Archives for August, 2008

Campaign ads

I promise not to post many of these, but I rather like this ad. Enjoy.

Bidenmania

If you’ve been Biden your time, waiting for Obama to announce his VP nominee, your wait is over. Joe Biden (D-MBNA) will be kicking Dick Cheney out of the Naval Observatory shortly. I guess I see the logic. He’s a bulldog, has foreign policy experience, and his age makes him unlikely to run for the…

Houses

Earlier today, John McCain got a bit confused. In and of itself, that wouldn’t be so unusual. He’s old and slightly crazy, so confusion is part of his daily experience. He can’t tell Sunni from Shiite, Iran from Iraq, Iraq from Afghanistan, Czechoslovakia from the Czech Republic, or his wife from a telecom lobbyist. This…

Mark Townsend, a putative candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, is onto something big. “I am running for U.S. Senator of the Great State of Alabama,” he explains, “because I believe in 1906 NCAA was not created. They evolved from the same system of government created by the Roman and British Empires. I believe…

Security theater

Airline captain, lawyer, child on terror ‘watch list’: James Robinson is a retired Air National Guard brigadier general and a commercial pilot for a major airline who flies passenger planes around the country. He has even been certified by the Transportation Security Administration to carry a weapon into the cockpit as part of the government’s…

Military penguin becomes a ‘Sir’: A penguin who was previously made a Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian Army has been knighted at Edinburgh Zoo. Penguin Nils Olav has been an honorary member and mascot of the Norwegian King’s Guard since 1972. Over the years, he has been promoted through the ranks after being adopted by Royal…

When they were asked how much you have to earn to be rich, the presidential candidates differed wildly: Obama didn’t hesitate. “I would argue that if you are making more than $250,000, then you are in the top 3, 4 percent of this country,” he said. “You are doing well.” McCain took a far more…

In which I correct Kevin Drum

Drum responds to a discussion of land use in the era of expensive oil by commenting: A focus on increased density is going to mean a funny political switcheroo for a lot of liberals. We’re mostly accustomed to fighting evil corporations on behalf of the little guy, but it turns out that most suburban (and…

Vacation spots

Politico quotes a Clinton pollster concern-trolling about Barack Obama taking a vacation in Hawaii, the state he grew up in: ?For somebody who has been called ?elitist,? going to Hawaii is not exactly going against type,? Schoen said. ?I would rather have him going to national parks.? First, I’d note that Hawaii has 8 national…

Indie acts

I’ve said it before, and will keep saying it until the DNC starts running ads quoting me: Like all indie acts, John McCain’s early work was better. This ad is a good start: But here’s the thing: John McCain’s maverickness was an act. It was never genuine. Indie acts sell out to corporate interests and…