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Did anyone but me notice this?

The front page, top-of-the fold banner headline of the Charleston, South Carolina, newspaper today was about the nine people murdered in a local church. Quite proper.

But.....

Affixed to the masthead directly above that headline, was a blue sticker advertisement now commonly used by newspapers everywhere. A sponsor buys it - you read it - you pull if off without damaging the newsprint.

This morning's sticker ad - above that headline - was for a local shooting range. SHOOTING RANGE!!!

Now, the paper was first printed with the headline of the murders. THEN the sticker was attached by a circulation worker. Whoever did that had to know what the headline said.

That person - the one who applied the stickers by hand or machine - is my nominee for the dumbest ass in the world. Not for today. But for the rest of the year.

First Take

Oregon doesn't allow for a procedure for impeaching a governor - a point that came to some note earlier this year - and the talk about setting one up, though constitutional amendment, has been growing. (Oregon is the only state without a means for impeachment. It seems to have skidded to a halt in the Senate, where President Peter Courtney has been opposed, noting (the Oregonian reported) "Oregon voters have the ultimate right of impeachment through the recall process and they aren't shy about using it. They successfully petitioned for that right in 1908. Two years later they voted to prohibit impeachment." Of course, that was some time ago. The Oregonian posted a reader poll on the question, and so far 63.1% say they're in favor of an avenue for impeachment.

Maybe not such a bad idea, as Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney proposes, to require governmental officials to adhere to the same lobbying rules - when they lobby the state legislature - as others who lobby. That would involve filing reports on lobbying efforts, and filing as lobbyists. This could complicate some cases and create some odd gray areas, such as state employees called in to testify before committees but not engaging in other lobbying. But if the lines are drawn in the right way, this may be reasonable. It's all in the details.