Saturday, September 27, 2008

Beetles and a McCain White House

Imagine what would happen if a new beetle infested the Iowa corn crop during the first year of a McCain administration. On Monday, we spray. On Tuesday, we firebomb. On Wednesday, the president marches barefoot through the prairie in a show of support for Iowa farmers. On Thursday, the White House reveals that Wiley Flum, a postal worker from Willimantic, Conn., has been named the new beetle eradication czar. McCain says that Flum had shown “the instincts of a maverick reformer” in personally buying a box of roach motels and scattering them around the post office locker room. “I can’t wait to introduce Wiley to those beetles in Iowa,” the president adds.

On Friday, McCain announces he’s canceling the weekend until Congress makes the beetles go away.

Barack Obama would just round up a whole roomful of experts and come up with a plan. Yawn.

excerpt from Gail Collins NYTimes column (LINK)

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"... a smallish, grayish, slightly grumpy guy with a grizzly obsession."

"... when the wandering debater finally showed up Friday night, he just looked like a smallish, grayish, slightly grumpy guy with a grizzly obsession." LINK

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New Bianchi steel

Bianchi was essentially done with steel bikes last year. But they're being reintroduced. For those in love of new retro, here's a Flickr stream (LINK) from Bike Commuters (LINK).

OH! And now up on the Bianchi site: LINK.

Debate better for McCain by radio?

I had a a 90 minute drive on the night of the presidential debate that started right at 9:00 EST, so I heard almost all the debate on the radio rather than TV. Reading the comments the next morning, what strikes me is how radically different it seems the impressions of the debate were if you were watching on TV rather than just listening to the audio. My impression was that McCain handily sounded more confident, more competent, spoke more clearly, and came across as a stronger, better, leader who knows foreign policy cold. Obama came across as a graduate student, debating his professor. But it if you were watching the debate, the body language told you a whole different story about confidence and leadership. Obama was confident enough to look straight at McCain and also at the audience. McCain seemed uncomfortable and angry. And the polling seems to prove out that impressions of Obama were at worst that he tied and in many ways that he surpassed McCain. (LINK)

Update: or maybe not. Christopher Hitchens suggests it was worse on radio because you could hear McCain wheezing: LINK.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

I'd rather sleep with Hillary than Sarah


From Rebecca Traister,

In this "Handmaid's Tale"-inflected universe, in which femininity is worshipped but females will be denied rights, CNBC pundit Donny Deutsch tells us that we're witnessing "a new creation ... of the feminist ideal," the feminism being so ideal because instead of being voiced by hairy old bats with unattractive ideas about intellect and economy and politics and power, it's now embodied by a woman who, according to Deutsch, does what Hillary Clinton did not: "put a skirt on." "I want her watching my kids," says Deutsch. "I want her laying next to me in bed."


Makes me recall Michael Moore saying something to the effect of, "Bill, WTF?? Why would you want to fool around with some silly intern when Hillary is so beautiful?"

This "I'll vote for her because I'd like to sleep with her" is so completely wacked I feel like jumping out a window.

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Microsoft is the anti-borg

More at 11:00!

(or perhaps more on the weekend)

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

$6 from BWI to DC. Wow

I'm reflecting on the value of a Vice-President from Alaska when the majority of the country lives in relatively urban areas and, because of high fuel prices, are increasingly taking advantage of our substandard public transit system. In contrast, the candidate from the "Washington Beltway" takes the train all the time back from DC to his own in Delaware. Which candidate really understands the needs of ordinary working Americans--at least in this important domain? 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Velo Orange at Eurobike

A nice album of photos from Eurobike via Chris Kulczycki of Velo Orange. Blog: LINK. Photos: LINK.

Letterman on climate change: "WE ARE SO SCREWED."

(Thanks Bill Stevenson at the Lenovo "Heart of Business" blog. Now there's an extra reason why I use and love your computers! LINK)

Friday, September 05, 2008

Graphic of words used in conventions

Nice graphic by NYTimes (who generally take the cake for visualization) of the relative (and absolute) number of keywords used in both the DNC and RNC. (LINK)

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Palin: Thanks but no thanks??? [uh uh]

Here's what Governor Palin says she said to Congress about the "bridge to nowhere", as an example of her saying "no" to pork barrel funding:
"Thanks but no thanks!"
Here's what she really said (emphasis added):

"Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport, but the $398 million bridge is not the answer. Despite the work of our congressional delegation, we are about $329 million short of full funding for the bridge project, and it’s clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island. Much of the public’s attitude toward Alaska bridges is based on inaccurate portrayals of the projects here. But we need to focus on what we can do, rather than fight over what has happened." (LINK) and WSJ links (via TPM LINK and direct LINK)

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Putin, the tiger

I find this story about Putin saving a TV crew from a tiger by shooting it with a tranq gun very hard to believe. Do tranquilizers really work that fast? LINK