Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Morality is one thing; law is another. The issue of homosexual “marriage” is about law, not morality. It is about the world as we know it, not the world of philosophers’ imaginations. It is about the real world, not some ideal world. Homosexuals are already able to marry, morally speaking. They are already able to marry, religiously speaking. The question is whether their “marriages” should be recognized by law. The answer to this moral question about the law cannot be read off, as certain philosophers appear to think, from the answer to the moral question.-Keith Burgess-Jackson
Monday, November 29, 2004
Sunday, November 28, 2004
There is also irony here. If we remember the embarrassing Troy, we are beginning to see, that all for all the protestations of artistic excellence and craftsmanship, Hollywood has become mostly a place of mediocrity, talentless actors and writers who spout off about politics in lieu of having any real accomplishment in their own field. I’ve heard so many inane things mouthed by Stone that I would like someone at last to address this question—why would supposedly smart insiders turn over $160 million to someone of such meager talent to make such an embarrassing film? Alexander the Great is third-rate Cecil B. Demille in drag.-Victor Davis Hanson
When Broder says that the effects of "the division between the red and blue Americas" can "be measured in hundreds of millions of dollars in federal spending," it's like the scene in Austin Powers when Dr. Evil, thawed out after having been frozen for decades, decides to blackmail the world with a nuclear weapon and demands "one million dollars" from the world's leaders. The world's leaders break out laughing. ... The federal budget is 2.32 trillion dollars. Take away "hundreds of millions of dollars"--or add 'hundreds of millions of dollars"--and the budget is still 2.32 trillion dollars. "Hundreds of millions of dollars" is not a sum, spread out across the nation, that is going to effect many people's lives one way or another. Somebody thaw out Broder-Kaus
It reminds me of the Senator who used to say(in the 60s, I think), "A million here and a million there and pretty soon you're talking real money."
Sunday, November 21, 2004
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Friday, November 19, 2004
"In Mr. Krugman's defense, I suppose if anyone can speak with authority about scandals and failures over the last four years, who better than a writer for the New York Times."-Tom DeLay (from Luskin)
Thursday, November 18, 2004
BeowulfI count 33 out of 101, which is much higher than most other commentators seem to get. The thing is, I read most of them in high school. What do most people read in high school?
Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart-(tried, but it's seriously written at the 5th grade level and is really tedious. Good for anthropology, not much else.)
Agee, James - A Death in the Family
Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice
Baldwin, James - Go Tell It on the Mountain
Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot
Bellow, Saul - The Adventures of Augie March
Brontë, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
Brontë, Emily - Wuthering Heights
Camus, Albert - The Stranger
Cather, Willa - Death Comes for the Archbishop
Chaucer, Geoffrey - The Canterbury Tales
Chekhov, Anton - The Cherry Orchard
Chopin, Kate - The Awakening
Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness
Cooper, James Fenimore - The Last of the Mohicans
Crane, Stephen - The Red Badge of Courage
Dante - Inferno
de Cervantes, Miguel - Don Quixote
Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment(No Brothers Karamazov?)
Douglass, Frederick - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy(no, but I have read The Financier by Dreiser)
Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss
Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man
Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Selected Essays(We did read some stuff by him in high school, but I don't know if that would count)
Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William - The Sound and the Fury
Fielding, Henry - Tom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby(Blah)
Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary
Ford, Ford Madox - The Good Soldier
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von - Faust(I read a play by Goethe of Faust, not sure if it is the same thing)
Golding, William - Lord of the Flies
Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter
Heller, Joseph - Catch 22
Hemingway, Ernest - A Farewell to Arms (No, but I did read The Sun Also Rises. Crap)
Homer - The Iliad
Homer - The Odyssey(most)
Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, Aldous - Brave New World
Ibsen, Henrik - A Doll's House
James, Henry - The Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw
Joyce, James - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man(Pretty sure I read this in high school)
Kafka, Franz - The Metamorphosis
Kingston, Maxine Hong - The Woman Warrior
Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
Lewis, Sinclair - Babbitt
London, Jack - The Call of the Wild
Mann, Thomas - The Magic Mountain
Marquez, Gabriel García - One Hundred Years of Solitude
Melville, Herman - Bartleby the Scrivener
Melville, Herman - Moby Dick
Miller, Arthur - The Crucible
Morrison, Toni - Beloved
O'Connor, Flannery - A Good Man is Hard to Find
O'Neill, Eugene - Long Day's Journey into Night
Orwell, George - Animal Farm
Pasternak, Boris - Doctor Zhivago(Saw the movie)
Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar
Poe, Edgar Allan - Selected Tales
Proust, Marcel - Swann's Way
Pynchon, Thomas - The Crying of Lot 49
Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front (I know I read it in high school, but I remember almost nothing about it)
Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac
Roth, Henry - Call It Sleep
Salinger, J.D. - The Catcher in the Rye(crap, doesn't belong on the list)
Shakespeare, William - Hamlet
Shakespeare, William - Macbeth
Shakespeare, William - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare, William - Romeo and Juliet
Shaw, George Bernard - Pygmalion
Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein
Silko, Leslie Marmon - Ceremony
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich(No, but I've read Gulag Archipelago, which is much longer)
Sophocles - Antigone
Sophocles - Oedipus Rex (No Oedipus at Colonus?)
Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath
Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island
Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin
Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's Travels (don't remember it very well, but I know I read it in high school)
Thackeray, William - Vanity Fair
Thoreau, Henry David - Walden (although I don't really remember it)
Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace
Turgenev, Ivan - Fathers and Sons
Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Voltaire - Candide (overrated, rambling absurdism, not that interesting)
Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. - Slaughterhouse-Five
Walker, Alice - The Color Purple
Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth
Welty, Eudora - Collected Stories
Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass (I! Hate! You! Walt! Freakin! Whitman! Leaves of Grass my ass!)
Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray
Williams, Tennessee - The Glass Menagerie(Introverted girl with a collection of glass animals, right? Didn't make much of an impression when I read it as a freshman in high school.)
Woolf, Virginia - To the Lighthouse
Wright, Richard - Native Son
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
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Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Just had to share.
Oh yeah, and here's a link to debunk some conspiracy theories being spread by the more desperate Democrats.
And I got my Simpson's 4th season DVD set in the mail today. What more do you need to know?
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Save the crappy pitch for the Tigers' starting lineup, you hate-mongering fascist. Surely you realize that every word-slinging scribbler on the entire planet has written 800 words on what we should do differently. Essays offering "Advice for Democrats" now occupy more space on the Internet than Pamela Anderson's breasts. Small children are writing columns suggesting that we dump McAuliffe. Squirrels are telling us to run Southern governors. The smarter Venus flytraps suggest that we abandon gun control. For crying out loud, one rotten election and suddenly everyone is Dick Morris.(That paragraph was parodic, if you couldn't tell. The rest of the column is actually an advice column for Democrats.)
Monday, November 08, 2004
As she was eating, she heard some staffers chattering about the burgeoning controversy over Kerry's remark about Mary Cheney. The frenzy seemed absurd to her and, she thought, to her father as well. After breakfast, she flipped on the morning news to see a scowling Lynne Cheney calling Kerry's remarks "a cheap and tawdry political trick" and describing her father as "not a good man." This seemed like a new low to her. She vowed if she ever met "that woman" she would not shake her hand.These people are unbelievable. Kerry makes an utterly gratuitious remark about an opponent's family member, dragging her personal life into prime time television, and they think they are the one's wronged. Could they be more self-absorbed and pompous?
Let me clue you in on something, Alex, your father is not a good man. He is a narcissistic self-promoter with no attachment to truth or principle. And his political career just flamed out. Tell me something, did your father ever explain why he had his first marriage annulled? Like it never happened. That would be the marriage that produced you. Kind of like he is saying he wished you had never happened, huh? How would you feel if Bush had brought that up in the debate?
Never one to miss the main chance, now Al Gore has announced he's founding a money management firm with ex-principals of liberal Goldman Sachs. The angle?Don Luskin
The firm aims to deliver higher investment returns by integrating traditional equity analysis with sustainability research, a fledgling area that combines the principles of economic growth, environmental stewardship and social accountability.
All I want to know is: can I short it?
When the national convenience store chain closed its "precincts" on Monday, its monthlong promotion showed that 51.08 percent of its customers nationwide preferred coffee in a Bush cup while 48.92 percent picked Kerry containers.-Dallas News
A lot more accurate than any of the other polls.
Sunday, November 07, 2004
As the holidays approached, the Bush White House was as jolly as Rove. On Dec. 20 the Bush daughters, Jenna and Barbara, both college seniors, decided to hold a blowout for their friends in the Executive Mansion. Jenna, a young lady with her father's eye for a good time, had heard about a band from Nashville that was a big favorite at Southern good-ole-boy fraternity parties. The band, formally called the Tyrone Smith Revue, was better known as Super T. The bandleader, Tyrone Smith, would appear for the second set wearing a red cape and a bright blue jumpsuit emblazoned with a giant T.The Newsweek post-election series is, on the whole, very worthwhile, with many fascinating anecdotes. It is also swimming with DNC spin. Quick to let you know how everything bad Republicans said about John Kerry was "misleading" or a "distortion". They're at their worst in the chapter on the Swift Boat Vets, continuing to dismiss all inconvenient evidence and testimony out of hand. I've figured out what "distortion" and "smear" mean in MSM-speak. They mean "True statements we don't want the public to know."
The Tyrone Smith Revue set up in the East Room, usually used for press conferences. Shortly after 9, when the drinks were flowing and the kids were starting to glow, Super T swung into "Shotgun" and summoned the president, the First Lady and the twins onto the stage. "I want the Secret Service to stay back!" he cried. "I'm taking over now!" Super T began to instruct the First Family in a dance called the Super T Booty Green. ("Put your hands on your knees. Bend over. Shake two times to the right, shake two times to the left.")
The First Family got right down. The crowd erupted. Super T picked up the beat; he later recalled hearing a familiar voice cry, "Go, Super T!" He looked back to see the president of the United States hollering and shaking it like in old times at the Deke House. Laura Bush gently put her hand on the president's elbow; the frat brother subsided; the chief executive returned to duty.
The Bushes went to bed that night at 11:30, about two hours after the president's usual bedtime. As he dozed off, or tried to, a conga line twisted along the red carpet he usually walked down for formal press conferences. (Before the president retired, Super T offered to play at the Inaugural. Bush just grinned.)
Saturday, November 06, 2004
Democratic challenger John Kerry, having received the greatest number of popular votes in the history of losing, is also the first major candidate in the history of polling to have an immediate post-election popularity of less than 5%.Other funny- Ace imagines the John Kerry ticket as contestants on The Apprentice
Pollsters have been quick to point out, however, that such numbers can be misleading.
“A three percent approval rating can seem awfully low,” according to John Zogby, “but you have to remember that with our four percent margin of error, John Kerry’s real support may be considerably higher.”
Among those who remain Kerry supporters, the most commonly stated reason was, “I am John Kerry.”
JOHN EDWARDS: I'm Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, Mr. Trump.And, also, this mockery of Maureen Dowd is appropriately ruthless.
TRUMP: I can't have two Johns in the boardroom. It's too confusing. I'm just going to call you Tina. Now, Tina, where the hell were you when all of this was going on?
Friday, November 05, 2004
Thursday, November 04, 2004
I saw your blog and I thought you'd appreciate the fact that I was in Dayton assisting the Republican Party prevent voter fraud and election law violations for the last 4 days. We documented approximately 100 instances of violations by the Democrats yesterday, including my favorite -- a drunk poll-worker (yes the guy who checks your ID at the desk) campaigning for Kerry and threatening to beat up anyone who voted for Bush. Teams were also in every other major city in Ohio as the RNC decided 2 weeks ago that this was where the showdown was gonna be. After we reversed that leftist judge who tried to change a 140 year old Ohio law 1 day before voting, we put Republican poll voting challengers in most 60+ Gore districts. We just sat on them everywhere and were so well organized they couldn't get away with s**t in Dayton.I should add that I've read of shenanigans going on in Michigan, and I would assume there was stuff going down in Philadelphia. The good news is, it doesn't matter. Hah!
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
I was an assistant poll manager in an unnamed state (and have been for 10 years). If the public really knew massive amount of laws, ordinances, and regulations in place to make the voting process clear, Ohio would have no chance of becoming another Florida. Not to mention the abundance of signs and instructions placed everywhere but the voters' foreheads so they know what to do, what not to do and why. Human nature as it is, it seems like you just can't make some people take responsibility for following instructions or being informed.Here are just a few of the challenges we as poll workers had to deal with.
1. People didn't take the time to determine where they were supposed to vote.
2. People didn't take the time to see if they were registered.
3. People couldn't remember if they were registered.
4. People didn't know they were supposed to register.
5. People couldn't understand why they couldn't register at the poll on election day.
6. People didn't know who was on the ballot.
7. People didn't know why certain people weren't on the ballot.
8. People didn't know that once you 'cast' your ballot, you've voted.
9. If people were at the wrong poll, i.e. moved to a new precinct, county, etc., they couldn't understand why they just couldn't vote there anyway.
10. The concept of having an i.d. to prove you are who you say you are, doesn't click with some people.
11. Yes, we have followed the same voting procedure for the last four years, and no, we didn't make the rules.
12. You may have liked paper better, but we went to electronic voting because of Florida.
13. Quite a few of the elections laws in place that make life inconvenient for you, are there because someone sued.
Secondly, Lurch finally conceded. Hooray! And he got trounced in Colorado. When I think of all those energetic Kerry/Edwards supporters who were waving signs on street corners, and how utterly dejected and useless they must feel right about now.... it makes feel really, really happy.
On a sadder note, Pete Coors did lose to Salazar, but you know, honestly, I was paying no attention to that race. Which is funny since it's my Senator. Oh well, apparently Salazar was a pretty popular Attorney General.
I'd also like to point out that Bush won without any states that were even close. Ohio was a two point lead and a margin of 140,000. Nevada was a two point lead. The only ones that were really close were Iowa and New Mexico, and he doesn't need either of those. And, so far, the margins in both of those states is above 10,000 votes, which I believe is higher than the 2000 margins for Oregon, New Mexico, Iowa, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Florida. And both Bush and Gore needed every state they got.
And then there's that 3.5 million popular vote margin victory. That sure is sweet isn't it? Ahhhh... If it's not close they can't cheat... There was probably some funnyness going on in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, but, you know what? It doesn't matter.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Nevada's tied(3000 votes difference) with only 17% counted
Ohio, Bush is ahead 100,000 votes with 86% counted
Iowa, Kerry is ahead with 1,000!!! votes with 83% counted, basically balanced on a knife edge.
New Hampshire and Wisconsin are very close, but Kerry has the edge.
Basically, at this point I'd say Bush carries Ohio and New Mexico giving him the win.
Nevada doesn't have enough information, but I'd guess Bush based on polls and previous results.
Iowa could really go either way.
New Hampshire and Wisconsin will stay with Kerry.
(and Kerry keeps Michigan, I don't really consider it in play at this point.)
Colorado 54/45 Bush with 63% reporting - Bush
That leaves New Mexico 51/48 with 68% reporting, looks good, but it could turn around.
Nevada, only 5% reporting, and it's a toss-up. With New Mexico, we don't need it.(barring some weird faithless elector stuff)
And the Silver State is looking Bluish... Have you lost your mind Nevada? Oh well, less than 1% reporting. Doesn't mean much. We know you'll come around... or else.
Arizona is looking solid, Idaho and Alaska have no data, but we don't need to see any data to know where they're going.
Ohio is 53/47 Bush with 39% counted, so that's pretty safe Bush, although not done yet.
Colorado is looking Bush, although it's too early to say for certain with only 12% reporting.
Throw in Nevada, and you have a Bush victory.
That doesn't even include New Mexico, which is looking even more solid Bush than Colorado, and would replace Nevada if need be.
Also, Wisconsin and Michigan are looking Bush.
New Hampshire is a complete toss-up at this point, but we don't need it. It would also be really cool, although unnecessary, to carry Hawaii.
Bush is up 51/48 in the overall popular vote, down from his earlier lead. California isn't in yet, and that's going to eat into his lead some more. Still, I'd predict a popular vote victory at this point, which would be really nice. No more of that stupid snarking.
PS, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania are both leaning Kerry, which doesn't surprise me. And to those people on crack that said that Bush was going to carry New Jersey... you people were really on crack.
Today while running I noticed a bunch of signs for Kerry/Edwards and Dave Thompson(local D Congress candidate). The thing is, they were on public land. Which pissed me off enough that I knocked a bunch down. There are definitely more KE signs around Golden than BC. Funny thing is there are tons of signs up for Ramey Johnson, who is the local R state representative. There are also a lot for Bob Beauprez(sp?) the R congressional candidate. There are even more for Pete Coors than for BC. What does this mean? I don't know. Although it's worth noting that I've never seen a house that had a sign for both Ramey Johnson(R) and Kerry/Edwards. So maybe all those people with Ramey Johnson signs are reliable Bush voters after all, even though they haven't put up the signs. Fear of violence maybe?
Like I said, tons of KE(and Dave Thompson) signs put up on public land today. I thought it was just the Democrats, but then I saw some BC signs put up along the freeway east of Golden. Does this really do anything? I mean, are there people who can't make up their mind who are just going to vote for the most recent sign they've seen? I saw people standing at roundabouts (yes, we have some in Golden), waving around signs for Gwen Green(local D state representative candidate). How many people does that convince? I suppose you could consider it a get-out-the-vote(GOTV) operation, reminding people to vote, but doesn't it also remind the opposition to vote? In any case, I haven't seen anything similar from Republicans. Either because they are less organized on the ground.... or possibly because they are more organized and focus their efforts in more effective channels.
In any case, Jeff Goldstein managed to get this last minute interview with John Kerry, it's a must read- excerpt,
Senator John Kerry: “That’s what he says, yes. But as you know, the Vice President’s daughter is quite gay. A lesbian. Likes the poon."