Archive for October, 2008

and another thing

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

A few months ago there was a furore because Michelle Obama said something to the effect that for the first time she was proud of her country. Now there’s a very minor issue being raised about VP nominee Palin’s association with the Alaska Independence Party and the fact that the AIP worked with Iran to denounce the USA at at UN meeting, and that Palin’s husband joined the AIP the following year. I don’t mean to point fingers at the nominees specifically here, but there does seem to be something of a double-standard: for some reason your patriotism is pretty much unquestionable if you’re a Republican, but fair game if you’re a Democrat – any ideas why?

rage and anger

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Hmm, not a pleasant way of making your case. Obama says regularly that he understands that this is part of being in politics, and that he has been called worse things on the basketball court, but I have to say that no matter what your policies are, or party affiliation is, if you are a candidate who is running on such a negative message, you’ve lost me.

sad story

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

This morning my friend layclerk (it’s a singing thing) in Glasgow posted that his cat Ernie, who has been sick for some time, passed away. Very sad. It’s something I guess you know will happen with a pet, but it’s heartbreaking when it does happen, and especially in this case when Ernie was only seven years old. I know I’ll find it very difficult when it happens to my orange cat Scout. Anyway, spare a thought over the next few days for him.

how to be popular

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Or not – from fivethirtyeight.com:

coherence

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

It was the vice presidential debate last night, and I listened to some on the radio. The first third I thought Palin did very well, and Biden didn’t really know how to counter. The balance seemed to shift later on, as Palin’s responses got more repetitive, and I think Biden kind of got into the swing of it, and had more chances for gravity and to display his experience. Your interpretation may be different of course, although snap polls seem fairly strong in Biden’s favor at the moment, especially among independents. There was potential for interesting moments – both these candidates have shown themselves to be gaffe-prone, but I think that this excerpt from the transcript is quite something:

Say it ain’t so, Joe, there you go again pointing backwards again. You preferenced [sic] your whole comment with the Bush administration. Now doggone it, let’s look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future. You mentioned education and I’m glad you did. I know education you are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, and god bless her. Her reward is in heaven, right? I say, too, with education, America needs to be putting a lot more focus on that and our schools have got to be really ramped up in terms of the funding that they are deserving. Teachers needed to be paid more. I come from a house full of school teachers. My grandma was, my dad who is in the audience today, he’s a schoolteacher, had been for many years. My brother, who I think is the best schoolteacher in the year, and here’s a shout-out to all those third graders at Gladys Wood Elementary School, you get extra credit for watching the debate

I’ve also read some chat about Palin using cue-cards, which isn’t a bad thing, but it might be if you don’t have one for the question:

Sarah Palin debate tactic flowchart

Sarah Palin debate tactic flowchart