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2007 October 08 — Why Now?
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Get Serious

It’s almost as if they don’t know we have two wars, a huge deficit, a struggling economy, a collapse of the housing market, a rising crime rate, and the government listening to our phone calls.

Oliver Willis notes that the The Press Is Broken: “The NY Times does a photo investigation of which candidates do and don’t wear flag lapel pins.” They actually assigned people to look at photographs to determine who spent a buck on a flag pin, and whether they wear it constantly.

August Pollack deals with this overwhelmingly critical issue in his latest cartoon: Flagged for context.

In Wrong is right Paul Krugman looks at the claim that you can’t take anyone seriously who opposed the Iraq War, even when, like Barack Obama, they opposed it for exactly the right reasons. Apparently the only people who can be taken seriously are warmongers.

You have to wonder if the legacy media will figure out in time to save itself that people stop reading and listening when they notice it isn’t covering anything important, and it keeps getting things wrong.

October 8, 2007   2 Comments

Good News, Bad News

The guys coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan are getting a great kidney specialist, which is good.

My Mother has to find another kidney specialist, which is always a pain.

The real problem is that her current specialist is too damn old for the military crap. He did his bit and got out, but he’s been recalled because they are short-handed. He’s willing to serve, but wonders when some of the others are going to get to sacrifice for this mess.

I’m waiting for them to tell him to get a haircut. He is not exactly a diplomat.

October 8, 2007   4 Comments

Happy Whatever

Mustang Bobby notes: Happy Thanksgiving, Eh? Yes the second Monday in October is Thanksgiving Day in Canada.

The Federal government has decided to call it Columbus Day, even though it should be the 12th of October which was the second Wednesday in 1492. But it’s okay that the holiday is on the wrong day, because Christopher Columbus [AKA: Cristoforo Colombo, Cristóbal Colón] didn’t find what he was looking for and identified what he did find incorrectly. The important thing is that a large area of the map got changed from “here be dragons and sea serpents,” to “here be gold and cannibals” and no mention was made of the oppressive heat, mosquitoes, or hurricanes.

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October 8, 2007   8 Comments

E-Mail Changes

Because of on-going problems with the hosting service, my dumka dot com e-mail address is moving to a different server. This means that any e-mails sent may, or may not reach me. Actually, that is the current situation and the reason for the change.

Just to make things interesting, my ISP has decided to save money by setting up its own servers, rather than outsourcing to Earthlink, so that e-mail address will be changing. They were rather crestfallen when they contacted me for a customer survey on the wonderful new features they are making available, and found out I didn’t have the slightest interest in any of them.

Hopefully, one will get stabilized before the other gets changed.

October 8, 2007   2 Comments