Monday, November 19, 2007

The word of the day is lackadaisical.

I think I spelled that right. I can see the dictionary sitting fifteen feet away but I'm really in no mood to go check it. That should really give you a clear picture of my current malaise-a-riffic state of mind. It's a cold, dark, and rainy Monday, perfect for a pot of coffee, Massive Attack on the iTunes, and just generally staying indoors.
So anyways, kids, I apologize for the lack of updates. Really, Daddy wishes he could be around more and not miss your t-ball games, but with work and friends and the goings-on of everyday life, the blog will have to make some sacrifices.
So, as usual, I don't have much to say, so we're going to discuss some interesting things running around the internet as well as what's happening in that thing yeah, real life.
I'm attempting to post this picture, but either Photobucket or Blogspot hates me, so it's not showing up in its full size, so I'll have to link to it. I can't decide who's actually in charge of this, but Nike and Major League Baseball have teamed up to create this map (which in turn sells more t-shirts, but such is the nature of capitalism). But, it is really cool. It basically breaks down a map of the United States into its support of each major league baseball team. It's actually very well done, so you can take a minute and check that out here.

The apathy of the Democratic party is really starting to worry me. We voted last November for change. I'm not sure if anyone was honestly expecting such measures as a Bush/Cheney impeachment hearing to actually come to fruition, but there was a sense after the votes were tallied that things would finally start to change.
Instead, sadly enough, what we've gotten hasn't been much better than "Republicans Part Two." On Saturday night, members of the California Democratic Party put forth a motion to censure Sen. Dianne Feinstein for, among other things, voting to confirm Mukasey as attorney general (despite his unwillingness to clearly define waterboarding as torture). Kudos to the grassroots movement who hoped to place on official record their disappointment in the Senator "for ignoring Democratic principles and falling so far below the standard of what we expect of our elected officials." Unfortunately, this measure was struck down Saturday night without even a vote as it was doomed from the beginning on procedural grounds. However, maybe this'll finally be a sign to all the Democrats who unfairly used our anger to gain votes, and then chose to do nothing once elected to office. Fair warning: we've put you there for a reason, and if you don't do your job, we'll fire you, too.

Headline today on the New York Times' politics blog The Caucus : McCain, Giuliani vie for 9/11 Brand.
I'd recommend that you read this article, but it's sickening that one of our nation's biggest tragedies needs to be used for political gain.

Mike Huckabee is slowly going insane.
In an interview yesterday on Fox News Sunday, his new campaign ad was previewed, slated to run in Iowa beginning today. I'll just quote the story (written by the Associated Press, by the way, not the Onion) and let you decide for yourself:

"Huckabee also previewed his first television ad of the campaign on the program. The 60-second spot, which features actor Chuck Norris, was to begin running in Iowa on Monday.

"My plan to secure the border. Two words: Chuck. Norris," says Huckabee, who stares into the camera before it cuts away to show Norris standing beside him.

"Mike Huckabee is a lifelong hunter who'll protect our Second Amendment rights" on gun ownership, says the tough-guy actor, who takes turns addressing viewers.

"There's no chin behind Chuck Norris' beard, only another fist," Huckabee says.

"Mike Huckabee wants to put the IRS out of business," Norris adds.

"When Chuck Norris does a push-up, he isn't lifting himself up, he's pushing the earth down," Huckabee says.

"Mike's a principled, authentic conservative," says Norris.

In closing, Huckabee says: "Chuck Norris doesn't endorse. He tells America how it's going to be. I'm Mike Huckabee and I approved this message. So did Chuck."

Huckabee acknowledged that the ad probably will not change many minds.

"But what it does do is exactly what it's doing this morning," he said. "Getting a lot of attention, driving people to our Web site, giving them an opportunity to find out who is this guy that would come out with Chuck Norris in a commercial."

Thompson's campaign said the ad shows Huckabee is not serious about immigration, an issue in Iowa.

"With his new campaign ad featuring Chuck Norris, Mike Huckabee has confused celebrity endorsement with serious policy. What would Huckabee do to secure America's border against millions of illegal immigrants pouring into our country? According to his ad, 'Two words: Chuck Norris,'" said Thompson campaign spokesman Todd Harris."


Anyways, I feel an aneurysm coming on, so enough politics for one day. How about some videos?

"How We Met" : You've just got to watch it.

"(My iPhone) is quite possibly the only thing that keeps me sane these days. Well, that, and the meth." - unaired, from SNL.

And finally, the best prank ever.

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