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UPDATED -- Comments on Scooter and hot dog overdose are in July 5's News from the Web

12:21 p.m.

Here’s a couple of responses to today’s News from the Web post expressing disgust at two of the items.

First, Tom von Alten has this to say about the guy who ate 66 hot dogs: “’Competitive eating’ is profoundly obscene. And stupid, besides.

I can’t argue much with that.

And Steve Allen, of Meridian, writes this about President Bush opting to keep Scooter Libby out of prison: “When you pardon (or commute) a sentence of one of your ‘hunchmen’ you are either trying to hide something or rewarding someone for keeping their mouth shut. In my book and Founding Father James Madison, its an impeachable offense. But what do you expect from a Bush. His father pardoned all the Iran-Contra criminals from his administration.

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8:41 a.m.

The word that best describes the way I’m feeling this morning: Groggy.

But in a good way.

I stayed up late to watch Boise’s fireworks display from Mountain View Drive, and the feeling of being run over by a truck when my alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. this morning was well worth it.

Even with my late night, I’m sure I’m feeling better than this guy who ate 66 hot dogs yesterday in the annual hot dog eating contestant on Coney Island.

And I probably feel better than the guy who ate nine donuts in 60 seconds on The Today Show this morning (as part of their coverage of the hot dog guy).

If I were going to get into competitive eating, I’d be much more likely to choose something like potato chips (a snack featured in this New York Times story and on this Web site devoted to snacking).

What about you? Think you could eat 100 hamburgers or 20 large pizzas or 1,000 pounds of french fries?

Let me know what you’d be willing to competitively eat by clicking here.

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Yesterday was hot.

Today will be worse.

That always makes the movies a good option (it’s the only time of year I come close to appreciating the frigid air conditioning common in movie theaters).

If you’ve got your eye on “Transformers,” you can click here to listen to interviews from the cast.

That Shia LaBouef is one to watch. He does a nice turn in “Disturbia” (it’s playing at area discount theaters) and he’s just begun working on the next Indiana Jones.

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Still steamed about Scooter?

Think that President Bush giving former White House aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby a get-out-of-jail pass seems a little too Paris Hilton?

Or is he right that the 2 1/2 year sentence was too much?

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