Monday, May 28, 2007

Weekend Trimmings

Here's Gervais' favorite morsels from this Memorial Day weekend:

The right attitude: Seneca Middle School eighth-grader Emmy Williams is off to the nation’s capitol for her second shot at becoming the Scripps National Spelling Bee champion. ... “If I make it into the third round I’ll be very, very happy, because that means I’ll be on T.V. and it will be something for the VCRs to tape,” Emmy said.

Off to see the Scripps spelling wizard, Anderson Independent-Mail.

One man's pork...: Sanford pointed to Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who worked to get federal money for projects derided as the "Bridges to Nowhere." … The bridges, for which Stevens and Alaska's all-Republican delegation were trying to get $450 million federal dollars, would connect Anchorage to Point MacKenzie and would connect the city of Ketchikan to its airport on Gravina Island. "The argument of a 'Bridge to Nowhere' clearly does not apply," [Alaska GOP Chairman Randy] Ruedrich said.

Smash Mouth? There goes the youth vote: In a clear appeal to young voters, a YouTube video asks viewers to vote for Clinton's presidential campaign theme song on her Web site. The contest started May 16, and the number of songs was narrowed to 10 on Thursday - five initially suggested by the campaign and five write-in candidates. They include U2's Beautiful Day, Smash Mouth's version of I'm a Believer and Celine Dion's You and I.

Dobson/Nader '08: Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan wrote that Giuliani's nomination “would bring the culture war right down to the floor of the Republican convention.” And James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, wrote in an online column that he would either vote for a third-party candidate or not vote at all if Giuliani is the Republican nominee.

Two bits: Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee wants the $15 you would have spent on a shampoo and a trim. … The drive was sparked by a comment he made last week at a GOP debate in South Carolina.

Happy Memorial Day!

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