The Monday Hot Blast: Your guide to politics and punditry
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
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Jimi Hendrix (left) and cyclist David Zabriskie. Photos: Associated Press/file
Jimi Hendrix (left) and cyclist David Zabriskie. Photos: Associated Press/file
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PURPLE WHAT?

“EPO all in my veins;

Lately things just don’t seem the same;

Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why;

’Scuse me while I pass this guy.”

Cyclist Dave Zabriskie’s re-creation of the Jimi Hendrix song “Purple Haze.” Zabriskie was one of the many professional cyclists who last week admitted using performance-enhancing drugs, including the blood booster EPO. The main target of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report was seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

GHOST STORIES

Last week’s issue of The New Yorker, besides using this awesome illustration on its cover, has a profile of Lynn Vincent. Who is she? The New Yorker labels her “the religious right’s leading ghostwriter.” She also has Calhoun County connections.

Vincent helped Sarah Palin write “Going Rogue” and was involved in the writing of bestsellers like “Heaven Is For Real” and “Same Kind of Different as Me.”

“As a conservative Christian writer in Southern California, far from the dominantly liberal New York literary establishment, Vincent has felt misunderstood and stereotyped.” writes Ariel Levy in the New Yorker.

Vincent majored in English and physical education at Jacksonville State. Conservative blogger and fellow JSU student

Robert Stacy McCain described Vincent as “looking mighty good in jeans ... with a spiky Pat Benatar haircut” when she worked as editor of The Chanticleer.

Vincent attended but did not graduate from JSU. “I had a problem with finishing things,” she told The New Yorker.

You’ll have to be a New Yorker subscriber to read the whole thing.

JUDGES MATTER

In a recent article in The New York Review of Books, former Obama administration staffer Cass Sunstein makes a different case for why elections matter in the selection of judges.

“Many of the most significant judicial decisions do not involve the Constitution at all. Most people never hear about those decisions. But they determine the fate of countless regulations, issued by federal agencies, that are indispensable to implementing important laws—including those designed to reform the health care system, promote financial stability, protect consumers, ensure clean air and water, protect civil rights, keep the food supply safe, reduce deaths from tobacco, promote energy efficiency, maintain safe workplaces, and much more.

“… Republican judicial appointees differ dramatically from Democratic judicial appointees, and along predictable partisan lines. The outcome of the election will help determine the ultimate fate of these rules in court.”

BUZZ ON MITT

Buzz Bissinger
, who is best-known for the book “Friday Night Lights,” recently endorsed endorsed Mitt Romney for president:

“At the debate, Romney did not simply act like he wanted to be president. He wants to be president. He showed vigor, and enthusiasm, and excitement, a man who wants to lead. It may all be ephemeral, because most of politics is ephemeral, a cynical means to the end of getting elected. But he also revealed compassion that, during the entirety of this absurdly long march, had never been in evidence before. He recognized the needs of the poor. He recognized the need for regulation.”

MORE LONG LINES

Another unintended consequence of Georgia’s anti-immigration law is causing headaches in the Peach State. Kim Severson of The New York Times writes:

“For nurses, hair stylists, kickboxing instructors and even geologists, Georgia’s desire to clamp down on illegal immigration is having an unintended side effect.

“Things are so jammed at the secretary of state’s office that renewing a state license for some of the 200 professions that require one is taking weeks instead of days. For some brand-new nurses, the wait for a license can stretch into three months.

“The reason is a new law that went into effect at the beginning of the year. It requires people seeking professional licenses to prove they are in the United States legally.”

JOE-MAMA

Foxnation.com, a Fox News-affiliated website, had a distinct flavor Friday morning following Thursday’s vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Among the anti-Biden headlines that dominated the homepage were:

• Hey Joe: Benghazi, the Economy and Issues Facing This Country Are Nothing to Laugh About

• The Joke's On Joe

• OPINION: Biden's Mom And Dad Taught Him Many Things - But Not Manners

• Even The MSM Thought Biden Was Bad

• LEVIN: Joe Biden Was Off His Meds

• BAD MOVE JOE: Biden Throws CIA Under the Bus

It calls to mind something New Yorker magazine associate news editor Alex Koppelman said about the site to NPR’s On the Media earlier this year during a segment on President Obama’s changing stance on gay marriage. The initial Fox Nation headline was, “Obama Flip-Flops, Declares War on Marriage.”

Koppelman told told host Brooke Gladstone: “It’s important, first of all, to understand Fox Nation’s headline writing. If Obama brought Betty Ford to the White House, the headline would be “Obama Brings Druggie to White House.”

SOUTHERN INEQUALITY

Earlier this month, a report from the Institute for Policy Studies that graded Washington lawmakers on issues involving inequality. Unfortunately, names of Southern lawmakers figured prominently on the list.

According to the Institute for Southern Studies.org:

“Though the South is the region of the United States with the greatest concentration of income inequality, its representatives in Congress are doing a poor job of addressing the problem.

“The Institute for Policy Studies released a report this week that grades federal lawmakers on 40 legislative actions over the past two years that either helped the most affluent or the poorest of their constituents. They ranged from a bill to establish a "Buffett Rule" minimum tax rate for wealthy Americans to legislation raising the minimum wage and indexing it to inflation.”
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