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I don't get it

October 30, 2007 6 comments

Forward Montana has been the hot topic of Montana blogs of late. It’s a little odd, considering the main accusation with any actual substance is an anonymous comment. That comment is somewhat vague, directly contradicted by Matt (and no actual evidence has been offered by those making the same accusation), and seems mainly focused on relating a story about Matt being less than professional. It’s not impressive.

But what if it were all true? What if Forward Montana was actually largely funded by George Soros? What does that mean? It means a guy with a lot of money who funds progressive causes gave them money. Wait, that didn’t come out so sinister. Assuming the money was given legally and was disclosed as required by law, it isn’t.

I realize people don’t like his politics, but the hysteria is ridiculous. If you want to claim it makes FM a tool of some left-wing machine, take a look at what they’re doing. Really, if you dislike something Forward Montana is doing, by all means attack them. Carol attacks them for turning out people late to the polls. My goodness, how evil. It’s the right track, but it’s still weak.

To sum it all up, here’s what I’ve seen:

Accusation: FM is funded by George Soros.
Evidence: Random anonymous guy on the Internet says so.

Accusation: FM is a left-wing front group for out of state interests.
Evidence: They brought college kids to the polls late in 2006.

Accusation: FM’s funding is somehow shady.
Evidence: I’m not sure, but it seems to be based on anonymous guy’s comment and ideological or partisan disagreement with Matt.

I miss anything? I’m really not impressed.

Categories: Montana

Bozeman residents

October 28, 2007 Leave a comment

Some of us are apparently rather dense. My brother explains.

Categories: Montana, Silliness

Happy (belated) birthday, Earth!

October 25, 2007 2 comments

That’s right, Earth is 6,011 years old as of two days ago.

I heard Roger Koopman threw a big party around here, but my invitation must have been lost in the mail.

Categories: Science, Silliness

You've…had someone take unauthorized control!

October 23, 2007 3 comments

OneNewsNow had a poll asking which GOP candidate was the true conservative candidate in the race. Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul dominated, each of whom nearly quintupled the rest of the candidates. That, however, is not the most interesting part. The disclaimer at the bottom is:

NOTE: Websites supporting the following candidates linked directly to our homepage during the roughly 24-hour period this poll was active, encouraging their supporters to vote in the poll: Ron Paul (1,116 referrals), Mike Huckabee (154), Fred Thompson (151), Duncan Hunter (29). In addition, numerous blogs apparently did the same, although we were unable to determine their affiliation. One particular website — RonPaulForums.com — carried the message: “time to pwn a poll at a christian right’s newsite” and directed supporters to the poll. “Pwn” — a misspelling of “own” — is a term originating from the gaming world, meaning basically “to take unauthorized control of.”

Sounds a little like they’re claiming the polls was hacked, doesn’t it? Especially when, if you look at the Wikipedia entry on pwn (yes, there’s a Wikipedia entry for everything), they’re using the older hacker definition explained in the etymology section, rather than the correct one (in this context) in the opening paragraph.

I’m chalking this up to the combination of old people and technology, but it’s still amusing.

I guess this means Huckabee is considered the conservative candidate in the race by the type of people who are aware of OneNewsNow by an impressive margin. Also, fundamentalists don’t know what pwn means and Ron Paul supporters do. Valuable lessons.

Categories: 2008 elections, Silliness

And the coveted Chuck Norris endorsement goes to…

October 22, 2007 1 comment

Mike Huckabee! (via Montana Headlines)

Judging by past Norris columns, this is a little like the crazy guy on the street corner endorsing you. Except the crazy guy can’t kick your ass.

It still seems inexplicable to me that Chuck Norris has a column. I know it’s on WND and all, but still.

Categories: 2008 elections

Slacker

October 20, 2007 2 comments

I eventually need to write up the rest of Democratic candidates, don’t I? At least Obama and Edwards. Those two should be the most interesting, because I’ve leaned toward Obama for a while now and I have serious, mostly unsubstantiated, misgivings about Edwards.

Categories: 2008 elections

Montana embarrassments

October 17, 2007 2 comments

There’s a poll going on over at the Big Sky Blog, where you can vote for the most embarrassing Montana…moments, I guess? It has all the crazy people (the Freemen militia people and the Unabomber), the environmental disasters (asbestos in Libby and the Berkeley Pit) and various other disasters (Ryan Leaf).

While people like Kaczynski and the Freemen are probably the most actually embarrassing, there impact was smaller than other events. So I went with W.R. Grace and the asbestos contamination of Libby (twenty miles from where I went to high school). Hundreds are dead because of it and more will succumb to asbestos related diseases in the future.

Categories: Montana

That's a new one

October 17, 2007 Leave a comment

Did you know you Richard Dawkins wants to kill his father? It’s right there in his book.

A failure of reading comprehension as seen through the lens of a crackpot. How could something hilarious not come out of that?

Categories: Religion, Silliness

Crazy Christians for a Mormon

October 16, 2007 6 comments

The chancellor of Bob Jones University has endorsed Mitt Romney.

Is it over now? Romney’s problem up until now has been whether he’ll get the support of the religious Right, seeing as it’s really the Christian Right. If someone like Bob Jones III can endorse him, I would think most of the Christian Right can get behind him.

I can’t decide whether this is a good or bad thing. The other leading contender is Guiliani, who’d be ridiculously bad on civil liberties and foreign policy, but probably wouldn’t piss me off on social issues. Romney will piss me off on social issues and foreign policy-wise he’s probably just as bad as Guiliani. Then again, maybe not.

Guiliani is the preferred candidate of Christopher Hitchens, by the way. That’s not surprising, but damn it’s disappointing.

Categories: 2008 elections

The Turkey genocide resolution

October 14, 2007 3 comments

Do we really need this? It’s a strange issue that’s resurfaced lately. As far as I know, no reputable historian believes the Ottoman empire didn’t commit genocide against the Armenians. Seeing as it has no bearing on current events and will antagonize an ally we’ll probably need in the future (unless the government is taken over by Islamists, after which it won’t matter) it seems like a bad idea.

I haven’t really figured out why Pelosi is pushing this, either. Does her district have a large Armenian population? I suppose it could be a roundabout way to restrict the war in Iraq, but that seems colossally stupid and irresponsible.

Categories: Congress
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