Over the past few weeks, both political parties have been giving pigs a bad name. It's gotten so bad, some of the reporters have starting wearing hip-waders on board the campaign jetliners. The infamous "you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig" line is still getting tossed around the campaign trail. Senator Barack Obama said he wasn't referring to Gov. Sarah Palin. It's an old expression, he explained.

We've got a similar expression back in the hills and hollows where I come from. You can put lipstick on a pig -- and still call it a date. That's what the old-timers say. I hear it gets lonely up in some of those hills.

** And congratulations to the winner of the annual hog-calling contest at the Nez Perce County Fair. That's somewhere up in northern Idaho. A woman took first place honors. She's raised several champion pigs for 4-H competitions and calls her little darlings every morning and night with her little girl.

Her award-winning call starts with a few loud snorts and a long drawn out "sooey," according to the Associated Press.

And the winner's name? Jolee Bacon. I kid you not.