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Debate Drunkblogging — NEARLY LIVE!

April 16th, 2008 - 7:13 pm

7:13pm (All times, as always, Mountain) We’re kicking off a little late here in the VodkaCompound, as Melissa’s roast was especially good. And by that I mean we had to open a second bottle of wine.

Charlie Gibson is looking especially serious with his glasses way down on his nose, and George Snufflefagus always looks cute in his Big Boy haircut. And now, on to the debate. ABC has decide to play it semi-YouTube, with video from the candidates stump speeches. I think they’d get better ratings if instead they flashed Eliot Spitzer’s phone records or maybe stills from that Marilyn Monroe Sex tape. Anyway — onward.

7:14pm Speaking of ratings, is there one person anywhere who still cares what Mario Cuomo thinks? Why is Gibson using him as the basis for his opening question? Because let’s be honest: The only reason anyone anywhere still sometimes listens to Cuomo is because he never tried and failed to become President. See: Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, Kerry.

7:16pm That’s sweet, quoting the Constitution at Democrats. Might as well quote Ghandi at Stalin.

7:18pm Hilary just wants a Democrat to win in November. Uh-huh. That means one (or two) of two things: Either she knows just how high her negatives are, and/or she’s willing to take the bottom of the ticket.

7:19pm First Bittergate question. “Do you understand that some voters in this state find that patronizing?” Obama sticks by his “mangled” excuse. And then segues right back into the whole “we’re in difficult times” spiel. In other words, “You understood me just right, you redneck motherhumpers.”

7:20pm “This [religion] is a place where people can find some refuge.” I’m an atheist and Obama is a churchgoer, and yet I get the feeling I have more respect for Christians (at least white Christians) than Obama has.

7:21pm Hillary is the granddaughter of a Pennsylvania mill worker or something that John Edwards might have said. And doesn’t she seem the part?

7:22pm Seriously, Clinton is playing this well. She’s not claiming that people “cling” to guns or god because “times are bad.” She says simply that these are things people believe in. Had Obama made this statement a week ago, there might never have been a Bittergate.

7:24pm First question from George S, and all I can think is, “His colorist needs to let at least a little gray show through. He should hire whoever Steve Jobs is using.”

7:33pm We’re having technical difficulties over here. No idea what’s up. Back in a bit with a wrap up.

7:48pm I am so fed up right now with anything to do with technology that I’m going throw my laptop through the television then go outside and sit naked in the snow. The latter will help me imagine what life will be like next year after President Obama gets his tax increases.

Notice/I’m Coming, I’m Coming

April 16th, 2008 - 6:02 pm

If you’re looking for the debate drunkblog, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. Our tape-delay broadcast doesn’t start until an hour after the debate does.

Leaving me plenty of time to dig into the roast Melissa has roasting. And maybe knock back a cocktail or two.

Global Warmening Update

April 16th, 2008 - 5:40 pm

This storm is supposed to last all night and into tomorrow.

Sell your bicycle. Remove your catalytic converter. Slap Al Gore with a damp hippy.

Please. I’m begging you.



April 16th, 2008 - 4:03 pm

Macs: Faster, cheaper. Really.

(Hat tip to the Professor.)

Pot, Kettle

April 16th, 2008 - 3:34 pm

This little nugget from CNN can’t go without comment:

Rep. Jack Murtha, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, introduced the New York senator at a Washington appearance Wednesday with the observation that Sen. John McCain is too old to be president. “It’s no old man’s job,” said Murtha.

Murtha, three years older than McCain, is just the right age however to be a corrupt, logrolling, pork-dolling, tax-sucking, Marine-maligning, senile old fuck.

Talking ’bout the Weather

April 16th, 2008 - 2:36 pm

This time each year I pretty much lust after global warmening. April is typically our second-snowiest month here in southern Colorado, and this year is proving to be no exception.

Monday it was (just) warm enough that I took the doors off the Jeep. Well, the driver’s side door — the baby isn’t quite old enough yet for that particular thrill. And since I ripped the back seat out right after buying the Wrangler, the boy sits up front with me.

This morning the door went back on. The skies are already black, and we’re supposed to get seven to 11 inches* of snow tonight. And that’s the prediction for the lower elevations. Up here on Monument Hill? Could be anywhere from 50% to 100% higher. Er, “deeper,” I guess.

A taste of spring, followed by a 50 degree dip and a foot of snow. Pretty standard stuff, really. Which is why I urge all of you to breed often and buy Hummers. Let’em idle in the driveway for no good reason, too. The Hummers, I mean, not the kids. The children you should teach from a very young age to leave a carbon footprint the size of a triceratops.

Because if that’s what it takes to keep me from me having to shovel that damn driveway again, then I’m all in favor. And you people in Florida and all those coastal places know how to swim, right?


Wargaming the Electoral College

April 16th, 2008 - 1:08 pm

Short version: Obama’s got trouble.

Long version: So does McCain.

(Click on the map for the bigger version.)

We’ve got lots of changes to go over from the last map. Six weeks ago, it looked to me like the Democrats had a lock on 227 EC votes, and the Republicans 229. The remaining 82 up for grabs were, at that point, totally unpredictable. But with the candidates nearly known (Obama vs McCain) the number of unknowns has actually gone up.

OK, here’s the thing. Current polls — and the primary votes already held — show Obama does best in states he has virtually no shot at winning in November. (Maybe the red states are so red because the local blue voters are even further to the left than blue state voters. Just a thought; I’ve got nothing to back that up.) And Bittergate turns a few deer-infested True Blue states into tossups. The most important of those are New Jersey Ohio, Michigan, and of course Pennsylvania. Obama loses Oregon as a sure thing, too. I don’t know if that’s because of all those bitter ignoramuses out in the woods or if the white supremacist groups in the eastern part of the state are expected to show up at the polls in great numbers. Virginia is trending blue, and might just be a blue state by 2012. But this year Virginia is in the heart of Deer Country, and stays red. Missouri should probably go on this list, but I’m leaving it to its role as the bellwether state.

If Hillary were the nominee, I’d color New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, and Oregon blue again. Maybe Pennsylvania, too. Clinton would probably take Arkansas, despite the fact that voters there know her so well. (Maybe absence really does make the heart grow fonder.) And I’d have to give serious thought to taking the red off of Florida.

Does McCain bring anything with him? Not that I can see. Colorado voters like maverick independents and maverick Democrats, but not so much the maverick Republicans. Colorado stays unshaded. New Mexico, too — I don’t know if McCain’s immigration slipperiness will help him or hurt him with that state’s Hispanic voters.

The way the map looks to me now, McCain has a lock on the same 229 EC votes, but Obama is down to 168. With the war and the bad economy, however, I’d expect the swing states to trend Democratic.

Typically, voter passion drives the race. But McCain vs Obama is a weird matchup. For Obama, the passion will have to come from the left, the young, and other fools. McCain, undear as he is to conservatives, will have to generate passion — and lots of it — from the center if he wants to win any more states than he already has.


Spot the Loony

April 16th, 2008 - 9:04 am

Actually, Jules Crittenden is playing pin-spotting with Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to decide whether or not to drunkblog tonight’s debate. Our local ABC affiliate isn’t broadcasting it until 7pm, and I’m not sure if that’s live or tape delay. Seems silly to liveblog something on tape, doesn’t it? And I’d hate to sillify the serious business of e-shouting at a pretend debate.

UPDATE: So Jules emailed (and posted) with:

Personally, I find it less revolting when pols pander to the lumpenproletariat with shots and beer. In fact, that might be a good way to resolve this ongoing Democratic primary thing. Have them debate each other drunk.

If they decide to do that, by the way, my money’s on Hillary. It’s not just that I think she’ll hold her liquor better. It’s an eye-gouging thing.

Come on, Vodkapundit. If we can’t have a drunk debate, let’s at least have it drunkblogged.

Oh, fine! See you at 7pm Mountain, live via tape delay.

That Explains a Lot

April 15th, 2008 - 11:59 am

Windows Vista: Pissing you off on purpose.

Copping a Feel

April 15th, 2008 - 11:25 am

Demented as the Iran-Contra scandal was, at least Reagan was trying to accomplish something positive. What does Carter think he’ll accomplish by hugging Hamas, other than to soothe his own twisted ego?

The Old Switcheroo

April 15th, 2008 - 11:13 am

Here in gun-friendly Colorado Springs, Colorado College students protested our state’s liberal gun control laws:

“Last year I had a very close and personal friend of mine from childhood die as a result of an accidental shooting,” Colorado College student Angela Cobian said.

Cobian said her friend that was killed was only 17-years-old. She said the shooter should have never had a gun.

“I have always been a firm believer in good gun control and enforcement of our gun laws which is really important,” Cobian said.

Angela helped organize the lie-in at Colorado College. 32 people representing Virgina Tech’s 32 vicitm’s lied down for three minutes in the middle of the school’s commons.

Meanwhile, in freakin’ Boulder some CU students there are taking a slightly different stance:

“We just want students to be able to point something other than a cell phone at a shooter in an assault situation,” said Jim Manley, a graduate student at CU Boulder. “Right now students are defenseless in any situation that might happen.”

I wish them luck.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, where are the calls for pipe and broomstick control laws?

The Law is an Ass

April 15th, 2008 - 10:31 am

Here’s the strange case of a New Mexico photographer who got taken to one of those silly human rights commissions (and forced to pay legal fees!) for refusing to shoot a lesbian wedding.

I’d have taken the job, but only on the condition I could shoot the honeymoon, too.

New Blogs

April 15th, 2008 - 9:43 am

It’s Dan Spencer’s Right Side Politics Examiner.

A mouthful, huh? But pretty darn useful.

What a Waste

April 15th, 2008 - 9:42 am

Uh… wouldn’t it be better just to fill it with beer?

One Vote at a Time

April 15th, 2008 - 9:00 am

David Cushing emails, “Ok, McCain finally figured out how to get my vote.” Here’s how:

If elected president, McCain plans to overhaul the tax code, close “costly, unfair” corporate loopholes and veto every bill containing earmarks “until the Congress stops sending bills with earmarks.”

Not bad. But how about a promise to get McCain-Feingold repealed? Not much short of that will get me to vote for McCain.

One Hand Defaces the Other

April 15th, 2008 - 8:19 am

Code Pink likes Barack Obama — about 50 grand worth of like. Read:

The co-founder of the radical anti-war group Code Pink has “bundled” more than $50,000 for Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and pro-troops groups are demanding that he return the money.

Jodie Evans, a Code Pink leader, gathered at least $50,000 from friends and associates and donated it to Obama’s presidential campaign, according to information compiled by the nonpartisan watchdog group, Public Citizen.

Evans and her son, a student who lives at her Southern California address, each also gave the maximum individual allowable donation of $2,300 to Obama’s campaign.

Is this the first time a likely presidential nominee has taken money from people responsible for defacing military recruiting offices? The important question is if or how Obama will return their support.

Another question is: Even if we were at peace, what message would a President Obama send to potential recruits?

The Dark Side of Sesame Street

April 15th, 2008 - 8:09 am

You try explaining to a two-year-old why it’s not OK to imitate Fran Drescher.

Live on Tape from Nicaragua

April 14th, 2008 - 2:44 pm

Eric Volz was wrongly imprisoned in Nicaragua a while back. Now he’s blogging, and has smuggled video from his time behind bars.

Hat tip to Will Hinton.

Welcome Back

April 14th, 2008 - 2:05 pm

Yet another left-leaning European government has given way to the center-right:

Billionaire media mogul Silvio Berlusconi won a majority in both houses of the Italian parliament and will return to power for a third term as premier.

Berlusconi’s People of Liberty party and its allies took 166 seats in the Senate, the upper house, to 138 for Walter Veltroni’s Democratic Party and its partner, according to a projection by RAI state television. In the Chamber of Deputies, Berlusconi took 45.9 percent of the vote compared with Veltroni’s 38.9 percent, RAI estimated. That would give Berlusconi around 340 lower-house seats out of 630.

“Berlusconi is back,” said Maurizio Pessato, chief executive officer of polling company SWG Srl in Trieste, Italy. “With this result, he can last.”

Knowing Italian politics, I’m assuming that last line was meant ironically. In Italian, “lasting government” means “maybe through the summer.”

American Standard

April 14th, 2008 - 1:20 pm

Don’t worry about China’s new jets, tanks, or missiles. Worry about their new NCOs.

Live on Tape from Florida

April 14th, 2008 - 12:20 pm

So my rocket scientist friend Ed Lambert emailed this morning, “What a glorious day for a rocket op! Let’s launch two!” You can watch the video here.

One of those launches will feature the heaviest-ever payload for an Atlas 5 rocket.



April 14th, 2008 - 8:46 am

Clinton with a 20 point lead in Pennsylvania? Don’t those dumb hicks know Obama loves them little folk?

I’ll Take Two

April 14th, 2008 - 8:28 am

Coolest. Project. Ever.

Hat tip to John Noonan, who must be spending way too much time in missile silos.

Do the Democrats want to throw Califreakinfornia to the Republicans? Read:

Joe Six-pack will have to pay a lot more to get his buzz on if Assemblyman Jim Beall has his way.

The San Jose Democrat on Thursday proposed raising the beer tax by $1.80 per six-pack, or 30 cents per can or bottle. The current tax is 2 cents per can. That’s an increase of about 1,500 percent.

I’ll be the first to say it: Jim Beall is the stupidest fucking Democrat in California. Which is a lot like being the circus clown with the biggest shoes.


April 11th, 2008 - 4:23 pm

I understand why some folks use email whitelist blockers. Sometimes I wish I could get away with using one.

But if you send me an email first, add me to your whitelist if you expect a reply. I just received a very nice email to which I wrote a very nice reply — and got it bounced back to me because I hadn’t been whitelisted. There were instructions telling me how to get my message through. I haven’t followed them, and I won’t.

Nobody should have to jump through hoops to answer messages initiated by others. There just aren’t enough hours in a day.

Drones Fell On Alabama

April 11th, 2008 - 3:50 pm

I have to admit, when I saw this story linked on Drudge today, I completely cracked up.

A bit of explanation: What you see in the picture linked above is probably an MQM-107 target drone (or possbily one of the new MQM-167′s, I can’t quite tell). Either way, they’re regularly launched out of Tyndall AFB (east of Panama City) for air-to-air missile evaluation tests. My last job was working for the Air Force unit that runs these suckers (although I worked on the shooting-them-down side as opposed to the drone-flying end).

Anyway, I thought the news story, and the fact that a long-since-splashed drone caused a beach to be cleared was pretty funny–although I can certainly understand the reaction of somebody who’d never seen one of those things before. At any rate, the only way one of those drones could hurt anybody is if it fell on them…

It’s a Mercy Killing

April 11th, 2008 - 3:05 pm

Is Windows collapsing?

Yeah, That’ll Go Over Well

April 11th, 2008 - 2:08 pm

From The Politico:

[F]rom Obama’s remarks at a San Francisco fundraiser Sunday, and they include an attempt to explain the resentment in small-town Pennsylvania that won’t be appreciated by some of the people whose votes Obama’s seeking:

You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them…And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.

And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

At a fund-raiser in San Francisco, no less. You really can’t make this stuff up.

Not meaning to quote John Mellencougar, but I grew up in a small town, and I’ll tell you something else those folks don’t like, senator. They don’t like being told that they’re rubes by a city slicker, they don’t like being told that they’re racists because they think unlimited illegal immigration might not be the greatest idea, and they really don’t like being condescended to. They particularly won’t like being condescended to by a guy who hasn’t accomplished much more than graduating from law school and winning a few elections in which he effectively ran unopposed.

If there are any functioning adults among the Obamunists, they’re going to have to sit Senator and Mrs. Savior down real soon and tell them to knock this kind of elitist stuff off, or they’ll manage to whittle themselves down to the hard-core Democratic base vote and not too much else.

Is There Even a Word for This Disfunction?

April 11th, 2008 - 8:48 am

Hillary Clinton, I think, just lost even her small chance of winning the nomination. Why? Because Bill won’t shut up:

“You know, I got tickled the other day. A lot of the way this whole campaign has been covered has amused me. But there was a lot of fulminating because Hillary, one time late at night when she was exhausted, misstated — and immediately apologized for it — what happened to her in Bosnia in 1995 [sic]. Did y’all see all that? Oh, they blew it up.

“Let me just tell you. The president of Bosnia and General Wesley Clark – who was there making peace where we’d lost three peacekeepers, who had to ride on a dangerous mountain road because it was too dangerous to go the regular, safe way – both defended her because they pointed out that when her plane landed in Bosnia, she had to go up to the bulletproof part of the plane, in the front. Everybody else had to put their flak jackets underneath the seat in case they got shot at. And everywhere they went, they were covered by Apache helicopters. So they just abbreviated the arrival ceremony.

“Now I say that because, what really has mattered is that even then she was interested in our troops. And I think she was the first first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt to go into a combat zone. And you woulda thought, you know, that she’d robbed a bank the way they carried on about this. And some of them, when they’re 60, they’ll forget something when they’re tired at 11 at night, too.”

CBS News producer Ryan Corsaro, who covers Senator Clinton, reports she made the claim in mid-morning on St. Patrick’s Day [emphasis added].

This story won’t get huge play, but it will probably resound with enough people to narrow Hill’s margin of victory in Pennsylvania, and maybe give Obama an even bigger-than-expected win in North Carolina. And it simply can’t help her fundraising, which is sadly lacking these days. All because of Bill just has to remind us that they’re both big liars, just when the last lie was fading from view.

Is there any other conclusion to reach other than Clinton is sabotaging his own wife’s campaign?

Springtime in the Rockies

April 10th, 2008 - 12:41 pm

It’s cute the first couple of years. But after 14?

As always, click on the thumbnail for the full size picture.

Correction: Click on the thumbnail, wait for the new and slightly bigger thumbnail to load, then click on that slightly bigger thumbnail, to get to the full-sized picture.

WordPress sucks. Like, it puts on donkey shows in Tijuana. As in, it puts on donkey shows in Tijuana as a volunteer. And likes it.