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McCain Will Regret Skipping Letterman

McCain suspended his campaign today to that he could focus on the economy.  He canceled his appearance on the Letterman show . . . but still had time to talk to Katie Couric.  Letterman let him have it. Check it out at http://lateshow.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/ I assume that link will come down sooner than later, so here […]

The Politics of Hypocrisy

Three different items today, all about hypocrisy. It’s one thing to change your mind. I respect it. We’ve all changed our mind at some point. Maybe it’s because of personal experience, or a compelling argument, or learning new facts. Whatever the reason, I respect the evolution of personal opinion. But what about taking a position […]

RNC Protesters

My friend and former Tabblo colleague Dave St. Germain took the week off to go Minneapolis.  He’s been running around with the protesters and taking pictures.  I think his commentary has been fascinating. RNC Day 1 RNC Day 2 RNC Day 3 Click the links to see the pretty pictures.

A Little Known Fact. . . .

Shortly after John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate, a little riot erupted on Twitter. Little Known Fact: Sarah Palin once bit the head off a live Osprey snatched from the air as it tried to fly off with a fish she caught. I have no idea where it started, but it took […]

What Really Happened in China

The Olymipcs are over, and too many opinion writers and bloggers are feeling all warm and fuzzy about China.  These writers have managed to ignore what was happening in China while they were busy oohing at the fireworks an aahing at the pomp and sighing at the telegenic smiles of the athletes.  What really happened: […]

Telecom Immunity, The Day After

I’ve repeatedly voiced my opposition to granting the telcos immunity for their violations of the law. It seems obvious to me that if you break the law, you should be held accountable in a court. It doesn’t matter who asked you to break the law. It matters whether you broke it or not. That ship […]

Boarding the Sinking Ship

Today’s Globe had a note about a slew of Massachusetts politicians who were demanding that NARAL retract its endorsement of Obama. House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, Senate President Therese Murray, and Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston, and other legislators said that Obama wasn’t pro-choice enough for them, in part because he voted “present” on […]

Math for Donkeys

I think it was the Electoral Map that turned me on to fivethirtyeight.com, and it is fivethirtyeight.com that has this quality post. Post Pennsylvania, he (she?) breaks down the remaining primary contests and explains what might or might not happen.  More specifically, he explains what needs to happen for Clinton to win.  He shows a […]

The TSA, Volume, and Mass

Megan McCardle has a short-but-amusing bit about the 3.4-ounce rule for liquids on plane flights: I asked a screener, “volume or weight?” He said, “Huh?” I answered that “ounces” in English units were both a measure of volume and weight, and for most substances these two numbers would be different. The bit is amusing enough.  […]

The Fear Factories

Finding truth in humor. Via Blue Mass Group.