Bill Clinton and Obama and so on and so on…

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Bill Clinton and Obama and so on and so on...

A lot of ran­dom thoughts this morn­ing so lets go through them Impromp­tus style:

You know I remem­ber back in 92 when I was still a demo­c­rat and Paul Tsongas was run­ning in the pri­maries against Bill Clin­ton. Tsongas was one of the most hon­est pols to ever come down the pike. I saw Clin­ton for what he was right off and couldn’t believe that peo­ple couldn’t see what was in front of their faces. After that pri­mary I became an inde­pen­dent (or as it is called in Mass­a­chu­setts “unenrolled”).

How many new “unen­rolled” peo­ple are we going to see over the next year thanks to the actions of this president?

What is really amaz­ing is how this is a com­mu­ni­ca­tions phe­nom. The rise and resur­gence of the Repub­li­cans begin­ing with Rea­gan and con­tin­u­ing with Sarah Palin can all be traced to the new abil­ity of the right to com­mu­ni­cate. Twenty Years ago Came Rush Lim­baugh, Then came Fox News, then came the inter­net, and now Sarah Palin defeated all of the major media using Face­book. All of these things are rev­o­lu­tions in com­mu­ni­ca­tion, allow­ing like minded peo­ple to see they are not alone. It’s like an Army of Davids or something.

Back when I was blog­ging for Hiwired I inter­viewed Glenn Reynolds for our pod­cast about his Army of Davids book. It came up that the tech­nol­ogy also empow­ered the crazy uncles as much as it did any­one else.

Oh and a quick plug for Zolex PC for virus removal. It’s run by a friend of mine and he does first rate work.

When I look at the MSM and their actions I end of think­ing Peter Seitz and his famous quote a year after his rul­ing that cre­ated free agency in baseball:

They were like the French barons of the 12th cen­tury,” he said. “They had accu­mu­lated so much power that they wouldn’t share it with anybody.”

BTW one of the things I noticed as a per­son who was on the net since the mid 90’s is that Rush was really ahead of the curve when it came to the net. I would see some­thing on Drudge, Rush would then talk about it and it would drive fur­ther traf­fic to Drudge. I’ve never seen such an effec­tive sym­bi­otic rela­tion­ship in media. Drudge should send Rush a thank you card every time he vis­its his accountant.

Speak­ing of face­book I still haven’t signed up, I’m going to resist the Face­book, myspace busi­ness for as long as it is humanly possible.

Yes­ter­day my wife was on face­book and saw a rather inter­est­ing pic­ture of an acquain­tance of hers. Seems that this acquain­tance and her friend had a pic­ture taken of them at a con­cert pos­ing next to a giant inflat­able penis. The acquaintance’s friend flagged it with her name, and my wife saw it. If my wife can find it then her acquaintance’s boss can too. I guess tech­nol­ogy does empower stupidity.

On that note my son just pur­chased an Apple lap­top for col­lege, it con­tains a built in web cam and he talks quite a bit with his friends on it. Let’s hope I don’t see him next to a giant sex­ual organ on the web any­time soon.

Speak­ing of Penis’ on the web in the 90’s we had the first pres­i­dent who was elected despite hav­ing admit­ted mar­i­juana use in his younger days. Today we have the first pres­i­dent who admit­ted Cocaine use in his youth. Con­sid­er­ing the num­ber of paid web porn sites how many years do you think it will be before we have the first pres­i­dent or can­di­date who had a sub­scrip­tion to Hus­tler online or Abby Win­ters or some­thing. After all these are all paid by credit cards and the records are kept some­where. And once it is revealed we will find out exactly what kind of porn the pres­i­dent liked. Talk about too much information.

The web never forgets.

One final note on the sub­ject. The final count for that day com­par­ing the Sarah Palin post and the porn Par­ody post was a 22 x advan­tage for the Palin post in traf­fic. Of course if there was actual porn IN the post it might have been closer.

On a 180 degree turn the Madonna della Cava cel­e­bra­tion was a big suc­cess, the heat was nasty but there was a large atten­dance, mass was packed, the food went over very well and even the band went home totally stuffed. Next year we hope to be even bigger.

We sold CD’s of the pre­vi­ous year’s pro­ces­sion and they sold briskly. I’m hop­ing that we will have some Mar­ian Books such as St. Louis De Montfert’s True Devo­tion to Mary and The Secret of Mary avail­able as well.

After all the pri­mary pur­pose of Mary is to keep peo­ple from burn­ing by lead­ing them to her son. All the good food and good times in the world won’t do it with­out the prayer to back it up.

Turns out the brother of the orga­nizer of the pro­ces­sion is my friend Vinny who works in Wash­ing­ton on ethics issues. I men­tioned Rahm’s tax free home to him. Since it is legal I don’t seem much other than embar­rass­ment com­ing from the story, assum­ing it ever gets reported.

It is more likely to come out then the Moham­mad car­toons will show up in that Yale Book [cap­tion id=“attachment_5857” align=“alignleft” width=“212” caption=“Images copy­right the respec­tive artists”]Image copywright Jyllands-Posten[/​caption]

Could you imag­ine the out­cry if it they were refus­ing to print a pic­ture of Piss Christ?

I guess that blows my chances of ever get­ting a grant from Saudi Arabia.

Oh and I’ve stopped putting up the Carter Arthur Watch. I think this admin­is­tra­tion has reached the point where com­par­ing Obama to Carter is an insult to Carter. That’s pretty bad.

One more Carter thing. I noted in my review of Spys in the Vat­i­can that Zbig­niew Brzezin­ski didn’t bother with real­ism when it came to Poland and the sovi­ets and was will­ing to dis­please the state depart­ment to pro­tect Sol­i­dar­ity. I won­der if that was an aber­ra­tion for him or did he change over the years?

I haven’t been watch­ing or live­blog­ging Morn­ing Joe either. They are still the fairest peo­ple on MSNBC (not a high stan­dard to reach) but I just can’t put up with the anti-​palin stuff any­more. I’ll still catch it on occa­sion but it’s no longer must see TV.

And I’d still be very pleased to have any kid raised by Mika as a daugh­ter in law and not just because they might pro­duce grand­chil­dren as hand­some as her.

One last Morn­ing Joe note. Chris­tine Hefner (a hand­some woman too) was a pan­elist on the show for a while last week. It would be a fun project to fig­ure out exactly when hav­ing the for­mer head of play­boy on a reg­u­lar dis­cus­sion panel was no longer a big deal.

You know I don’t think there is a bet­ter fast food item than Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sand­wich I’ve never tasted a fast food prod­uct that com­pare to it. It is spiced absolutely perfectly.

And there is only a few weeks until the first of the New Tom Baker Doc­tor Who Audios are available.

I don’t see them on the Mike’s comics site yet but I’d like to give them first crack at my dough.

Speak­ing of Doc­tor Who audios India Fisher’s run as the Doctor’s Com­pan­ion Charley Pol­lard that started with #16 Storm Warn­ing in 2001 will end this year with #126 Blue For­got­ten Planet sched­uled for late next month.

That run of 9 con­sec­u­tive years is far longer than any com­pan­ion in his­tory. It should be noted that the final two years were with the 6th doc­tor rather than the 8th who she started out with.

Well that’s way long enough for a sin­gle post so I’ll close with a plug for Rich’s comic blog. He went on Hia­tus for a week to go to a con­ven­tion sus­pend­ing his Doc­tor Who/​Forever Knight strip For­ever Janette and his Ancient Roman com­edy strip based on Fvlmi­nata House of Paulus for a week. Instead of writ­ing a blurb about the trip he put up a comic to tell the story. I wish I had that much talent.

A lot of random thoughts this morning so lets go through them Impromptus style:

You know I remember back in 92 when I was still a democrat and Paul Tsongas was running in the primaries against Bill Clinton. Tsongas was one of the most honest pols to ever come down the pike. I saw Clinton for what he was right off and couldn’t believe that people couldn’t see what was in front of their faces. After that primary I became an independent (or as it is called in Massachusetts “unenrolled”).

How many new “unenrolled” people are we going to see over the next year thanks to the actions of this president?

What is really amazing is how this is a communications phenom. The rise and resurgence of the Republicans begining with Reagan and continuing with Sarah Palin can all be traced to the new ability of the right to communicate. Twenty Years ago Came Rush Limbaugh, Then came Fox News, then came the internet, and now Sarah Palin defeated all of the major media using Facebook. All of these things are revolutions in communication, allowing like minded people to see they are not alone. It’s like an Army of Davids or something.

Back when I was blogging for Hiwired I interviewed Glenn Reynolds for our podcast about his Army of Davids book. It came up that the technology also empowered the crazy uncles as much as it did anyone else.

Oh and a quick plug for Zolex PC for virus removal. It’s run by a friend of mine and he does first rate work.

When I look at the MSM and their actions I end of thinking Peter Seitz and his famous quote a year after his ruling that created free agency in baseball:

“They were like the French barons of the 12th century,” he said. “They had accumulated so much power that they wouldn’t share it with anybody.”

BTW one of the things I noticed as a person who was on the net since the mid 90’s is that Rush was really ahead of the curve when it came to the net. I would see something on Drudge, Rush would then talk about it and it would drive further traffic to Drudge. I’ve never seen such an effective symbiotic relationship in media. Drudge should send Rush a thank you card every time he visits his accountant.

Speaking of facebook I still haven’t signed up, I’m going to resist the Facebook, myspace business for as long as it is humanly possible.

Yesterday my wife was on facebook and saw a rather interesting picture of an acquaintance of hers. Seems that this acquaintance and her friend had a picture taken of them at a concert posing next to a giant inflatable penis. The acquaintance’s friend flagged it with her name, and my wife saw it. If my wife can find it then her acquaintance’s boss can too. I guess technology does empower stupidity.

On that note my son just purchased an Apple laptop for college, it contains a built in web cam and he talks quite a bit with his friends on it. Let’s hope I don’t see him next to a giant sexual organ on the web anytime soon.

Speaking of Penis’ on the web in the 90’s we had the first president who was elected despite having admitted marijuana use in his younger days. Today we have the first president who admitted Cocaine use in his youth. Considering the number of paid web porn sites how many years do you think it will be before we have the first president or candidate who had a subscription to Hustler online or Abby Winters or something. After all these are all paid by credit cards and the records are kept somewhere. And once it is revealed we will find out exactly what kind of porn the president liked. Talk about too much information.

The web never forgets.

One final note on the subject. The final count for that day comparing the Sarah Palin post and the porn Parody post was a 22 x advantage for the Palin post in traffic. Of course if there was actual porn IN the post it might have been closer.

On a 180 degree turn the Madonna della Cava celebration was a big success, the heat was nasty but there was a large attendance, mass was packed, the food went over very well and even the band went home totally stuffed. Next year we hope to be even bigger.

We sold CD’s of the previous year’s procession and they sold briskly. I’m hoping that we will have some Marian Books such as St. Louis De Montfert’s True Devotion to Mary and The Secret of Mary available as well.

After all the primary purpose of Mary is to keep people from burning by leading them to her son. All the good food and good times in the world won’t do it without the prayer to back it up.

Turns out the brother of the organizer of the procession is my friend Vinny who works in Washington on ethics issues. I mentioned Rahm’s tax free home to him. Since it is legal I don’t seem much other than embarrassment coming from the story, assuming it ever gets reported.

It is more likely to come out then the Mohammad cartoons will show up in that Yale Book

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Could you imagine the outcry if it they were refusing to print a picture of Piss Christ?

I guess that blows my chances of ever getting a grant from Saudi Arabia.

Oh and I’ve stopped putting up the Carter Arthur Watch. I think this administration has reached the point where comparing Obama to Carter is an insult to Carter. That’s pretty bad.

One more Carter thing. I noted in my review of Spys in the Vatican that Zbigniew Brzezinski didn’t bother with realism when it came to Poland and the soviets and was willing to displease the state department to protect Solidarity. I wonder if that was an aberration for him or did he change over the years?

I haven’t been watching or liveblogging Morning Joe either. They are still the fairest people on MSNBC (not a high standard to reach) but I just can’t put up with the anti-palin stuff anymore. I’ll still catch it on occasion but it’s no longer must see TV.

And I’d still be very pleased to have any kid raised by Mika as a daughter in law and not just because they might produce grandchildren as handsome as her.

One last Morning Joe note. Christine Hefner (a handsome woman too) was a panelist on the show for a while last week. It would be a fun project to figure out exactly when having the former head of playboy on a regular discussion panel was no longer a big deal.

You know I don’t think there is a better fast food item than Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich I’ve never tasted a fast food product that compare to it. It is spiced absolutely perfectly.

And there is only a few weeks until the first of the New Tom Baker Doctor Who Audios are available.

I don’t see them on the Mike’s comics site yet but I’d like to give them first crack at my dough.

Speaking of Doctor Who audios India Fisher’s run as the Doctor’s Companion Charley Pollard that started with #16 Storm Warning in 2001 will end this year with #126 Blue Forgotten Planet scheduled for late next month.

That run of 9 consecutive years is far longer than any companion in history. It should be noted that the final two years were with the 6th doctor rather than the 8th who she started out with.

Well that’s way long enough for a single post so I’ll close with a plug for Rich’s comic blog. He went on Hiatus for a week to go to a convention suspending his Doctor Who/Forever Knight strip Forever Janette and his Ancient Roman comedy strip based on Fvlminata House of Paulus for a week. Instead of writing a blurb about the trip he put up a comic to tell the story. I wish I had that much talent.