Archive for June, 2008


That’s hott: Smokin’ Iraq war correspondent embroiled in sexy love triangle
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Whenever there’s a high amount of stress and people are thrown together away from home, there’s a tendency for a lot of fooling around. In politics, it’s called “campaign sex.” Try it sometime.

In TV news, well, that’s another story. In the film “Live from Baghdad,” Michael Keaton’s character explains what happens when a lot of men and a few women are located half a world away. He called it “DSB season,” in reference to the painful ordeal of “deadly sperm backup.” If you are one of those women, though, you have the pick of the litter.

So it seems with CBS’ Lara Logan, the network’s foreign correspondent in Baghdad. According to the stories coming out about the former swimsuit model, she was involved with U.S. embassy employee Joe Burkett and CNN reporter Michael Ware at the same time.

Naturally, the two gamecocks faced off one night, brawling “over her honor.” This is interesting because, naturally, one of the guys is married. Burkett’s wife says that Logan seduced him, but a friend of the TV reporter says not so much, and that Burkett and his wife had been on the road to getting a divorce before the affair.

Blame goes all around here, unless you’re Wonkette’s Sara K. Smith, who makes the important point that, “In conclusion, there is nothing more awesome than war correspondents constantly sexing each other and having fistfights, because that is what Hemingway wanted for America.”

Lara Logan, Best War Reporter Ever [Wonkette]


Alabama’s Jimmy Johns arrested for cocaine distribution
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As much trouble as Carolina’s running backs have gotten into for smoking the stickiest of the icky, none was dealing in heavy drugs (ahem, that we know of). But, like Demetris Summers, Alabama player Jimmy Johns squandered an All-American career because of discipline and illegal drug issues.

Johns has now been charged with selling cocaine – five counts – and it looks like the authorities have him pretty good. It’s a shame, because Johns was Mississippi’s Mr. Football coming out of high school, and was a major recruiting get for former Tide head coach Mike Shula.

Early on, he was expected to be a multiple-threat talent. He could play quarterback, running back and just recently was moved to linebacker. But, he kept getting in trouble. According to one kid who lived in the same building as Johns last year, he always looked stoned. It would stand to reason, then, that part of the reason he was always in the coaching staff’s doghouse was because of Mary Jane.

It’s all over now, though. Maybe he’ll be able to work out his mess after serving time, but his chances of being a star SEC player, or a player at any school, are done.

Trouble was always brewing [The Tuscaloosa News]


Machine guns, mustard gas, trench foot: just another S.C. election year
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That was quite something. And, at the same time, nothing. The one conclusion that can be made coming out of the end of the primary season is that in the on-going war for control of the Republican party, there is no victor in this battle.

Perhaps the biggest representation of this meme can be seen by two Senate races – Sen. Jake Knotts beat Katrina Shealy by 14 points, and Gov. Sanford’s former chief of staff, Tom Davis, ousted Sen. Catherine Ceips.

Or, if you look at it from the S.C. Club for Growth endorsements, those candidates went 9-8. The odd number keeps it from being right at .500, but considering the win was Lee Bright and the loss was Katrina Shealy, that looks damn close to 50-50.

The consulting firms that picked up most of the work for the governor’s anointed candidates – Starboard and Sandlapper – had horrible primary records. Everybody else broke near 50 percent, except for First Tuesday, which won all its General Assembly races with the exception of Rep. Scott Talley in Senate 12. That is a big loss, however.

One of the surprises of the night had to be David Herndon laying the wood to Sheri Few in House 79. The fact that she won’t make it to the general election is undoubtedly a major blow for SCRG, since she was the most visible pro-voucher candidate in an election year when those sort of candidates weren’t playing up that issue.

In the end, though, everybody seemed to get a big win or two, a big loss or two, and now candidates, consultants and third-party groups are retreating to their respective lines to retrench and get ready for the next assault.

Knotts, Herndon score big wins [The State]
Few built a bigger war chest, but Herndon is GOP’s House nominee [The State]
Bright defeats Talley [The Herald-Journal]
Martin topples Ritchie [The Herald-Journal]
Young wins House 81 seat [Aiken Standard]
Sanford? Jake? No Republicans here [Brad Warthen’s Blog]
SC Legislative Races – Consultant Roundup [The Shot]
Lexington votes [Barbecue & Politics]
2008 runoff recap [The Blogland of Earl Capps]
House leadership vacancies – the second shootout? [The Blogland of Earl Capps]


The current SEC television schedule
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As of right now, South Carolina is slated to be on TV three times. However, things change as the season wears on, so it’s worthwhile to keep up with the updates.

(Thu.) Aug. 28 7:00 p.m. ESPNU
Vanderbilt at Miami (Ohio)

(Thu.) Aug. 28 8:00 p.m. ESPN
N.C. State at South Carolina

(Sat.) Aug. 30 12:30 p.m. Raycom Sports
Hawaii at Florida

(Sat.) Aug. 30 5:00 p.m. ESPN
Appalachian State at LSU

(Sat.) Aug. 30 6:45 p.m. ESPN2
Mississippi State at Louisiana Tech

(Sat.) Aug. 30 8:00 p.m. ABC Sports
Alabama vs. Clemson (Atlanta, Ga.)

(Sun.) Aug. 31 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Kentucky at Louisville

(Mon.) Sept. 1 8:00 p.m. ESPN
Tennessee at UCLA

(Thu.) Sept. 4 8:30 p.m. ESPN
South Carolina at Vanderbilt

(Sat.) Sept. 6 12:30 p.m. Raycom Sports
Southern Mississippi at Auburn

(Sat.) Sept. 6 3:30 p.m. ABC Sports
Ole Miss at Wake Forest

(Sat.) Sept. 6 8:00 p.m. ESPN
Miami at Florida

(Sat.) Sept. 13 12:30 p.m. Raycom Sports
UAB at Tennessee

(Sat.) Sept. 13 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports
Georgia at South Carolina

(Sat.) Sept. 13 3:30 p.m. ABC Sports
Arkansas at Texas

(Sat.) Sept. 13 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
Auburn at Mississippi State

(Sat.) Sept. 20 8:13 p.m. ABC Sports
Georgia at Arizona State

(Thu.) Oct. 23 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Auburn at West Virginia

(Fri.) Nov. 28 12:30 p.m. Raycom Sports
Mississippi State at Ole Miss

(Fri.) Nov. 28 2:30 p.m. CBS Sports
LSU at Arkansas (Little Rock)

(Sat.) Dec. 6 4:00 p.m. CBS Sports
SEC Championship Game (Atlanta, Ga.)

2008 SEC Football Television Schedule [SEC Sports]


NCAA Football 09 pwns yr mind, n00b

In the South, when you can’t play football, or watch football, you’re playing and watching football on your brilliant goddamn Xbox 360. Shortly, NCAA Football 09 will be hitting the shelves, sporting different covers depending on your gaming system. Still, it’s been a tradition for us degenerates to create our own covers every year.

Gump for Heisman’s got you beat this time, though. Three of the best:

11 Alternate NCAA 09 Covers [Gump4Heisman]
Tim Tebow Is Winning At Life [Barstool Sports]
Sources: Dismissed LSU QB Perrilloux failed drug test [ESPN]
Sara Evans and Jay Barker: Touchdown! []


Meet me in da city council chamber, it’s goin’ down
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It’s hard to know exactly when Columbia city manager Charlie Austin turned into Young Joc, but according to a new suit, he was looking to for a fine piece during work hours.

According to today’s story in The State, Austin asked former 911 communications director Judy Gail Spell if she wanted to participate in some after-hours activities. Spell, not succumbing to Austin’s wiles, reported the incident to the city council. Subsequently, she said she was forced out of her job because of her nay vote on the indecent proposal.

Mayor Bob is backing Austin, who supposedly passed a non-admissible lie detector test.

Mayor Bob Coble said Spell sent several letters to council about her concerns, but did not discuss them with council. He said council members discussed the complaints with Austin at length during executive sessions, which are closed to the public.

“We have confidence in the city manager,” Coble said Monday. “He went above and beyond in seeking outside investigation of the charges”

Whether the charges are true or not will come out in the wash, but what can’t be disputed is that this is yet another example of the completely screwed up culture of the Columbia city government.

Austin faces sex suit [The State]


Runoffs to turn tide in GOP civil war
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It all comes down to today, on which the Republican primary runoffs for certain General Assembly seats will make the final designation as to if Gov. Mark Sanford and his friends won a marginal victory or suffered a marginal defeat.

The main event, to be sure, is the battle between Sen. Jake Knotts and former Lexington County GOP chairman Katrina Shealy. Sure, Shealy’s been backed by New York real estate magnate Howard Rich (SCRG, et. al.) and Sanford’s wealthy Lowcountry pals (S.C. Club for Growth, Carolinians for Change), and that’s given her a lot of momentum. However, Knotts has a good enough record among his constituents that it shouldn’t have gone this far.

The blame has to lay at the feet of his consultant, Rod Shealy, who managed to properly piss away Sen. Catherine Ceips’ chances against Tom Davis, and did such a horrible job with Rep. Carl Gullick that he only beat what amounted to a straw man by four points.

The truth is, though, Lexington County (outside of the nouveau-riche suburbs) doesn’t like Sanford or his people. And, who is more motivated to turn out – the irritated redneck, or the Michelob-drinking, polo-wearing, country club-attending faux bubba? The smart money is on Knotts’ people to turn out, allowing Jake to spank Sanford’s ass for another couple years.

Of the four undercard battles (Dee Compton v. Chip Stockman notwithstanding), the most interesting is Rep. Scott Talley v. Lee Bright in Senate 12. What makes it interesting is that Talley’s a smart guy, a fiscal conservative and a principled man, Bright’s an utter moron, and it’s still as close as it is. The only reason Bright can overcome his complete incompetence is that he’s running with the full faith and credit of Club for Growth and Sanford.

Talley’s consultants, First Tuesday, have an undefeated record against Club/Sanford candidates this cycle, while Bright’s people, the Quinns, have managed a so-so record on June 10. One thing is for certain, though – there are enough incompetents at the State House without adding Bright to the mix.

In another First Tuesday-Quinns faceoff, Tom Young is taking on Scott Singer in Aiken. Young should take this one, even with Singer being a signatory to the “hit list” proposal‘s “Contract for Change.” Young had a healthy lead in the first round of voting, so getting 50+1 shouldn’t be so hard.

In House 79, we’ll see if the GOP will be able to retain Rep. Bill Cotty’s seat. David Herndon, the moderate, stands the best chance at keeping the district Republican during a brutal general election effort against Democrat Anton Gunn. Sheri Few, who tried to take out Cotty the last time, not so much.

If Few is able to defeat Herndon, more than a few (no pun intended) Republicans in Columbia’s northeast will be helping Gunn’s effort, helping to tip the balance to the Democrat. There’s a real disconnect up there between your average Republican and the stone-cold crazies that back Few’s campaign. This one shapes up as a Rod Shealy, Jr.-Starboard Communications battle. And, much like Bright, we don’t need another wingnut downtown every six months.

As for Senate 13, that one’s over. Shane Martin, “the quiet man,” let Max Hyde whup up on Sen. Jim Ritchie, then stuck to the high road with his NASCAR events and NASCAR money. And, because of Ritchie’s mismanagement of his ambition for higher office, he’s going to get nailed today.

Our State Senate Runoff picks: Knotts, Martin, and a Toss-up [The Blogland of Earl Capps]
Runoff: Few and Herndon vie to face Democrat Gunn [The State]
Voters return to polls; Knotts, Shealy respond to each other’s attacks [WIS]
Runoff: Knotts, Shealy in heated rematch [The State]
NOW DeMint’s making things LESS clear [Brad Warthen’s Blog]
Young pushes job growth, education [The Augusta Chronicle]

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