WORTH NOTING: What Can You Do With a Knife?

Iowa's lieutenant governor used a barn-burning speech to slam Alaska's moose-hunting governor, Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Patty Judge, a Democrat, attacked Palin's credentials at a party gathering and even assailed part of the Palin folklore, according to IowaPolitics.com.

"Sarah knows how to field-dress a moose," Judge said. "I know how to castrate a calf. Neither of those things has anything at all to do with this election. But since we know so much about Sarah's special skills, I wanted to make sure you knew about mine, too."

Hey, hey! What do you say? This union sees strikes a whole new way. The Oregon Education Association, the union that represents about 47,000 state educators, is being picketed by its own staff, reports Oregon Public Broadcasting.

The 42 striking workers are protesting their workload and proposed benefit changes.

Maybe "Ohhhh-klahoma!" just gets "ohhhh-ld" after a while, because now the Sooner State is holding an online contest to pick an official rock song. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein have a lock on the state's official song with their famous Broadway number. But they could be joined by the likes of the Flaming Lips, the All-American Rejects, Three Dog Night or even Elvis Presley, which all have songs with Oklahoma connections, according to the contest's Web site.

The winner will be announced in next year's legislative session.

Would it be an independent investigation? The Republican candidate for Montana governor demanded that the incumbent, Democrat Brian Schweitzer, launch an investigation of Schweitzer's own remarks, the Great Falls Tribune writes.

Schweitzer, in what he claims was a bad joke, said in July speech in Philadelphia that he had to "turn some dials" to help a Democrat win a U.S. Senate seat in 2006. Challenger Roy Brown isn't satisfied.