Politics for DilettantesKawaii -- Wednesday, October 08, 2003 -- 10:08:43 PM
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By the way, the Chinese hacking is apropos for such a rant because it occurred to me that the Chinese system and ours could be headed for a convergence. We've had several people in our ruling class--and the media, which is ostensibly supposed to be the loyal opposition--talk admiringly of how much more efficient it would be to solve problems if our system was more like theirs (translated: less democratic).
Likewise, those who should stand up for free speech and other rights of individuals are more willing to see them compromised in the name of maintaining a civil society.
Meanwhile, the Chinese are probably moderating their politics while we are moving toward trade bills that the public aren't allowed to read and most government being conducted by extra-democratic means.
The convergence for both could be bureaucracy that is so big and encompassing that it need employ violence only very rarely.
While I'm not addressing the political views, that sure looks like familial reactions from Dad saying something like, "If I ever hear you saying something like that to a member of the flight crew again, you will be *walking* back from Martha's Vinyard..." after 17 days of too much togetherness. Even presidential families are not immune....
But then, I have 3 teenage daughters so this vignette looks rather familiar. Minus the helicopter, that is.
Really Nick? This is an issue? A snapshot as they get off an airplane?
I'm thinking Michelle is going over what she has to do to get everything coordinated for the start of a new school year, plus she has to pee, plus the bag she is carrying (out of view) is f***ing heavy and she is wishing she hadn't stuffed so much into it at the last minute.
And Obama? He's not berating his daughter. He's teasing her because he's just beaten her badly at Risk, and is teasing her about what it takes to beat an old man like him, "You just got schooled, kid. Wut, wut?", while her sister looks on thinking she's heard this all before and besides, what a stupid game it is.
Dilettante -- a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge
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From the HRC email dump:
Monica is Monica Hanley, one of HRC's many attendants at the royal court. Job description includes "coordinate tv-watching schedule for world's smartest woman."
At least after reading that report on women's rights in Afghanistan, HRC can tell Monica what it's like to be an oppressed, subservient woman.
It really does kind of amaze me how many of my Facebook friends actually post stuff from Media Matters like it's actually something approaching a reliable outlet for information.
I have one FB friend (a former work colleague) who is ultra liberal but culturally knowledgeable and probably with an IQ north of 130. Complete flake --perhaps the flakiest person I know -- but has exceptional brainpower, in other words.
About once every six months he posts a link to some satire that he has mistaken for truth--usually something extreme the GOP is doing.
He thinks Andy Borowitz is genius comedy.
Then please fuck off back to the U.K.
What a cunt.
Scott "Dilbert" Adams says you can always pick who would win the presidential election by who would win in a cage match.
I'm not sure that's foolproof because Obama has won the last two elections. It was a much better predictor, I suspect, before women got the vote, although I haven't done the research. In any case, there is no doubt in my mind that Romney beats Obama in a cage match. And even conceding the age difference, McCain does too.
OTOH, Adams includes VPs and whereas Sarah Palin might hold her own against Joe Biden in a cage match, Biden (surprisingly, given how much Ryan works out) is going to stomp Ryan. At least that's what anyone would think after watching the two debate.
Anyway, this metric seems to favor Trump over HRC.
Jeb! is going to lose to anyone, except perhaps (Baby) Hitler.
If HRC wins, who does she pick as her running mate--that is, tag-team partner? Biden?
Why not? He's a wily veteran who knows the ropes and how to employ a foreign object when necessary.
Who does Trump pick?