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Caption Contest Winner

November 20th, 2007 - 7:40 am

“For luck.”

The winning entry comes from Robert Jacoby, who played shamelessly to the judge’s well-known fondness for all things Star Wars. Robert’s prize is everlasting recognition, and maybe like a coffee mug or something if he stops by my house.

Not Kindling My Flames

November 19th, 2007 - 12:14 pm

Instapundit links to a critique of the Amazon Kindle’s design–or lack thereof.

Worse than the design though, is that screen. One of the reasons ebooks have yet to take off is, they just aren’t comfortable. And I mean to read, not to hold. (Although there’s certainly nothing about the Kindle that makes you want to reach out and hold it, either.) The problem is DPI. A good book is printed at about 300 dots per inch. At that level, letters are sharp and contrasty and easy on the eyes. Kindle’s screen runs about 160 DPI — easy to read for short periods, but not good enough for a late night page turning session.

My take is, until ebooks can “print” at least 240 DPI, they’ll remain novelties.

UPDATE: I oughta start reading my own blog. Ed Christie (just below) already beat me to the Kindle pile-on.

New Wireless Reading Device from Amazon

November 19th, 2007 - 10:36 am

Kindle is what Jeff Bezos and the great folks at Amazon.com are calling their new wireless reading device.

No, thank you.

I’m a happy Amazon customer of many years, I love Love LOVE shopping on Amazon. Never once have they failed me or misled me. (Oh, you’re welcome Mr. Bezos; if this free virtual love has made you swoon, you can send me free actual stuff to my current Amazon account address. And you sure are a handsome fellow. So youthful looking, who does your skin?) But, you know, I am also a very happy reader of actual books. In fact I collect books, so my interest is more than casual.

I’ve tried doing the books-on-tape thing. My problem with recorded books is they go too fast; I read at varying speeds, and sometimes will momentarily stop reading to think about or luxuriate in what has been written while my eye gazes at the page. That’s difficult to do — no, that’s impossible to do — with a tape or CD player. And playing a book on tape to entertain me while I’m driving my car is hazardous to the American highway system, as my attentions invariably wander from the road to the words being spoken, so sonorous and inviting. No. Books on tape are a fine idea for others, perhaps, but they just ain’t for me, thanks.

Kindle. The technology sounds great. If I had a Kindle, and were I to find myself on a beach somewhere with my Kindle in my new man bag and had a sudden, uncontrollable, endorphin-driven urge to immediately begin re-reading Beowulf, I could probably do it. The thing is, I plan my reading; I have no particular need for sudden book gratification while in parts remote. Besides, when I happen upon an awful book, I do enjoy the relief that comes by throwing the lousy thing against the nearest rock. Were I to do that with a Kindle, then where would my reading be?

So thanks all the same, Amazon. But no, thanks.

One Car a Week Starting… Now?

November 19th, 2007 - 7:51 am

Tesla has pretty much stopped talking about delivering any of their all-electric roadsters in 2007. But they are talking about taking your money for cars to be made (maybe) in ‘09.

I’ve read Michael Yon’s latest dispatch from Iraq about a dozen times, and will likely read it a dozen more. The photographs are amazing, the story warm, and the local Baghdadis make me wish I were there with them.

A Bishop came to St John

Debate Drunkblogging — The Wrap

November 15th, 2007 - 8:13 pm

If you don’t want to read through my entire drunkblog to get to my mini wrap-up at the end, here it is:

Ultra-quick wrap-up: Lots of fireworks, yet still the worst debate I’ve seen all season. The blame rests squarely with CNN. They ran a bad debate on a bad stage with stupid questions from insipid people in a format that was neither fish nor fowl but spoiled meat nonetheless. Horrible, even by the low standards set by Fox News and MSNBC. Horrible, horrible.

No winners tonight, and anyone who just watched came out a loser. Horrible.

I want my two hours back, but I’m keeping the martinis in my gullet.

Man, that sucked.

Debate Drunkblogging — LIVE!

November 15th, 2007 - 5:51 pm

5:49pm (All times Mountainish) The comments thread is below. Loud [Freudian typo? -ed.] Dobbs needs to fire his colorist, but it’s not like they’re hurting for business over at Crayola.

5:53pm Mike Gravel is notable for his absence. CNN made up a completely arbitrary rule that, if you aren’t tall enough to raise one million dollars, then you can’t get on their ride tonight. John Edwards raised that much, collecting change from under the sofa cushions in his 28,000 square foot house. Anyway, I think it’s a good rule. Fewer candidates = even extra time for non-answers to non-sensical questions in this non-debate. Everybody wins! Except Gravel, but that was going to be the case anyway.

5:57pm Dobbs’s enormous orange head is starting to unnerve me. It’s going to be thirsty work tonight.

5:59pm “The truth is never fair, it’s never balanced, it just is.” Lou Dobbs channeling Donald Rumsfeld channeling Plato on a bender. Excuse me while I go make my second martini 20 minutes ahead of schedule.

6:02pm Did I miss anything? I could kind of hear Wolf Blitzer talking, but that’s about as clearly as I’ve heard him since 1991. I learned early on in the first Gulf War how to filter him out. Also, Edwards did get the extra-angry flounce in his hair tonight. Well worth the $400 right there.

6:04pm This is the first debate in my memory–going back to 1980–where the candidates were being introduced like they were coming on Carson’s stage to do three minutes of stand-up. Question is: Will Johnny invite any of them back to the sofa after?

6:05pm Bill Richardson raised a million bucks? Also, who staged this thing? First, the talk-show intro. Then, going back to the spin room before the debate. Leave it to YouTube to be different, OK, CNN?

6:07pm Watching these guys make their ways back to their podiums, I flashed back on Monty Python’s “Upper Class Twit of the Year Contest.” There’s a good joke in there, but I’ll save it for the next Republican debate.

6:09pm Blitzer says this debate will feature “two halves.” Or maybe three thirds. Or for those really paying attention, sixteen sixteenths. Edwards insists it will be one haves, and one have-nots.

6:10pm To Hillary: Is it true that you skirt questions? “Well, that depends on what you mean by ‘skirts.’” Seriously, though, Hillary couldn’t even deliver her “asbestos pant suit” gag well enough to get many laughs. She has all the humor of me after covering one of these, sober.

6:13pm To Obama: Is it true Hillary skirts questions? Man, this is going to be a long night for Hill, huh? Anyway, Barrack came out swinging, bringing up the whole immigration thing, plus social security and other things. Clinton came back with… health care coverage? Using Edwards’ signature “special interests” codephrase? She looks a little weak already.

6:14pm On his response, Obama went off-message by defending his health plan instead of keeping up the attack on Clinton. So the fireworks aren’t about Clinton, they’re about policy-wonk details. Obama missed a great chance there.

6:16pm Blitzer brought Edwards into the fray, and he’s going straight for Hillary on everything under the sun, even mentioning “the neo-cons.” But compared to Clinton and Obama? He looks small. But his hair is freakin’ perfect.

6:19pm As if on cue, Clinton says she doesn’t mind if her colleagues “throw mud,” so long as “it isn’t from the Republican playbook.” But all I could think was, “Too much Botox, honey.” I also couldn’t help but notice that, on the word “colleagues,” Joe Biden shook his head. I wonder what he really thinks of Clinton as a Senator?

6:20pm Also, Biden might just be the most serious lost-cause debater I’ve seen. You gotta respect that.

6:22pm To Edwards: Aren’t you a bit of a flip-flopper, too? Great opening, and Edwards is taking it to nail Hillary on everything from Iraq to Latin American trade deals, and how she’s tried to play both sides at the same time. I can’t vouch for his accuracy, but it’s fun to watch.

6:24pm Even Chris Dodd is getting into the act. I haven’t seen a scene like this since I Got Gang Banged #17. No… I think it was #8. Wait, it was #17.

6:25pm Richardson finally got asked a question, and he started in with, “By the way, I’m Bill Richardson and I’m governor of New Mexico.” Great line, and delivered perfectly.

6:28pm The question was, Would each of you support whoever wins the nomination? Best answer? Biden: I wouldn’t vote for any of you guys! Weirdest answer? Dennis Kucinich: Only if they renounced war as a national policy. Or words along Kellogg-Briand Pact lines. Pathetic.

6:33pm Please, folks, I appreciate the traffic, but don’t click “refresh” more often than every two or three minutes. Love the attention, but you’re killing my poor little server. Meantime, I’ll play catch-up as soon as the good folks at my hosting company get the server reset.

6:34pn Well, the Bash Hillary section of the show seems to be over, and we’re into the “meat” of the debate. Which means “policy talk.” Which means, get me another drink because the fireworks might be over.

6:36pm I love watching Dodd get the FDR Coalition all hooting and hollering. It’s like an old newsreel, and I half expect to next see footage of Nazi tanks storming through Poland.

6:38pm Kucinich really needs to swing for the fences if he wants to make any headway. He’s got to try a new ploy. Something like, “Have you seen my wife? How’d you like four years of that on the TV news every night? Huh?”

6:40pm OMG, did Richardson just say he wants to be “the education president?” Really? It’s one thing to run against lame duck George W. Bush. But to run as George H W Bush? Who’s advising this guy?

6:41pm Hillary: “You’ve got to weed out the teachers who aren’t doing a good job.” And you’ll do that without taking on the teacher’s union how?

6:43pm Just a note. When you hear “national service,” remind yourself the Democrats are talking about reinstating the draft, only for welfare programs instead of the Pentagon.

6:45pm Biden would use military supplies access to push Pakistan’s Musharraf into doing our bidding. While probably effective, I’m not sure how wise that would be. A bit like cutting off Lend-Lease to force the Brits to hold elections in 1942.

6:47pm I need another drink, and my server is still overloaded. Back in a flash.

6:49pm Edwards doesn’t like how we’ve dealt with Pakistan in “an ad-hoc” way. How else do you deal with a basketcase country like that? Well, Edwards says he’d “rid the world of nuclear weapons.” How come nobody else never thought of that?

6:51pm Let me reiterate, please, don’t click refresh more than every two-three minutes. That’s as fast as I can drunkblog, and as much as my server can handle. Thanks.

6:55pm Question: Is Petraeus correct that the surge is bringing security to Iraq? Richardson: The surge is not working, and he has GAO numbers or something to prove it. “Even by Republican math, that is a failing grade.” His answer is heartfelt, he has numbers, and he’s completely wrong. He’s out on the edge where only Kucinich and Ron Paul are his neighbors. And he wants the money– deficit money–spent on welfare programs. I liked Richardson, right up until I saw him up close.

6:57pm Obama, taking the same question: Our troops are doing a magnificent job, but…

6:59pm I started drunkblogging because, almost six years ago, I knew that was the only way I was going to get through another State of the Union address with any kind of sanity. SOTU speeches are just that formulaic and awful. These debates have gotten just as bad, especially now that the Democrats have a “Yes, but…” recurring feature on the Iraq War. “YES, I support the troops, BUT…” Pass the vodka.

7:01pm Edwards claims that NAFTA has cost “millions of jobs.” Can anyone back up that claim? Anyone?

7:03pm “Was Ross Perot right on NAFTA?” Hillary laughed so hard, one of her eyebrows almost moved. And while she thinks we should “look at” looking at NAFTA, she’s not willing to commit one way or the other. Instead, she proposes a “trade time-out.” That’s like putting a time-out on your ATM card, or your paycheck.

7:06 Obama has so many takes on trade, I have no idea what he just said. Also, I’m getting pretty buzzed, so take that into account.

7:08pm Obama: You’re a real NIMBY guy when it comes to nuclear waste, huh? OK, look — let’s be fair to the guy. Do we want to put nuclear waste right next to Chicago, or under a mountain 50 miles outside of West Intestine, Nevada?

7:10pm The question doesn’t matter. Obama’s answer, perfectly delivered, was, “I’m running for President because I think we can do it.” He needs to use that as the tagline to every TV spot he runs for the next four months.

7:12pm The question, from Gloria Borger that hot brunette talking head not named Borger, is pretty much, “Hillary, you’re a weak little girl, aren’t you?” Reply: “…I’m comfortable in the kitchen.” And you know what? I totally Dowdified that quote.

7:15pm Edwards just got booed. That turns me on.

7:18pm Commercial break, at long last. If I get fat, blame it on politics. They’ve not only driven me to drink, but now I’m also eating Cheetos.

7:18.5pm Stale Cheetos. I demand a government program to cover fresh snacks and my resulting health care needs.

7:23pm Here’s where it really gets bad. CNN is turning over the questioning to a bunch of “undecided voters,” each of whom will undoubtedly want these candidates to promise them something. On the other hand, could any of them be worse than Wolf, the Hot Chick, or the Other Guy?

7:25pm First question: We’ve been rushing to war against Iran since 1979. Are you going to send my son there?

7:26pm Biden answers with, If Bush goes to war against Iran without approval from Congress, we should impeach him. Hillary chimes in with something about “aggressive diplomacy.” Which is a lot like having sex without an erection.

7:29pm Everybody thanks the troops, nobody defends the mission. Which is a lot like having sex without an erection. Meanwhile, Edwards has to repeat, “Bush, Cheney, and the neocons” like some kind of mantra. Please, people, neither of those guys is running in 2008.

7:31pm Obama: Strong presidents negotiate with our enemies. Really? Name one. OK — name one that worked out well for us.

7:33pm Next question: My son is poor. What are you going to do about that, huh? Why are moms asking all the questions all of a sudden? Why can’t people ask their own questions? What’s CNN thinking with this?

7:35pm Curious dichotomy of the night. Richardson would bring all the Marines home, right now. He’d also increase the size of the Corps by two-thirds, up two divisions. My question is: If he won’t do anything with the Marines, why does Richardson think we need almost twice as many of them?

7:36pm Gitmo, Edwards says, is a “national embarrassment.” International, maybe — but national? Not so much.

7:38pm Kucinich: In the future, everybody will think like me! (Space aliens included, I can only presume.)

7:40pm Biden: It’s not who was right when, but what you’re going to do now. Which, in Biden’s case, is lose badly in Iowa then drop out of the race.

7:41pm Richardson: “I’m not in Washington!” Also, “You know who has higher approval ratings [than Congress]? Dick Cheney and HMOs.” Classic.

7:42 As a bit of an agnostic on the whole immigration issue, I think Richardson makes some practical sense. And… there goes half my audience tonight. Oh, wait — two thirds? Sigh.

7:44pm Three out of four undecided voters on CNN are pear-shaped middle-agd women with a tendency to ramble, and who want things from the government. Don’t blame me if you think that’s cruel–I’m just reporting what I see.

7:46pm Obama: George Bush is raiding Social Security to pay for Iraq. Unlike every other president, who raided SS to pay for whatever the hell he liked, too.

7:48pm Obama says we’ll save money by spending more money on health care. Was there ever a government program that saved money? Ever? Also, Hillary is finally back in the game, talking about the fiscal responsibility we enjoyed back in 2000. Does that mean she wants another Republican Congress?

7:50pm Barrack Obama: I’m quite a bit taller than Hillary.

7:51pm Another commercial break, at long last. How much more of this do we have to endure? I think my brain can take it, but I’m starting to worry about my liver.

7:54pm My favorite cocktail shaker, a Christmas/Chanukah gift from a couple years ago, has developed a leak. I blame the speeded-up campaign season. Also, I wish I were kidding. It’s a gorgeous shaker. I had to make this new martini with the Emergency Backup Travel Shaker. Sigh.

7:57pm Jeebus, but this is a sloppy production. CNN came back late out of ads, in the middle of Dodd answering something about Supreme Court nominees. Also, it’s an ugly set with bad lighting, and the commercial break graphics look like they came out of one of those inept Bush ’92 campaign ads. Politics aside, CNN objectively sucks.

8:00pm Question: Who likes abortion the most? Now, I’m pro-choice, but it’s a little sad watching all these candidates show fealty to Roe v Wade. Especially Clinton, who had to rephrase the question around “privacy” instead of abortion. Then Obama went and did the same damn thing. And then Edwards, too. Does not one of these characters have the balls of a field mouse?

8:02pm If elected, asked the young man who isn’t at all pear-shaped, what would you promise our divided country on your swearing-in? Well, it was generous of Obama to offer to speak to Republicans, even before he’d speak to the leaders of Iran and Syria. Most generous.

8:05pm To Hillary: Is it true people just really hate you? Her best answer would have been: Yep, and that’s what we need right now. Her actual answer: Hell if I can parse what she’s saying.

8:06pm We’ve been going for more than two hours and three 3.5 ounce martinis. Stop the madness!

8:08pm Richardson, after retreating completely from the Middle East, seems to think he would still have enough heft to provide “leadership and diplomacy.” Um… you got a stick to go with that carrot, governor?

8:09pm Last question was to Clinton, and I swear to god it was, “Do you prefer diamonds or pearls?” Since I’m doing this drunkblog here instead of on PJ Media, I feel free to ask, What the fucking fuck was that?

8:13pm Ultra-quick wrap-up: Lots of fireworks, yet still the worst debate I’ve seen all season. The blame rests squarely with CNN. They ran a bad debate on a bad stage with stupid questions from insipid people in a format that was neither fish nor fowl but spoiled meat nonetheless. Horrible, even by the low standards set by Fox News and MSNBC. Horrible, horrible.

No winners tonight, and anyone who just watched came out a loser. Horrible.

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Debate Drunkblogging — Open Comments Thread

November 15th, 2007 - 5:46 pm

CNN’s pre-game show is already providing much-need relief for insomniacs in Iceland and points east. And is it just me, or is Lou Dobbs looking more and more like a cross between Bob Dole and a jack-o-lantern? Hint: It’s not just me.

Anyway, if you have anything debate-wise to discuss, this is the post to use. To keep things easy on my server–an old Amiga 500 I keep in the boiler room–comments will be closed on the main Drunkblogging post.

Have at it, but at least try to keep it mostly clean. Although I’ve turned off the spam filter. After three nights in Vegas, I need to find a new supplier of Canadian Viagra.

Happy (Hour) Go Lucky

November 15th, 2007 - 5:00 pm

One hour before the debate begins is also the Five PM Drinking Hour here in the Rocky Mountains.

Coincidence? I think not.

Which is all just a fancy way of saying I’m going to grab my favorite cocktail shaker and do some debate prep.

UPDATE: You too can enjoy me with a cocktail in the comfort of your very own home or car, on this week’s PJM Political radio show. Also on this week’s show, Glenn Reynolds, James Lileks, Roger Simon and more. It’s an all-star cast.

Cloudy Thinking

November 15th, 2007 - 4:39 pm

Honda introduced a new hydrogen-fueled car at the LA Auto Show. Details:


Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday it will begin leasing its new FCX Clarity hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered car to a limited number of Southern California drivers this summer.

Honda wouldn’t say how many vehicles will be leased. The company plans to offer a three-year lease with a $600 monthly payment. The low-slung, FCX Clarity sedan was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Let me see if I have this straight. For about double the monthly payment on a leased entry model Mercedes C-class or BMW 3-series, you can get a car you can’t get fuel for most anywhere, and which has the same ugly-ass rear end as Honda’s first alternative-fueled vehicle that nobody bought, the Insight. Even the names are too similar for comfort.

Skeptical I might be, but I have to admit this part sounds cool:

Honda also is developing a home fueling station that uses a home’s existing natural gas supply to produce hydrogen. The automaker now has such a fueling station on its research and design campus in Torrance.

No more trips to the filling station sure seems nice–but I’m not sure I want the EPA coming to my house every month, demanding I fill out environmental impact statements in triplicate.

Satan’s Boy, One Way or the Other

November 15th, 2007 - 3:24 pm

Karl Rove was The Beast to the Left. Now he’ll be working from the belly of the MSM beast:

Newsweek has signed the president’s former deputy chief of staff as a commentator who will turn out several columns on the 2008 campaign through inauguration day. The move is not likely to prove popular among liberals who believe the mainstream media have been too soft on the Bush administration.

Of course, Rove is getting nothing but solid support from his new employer, Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham, who says, “Our readers are sophisticated enough to know that what they get from Karl has to be judged in the context of who Karl is…Readers will have to decide if he’s simply an apologist.”

It’s always comforting to know that the boss has your back.

More Early Handicapping

November 15th, 2007 - 2:01 pm

Hillary’s pollster, Mark Penn, provides the numbers to back up Dick Armey’s worry that Hillary is a shoe-in.

OK, he doesn’t actually show us any numbers. Instead, in a short, Drudge-linked item from TheHill.com, Penn claims Hillary would win “in a landslide” if the election were held today. Me, I don’t follow polls this early in the game. I barely follow them during the election. Neither should you.

Remember that we’re only two weeks past Clinton’s miserable debate experience against Russert, Edwards & Obama. So what we really have here is Hillary’s own pollster trying to frame tonight’s debate back around the issue of Hillary’s “inevitability.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that–just remember to take the story for what it is.

Early Handicapping

November 15th, 2007 - 1:00 pm

While the Democratic contenders get ready to sort-of face off in Vegas Baby

I’d Rather Watch (Almost) Anything Else

November 15th, 2007 - 11:51 am

You’ve got to be kidding me:

Walter Cronkite, the former anchor of the

Tom Clancy Drool-Fest

November 15th, 2007 - 10:33 am

The fabled Warthog is gearing up for the 21st Century:

November 15, 2007: The new upgrade of the A-10, the A-10C, has been in Iraq for two months now and has been a big success. The upgrades give the A-10 the same goodies that most other fighters have. These include the ability to drop JDAM (GPS guided) bombs, plus a targeting pod, lots of color displays in the cockpit and a digital communications capability. In practical terms, the A-10C pilots have a much better idea of where they, and any other aircraft, are in the area. The targeting pod gives a detailed, and up close view of what’s going on down there, day or night. The heat sensing night camera even makes it possible to detect recently buried roadside bombs, and A-10C pilots have gotten pretty good at that.

There’s more at the link, all of it very cool.

Caption Contest

November 15th, 2007 - 10:08 am

My own entry: “CK One?”

We’ll announce the winner after tonight’s debate, or whenever we get a particularly funny one. Or maybe on Friday, considering the condition I’ll be in tonight. Whichever comes last.

Embedded

November 15th, 2007 - 9:11 am

In between the Blog World Expo and Baghdad, Michael Totten got to spend 22 whole hours at home. Now he’s gearing up to go to Fallujah. Yeah, Fallujah.

Now might be a good time to remind you that Michael’s reporting is funded by donations from readers like you.

There He Goes Again

November 15th, 2007 - 9:02 am

Tonight, the Democrats will debate live in Vegas. Tonight, I’ll drunkblog the event, mostly alive in my bedroom.

Will Hillary stumble again? Will Barrack Obama finally taste blood? Will John Edwards get that extra flounce in his hair? Tune in right here at VodkaPundit.com at 8pm Eastern and find out!

How Do You Get There from Here?

November 15th, 2007 - 8:18 am

Mark Tapscott:

We have created a federal Leviathan that promises to deliver something for everybody, with its regulations and taxation directing virtually every corner of daily life. There is no way any government can do that, so failures are inevitable. But over a period of time, as the failures in particular arenas multiply, there comes a point when the many specific failures merge into one general mood of dissatisfaction.

Within the next decade, as the seriousness of the entitlement crisis becomes more evident, it is likely that the general dissatisfaction with government that promises everything and delivers nothing but higher taxes, more waste and policy paralysis is going to grow more intense and deeper rooted.

The problem with smaller government is, even those who genuinely want it, generally want it for the other guy’s programs. A general dissatisfaction with Big Government could provide a political window of opportunity for slashing taxes, programs, regulations and spending. But I’d wager that it’s a very short time between “general dissatisfaction” and “armed revolution.”

Sleep tight!

Cluebat Strike Successful

November 15th, 2007 - 8:02 am

Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman on the music biz: “Man, we’re a bunch of freakin’ idiots.”

I might have paraphrased just a little bit.

That Last Bit Is Good Enough for Me

November 14th, 2007 - 12:39 pm

Max Boot has some ideas on how to take the strain off the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hint: The State Department is gonna hate this stuff.

Is the Party Over?

November 13th, 2007 - 4:35 pm

Dick Armey on the near-inevitability of President Hillary:

The callow accommodation to big-spending Democrats in Congress is one of the ways the Republican party will return itself to the days of serving as a compliant, permanent minority. Happy for table scraps, elected Republicans will simply abandon the ideas of their party in order to

Man Found Dead, Stuck In Cat Door

November 13th, 2007 - 11:49 am

Well, this is just sad. And that’s all I have to say about that…

The Last Man

November 13th, 2007 - 7:24 am

Don’t miss this sad and lovely NY Times piece by Richard Rubin on Frank Buckles, the last living American veteran of World War I.

Dodged That Bullet

November 12th, 2007 - 7:55 am

Al Gore is joining a VC firm. His goal is to start small, by revamping the entire planet’s energy industry:

The recovering politician, environmental activist, and Nobel laureate is adding another title to his r

Getting It Wrong

November 12th, 2007 - 7:45 am

A few weeks ago, NBC decided it could do a better job than iTunes at digital distribution of its TV shows. I’m not sure Cultofmac.com is your least biased source, but they have a few complaints about NBC’s distribution model. Among them;

Installation is hell. You must download the application from Internet Explorer for Windows. Even though the program works without a web browser once installed, you can

VEGAS — The Wrap

November 10th, 2007 - 3:48 am

I came out here because Roger L Simon told me “open bar.” Other than that, I wasn’t sure exactly what I was supposed to do. Thanks to people like Blackfive’s Matt Burden, PJ Media’s “Uncle Jimbo” Hanson, Townhall’s Mary Katherine Ham, I got it figured out. The job here was to meet people make connection, and make for better blogging. Between us, and that open bar, we’ve made some exciting plans.

I’m especially indebted to Matt for introducing me to Katie Favazza, also from Townhall. Katie’s from my old home town, St Louis, and her father owns Favazza’s Restaurant on The Hill. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Well, I have — my grandfather and his old management crew at Southwest Steel used to eat there for lunch almost every day of the week. A flood of memories came back, all of them good, and added that little something extra special to a fine night spent swapping tall tales with some really smart, talented, and involved people.

I’d add more, but it’s nearly 3am and I have a flight to catch tomorrow morning. But thanks to connections made this week, before long you’ll be seeing some extra-special-added-value-VodkaPundit content over at PJ Media.

It’s an exciting time, and I hope you’ll stick around for the things to come.

VEGAS — The Liveblog! Part VII

November 9th, 2007 - 4:50 pm

Attending the conference, James Durbin writes:

When I first started blogging, I was a true believer. I felt that blogging gave voice to the masses, and changed the way we communicate to each other. As I started to turn my blog knowledge into a business, some of the wonder went away. Sitting in this conference, I’m getting that old familiar feeling that I really am involved in something that is fundamentally different. It’s not the rush of revolution, but it is the powerful sense of massive change, slowly making its way through the population.

I know exactly what he means.

VEGAS — The Liveblog! Part VI

November 9th, 2007 - 4:41 pm

Did I mention Pinups For Vets is here? Work safe, I promise — and a very worthy cause.

I’d post pictures, but I didn’t bring a CF card reader with me. However, Insty is always willing to provide you a little free cheesecake.

24: Day Seven — Anybody Got Quarter?

November 9th, 2007 - 4:18 pm

Jack Bauer: Neutered.