Conservative blogger, John Cole, has an insightful article on immigration being the new wedge issue for the midterm elections.
It is weird because I thought that this was an issue that would just backfire against the Republicans. Hispanics, after all, are not voting â€œtraditionally democratâ€ anymore than Catholics are (I believe the numbers in the last election were 45 for Bush, 55 for Kerry). Driving the largest growing segment against you, especially a segment that normally votes for you on the abortion wedge-issue seems a recipe for pitting border-Republicans (California, Arizona, Texas, Florida) against the rest, in a party that can only survive through nazi-like disciplineâ€”their views, after all, on nearly every issue are in the minority.
But itâ€™s bad to dismiss Right Wing political strategy. I can only assume that theyâ€™ve done the polling and have determined that while a majority of them again are disagree or are indifferent, a number of people like â€œMs. Kitlicaâ€ mentioned in the article will be motivated enough to go to the polls to vote.
Continue reading Immigrants are the new gay
Today, I saw a poster next to Michael Rowley’s desk and I asked if any of the baseball fanatics at Plaxo knew which stadium it was of.
I mentioned that I thought that it looked like Forbes Field to me. Given what I remember of the remains of it (the right field wall and home plate), it looks like the Cathedral of Learning would have afforded exactly this sort of view.
(When I was a kid, I used to point at the Cathedral of Learning, “the tallest schoolhouse in the West” and say “my mommy works there” (she actually worked nearby). My mom said that when I was younger I thought it was the Washington Monument: “Whenever we passed it, your eyes would get wide and you’d say reverently, ‘Washington!’”)
It turns out that stopping following baseball after the 1994 strike and being a die-hard Pirates fan had its advantages—it is a view of Forbes Field from the Cathedral of Learning.Continue reading Forbes Field Forever
J: â€œI have this hilarious but really debilitating hardware problem.â€
R: â€œI know these pills I got from Mexico that will fix you right up!â€
Aperture 1.1 was released as a free update today. If you own Aperture, see Software Update. (My comments about it are here.)
In my original review of Aperture, the only real complaint I had was the price, which was too close to PhaseOne CaptureOne. I felt that Apple should undercut them like Final Cut Pro did to Avid. Well, if you own Aperture 1.0 like I do, you can get a $200 coupon good for future Apple Store purchases (Academic users get a $100 one).
By the way, this also means a $200 price drop to Aperture to $300 from $500.
Now how is that for service?Continue reading Aperture 1.1 out
Redgee likes to joke that his relatives are all in jail or the military. He told me a few months ago that he heard from them that they are being told to gear up for a war in Iran. Now with a recent New Yorker article I read, this rumor is getting some play in the public discourse.
I donâ€™t think itâ€™s going to happen. But since we are gearing up for midterm elections, it is about time for the Republicans to start another war.
Continue reading A difference of one letter
Today is the day of the California 50 special election.
The purpose of the special election, like that of the one that will occur in Delayâ€™s district, is based on the premise that Republicans are more likely to vote when voter turnout is low. After all, what is the purpose in Governor Schwarzenegger wasting resources on an election after the last debacle with the midterms so close, especially after the last debacle?
It has some significance to me because even though most of PacBeach is not part of CA-50, the part I live in, the rich, conservative part, falls just within it. (By the way, special kudos to GovTrack for a creative use of GoogleMaps.)
Continue reading CA-50 is dead to me
Blake just sent me this article about a dispute between two all-dwarf KISS tribute bans over who owns the concept.
Blakeâ€™s subject title was â€œI love the world.â€
Continue reading Minikiss
In light of my last post, I thought Iâ€™d bring up that while those peopleâ€™s bashing of Caitlin was ill founded, they are expressing an underlying problem that exists in any endeavor based on technology or science.
Too often, people use technical mumbo jumbo to cover a basic lie.
Continue reading Cloaking myth with math
Caitlinâ€™s new (incomplete) website design seems to have hit a nerve.
Itâ€™s a fun read made funnier by the fact that nobody answers the posterâ€™s simple question, which is basically: â€œIs this stuff true, or false advertising?â€
Continue reading The industry doth protest too much, methinks
It looks like another point release of Plaxo came out. Again, I forgot what was in this release, but one feature I want to highlight is the new borders on the Plaxo eCards site.
Continue reading Plaxo eCards adds borders