Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Bleg: High Five!

Forgive the horn-tooting, but one of my MBSacto posts has been nominated for inclusing in The Blog Watch - an article published in Sunday's Sacramento Bee Forum section.

Check out the post here, and follow the comment's directions to this site where you can rank my post as you see fit and help get Metroblogging Sacramento some love. You'll have to register with the site before you can wrank the post (listed in the chart under the post's title). You can rank it from 1 - 5, with 5 being best.

Do it for the team!


Presents, Kyle, It's About Presents

If you're looking for an interesting read, check out the Metroblogging sites this week as 50 cities across the globe count down their top 7 gifts to the world.

Some of my favorite so far: New York City, gives us chutzpah; Toronto gives us Mike Meyers; and where would thousands of Trips, Troys, and Treys be without madras?

Of course, we in Sacramento have some great gifts as well - some famous people and produce. Go check it out.

A Post On The Five Senses

This one is a pointless space-filler of a post. Come back later if you want something more political.

What I'm seeing: tonight's episode of The Biggest Loser. Granted, I am watching it with a mug of tea and some full-fat pumpkin bread (that would be sense 2, what I'm tasting), but whatever, it's damn good. This is one reality show that, for the most part, I can support. Getting this country off its collective lazy ass is great. But then you have girls like what's-her-bucket (I could rewind, but it's not really the point) crying about working out for 7 days and losing only 2 pounds.

Yeah, that would actually be what a doctor would recommend you lose in order to lose it healthfully and permanently. Especially for women.

But this week's episode - in which the challenge required contestants to run around a race track with their equivalent lost weight on their backs - reminded me of my sole visit to a Weight Watchers meeting. The instructor (leader? whatever) had brought in bags - literally bags - of faux fat. She had everyone in the room pass the 10 pound bag around. It was astonishing to think of one of those bags having previously been stuck to my ass, let alone 6 of them. It's a wonder I could move at all. I'm not tooting my own horn. I've since picked back up one of those bags (okay, okay, one and a bit). But it's worth noting that it was an effictive motivator. I've often heard you should carry a 5 pound bag of flour around the market with you while you shop, to remind you to shop healthy. I think that's a good idea.

What I'm touching: the heavy stock paper on which my diplomas are printed, as well as the thinner parchment of my Bar certificate as I slip them into newly acquired frames. Professional framing seems so . . . I don't know, overly complicated? I'm not sure if spending what I've spent on an education means I should kick in the extra few hundred dollars to have them super-framed, or that I should quit while I'm ahead and go with the Target frames I bought this evening. Still dropped some cash on these - and they're more my style right now. See that's the other thing - I'm currently changing from a cherry girl to a walnut girl. Who knows what I'll be in another 5 years. Why tie myself to one wood?

What I'm smelling: a Method spiced pear scented candle (also from Target). Okay, so "smelling" is a bit of an overstatment. I'm sure there is scent coming from the candle, but since I cannot breathe out of my nose right now, I can't confirm it.

What I'm hearing: the sound of my external hard drive as it whirrs away next to me. Happily, I have figured out how to redirect my iTunes so it can figure out where I stashed the goods. Unhappily, I can't find my iPod to see whether this fix will make the computer recognize it again. The question now: do I unwrap and commit to the shuffle I impulse bought last Friday and see if I can get THAT to work in time for this weekend's race, or do I give it up and move on and hope I find the iPod at the office tomorrow? (By the way, the office computer couldn't find the iPod either - perhaps more is wrong with it than the misplaced files. Frankly, why did I even get another damn iPod? They aren't really all they're cracked up to be. There are a bunch of other tiny mp3 players. Oh, right, I bought a bunch of iTunes crap so I'm stuck unless I apply various work-arounds, etc. Blah).

Ramble over.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Jesus Loves The Poor, But Not Like That

As in, doesn't love them being poor.

The pastor chosen to lead the Christian Coalition stepped down in a dispute over whether to exand the CC's agenda to include, of all thing, reducing poverty and preventing global warming. The bastard!

Imagine wanting to move beyond abortion and into causes like poverty. Way to keep your priorities straight.

For more on this theme - check out this interview in the SF Chronicle - it's an interesting read, and likely an accurate portrayal of a vastly under-represented segment of the American Christian population.

Senator Schwarzenegger?

Dan Walters opines on the probability of a Schwarzenegger Senatorial bid - either in 2010 against Boxer, or 2012 in a potentially vacant seat, should a then-79 year old DiFi retire.

The day after the election, Professor Pitney commented that a top-of-the-marquee Schwarzenegger may not take kindly to back-benching it as the junior Senator from California. Of course, whether he'd stay on that rightful back-bench is a good question.

There isn't much new material in the Walters column (is there ever?), but the question will certainly loom large in front of pundits for the next 4 years. One wonders if Maria - who usually gives a "I do this begrudgingly" vibe - could put her foot down on moving on to federal politics.

Walters brings up the presidential question, of course, and calls the constitutional barrier for naturalized citizens "unjust" (he hedges, but that's what he's saying). There's a lot of unanswered questions about citizenship and presidential bids, of course. Americans born abroad still have a shot - or at least a presumptive shot, since there's no precedential case law on the matter. Schwarzenegger didn't start as an American, obviously, so there's not much question around him.

But wouldn't you love to see the stagecraft that comes with a presidential budget? Would he remake "Air Force One" as a reality show?

Glad we'll never find out.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

That's Esq.

While celebrating a friend's bar passage the other night, we wondered aloud what, exactly "Esquire" means. According to the always-reliable wikipedia - it doesn't mean terribly much, it should only really be used by dudes, and you don't really need to be a lawyer to use it. Not sure simply using "esq" after your name would get you nabbed for practicing without a license anyway.

Good news: barristers are better than solicitors, as they were "Esquires" while the others were merely "gentlemen." Bad news: we don't really distinguish here anyway. This, then, seems a pretty pointless post, really . . . .

Slightly interesting: "According to legal usage expert Bryan Garner (A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, 2d ed.), "Esq." is to be placed after an attorney's name by another person, but never to be appended by the attorney himself or herself. Thus, one attorney writing to another would address the letter's recipient as "Jane Brown, Esq." but would sign himself as "John Smith"."

Also - it seems that since Esq. takes the place of "Mr.," one shouldn't be identified as "Mr. John Q. Lawyer, Esq." rather just "John Q. Lawyer, Esq." Since we chickidees can use it too, guess I get to drop the Miss (or the ambiguous Ms.). But since I'm not supposed to write "Esq." myself, I expect you all to address me as such from now on.

No, not really. Don't do that.

Happy Thanksgiving!

As if you hadn't already noticed the light pace of posting around here lately . . . .

It's Thanksgiving week - which means you can expect either a massive increase in the rate of posting as I sit and surf and wait for the turkey to be ready, or complete radio silence as I spend every available moment fawning over my nephew who is, for those not paying attention, The Cutest Kid. Ever.

Of course, you know what I'll be doing on Saturday. I'll be watching some football. Hells yeah, Go Mountaineers.


Totally kidding - but I couldn't pass up the chance to use the post title for this article: 37 Percent of U.S. Births Out of Wedlock

Lots of interesting data in there. Teen birth rates are down, though, so don't confuse unwed mothers with young unwed mothers. Of particular concern: the U.S. teen birthrate remains the highest among industrialized countries. Why is that?

Doesn't Mean I Can't Still Sue Your A**

I think, anyway. Actually, it has little to do with me keeping the comments here clean. But whatever, I'm going with it. I'm a lawyer. So there.

I'm sure there's a lot of legal nuance here, and some great points of argument, and some greater examples of actionable material out there, but it's early and all I can think about is turkey, football, and shopping.

Hansel, Gretel Unavailable For Comment

I don't even know where to go with this gem from this morning's Roundup, but feel free to write your own jokes and leave them in the comments section:

And you thought Bill Lockyer had bad taste in art. A hardware store in Ohio is getting some heat for its display of gingerbread Nazis.

"Charlie Palmer covered the gingerbread men during the weekend and said he wanted them out by of his business by Tuesday."

"'He's gone way overboard this time,' Palmer said of artist Keith McGuckin. 'A few of his other displays were on the edge, but never that crazy.'"

"McGuckin said he chose the subject to provoke thought, not to offend."

"'I can differentiate between real Nazis and that the atrocities they performed compared to these little gingerbread men, but I guess some people can't,' said McGuckin, 50."

"Palmer left one of McGuckin's displays uncovered: a depiction of a suicidal snowman sitting under a hairdryer.""

Monday, November 20, 2006

From A Scholastic Perspective, This Is Fascinating

Richards Racial Tirade Draws Castigation

The actions/reactions here really play to my academic study of comedy.

Obvious Much?

From an article quoted in today's Roundup:

'There's no question that Arnold Schwarzenegger's style of governance, the ability to work in the middle, seeking cooperation instead of confrontation, is something I think you will see the 2008 candidates try to emulate,' said campaign strategist Steve Schmidt, who dropped the machete he wielded for President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to manage Schwarzenegger's more congenial reelection campaign.
Just 2008 candidates? Really? Candidates will present themselves as cooperative and try to appeal to as many people as possible? No kidding.

Friday, November 17, 2006

21-Year-Old Model Starves To Death

Here's the English-language story of the Brazilian model who died for her work. The photos there don't really imply a problem.

At least, not a problem like this. No really - I can hardly believe this is a real image. What photographer shoots a girl like this?

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


In my flurry of posts last night I blew right past a major milestone here on the site.

This here is post 2004. That's over 2000 fun-filled bits of information and probably twice that in glib remarks.

Thanks for reading.


Tyler Olson reports:

Here are the final numbers:

Tyler Olson 7107 (65%)
Don Palmer 3886 (35%)

In Iowa, Democrats took control of the State House, State Senate, and
Governorship for the first time in 42 years!
Well done!

So Far It's Daucher By 13 - 13!

We thought it would be close, but this close?

Good Morning, Sunshine

After the vote-heavy southern counties were counted the Reeps only managed one constitutional office.

Go Debra!

The Stag Update: No Squeaking Here

A big Phoblog round of applause to fellow CMC and 100% vote-getter Jake Zimmerman for a big win in his Missouri State Representative win. Without strong ballot draws like Jake, Claire McCaskill couldn't have won.

On behalf of Democratic Stags and Athenas everywhere, thanks and congratulations. Now get out there and represent good.

To think we knew you when . . .

In other Stag news: Hard to decipher the accrate results from Iowa's currently posted pdf files. I think Tyler Olson - my frosh year R.A. and all-around rockstar - is winning. I really can't tell. I also can't tell how old their Secretary of State is - but he looks about 12. Those crazy corn-fed Iowans.

Last aside of the evening: There is little more fun for wonks than East Coast based election night punditry when the talking heads are exhausted, punchy, and at their funniest. Interesting tidbit: Pelosi hates Harman - so perhaps Jane should start selecting House Intelligence Committee staff quite yet . . . .

Lastly: While I absolutely could not be prouder of my CMC brothers for running for and winning public office, I look forward as well to the day when I can post The Athena Update. Unless I'm missing someone. Am I missing someone? Don't think so. Someday. I hope someday soon.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Dumbest Analogy Of The Evening

Chris Matthews regarding an Incumbent R's loss: you flip a coin enough times, it's going to come up tails eventually.

No, no actually this has nothing to do with random probability.

Though, there's plenty of random tonight: like the results for New York's fightin' 19th where "Still the One" singer John Hall beat the incumbent R. Wasn't he a challenger we got to "Better Know" on the Colbert Report? I can bet that Colbert will do a run down of which of his willing challengers won. Maybe he can swing races. He can get bridges and mascots named - so why not get some congressmen in as well.

A "blowout of epic proportion" is what some are calling our sizeable wins in the House. At this point we've more than doubled what we needed to win to take back the House.

That feels pretty good.

Best Thing About Returns?

There are no political ads during commercial breaks.

Praise God - no more headless spokesmen or ominous musical cues breaking into uplifting song. No one is approving anymore messages.

I did, however, approve this post.

The Reep Spin: A Prediction

This may have been said already, but I'm not watching that channel, or much of the national coverage at all yet.

I think this is their talking point: Look, this isn't a referendum on anything. With very few exceptions, the midterm elections almost always result in minority-party gains. In fact, the Democrats were the first party in years not to benefit from that trend.

The takeaway message: Hey, we expect to lose seats and it isn't like we're not going to work in the spirit of bipartisanship to do whatever blah blah blah.


Per tradition, as returns, uh, return, the numbers narrow in all races.

More From Hasen

Will There Be A Recount in the Virginia Senate Race?

If you like to wonk out about the worst case scenarios and/or the minutiae of various election laws and regulations, there's really no where else to go.

Unrelated aside: As Phil gives his speech, someone is either mic-ed with him or too close to someone's boom because there's a very distinctive female voice louder than the rest coming in quite clearly among the din. Fantastic. Update: it was one of his daughters. Guess it just proves Matthews's point about the dangers of mics turning anyone shrill. Stupid technology.

Other Sources For Results

Rick Hasen offers some sites on the latest, breaking election news.

Best Map Ever

Okay, I know it's going to change, but just to save it for posterity, can we give a shout out to Alpine County for sticking with Phil? (Technically, there's a green dot on SF as well, but like that's news).

Sacramento local news is great for election coverage, of course - homefield advantage and whatnot. It's fun to scan the crowds at various parties for familiar faces. If not for a long day on the road, I'd have rallied - and it does feel a bit wrong to be home rather than with my brethren.

To be clear, I'm not glad Phil lost. Far from it. What I am, however, is completely unsurprised. Slightly more surprising, perhaps, is the prospect of sharing the constitutional offices with the GOP. Poizner is in. The LG race is close. Bowen didn't seem to get much party love. Geography has a lot to do with things as they stand right now - with vote heavy SoCal counties physically further from the Secretary of State, it takes longer to get those meaty chunks of data processed.

Schwarzenegger just happened to have a ready made retrospective of Arnie's greatest hits - it may be funnier than it plays via remote relay on the local news, but it started with the line "It was a time of gray skies." Oh barf.

As a side note: I'm switching between local coverage and national coverage on MSNBC. Though I missed whatever event prompted the comment, Chris Matthews just went off about candidates yelling at "the American People: - I guess Hillary was shouting over crowds, which, when mic-ed, comes off pretty bad when directly fed to television cameras. Like that Howard Dean thing, recall? What bothers me is that they - the TV people like Matthews - could easily educate the public on the practical realities of television science. But they won't. The alternative - advance staff could figure it the F out and adjust accordingly. I suppose it would be asking too much for either to change.

All these short takes on the events tonight probably make it pretty clear why I don't often spend election nights alone. It's akin to football fans sitting solo on Superbowl Sunday.

Here's A Proposition

Though the results are based on few precincts so far, the results have been close to what at least one pool in which I participated predicted: voters would stick with the first 6 or so and then just stop caring for the rest of the ticket.

The outlier right now: Prop 90. Where were the ads for this? I didn't see any - and we get most of them in Sacramento if for no other reason than the echo-chamber's benefit. Who let that crap pass? My prediction: we'll get some fun unintended consequences and some funner litigation out of that one.

At least 85 and 89 seem to be losing. Especially as far as 89 is concerned - Phew. That thing was the S.S. Minnow of the 2006 ballot. Or wait, maybe that was Cruz.

To My Brothers And Sisters in Pennsylvania

Senate's No. 3 Republican Santorum Loses

Well done, my friends. Well done.

Don't F With NancyP

Seriously, since it seems we've taken back the House - if ANYONE screws with m'girl . . . .

Yolo County - What's Up With That?

(There will be a lot of short posts this evening)

So it seems the SMUD annexation is going down.

Who believes PG&E, exactly? Kids, really, you can't go wrong with a municipal utility. Do you remember the power crises of a few years back? SMUD customers don't. You know why? Because their power stayed on and it didn't end up costing a butt-load.


Black Tuesday In SF?

Early results have Daly challenger Rob Black ahead in Supe District 6. He went to Hastings. He worked for Nielsen Merksamer. Daly is possibly the least liked person in SF City Hall. I say, go Rob.

My Only Purely Snarky California Related Comment Of The Night

To my friends with the campaign:

Hey guys, Arnold broke 50%, so now what's the talking point?


Let The Games Begin

With polls closed in the EST polls closed and CST closing, the punditry has begun. After a day spent traveling for work, my willingness to motivate and get out to any of this evening's parties. Of course, the biggest party tonight probably won't be Angelides's Sheraton Grand shindig, but rather will take place elsewhere - god willing, wherever Nancy Pelosi is. Too soon to tell . . . News from the east so far is good.

If I let myself watch too much of the news coverage so far, I know I won't make it to Italian class this evening. I won't do much of anything else. That Blue-State-Eyed Monster will take over . . . .

No Election Night has been the same since that night in 2000 when life on a politically charged campus stopped for days and then slogged along until a winner was chosen by the courts. Then there was Election Night in 2004 - eyes blurred, fingers numb, stabbing Hawaiian phone numbers into my cell phone, regretful only that I hadn't urged a friend to decry the wide-spread exit poll results that went against everything we'd watched for the 3 years prior.

Or maybe it started that morning-after in 1994 when I sat down to breakfast watching my mom read the paper and repeat "what happened?" over and over again.

Problem is - our whole party has spent 12 years saying "what happened?" without really seeking - or more to the point, without accepting the answers.

Does it change tonight? And if it does - what will that change itself change?

Friday, November 03, 2006

Those Crazy Arizonans

So, even the Daily Show has covered an Arizona ballot measure proposing a $1 million lottery-style system to encourage voter turnout. Illegal? Sure, probably. Amusing - certainly.

A common reaction:

"I've got mixed feelings about it,'' said Kim Alexander, president and founder of the California Voter Foundation. "It may draw out some people who wouldn't otherwise vote, but you could also say it cheapens electoral policy by offering people a $1 million incentive to vote.
People vote on crap all the time without the promise of reward of course. American Idol, anyone?

I can't even muster getting worked up over this.

One thing that struck me in the article - not that it is unique to the article - is the description of the Daily Show as "the fake news show."

No, the news is real. The commentary may be satirical, but seldom do Stewart and the gang straight make sh*t up. Fact is funnier than fiction.

Sometimes Evil Wins?

That's the message Chuck Poochigian's latest ad imparts. The ad seems to say that Jerry Brown is going to help evil win. Or Jerry Brown is the evil that wins if you don't vote for Chuck Poochigian. Meanwhile, across the screen flash graveside shots of weeping widows and gang bangers hanging out of low riders, guns drawn and blasting away. Combine this ad with the headless watercooler charmers and you have a none-too-subtle campaign of racial fear that's enough to make any political ad junkie stand up and cheer "Willy Horton!" in approval.

Well done, Chuck. After seeing that ad not only do I still think you'll lose, but I'm kinda bummed about that whole evil thing.

You've Known This Since Junior High

From a report on the impact of negative campaign ads:

"Everyone says, 'We hate them, they're terrible,'" said psychology professor George Bizer of Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

However, he added, "They seem to work."

Three Warm Up Questions

1.) Will the Democrats take back Congress?

2.) If so (or for the purposes of this question, at least the House) will Nancy Pelosi really get to be Speaker?

3.) For how long?

Thursday, November 02, 2006

The View From Across The Pond

Just thinking about this Kerry/Joke issue makes my blood boil, so I won't likely post too much more on it. But Rob's dad forwarded this Telegraph piece about Kerry's shortcomings, at least from a particular British perspective.

Though somewhat tangential to the thrust of the piece, these lines gave me greater pause than any others:

Kerry has long had a reputation as a haughty Boston Brahmin, a privileged, elitist, condescending careerist who cannot relate to ordinary Americans.

In contrast, on the stump this week Bush has shown that whatever his faults – and there are many – that he still has that indispensable political gift of speaking simply to ordinary people rather than talking down to them.
Is that it? Or is it just the New American Condescension? It isn't new at all. Reagan donned a cowboy hat first, didn't he? Everyone wants to claim Lincoln's humble log-splitting beginnings, right? Wait, Lincoln was a self educated man who took pride in his intellect.

I don't recall ever hearing that the Lincoln-Douglas debates were a battle of who could sound stupider.

You can be an arrogant prick about pretty much anything. For George W. Bush, it's arrogance over who is more common. Who needs less hoity-toity book-learnin'. Is Kerry also an arrogant prick? Oh hell, probably, but at least he takes pride in smarts and not idiocy.

I have little respect for people who dumb themselves down to look cool. Bush strikes me as the kind of guy who'd smirk and say "guys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses" as he shoved the chess club president and his girlfriend off their tandem unicycle. Yeah, he's That Guy. He'd taunt people with "four-eyes" and "smarty pants" while discreetly shoving his Yale diploma under the latest People Magazine.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Guess Who Gets To Vote Tomorrow?

It's meeee, It's meeeee.

Yes, my lovely absentee ballot arrived today - with it's oddly microsoftian flying mailbox (cousin to a toaster, I presume) and soothing lavender return envelope. Now I get to spend some time preparing the little ballot book before I ink my way to . . . well, can't say relevance until we see the results, can we.

By the way, I've received a few emails asking if I'll be posting any recommendations or "endorsements" before next Tuesday. Basically, no. You'll muddle through without me. Besides, there isn't much you couldn't guess on your own. You know I'm a Democrat. You know I'm a woman. What ever you deduce from those facts is beyond my control. If you want anything jucier, well, you probably wouldn't get it anyway.

A word on propositions though - 3 words: Just say no.

And now for something completely different: So, Veronica, what's up? I know lots of girls may slip up and have a dumb-as-rocks phase when they start college - but you aren't being dumb, just out of character. You blame Weevil like right away for that hold-up? And now we can look forward to some trumpted up relationship drama (okay, that can be completely ridiculous and let totally realistic, I realize). But you're just not yourself this season. Better one-liners this week, but overall, you're just getting sloppy. Shape up.

Usury, Religion, And Real Estate

An interesting Chronicle article on Islamic finance co-ops creating opportunities for homeownership for Muslims who follow strict Islamic law against usury - which can include a prohibition against paying interest.

Reading the article, I thought back to a walking tour we'd taken in Florence last May, where the subject of usury came up in a discussion of Medici artistic patronage and charity.

So then I had to read up on usury because I missed that day of CCD:

Usury in scholastic theology
St. Thomas Aquinas, the leading theologian of the Catholic Church, argued charging of interest is wrong because it amounts to "double charging", charging for both the thing and the use of the thing. Aquinas said this would be morally wrong in the same way as if one sold a bottle of wine, charged for the bottle of wine, and then charged for the person using the wine to actually drink it. Similarly, one cannot charge for a piece of cake and for the eating of the piece of cake. Yet this, said Aquinas, is what usury does. Money is exchange-medium. It is used up when it is spent. To charge for the money and for its use (by spending) is to charge for the money twice as if one were to charge for a piece of cake and then make a further charge for eating it. It is also to sell time since the usurer charges, in effect, for the time that the money is in the hands of the borrower. Time, however, is not a commodity that anyone can sell.

This did not, as some think, prevent investment. What it stipulated was that in order for the investor to share in the profit he must share the risk. In short he must be a joint-venturer. Simply to invest the money and expect it to be returned regardless of the success of the venture was to make money simply by having money and not by taking any risk or by doing any work or by any effort or sacrifice at all. This is usury. St Thomas quotes Aristotle as saying that "to live by usury is exceedingly unnatural". Islam likewise condemns usury. Judaism condemns it save when practised against non-Jews. St Thomas allows, however, charges for actual services provided. Thus a banker or credit-lender could charge for such actual work or effort as he did carry out e.g. any fair administrative charges. The Catholic Church, in a decree of the 5th Lateran Council (Session 10, 4 May 1515) expressly allowed such charges in respect of credit-unions run for the benefit of the poor known as "Mons Pietatis".

Later, the Protestant John Calvin (father of a Protestant Reformation movement known as Calvinism) defended interest charges. A connection was advanced in influential works by Richard H. Tawney and by Max Weber that this set the stage for the development of capitalism. In fact, technology and joint-stock companies were at least as influential and trade and commerce were not retarded in countries that maintained laws against usury. However, the growth in derivative financial "products" was certainly increased by the allowance of interest charges.
Perhaps more fun - from the section on usury in literature: "In The Divine Comedy Dante places the usurers in the inner ring of the seventh circle of hell, below even suicides. (Showing how cultural attitudes have changed since the 14th century, the usurers' ring was shared only by the blasphemers and sodomites.)"

To anyone carrying any amount of credit card or student loan debt - I'm guessing that sounds about right.

Unrelated sidenote: Is there an appropriate use for the word "resiliency" or is it simply one of those nouveau faux words created by folks who can't correctly use the word "resilience?"

What's Wrong With This Sentence?

From the Chronicle on the environmental dangers of airtravel (as if I need ANOTHER danger of airtravel about which to worry):

While at first blush flying might seem to bear the rosy glow of mass transit, jet fuel emits dangerous global warming pollutants when burned, including CO2, NOx and contrails.
Um, contrails? Was it a Sesame Street or Mr. Rogers song about one of these things not being like the others . . . grammatically or factually in this case.


For saying this:

"Whatever the intent, Senator Kerry was wrong to say what he said," said Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr., running for the Senate in Tennessee.
Harold Ford Jr. is also on my "nope, not anymore list" along with John McCain.

The correct response to all of this would have been a united campaign of "are you effing kidding me? Enough is enough! You word twisting barsts."

But no, the party favorite of "we're sorry we expressed an opinion, when, you're totally right, we just don't have any and any we might have are definitely wrong and we didn't really mean them that way anyway" takes the day.

I ashamed of the lot of them. Both sides. Blue, red, and everything in between that feeds this monstrous abuse of language.

A pox on both your houses.

Oh For Pete's Sake

Kerry Apologizes for 'A Botched Joke'

Because our team's constant falling over itself in apologetic apoplexy has clearly been a winning strategy.