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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Flat tire

The first time I visited Sarah Palin Is Your New Bicycle's Flat Tire (which happened to be on my new iPhone when I was on my way to work the other day), this is what I got:

Sarah Palin dropped your new iPhone

If my mind wasn't already made up, that surely did it....

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Friday, September 19, 2008

You feed the rats to the cats and the cats to the rats...

I'm really glad we're borrowing from our oh-so-generous children and grandchildren (metaphorically speaking here, since I don't have any of either) to bail out our investments and mortgages and stuff. I hope that by preventing our investments from suffering the consequences of their ill management we're able to leave those future generations enough money to pay the debt we're running up for them.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

McCain lies his way to defeat

If there was ever any doubt that four years of John McCain would be at least as bad as the last eight of Dubya, the constant lying by McCain's campaign in the past month should put that to rest. Now that his campaign is being run by acolytes of Karl Rove, the Bush administration's insistence that they're able to create their own reality, no matter what the "reality-based community" says, has reached its logical conclusion. McCain and his third wife running mate aren't even subtle about it; they repeat blatant lies even after they've been debunked, defend them on television shows, clearly hoping to create their own reality. History repeats, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

One thing that gives me some hope is that the media is starting to call them on it. AmericaBlog has a lengthy compilation of articles and columns where the usual tendency of the traditional media to soft-pedal such things with euphemisms falls by the wayside. The emerging narrative is of a candidate who, in his final chance at the brass ring, has lost his moral compass, has sold his soul, and would rather lose his integrity than lose the election. As Al Gore found out in 2000, once such a perception (whether it's true or not) is embedded in people's view of the race, it's difficult-to-impossible to overcome. It's amazing to me to see this happen. McCain used to refer to the press as his base, and he has so squandered the good will he built up with them over the years that they're finally turning on him.

If this really takes hold as the new conventional wisdom the way it seems like it's starting to, Obama will win in a landslide. The myth of McCain being an "honorable man" will be destroyed once and for all.

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What do you mean there is no cat?

"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."

- Albert Einstein, explaining radio

There used to be a cat

[ photo of Mischief, a black and white cat ]

Mischief, 1988 - December 20, 2003

[ photo of Sylvester, a black and white cat ]

Sylvester (the Dorito Fiend), who died at Thanksgiving, 2000.


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