Archive for October, 2014

three times a name

Friday, October 10th, 2014

“I saw Joseph Biden.”
“Joseph Biden?”
“Joseph Biden.”

Apparently, he did.  Eating ice cream.  To, you know, have to choke back that type of “gaffe” where he accidentally says something truthful but inconvenient.  … Blah blah blah… Did you hear that one about Saudi Arabia?  Anyway, the big news when you go to Joseph Biden is now the talk on foreign policy at Harvard, and the eating of ice cream in Portland.  (Apparently made Jimmy Kimmell’s show.)

But… you hear Joseph Biden’s name three times in a row, and a Joseph Biden genie pops up or something?  Or does it have to be said by one person?

six to decide. Or ten. Also all it’s going to decide is something Canada cares about, so don’t bother voting.

Monday, October 6th, 2014

It’s always amusing to see foreign press on American elections.  Here’s what’s at stake for the midterms… Obama’s Legacy… the Alaskan Pipeline.  And… anything else matter?

No.  It’s goddamned Canada.  Who cares if the tax code shifts here or there?

I like the “Less than One Percent” chancers that this dailykos chart has in tracking Democratic Party chances.  Note that this goes up against the “Greater than 99 percent chancers” for the Democrats.

Meanwhile, the 10 there in the middle are pegged in all news reports as “could decide the Senate”.  Or… maybe some other race will decide the Senate.  Who can say?

Canada says six.  They’re four fewer than the Huffington Post.

I predict an upset in Wyoming!

anniversaries of great watersheds, and decades definitions

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

On the 50th anniversary of the “Free Speech Movement”, when Mario Savio jumped onto the car and…

… hm… ignited Ronald Reagan’s bid for the California governorship by poo-pooing the “Filthy Speech Movement”.

Ah, the contradictions of the 1960s.  It was either very political or very apolitical.

And all ended up in the suburbs in the 1970s anyways.  Actually it’s curious to see, but I note that people younger than I are now referring to what used to be considered the 1960s… as the 1970s.  As in overheard about growing up in Humbolt County as home of “Hippies, actual hippies… not people dressing as hippies, but the hippies of the 1970s”….

All very contradictory.  Incidentally, the review for the latest book by Naomi Klein, found in the Portland Mercury, that all she’s asking is to return to energy consumption levels of the 1970s, and hey … those were great times.

Tell that to Jimmy Carter.

the dark musings returneth

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

In early first term dark musings about how the President would be “conveniently assassinated” if he stepped out of line…

Security Breaches with right wing Security Detail stepping aside.

Yeah, well.  The problem is I’m hard pressed to know what Obama is doing that’s terribly Kennedy-esque.