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Wednesday, October 8. 2008
I'm pretty good at this political prognostication stuff, so I'm feeling quite confident when I make this bold prediction regarding tonight's debate:
I predict the Republicans will claim McCain won and the Democrats will claim Obama won.
Pretty daring of me, don't you think? Well, when you have the keen political insight I'm gifted with, bold predictions like this just come naturally. 'Daring' is my middle name.
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Even the 'new' things in our lives aren't really new, just modernized. An iPod is a smaller, smarter Walkman. A cameraphone is a camcorder and a telephone. A laptop is just a smaller computer.
The way both candidates act like our lives just hinge on what happens next in Washington is simply ludicrous. When Brokaw asked them what sacrifices they'd ask Americans to make, I would have replied, "Not a damn thing, Tom. Except for that crazy subprime business, everything's going along just great! You folks at home enjoy yourselves, now, y'hear?" People have never had it so good, yet even McCain's jumped aboard the "Everything's a wreck — we gotta fix it!" bandwagon.
But what I can't figure out is who they think is reading this stuff. If someone's online to read it, then they can watch the dang thing themselves on any of the major news sites. In the meantime, the bloggers, who should be sitting back and taking in the event, jotting down notes on the side, are missing all the body language and facial expressions and such because they're busy "live blogging".
I did a small parody of those early debates here, and Michelle Malkin has a round-up of the fraudulent 'undecided citizens' from those dark days here. The big difference was that there weren't any video clips tonight. Having members of the audience ask questions was okay, although it all felt so pre-planned that Brokaw might as well have asked the questions himself. And it's a total farce to call it a "town hall meeting" if the audience is told to shut the hey up. The impromptu participation of the audience is why this style of debate is called a "town hall meeting" in the first place.
This Just In
I just made the quick rounds of the news and blog sites. You'll never believe it:
The Republicans think McCain won and the Democrats think Obama won.
Color us stunned!
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I have to disagree Doc. I predict that the Republicans will say that Obama lost, and that the Democrats will say that McCain lost.
What?? Negativity? Here in America? Your wild theory stretches the very bounds of the imagination, my friend. From what I've seen, nothing but the sincerest friendship exists between the two candidates, such as when Obama called him "my good friend John McCain", or when McCain referred to Obama as "That one."
I think we'll both agree, close friendships like this don't come easy!
"Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see!"
"I thought we were gonna get television. The truth is... television is gonna get us." - Groucho Marx
Bet it sounds familiar. :)
That's a terrific blog site you've got going. Your tribute to Newman was really first class. And having contests is a great idea. Looks like you're having a ball.
If I could make one suggestion, it would be to make sure your graphics are the correct size before posting them. The algorithm a browser uses to resize pics is much worse than a dedicated image program (even lowly 'Paint'), and the online pictures end up looking pixelated, as some of yours do. They'll look much better if you resize them first. You might hunt down a free image studio called 'Gimpshop 2'. I did a review here on the original Gimp program -- which left a little to be desired -- but apparently Gimpshop 2 is much better.
Thanks for your kind comments Doc and for the advice. Admittedly I am a lightweight when it comes to the graphics and html stuff. I've been trying to figure out a way to fix certain things, including making my main column a little wider and the sidebar a little wider or adding a second one on the left. So I appreciate your suggestion and will be checking out Gimpshop post haste. Some images I get directly from a source (like TCM for ads and some pix) but others I scan in or grab- so this looks like it will come in handy.
As I recall from my experiments on Blogger, there's a place where you can change the template, but I don't think you can tweak things like individual columns. If you ever want to get serious, this is the way to go. Then you can make it perfect.
Thanks again! I will check it out later this evening (after I stop pretending to work at work).
The only line of the night's snore-fest.
I was typing something when he said it, and immediately slapped Atl-Tab to flip over to the streamcast to see if he'd actually just referred to someone in the room as "that one."
For those of you scoring at home, according to objective journalist Maureen Dowd of the objective New York Times, "that one" is secret Southern code for a black person. Of course, McCain isn't a Southerner, but no matter. It was still blatant racism, the same way Ross Perot was guilty of racism by calling a bunch of black people "you people" in a speech. Remember that? It's okay if a group carves out a huge identity for itself, but you call attention to that identity, that's racism.
Once you learn the rules, it's easy to get along!
What about McCain referring to Obama's explanation of health care to using a nail to stick Jello to a wall? I loved it. But man, what boring questions that simply forced the old talking-point responses. ugh. It seems both campaigns like "that one" and are having fun with it without using 'racist'. McCain doesn't have a racist bone in his body and anyone with a brain knows it.
The MSM and bitches like Dowd are ruining this country from the politics to this terrible financial mess. Marshall McLuhan warned of it and how powerful the medium = message thing is when it incorporates the use of fear. Revulsion at its most sickening because we have very little control over it. The only way to assuage any anger about the fear generated by the media over the financial mess is knowing the liberals are taking the same hits we are.
What a country: Crying out for leadership. Sad stuff.
"The only way to assuage any anger about the fear generated by the media over the financial mess is knowing the liberals are taking the same hits we are."
I wrote a short post (on my own site) a while back using the same reasoning for global warming. It'll be small comfort, sure, but comfort just the same knowing they're paying the same ethanol-driven high prices for food, higher electrical and gas rates due to carbon caps, etc, etc.
And, as you said, there'll be some joy in watching the media squirm when Obama & crew bring back the Fairness Doctrine -- and somebody starts talking about including newspapers and cable TV.
Hey Merc, dunno who does the page design for Maggie's but you might want to have a look through and talk to them, kind of grim, and I don't think it's the vids and such.
Well, according to Task Manager ('Performance' tab), it's currently using about 70 megs of mem, which sounds about right, given its length. I don't see any signs of leakage, and none of the vids are auto-starting, so the only mem they're using is the preview pic in the player and a little something for the player, itself.
This isn't to blow you off, though. If there's something going on, I want to know about it. Maybe putting too many video players on the page at once is a problem for machines without a lot of memory? I mention it because there are probably more players currently on the home page than ever before.
If you want to pursue this, I need to know how much mem your machine has, the OS, what the specific problem is on your end, when did it start, and anything else you can think of. Also, are you using Norton Internet Security? It has a weird 'delay' thing with a few blogsites, like Maggie's and Ace's, where the whole site freezes for a few seconds.
And just FYI: because it's blogging software, there's no one webmaster for the home page. We fill out the editor, hit the 'Publish' button and the software uses the posting time to slip it into the mix. While I don't have control over the other posts, I can always call or email Bird Dog to have a post temporarily removed if we think that's causing the problem.