Despite Dr. SenorC's prescription, this shit is pretty f'ng funny.
Championship Belt-Holders of Irreverent and Offensive Commentary
So I've been in Denver learning about our nation's veterans' hearing aids. So Sue me. So I haven't posted. I take Senor C.'s frustration with blogs as a siren. Namely, I'm just going to post about news NOT RELATED to the election until the election is over. That includes my usual posting of World News, maybe some environmental news, and of course weird news! It starts now. Can we have more dogs as First Responders? Seriously, read this several times.
Okay, so it took me less than a day to break my own doctor's orders. The rest of you (sans Ken, C.O, and skywalker) will probably shoot me, but here's a pro-Bush endorsement, and a very good one at that.
Okay folks, I have one recommendation for you. STOP reading blogs between now and midnight on election day. The overly partisan tone, even at my favorite daily reads, are just pissing me off. Even reading pro-Kerry blogs make my blood boil. Maybe I've finally hit the saturation point when it comes to campaign rhetoric, truths and falsehoods alike. Just pray for it to end with a clear winner (which, in all likelihood, it won't) and that the country will be in one piece come Wednesday morning. See you guys on the flip side.
This has got to be the saddest argument in favor of voting for President Bush; it's from a Slate piece on who its employees and contributors are voting for:
Thank you, Japan, for keeping me from sleeping right for what will probably be about a month. Last night I probably had about seven nightmares that I can rememeber, and I'm sure it's not going to end there! The subject of the terror is twofold: Ju-On and The Grudge, which for maximal effect and due to maximal stupidity I saw back to back. 5th and some other were in attendance and they seemed similarly shaken Because, as Edelstein said about another J-horror film, it "gave my willies the willies." Seriously.
Axis of Evil member endorses George W. Bush for President.
Those jokers over at McSweeney's.
Drezner endorses Kerry. Andrew Sullivan, I'm looking your way.
Here's a viable alternative to the draft; compulsory service in fast food. I would sign up for the Chicken and Biscuits Brigade.
Allergies to trademarks? Worldwide plots involving the Russian mafia, a secret Otaku cabal, a Belgian advertising mogul, a surly Russian-American ex-CIA operative with friends in Echelon, antique calculators, 9/11, and mysterious pieces of film footage randomly appearing on the internet. Sounds like cyberpunk. It is, but not quite. The kicker is, as always, that it's set in present day. The even bigger kicker is, this interesting twister of a novel is by the great William Gibson (bloglink!) The book is Pattern Recognition, and it's received honors from El Wapo, the LA Times, and the NY Times.
Okay, I knew I needed more than the comments box on this one ...
Hey 5th, I've got another tax debate for you:
Blathering Blatherskite! Everyone's favorite 'African-American' is at it again, and this time she's channeling Hillary.
Sully linked to this, but it's worth posting all the same. Another Republican of some prominence is horrified by C-Plus Augustus.
No one told him soccer is not meant to be played wearing a helmet.
I could roundup the criticism of Team America, but this link will link to appropriate other sources. There's been a lot of hemming and hawing about this movie, and it's been highly politicized. Left-wingers look approvingly on the insult of macho topgunism, but decry the portrayal of the Film Actors Guild (snick snick) as in an alliance with Kim Jong Il. Right-wingers, well pretty much the opposite. Also, the whole dicks, pussies, and assholes speech in the movie is often looked at as a vindication of Bush's policy. Some others, who hopelessly want to just enjoy films and entertainment this election and (probably like most of us) are growing at the same time more agitated about this and more weary just want to write the whole thing off as a Jerry Bruckheimer parody. I'm fine with that interpretation, myself. I mean, come on, "America, Fuck Yeah!" It's so perfect.
This guy has already been hired by Marion Barry for get-out-the-vote efforts in the next D.C. mayoral election. Pass it around.
Defiance County elections officials were confident the first three hadn't moved to their small community. But the fourth one lived there, and - in exchange for crack cocaine - tried to falsely submit the first three names and more than 100 others onto the county's voter registration rolls, police said.
Now Mr. Staton, 22, of Defiance, faces a felony charge of false registration in a case that has quickly gained national attention as part of a hotly contested presidential battle that's attracted a flurry of new voter registrations across the country - and a flurry of complaints of voter registration fraud.
Defiance County Sheriff David Westrick said that Mr. Staton was working on behalf of a Toledo woman, Georgianne Pitts, to register new voters. She, in turn, was working on behalf of the NAACP National Voter Fund, which was formed by the NAACP in 2000 to register new voters.
Sheriff Westrick said that Pitts, 41, of Toledo, admitted she gave Mr. Staton crack cocaine in lieu of cash for supplying her with completed voter registration forms. The sheriff declined to say how much crack cocaine Pitts supplied Mr. Staton, or to say whether Pitts knew that the forms Mr. Staton gave her were falsified.
"That remains under investigation," he said.
Defiance County sheriff's deputies and Toledo police searched Pitts' home on Woodland Avenue and found drug paraphernalia and voter registration forms, the sheriff said.
This inspires much faith in my countrymen. "Some call you the idiotic, I call you my base."
Islamist Cyclops Supreme Abu Hamza was charged with 19 criminal counts in British Court today. Most of it involves clear examples of shouting "fire" in a crowded theater, or more appropriately, shouting "jihad" in a mosque. Essentially the man clearly incited and advocating murdering people, and in Britain that's a clearly defined crime. Sometimes it must be nice not to have a First Amendment so you can clearly wipe out Thug Wizards like this piece of misguided garbage. But again, here's an inconvenient example of success in the WOT through law enforcement (like almost all of the key successes ARE through law enforcement).
Oops. I completely forgot this particular event was taking place today. I'd like a barf bag please. From a previous email:
Thanks for bringing me aboard, guys.
It's always struck me odd in this election how we have two candidates tangled up. Basically Kerry is only viewed, ONLY viewed, as his pre 9/11 self, and Bush is only viewed as his post 9/11 self. Kevin Drum at Washington Monthly makes the case that we should think about the possibility that, you know, MAYBE Kerry's mindset changed after 9/11. After all, Bush has gotten a free pass on everything he said in the 2000 election and all his promises and all of his advisors too from that logic. But, again, Kerry receives no such consideration. We never obsess over the fiscal mess Bush left Texas in, or the environmental state he left Texas in, or his "no nation building" pledge in the 2000 debates, or . . . Rumsfeld and Saddam shaking hands!
Ladies and Gentlemen of Restless Mania ... I think we should have some forecasting fun and put our money where are mouth is ... it's time to predict the Presidential Election! I say that whoever is closest gets to hold the Restless Mania Championship Belt.
"In the Oval Office in December 2002, the president met with a few ranking senators and members of the House, both Republicans and Democrats. In those days, there were high hopes that the United States-sponsored ''road map'' for the Israelis and Palestinians would be a pathway to peace, and the discussion that wintry day was, in part, about countries providing peacekeeping forces in the region. The problem, everyone agreed, was that a number of European countries, like France and Germany, had armies that were not trusted by either the Israelis or Palestinians. One congressman -- the Hungarian-born Tom Lantos, a Democrat from California and the only Holocaust survivor in Congress -- mentioned that the Scandinavian countries were viewed more positively. Lantos went on to describe for the president how the Swedish Army might be an ideal candidate to anchor a small peacekeeping force on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Sweden has a well-trained force of about 25,000. The president looked at him appraisingly, several people in the room recall.
A year ago, the news was abuzz (at least the toolish government news), about the Boeing Tanker Lease. McCain was on top of it, and largely responsible for its explosion, as he is always a crusader against revolving-door based scandals. At the time I had a conversation with a colleague who had worked at Air Force. She described her frustrations with the Air Force to me, because the Air Force justified new planes, equipment, parts, and specs all with the phrase "Because Boeing says we need it." Well well. Hooray for outsourcing the Pentagon.
Choice in cable? I've talked about this for a long time. If someone offered me the chance, I can easily think of the five channels I'd pick (and none of them would ABC, CBS, or NBC, or CNN for that matter). Why subject me to all the programming I don't want and keep raising a "basic" package in price and channels everytime? The fact, for one, that part of my cable bill money goes to Fox News disgusts me. And the fact that I help fund OLN, G4, and Pax is just irritating. Why not let me be a consumer and have some choice, even if it in the end I might have to pay more PER CHANNEL than I do now.
...and his last name is not Snyder.
So not too long ago I posted suggesting that UVA was going to beat the holy stuffing out of FSU. This is me eating humble pie. There were two Seminoles in particular that made UVA once again rue the day they made it into the top ten: Wyatt Sexton and Ernie Sims. Sexton has clearly shown that Rix was the no talent hack we all knew he was. Why would Bowden ever start Rix with a weapon like Sexton in his arsenal? The old man's just stubborn I guess. Sims continuously tore up Hagans for an ungodly amount (4) of sacks. Ouch. And the fact that Hagans and Elton Brown got injured is not good.
Remember in the late 90's, when KRS-One was back in mainstream hip-hop as a rapper/writer/educator (you know the days when I picked up breakdancing as a before/during/after-school activity)? I always thought his hip-hop temple concept, where attendees would learn about the 4 elements of hip-hop, was a neat idea. He’s one of my favorite Old School rappers from the great 80s and I was elated that he was finding success again in the community.
To chase the hate away! All right, something happened to me today that is definitely blog worthy. I got up very early this morning after a late night at the Big Hunt in Dupont to go put Kerry-Edwards and Moran signs out at a park in Alexandria, not too far from the Landmark Mall. The event was Family Fall Day at Armistead Booth Park, so I figured it was about as low-impact as possible. As I'm putting these out at the street, I hear a car screech to a halt behind me. The driver abruptly honked his horn. When I turned to see what the fuss was all about, there was a mild-mannered 60 or so year old man there wearing a sweater and some typical gray old man pants. He then flicked me off. Flipped me the bird. Gave me the one fingered-salute.
Okay, so I mentioned that I thought Kerry's citation of Cheney's lesbian daughter was in poor taste. I still stand by that remark, BUT there's something to be said about the GOP reaction. The Cheney's and the rest of the GOP attack dogs are aching to beat the tar out of Kerry, but why is this ire not directed at anyone else? Edwards commited the same low blow in his debate with tricky Dicky, and so did everyone's favorite GOP Senate candidate from Illinois.
Vodkapundit's got an angry post up about a Demo. memo encouraging operatives to wreak havoc at the polls. See the below fisking for my post-venting rebuttal (sort of):
If you've ever wondered why musicians seem to come and go with the tides, I've finally got an answer for you. Okay, well Rolling Stone has the answer, I'll just link to the story:
Or, Robert's Rules of Evisceration
Mr. Kerry, you won my vote last night, ten times over. I was not only waiting for the domestic policy debate, I was anxious, I was ready to explode. I knew you possessed the skill to run circles around C-plus Augustus, and his simpleton nature. You’ve already participated in two prior debates with a man who couldn’t tell the difference between a doorknob and the button that could launch our nukes. And boy did you EVER (finally) deliver.
Staunch Moderate discusses how people like Senor C hold politicians to impossible standards. No matter what they do or say or how hard they try one fault of them or another is found and hammered into the stratosphere, eclipsing everything else about them.
Wow. Who should I root for on Halloween? It's high time that this curse comes to an end. Go 'Skins!
What's a million dollars between friends? Apparently it means a different political affiliation.
The headliner this weekend and early this week is quite obviously the Afghani success the recent election delivered. It was flawed, it was imperfect, but it was a giant leap forward for a country run by Islamofascists. That said, there are some warning signs and issues that Karzai is going to have to tackle stat. The politics of difference is of course a prime one. As C-Plus Augustus struts the stage and brags about how he's single-handedly brough the idea of democracy into the Arab World and is the only one capable of delivering its messianic panacea, he's ignoring important cultural issues. It's easy to see things from a Western perspective how democracy might want, but too often parties aren't even organized in the developing world and in the South (talking globally, not nationally) along the lines of issues and ideologies, but ethnic groupings, nationalisms, and tribal allegiances. This is an issue in these elections, and will continue to be for the Afghans. Controlling it and channeling it in constructive ways is a challenge. Another important one is the proposed NATO takeover. Not only is this important for Iraq, but for the future of the alliance. NATO has been peacekeeping in Afghanistan while the US rages in the combat missions, and the push is to integrate the two. That's not going to happen easily. If NATO was to come into Iraq, that dichotomy and integration issue would be repeated. Some hardcore diplomacy is needed, especially since Germany is the second largest player in Afghanistan and isn't easy to please.
So, the Congress' latest corporate tax bill reminds of me a story ... when Mr. Proliferation and I were exiled to the frozen tundra of upstate New York (where we pretty much went an entire year drunk, sobering up just enough to earn a degree in wonk stuff), I was the head of a student group. As head of this group, I decided to throw a luau to celebrate the end of our exile. Now, in throwing this luau, we purchased and roasted an entire pig. There was enough pork to feed legions upon legions of people. After said luau, there were mass quantities of pulled pork left. I took it home, 'cause, well, pulled pork is tasty. I ate pulled pork for one week straight, breakfast, lunch and dinner. I couldn't finish and didn't feel quite right in the stomach area for a good while. What about the Congress' corporate tax bill? It's nothing but a shit load of pork that the American people are going to have a hard time dealing with. Anyone who has ever complained about special interests dictating policy and the subsequent mess that is our national tax law should be outraged.
Jay Matthews is the owner of one of the most underappreciated columns in WaPo, Class Struggle, a column on educational topics. Today's issue asks the difficult question: Should Colleges Have Quotas for Asian Americans?
If a man is measured by the strength of his character, is a movie character measured by the strength of the man playing him? Yesterday, I purchased “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslett, and Mark Ruffalo, among others. I’m not the biggest art house fan, but on occasion I will diverge from the usual Senor C fare, and try something a little more off kilter. Sure, it didn’t hurt that countless reviews have given this flick six or more stars on a four star scale, but other people’s opinions don’t necessarily qualify or disqualify a movie from my To View list. I popped the DVD into my player with no preconceptions as to what I was about to see, and boy did this film ever hit a home run.
Anyone who's worked in the federal government for a decent length of time has probably seen or heard of it. Someone goes through the months long process of hiring, is put in place, and is then out the door within a month or two, maybe less. Turnover in the government is downright absurd, and it's damaging when one considers the ridiculous, no more like LUDICROUS, process you have to go through here (cring with me, 5th). Hiring and firing done in a centralized manner with centralized rules for one of the biggest employers in the US isn't just idiotic, it's downright dangerous.
Hey Burger King execs, I see you've released a new commercial, arguably one of the most disturbing pieces of advertising I've seen in a very LONG time. The Burger King is back, and apparently he's arrived via a time capsule from the disco era. Maybe I'm reminded of mornings in college when I'd wake up, and lo and behold, the first thing I see when I open my eyes is Mr. Proliferation smiling at me. The long-term damage that situations such as the aforemetioned inflict upon one's psyche are unknown to me. BUT, I can at least say that I'm not the only one disturbed by a wake up call from a king with a molded, plastic head.
Frequent hotlink source (and Mr. Proliferation favorite) William Saletan hits the nail on the head. Kerry missed a HUGE opportunity on Friday night to cream Bush, which is reason enough to declare the second presidential debate as a win for Bush (i.e. Bush got away unchallenged, while providing multiple gaffes for us Saturday morning pundits). Mr. Proliferation and I disagree on the outcome (I was of course, half asleep for most of the debate), but Saletan is one of Mr. Proliferation's oft quoted writers from Slate. Any comments, hmm?
Photobloggers seem to hold quite a sway in the DC area blogging scene. After seeing the following picture, it's easy to figure out why. Even with peoples' constant denunciations of the DC landscape and architecture, this town can often be downright gorgeous. Thanks to the folks (and fellow UVa grads) over at Capital Weather for this one.
Divided government. Even 5th's buddies over at the Cato InstituteM are jumping on the bandwagon. If you can't vote for Kerry on pure principle, the mere possibility of a divided government should serve as a deciding factor.
Changing the Constitution to prevent a man and a man from marrying, faith-based initiatives, prevention of a Palestinian state, what will they think of next? How about a haunted house for Halloween. . .but instead of ghosts and ghouls we'll have John Kerry's idea of America?
Hydrogen cars by the end of the next decade? Looks like it. The Polyfuel membrane is taking off and has been hugely successful. Behind it all, this hydrogen idea comes from research done from the GEMINI program. NASA continues to bring us more than Tang and Velcro. . .The day we can drive all day and produce water as pollution is coming soon. Part of me wonders what threat the Middle East would be if we had taken $200 Billion of Iraq money and dumped it into this. I think those who mock "energy independence" are naive, all it takes is luck and money.
Visit STG some time today to learn more about this week's spotlight charity, 'Garden of Angels'.
Will the C-Plus Augustus Entourage ever cease in its unending assault and corruption of Republican moderates? First Colin Powell, then John McCain, then Rudy Giuliani, now Mel Martinez. Old C-Plus is so dedicated to establishing his own credibility by getting moderates to sell out ad shill for him that in the process it seems he's only destroying their integrity and credibility by having them endorse a man who believes in so much they don't.
Ouch. For those of you who don't like college football and/or hate UVA, you might want to avert your eyes. While the score difference here was only 20 points, this was a beatdown. Make no mistake. Groh continues not to disappoint. I honestly thought poor Tommy Bowden was going to cry. Lee Corso and Co. couldn't stop singing UVA's praises.
If anyone knows about how damning paperwork, documents, and reports can be, it's my red-tape-slinging bureaucrat hiney. After all, I have an MPA (Master in Paperwork Assembly). The President seems to be finding out this week. There is, of course, the Iraq WMD report, which is fairly damning, then there's the payroll survey, which is also not so encouraging. The first, we all knew was coming when David Kay decided to give us a little truth-telling back in January. That's no surprise, but it does essentially mean Bush now can do nothing other than use the humanitarian argument for war, which is not so strong, or the Mickey Kaus crazy man waving a gun defense. That never worked completely for cops in the past though, and I doubt it'll work for the President.
Apologies for the lack of posts from my side of the tracks of late. It seems the world is on the verge of the Apocalypse, as I have actual, semi-meaningful assignments to complete at work. AND they seem to be filtering in at a steady clip. My internet-less condo has cost me many opportunities to sift through media sites I'm accustomed to scanning. Yet all seems well with Mr. P, 5th and co., and they're manning the fort quite well. The one lunch break where I actually have some time to blog, and I'm forced to go to the bloody gas station because of a nearly flat tire.
Michael Totten of Tech Central Station, one of the five undecided voters in the country, has examined the candidates through different lenses than normal. A while ago, he did the Republican case for Kerry. It's old, but it's good. Now, comes the Democratic case for Bush. I think these are thoughtful, very intelligent pieces because they illustrate how mixed-up and crazy ideology and political theory have become with the two parties, beginning with late Clinton and accelerating up to now.
I posted on Arnold recently, and his "hydrogen highway" initiative, and it actually looks like we're seeing some follow-through at Sunday's fuel cell rally. This hydrogen stuff might actually happen, and relatively soon thanks to none other than the leader of the 5th largest economy in the world's bizarrely-elected prowess. He's even gotten the manufacturers juiced about this. Honestly, the auto industry will probably be thrilled the day they are no longer associated with oil companies. Maybe I'm crazy, or maybe I'm just nostalgic for trashy action movies, but Arnold is starting to win me over with this. I think he's one of the only politicians we've seen recently who actually is a uniter and not a divider. What other Republican can you name who put an environmentalist in charge of their state EPA?