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August 10, 2011

They’re not very sensible

Back when Ross Perot was running for president, I marvelled at his apparent belief that all we needed was for someone to go to Washington and, I don’t know, put LSD in the water so everyone would love each other and get along? Really, his entire governing strategy, as he explained it, seemed to be, “I’m going to go there and make ’em all shake hands and get some real work done.” No recognition of the huge ideological gulf between the two sides, just this bizarre Woodstock Nation kind of philosophy that even in the ’60s you couldn’t have sold to a bunch of stoned hippies. But people who look kindly on Obama seem to think that he has the same weird, Sunshine Acid kind of thinking, as if it was all about needing his own special personality to make the flower-wreathed fairy circle emerge. Obama is “weak”, they say, because he didn’t anticipate that real idiological differences could create real acrimony, let alone that blood-and-guts partisanship was so natural to the GOP because they opposed our very form of government. Michael Tomasky seems to be following this line when he calls Obama “The Untransformational President,” neglecting to note that Obama has indeed been transformational beyond his wildest dreams, eliminating all meaningful distinction between the two parties and their policy goals, and ripping the mask of democracy from the face of America once and for all. No president, not even George Bush the Lesser, has done so much to show his contempt for the American people. And, for all his fine words about the hero he apparently doesn’t know anything about, Abraham Lincoln, there is no evidence that Obama is compromising on policy – he has never believed in liberalism and he doesn’t fight for it because he thinks it’s stupid.

Alternatively, there’s “The Sanity Defense“.

Robert Reich, “Why the President Doesn’t Present a Bold Plan to Create Jobs and Jumpstart the Economy: I’m told White House political operatives are against a bold jobs plan. They believe the only jobs plan that could get through Congress would be so watered down as to have almost no impact by Election Day. They also worry the public wouldn’t understand how more government spending in the near term can be consistent with long-term deficit reduction. And they fear Republicans would use any such initiative to further bash Obama as a big spender. So rather than fight for a bold jobs plan, the White House has apparently decided it’s politically wiser to continue fighting about the deficit. The idea is to keep the public focused on the deficit drama – to convince them their current economic woes have something to do with it, decry Washington’s paralysis over fixing it, and then claim victory over whatever outcome emerges from the process recently negotiated to fix it. They hope all this will distract the public’s attention from the President’s failure to do anything about continuing high unemployment and economic anemia.” The stupid-or-evil battle is over. We can see how callous such a calculation would be, and no “explanation” – including electoral calculous – justifies such behavior. If Obama wanted to improve the economy, he could fight for it, he could get up and tell the public what is really needed. He doesn’t want to because, at best, he doesn’t care that much. That lack of regard for the public welfare is evil whether it’s stupid or not. The only question is whether they can actually be this stupid.

Wisconsin: Republicans appear to have lost two seats, the minimum Dems needed to take to have more pull in the state senate. Three would have meant the Republicans lost their majority altogether, but that doesn’t appear to have happened. Of course, no one thinks Kathy Nickolaus hasn’t done some GOP vote-fixing again. Remember, these fights were all in Republican districts, but the battle over Scott Walker’s recall will be state-wide, and if his agenda can lose in even two of these districts this week, it doesn’t bode well for his future in elective office. Greg Sargent: “Whatever ends up happening, Wisconsin Dems and labor have already succeeded in one sense: They reminded us that it’s possible to build a grass roots movement by effectively utilizing the sort of unabashed and bare-knuckled class-based populism that makes many of today’s national Dems queasy. Their effort – whether or not they take back the state senate – could provide a model for a more aggressive, populist approach for national Dems in 2012.


SIAJ Milestone: Comment #1000

February 20, 2011

Congrats to the reader who last week made the thousandth comment on our humble blog: “Reader”. I almost wrote “person”…

From CeleryBoy on BMB/RR #

You haven’t mentioned the FRUIT and/or VEGETABLE situation there (and neither did that video, hmmm…). Inquiring guinea pigs want …

btw, Celery Boy, you will also be thrilled to know that you made comment #1003 (“mille e tre”). Fitting.

Ripped off by a blog with 1,000,000x’s our traffic

February 9, 2011

I’m sure this happens more than I realize, but it looks like a large national blog has ripped off a SIAJ theme.  I happened to come across this post on Slog, which looks to be part of a new series.  “Urinal of the Day”??? Hmmmm….

it's hard to compete with a urinal from the base of the Western Wall in Jerusalem

I imagine that someone on The Huffington Post is probably doing “Blogging my Breakfast”, but I don’t have the heart to check.  I’ve experienced enough outrage for one day.

Since it’s been a while, let me just put up this for now:

at Another Monkey

unisex handwashing station

One consequence of your blog having rodent readers who comment

January 31, 2011

This morning, I checked SIAJ on my phone to see if I needed to respond to any comments.  Google chose an interesting banner ad for the last post…

When your inbox reaches 5,000 e-mails …

April 1, 2010

… it’s time to clean house. But beware: you’re likely to find some wonderful nuggets, like these:

From: troy *** <REDACTED>
To: Dan *** <REDACTED>
Sent: Wed, July 2, 2008 4:36:10 PM
Subject: iphone question?

OK– I just finished watched the 30 min. (!) video tour of the new iphone and of course it looks great.  I’m very interested in the apps store they mention… where you can download apps created by outside parties.  If I can download Harriet Lane or a game in which I am playing trivia against other iPhones in the coffee shop, i’m really sold.  My question:  do these apps not exist at all yet?  the webpage makes it look like a future feature… i assume current iphones are not using this now?
But wait, it gets better:
From: troy *** <REDACTED>
To: Peter *** <REDACTED>; Mike *** <REDACTED>; Dan *** <REDACTED>
Sent: Tue, July 8, 2008 8:49:58 PM
Subject: iphone selling point

well, this new program that will be available for download to the new iphone may have just sold me:

Yet another, Urbanspoon, is “a cross between a magic eight ball and a slot machine:” you shake the phone, and it randomly displays the name of a good restaurant nearby, using the iPhone’s G.P.S. and motion sensor.

Those were the days! Of course, I’ve saved the best for last:

What we’re reading

August 6, 2009

A quick sampling of blog posts this week that made us laugh out loud or gave us pause or that we thought were worth sharing:

Paris Hilton picks cute gay ex-mormon dude as her new BFF on her new show “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF.” Who knew this was even a show? Catty commentary. []

Why soccer has taken Seattle, of all cities, by storm.  [slog]

-I refuse to post the link to top 10 sports fart videos that Dan was cracking up to …

Coffee shops pulling the plug on laptop users. If this catches on, Troy might start believing in God. With bonus reference to SF favorite “Coffee Bar.” [WSJ] … And yes, it is possible that I am a hypocrite because I camp out with a crossword and an Americano for an hour.

-New blog find of the week: [h/t to Brad]




Things I learned recently

July 10, 2009

In no particular order:

  • Palermo’s football team takes the field in pink shirts and black shorts. Their colors were suggested by a board member in 1905, who argued that they were “the colors of the sad and the sweet,” and appropriate for a club whose fortunes went up and down with regularity.
  • Large samurai swords were tucked into the belt with the handle facing down, and the cutting edge of the blade facing upwards.
  • Anchorites lived for years shut up in tiny cells attached to medieval churches, and the Lemkos (or Ruthenians) were an ethnic group that populated the hills along the borders of modern-day Poland, Ukraine and Slovakia.
  • Marjorie Main, who was best-known for her role as Ma Kettle, also operated the dude ranch in “The Women,” and supervised an apartment building in “Another Thin Man.” Her lifelong companion was fellow actress Spring Byington.
  • Gold would be the color of silver in a Newtonian universe.
  • Jude Law is a Tottenham supporter.

Hat tips to: Wikipedia, the Asian Art Museum, Tod Wodicka, an anonymous clapper at the Castro Theatre, Dr. Blume, and Bill Simmons (via TopSpur).

Bonus points if you can guess what this represents:

flag(Hat tip: Troy)

Two weeks left until G-Force opens … “Gadgets, gizmos and guinea pigs!!!”