“Who Rules the GOP?”

Its easy to dismiss the blathering idiocy of Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh, but I know too many people that take these buffoons seriously without realizing how terminally wrong they are to a fault. Pointing to the internets and blogs does not help; instead it is more likely to reinforce the authority of these blowhards in the conservative mind.

This is part of the reason I’m fascinated by the changing dynamics in right-wing noise machine as it tries to adjust to the left-ward shift in power in Washington. Witness (via DKos): GOP Congressman Apologizes For Offending Limbaugh Fans.

These guys are “all in” as far as Obama is concerned, esp. Limbaugh and his pronouncements about hoping the Administration fails, and they’ve staked a lot of their credibility on those “hopes”.  So here’s to the inauspicious and rapid demise of Rush and his idiot squad!

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If you’ve seen one World Cup, you’ve seen them all.

Not a big fan of soccer.  Maybe this study from University of the Basque Country Researchers sheds some light on why the popularity of “soccer”  in the United States remains stagnant.

The main conclusion is that the way in which the teams play has not varied over the three World Cups studied. “Today we would not be able to distinguish between a game played by teams in the France ’98 World Cup and one played in Germany ’06,” the researchers point out.

Certainly the same cannot be said for the SuperBowl.

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Snow Bound

I’ve been given the message to stay home.  I think our school district was the only one in Central New York open today.  But even as the older creeps went to school, I had to stay home with the 2-year old who would simply not stop coughing.  The Queen Bee is at her mother’s only 2 days out of the hospital after her double mastectomy and reconstruction.  Obviously I can’t complain about being stuck with our 3 girls, but after spending all day with a rug-rat glued to my leg, I was definitely in the mood for some adult company.

Damn You Snow!

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What happened?

I feel compelled to start this blog thing up again…

I’m trying to think about what has gone on since the last post.  Toward the end of 2007 we became committed to finding a new house.  With three girls and our general disappointment with the city school district, we realized it was time to move to a bigger spread.  And how prescient my wife was on several counts.  We got our financing and found our house around January and February 2008 right before the housing markets hit the fan.  I’m not sure if things would have played out so smoothly for us if we had waited any longer.

We moved into our new home June 2008 and it still doesn’t feel real most significantly because my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2008.  Its been coping with that news – chemotherapy and planning for surgery – ever since.  She had her surgery today and thinking back over the last year I feel clobbered by everything.

And we have a new President.

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Every morning she poops!  Creep-3 is 18 months and every morning I get her into the car to drive her to day care and she poops.   This is why I can’t blog about Evolution, or music, or Iraq.  Got to run – its almost 8 o’clock and she pooped.

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Reversing Marketing to Kids

One parenting tools I stumbled upon I’m going to call “reverse marketing”. It started with our oldest daughter (Creep 1) around the time that one of the Shrek movies was coming out (Shrek 2) I believe.  I started pointing out how whenever you saw a cartoon like Shrek at the grocery store, it would always turn out to be junk food – which is in fact the case 99% of the time.  And then to top it off, I’d go on to admonish Shrek, why would such a nice Ogre sell junk food to kids no less.  Shame on Shrek.
This turned out to work maybe too well as Creep 1 would spend a shopping trip yelling out, “look daddy, Shrek is selling junk food again!” or “That girl’s buying junk food” pointing to someone with soda in their cart.  This habit has been extended now with Creep 2, now 4 years old, “Spiderman selling junkfood” etc.    And yes we try to put strict limits on the food our kids eat, but they still enjoy the occasional candy, soda, or other junk food snack.  We’re not Ogres after all.

But what a nice marketing shortcut: cartoon on the packages, its junkfood!   Thanks marketing geniuses.  Nice working with ya!

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Signal versus Blog Noise

Last week there was this news item, “Bear Eats Man at Beer Festival” immediately appears blog-worthy, yes?  That day the google blog search yielded approx. 350 hits and now the number has peaked to about 5,660.  Certainly the story invites obvious comment, but do bloggers really think that their readership doesn’t also browse CNN, or MSNBC, or other mainstream newspaper.  I guess thats what a lot of blogging is about – reacting to the news – and I’m doing it too.  But put a little thought into it.

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More Toys recalled

Another massive toy recall is in the works and NOW Mattel is calling for rigorous standards.  Not labor standards mind you or anything else that would “level the playing field” for US manufacturing – just standards to protect the bottom line, err, that is the American consumer.  What pisses me off is that in the end when this cheap Chinese (or fill-in the third world country name here) crap finally catches up with the regulatory standards imposed on US industry – suddenly it won’t be cheap anymore.  But the damage to US labor has already been done – such is the global economy says the asshole CEO who justifies his amoral outlook by the size of his portfolio.

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