Since my book project has dwindled to an online voter guide idea, which may or may not ever "come off", I have returned to blogging, hopefully in time to be seen between the covers of a volume of my collected writings.
Since, however, much of our politics is ephemeral, both because of the twenty-four hour news cycle and because of the American public's ever-shortening attention span, I wanted to get my own time capsules planted someplace where they can be found later, so that my family, friends, and total strangers can see that I was thinking what I was thinking when I said I was thinking it. I have little to be proud of as it is, but I have become a fairly savvy observer and predictor of events. I don't want people to be looking at me like Al Gore gets looked at when he says he took the initiative and began what would become the Internet you're reading now.
May I offer a bit of advice? While much of Wikipedia is fairly trustworthy and well-written, especially on history going back to World War II and before, it is most assuredly not to be trusted on recent history and current events, particularly on our present-day politicized scientific debates on "global warming" and the like. May I recommend that you fill this gap with Conservapedia
? While it is younger and not as large as the older, liberal-edited Wikipedia, at least it's not edited by the normal liberal BSers trying to claim that Iran-Contra was not an attempt to overthrow our government, and it does admit the skill and dedication of the forces who fought to liberate the Cuban people from the increasingly bloody dictatorship of Fidel Castro. Refreshingly, it also provides the crucial fact that John Kennedy crucially weakened the plan, withholding the air support that was so critical to the prospects of success of the mission. Sports provides an expressive term for what John F. Kennedy (aka Mr. Profile in Courage) did at this crucial moment. He choked. As a critic stated at the time, JFK was "all profile, no courage".
I finally looked up the definition of dim sum. According to Wikipedia "Dim sum
refers to a style of Chinese food
prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates." I'm relieved. I would have defined dim sum as the total of Obama and Biden's SAT scores.
Quick prediction: The Democrats will do their not-exactly-on-the-level best to call off the Vice Presidential debate that the presidential campaign has featured at least as far back as 1984. Do think any Democratic campaign consultant (Brian Williams, David Gregory, Diane Sawyer, et al) can sleep well at night after imagining Paul Ryan mauling Joe Biden in front of a national audience? They had to struggle mightily to portray Biden as the winner against Sarah Palin in 2008, since they couldn't dishonestly chop up the tape like Katie Couric did to her interview with Palin. (The amazing story is in the documentary Media Malpractice
, and it's a jaw-dropping must-see for anyone who still believes that the major media is or even wishes to be an honest broker of electoral sweepstakes.) They could try some of the shenanigans that they try during Republican Conventions, of course, like refusing to show or even admit that there are minority speakers at the podium, like they did to Congressman J. C. Watts a few conventions ago. Since the whole point of televising the debate is to hear what the candidates are saying, though, it would be just a shade too transparent a ruse to ignore Ryan when he's speaking "on the record".
If they can't wriggle out if the debate, though, every conservative talk show host and pundit in America will be eagerly awaiting the TV post-debate wrap-up, when the liberal broadcast teams will be trying to hypnotize their audiences into believing that they didn't really just see and hear what they thought they just saw and heard.
Good golly, Svengali!
Like most of you, I suppose, I spend my first few minutes checking my email cleaning out the spam from my emailbox. While dumping my junk mail yesterday, I saw one that invited me to "conference with naked teen BOOBS!" Now, why would I want to confer with unclothed, underage Obama supporters?