Print Story ``It's been a long time since I saw someone check their blind spot before merging onto the freeway''
By lm (Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 07:42:19 AM EST) (all tags)
`I check my blind spot all the time.'

``Well, how often do I see you drive on the freeway?''


Last night I found a large bad spot on a wall in the upstairs unit. It'd been patched craptastically and painted over. Scraping the pain like I was doing in preparation for re-painting brought a large chunk down. Looks like I'm going to have to get creative on this one. This will certainly add to the amount of time I spend getting the house ready to sell.

I also shaved last night. And on my lunch break went out and got a proper hair cut. I should post pics. But I'm probably too lazy.

More and more of our house is getting stowed in boxes in preparation for the big move.

Not much news otherwise.

News roundup.

The AFP reports that NY Times says that revampled US interrogation policies are modeled after Korean war era Chinese tactics. I suppose if all one wants is a pile of confessions, regardless of their truth value, this is a good approach. On the other hand, I can't imagine that the art of interrogation hasn't advanced since the fifties. I suspect better results would have been had with an FBI style interrogation that spent more time communicating with the prisoners and getting into their heads.

Sometimes I wonder if John McCain speaks English. Saying that someone is a hero but that having done X doesn't qualify that same person for job Y doesn't sound like `denigrating' X or questioning that person's patriotism to me. If McCain didn't have almost 10 years on Clark, I suggest they pull a steel cage, no holds barred, one pin fall wrestling match to settle the matter.

Memberships to porn sites up 20% or so since the Bush economic stimulus checks started hitting the street. I don't know if that's what the Bush '43 administration intended for a `stimulus package.'

Gravity isn't always a harsh mistress. Sometimes she gives you more land.

My favorite conservative scholar ob the Bible (Bishop Thomas Wright) was interviewed by Steven Colbert.

And so was Cookie Monster.

That is all

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Colbert interview by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 09:51:23 AM EST
I was very disappointed in it. I was very interested in what he had to say, but he wasn't articulating very well, and Colbert was running roughshod, clearly more interested in humor potential.

I still think the whole thing was intentional on part of the Obama campaign. Have some "maverick" flunky say something you want said out in the media and then immediately "disavow" the whole thing so that you can aren't "negative campaigning". The GOP does this constantly. Perhaps Obama has learned something.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman

I thought Wright articulated very well by lm (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 11:08:02 AM EST
But then I'm probably better schooled on the issues involved than most. I do think it fair to say that the interview probably wouldn't have done much for someone without a good deal of specialized knowledge. But my expectations of Daily Show/Colbert Report has been set very low after Harry Frankfurt was on to discuss On Truth (the sequel to On Bullshit). That was a dud interview if there ever was one.

I read yesterday that the `patriotism' speech that Obama read yesterday was written two months ago, complete with the blurb about saying neither side should cast aspersions on the patriotism of the other. While many folks interpreted this as a `disavowal' of sorts of Clark's message, it couldn't have been unless Obama has had this in the works for a couple of months.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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