Dec 3, 2008

Challenge

This is not a political forum, but things out here in Minnesota are reaching such an absolute low in common sense that this seems to bear comment.

Al Franken and Norm Coleman are in a fight to the death. We’re 92% of the way through a vote recount. The difference of a few hundred votes is separating the two men from claiming a Senate seat, and each is contesting votes at a ridiculous pace in our ongoing recount.

Minnesota Public Radio recently posted some of the contested ballots online and asked visitors to vote on which way the ballot should go. It’s an interesting exercise because, universally, it seems that common sense prevails in the survey results. Take the test, you’ll see what I mean.

As I’ve said, it’s a fight to the death. But it’s also a collosal waste of time when two grown men, two aspiring senators, are in a whiny, childish catfight like this. I suppose it’s only what you could expect after the filthy campaign the two men ran leading up to the November 4 election.

Surely there’s a superior way to exercise our right to vote?

Norm Coleman challenged this ballot claiming that the ballot design caused confusion.

Norm Coleman challenged this ballot because, he claims, the design confused the voter's intent.

Batman Ballot

Al Franken challenged this ballot because, he claims, the extraneous "batman" wings were identifying marks.


Jul 10, 2008

Consequence

I visited last night with a couple who have planted 3,000 trees in the 15 years they’ve lived on their 40-acre lot. Makes you wonder what you’ve been doing of consequence over the last 15 years, doesn’t it?

Pete and Jan’s, Waverly


Jul 28, 2007

Straightening Out Our Priorities

On February 18, 2008, American broadcasters will switch off the trusty old analog signal and switch entirely to digital. What it means is, if you’re still receiving your TV signal via rabbit ears (a surprising number of Americans—approximately 20%—still do), your TV will go dark.

Which has some of our esteemed government officials fit to be tied. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) predicts in yesterday’s LA Times that, without better public education and outreach about the impending switch, we could have “a disaster on our hands.”

I’m sorry, senator, but Darfur is a disaster. The Indian Ocean Tsunami is a disaster. Iraq is a disaster. Not being able to tune in Everybody Loves Raymond far from qualifies as a disaster. The $5 million budgeted for public service announcements, the $10 million worth of airtime being “donated” by the networks, and the $1.5 billion allocated by the Commerce Department to provide late adopters with converter boxes — could probably be better spent elsewhere. Educating the American public how to keep their minds numb with television ranks pretty much at the bottom of my priority list.


Jul 16, 2007

One…million…

The IAEA confirms that Pyongang has taken its nuclear reactor offline in exchange for 50,000 tons of fuel oil (and other concessions). That’s about $1,000,000.

Isn’t it great to think that, just this once, the international bad guys held the world hostage and actually pulled it off?

Blofeld Dr Julius No Sir Hugo Drax Dr Evil Kim Yong-il


Feb 2, 2007

Mooninite Marketing

Is calling in the bomb squad and Homeland Security to destroy the “suspicious devices” placed around Boston by video artists Glitch on behalf of Turner Broadcasting’s Adult Swim entirely necessary?

I mean really, are we we as a nation so naïve as to think that Al Qaeda will attack us with bombs decorated with bird-flipping LED martians? Did the IRA plant bombs decorated with leprechauns? C’mon, people. This level of paranoia is right where “they” want us.

Mooninite