That was monotonous. But ROTK deserved it.
Not much for Fox News to froth at the mouth about; very few, mild political comments. Just Errol Morris and Sean Penn (which I didn’t hear, but was told about), if I didn’t miss anything.
Haven’t done this for a while, so here goes:
Trish Wilson has a couple polls to vote on. We’re losing on one! Go!
New World Blogger has a link from Slate about video games in countries where the enemy is your country (or something, I can’t figure out how to describe in succinctly; think Japanese playing Medal of Honor: Rising Sun). Just to point out, the Medal of Honor game sucks horribly on Xbox. But this is something that doesn’t surprise me. Too many people take these games too seriously, missing the point that it IS just a game. I’ve played violent video games for years and I’m almost a pacifist.
Bryant discusses free trade. Incidentally, there’s some kind of talk here going on right now on the FTAA. I’m lazy, so I’m here.
Mercury has a contest: create your own Constitutional Amendment!
edwardpig has a letter to his reps about the marriage amendment.
Keith is apparently trying to rid himself of Microsoft products. Not a bad idea. I’ve got Firefox for browsing and Thunderbird for email, but otherwise I’m completely beholden. I’m just not up for going Linux or getting a Mac (not that I could afford it).
Amy dives into Laci and Conner’s Law.
Sheesh, I’m missing what’s going on right in my backyard. I commented earlier on the Darby school board decision; now some students are protesting. Good for them.
Upyernoz on gay marriage.
Lord of the Rings and it’s meanings, or lack thereof.
Jesse creates the Republicons
Andante on the latest Maureen Dowd column
Go, now, read PZ Meyer’s A lesson plan for Oklahoma. Good stuff.
On a couple of the weapons, the RNC report cites H.R. 5803 and H.R. 2126. Look those up. They turn out to be votes on the House-Senate conference committee reports for the defense appropriations bills in October 1990 (the same year as S. 3189) and September 1995.
In other words, Kerry was one of 16 senators (including five Republicans) to vote against a defense appropriations bill 14 years ago. He was also one of an unspecified number of senators to vote against a conference report on a defense bill nine years ago. The RNC takes these facts and extrapolates from them that he voted against a dozen weapons systems that were in those bills. The Republicans could have claimed, with equal logic, that Kerry voted to abolish the entire U.S. armed forces, but that might have raised suspicions. Claiming that he opposed a list of specific weapons systems has an air of plausibility. On close examination, though, it reeks of rank dishonesty.
I think that’d be a good line for Republicans. Vote against Kerry, he wants to abolish the military! Then we can get Ted Sampley to put up a fake photo of Kerry with a pacifist group, which would prove he hates America.
Hit the penguin with snowball, try to get it in the center of the bullseye. Not as cool as the first one, but fun. I’ll post my high score later.
If anyone remembers, a while back there was a site you could sign up for a portion of the settlement in an antitrust lawsuit against the major record labels (for overcharging consumers on CDs). Well, my check came yesterday: $13.86. Whatever will I spend it on?
Either on The Radio Factor or Limbaugh’s show, I heard this quote from Ah-Nold:
MR. RUSSERT: But if someone’s been a citizen for 20 years, they should have the right to run for president, don’t you think?
GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER: Oh, absolutely. I think that, you know, times have changed. I think this is now a much more global economy. I think that there’s so many people here in this country that are now from overseas, that are immigrants, that are doing such a terrific job with the work, bringing businesses here and all this, that there’s no reason why not. I mean, the key thing is it’s just that you understand the political system, how it works. And, you know, maybe people can be great contributors. I mean, look at the kind of contribution that people like Henry Kissinger has made; Madeleine Albright. I mean, there’s many, many, many people here that have worked within the government and have done an extraordinary job and not have been born in America.
Of course, the host of the show (damned if I can remember which show), took issue with the example of Madeleine Albright.
But Henry Kissinger?