November 11th, 2008

usa // rather be waterboarding

You know, I hate to be petty...

But this kind of irked me:

The president-elect briefly bowed his head, saluted and walked away. Only a few dozen spectators were on hand.


Dude, you are not yet the President... you know, the commander-in-chief. You've never been in the military. You saluting makes about as much sense as me saluting.

ETA: Okay, I know this is petty, but still...

“I think our government has only one sacred obligation. I agree with the governor that I find it uncomfortable referring to this as a holiday. It’s more like a holy day than a holiday. It’s more like a holy day because the only sacred, sacred obligation this nation has is to care for those we send to war and prepare them and equip them with the best there is available in the world. And care for them when they come home,” said Vice-President elect Joe Biden.


Per m-w.com:

Main Entry: hol·i·day
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hāligdæg, from hālig holy + dæg day
1: holy day
2: a day on which one is exempt from work ; specifically : a day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event
etc // got something for ya!

stay classy

I know that some of my friends are against the passage of Prop 8 here in California, and although I disagree with you I respect your right to your opinions. However, I cannot respect bullshit like this.

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Seems like the tolerant left is really only tolerant as long as you agree with them.

The (male) anchor needs to be smacked, though. "There's a lot of anger and hate on both sides." Yes, that 69 year old woman looked extremely hateful standing there with the reporter, trying to share her side of the story.
tv // lbd // shoulder touch

Come on, now, who's surprised by this?

Obama's economic "change" looks strangely like more of the same old crap.

It's hard to believe Barack Obama would even think of calling this change.

Take a good look at some of the 17 people our nation's president-elect chose last week for his Transition Economic Advisory Board. And then try saying with a straight face that these are the leaders who should be advising him on how to navigate through the worst financial crisis in modern history.

First, there's former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. Not only was he chairman of Citigroup Inc.'s executive committee when the bank pushed bogus analyst research, helped Enron Corp. cook its books, and got caught baking its own. He was a director from 2000 to 2006 at Ford Motor Co., which also committed accounting fouls and now is begging Uncle Sam for Citigroup- style bailout cash. [...]

So, by my tally, almost half the people on Obama's economic advisory board have held fiduciary positions at companies that, to one degree or another, either fried their financial statements, helped send the world into an economic tailspin, or both. Do you think any of that came up in the vetting?
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etc // light reading

Books of 08

This is my last post for a while, I promise.

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56. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (audio)
57. Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
58. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (audio)
59. Star of the Morning by Lynn Kurland [x]
60. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo [x]
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