And now some fresh pickings from the grapevine:
John Kerry's presidential campaign has announced it is satirically awarding President Bush (search) with its first ever "Herbert Hoover Award." But a majority of Americans don't know who Herbert Hoover (search) is.
When asked by the National Annenberg Election Survey what Hoover was known for, 29 percent of Americans had no answer whatsoever, 12 percent said he was an FBI director -- apparently mixing him up with J. Edgar Hoover, four percent said he was known for the Hoover Dam, and 3 percent said he was known for his vacuum cleaners. A minority knew Hoover was president or connected him to the Great Depression.
Meanwhile, Republicans have attacked Kerry for being a -- "Jane Fonda Democrat." But only 20 percent of Americans know Fonda made a name for herself as a vehement opponent of the war in Vietnam.
Twice as many know her as an actress, another 9 percent know her from her exercise videos, and another 17 percent don't know her at all.
Crimes Against Nature?
Remember the Tennessee county we told you about last night that voted unanimously to support charging gay couples throughout the state with crimes against nature? The Rhea County Commissioner that introduced the measure hoped to also ban gays and lesbians from living in Rhea altogether.
Well, the county has now voted to rescind its initial action, saying the subsequent "wildfire" of controversy has been a big "misunderstanding." Officials say the initial vote was just meant to show support for the state's ban on gay marriage.
Sending a Signal
And from the wonderful world of law enforcement, the Canadian Government is refusing to let guards at maximum-security prisons wear stab-proof vests because prisoners might find the vests offensive.
A spokesman for the Correctional Service of Canada, quoted by the Winnipeg Sun, says -- "If you have [a stab-proof vest], ... you're sending a signal to the prisoner that you consider him to be a dangerous person."
— FOX News' Michael Levine contributed to this report
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