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  • Is John McCain Stupid?

    Daniel Henninger of none other than The Wall Street Journal, asks “Is John McCain Stupid” and basically comes up with the answer, “yes.” Sitting on beaches and wandering around the isle of Maui, I’m far removed from politics this week, but that headline caught my eye.


  • And then, I tried to catch up with my blogreading.

    So I went almost a week without blogging, then the 4th of July happened, and now it’s the weekend. Now I can catch up with some blogreading, and perhaps I’ll share some of the things I find with you. Perhaps I’ll even share some of my own thoughts about this past week. Let’s start, shall…


  • Thank You, Hillary

    Back in January I indicated I wanted Obama to be my President. I still do.


  • Rachel Ray, Terrorist.

    My latest favorite blogger is Nick Mamatas, writer. He writes as Nihilistic Kid. He writes about some stupid dust up about Rachel Ray and Palestine. I tend to avoid political blogs, but it turns out Michelle Malkin is a dope. Nick is funny. I remember him from a long time ago when Kynn did a…

  • Sickish. Misckish.

    Still feverish. Nasal congestion ahoy! Cough productive now. I would rather <i>move</i> than be sick right now. That’s pretty bad. Some miscellaneous items for you: Hindsight is 20/20: quotes about Iraq from before we started: Voices: The Quotes That Sent Us To War. My favorite: “Having defeated and then occupied Iraq, democratizing the country should…

  • Barnett and Kunstler on Obama’s Impolitic Words

    Two iconoclastic thinkers who I think would usually disagree (Barnett is an optimist/realist; Kunstler is nearly apocalypticist) are in complete agreement! This is a nice surprise. James Kunstler (foul language, sorry): Barack Obama caught hell last week for daring to tell the truth about the ragged thing that the American spirit has become. He said…


  • Hilarious Outrage

    Tony Pierce pointed to some writing in his post our biggest story on la times blogs about how “right wing” bloggers were in a tizzy about this ad: I read a few, just a few, and chuckled. We in California live in former Mexican territory. And this ad plays on some of the history with…

  • Something from The Onion

    9/11 Conspiracy Theories ‘Ridiculous,’ Al Qaeda Says

  • People are listening to speeches… by Obama

    Maybe it really is a YouTube generation. These are some impressive numbers for the viewings of the speeches for the Obama Campaign: Here’s the source: Welcome to the age of the sound blast by Micah L. Sifry and Andrew Rasiej on Politico.com. via Craig Newmark for Huffington Post in turn via NewsGang twitter feed. So…

  • Quote by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society, that does not warn in time against threatening moral and social dangers — such literature does not deserve the name of literature; it is only a facade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own…

  • Thirty-Eight Today

    Today I am 38 years old. I think it will be a lovely day. Followed up on some emails from Geek Dinner the other night and I’m reminded that I have yet to transcribe my notes from BarCamp which is rapidly fading from memory. Borrowed the collected DC: The New Frontier from Jukebox and enjoying…

  • David Mamet on politics and reevaluating positions

    Nice essay in the Village Voice: village voice > news > David Mamet: Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal’ by David Mamet The Constitution, written by men with some experience of actual government, assumes that the chief executive will work to be king, the Parliament will scheme to sell off the silverware, and…

  • T.P.B. Barnett comments on citizenry’s distrust

    I’m moved by this because it speaks to my own feelings about government: Email exchange :: Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog: A lot of people out there convinced they are completely powerless in this world and that we’re being sucked into wars with no forethought. It’s a sad commentary on where we are right now…

  • Obama is still ahead

    I have never donated money to a political campaign in my life, but last month I donated fifteen bucks to Obama. Next time we’re a bit flush I’m going to do it again. It’s time for someone with a different emphasis; it’s time to not elect someone because a family member of theirs has been…



  • Older, Still. Random Long Rambling.

    “Mind the noose and fare thee well.” is in my earbuds this morning. Got a lot done so far this morning. Much yet more to do. TMBG Lyrics for the morning, from Older: You’re older than you’ve ever been and now you’re even older And now you’re even older And now you’re even older You’re…

  • Presidential Hopefuls Can’t Help Lying

    What is wrong with these clowns!?!? Sorting Truth From Campaign Fiction Mitt Romney says he “saw” his father “march” with Martin Luther King Jr. Rudolph W. Giuliani claims that he is one of the “five best-known Americans in the world.” According to John McCain, the Constitution established the United States as a “Christian nation.” Ron…

  • Healing Moral Fissures at DoD

    Retired General McCaffrey’s comments about Iraq after doing an extensive weeklong visit there, including leading with leadership and common people are heartening, particularly the bit about healing the moral stance of the Department of Defense. I really like the terse, matter-of-fact style. It reminds me a bit of the style in which Dave Ramsey gives…