Evening links

It was another hectic day at the office, and there’s a lot to catch up on.  The following is a list of links to what the blogosphere is talking about today:

—- The big headline currently at the top of the Memeorandum page reads, “Troops Deployed Abroad Give 6:1 To Obama.”  I found that to be a head-scratcher, to say the least, until I read Jay Tea’s post giving the percentage of US troops this represents:

Percentage of US troops deployed overseas donating at least $200 to presidential campaigns this year: 0.079%. Or, in simpler terms, less than one in ten thousand. Or, roughly, one in 12,500.

Hear that sound? It’s the sound of the big balloon the left’s been floating around about this story today, popping.

—– Obama apologist Andrew Sullivan sets up a military defense spending boogeyman, and Heritage knocks it down.  Awesome.

—– David Flumenbaum at The Huffington Post reveals strong evidence about what anyone who watched the women’s gymnastics competition at the Olympics already knows: the Chinese team broke the rules by allowing underage girls to participate.  You’re supposed to be 16 the year of the Olympics in order to be able to compete.  About half the Chinese team looked at least 12 or less.

—– The Politico reports that Team Obama is snubbing Rep. Charlie Rangel, a Clinton supporter, by denying him a speaking role at the convention, even though Rangel “played a crucial part in prodding Clinton to abandon her presidential bid in June.”  Meanwhile, according to the NYT Caucus blog, Hillary Clinton’s name will be placed into the roll call during the DNC:

For Democrats inside the convention center in Denver, as well as the television audience at home, it could create some interesting moments. After the state-by-state roll is tallied, Mrs. Clinton is expected to turn over her cache of delegates to Senator Barack Obama.

Can’t wait to see it ;)  Marc Ambinder has more.

—– A judge today decided that the embattled, lawbreaking mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick will be allowed to attend the Democrat National Convention.  The Obama campaign has made it clear they don’t want him there.  It’s easy to understand why, especially once you take a look at his rap sheet.

—– Is Obama leaning towards selecting Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) as his veep pick?

—– Speaking of Obama VP possibilities, the Nutroots are loudly pushing for Indiana Senator Evan Bayh to be taken off the “short list” because supposedly he’s a … “neocon.”

—– To make things more intriguing, CNN’s Political Ticker notes that both Bayh and Biden have prime-time speaking slots the night Obama’s VP pick will make his (or her?) speech (the 27th).  NM Gov. Bill Richardson, also mentioned as a contender for the veep position, is slated to speak that night as well.  Hmmm.

—– Another reason it’s wise not to govern by the polls: 47% Favor Government Mandated Political Balance on Radio, TV.

—– Regarding the Georgia/Russia conflict, here are some of the top headlines:

—– Julia Child? A spy?

—– Last but not least, Jules Crittenden’s better half has a new book out that looks pretty interesting.  If you want to learn more about it, click here.

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