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Notes In Passing

Apparently there was another of those joint press conferences that they call ‘debates’ in US politics. They are organized by the two major parties to get free media time to sell their approved, tested fabrications. The candidates of the other parties aren’t allowed to participate after Ross Perot proved it makes a difference to the success of minor party candidates.

Apparently Zero did well enough that Andrew Sullivan has been taken off the suicide watch list. [If you don’t know who Andrew Sullivan is, be glad, and don’t spoil your luck by finding out.]

Ringo won parole from the vet and is now out and about in the house. Actually, while she go anywhere in the house now, she chooses to sit on my wrist rest to prevent me from typing. I am hopeful she will decide she wants to go outside tomorrow.

Real Life is still busy, so I can’t spend a lot of time on the ‘Net, but it doesn’t seem like much of importance is happening.


1 Kryten42 { 10.17.12 at 6:32 am }

LOL @ Ringo!! 😀

All things ‘cat’ being considered m8… Count your self lucky she chooses to only sit on your wrist rest! She could be showing her displeasure in so many other ways that cat’s are so good at! 😈

We must truly be living in Bizaro World!

It seems that Joe Biden did so well in the Veep debate, that Faux bobble heads are beside themselves…. Hmmm. Given that the bobble heads are usualy seen beside themselves… ehhh… never mind! Let’s say they are somewhat peeved. 😆

So… the Prez becomes a mindless drone in his debate, and Biden seems to have discovered some sort of ‘performance enhancing substance’ to substantially improve his usual performance. Either that, or they figured out a way to perform a ‘personality swap’! It’s just soooo bizarre! Oh, and Martha Raddatz shows that whilst real moderators and Journalists are now rare and endangered species, at least one still exists! 😀

Even Jon was amazed…

TDS, Full – October 15, 2012 – J.K. Rowling

Joe Biden debates Paul Ryan, Martha Raddatz draws praise as debate moderator, and author J.K. Rowling discusses writing a novel without magic or Harry Potter.

Good luck with *life* etc… I surely understand. 🙂

2 Kryten42 { 10.17.12 at 6:51 am }

Here’s a couple articles about Martha Raddatz during the debate:

How Martha Raddatz’s Abortion Question Won The Vice-Presidential Debate

UK Guardian (blog):
Martha Raddatz: the real winner of the vice-presidential debate

Have to agree with Forbes Meghan Casserly about the Abortion question. It was timed so well, and she asked it perfectly. Nicely done. 🙂

One last one from HuffPo:
Martha Raddatz Debate Moderating Draws Praise: ‘Killing It,’ ‘Way Better’ Than Lehrer

It really was a breath of fresh air, and I have to say (in some amazement) that Biden did so much better than Obama. Maybe they should swap job’s? 😉 😆

3 Steve Bates { 10.17.12 at 10:53 am }

Hostility toward minor-party candidates seems to have reached a new high (or l0w): Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala were arrested outside of last night’s presidential debate, apparently charged with breathing while existing in a public place. Hey, it’s probably the only way they’d ever get any publicity from an event sponsored by the CPD.

4 Bryan { 10.17.12 at 12:57 pm }

Actually Kryten Joe Biden is a veteran of decades in the Senate, and is known for enjoying debates. He makes a lot of verbal mistakes when speaking, but has the intelligence to laugh at the errors and correct them as soon as they are pointed out, rather than doubling down and claiming ‘he didn’t say it’, ‘it was taken out of context’ or some other feeble excuse. As a result, no one ever tries to play ‘gotcha’ with him, it doesn’t work.

Ryan is a lightweight with very limited abilities, and debating isn’t one of them. He is known for being thin-skinned when questioned about anything. He believes is own press.

A number of people has seriously said that Biden had less trouble disposing of Ryan, than he had dealing with Palin, who was at least willing to duke it out.

Steve, the ‘debate’ took place in Nassau County on Long Island which sends Peter King to Congress. It has a lot in common with the Florida Panhandle. I’m not surprised Dr Stein got arrested. It is not a friendly place.

5 hipparchia { 10.17.12 at 9:35 pm }

is this friday’s cat blogging going to be ringo doing her famous gargoyle impersonation?

6 Bryan { 10.17.12 at 9:52 pm }

Not quite yet, Hipparchia. There are treaty negotiations taking place concerning certain matters of ownership between Ringo and Ms Underhouse. Ringo needs to slim down and muscle up again before she takes over as she is at 9.5 pounds and a bit cramped from being inside.

It will happen as her confidence returns.

7 Anya { 10.18.12 at 1:23 am }

No, not much is happening here, either, except for that minor earthquake that rattled teacups from the White Mountains to the Seacoast. I must say I was rather impressed by the sound that it made — a low growling sound like a high wind blowing between tall buildings.

Oddly, this didn’t even wake Koshka up, she who would usually be hiding under the bed at the sound of someone walking down the stairs.

8 Bryan { 10.18.12 at 11:57 am }

Ah, a ‘grinder’, two plates slipping by each other, which is better than one that snaps in a single jump. Grinders don’t cause as much damage or rate as high in the Richter scale, but they last longer and are move unnerving because of it.

Koshka may have been hearing it happen for a while, building to the point that we could hear it, so may not have reacted to the slow change. There are a lot of videos that show animals reacting to earthquakes before people do. When compared to the seismograph record it seems to indicate that they can sense the earliest signs of the event.

A 4.0 is a definitely a significant event in the old mountains of the Northeast.