Saturday, January 05, 2008

Also, in Father v. Son

Me: No!
Geoff: Please! I dont have access to Phosphorus Granades and thats the next best thing.
Me: No!
Geoff: How else can I destroy these hard drives?
Me: No Thermite!

Musical Interludes

An actual conversation with my son:

Me: No! Stop saying that!
Geoff: Why not, it's true!
Me: No. It isn't.
Geoff: Paul McCartney is the Justin Timberlake of the Beatles! You know I am right!
Me: There is so much wrong with that sentence, I don't know where to begin.
Geoff: Like what?

... later

Geoff: you're just angry that Justin Timberlake is a better songwriter than Paul McCartney.
Me: You have a point. I'll tell you what, I'll concede your point when Sir Paul McCartney writes a song about his Dick in a Box. Deal?
Geoff: He won an Emmy for that!

Friday, January 04, 2008

A Bad Night For the Apparachniks

Last night was a very unusual night in american politics, the mainline parties reversed decades of trends to produce a surprise. It remains to be seen if this is a trend for the election or merely a fluke, but it's a promising sign.

The Dems: For most of my lifetime, the democrats have always nominated the most politically connected, establishment candidate they could. Very by-the-numbers, almost no charisma, very few ideas. Mondale anyone? Kerry? They were like Bob Dole with the quirkiness. If they do actually nominate Obama, it will be the first time in ages a candidate has come from outside the establishment to win the nomination. Which is to say, I am extremely skeptical they will do that. While third place has to sting, Hillary is clearly the establishment candidate and she is no where near out of it. Personally, I am tired of decades of the Clinton/Bush power share and would like to see some outside blood. My expecations are low, but no longer zero.

The GOP: The fruition of the Permenant Republican Majority strategy has yielded up a front candidate who not only beleives the Earth is 6000 years old, but says this with pride. Again, this is a little out of the box, with Romney being their version of Hillary with more god and fewer balls. Huckaee is not popular with the chattering rightwing blogosphere, nor with the party heads, yet is the logical conclusion of their faith-based approach to government (have faith in god and have faith that we know what we're doing because we're not liberals). Huckabee could be a huge problem for them going forward, but again, Romney is nowhere near out of it.

All in all, a good night.

Update: also there is this:

Beyond who won on each side, there's a very big partisan message out of tonight. Just under 220,000 Democrats caucused tonight. About 115,000 Republicans did. That is a very big vote in itself.

I'm not quite sure what this means. I don't, for example, beleive the tradiational percentages have gone away. I expect it means that the GOP field is weak and unexciting, so people aren't bothering to turn out. Also, I expect a lot of independents broke blue in Iowa.

Update II: NPR just reported that Romney spent $80,000,000 in Iowa! Really????!!!??? Holy Shit! $80M and he got second??? Is this true?
I might be wrong, he may really be toast if he can spend that much money and still come in behind Huck.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The Devil!

No, not me! Harry Potter!

Joe Ratzinger has a chief exorcist who, while not busy helping folks avoid responsibility for their actions (or in some cases treatment for the schizophrenia) by blaming human failing on an imaginary demi-god, has time to do a Dan Quayle act on Harry Potter:

Pope Benedict XVI's chief exorcist, Rev. Gabriele Amorth, has called fictional wizard-in-training Harry Potter the "king of darkness, the devil."
"Magic is always a turn to the devil," said the Roman Catholic priest, according to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.

"Magic is always a turn to the devil". Hmmmm... it seems to me his church is full of magic:

Transubstantiation? Magic
Healing Lepers? Magic
A guy raised from the dead? Magic!
A god who watches everything yuo do and deals eternal punishment for making fun of Joe Ratzinger? Magic!

By George, he's right! Magic is the work of the devil!

Most adults know though there is no such thing as magic, and in that light, the "devil" responsible becomes pretty obvious.

(I note approvingly the Canadians have properly categorized this in "Arts and Entertainment").

The Lowest Threshold Ever Set By Man

as expressed by Presidential Candidate Ron Paul:

It just happens, Tim, that I get more support from black people today than any other Republican candidate, according to some statistics.