Sunday, August 26, 2012
This is from ten days ago so it is out of the news cycle, but I still want to talk about it. Dan Balz, a Washington Post writer, wrote an article titled "A Most Poisonous Campaign" in which he discusses how mean the campaign has become. His examples: From the Obama side we have the ad that " linked Romney to the cancer death of the wife of Joe Soptic, who lost his job and health insurance when a steel company that Bain Capital took over while Romney was at the firm later went bankrupt, after Romney left Bain." Ouch, accusing a man of being accessory to a death. That is mean!
To show that the Romney campaign is just as cruel, Balz writes: "Mention the Soptic ad to Obama campaign officials and instead of showing remorse or regret, they point to the spot Romney aired that accuses Obama of gutting the work requirement in the welfare reform act that was passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996." Yeah, claiming that your opponent is making an unpopular policy change through executive fiat is so...wait, what? Isn't this the kind of thing that politicians should be whacking each other on? Balz's comparison reminds of Lisa's line from a Simpsons about the Springfield-Shelbyville rivalry: "They built a mini-mall, so we built a bigger mini-mall. They made the world's largest pizza, so we burnt down their city hall."
The major problem with Romney's ad is that the work requirements have been basically gutted through the caseload reduction credit, supplantation of state funds, and other shenanigans. The rhetoric may be on target (which it is), the legality may be dubious (the Administration is claiming they can grant states waivers on work requirements, when the law states the waiver can be granted on whether a state has to submit a plan describing work requirements to HHS; the administration has equated the two; other people disagree), but the actual impact is nothing.
More cruel is Mitt's hatred of PBS from whom (whence? what?) he wants to pull all public funding. Dear Mitt: $444 million is a pittance. Everyone loves PBS (especially independents). The only people who hate PBS are Southern right wingers who hate the Civil War being shown over and over again and rubbing in their face that they lost and that the Cause was nefarious, etc. They are going to vote for you anyway (for good or for ill). Fire the staffer who came up with this brilliant idea to mobilize the base.
Suede once said "Gimme gimme the power and I'll make them believe."
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Although the entire concert was a highlight, I would have to say that Lost in My Mind, Rivers and Roads, and Josh McBride were the highlights of the highlights. And THATH seemed pretty gracious about the outpouring of love for them. Charity, in particular, seemed like she was overwhelmed and seemed on the verge of crying. That just added to the greatness of the concert.
I'm going to tentatively say that it was the best concert I've seen in DC. BSP may have matched the energy, but the crowd at THATH pushed it over the top.
And here's a video of Josh McBride in it's awesomeness from somewhere in Austin, TX
Friday, September 23, 2011
Me: *observing bandage and gauze on your arm* Oh, what happened to you? Cut yourself?
You: No, I had a mole removed...
Me: *in mind* oh gosh, they are one of those mole people. I bet they are covered with moles I can't see. I bet they have one that looks like a stovetop hat on their back. Who talks about their moles? *out loud* uh, did that hurt?
You: Well, not the first time. They had to cut out more the second time.
Me: *in mind* sweet mercy, the second time? How big was it? And I thought I knew this person! *out loud* oh
You: yeah, it was fast growing. Not cancerous. Just fast growing. They dont know biologically why it was growing so fast. But not cancerous. The doctor compared it to the kind of moles old Russian women have that cover one side of their face.
Me: *in mind* I think I'm going to throw up. I'm never touching this person. Who talks about their moles? I've never had a conversation about moles! What am I supposed to say? *out loud* God speed.
You: You should get your moles checked. That one looks weird.
Now reverse You and Me and you can see why my conversations with people this week have been a little...brief.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
An offense that struggles to score touchdowns? Need to execute.
It was a talking parrot convention.
"It was failure to execute at critical times," said BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
"We didn't execute like we're capable," said quarterback Jake Heaps.
"It was just not doing small things that cost us execution," said senior offensive tackle Matt Reynolds.
"We didn't execute," said Spencer Hadley.
"If we executed like we are capable, we would have won," said safety Travis Uale.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Bloodbuzz killed because, well, it's Bloodbuzz.
I really need a bootleg of this show. If anyone happens to stumble across one, please let me know.