January 2008 Archives

a silent majority

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America is notorious for its silent majorities. It would seem that, at least within the Democratic Party, the Hillary Clinton supporters are one of these silent majorities.

The press maintains Hillary will have a "huge" Super Tuesday, yet I don't know a single person who is a Clinton supporter (I know a class or subgroup of people who are Clinton supporters, but I don't know any personally). It seems like the reasonable Democrat would realize Clinton is such a divisive individual that she couldn't possibly win a November election except against a similarly-divisive Republican candidate -- most of which have dropped out of the race.

So speak up, Clinton supporters. I need to know you're out there, and why you're sticking with her. Anecdotal evidence suggests not reasons for attraction to her but reasons to be repelled from Obama, which isn't really reason for supporting her at all. Notably, this process is going the exact opposite from 2004, in which friends and family who voted for Kerry in the primaries (I was, and remained until just days ago, an Edwards supporter) did so "because he can beat Bush," which (and maybe I was the only one) seemed rather ridiculous to me at the time -- fruit borne later in the general election.

The Republican candidate will end up being nominated after having been the choice of, at the most, 1/3 of his own party's voters. The Democrat will similarly be the choice of a minority population. That leaves a lot of votes left to be won. It seems obvious to me that the candidate most equipped to speak to that vulnerable population of voters is the one who can speak to them in a voice that gives them hope for a brighter future; a voice that can move the mountains that had become a permanent fixture on the horizon of their American consciousness.

It's clear there's one candidate left in the presidential race with those philosophically-terraforming capabilities. His name is Barack Obama.

oh goodness yes

My candidate, John Edwards, suspended his campaign today. He remains a voice of working Americans and a strong protector of union labor. I hope he uses his leverage to ensure the Democratic candidate does the same.

Speaking of labor, the WGA strike continues, and I continue to proudly wear my WGA strike shirt every chance I get. The AMPTP's ridiculous behavior in refusing to negotiate honestly has ruined a great many lives and careers. Yet there are a few positives, one of them being SAG/DGA's ongoing "Speechless" campaign, the most recent episode of which is... well... HOTHOTHOT

Happy primary day, Florida!

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I may be a registered independent (and were I a registered Democrat my vote would still be left unheard) but that doesn't mean primary day isn't important to me. My first ever vote was in an Ohio primary at the young age of 17 (I voted for California's Pete Wilson, which is again proof that teenagers are stupid). So I'm headed out the door in a few minutes to make my way back to my Florida birthplace, East Pasco County, to register a single vote: NO on Amendment One.

It seems to me that there are more people today interested in politics than public speaking. As someone who has been living in the sphere of both nearly since birth (though, unquestionably, my understanding of the need for skills in the latter were impressed upon me as a tyke by the former a regarde a whistlestop visit from a campaigning Mr. Potatoe) it has been an exciting weekend. And so I present you, if you missed them, two truly exemplar American speeches -- the kind that give you goosebumps, make you cry, or have Viagra-like effects, depending on how sexy you find public speaking or simply being inspired. If you haven't seen them, please watch them. Or at least open this in another tab and listen while you read Deadspin or something.

Barack Obama's South Carolina victory speech Saturday night (greatest in my lifetime):

Ted Kennedy endorsing Obama Sunday (skip to 3:00 to get past Caroline, who is a truly commendable woman but, let's face it, her father and uncle simply were taken from her before their oratory ability could leave an impression):

And here's Obama's acceptance of the endorsement, which is laudable on its own, pale only to the two diamonds of American oratory above:

As for Ted Kennedy's endorsement, and obviously I'm a NOW supporter, but what the hell!?!!:

Senator Ted Kennedy Betrays Women by Not Standing for Hillary Clinton for President; Ultimate Betrayal Felt by Women Everywhere [...] We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one).

That wasn't, apparently, enough. I'm not making this up people, go to the NOW-New York press release yourself:

Psychological Gang Bang of Hillary is Proof We Need a Woman President by Marcia Pappas, President NOW - New York State

Reading this kind of divisive language, implying that women ought to support Clinton because she's a woman and for no other reason, simply highlights the brilliance of Obama and Kennedy's speeches. (NOW really ought to consider why the public perception of feminism is so misguided; press releases like the above two are a primary reason. Antagonizing people with ridiculous language is not the way to adhere noncommitted individuals to your cause.)

you have got to be kidding me

Hackers on steroids take to the streets (specifically, the Orlando Scientology HQ) for some IRL trolling. And it works! The best part is "Go, Anonymous, Go!"

Go indeed. Truly anonymous is legion...

Post interview with American Gladiator Siren

I'd forgotten we ate in the same dining hall. I was nerdy and too nervous to talk to pretty girls back then, so I never talked to Valerie outside of history class. She also says she loved the CI, but I sure don't remember ever seeing her there.

The Post: Alumna ‘Siren’ wails on foes in TV competition

idiots!

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1. I am not a Hillary Clinton supporter per se, but if another Clinton in the White House means another government that saves more money than it spends, I am in favor of it.

2. $300 did nothing last time. It'll do even less this time.

3. We're borrowing this money from China. Like a collection service calling when you've missed a few credit card bills, China will be coming for us. Soon.

4. People spending money combined with cutting corporate taxes will not result in corporations hiring more workers. Corporations have plenty of money. In fact, corporations are doing amazingly well -- they can afford to pay utterly inept CEOs who drive can't-lose franchises into the ground millions just for leaving. Do you really believe corporations will use extra money to hire workers? THEY HAVE EXTRA MONEY NOW.

America is systematically defiling herself, and until we all wake up and pull our collective heads out of our asses, we're going to be heading toward a future in which our kids aren't being drafted to fight brown people, but yellow ones.

Fiscal responsibility. Now.

Q. What did Heath Ledger say to the sleeping pills?

A. "I wish I could quit you."

to all the girls i've loved before

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I've really only been in love twice. The first time, it was over about three years, during college. I spent every afternoon with her, and it even kind of carried over into grad school. I moved on, but I still admired her from time to time. Maria Bartiromo, thank you for giving me a quality education in how the financial world works without having taken a single class in my life.

The second time I fell in love... well... it's taken me a while to realize it. It started probably, I dunno, a year ago. Maybe earlier, but it was six months ago or so that I really went head over heels. She's everything Maria never was: snarky, evocative, and, frankly, kind of gawky/nerdy/awkward. She's not the "Money Honey" moniker-embracing Maria, someone who uses her looks to date "have professional relationships with" men who run the corporations she's supposed to be reporting on.

So on this "oh crap Jim Cramer was right again" day of financial meltdown, here's to you, Erin Burnett. You set the bar I'll always strive for.

Overheard

Andrew Siciliano, showing why Jim Rome's show actually improves when he guest-hosts:

"Soulja Boy" is officially the worst song to be played on the radio in ten years [...] musical stinkin' genius.

I had a dream last night that I hooked up with Ellen Page. That part was pretty cool. Then I dreamed she got pregnant, which wasn't cool, but was also way too meta for my little dream-brain to handle. It's about that point I realized I was dreaming. That was cool, because it opened the door for some fantastic Lucid Dreaming action. Alas, it wasn't to be. I was so excited about my lucidity that my brain couldn't handle all the demands (and really, I was pretty content with Ellen Page anyway) and I woke up.

Juno is a strange movie. Every critic, even the ones I trust like Roger Ebert, classifies it as a comedy -- and almost apologetically so. How can a film that is a comedy be on the top of so many critics' "Best of 2007" lists, they wondered?

That answer, of course, is simple. Juno isn't a comedy. It's a drama that has funny moments -- LIKE ANY PROPER DRAMA. Today's dramas are so... dramatic that they forget they also have to be interesting. Humor has its place in any genre, but the genre itself is dependent upon what drives the plot. That's where No Country For Old Men fell through. The characteristic Coen Bros. sardonicism was missing (it was, of course, a tremendous film; I only laughed once, though.) Comedies can be easily recognized by the side trips characters take for the sake of laughs; Juno has none of these. Not a single shot in that film is unnecessary. Not a single lingering moment is extraneous.

Was it the best movie of 2007? Absolutely. (Was 2007 a lousy year in cinema? Definitely.) I would have utilized Michael Cera more, at the cost of his being permanently typecast for the rest of his very young career. Ellen Page has portrayed a pregnant teenager, a superhero, and a kidnapping victim. Michael Cera has portrayed an awkward nerd, an awkward nerd, and, in Juno, an awkward nerd-jock. (He's a runner. On second thought, considering I never knew a runner who wasn't more nerd than jock, I'll drop the qualifier.)

I'm sure he's more skilled than that, and I really do find him one of the more exciting young actors working today.

As for me, I'm going back to bed for a little Snooze time with Ellen.

true wtf moments

Actual email I just received:

Hi Tim,

I was sent an email from Rick Rango....and on his Youtube site, I think it was there, there was a link with you giving an interview about the show you are playing called "Wicked".

Just thought I'd drop a note to say hi...happy to see you "still goin'". We had some fun times a few years ago and it was a pleasure to meet you and sit next to you. You're a fine trumpet player Tim.

All the very best to you and your family.

Warm Regards,

Gary Guthman

This is not from some random person, it's from this dude, a famous trumpeter.

Now, I don't play the trumpet. I've never played the trumpet. I play some wacky instruments, but the trumpet ain't one of them. I'm not in Wicked either (though I wouldn't turn down a role). So I'm at a loss about this one, and I'm not sure how to reply. I'm considering a faux one, talking about how I'm spending a lot of time alone with my "horn."

regarding American Gladiators

1. I went to college with Siren. She was hot then. She is still hot now.

2. BROTHER BROTHER BROTHER BROTHER BROTHER Gladiators BROTHER BROTHER

3. American Gladiators should be lauded for helping smash false stereotypes. In the final women's round, we discovered that black women can swim extremely well, while former Marines can't (which may explain our current inability to win any wars).

Your pre-BCS Championship "Buckeyes suck" post

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Number of 2007 NFL Pro Bowlers who attended Kent State: Three
Number of 2007 NFL Pro Bowlers who attended Ohio State: One

FOUND #1

Items found while looking for something else amongst the eight hard drives that now make up my home network.

yikes!

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I just scheduled my first haircut since June 2006. Tomorrow, 11am. Wish me luck!

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