is based on learning whether America can better tolerate a woman, or a black man. In racist Pennsylvania, the result was a foregone conclusion - racism was going to trump sexism for Pennsylvania voters. And the results confirmed the predictions:

Clinton: 55%

Obama: 45%

The New York Times noted this as well.

WVU Awards MBA to Aunt Penny

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the awarding of an unearned MBA to Mylan Inc. executive Heather Bresch, daughter of West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, West Virginia University disclosed that it had also awarded an MBA to Kenny Ross Auto spokeswoman Aunt Penny.

"Aunt Penny's practical experience as an automotive spokeswoman trumps the fact that she never cracked a book or even torched a sofa here at WVU," said WVU President Michael Garrison. "Ain't no way we're gonna rescind Aunt Penny's degree," said Provost Gerald Lang and business school Dean R. Stephen Sears.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hillary Tells Indiana She's Ready for Last Crusade

Hillary Clinton took her campaign for the Holy Grail
of the Democratic nomination to Indiana today.

DNA Day Celebrated by Pittsburgh Area Middle Schoolers

National DNA Day will take place Friday, April 25, 2008. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, One of America's Great Newspapers, reported today that more than 120 middle schoolers got an early start on the celebration by having a DNA Day at Dorseyville Middle School in the Fox Chapel School District, thanks to the University of Pittsburgh and a couple of major federal grants.

At right we see Donald DeRosa teaching a class on gel electrophoresis, a technique used to separate DNA fragments by size as they migrate through a gel matrix
to which an electric field has been applied. The editorial department at Scott's Spot wonders what the Post-Gazette was thinking when it selected the photograph at right.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

John McCain - Too Old to be President?

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, One of America's Great Newspapers, is currently running a poll asking whether John "Geezer" McCain is too old to be president.

"This one guy running is about as old as me," said Rep. John Murtha, 75, drawing laughter and applause. "Let me tell you something, it's no old man's job."

Pope Spies Ziggurat at White House, Attempts to Blow It Down

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

With This Ring, I Thee Wed...

...and when I put it on I bled.

Thanks to the Across-the-board blog for this one.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Assault With a Deadly Hedgehog

When you're going to assault someone, sooner or later you're going to have to face the age-old question: What weapon shall I use? You have to weigh the following factors:
  • How badly do I want to damage my victim?
  • Low or high-tech?
  • Can I get it in time?

A New Zealand man,
William Singalargh, somehow used these criteria to arrive at his weapon of choice - a hedgehog, according to an article published in the New Zealand Herald.

Singalargh, 27, reportedly picked up the hedgehog and threw it at a 15-year-old boy in the North Island east coast town of Whakatane on February 9.

"It hit the victim in the leg, causing a large, red welt and several puncture marks. He was arrested shortly afterward for assault with a weapon, namely the hedgehog," Senior Sgt. Bruce Jenkins said.

If convicted, Singalargh faces up to five years in prison. No telling what penalties he'd be facing had a kiwi been the only available weapon.