Πέμπτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 30, 2004

Pictures, Getcher Pictures!

Hi there. If you're looking for pictures of Mary Beth Cahill, I've got some for you right here. Your wish is my command.

Τετάρτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 29, 2004

The Only John Kerry Ad You'll Ever Need

Right here.

Τρίτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 28, 2004

As You Can See...

...I do exist, just less frequently. I'm sorry -- I'm just really busy at the moment. I'm going to try to catch up some this evening, though that's not a promise, just an aspiration. Things to look forward to: Fiskfest Vol 2, a series of funny quotes from an ex-defensive tackle turned country songwriter turned my professor, posts yet to be composed. But not until at least 8:30 tonight, as I have class solid till 7.

Oh Dear

This is bad. I don't have time for in depth analysis, but my general opinion is that rogue states ruled by batguano crazy dictators with Walken-hair posessing nuclear ICBMs is a very bad thing. Now would be a great time for China to step up to the plate and squash this like a bug.

Oh, and by the way, here's to you, Mr. Carter. Thanks.

Κυριακή, Σεπτεμβρίου 26, 2004

First the Women, now the Children...

...bail from the Good Ship Kerry

Two things, briefly, in regards to this article about how, amazingly, the Youth Vote isn't trending towards Kerry. In fact, Bush has pulled ahead in polling among the Young, who apparently have turned out alright after all. Here's the paragraph that got me:
Democrats had been hoping for a big boost from younger voters with music stars like Wyclef Jean, Mary J. Blige, Bruce Springsteen, the Dixie Chicks, Dave Matthews and Pearl Jam lining up for Kerry.
This strikes me as, oh, insane on the behalf of the Democrats for to reasons.

1) I know very few people my age who would actively seek out the music of Bruce Springsteen and I know even fewer who would admit to listening to the Dixie Chicks (and my friends are the type of people who openly listen to things that the rest of the world considers to be very very lame) and if I recall correctly, Pearl Jam was big when I was in 6th grade.

2) Most of us younger voters have spent our entire lives having it either conciously or unconciously drilled into us that rock stars were by and large not role models and not to be emulated. Just because So-and-so did crack and such-and-such hired hookers and whats-his-name drove his motorcycle off a cliff did not make it a good idea for us, etc. By now, we're used to appriciating them for their art and acknowledging that they make many poor choices. Thanks to that conditioning, we're better able to resist their attempts to Pied Piper us off into the sea of Kerry.

3) (BONUS!) Once again, how dumb do they think we are? Just like the women wanting more than a pretty face, the young want more than some great tunes -- we want some actual policies and/or positions. Maybe even ones we agree with. Please do not think that we are shallow, because we aren't, and misunderestimating shallowness can lead to severe paralysis...

Σάββατο, Σεπτεμβρίου 25, 2004

Stating the Obvious

So, yeah, massive blog redesign. Two main reasons: 1) someone or other (I'm sorry, I forget these things, feel free to take credit in the comments section) mentioned that they had stumbled on a my blog and they expected a blog called "The Resplendent Mango" to be a bit more, well, resplendent and mango colored. This may not be it, but it's a step in that direction. 2), I was getting sick of going to other blogger pages that had the same template and having that parallel universe blog feeling ("It looks like my blog and it feels like my blog, but it's not!") which is sort of like the feeling of getting off the elevator at the wrong floor in your dorm and walking down a hallway that looks exactly like yours except the door decorations are all wrong and it's just so weird. So here we are. You may like it. You may hate it. But it's different now, and I like it. I still have to make a few minor modifications (like getting rid of the gray roundy corners) but there's only so much I can do in an evening. And yes, I know the Google Ad-sense (a pox unto them) window now clashes; this is because something's wrong with their site this evening and thus I cannot log on and get the new code to get properly colored boxes and they won't let you change the parameters yourself. So here I am with flagrantly mismatched ad boxes. If they're not fixed by tomorrow, I may take them down until I can get them right.

So there you have it -- The Resplendent Mango 2.0 -- double the resplendence, double the mango.

In response to a lyric that referred to a gnome under the bed:

"It was sudden, for a gnome..."
"Regarding the gnome..."
"I was just, still, on the gnome..."
"The more fun you had, the more guh-nomish the monster would be..."
"Let the sleeping gnome lie..."

These may not be as funny here as they were in lab, but being in closely spaced chairs in a highly refrigerated room for three and a half hours at a time can make things strangely hysterical.

My Schedule

A week or so ago, one of my friends asked me a perfectly reasonable question for which I had no reasonable answer. The question: "So how many classes are you taking?" The answer: "Um...I'm not completely sure..."

Our schedule varies widely week to week with seminars and workshops and master classes and labs and all kinds of other stuff, but let me give you an idea what our week looks like.

Monday:
1:30-3:30 American Musical Theatre History
4-7 Songwriting Master Class (this timeslot varies)

Tuesday:
9-10 Rehearsal for Lab
10-1:30 Lab
2:45-4:30 Playwriting Tutorial
4:45-7 Craft Seminar

Wednesday:
10-12 Symposium
12-1 Optional Lunch Forum
2:30-4:30 Musical Theatre Structures
4:45-7 Lyric Tutorial

Thursday:
9-10 Rehearsal for Lab
10-1:30 Lab
2:45-5 Music Tutorial

Friday:
1-4 Film Scoring Class (optional)

Saturday
1:30-3:30 Film Viewing of Musicals

But, as I said, this varies widely week to week. Things wind up at different times, in different places, with different professors, etc. We're assumed not to have other lives, so it works out decently. We have a different collaborative project each week that we present at lab, and then lots of other exciting things for the tutorials, master classes, etc. This may explain the sparseness of blogging...

Παρασκευή, Σεπτεμβρίου 24, 2004

Security Moms and other Fantastic Creatures

Noam Schiber has a cute little piece that poses the question Do Security Moms Exist? and says:
If you've been following the presidential campaign these last few weeks, you've probably heard a thing or two about security moms--the erstwhile soccer moms who became obsessed with terrorism after September 11, and, in the process, began tilting Republican. The typical "security mom" story--variations of which have appeared in The Washington Post (twice), The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Philadelphia Inquirer in recent weeks, as well as on CNN, ABC, and NPR--cites the hair-raising effect of the recent Russian school massacre. It mentions Laura Bush's frequent pitches to women on security matters, and notes how the Republican Convention was awash in security talk. Often the stories are larded with a testimonial by a real-live security mom, invariably a pro-choice, pro-gay rights, anti-death penalty former Gore supporter who's convinced only George W. Bush can keep her children safe. All of them conclude that security moms could cost John Kerry the election.

Oh, and the stories usually have one other thing in common: They're based on almost no empirical evidence.

As with most urban myths, the idea that terror-related anxiety would drive women into the Republican column is eminently plausible: You'd expect the maternal instinct to make women more concerned about security in the high-risk, post-September 11 environment.
He eventually comes to the conclusion that maybe they do exist because they seem to show up in polls occasionally and the campaigns seem to think they exist, etc, but maybe not. So what do you folks think? Now, I don't personally have kids so I'm not in a position to rebut him, but if you do and consider yourself to be a security mom, perhaps you should drop Noam a line. Be empirical.

The Watcher's Council Speaks

This week's Council results are in. Athena, blogging from Jordan, is our Council winner with a post entitled The Barrier to Defeating Terrorism.

The non-council winner is The Fall of the Media Empire by Cavalier's Guardian Watchblog.

The full results are here.

Thinking Women of the World, Unite!

Can I just say how much pundits writing about the "women's vote" piss me off? Like, for example, in this article.
Last December, Dean was derided by the political establishment on both sides of the aisle when he said that the capture of Saddam Hussein "has not made America safer." At the time, Kerry said Dean's statement "is still more proof that all the advisers in the world can't give Howard Dean the military and foreign policy experience, leadership skills, or diplomatic temperament necessary to lead this country through dangerous times." On Monday at NYU, Kerry put himself firmly in Dean territory when he said of Hussein's removal from power and subsequent capture, "We have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure."

That Dean-like statement from Kerry should not scare Kerry's advisers. It is honest, accurate, and preferable to more convoluted Kerry campaign rhetoric.

It also holds appeal for women. The pollsters and pundits say women will vote for the candidate who makes them feel most secure. Some polls show that female support is shifting to Bush. Kerry needs to change that dynamic -- and quickly. By voting to authorize war, Kerry essentially turned the car keys over to a president who recklessly drove America to the wrong war in the wrong country at the wrong time. Taking back the car keys should make many women feel more, not less, secure. Putting Kerry in the driver's seat makes sense, as long as he stops driving around Iraq in circles.

When you make a wrong turn in traffic, life, or war, you don't keep on going. You stop, acknowledge that you were wrong, and do what it takes to get back on track. As women know, a man who admits that is rare indeed, and worth electing to the presidency.
Emphasis mine. What this guy's basically saying is that women care about emotion, not substance. As long as Kerry gives us the feeling of him being in the driver's seat (which should automatically make sense, apparently) we women won't mind where we're going. Honestly, "Taking back the car keys should make many women feel more, not less, secure." That's about as insulting a sentance as is politically correct to write. Maybe women don't just like Bush because he's resolute and brave and steadfast and looks great in a flight suit -- some of us actually support him because we agree with him. As you can see by the ever-expanding ranks of the Eowyn Voters League, there are a fair number of women who vastly prefer the idea of seeing the enemy met on the battlefield than making a last stand at home.

Some of the other semi-insulting women voters lines include:
  • Women will flock to Edwards because he is supposedly attractive.
  • Women will vote en masse for Democrats because all women are pro-choice.
  • Women are unlikely to support a war because they are nurturing.
    Etc. I mean, yes, women are more emotional than men a lot of the time, but we're capable of rational thought too. Give us a little credit, please.

  • My Evening

    This evening's diversion: gay bar hopping in the Village. Sorta. We (me and three gay guys -- all the straight men bailed this evening, as did the other girl) stayed at the first one we went to, Phoenix, for quite a while, and it was a fairly nice place, laid-back, not too loud, etc. We then decided to move on down the way and never did find an appropriate next location -- we tried several other gay bars but they all had covers and we weren't interested in that. We then, for reasons that were not entirely clear to me, went in search of a lesbian bar at Houston and A, but it seemed not to exist. No real loss there, although I was looking very nice this evening and didn't have anyone to appriciate me at the gay bars. Since it fortunately didn't exist, we then wandered up the Bowrey in search of a place called Slide (Rob had picked up a guide to the gay bars in the Village somewhere) which we found, and that was great and all except a) it had a cover and b) tonight it was a gay underwear bar. And no, there will never be an occasion in which you will get me down to my underwear in a room full of gay men in tighty-whities. There I put my foot down and there I stood my ground. And then I came home. It was a fun evening though. The boys I went out with are very fun, sweet guys and they make sure to pay attention to me when we're out. Next time, hopefully we'll try to bring along a straight guy or too for my benefit....

    Πέμπτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 23, 2004

    On the Contrary...

    From today's NYPost:
    Earlier this week, Kerry made a much-ballyhooed speech offering four generalizations about how he would fix Iraq. But there was no detail, not a single nut or a lonely bolt. And the current administration is already doing most of what Kerry suggested.
    Actually, whenever I think of Kerry alone on stage giving a speech, a "single nut" is pretty much what comes to mind.

    Yaawwnnn....

    Sweet goodness 7AM comes early. And can I just mention how exceptionally not excited about taking the 6 at 7:45? There is oppression and then there is the 6 train at rush hour. Note: Be a diva. Diva don't sing before 9AM.

    Τετάρτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 22, 2004

    The Master

    This is not right. I rank in the top 10 sites when you search for "great names for rock bands" (#1 if you search using it as one string) and Dave Barry's not up there at all (okay, he is when you do the single string, but I still rank higher). I do have my share of great names for rock bands, but if you really want the master himself, it's Dave.

    Sex Ed is Working!

    ...Sorta.

    From CNN.com:
    An 11-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a 76-year-old neighborhood woman in her home as three of his friends stood watch.

    The woman said the 11-year-old put on a condom and tried to rape her, followed by a second boy.
    So this kid put on a condom to rape an elderly woman who he stood zero chance of impregnating and from whom he had a near-zero chance of catching an STD. Maybe he didn't want to leave DNA evidence, but I'm not convinced most 6th graders have an adequate understanding of what DNA is, let alone the importance of not leaving it places. Presumably, he was at some point in sex-ed (I mean, health class) he was taught that you should never have sex without a condom and taught how to use one. Apparently they neglected to teach him not to friggin' rape people. That would seem worth a mention...

    Discoveries of the Day

    Exciting Finale Discovery:

    A feature called "implode music" which allows you to condense music from multiple staves onto one staff. Handy, with a fabulous name.

    Exciting Shopping Discovery:

    Strawberry. Cheap, cute, and abundant.

    Exciting Culinary Discovery:

    Pad Si Eew

    Exciting Cultural Discovery:

    The New York Public Library's Theatre on Film and Tape library, which has videos of most major (and many minor) theatrical performances in the last 35 years, plus workshops, interviews, TV shows about theatrical performances, etc, and it's free to use!

    Bummer Scheduling Discovery:

    I'm singing two pieces tomorrow morning in lab and consequently have to be at school at 8:30 to rehearse. Thank God the first piece I'm singing is LOW. Tuesday I was singing Fs at 9AM. Amazingly, they sounded pretty good. But still, 8:30 is too early for Fs.

    Τρίτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 21, 2004

    Quashing of Dissent

    Sorry to alarm ya'll if you just saw the pre-fisked version and thought I'd forgotten to wear my tinfoil hat today. Here's a nicely fiskable email from Howard Dean:
    Dear Katie,
    Dear Howie... Actually, you van't be Howie. That's my dog's name and he's cute and you aren't and he seems sane, for a beagle. So I guess we'll have to stick with Howard. Or Doc, maybe? Except Doc was one of the better dwarves. Maybe Dean-o. That will do.

    Dear Dean-o,
    Prepare for a fisking you'll never forget.
    Jerry Falwell has a lot to say.
    So does Mary Beth Cahill. So does John Kerry, considering how many positions he manages to hold relative to the number of issues upon which it is possible to hold positions. So does Bill Clinton, judging by the size of his autobiography. So do you, it would seem. Having a lot to say is not automatically a bad thing. It certainly has its moments of annoyingness, but I know I personally haven't been subjected to the ravings of Falwell in quite a while, except for just now when you sent them to me. Just don't listen.
    Falwell is the fundamentalist who opened the Republican National Convention in 2000 (the GOP kept him under lock-and-key this time around). He asserts that the AIDS crisis is "God's punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals."
    And we all know that fundamentalists are Evil, or something. Now, please understand that I in no way shape or form agree with Falwell on pretty much any issue related to homosexuality. However, I have a problem with blanket intolerance towards Fundamentalists. I don't always like what they believe, but as long as they're not actively advocating going around stringing up the queers, I think they have a right to say it. And then I have the right to say why I think they're wrong. As they say, the solution to free speech is more free speech.
    Now he has started a law school. The purpose: to train fundamentalists to ignore laws they don't support and reinterpret others to enforce their radical agenda. The "school" is only the latest move in a monumental power play by the extreme right wing.
    Oh NO! Good grief, a law school with a political agenda? Lawyers with political agendas? In the United States of America? Say it ain't so.
    They have taken over the Republican Party - and have set their sights on every branch of our government.
    Given that Falwell was kept "under lock and key" at the most recent convention while people like McCain, Giuliani, Schwarzenegger and Laura Bush were given primetime speaking engagements, the Falwell takeover seems to be rather unimpressive at best.
    In the coming weeks, Democracy for America wants to distribute $250,000 to candidates who will stop them. Supporting these candidates now builds the infrastructure we will need to compete with the radical right.
    If I understand the logic of this email correctly, you're going to distribute money to candidates who will stop Christians from starting a law school. Or maybe to candidates who will stop Christian lawyers? And ya'll are the tolerant, pro-civil-liberties, pro-free-speech folks? As far as I can tell, if I want to start a law school dedicated to the study of fly fishing law, that's just fine. Now, if I want my graduates to be real lawyers, my school a) has to get accredited and b) my students have to pass the bar exam, which will include questions about those nefarious laws that don't apply to fly fishing. If I do manage to meet these things then I'm not doing any wrong and if I don't manage to do these things, I'm not doing any harm, and in any case, it doesn't seem to be the government's place to stop me.
    But we need your help to make that investment in the future of our cause:
    I'd make a contribution to the ACLU first -- at least they purport to support civil liberties.
    The press didn't say much about the new law school. But a timid, shallow media is not the only problem. People who support common sense and fairness do not have the same infrastructure as the radical right. For decades they have spent billions of dollars funding, training and amplifying their movement.
    Once again, why is it a problem if Christians want to teach law to other Christians from a Christian perspective. It's not like they're gonna go out and make their own little Christian varient of sharia'a. If the wacky fundamentalists go around ignoring laws that they don't like, well, that's why we have judges -- to slap them down and make them deal with the laws we have. And while we're talking about sharia'a and creepy little religious schools, what do you have to say, Dean-o, about the madrasses in the Middle East where children are trained to be suicide bombers and have their ears snipped off for not chanting loud enough?

    ::crickets::

    Maybe you should throw some cash towards stopping that cute little practice, buddy.
    That's why we are supporting judicial candidates like Anita Kelly in Alabama. She will use her office to enforce the law and address real problems. She has spent her career fighting to enforce laws that guarantee access to education, labor rights, and other liberties that people like Falwell would roll back.
    Support the candidates who believe what you do, fine. Try to shut down the private schools of the people with whom you disagree and you, my friend, are well on your way to becoming an oppressor. Once again, the Bar doesn't have to admit them and whoever it is that accredits law schools doesn't have to accredit them (although if they meet the standards, whatever those are, they shouldn't not accredit them on ideological grounds) but people can learn whatever they want to learn and teach what they want to teach. Period.
    Democracy for America is the organization dedicated to stopping them. DFA is the only organization who will not be afraid to stand up and fight back now and build the infrastructure to compete with them for decades to come. Please contribute whatever you can today:
    And we're the Digital Brownshirts. I sigh in your general direction.
    In the days after September 11th Falwell said that America deserved to be attacked for, "throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools." He implicated supporters of civil liberties and women's rights, among others, saying: "I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.'"
    He said something bad. He's free to say that. He's free to be wrong. He's free to teach other people things that are wrong. He's even allowed to teach other people things about the law that are wrong. The Bar is free to flunk them. I feel like I'm repeating myself here.
    Like the rest of his and George Bush's agenda, the purpose of Falwell's law school is to roll back the progress of the last hundred years. The people of this country have spent a century unraveling hate and prejudice from out legal system. Falwell wants to bring all that back.
    Then defeat them in court. Hold their arguments up to the standard of the Law and the Constitution and whatever and show them to be lacking. Nothing more exciting than winning an argument. Beat them with your ideas. But don't you dare shut them down.
    I am committed to stopping him. The dozens of candidates DFA has endorsed for every level of office are committed to stopping him and his allies. There are just over 40 days left to make an impact on this election. Make your commitment to today:
    Can I commit you to the secure mental facility of my choice? I'd make that commitment.
    With your contribution, we can make this substantial investment in the future of our movement for socially progressive, fiscally responsible, common sense change.
    As I said, I'm all for socially progressive policy. I'm just not in favor of you trying to shut down an intellectual community with which you do not agree.
    Thank you.
    Nothing to thank me for here, buckaroo.
    Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.
    Democracy for America
    Katie Mango,
    The Resplendent Mango

    On Fascist, Totalitarian States

    Tonight I stopped in a rather nice grocery store in Gramercy on 3rd on my way up to the subway. One of the employees, a nice woman, was taking surveys about the store, entering people in a raffle for a $100 gift certificate, and handing out nice cookies. I wasn't in any particular hurry, so I filled one out. I gave her back my survey and she made some comment to me about how useful the surveys were and how "they were good for the store and they were good for the customers because they give you a voice and in Bush's America, you aren't likely to get that." I think I said something to the effect of, "Huh" and sidled away quickly with my cookie.

    Let me point out a few simple things about fascist, totalitarian states.

    In fascist, totalitarian states, dissent is repressed and punished by the government. As far as I can tell, this is largely not the case here. By and large, the only way you're going to be punished for stating unpopular views is that other citizens aren't going to like you, and contrary to popular belief, there is not a constitutional right to popularity.

    In fascist, totalitarian states, dissent is discovered by a network of secret police and informers. Think Gestapo. In Nazi Germany, shopkeepers did not idly trash-talk Der Fuhrer to passing customers because one of those customers could have a direct line to the guy who could send you to Treblinka. Same for Iraqis, etc. This lady apparently wasn't that afraid or she would have worried that perhaps I know ways to get ahold of John Ashcroft and have him deprive her of civil liberties [You DO know ways to get ahold of John Ashcroft...-ed. Well, kinda. I know who to call to call his family. It would definitely take at least an hour to report this lady as a rebel from GOP mind control and I need to go to bed.]

    In fascist, totalitarian states, things like blogs and correspondances and letters and such are monitored, censored, and sometimes prohibited. If you want a voice, you got one. Just click on the "Blogger" button and within 10 minutes, you've got a free, 75%-reliable voice that can reach millions of people.

    Bush's America is not a fascist, totalitarian state. In other late breaking news, Manhattan is an island.

    Once Again...

    ...this is bad. I think I'm going to stay around the apartment on Nov. 2 and avoid the subways and major buildings.

    Δευτέρα, Σεπτεμβρίου 20, 2004

    Testing

    Blogger's being weird again. My latest post can only be seen in the archive for some odd reason. So go there and look for it, I guess. It was funny.

    Comic Relief

    Back in the old days, before I started writing about politics, I used to blog funny things that I heard, and last night I was rereading my archives and decided I need more of that. Some of these you may have had to be there for. Oh well. Here goes:

    Mel on the AABA song:
    It's like this:
    I love you.
    I LOVE YOU!
    I hate you.
    But I love you.
    Or the Carousel version:
    I love you.
    I LOVE YOU!
    You beat me.
    But I love you.
    Or the Gypsy version:
    I love you.
    I LOVE YOU!
    I love me more.
    But I love you.


    Larry, in American Musical Theatre History, On Cats:

    "What is Cats? It's a revue with people with tails, jumping around."
    "It's not exactly high drama. It's not 'Is Laurey going to pick Curly or Jud?' Oh my God, is Mungo Jerry gonna get declawed or not?!?"

    Nifty Things Said by Dead People

    "The perfect musical is the one in which the orchestrations sound like the costumes look." -Hammerstein, or possibly Rodgers

    "Style is knowing which play you're in." -- Someone wise

    Funny Remark by a Classmate, On the Shower Sequence in My Fair Lady
    "My more well-adjusted classmates were going on about Psycho and I was still stuck on My Fair Lady

    Hysterical Opera Term of the Day

    "Park and Bark" -- when an opera singer plants his or herself in the middle of the stage and hollers out an aria

    That's all for today. More later, I assume.



    FiskFest -- Vol. 1

    This is the first weekly installment of FiskFest, a carnival devoted to cool logic served up line-by-line with a heaping scoop of sarcasm and/or scorn.

    First off, on the CBS Rathergate scandal, we have a beautiful little fisking of the Sept 15 CBS statement administered by Ernest Miller.

    Next, Professor Bainbridge takes his fisking stick to Ben Wasserstein's L.A.Times piece on bloggers. A light, dry fisking, slightly tannic.

    Superstar at Cavalry Charge gives us a classic fisking of Mark Shields' pep talk for John Kerry. This one's magnificent.

    I had a couple new fiskings this week, mostly of my email. Mary Beth Cahill here, John Kerry here, more John Kerry here. More Mary Beth Cahill here. And I've got a Howard Dean up my sleeve...

    Finally, this week Abigail fisked for the first time! And it's pretty good. Go take a look.

    UPDATE: Blogger's being really screwy and only posting my new posts to the archive, not to the front page. You can get to my latest here.

    The Council

    The Watcher's Council has chosen its winners for the week. They are:

    Council
    NPR and Media Matters Can't Tell Time from Patterico's Pontifications

    Non-Council
    Are the CBS National Guard Documents Fake? from INDC Journal

    Full results are here.

    If you have a great post sitting around not getting recognized for its obvious brilliance and you'd like to submit it for the Council's consideration, you can find instructions for how to do so here. This way you get a little link-love and a guaranteed 13 readers for your post. And maybe glory. Good times.

    Κυριακή, Σεπτεμβρίου 19, 2004

    Another One Bites the Dust

    In another salvo for the hearts and minds of Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald invites Kitty Kelly over for a Kool-Aid tasting session.

    Nice.

    (Not for the squeamish...)

    A Lesson in Correctness and Propriety

    INAPPROPRIATE
    Because if we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again, that we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States, and that we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mind set if you will, that in fact these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts, and that we're not really at war. I think that would be a terrible mistake for us. -- Dick Cheney


    APPROPRIATE
    John Kerry's campaign has warned Australians that the Howard Government's support for the US in Iraq has made them a bigger target for international terrorists.

    Diana Kerry, younger sister of the Democrat presidential candidate, told The Weekend Australian that the Bali bombing and the recent attack on the Australian embassy in Jakarta clearly showed the danger to Australians had increased.

    "Australia has kept faith with the US and we are endangering the Australians now by this wanton disregard for international law and multilateral channels," she said, referring to the invasion of Iraq.
    Incidentally, what on earth is Kerry doing sending surrogates to Australia. John, you gotta win first before you get to have foreign relations. Logan Act, anyone?

    UPDATE: Cap'n Ed elaborates:
    So much for "building alliances"! Kerry has now acted to undermine a critical relationship in the war on terror just to score some electoral points. A failure on John Howard's part to be re-elected would certainly give Kerry ammunition to attack George Bush on his standing overseas. However, with Howard running ahead of the pack in Australia, Kerry sent his little sister to attempt to influence the Australian election -- which, if reversed, would have Americans screaming bloody murder.

    [...]

    Does John Kerry care more about grabbing power than he does about the United States? It certainly appears that way. Who gave the order for Diana Kerry to interfere with the Australian election? Who told her to act in a manner that is calculated to undermine the American-Australian partnership on the terror war? Frankly, not only should this disqualify him for the presidency, it should disqualify anyone involved in his campaign from ever holding public office. Those who condone this interference in a wartime alliance must be punished at the polls, and their party as a whole should be blocked from any power whatsoever until they atone for their actions.

    This effort makes clear that John Kerry does not understand, or care, about the dangers facing the US and the democracies in the 21st century. His personal ambitions trump national security -- a disgusting and craven quality that will repulse Americans in November. It appears to be the only consistent theme in Kerry's public life, from his fraudulent 1971 Senate testimony all the way to his serial vacillations on the war on terror during this campaign.
    That seems about right. Terrifying.

    Σάββατο, Σεπτεμβρίου 18, 2004

    Dinner Party

    The dinner party went very well last night; you'd think these people had never eaten a properly cooked meal before. I spent most of the morning cleaning (mop the bathroom, vacuum the rug, hide the Coulter books) and then shopped in the afternoon. One of the guys was supposed to come over and help me cook at 5, but he and his roommate didn't get here until 6, which delayed the completion of dinner till 7, but that was fine because everyone was late getting here anyway. Maybe the 6 train was running slow. I just cooked the first hour of dinner by myself. I managed to burn myself trying to move a pot, which then made assembling the piononos a challenge (the fact that the plantains weren't quite ripe also made it a challenge) but somehow it all came together. Here's what I made, roughly speaking.

    Mango Chicken
    Chicken breasts
    Mangoes, in equal number, ripe
    Sugar

    Cut each chicken breast into 4-5 strips. Lay them in the bottom of a baking dish. Peel the mangoes and cut the flesh from the pit. You'll want to keep the juice too. Chunk the mango. Cover the chicken with the mango pieces and juice. Sprinkle with a little bit of sugar to counteract the mango's natural loss of sweetness when baked. Bake until done.

    Piononos
    Ripe plantains (the key to plantains is that the less edible they look, the more edible they are)
    Canned black beans
    Monteray or Pepper Jack cheese
    Oil for frying

    Peel the plantains and slice them lengthwise into 1/4" thick strips (one plantain should make 4-5 strips). Fry these strips until they're done. Let them cool a little bit, trust me. On a cookie sheet, form the strips into rings. If they're ripe enough, you should be able to accomplish this just by pressing the ends together. If they're not, you'll want to use strips of foil around them to hold them in rings. Fill the rings with black beans. Grate the cheese and generously top each pionono with cheese. Bake until the cheese has melted. Serve with the condiment of your choice.

    Coconut Rice
    Rice
    Coconut Milk
    Water

    Measure out enough rice to feed your crowd (1 1/2 cup = 6 servings). Add one can of coconut milk per 6 servings. Add enough water to make up the differential for proper rice moisture (1 1/3 cup water for 6 servings). Put it all in a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover and simmer until done.

    Bread Pudding
    Lots of bread
    Lots of sugar
    3 cups cream
    10 egg yolks
    2 cups milk
    1/2 c - 1 c dried apricots or cherries or whatever you like

    Combine 1 c sugar, 1 3/4 c water and dried fruit in small saucepan. Dissolve sugar at low heat, then bring to a boil. Boil for about 10 minutes. Drain the fruit, reserving the liquid. In a double boiler, heat milk and two cups of cream, stirring occasionally to prevent a skin from forming. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and 2 cups of sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in cream mixture. Tear bread into chunks and arrange two layers covering the bottom of a very large baking dish or two smaller ones. Scatter fruit over bread. Fill the dish with more layers of bread. Pour egg mixture over bread, and press bread into liquid to make sure it absorbs. Allow the dish to stand for a few minutes. Now would be a good time to preheat to 350, or whatever your preferred baking temperature is. Bake for about an hour or until a knife comes out clean. While it's baking, combine 1/4 c. water and 1 c. sugar in a small saucepan and dissolve over low heat. Bring to a boil and keep a close eye on it. Once it comes to a boil, do not stir. When it turns a nice brown (not too light, not too dark) add a cup of the reserved fruit liquid. Watch yourself, because it will go crazy on you there. Make sure the thicker liquid dissolves. Boil for about 10 minutes, then turn off the heat and add 1 c. cream. When the bread pudding comes out of the oven, pour about half of the caramel sauce over it and allow it to cool a bit. Serve with a dish of caramel sauce that your guests can use to taste. Do not anticipate leftovers. I've never seen one of these things (and I've made some pretty huge recipes of this) last more than 2 hours.

    So that was my dinner party. Good times.


    Παρασκευή, Σεπτεμβρίου 17, 2004

    Excuse and Reminder

    Excuse: Blogging will be light-to-nonexistant this afternoon, as I have a ton of people coming over for dinner and still have cleaning/shopping to do.

    Reminder: Send in those fisks! Doesn't matter if its yours or someone else's. Just send 'em. Either email them or leave a comment.

    Πέμπτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 16, 2004

    Nnnyaaaar!

    This is a stone riot. [What exactly is that? -- ed. It's a figure of speech, that's what it is.]

    Lunching with Liberals

    Today at lunch, we somehow got on the topic of Schwarzenegger, which I wasn't too thrilled about because I have a strict policy of avoiding political discussions at all costs. You would too, trust me. Anyway, one of my friends declared that Schwarzenegger was an awful governor because he (my friend) had been to LA, and there has never been a more unequal city, with such insanely rich people and such horrificly poor people, etc. Everyone was nodding and agreeing, and I had to say something. I wasn't going to leap to Arnold's defense too vigorously because I don't have any desire to be outed as a conservative, but something had to be said. I decided to go with the obvious: Arnold has been governor of California for about 10 months. L.A. has been profoundly messed up for, what, 30 or 40 years? I pointed out that it was hardly fair to blame all of that on Arnold, and furthermore, the best governor in the world wouldn't be able to turn L.A. into a utopia in 10 years, let alone 10 months. It just ain't gonna happen.

    At this point, something curious happened. One of my very liberal friends said, "You know, I guess you just can't count on the government to take care of things or change things. Some things you have to work towards yourself." And I thought, "DING DING DING! WE HAVE A CONSERVATIVE!" A large part of the current conservative movement is that idea that the government ought not take care of people, it ought to give them the tools to take care of themselves. Now, I'm not sure that he meant it in a conservative way, he may have meant it in a "the People should rise up" sort of way. But maybe there's a glimmer of hope.

    "Get active"

    I just got an email entitled "Get active" from the John Kerry campaign and I assumed that it would some how be a preliminary offering from THK's new Department of Wellness. I was wrong -- it was another missive from my buddy Mary Beth.
    Dear Friend,
    The Lone Ranger and Tonto, Laurel and Hardy, Batman and Robin, Snoopy and Charlie. Those are friends. You and I ain't.
    This week, we asked you to help the Democratic Party -- and once again you delivered. Thanks to you, we have the resources to fight back against vile attacks from the Bush-Cheney campaign and to build the infrastructure that will get out the vote on Election Day.
    So this means you have the resources you need and will not be emailing me again trying to get me to fork over wads of cash? I'm not gonna hold my breath. Once again, "vile" may not be the best word to make friends and influence people.
    During the past week, our campaign to take back the White House took another giant leap forward during the Democratic Party's volunteer organizing conventions. Thousands of precinct leaders and other committed volunteers gathered at Democratic Party organizing conventions around the country to receive the vital training that will help them get voters to the polls on Election Day. These tireless volunteers will recruit and train others in their neighborhoods to methodically locate every targeted voter and get them out to vote.
    Boy, somebody drank a double shot of adjectives with her bagel this morning. We've got committed volunteers, vital training, tireless volunteers, targeted voters and methodical location. What more could a boy ask for?
    Victory on Election Day depends on our volunteers -- whether they choose to spend just a few hours, or to put their lives on hold for the next seven weeks. Democratic candidates still need more volunteers, and I urge you to sign up today.
    I've always found the "lives on hold" bit to be slightly creepy, especially the people who did that for Dean. Or the lady Dean mentioned at the convention who saved nickels and dimes from her disability payments to give to him. Anyway, MB, I won't be volunteering. I have to wash my hair.
    In every battleground state, volunteer leaders and Democratic staff organizers are running a massive phone bank and door-to-door canvass operation. This vast and growing organization is working to identify and register John Kerry supporters and to get the facts to undecided voters. As we approach Election Day, this organization will become the largest get-out-the-vote operation in history.
    Except for the Republican one, which will get out more votes than you and you will find yourself at a "victory" party drowning your sorrows with French wine and EZ Cheez, wondering how the Evil Rove beat you.
    No political campaign in American history has engaged as many people as this one. The dedication of our volunteers is inspiring.
    Oh yes, bust out the meaningless platitudes. So, Mary Beth, how many people are on your email list, 2 million, is it? Didja know Bush as 6 million on his? Of course, they're probably all wealthy white people who read the emails between beating the servants and stealing the oil from naked Iraqi peasants. But there are still more of them.
    We urge you to become a part of this incredible effort. The future of your country depends on it.
    Oh, well in that case. So if Cheney implies that life might be more dangerous with you, that's a hanging offense, but you can say that the entire future of our country depends on voting for you? I...don't understand.
    Thank you,
    Παρακαλώ.
    Mary Beth Cahill
    Campaign Manager
    Katie Mango, Personal Fisker to Mary Beth Cahill

    Watcher's Council

    I'm a bit tardy in posting this, but here are the results of last week's vote.

    Council

    It’s Not the Thought, It’s the Dream That Counts
    Ubique Patriam Reminisci

    Patriotism, and the Lack Thereof
    Four Right Wing Wackos

    Austria Responds to Arnold’s Smear
    Damnum Absque Injuria

     
    Non-council

    The Bush Doctrine
    Citizen Smash - The Indepundit

    An Interview With John O'Neill
    Right Wing News

    Full results are here.

    Τετάρτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 15, 2004

    Day(s) Late, Dollar Short

    In the Washington Post, we have this choice morsel:
    CBS anchor Dan Rather acknowledged for the first time yesterday that there are serious questions about the authenticity of the documents he used to question President Bush's National Guard record last week on "60 Minutes."


    "If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I'd like to break that story," Rather said in an interview last night. "Any time I'm wrong, I want to be right out front and say, 'Folks, this is what went wrong and how it went wrong.' "
    Well, feel free to "break" that story any time. Other stories you might consider breaking include:
    1) Gravity makes stuff fall down.
    2) The earth rotates around the sun.
    3) The stork does not bring babies.

    Incidentally, did anyone else snicker when Dan Rather referred to himself as "this reporter"?

    The Collective Mind

    I'm the lips!

    FISKFEST!

    I've decided to start a Carnival dedicated to the week's best fiskings -- a fisk-fest, as it were. This week's deadline will be Friday at 11PM. Send your best fisk of the week to kmangoum~at~aol~dot~com.

    Also, since this is new, please put up a link to advertise so we can get it off the ground. Spread the word!

    Fisking John

    Dear Friend,
    Any friend of Mary Beth's, well, isn't a friend of mine. But welcome. This could be a good time.
    We are at one of the defining moments of this campaign -- one of those points we will look back on when we win. We will remember that George Bush and Dick Cheney tried to completely ignore reality -- and we will remember that we stood side by side and refused to let them get away with it.
    Two things -- first, the press, even the lefty press are already writing their "How Kerry Blew It" retrospective stories. Second, let's talk ignoring reality. The GOP isn't the party who's candidate can't distinguish his own biography from "Apocolypse Now." No magic hats there. Or how about this reality John -- Vietnam ended 30+ years ago and quite frankly, the American public doesn't give a damn what you did there. Bill Clinton pretty much neutralized that point. The reality is that we are in a war right now and we'd prefer you talked about it. The reality is that the economy is doing much better. That's a lot of reality that your campaign hasn't quite digested yet.
    George Bush and Dick Cheney wake up every morning with their fingers crossed, hoping the American people will ignore their miserable record, forget their trail of failures, and fear the future.
    Since you seem to be all about people running on their record, when will you be telling us about your distinguished and influential Senate career? I really wish people would lay off on that whole "fear the future" bit. As far as I can tell, we should be afraid. We have clear, concrete evidence that there are a band of highly dedicated, highly talented people who want to see as many of us as possible. Sometimes fear is healthy. If we're in a scary portion of history, burying our heads so we don't feel so afraid is not a smart strategy.
    But with your help, we are going to make sure that the American people see through their bluster and posturing, and see what a mess they have made.
    Bluster and posturing are positions that seem to be more closely associated with your campaign, dear. Ya'll seem to have reflexive campaigning down.
    Please make a contribution to the Democratic Party today:
    Please bite me.
    George Bush and Dick Cheney have lost over a million jobs, made our health care crisis worse, and turned record budget surpluses into record deficits.
    Wow, they personally lost a million jobs? Man, that's absent-minded. I just lose my keys sometimes. Did they look under the couch cushions? Sometimes I lose things there. Didja ever think, John, that the loss of a million jobs might in some ways be connected to the burst of the dot com bubble, the inevitable recession that followed the 90's, and a major terrorist attack?
    They misled America into war, failed to plan for the peace, and are running up a $200 billion bill at the expense of America's middle class taxpayers.
    Oh, the middle class. See, the IRS sorts the money based on whether it comes from lower, middle or evil class people and uses it for different things. The lower class money goes for things like paying for clubbing baby seals and holding expensive soirees to celebrate things like "National Pancake Month". The middle class money is ear-marked for immoral wars and grants to wealthy corporations. The evil class doesn't pay anything. And meanwhile, back on earth... How would you have led us into war, since you've said that you would have gone anyway? Are you aware that plans never survive the first contact? Do you think that government money should be spent for things like defense? If so, why are you complaining?
    And now they are acting like they are doing us a favor by standing for re-election. They even have the gall to tell the American people how risky it would be if we turned them out of office.
    Boy, somebody has his designer briefs in a twist this morning. I think that it would be risky for you to turn them out of office. That's why I'm not voting for you.
    The biggest risk to America's future is four more years of Bush-Cheney's incompetence, misinformation, and ill intent.
    NO, YOU FRIGGIN' MORON! THE BIGGEST RISK TO AMERICA'S FUTURE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WANT US DEAD!
    Don't let Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party run away from their record. Send a "Don't yield an inch" contribution to the Democratic Party right now:
    Once again, how about you run on your record, Johnny?
    There are seven critical weeks left in this campaign. There will be moments when everything seems to be going our way -- and times when we will wish events were moving in a different direction. But we will never lose faith. We will never stop working for victory. And we will never yield an inch to our opponents.
    When you've got moments that things are going your way and whole times when they're going the other way, you have a problem, dear.
    Remember this: they are the ones who are hoping and praying that reality does not catch up with them by Election Day. We are the ones who are going to make sure that it does.
    Speaking of reality catching up by election day, better hope those Swifties and POWs and other vets don't catch up with you by Election Day. Or really ever, it sounds like.
    The rest of this campaign will be tough. But, we will be tougher. They will throw everything they have at us. But we will give as good as we get. And when the dust settles on Election Day, we are going to pull through to victory.
    Feel free to continue thinking that. You know, continuous process stories are a sign of a sinking campaign, just FYI John.
    Thank you for all you have done to help me, John Edwards and other Democratic candidates.
    Always glad to be of service.
    And, most of all, thank you for standing with us through thick and thin. Together, we will win.
    Oh no...shades of Universal (corporate motto: "We Will Win!") Anyway, um, good luck with that, Johns.
    Thank you,
    It's the least I can do.
    John Kerry
    Katie Mango

    Irony Watch

    John Kerry has an op-ed in the OpinionJournal today, and I don't really feel like performing a full fisking (if you do, leave me a link and I'll post it), but let's look at the title.

    MY ECONOMIC POLICY: A new CEO in Washington would be good for American business.

    You know, "MY SUMMER VACATION" might have been a more interesting choice. It strikes me as just a tad rich that a man who has never worked a day for a company would be going around referring to himself as a CEO. Let's go to The Biography for a second. He went to Yale. There are no reports of him having a job at that point. He enlisted. He came home. He went to Boston College law school. He worked as a prosecutor. He became a senator. It's astounding to think that someone could make it to the age of 60 without at some point engaging in acts of commerce, but that seems to be the case with John Kerry.

    John Edwards isn't much better. He at least worked his way through college/law school, which doesn't really give him a lot in terms of actual business experience, but at least he's flung a few fries in his day.

    In contrast, George Bush has a Harvard MBA, worked in the oil industry (and yes, I know that wasn't particularly successful, but 90% of business ventures aren't, and flops tend to be extremely educational) and was managing general partner of the Texas Rangers. Oh, and if we want to talk Executive experience, there's that little bit about him being governor and president.

    Dick Cheney was the CEO of Haliburton, and even though we all know that Haliburton is evil (Why? -- ed. We just know it, okay.) that still does put him a few squares above Kerry on the "I Know How To Be A CEO" show.

    If Kerry had called his op-ed "A John Kerry administration would be good for businesses," he'd still be wrong, but the chances of the actual business people who read the Wall Street Journal snorting latte out their noses as they read it would be much smaller. And remember John, people don't vote for people who cause them to snork latte.

    Exciting News

    Stephen Schwartz (my hero!) and Winnie Holtzman are coming to speak to us on October 13th. Yay!

    On Gay Marriage

    Andrew Sullivan is, of course, entitled to support whichever candidate he chooses, for whichever reasons he chooses. I'd like to point out though, before he sells his birthright for a mess of marriage, that Kerry's not on his side either. From CNN.com:
    Both Bush and Kerry have said they oppose same-sex marriage but would support states establishing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Bush supports a federal constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, which Kerry opposes.

    However, the Democratic nominee has expressed support for an amendment banning same-sex marriage in his home state of Massachusetts, which in May became the first jurisdiction in the nation to allow gay men and lesbians to marry.

    And after the vote in Missouri, Kerry also said he would have supported the amendment if he had been a voter in there.
    So they're both out to get you, but one might also get you killed. Vote accordingly.

    Τρίτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 14, 2004

    More Mary Beth

    As many of you know, fisking Mary Beth Cahill is one of my favorite pastimes. I've just received another email from her, so it's that time again.
    Dear Friend,
    Hey Buddy, haven't heard from you in a while. Absence made the heart grow fonder, eh?
    Every incumbent seeking re-election needs to defend his/her record.
    One could also argue that every incumbent seeking higher office also needs to defend his/her record, but that would not be particularly helpful to your cause, so I suppose I can understand you overlooking this point.
    But George Bush can't defend his record of exporting jobs, soaring health care costs, dangerous dependence on Middle East oil and a disastrous foreign policy.
    Alright, let's look at these things. I know nothing about outsourcing, but Daniel Drezner, who seems to be exceptionally well-educated on this issue, says that it's actually good for the economy and leads to job creation. Something about efficiency. Health care costs are soaring, and if you want to point a finger on this one, go track down John Edwards. Dangerous dependence on Middle East oil (not to nit-pick, but shouldn't it be Middle Eastern?) is something that I think we're going to have to pin on Henry Ford, if anyone. Just to review, we've been dangerously dependant on Middle Eastern oil for at least 35 years. We were under Clinton. And Bush I. And Reagan. And Carter. Short of a miracle, we would be under a Kerry presidency also. Dangerous dependence on Middle Eastern oil is bad, and I would love to see this change, but at the moment, promising energy independence (especially without further domestic drilling/exploration) is somewhat like promising an end to hurricanes. Wonderful, but inpossible. I think our foreign policy is working as well as can be expected. You are, as usual, free to disagree.
    His campaign only has one strategy left: throw all their resources into a negative campaign spreading lies about John Kerry.
    Yep, that's exactly it. Except not at all. Let me clue you in on a little secret, MB. Can I call you MB? I'm on yours and Bush's email lists. I get a lot of bitch, whine, complain, and smear emails. Guess which campaign they come from? Yours! For example, this email has the subject "Respond to Vile Republican Attacks." Calling your opponents vile is not the best way to appear above the fray. Bush at least has a set of plans. Kerry has a set of anti-plans. Kerry's plans only exist in relation to Bush's. If Bush went away, there would be no plan, because Kerry would have no one against whom to rebel. If you really wanted to describe the GOP strategy, here's what it is: 1) Go out and deliver powerful, positive, simple and strong stump speeches, 2) Remain above the fray as far as negative attacks go, for the most part, and 3) Watch ya'll self-destruct.
    What we've seen during the past few weeks is just the beginning. The Republicans are continuing to spread their lies about John Kerry.
    Not that I'm suggesting that this is your problem, Mary B, but I'm assuming it wasn't a Republican forger who put a bee in CBS's bonnet, I would guess that was a Democrat (and if any of you post a "Rove, evil mastermind" sort of comment, I'm banning you. You've been warned.) and since they're forgeries, I suspect those count as lies too. Incidentally, I haven't gotten any whining emails from Bush about those. And you also have Michael Moore, MoveOn, etc on your side, so I don't think we have a monopoly on the continuing to spread lies front.
    The Democratic Party is crucial to our campaign's strategy of responding to these slanders. The sooner you can make your donation to the Democratic Party, the better -- by receiving your contribution now, the Democratic Party will be better able to budget and plan its future response to these vile assaults.
    I don't understand campaign finance reform. I thought that after the convention, fundraising was over and Kerry was stuck with $75 million. And I feel like Mary Beth tried to hustle me for a last minute donation back at the time of the convention with some reasoning relating to that rule. As I said, I don't understand it.
    Help us fire back by contributing to the Democratic Party today:
    Or maybe I'll just ignite small piles of bills. Or use them to pay for things like food.
    You know how the Bush-Cheney attack machine works: their false, malicious, and slanderous campaigning is going to continue, and the lies are going to keep coming. You've seen their pattern -- they register an outrageous charge and poison our politics; then a few days later, they retract their statement. Dick Cheney's recent remark about the increased likelihood of terrorist attacks if John Kerry were elected is just another example of this strategy in what has become the most negative presidential re-election campaign in modern history.
    Once again, see Dan Rather, the Hitler ads, and the collected quotes of Michael Moore, John Kerry, John Glenn, etc. Other than that, I have no response to this. Not because she's right, simply because I don't feel like it. If you can't see the absurdity of that paragraph by now, I have nothing more to say to you. And I don't think the Dems have a lot of room to talk on retracting statements and changing positions. And that Cheney bit was Dowdified and you know it.
    Every time they hit us, we will hit back harder. Help us by giving the Democratic Party the resources to go on the offensive and set the terms of this campaign. We can counter this new attack campaign -- but only because those of you receiving this e-mail have given us the funds to fight another day.
    Well, some of us, maybe. Others of us just use you for fisking material to entertain our readers.
    Please make a contribution today, and help the Democratic Party fire back against these vile attacks.
    There's that word "vile" again. You know, Mary Beth, I think you might ought to consider a digital version of the saying "A lady never raises her voice." That might serve you well here.
    Thank you,
    You're welcome. Any time. Any place.
    Mary Beth Cahill
    Campaign Manager

    Katie Mango
    Campaign Manager Fisker

    Quote of the Evening

    "Well you're the Mayor of Inappropriateville at the moment!"

    Δευτέρα, Σεπτεμβρίου 13, 2004

    Suggestion for CBS

    Jeff needs a job. You obviously need a competent researcher/editor/B.S.-spotter. So why not give him a call -- I'm sure you could spare some money for his salary from the soon-to-be-created "What Used To Be Dan Rather's Salary" fund. And just in case you're worried about him having a professional appearance, we bloggers will even chip in to buy him some really nice PJs, maybe with feet and a flap in the back. Or a suit, although that might encroach upon his blogger superpowers. So why not give the man a call? Heck, a grown man in footie-pajamas running around in the news room would still be less embarrassing than having Dan Rather loose.

    Σάββατο, Σεπτεμβρίου 11, 2004

    Chronicle of a Cake

    It was going to be angel food, but the egg whites fell. It had to be salvaged though, because I have a party to go to and need to make some sort of edible contribution, and here I had a bowl of sweetened, floured eggwhites. So I added chocolate, more flour and oil, assisted the whites in their descent, plopped the concoction in a pan, and baked at 350. It came out better than I expected, but somewhat dense. And slightly dry. I wasn't going to take a cake of very questionable merits to a party of people I don't know too well, so I knew a taste test was in order. I cut myself a tiny wedge. It was edible. Not great, but edible. So now I had an edible cake with a hunk missing. Classy.

    Quickly, I requisitioned pudding, Cool Whip and Kalhua. I shredded the cake and doused it with Kahlua. I crumbled it over the bottom of the pan and smeared it with pudding. I crumbled on more cake and then sealed the whole thing with Cool-Whip. Now I will attempt to transport this concoction 8 blocks on foot, 63 blocks by subway, and another 4 or so blocks by foot. Without creating some sort of a catastrophe. I'll let you know how it goes.

    Blogging in PJs

    I was busy today and the rest of the blogosphere seemed to have Dan Rather hogtied, so I don't think I was really missed. One comment that came through today that fascinated me was Jonathan Klein's contention that "Bloggers have no checks and balances . . . [it's] a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas."

    This, of course, begs the question, "Can someone be truthful while wearing pajamas?" You'll have to decide for yourself -- I'm wearing pajamas at the moment. Do you believe me? Does that make me less credible? Has my IQ dropped since I took off my collared shirt? Are my reasoning capacities impared? Would I seem more credible if I added a robe? Anyway, since we seem to be stuck with the stereotype, let's embrace it.

    I think this calls for a gallery: Bloggers in Pajamas. Get a friend or relative to take a picture of you at your computer in your pajamas or a version thereof modified to a PG level, and then either email it to me (kmangoum~at~aol~dot~com) or host it someplace and leave me a link in the comments. Also, spread the word, because I'd like to get as many assorted PJ Bloggers as possible. We'll see if this goes anywhere.

    Let's see them PJs! Spread the word! Ever wanted to see Glenn in his Blogging Pajamas? Hugh? Oliver Willis? (Stop! -- Ed. Sorry! Think happy thoughts. Rainbows. Puppy dogs. Etc...) Well, apply a little blogosphere pressure and let's see what happens.

    Παρασκευή, Σεπτεμβρίου 10, 2004

    The Church of the Rhythm Of Life

    Ambra, who you should be reading, sticks it to John Kerry for his "sermon" to the National Baptist Council.
    Politicians have no shame. When it comes to earning the "black vote", everytime an election rolls around, all of a sudden, everyone remembers how "religious" and "deep" and "spiritual" they are, and church appearances abound. If I were a pastor, I'd charge their shady behinds to come speak to the congregation. The cynical part of me is tempted to think some of them actually do. To be clear, I'm not a fan of campaigning from the pulpit; not even when I am in support of the candidate. To be more specific, I detest it. It is abuse and misuse of God-given authority and influence. I use the term "pulpit" loosely. In this case, it was the 124th Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention, which took place this Thursday in New Orleans. Jesse Jackson was there, and you better believe John Kerry wasn't too far behind (reg required).

    It doesn't take a child prodigy to realize that the "black church" (I hate that term) is largely Democrat. This is because the black community is largely Democrat. It can therefore be deduced that the predominately black "National Baptist Convention" was a safehaven for John Kerry to practice his choir-preaching. It's amazing how bold people get when they know they have nothing to lose. John failed to realize that sometimes the choir is more jacked up (vernacular translation: in a very bad condition) than the congregation itself (those of us who were raised in church know what this means). The choir folks, has issues.
    And it just gets better from there. It's always fun to watch not-especially-devout politicians play pious for political reasons. Like the Howard Dean "Job's my favorite New Testament book" moment. Could we, at some point, get a non-religious pol who would say, "Ya know, I don't particularly care for religion"? I wouldn't agree with him, but it would be better than watching them pretend to be something they aren't. I don't think that's what Paul had in mind when he talked about being all things to all men. The other thing I don't think people like John Kerry realize is that the demographic we'll call "born again" can spot a fake a mile and a half away. You can quote the Bible and sing the hymns and even put your hands in the air, but if you ain't one, they'll know. And fittingly, John Kerry chose to preach on the "Wolf in sheep's clothing" bit.
    Quel irony. (10 points per obscure musical theatre reference...)

    Because I'm a Girl

    Mary Katharine Ham has a great piece up at Townhall.com called "Because I'm a girl," which takes the idea that as women we need special sorts of affirmative action to succeed in the world and mocks it mercilessly.

    I may just gravitate towards male-dominated professions, but I've sure gotten the "well, but you're a girl" treatment before, generally in situations involving power tools. I remember my guidance counselor in high school informing me that my two options for "practical arts" credit were "Intro to Foods" and "Keyboarding I". Well, I could already cook better than most anyone I knew and I was a pretty darned good typist too. So I asked to look at the schedule of classes myself, and lo and behold, there was a shop class that had open seats and was at the time I needed. I went back and informed my counselor that I intended to take shop, and he told me that wouldn't be a good idea because I was a girl, but finally let me take the class. It was a great experience with a wonderful teacher who had no problem with me being female and I wound up shop foreman.

    So then the next year, I was building a set for the school musical and for some reason needed to use a power screwdriver that we didn't have down on the stage, so I went back to the woodshop to do it. We'd gotten a new teacher over the summer, and this one believed that you had to pee standing up to understand power tools. He wouldn't let me screw two boards together because "you might break a nail." "They grow back," was my terse reply. Another time, a male friend and I went to use the band saw. The teacher would only speak to Cory, not me. I have this same problem in hardware stores. Trying to get a hardware store guy to a) speak to you and b) treat you like a knowledgable person is very difficult when shopping while female.

    These, in the grand scheme of things aren't that significant. My life is not scarred by them. Mostly, I felt that I ought to actually write something as well as link to Ham's piece.

    Oh -- I'm also offended by the idea of affirmative action. I want to sink or swim by my own merits, not based on whether or not they (Who are 'they'? You know...them) feel bad for me and that I needed an additional leg up.

    Πέμπτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 09, 2004

    It's All About the After School Programs

    Yesterday, John Kerry issued the following complaint about the war in Iraq:
    "$200 billion for Iraq, but they tell us we can't afford after-school programs for our children," he said. "$200 billion for Iraq, but they tell us we can't afford health care for our veterans."
    Let's leave aside the veterans for the time being.

    The war in Iraq is about after-school programs for our children, specifically about preventing one like this. Now, you can argue about whether or not this is the right way to go about it and we can go in circles all day, but the current strategy is to hunt down and kill terrorists wherever they are before they start arranging our kids' extracurriculars for them.

    Bad Idea of the Day:

    Florida

    Who's brilliant idea was it to take a hurricane-prone low-lying penninsula that's one part swamp and one part sandbar and at no point more than 50 feet above sea level and that has a wide variety of hostile local flora and fauna, including alligators, panthers, and fire ants, cover it with golf courses and expensive homes and theme parks, populate it with the sort of people who don't see living in that sort of place as insanity, and then give them a say choosing the fate of a nation and the leader of the free world? I'm just asking.

    (And yes, I used to live in Florida. I can talk.)

    10,000!

    I just had my 10,000th visitor! Maybe that was you. 10,000's a drop in the blog-bucket, I know, but it's a good start. I'm so glad you folks decided to stop by and listen to me rant. Ya'll are great.

    Three Questions

    Wizbang has a great post up this morning in which Jay answers three questions about his opinions of Iraq and other critters. The whole thing is good, but this was a great point:
    Some argue we were caught by surprised at the "insurgents." Democrats love to say, "They promised us there would be people with flowers in the streets" conveniently ignoring the fact there were people with flowers in the street. (literally, ironically enough)

    Let me be more precise than the big media. The "insurgents" are not people who want Saddam back. The few loyalists Saddam had were gone long ago. What we have in Iraq today is radical Islamists who want to kill infidels. The "Iraq war" ended long ago. We won. The global war on terror however, continues.

    Let's be clear... What we have now in Iraq is people who are taking advantage of geography. They would kill you or me in the street tomorrow or hundreds of us with 747's if we let them. They are not attacking because we ousted Saddam. They are attacking because they want you, me and the poor Marine over there dead. The Marine just happens to be in range.


    As I said, lots more. Scoot.

    For What It's Worth

    I have no idea if this holds even the slightest bit of water, but it's interesting. Powerline reader Tom Mortenson seems to know something about document analysis, and he says that the new documents about Bush's failures to attend physicals or other requirements are forgeries.

    It's interesting, especially if they are indeed forgeries, simply because it adds a certain thriller-novel layer to the campaign, among other things. The fact is though, I don't care about Vietnam. It ended more than a decade before I was born. My dad didn't go to Vietnam, largely because his number never came up and also because he's a bit younger than Bush and Kerry. Does that make him a bad person? Nope. I understand that Vietnam is still a festering wound in the American psyche, at least for some, and I understand that it will be that way for a while. Heck, we're still not over the Civil War. Vietnam, in my understanding, split the country in similar ways and that may take a very long time to heal over. Refighting that emotional battle isn't going to make it better and it's not going to make it go away and it's not going to change the past and it's not going to bring anyone back. So let's remember the dead, acknowledge the living, and move the #*&$ on.

    I had another brilliant point that was supposed to go right here, but it seems to have escaped me. I'll update later if I remember. Take a raincheck for now.

    UPDATE: Powerline is all over this, and they've basically definitively concluded the documents to be forgeries. Not that that will stop me from hearing about them all day like they'd just been carried down from Sinai. CNN.com's big breaking news headline is that "Bush Suspended from Flying in Air National Guard" or something similar. Slow news day. Maybe we'll get "Dinosaurs Extinct!" tomorrow.

    Powerline's alert reader says:
    I was a clerk/typist for the US Navy at the Naval Underwater Systems Center (NUSC) in Newport RI for my summer job in 1971 when I was in college. I note the following with regard to the Killian memos:

    1) Tom Mortensen is absolutely correct. Variable type was used only for special printing jobs, like official pamphlets. These documents are forgeries, and not even good ones. Someone could have at least found an old pre-Selectric IBM (introduced around 1962). Actually, I believe we were using IBM Model C's at the time, which was the precursor to the Selectric.

    2) I also used a Variype machine in 1971. I fooled around with it in my spare time. It was incredibly difficult to set up and use. It was also extremely hard to correct mistakes on the machine. Most small letters used two spaces. Capital letters generally used three spaces. I think letters like "i" may have used one space. Anyway, you can see that this type of machine was piloted by an expert, and it would NEVER be used for a routine memo. A Lt. Colonel would not be able to identify a Varitype machine, let alone use it.

    3) US Navy paper at the time was not 8 1/2 x 11. It was 8 x 10 1/2. I believe this was the same throughout the military, but someone will have to check on that. This should show up in the Xeroxing, which should have lines running along the sides of the Xerox copy.

    4) I am amused by the way "147 th Ftr.Intrcp Gp." appears in the August 1, 1972 document. It may have been written that way in non-forged documents, but as somone who worked for ComCruDesLant, I know the military liked to bunch things together. I find "147 th" suspicious looking. 147th looks better to me, but the problem with Microsoft Word is that it keeps turning the "th" tiny if it is connected to a number like 147. And finally......

    5) MORE DEFINITIVE PROOF OF FORGERY: I had neglected even to look at the August 18, 1973 memo to file. This forger was a fool. This fake document actually does have the tiny "th" in "187th" and there is simply no way this could have occurred in 1973. There are no keys on any typewriter in common use in 1973 which could produce a tiny "th." The forger got careless after creating the August 1, 1972 document and slipped up big-time.

    In summary, the variable type reveals the Killian memos to be crude forgeries, the tiny "th" confirms it in the 8/18/73 memo, and I offer my other points as icing on the cake.
    I wonder, what are the penalties for forging military documents?

    Counter

    Courtesy of Kevin over at Wizbang, I now have a counter tracking the days since John Kerry has faced the press. It's over in the sidebar. Kevin has a "Universal Count-up" script if you'd like one, either for his purposes (tracking the response time on the 60 Minutes Ben Barnes hatchet job) or for mine, or for whatever else you'd like to count. Have fun!

    The Literary Kerry

    Over the past few days, I've realized that John Kerry reminds me not only of Gilderoy Lockhart, but also of characters from some of my other favorite books. So who else is he?

  • The Dodecahedron, from The Phantom Tollbooth:
    My angles are many,
    My sides are not few,
    I'm the Dodecahedron,
    Who are you?


    ...announces the Dodecahedron, a man with a 12-sided polyhedron for a head upon meeting Milo, Tock and the Humbug. With 12 faces, he has one for every occasion, ensuring that none ever wear out! And he's always helpful when you need to know which way to go! He'll never tell you which way to go, but he'll always be glad to tell you that you're going the wrong way. This seems to be Kerry to a T.

  • Pippin, from The Short Reign of Pippin IV, which is a brilliant piece of political satire by John Steinbeck. It's hilarious, and you really must read it. The general idea is that political turmoil in France forces an amateur Parisian astronomer named Pippen to become king. All of the many, many factions of the French political system, from the Communists to the Socialists to the Christian Atheists to the Royalists agree to support him for their own reasons, mostly to use him as a patsy in their struggle against the other groups (for example, the Communists need someone to rebel against, so they need a King so that they can revolt, the Socialists want a king to keep the Communists in line, etc). This seems to be how Kerry's being played. The Clintonites want to see him lose so Hillary can ascend, the left is using him to try to tear down Bush, etc. Kerry's a patsy for all kinds of people in this election, and he's under the mistaken impression that they like him. At least Pippin wasn't delusional.

    Both of these books are excellent, by the way, and I recommend them most highly. And they're short. Go read them.

  • Τετάρτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 08, 2004

    My Rules

    1) Do not date a composer.
    a) Or a musician.
    b) A successful, working, stable actor might be acceptable.
    2) Do not date within the Program. That would be incestuous and wrong.
    3) Do not date a non-Christian. That would be a bad idea.
    4) Do not date anyone until you have at least 10 friends in New York City.
    5) Do not even think about dating anyone who does not meet the first four criteria.
    6) Do not even think about dating anyone who you are not absolutely sure is straight.
    7) Do not even think about dating anyone who you are not absolutely sure is single.
    8) Do not date anyone who you are not absolutely sure is single.
    a) Do not assume that they are. Ask questions.
    9) Do not date anyone who is not VERY financially stable or is not certain to become so in the near future.
    10) Become engaged within 2 years, because that is when the student loan people are going to start expecting me to give them large sums of money.
    a) It is better to give the loan people his money.

    Go!

    UPDATED slightly because some people, including my mother, were freaking out over #10.

    In Keeping with My Promise:

    Sweet Cumquat has a new blog, The Mockingbird. She and I obviously see the world in radically different ways, but I'm sure it will be worth reading. She's also been added to my blogroll.

    And if you go stop by...be nice.

    Testing

    Testing? Testing? 1-2-3-4... Blogger has been flaking out on me since last night and I'm not altogether pleased. I'm hoping this gets through. If it does, more blogging later tonight.

    Announcements

    I fisked Mary Beth last night. Blogger ate it. I'll redo it when I get home tonight. In any case, that's why I didn't blog yesterday.

    In other news, a spot has opened up on the Watcher's Council. If you think that you should be the one to fill it, check out the rules and responsibilities and give it a whirl.

    Τρίτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 07, 2004

    I fisked Mary Beth earlier. Blogger ate it. I'm tired. Today was a very long day. I promise I'll blog more tomorrow.

    Mary Beth

    The title of this email really said it all: "It's Time For You To Report For Duty." Does the Kerry campaign have focus groups?
    Dear Friend,
    Cut the crap, Mary Beth, I'm tired.
    As you know, the nation is looking to your state as a campaign "battleground" that just may decide the presidential election. George Bush is spending millions of dollars to run misleading ads about John Kerry in your state, and Bush will be visiting many times between now and November 2. Now more than ever, we need you to volunteer with our campaign in your state -- and we've got work for you to do starting immediately.
    Several things. One, get an automated program to insert the name of my state. It isn't hard and makes me feel more specialer. Second, you make it sound like Bush alone will be working for my vote in my state. If he is, then doesn't he deserve it, and if he isn't, wouldn't that be worth mention?
    The Democratic Party is launching a huge phone banking and door-knocking effort over the next several weeks in your state. We need volunteers in dozens of locations every night, starting this week.
    I'm booked. Sorry, Toots.
    We're reaching out by phone and in person to identify John Kerry supporters and undecided voters -- and to recruit new volunteers. That is the work that wins elections. It's hard work, but it's also great fun, and a great way to meet other supporters in your area.
    I damned well know plenty of supporters in my area, than you very much. In fact, today I've had three people rant about Bush to me in private conversations, one give a speech on why we should vote for whoever we find most appropraite bearing in mind that Bush is evil, and one encourage me to maintain my Missouri voter registration in order to swing the state, all unaware that I am in fact a Bush supporter. As I said, I know plenty.
    Tell us what evenings or weekend afternoons you're available to work with us and view locations by clicking here. A campaign organizer will contact you to confirm times and locations and to answer any questions you may have.For those of you who can make a larger commitment, we also need volunteers to help supervise phone bank locations. We'll train you how to do it. Even if you only have two hours to give -- those two hours will make a huge difference. Click here to tell us when you're available to get involved, and we'll call you.
    How 'bout this -- my people won't call your people and we won't do lunch.
    Sincerely,
    At least one of us is.
    Mary Beth Cahill
    Campaign Manager


    As I said, I'm tired.

    Mary Beth

    The title of this email really said it all: "It's Time For You To Report For Duty." Does the Kerry campaign have focus groups?
    Dear Friend,
    Cut the crap, Mary Beth, I'm tired.
    As you know, the nation is looking to your state as a campaign "battleground" that just may decide the presidential election. George Bush is spending millions of dollars to run misleading ads about John Kerry in your state, and Bush will be visiting many times between now and November 2. Now more than ever, we need you to volunteer with our campaign in your state -- and we've got work for you to do starting immediately.
    Several things. One, get an automated program to insert the name of my state. It isn't hard and makes me feel more specialer. Second, you make it sound like Bush alone will be working for my vote in my state. If he is, then doesn't he deserve it, and if he isn't, wouldn't that be worth mention?
    The Democratic Party is launching a huge phone banking and door-knocking effort over the next several weeks in your state. We need volunteers in dozens of locations every night, starting this week.
    I'm booked. Sorry, Toots.
    We're reaching out by phone and in person to identify John Kerry supporters and undecided voters -- and to recruit new volunteers. That is the work that wins elections. It's hard work, but it's also great fun, and a great way to meet other supporters in your area.
    I damned well know plenty of supporters in my area, than you very much. In fact, today I've had three people rant about Bush to me in private conversations, one give a speech on why we should vote for whoever we find most appropraite bearing in mind that Bush is evil, and one encourage me to maintain my Missouri voter registration in order to swing the state, all unaware that I am in fact a Bush supporter. As I said, I know plenty.
    Tell us what evenings or weekend afternoons you're available to work with us and view locations by clicking here. A campaign organizer will contact you to confirm times and locations and to answer any questions you may have.For those of you who can make a larger commitment, we also need volunteers to help supervise phone bank locations. We'll train you how to do it. Even if you only have two hours to give -- those two hours will make a huge difference. Click here to tell us when you're available to get involved, and we'll call you.
    How 'bout this -- my people won't call your people and we won't do lunch.
    Sincerely,
    At least one of us is.
    Mary Beth Cahill
    Campaign Manager


    As I said, I'm tired.

    Δευτέρα, Σεπτεμβρίου 06, 2004

    Which English Civil War Faction Are You?

    As for me:
    HASH(0x8ae0fb0)
    You are a... ROYALIST!! You believe in wholesome traditional family values like the Monarchy, burning witches and fighting the French. Youre also a snazzy dresser and a demon in the sack, but watch out - the Puritans are coming and theyre obviously not getting enough at home!!


    Or something. Be sure to take the quiz.

    From the Department of PC

    "Siege Suspect"? Siege Effing SUSPECT?

    NYU Suicide

    This is tragic.

    The Sun Rose, and They Were Turned to Stone

    In keeping with my policy of exposing trolls to sunlight, I'd like you all to meet "sweet cumquat", who seems to be anything but. As you may recall, I decided not to ban "bonnie" because I found her so entertaining. "sweet cumquat" isn't as funny, and therefore, there's less sport in keeping her around. Also, she seems to enjoy taking potshots at my other readers, which I don't like. So it's up to you -- do I ban her or does she stay?

    Here are her latest comments:

    Re: The Stragglers she writes:
    Perhaps actual arrogance would be a better phrase.

    Gee, weren't you people the same ones pasting American flags on everything you own and singing along to "I'm Proud to Be an American"?

    Maybe you were too busy buying Gucci purses that day.
    Right, that's me, the fashionista shopper. She of the many purses. And many pairs of shoes. (The people who know me are snickering at this point...)

    Re: Boing!:
    Good thing kdeweb wasn't in that "Lefty" writing class as (s)he writes, "It must be hard not to be able to be jumping up and down right now. I SO am." Words from the wise indeed.

    I had no idea that National Defense meant randomly choosing countries to invade. Thank you for clearing that up.
    I tolerate insulting remarks directed towards myself. I do not tolerate them directed towards my friends. You have been warned.

    Re: San Fransisco Surprise: Mango says,
    "Republicans, on the other hand, are willing to lose an election for a cause they believe in. Bush knew when he began that the war in Iraq could cost him the election, but he did what he thought was best. And he still isn't flinching."

    He's not flinching because he has no conscience.

    This is no longer about "Republicans" and "Democrats". It is about blood drenched fascism versus awareness.

    People such as those who vehemently live in a state of denial about the truth of the current administration continue to amaze me. Those of you posting here *seem* to be fairly literate, intelligent people, and yet you refuse to be party to the truth. Why?
    Well, first off, I didn't say that first bit, Debra Saunders of the San Fransisco Chronicle did. I agree that this is about blood-drenched fascism versus awareness. Our disagreement comes over whether Saddam Hussein or George Bush is the bloody fascist. This should not be a discussion point and I have other things to do today, so I'm not going beat this one to death. Shocking that smart people could disagree with you, isn't it? I personally have made my peace with the fact that many people that I know and respect as intelligent people have views that are opposite mine. I would suggest coming to a similar personal resolution -- it lowers your blood pressure and prevents ulceration of the stomach lining. She adds:
    Oh, and by the way, go back and look at George W. Bush's during the last election. Then report back and tell me what his vision was for the presidency at the time.

    Also, please post for me his clear goals and vision this time around. He has nothing to stand on but his policies of the last four years. If we're being honest about it, these included dragging us into an illegal and unsanctioned war, dropping bombs on children, raising the deficit from 0 to billions, bringing the unemployment rate to unprecidented levels, dropping needed social programs to fund war, being caught in numerous lies and half-truths, using 9/11 to further his own political and financial goals and on and on.
    I have things to do and will handle this one later. Actually, just go to Agenda For America and handle yourself.

    Re: Has the Onion Infiltrated Kerry/Edwards '04?:
    Typical. You hear a rumor and it now has become truth in your mind. You couldn't find the actual press release and so have decided to pretend it's true.

    If you dig a bit deeper, you will find that the spin put on at the RNC about Kerry's record is nothing more than good sound bites. That is, if you are willing to actually take the blinders from your eyes.
    1) I didn't hear a rumor, I read a news story in an average, everyday newspaper. I'm not entirely sure why said newspaper would make up the existance of said press release, and therefore have no reason to doubt that it exists. That's not unreasonable. As for Kerry, spin or no spin, I disapprove of the majority of his record. I object to his slander of Vietnam vets, I object to his voting on defense and intelligence funding, and I have serious issues with his prevarication. I don't like his healthcare plan, and I don't want anyone to have their taxes raised. I know where Bush stands and I choose to stand with him, eyes wide open.

    Re: Troll-Fishing:
    I find it fascinating that you do not comment about my posts. In fact, it seems that you have removed posts you've made that I have commented on. Hmmm..now why would that be? Perhaps because I am literate? Perhaps because my comments contain a kernel of truth you would rather not face?
    First off, I delete posts for one reason and one reason alone -- to remove double (or triple or quintuple...darn you, Blogger!) postings. I don't delete comments, or at least, I never have before. I may start. Mess with me and we'll see. I generally don't respond to your posts because I have other things to do, I'm convinced that I'm never going to convince you, and quite frankly, you aren't worth the carping of my tunnels.

    Re: Wahling in Times Square, Day 2
    I know you will find this shocking, but some of us in the protest crowds WORE BRAS. shhhh! Don't tell anyone lest they lost their illusions about "Lefties".

    What's more, some of us in the protest crowds have college degrees and corporate jobs.

    See, the thing is, you would have to suspend your narrow thinking in order to see the truth. While I was marching with 500,000 like minded people I saw: veterans of the Armed Forces, women with babies in strollers, men in ties, children who had made their own eloquent signs, elderly men and women. Oh and get this, I saw numerous people who would look right at home sitting inside the convention hall at the RNC. The difference was they were awake and aware and you could see that in their eyes.
    God, lefty women are defensive about their breasts and founation(al) garments. Babe, I know some of you have degrees and jobs. That's good. I'm not especially impressed by that, but I'm all for you being a useful member of society. Put that capital to work! As to the demographics of the march, yes, I'm aware that crazy and/or misguided people come in all shapes and sizes. Unlike the left, I am not automatically impressed by diversity. A diverse group of wackmobiles is no better than a a homogenous one. Worse, maybe, because they're harder to profile. (Now you're just being intentionally inflamatory. -- Ed. Yep! Ain't it fun?)

    Re: Protest In Times Square:
    Ah, well I bow down to your larger than can fit in a Wonderbra breasts. How marvelous for you.

    I agree the cops *were* marvelous. In fact most of them agreed with the marchers, seeing that the Republican currently holding office has not seen fit to give them the raise they deserve. 99% of the time though, they had no problem "keeping the peace" as we were by and large peaceful protesters.
    Like hell most of them agreed with the marchers. Every cop I've talked to has firmly supported Bush and though that the protesters were nuts. Also, the 10,000 member NYPD Sergeant's Union strongly endorsed Bush. At least a few of them have to like him. By and large peaceful yes. Entirely peaceful, not by a long shot. Nothing better than violent pacifists.

    Re: Enemies of the Mango
    Do you really think that Kerry's campaign leaders gave that statement in response to Laura Bush's less than eloquent remarks?

    No, the real reason that statement was made was because it's true. Certainly you know that by now since two men from the Bush campaign have quit because they admitted collusion with the Swift Boat smear campaign.
    First off, go read the entire interview, Laura just says that in the context Democratic tactics against Bush, the Swiftvets aren't really out of line. Second, if you want to talk collusion, just take a gander at the DNC/Kerry/527 web. Charlotte couldn't weave one tighter.

    Re: Poor Dear
    Sounds valid to me. He has a lot of integrity, actually, to write about this.

    I believe what he is saying is- by and large, the corporate media has been cowardly in their covering of the "real" news. It has become more than apparent to a lot of people that we are handed sound bites and told to make our own conclusions from them by the media. Rather than giving us a clear and objective viewpoint, reporters give us bias reports based upon who their "daddy" is holding the paycheck. It's sad, really, that we have to rely upon foreign press sometimes to tell the whole story rather than get our information from our own national media.
    Of course it sounds valid to you. It sounds whiny to me. I have nothing snarky to say. Tom Grey has a good rebuttal in the comments.

    Re: Sound of the South:
    No, no, it's not the Southern accent that makes him sound....er...less than intelligent. It's his lack of intelligence. Such as this:

    George's Intelligence

    Bush threatens America
    (If all y'all want to follow her links, go down yonder to the comment section and click on them. I don't care enough to move them for you.) Okay, I mean this -- next person to comment with a "George is Dumb" them is getting banned. I don't care if I like you or not, one such comment and you're out. That's how sick of this I am.

    Re: Mingling with Mary Beth
    Mango says, "That would put the women of Afghanistan back in burqas. That would put all of Afghanistan back under Taliban rule, oppressing 25 million people, give or take a few. That would put Saddam Hussein back in power."

    Honey, I'm assuming you were alive and cognizant during the time when OUR government gave the Taliban money and weapons in order to fight the Soviets. Yes, that's right folks, we KNEW all along what the Taliban stood for because our government helped bring them to power. Same with Saddam.

    See, here's the thing, when we allow the politicians who run our country to go unchecked, we allow them to prop up puppet governments who they *think* will do their bidding simply because they give them money. More often than not, this plan backfires and we are then running in, chasing out the very people we brought to power because they learned to be powerful unto themselves and cut us out of the deal.
    Actually, dear, you assume wrong. Alive? Not for the first 4 years. Cognizant? Well, of the sorts of things that are interesting to relatively bright 6 year olds but not of the politics of Central Asia -- I was 7 when the Berlin Wall fell. I was more interested in bugs, volcanos, Pompeii and the Swiss Family Robinson. In any case, if the US created the Saddam Hussien problem, it seems like it would be our responsibility to fix it. I'm certainly opposed to the US installing dictators School of the Americas style. What "WE" did before I was born is of far less consequence to me than what "WE" do now.

    Re: Cavorting with Campaign Managers
    Gosh, Katie, it's too bad you have to keep deleting my posts. I guess they make too much sense for you and you have nothing to say to counter them? Typical.
    I have no idea what the hell you are talking about. I'm not deleting your posts, perhaps your mechanism is faulty. I'm seriously considering banning you though, not because you're right but because you're annoying.

    Alright, that's really all I have time for, although there's more there, so happy hunting. Now you guys get to play Ceasar -- thumbs up or thumbs down? Does she stay or does she go?