Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Matt Baldwin on the YouTube Debates, ROTFL!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

In case you hadn’t heard, the Democratic hopefuls fielded questions from from YouTube users via YouTube videos in a weird sort of awkward lurch of traditional media and politics into the user-centric land of the web. I heard some excerpts from the debate, and I have to imagine that the candidates all saw visions of themselves never working in politics again, but it all seemed to come off okay. There were a few song questions and bizarre voice questions and silly leading questions, but it was just a political debate (or Q&A, whatever), in the end.

I found the whole thing a little silly and gimmicky, but I think Matthew Baldwin really hits the nail on the head when it comes to my views on the YouTube community. You should really just bookmark his site. It’s in my sidebar, people. I can only assume you overlooked it while enjoying my wayward prose.

This is How It Should Work

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

I just heard on NPR about scientists questioning Gore’s documentary An Incovenient Truth that says, basically:

…after the talk, a couple of [the scientists] came up to me and said, you know, “He didn’t exactly get the science right.”

And this is exactly what should happen in a scientifically-oriented, scientifically-conscious society.

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2006 Midterm Elections

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Do not forget to vote today. If you think politics don’t affect you, then just look at where we were in 2000 and where we are now. Don’t know where to vote? Find out here. If you live in Pennsylvania and have a driver’s license, you’re already registered. If you’re reading this, you have web access and have no excuse not to be informed enough to vote.

And remember, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain afterwards that you aren’t getting what you want.

Know Your Rights

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Gather ’round kids, it’s time to Know Your Rights! Check out our handy little model below to understand how your rights are swirling all around you, like sunshine and dust mites!

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Path to What?

Saturday, September 9th, 2006

After, for a few days, hearing vague inklings about a furor over an ABC/Disney fictional drama called The Path to 9/11, then seeing it get mentions on some of my favorite sites, I decided to find out what the hubbub was all about.

Y’know what ABC and Disney? Nobody needs a fictionalized version of the attacks and the events leading up to them, especially when you’re making changes to what actual people did in actual situations that occurred only 5 years ago. And as for the assertion that the film isn’t final, and therefore we can’t comment? Riiiight. I’m sure those scenes were filmed that way for fun so the editors could scramble to change them. Tell me, why is it that Americans can’t comment on your use of their national tragedy to sell advertising slots on its anniversary? I’m curious.

Rumsfeld Called to Task by Olbermann

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

I applaud Keith Olbermann for speaking out against the current administration with the force of language that it deserves, taking them to task for dismantling the very values it claims to uphold and protect. He reminds us that our leaders are “transient” and “our employees” and that the freedoms we enjoy are easily lost and easily taken. The video is more than worth the time to watch.

Thanks to Steve for pointing me to this link.

“The courtesy of your hall is somewhat lessened as of late…”

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

President Bush's face in a video frame, looking a bit pale and old, next to an image of King Theoden, looking very pale and old.

Bush image seen on the front page of the NY Times, in the Video section.

My mind immediately leapt to this image upon seeing Bush’s paler, more vacant face. Please feel free to extend the metaphor, I just don’t have the time right now.

Another Headline I Never Could’ve Imagined

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

A screen capture of a CNN headline, which reads: Cartoon protesters try to storm U.S. base.

From CNN’s front page.

I love reading comics and they mean a lot to me, but I am confused.

Maybe It’s the Bullets Then?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Gun control has always been a thorny issue for me (not that this makes me unique) because, at a fundamental level, I question the need for our citizenry to be able to arm themselves with weapons designed to maximize human death. But on the other hand, I understand the Constitutional issues and the idea that bearing arms is the only way to get a piece of the monopoly-on-violence pie of which the government has the biggest piece. History teaches us that an armed citizenry needing to overthrow tyrannical rule is not a ridiculous proposal. Hell, in Switzerland everyone has a gun, unless they go through a somewhat difficult process of returning it to the government.* But then something occurred to me today that kind of settled some of the issues for me, and I’d like to run it by you to see if I’m missing anything.

Has anyone ever heard of a drive-by knife-throwing wherein an adult was the intended target but a child was accidentally hit and killed instead?

I don’t think you hear about much of that. But, then again, I don’t really listen to the local news that often, so who knows?

*Though, they have rifles, not handguns or assault rifles, which I have little to no problem with.

The House of Representatives Is on the Case!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

House Resolution 579

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) recognizes the importance of the symbols and traditions of Christmas;
(2) strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas; and
(3) expresses support for the use of these symbols and traditions, for those who celebrate Christmas.

Well, I’m glad we got that sorted out. We’re all a lot safer now that our hard-working representatives are focusing their attentions on very important empty resolutions to protect things that aren’t in need of protection. Now they can all add “succumbed to pointless and divisive campaign of partisan rhetoric to make a partial syllogism into a federal document” to their resumés.

Merry Christmas, everyone! I said be Merry, dammit!