Sen. Lindsey Graham (R, RINO): ‘I ain’t gay’

This has been the, uhh, scuttlebutt around here for at least a couple of years. But this little snippet about South Carolina’s Graham comes from Outside The Beltway:

Lindsey Graham: I Ain’t Gay: “

Senator Lindsey Graham has long been rumored to be light in his tennis shoes.   But, in an interview with New York Times Magazine, he dismisses this rather humorously:

I know it’s really gonna upset a lot of gay men — I’m sure hundreds of ‘em are gonna be jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge — but I ain’t available. I ain’t gay. Sorry.

(via Taegan Goddard)

There are a lot of reasons why I’m not a big Lindsey Graham fan, and rumors of holecornery (y’all can figure that out for yourselves!) have little or nothing to do with it. But y’all have to admit he does have a way of making the standard denial.

Another Graham development, brought to my attention this morning by local columnist/blogger/radio personality Jack Hunter, aka The Southern Avenger: Anyone notice ol’ Lindsey hasn’t been hanging around John McCain lately? Shoot, the two were practically inseparable during the 2008 Presidential campaign. But now, Graham is likely thinking of his political future, and McCain isn’t exactly cutting edge these days.


Multitasking while driving? Survey shows how many people do what

Distracted driving? How distracted?

I found this in, which links to an article in Wired. The upshot is, folks will do just about everything under the sun when they should be driving and paying attention. 

Survey: 15% Of Drivers Getting Their Swerve On While Driving: “

From cell phones to stereos to billboards to those pesky other vehicles on the road, driving a car comes with a whole host of distractions. A new survey attempts to quantify just how many people are being distracted by the various and sundry things vying for drivers’ attention.

The online survey, conducted by cell phone headset makers Jabra, came up with some interesting — if not terribly scientific — results.

Among the more lurid: 15% of respondents admitted to having “performed sex or other sexual acts” while driving, though what exactly “other sexual acts” means is left to the filthy part of your imagination. And, as the folks at pointed out, the survey required no proof of respondents’ carnal car exploits.

Meanwhile, 35% of those surveyed said they had changed articles of clothing while in the driver’s seat. One would have to guess that at least some of these people belong to the 15% mentioned above.

On the high end, 72% of respondents admitted to eating or drinking a beverage while behind the wheel.

Though just about everyone has used their cell phone in the car, only 1/3 of those in the survey use a headset of some sort. Also, despite being illegal in more than half the U.S., 28% say they have texted while driving; 12% confessed to reading and sending e-mails.

More frightening, at least to me, are the 5% who admitted to having played video games during a driving session. I just hope they weren’t playing MarioKart.

Says a dude from Jabra’s parent company:

It is truly unbelievable what people are doing while driving… The results of our survey show that so many people are distracted and doing other things while on the road — even though they know the consequences that can occur. We hope that people will soon understand the implications of these bad behaviors and will change their own behavior accordingly.

Of course, part of ‘changing their behavior’ would mean ‘buying more Jabra headsets.’

Which of these risky behaviors do you exhibit? Do you do something dangerous that didn’t make the list?

Surprising Number of People Get It On While Driving []

OK, boys and girls. Heavy confession time, and you can call this my own at-the-wheel bucket list. I have:

– Eaten while driving

– Trimmed my beard while driving.

– Consumed coffee at the wheel. Of course. I consume coffee any time, while doing anything, for any reason.

– Played harmonica while driving. Sometimes I’ve done this on my way to a gig, having a warmup set on some state highway.

– Talked on the phone while driving, both with and without a headset.

– Sent text messages while at the wheel. Once. It terrified me, so I gave up the practice immediately.

– Read newspapers, or more likely maps, while driving.

– Played CDs while driving, including changing out a disk. And, while riding a bicycle, cycled through song lists on an mp3 player.

– Fought drunk passengers while driving; one of the things I don’t miss about my taxi driving days.

– Written while driving. With the clipboard on the console, steering with one hand, and without looking at what I was writing. I used to do that quite often in my newspaper days. Amazingly, I was able to read what I wrote.

– Made obscene gestures at a Presidential candidate while driving. Seriously. It was Walter Mondale in 1984. He was in a motorcade en route from San Bernardino to L.A., and his escorting officers had all freeway drivers pull to the right and stop. I did, I was ticked, and I gave the famous gesture when his limo blazed by at 90 mph. Since I was stopped, I had both hands free and I was able to use both for the double bird. I’m still amazed I wasn’t arrested.

– Driven barefoot. It really is not illegal. I usually do this on long hauls; the better to feel the pedals. You actually get better gas mileage this way.

– Changed clothes while driving. Unfortunately, I always ended up looking like I dressed in the dark.

Did I ever, as the article suggests, “get my swerve on” at the wheel? None of your business. I ain’t sayin’ nothing. I’ll take the Fifth.


Kos does what conservative counterparts can’t

Double standards are alive and well in partisan politics.

This is from NewsBusters:

Back to Violence at Daily Kos: Talk About Punching Rand Paul In the Face: “

While liberals consistently worry out loud that conservative talk radio inspires violence, they’re still avoiding blogs like the Daily Kos, which posted an item on Sunday headlined “I don’t want to punch Rand Paul in the face, but….” This tongue-in-cheek lameness unfolded:

“….but if someone happens to punch him in the face, I believe that this is their right and that we as a people should not put safeguards in place to prevent such an occurrence … My name is glutz78 and I’m a Libertarian through and through (not really but let’s just say…) and especially when it comes to punching people in the face.  Because getting punched in the face is part of the free market….” 

Is this a satire, or does Glutz really want to punch Paul’s lights out? I think it’s meant as a satire, but “glutz” is betraying more anger than satirical prowess. He seems to want a few conservatives punched in the face.

“For starters, the tyranny of the Obama Administration is preventing me from driving around to every BP office in this country and punching every one of their employees in the face.  And I find that limiting because the free market would dictate that if I was able to exercise my freedom to punch everyone in a given company in the face, they would start to work a little bit smarter and stop preventing environmental catastrophes which are destroying the livelihoods of millions.  Or, at the very least, word would get out that if you work at BP, you will get punched in the face at some point and people would just stop working there and the company would deservedly go out of business. Problem solved … back to Rand Paul. I get the sense that he, because of his completely obnoxious idea about legalizing racism, thus sending our country back in time a few decades or centuries, might incline someone to give him a big punch in his face.  Now, I’m not for that. Let me make that very clear.  I would be opposed to someone doing that. DO NOT DO THAT! But. BUT! In a Libertarian world, who am I to stop it?  Who are we to suppress free market actions that Jesus Christ intended?  If that’s what the free market dictates, then that is what Rand Paul should get. And if he gets it, then the free market dictated that he deserved it.”

See, if someone like a Limbaugh or O’Reilly says something outrageously tongue in cheek, he gets raked over the coals. If it’s someone from the Daily Kos, well shucks, he’s just havin’ a bit of fun, and it’s all good. 

Sounds to me like those Libs can sure dish it out, but they can’t take it. Anyone mind telling me, what’s up with that?