Sunday, October 26, 2008

No real Americans in Alaska either

Palin's hometown paper, The Anchorage Daily News, endorses Obama. Mostly the reasoning behind the decision is that McCain sucks and Obama is awesome, not in so many words of course.
Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand. The same cannot be said of Sen. McCain.
But they don't let Palin completely off the hook for the decision either.
Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.
They also left out that she is a sociopath who has shown know demonstrable signs of intelligence. Maybe they'll get that in a follow-up.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Republican preoccupation with SNL

Newt Gingrich getting his stupid on. I guess Republicans don't really get satire. They don't get irony either. How else could he make that statement while on Fox News of all places. With a straight face!

To be fair, I would be pretty defensive too if I was always on the wrong side of every single issue. I'd like to think I'd be smart enough to change my mind however.

And speaking of changing minds, I enjoyed this analogy from David Sedaris' piece in The New Yorker about undecided voters:
To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. “Can I interest you in the chicken?” she asks. “Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?”

To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Someone call a wahmbulance

On Republican overspending to outfit Palin, Rich Galen comes to the "rescue":

If they hadn’t done this, ‘Saturday Night Live’ would be doing jokes where Governor Palin would be dressed in elk skin...


Let's not belabor the issue. $150,000 is simply crazy.

A note to the RNC: If you’re gonna run your campaign on an anti-elite, average everyday hockey mom, maverick, cut the wasteful spending platform you should have been a little more skillful at hiding the wasteful spending. If Republicans don’t like that this is an issue, well, that’s just too bad. Live by the balderdash, die by the balderdash, or something like that. We all know the hockey mom thing is just BS rhetoric, but now we have a nice tangible figure to confirm it: Republican=Hypocrite. Sucks to be them.

Monday, October 20, 2008

See what I'm saying

Nature is dangerous. Respecting it isn't enough. I think it's just best to stay away from it.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Life imitates art imitating life

I guess I should learn how to laugh at this stuff, but sometimes stupid is just so stupid.

UPDATE: My take on Palin's appearance is that the first sketch was funny, which had nothing to do with Palin. The rap sketch was hysterical (I love Amy Poehler!), but again, nothing to do with Palin's presence. Overall I think the appearance didn't make her look good. Basically she just sat there, smiling like an idiot, while Poehler tore into her family, her love of hunting, and her general arrogance. I think that there's a qualitative difference between being able to laugh at yourself (like any of a number of real life people do on their guest appearances) and just sitting passively while people openly mock you. Just my opinion. You gotta hand it to SNL for not pulling punches just because she was there.

Monday, October 13, 2008

John McCain, the stupid burns

So, Johnny boy is feeling rather confident. This begs a question. If he could have whipped Obama's ass, why didn't he in the last two debates? Oooooh, because he didn't say he would ahead of time. Politics is a complicated game.

And let's not overlook the fact that it's rife with racist overtones as well. Way to go John! Multi-layered stupid.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Vote already

I think we should all vote now. Not because I think McCain and his idiot protege have a snowball's chance in hell of overcoming the spread, but because their vitriol is reaching dangerous levels and the sooner we can put this election behind us the safer we'll all feel.

24 days of hate and counting...

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Disco's Playlists: Hartmann & Sanders on Bailout

I thought it would be fun to share podcasts that got my attention each week.

Anyway, this week's featured podcast from Thom Hartmann's hour one from this Friday. Every Friday he has "Brunch with Bernie," what Thom calls a national town hall. Anyway, Senator Bernie Sanders [I-VT] and Hartmann dig into the bailout, challenging some of the basic ideas. The most disturbing point made? For 1/6 of the money, we could have rebuilt our infrastructure, created 6 million jobs, and in the end have valuable repairs would be made. Instead? We bought a bunch of bankrupt companies.

I've been unsure about how I feel about the bailout, but hearing conversations like this make me worried.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Tinfoil-hat time again

I don't want to overreact or anything, but this just creeps me out. I was reading a smashing interview with my man Dean over at 538. He was getting some much-deserved credit for the success of the 50-state strategy. So there I was, innocently reading along, basking in Howie's genius, when I came across something rather peculiar.
I asked about Democratic use of Catalist, and how it compared with the RNC-owned VoterVault. Both of these are highly advanced datamining tools that campaigns use to target their voter universes for ground game.

That's not the peculiar part. That's actually pretty cool in a data nerd kinda way. The peculiar part was a bit further down the article.
Dean cited the Catalist's capacity for prediction with 85% accuracy using credit card data whether a voter falls into a particular targeted universe.

Uh, what? Unfortunately there was no elaboration on exactly what kind of credit card data they have access to, but given its 85% accuracy, I'm guessing they're getting pretty much everything. Every pint of micro brew, every toe waxing, every single iTunes purchase (even the time you purchased Love Hurts as a joke. It was a joke!). It may sound incredibly naive that this should even come as a surprise to me. Still, I'm not comfortable with this. At all. And I'd really like to know more. And so, dear reader, I shall make it a point to actually research this and report back to you, because I care. More to come...

Stupid things I've read today

I was researching a bit of Wal-Mart history for some reason which escapes me at the moment, when I came along this little nugget of info: Sam Walton was awarded the freaking Medal of Freedom by the first Bush in 1992. Sort of makes my dreams of receiving the most prestigious civilian award seem kind of hollow. Damn you Bushes! Do you have to defile everything within reach?

Thursday, October 02, 2008


Crap! My Canada safety net's gone. Now what the hell am I supposed to do if the unthinkable happens? Stay in freaking Norway? Damnit!