SHAZAM! Sen. Lisa Murkowski Plans Write-In Campaign To Bounce Teabagger

This is what makes politics so fun!

Defeated Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski plans to pursue a write-in campaign for the Senate after losing her GOP primary earlier this month, POLITICO has learned. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has maintained it will stand behind its nominee, attorney Joe Miller.  (Right.)

The GOP is not about to be taken over by the teabaggers who can pick up easy races in small states after rich white guys (Teabagger Express) pour huge amounts of cash into negative ads.  There is going to be a push back as the GOP establishment  (the mature ones, if you will) are looking ahead to 2012.  They know they can not win the big prize with a party that has lurched to the far right.

I suspect that Sen. Lisa Murkowski had lots of prodding to undertake a write-in campaign, and that she will have lots of money funneled to her for the effort she is now to embark upon..  ( I think a small donation from myself is soon to be sent to Alaska.  That will put me on the ‘white list’ for sure.)

I also think the bad blood that existed between Murkowski and Sarah Palin is now so bad that there really, at the end of the day, was very little coaxing that needed to be done.

‘Lets get Palin back’ for what she pulled probably has never been far from the center of every thought these past days for Murkowski.

Lots of Democrats are right there with you, Lisa.

“Rally To Restore Sanity” Slated For October 30 In Washington, D.C.

Glenn Beck is about to made a fool. (Again.)

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery– or at least that’s what Glenn Beck will be hoping for when he hears this news. Tonight, Jon Stewart announced the “Rally to Restore Sanity“: a march on Washington for people who have better things to do than march on Washington. Naturally, Stewart’s rally will have competition: the “March to Keep Fear Alive,” led by Stephen Colbert.

So who is invited to this march? According to the website, anyone who would otherwise not attend rallies on principle:

We’re looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles.

Are you one of those people? Excellent. Then we’d like you to join us in Washington, DC on October 30 — a date of no significance whatsoever — at the Daily Show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority.

Goats On Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant In Sister Bay Are Not To Be Imitated

When I woke up this morning and found this story on the front of my national morning paper I had to take a double look to make sure it was for real.  It is just more evidence that this Sister Bay restaurant has clout.

When I lived in Door County I thought the scene rather unique of goats on top of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant.  I often took friends to see the goats and was amused that everyone wanted a picture.  However, to make sure that no one else has goats on restaurant roofs the Johnson’s obtained a trademark.  That is now making news, and legal woes for other restaurants.

Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant has always known how to get what it wants.  They proved that when they were able to lure then Governor Thompson to their establishment for a ‘re-opening.’  Representative Lary Swoboda was there too, as was this blogger who was then working with the local Democrat.  There were also enough Green Bay news crews on hand to make one think Elvis was inside the restaurant having a waffle. (Or a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.)

While working with Swoboda I can assure all that Al Johnson’s phone calls were expected to be responded to at once.  Truth is of course they were not.  Those who expect others to jump rarely get rewarded.   But when you have goats on the roof you just expect a higher level of service from everyone.

Lars Johnson is proud of his restaurant’s Swedish-meatball sandwich and pickled herring. But the signature offering at his Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant isn’t on the menu; it’s the goats grazing on the grass-covered roof.

Any other business thinking of putting goats on the roof will have Mr. Johnson’s lawyers to contend with.

Some patrons drive from afar to eat at the restaurant and see the goats that have been going up on Al Johnson’s roof since 1973. The restaurant 14 years ago trademarked the right to put goats on a roof to attract customers to a business. “The restaurant is one of the top-grossing in Wisconsin, and I’m sure the goats have helped,” says Mr. Johnson, who manages the family-owned restaurant.

So when a tourist spot 750 miles away decided to deploy a rooftop-caprine population, Mr. Johnson made a federal case of it.

Last year, he discovered that Tiger Mountain Market in Rabun County, Ga., had been grazing goats on its grass roof since 2007. Putting goats on the roof wasn’t illegal. The violation, Al Johnson’s alleged in a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, was that Tiger Mountain used the animals to woo business.

The suit declared: “Notwithstanding Al Johnson’s Restaurant’s prior, continuous and extensive use of the Goats on the Roof Trade Dress”—a type of trademark—”defendant Tiger Mountain Market opened a grocery store and gift shop in buildings with grass on the roofs and allows goats to climb on the roofs of its buildings.”

Al Johnson’s “demanded that Defendant cease and desist such conduct, but Defendant has willfully continued to offer food services from buildings with goats on the roof,” the suit continued.

Video: New York Tornado?

For New York this may have been a historical weather event.  We will need to wait and hear from the National Weather Service to determine exactly what happened.  The videos do not, in my estimation, prove anything other than strong winds from a powerful cold front.