Monday, November 29, 2004

 

Two more failed attempts at a date

I had two very painful rejections today. The first was from the hot blonde babe down at my car dealership. I went in for my 3000 mile and made another attempt to make her swoon. It failed miserably. As I was going on about how charming I am she said she thought I was funny. I got very indignant at her claiming that me thinking I'm charming is a sign of a sense of humor and told her that just because she is beautiful does not give her the right to be that cruel and that in order to make it up to me she should take me out for coffee after she got off work. How could she say no to that? Apparently rather easily.

Then at the grocery store I saw another very attractive blonde in very professional attire with the pony tail thing going on...god I love that. I approached her and asked her if I could buy her a cup of coffee...she asked me what made me think we would have anything in common? I told her that we are just both so obviously attractive that we could always share that...we could even lament how we only get attention because of our unbelievably good looks. She looked at me for about half a second as if I were some alien creature and then she said she would never go out with some strange guy who approached her in the middle of the grocery store. I took a second and adjusted my grip on the bat as I took a second swing. I told her that I had intended to follow her around until we came to a suitable spot to meet another person and introduce myself, but I thought that would be really creepy. She shook her head and told me she wasn't interested and walked away rather quickly, glancing back over her shoulder and letting her pony tail bounce accordingly. It was not good.

Sometimes I wonder if I am literally the worst pick up artist in the world. You would think just once by accident I would hit on a girl who may be hot but also has low self esteem for whatever reason or is just maybe too stupid to know she can do better?

I'm in Indiana tomorrow so enough for now...need to prep for an interview. Night all.

Friday, November 26, 2004

 

Vocalized Appreciation Day

Thanksgiving? I've been thinking about how sappy I was in my last post and have decided to remedy it by asking the question...who are we supposed to be giving "thanks" to? Religious people I suppose can give thanks to God, but of course religious people do that at every meal with Grace. Is thanksgiving not a legitimate holiday for aetheists or agnostics?

As an alternative, is the reason family and friends gather on Thanksgiving really to give thanks to each other for all of the enabling that they do over the year?

The more I think about it the less comfortable I am with the whole thing. I like the idea of being forced to vocalize what you appreciate, but I'm not sure I like the "giving thanks" aspect of the holiday. I hereby start today a trend to make it "Vocalized Appreciation for the things you don't normally talk about Day." I will have to work on a better name obviously.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

 

Thanksgiving Roundup

It took me way too long, but I finally got some appointments for next week. This week was awful for actually having appointments though. I only had one this week. Granted I don't realistically have Thursday or Friday to work with, but I feel like I should have been able to get at least two for this week. Anyway, that is behind me. I'm working on Friday and maybe the guilt somepeople will feel when they hear my messages on Monday and realize I was working while they were home goofing off will get to them enough that they won't be pains about scheduling appointments for the next few weeks. I tend to get stuff set up in clusters anyway. I will get a month's worth of appointments set up in two days but not be able to get anything else until all of those have been eaten away. It is bizarre.

Okay, I have to get out of the office soon as snow is said to be on the way and I don't particulary want to crash having not really driven in the snow in 8 years now. I do want to quickly cover a few things though.

First, this story from the economist is very interesting. The title, "The Fear Myth," says it all. The article points out how the Republicans have managed to make themselves the party of hope not fear.

"The election certainly took place against a background of fear (Islamic fanatics are, after all, bent on killing as many Americans as they can). And the Republicans certainly played the fear card with gusto (as indeed did the Democrats: remember all the talk about reintroducing conscription). But if they are going to extract any useful lessons from their humiliation, the Democrats need to realise that the Republicans didn't just beat them on fear. They clobbered them on hope."

Further down: "Mr Bush's optimistic message gave him a commanding advantage in pro-growth America. Joel Kotkin, a Los Angeles-based writer who knows as much about the grassroots economy as anyone, points to the close relationship between growth, both demographic and economic, and a propensity to vote Republican. Most of Mr Kerry's base was in stagnant America. Democratic strongholds such as Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Mr Kerry's Boston have been losing people and jobs.
Mr Bush's America, for the most part, is booming. This is not just because the red states that voted for Mr Bush are growing faster than the blue states that voted for Mr Kerry. It is also because Mr Bush did well in the fast-growing suburbs and “exurbs” in both red and blue states. Mr Bush's triumph in greater Phoenix, greater Houston and greater Atlanta was perhaps predictable. But Mr Kotkin points out that he also triumphed in what he calls the “third California”: the vast inland region that is producing the bulk of the state's growth at the moment."

My favorite part of the article is the statistic that should tell you that the idea that the Republicans are the party of the wealthy is just nonsense, 59% of people worth 10million dollars or more voted for Kerry.

In other news, Alex over at Marginal Revolution has this excellent post where he points to laser eye surgery as an example of how free markets in the medical arena can better our lives and decrease costs. Does anyone think it a bit strange that I sometimes have the overwhelming desire to kiss Alex? If you do then you obviously haven't been reading his blog.

While I'm on the subject he has this Free Market Thanksgiving Tribute.

Via Newmark's Door there is this op-ed piece about Iraq. Applebaum talks about how the most peaceful transition in history, the unification of Germany, is even today viewed by many East Germans as a disaster. The lesson?

"The lesson of the East German transition after 15 years should, in other words, be phrased as a warning: Even if it is possible to get every political and economic element right, even if it is possible to avoid violence entirely, the psychological transition to liberal democracy from a regime ruled by fear is one that takes at least one generation, if not two. Few people are able to walk from a closed society into an open one without self-doubt and discomfort. Few people find it easy to readjust their thinking overnight, even if they want to. Few people are able to look at themselves in the mirror, tell themselves that the first few decades of their lives were all a bad mistake, and go out and start living new lives according to new rules. It was no accident, a wise teacher once told me, that God made the Israelites wander in the desert for 40 years before bringing them to the promised land: That was how long it would take them to unlearn the mental habits of Egyptian slavery."

This story a possible reality show in Israel to pick an ambassador of sorts is vaguely interesting.
"Mindful of Israel's poor international image, a television station has come up with a unique idea for a reality show -- get 14 contestants to represent the country before hostile foreign audiences and choose the best to spread pro-Israel messages throughout the world. "

Spongebob kidnapped...don't tell your kids.

Okay...I think this post is way long enough. Thanksgiving is almost here though so I should at least say this. My life is really pretty good. With the exception of my love life (why won't you marry me Emily?) I really don't have anything to complain about. I'm still depressed, but those are my hangups, they aren't because of any objective assessment of my life. I think that is the point that gets missed on Thanksgiving most. You shouldn't think of the things you are thankful for on Thanksgiving, you should think of all the things that others would be thankful for if they had them. That's my sappy ending for the day. Night.

Friday, November 19, 2004

 

General Emily Depression followed by a joke

Well, it is Friday night at just past 9 in the evening and I am in the office working away. I am making alot of progress but the Emily bug struck me again as I was working away here and I did what I usually do...break down into a self loathing lump. I was thinking of checking out the social street scene in my new neighborhood because the weather is warmer than it has been in several weeks, but at this point I can state clearly this will not happen. Emily is out there somewhere glad to be rid of me I'm sure, but it only makes me wish I were so lucky. Sadly I can't get rid of myself, I'm stuck with me.

Tomorrow I am tutoring a guy in an MBA program for his econ class and possibly going to have a second viewing of Primer with a coworker. The odd thing is that this coworker and I go to movies together from time to time but we have very different taste in movies so one of us almost always comes out much less impressed than the other. He really loved Harold and Kumar go to White Castle while I was not moved in any particular direction. It was a good one time viewing but I'm not watching it again. The one exception to our diverging views was Team America which we both loved but I think for vastly different reasons.

So anyway, I think he was hoping to go out after the movie, but I have a feeling I'm going to be in one of my funks this weekend so the answer to that will be no. I will just lock myself away and pine for Emily before going to the coffee shop to try and prove I can live on by hitting on other women who I have no real interest in but who are attractive enough that I can at least superficially give them props but of course they will also reject me so it will all be rather pointless.

I'm thinking of the lines from an MTX song:

"you're saying if I play my cards right
and work hard each day
they just might make me an honourary human
someday"

I think someday may be optimistic for me...

So I don't leave everyone all depressed hopefully I haven't posted this one already but I heard a joke on NPR a couple of weeks ago that is brilliant:

Question: How many boring people does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Answer: One

I'm sorry but that is downright hilarious and I cast a menacing glance in the general direction of anyone with the audacity to not smirk at that.

Okay...Night





 

Two minor news stories

Okay...this family needs to take a reality check.

The headline to the article made me laugh: Man in Mall Shooting Had Anger Issues
Can you say no duh?

This story about the Hard Rock casino settlement is interesting if only because I think the second "racy" ad is hilarious and I can't understand how the first ad is somehow against "decency."

"One depicted a man and a woman on a gambling table with the caption, "There's always a temptation to cheat." The other read "At the Hard Rock Hotel, we believe in your Monday night rights: large quantities of prescription stimulants (and) having wives in two states."



Thursday, November 18, 2004

 

Studies in Logical Reasoning

Since I'm fairly sure all of my readers have already long ago stopped reading me and instead gone on to some really interesting bloggers it may be pointless, but I would once again like to direct everyone over to blogger Kerry in all her whimsy. Having studied logic extensively in college I can say that this logical argument of hers is completely sound.

I once wrote a paper disproving the proposition that "The unexamined life is a life not worth living." It was suprisingly easy to do. My simple assertion was that the unexamined life is the only life worth living. Whenever I tell people this I get one of two responses. They are either a) appalled or b) think it is a joke. Well, it is not b so you might as well go ahead with a. Though I can't help it if you can't handle the truth.

In other news..."I want you to want me" is on the radio right now and I am rocking out alone in the office and realizing that it is freaking 9:21 at night and typing on my blog after having a full day of both non productivity and productivity. I was not at all productive at the beginning of the day. Then at the end of the day I was super productive. Now I'm just chilling, but I should be going. When I get home and get some food I can continue to work in the comfort of my swinging new crib.

Night all.

 

New Office Arrangement

I get into a lot of arguments with a lot of people. It is one of my defining characteristics. I generally don't take them too seriously, but as some of you may have read here before, occasionally others take them more seriously.

I felt good about myself today because I avoided starting something with an insane coworker. J and myself arranged the supply room one day last week in a manner that made economical use of space, was aesthetically pleasing, and just generally made sense. I came into the office today to find out that a coworker had been in earlier in the week and had rearranged the supply room drastically so that it had none of the above 3 properties. It makes horrible use of space, putting office equipment at bizarre angles for no apparent reason other than to leave corners inaccessible. It is not at all aesthetically pleasing and almost makes me feel claustrophobic. Finally it just defies common sense as to why one would go from the former arrangement to the latter. I came close to writing an email to this coworker and pointing out that he is insane, but I decided that despite my objection to the arrangement I am not particularly upset, but rather just perplexed as to why he would do it. I'm sure it must be because he is a socialist, but I am having trouble explaining the connection.

The economist in me starting thinking though. The office area was arranged when he got there. He had to undergo actual effort and work to rearrange it. It must have been worth it for him to rearrange (revealed preference). So what additional value must he be getting out of the new arrangement that he was not getting out of the old arrangement? My first reaction was that he was specifically trying to annoy me and that would be worth the effort to pretty much anyone who has met me. Still, he doesn't seem to take positions for the sole purpose of annoying me in arguments so why would he engage in an activity that entails much more work than simply saying things to me? Then I thought about budget maximization. He gets to allocate time to rearranging the office on his timesheet. Maybe he is trying to pad his hours? This doesn't make sense either because he actually has to rearrange and this means that he can't really use those hours towards something more productive. It would make sense if he said he spent 3 hours moving stuff but then actually wrote reports. That would at least on paper increase his productivity. This doesn't do that though, so it also seems unlikely. So what could possibly be the reason for the moving of the furniture into an absurd configuration? Well, this coworker is fairly obsessive and just a tad controlling about the equipment room. I honestly believe that this was a territorial move. He came in and saw a sensible arrangement of furniture and equipment and realized that others had invaded his territory. He had to reclaim it. He couldn't just move one or two things around as this would merely be a modification of the design that others had started. The only way to truly claim the territory was to make sure the new design in no way resembled the old design. Hence the nonsensical nature of the room.

Of course this doesn't resolve my economic curiosity as now I want to know why is he so territorial over this area? Well, I have a theory which is probably not right, but I will try it anyway. This person orders supplies for the office. Supplies are stored in the equipment room. If others were to take over the equipment room as territory, then it would be encroaching on the actual supplies and thus attacking a primary responsibility of his. I have worked many jobs and I know as much as anyone that power that the supply person can have to make your life easy or a hellish misery matched only by working in Cleveland. Jobs that give you control over the supplies are precious because they allow you to exert large amounts of power over others. Hence the supply room is a way of signaling that you are willing to fight to maintain control of the supply lines. This person to the best of my knowledge does not use the power over the supply lines for his own benefit or to wreak havoc on his coworkers lives, but judging by his personality, I'm pretty sure he likes the knowledge that he could (who wouldn't?) and so this is the completely ridiculous signaling theory that I am proposing for why I now have to work in an office with a supply room that looks like it was organized by the Mad Hatter.

Night all

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

 

What to believe?

I ran to the bank before it closed and saw a cute blonde in line. I worked from home today so I didn't shave and wasn't looking my usually spiffy self and was also several places in line behind her so talking to her was out. I did overhear her tell the banker that she walked a couple of blocks to the bank and the banker seemed to know her. My first reaction on the way home from the bank was to look for businesses she could be working at so I could stop in and flirt spontaneously. I soon realized that would probably not be advisable, so my new plan is to go to the bank at the same time of day each Wed. for the next month on the theory that people tend to follow similar banking patterns and go when they receive a paycheck or tend to run out of cash from the previous paycheck at about the same rate. It's a liquidity theory of picking up women. My hope is that I will run into her and being better prepared and looking as good as I can look (which might not be saying much but it would still be better than today) I can attempt to get her phone number. My question is whether or not this alternate plan is actually any less creepy than the original? I think it is less creepy because it isn't searching for the same girl, it is optimizing my banking time to provide the potential for an encounter. God...just reading that line lets me know how disturbing I can be...

And Sarah hasn't responded to my latest email, but at least it is still active so maybe she is secretly falling in love with me...of course if I'm going to believe absurd notions like that I might as well believe Emily loves me and is going to break down and make me her love slave some day.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

 

Global Warming

I'd like to point everyone to a really interesting article in the Economist Online edition. I have long been unimpressed with the gloom and doom crowd on the subject of "global warming." I remember one lunch with a coworker talking about the problem when an intern said that her father told her otherwise. This almost elicited a laugh until she mentioned that her father is a geologist. In any case, this part from the end of the article gives some food for thought:

"That is scary stuff, but some scientists remain unimpressed. Patrick Michaels, a climatologist at the University of Virginia, complains about the ACIA's data selection, which he believes may have produced evidence of “spurious warming”. He also points out, in a new book*, that even if Arctic temperatures are rising, that need not lead directly to the ice melting. As he puts it, “Under global warming, Greenland's ice indeed might grow, especially if the warming occurs mostly in winter. After all, warming the air ten degrees when the temperature is dozens of degrees below freezing is likely to increase snowfall, since warmer air is generally moister and precipitates more water.”
Nils-Axel Morner, a Swedish climate expert based at Stockholm University, points out that observed rises in sea levels have not matched the IPCC's forecasts. Since this week's report relies on many such IPCC assumptions, he concludes it must be wrong. Others acknowledge that there is a warming trend in the Arctic, but insist that the cause is natural variability and not the burning of fossil fuels. Such folk point to the extraordinarily volatile history of Arctic temperatures. These varied, often suddenly, long before sport-utility vehicles were invented (see chart). However, the chart also shows that the past few millennia have been a period of unusual stability in the Arctic. It is just possible that the current period of warming could tip the delicate Arctic climate system out of balance, and so drag the rest of the planet with it.
Not everybody wants to hear a story like that. But what people truly believe is happening can be seen in their actions better than in their words. One of the report's most confident predictions is that the break-up of Arctic ice will open the region to long-distance shipping and, ironically, to drilling for oil and gas. It is surely no coincidence, then, that the Danish government, which controls Greenland, has just declared its intention to claim the mineral rights under the North Pole. It, at least, clearly believes that the Arctic ocean may soon be ice-free."

Of course what I find most interesting is that I can virtually guarantee that these points will not be raised by the mainstream press when reporting this story. I may be wrong, but I'm willing to take bets.

 

Self-Indulgence part 33

I really like my job. My professors all seemed to think I would get bored with it really quickly from what they had heard from former students, but I think those students were either dealing with a different aspect or they just don't find the real world interesting. I get to constantly learn about new industries and I get to ask questions about products from people who may actually have the answers. I even don't mind the driving (though that may change once snow hits the ground). The problem is when I have 8 hours in the car like I did today and I get Emily stuck on the mind. I think about her daily, don't get me wrong...but I can usually shuffle on to some other activity in some mediocre attempt to make my wallowing in self-pity a little less intense. Driving through Western Michigan and Northern Indiana for a four hour stretch with no decent radio to listen to (today on NPR I listened as they answered peoples questions about the confirmation process and what some of the selections mean for the future policies of a 2nd Bush administration...this would have been fascinating if there was actually any counterpoint and it wasn't just a bunch of people saying negative stuff about Bush while pretending they are being "fair and balanced.") Anyway...Driving through that period of time I sometimes get that feeling asking me what am I driving home too? I know I sound all discontented now, and I don't mean too. Like I said, I'm better off in life than I ever thought I would be. I'm making more now than I thought I would ever make. I'm doing a job that I actually like which is much more than I ever expected. Still, I want it all...that one missing piece, namely a cute little blonde girl, eludes me and sadly it won't let up.

Enough of my self-indulgent crap for the night.

Back to burying myself in my work.

Night.

 

Other People's Money

In case you don't actually know me...I should mention...I'm only slightly more persistent than satan. Seriously. It is part of the reason that Emily often compares me to Satan I am sure. Some of my respondents are obviously not aware of this fact and have decided to test me. They shall regret this. What I will eventually make them understand is that they can spend hours of time avoiding me, or a few minutes and give me what I want. Of course if everyone gave me what I wanted right away (women asside) then what would I do with my workday?

In other news, Other People's Money was on today in the evening. I caught the end and was able to see Larry the Liquidator give one of the great speeches to be delivered in a mainstream movie. Before I post an excert from that speech though, I'd like to steal a couple of other lines from the movie for my loyal fans.

Larry has just been offered a million dollars to basically do nothing and walk away from buying out this company and liquidating it. His response: I don't take money from orphans and widows. I make money for orphans and widows.

Shortly after this the woman who made the offer leaves and Larry turns to his secretary and says: Why do I always bring out the best in people?

Okay...now the speech can be found here, but here is the excerpt from the middle of the speech that I like most: (Bear in mind he is speaking to the stockholders of a company trying to gain control so he can liquidate the plant which he is villified for because the company has "a duty to its employees." Of course what Larry points out is that the real duty is to the stockholders who enabled the jobs to exist in the first place.)

"This company is dead. I didn't kill it. Don't blame me. It was dead when I got here. It's too late for prayers. For even if the prayers were answered, and a miracle occurred, and the yen did this, and the dollar did that, and the infrastructure did the other thing, we would still be dead. You know why? Fiber optics. New technologies. Obsolescence. We're dead alright. We're just not broke. And you know the surest way to go broke? Keep getting an increasing share of a shrinking market. Down the tubes. Slow but sure. "

"You know, at one time there must've been dozens of companies making buggy whips. And I'll bet the last company around was the one that made the best g--damn buggy whip you ever saw. Now how would you have liked to have been a stockholder in that company? You invested in a business and this business is dead. Let's have the intelligence, let's have the DECENCY to sign the death certificate, collect the insurance, and invest in something with a future. "

"Ah, but we can't," goes the prayer. "We can't because we have responsibility, a responsibility to our employees, to our community. What will happen to them?" I got two words for that: Who cares? Care about them? Why? They didn't care about you. They sucked you dry. You have no responsibility to them. For the last ten years this company bled your money. Did this community ever say, "We know times are tough. We'll lower taxes, reduce water and sewer." Check it out: You're paying twice what you did ten years ago. And our devoted employees, who have taken no increases for the past three years, are still making twice what they made ten years ago; and our stock, one-sixth of what it was ten years ago. "

He concludes: "Take the money. Invest it somewhere else. Maybe, maybe you'll get lucky and it'll be used productively. And if it is, you'll create new jobs and provide a service for the economy and, God forbid, even make a few bucks for yourselves. And if anybody asks, tell 'em ya gave at the plant. "

Danny DeVito is great in that role and delivers the speech terrifically.

Okay...I have a long way to go tomorrow and miles to go before I sleep so hopefully we can chat more later.

Night

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

 

Stuff

So I have to ask...where have all the cute blonde girls gone? Don't get me wrong, a sultry and sexy latina would do nicely at this point, but as most of you are aware, my proclivity for sweet little blonde angels dates back to the beginning of high school and my sweet Emily. I have to say Michigan hasn't struck me as being particularly good for the blondes...or the latinas for that matter. There is a blonde here or there who catches my eye (never of the caliber of Emily or Sarah, but what can you do?) but on the whole it hasn't proved fruitful. I will eventually move back to California in all likelihood, though I'm thinking I might try Cincinatti in a year or two first.

I'm having a few problems right now that are making me wince in pain both physical and emotional, but I'm hoping to put them behind me by Friday.

I would like to quote the concluding paragraph from an article in the Nov 6 issue of the Economist. I didn't see the article in the online edition or I would direct everyone to it. The brief editorial is about how "liberal" became a dirty word in both the U.S. and in Europe even though they mean the opposite things in those places and also goes into the classical liberal roots...they comment that the liberal tradition of economic and personal freedom has changed the world for the better and everyone should want to be associated with the term, not running from it.

"However, we are certainly not encouraging that [the left and the right try to claim the term as their own]. We do not want Republicans and Democrats, socialists and conservates all demanding to be recognised as liberals (even though they should want to be). That would be too confusing. Better to hand "liberal" back to its original owner. For the use of the right, we recommend the following insults: leftist, statist, collectivist, socialist. For the use of the left: conservative, neoconservative, far-right extremist and apologist for capitalism. That will free "liberal" to be used exclusively from now on in its proper sense, as we shall continue to use it regardless. All we need now is the political party."

Can I say Amen? It is quite a shame that Libertarians constantly have to put the word "classical" in front of the term "liberal" so that you don't confuse their ideas with the "leftists" (as if anyone would).

I wish I had something interesting to say today...alas it isn't coming.

It looks like I was wrong on one thing, Gonzales isn't going to the Supreme Court. He is going to be the new Attorney General. Of course the fact that he will be the first Hispanic to serve in this office won't mean a thing. The left will continue to assert that the Republicans are all a bunch of racists. He will be referred to as a token hispanic or some other nonsense.

My keyboard is acting up again so more later.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

 

Quid Pro Quo - Sex for Promotion...why is it wrong?

I have moved. The phone line doesn't work, which wouldn't be a problem but to work from home on my laptop I have to dial in (DSL doesn't work from the home location to get into the secure server). So even though renovation is not complete on the offices, I'm here again anyway.

On another note, I know I'm in the minority on this issue, but why is quid pro quo in the case of sex for promotion considered so awful? First of all, if I own a business why isn't it my right to determine promotions on whatever grounds I see fit? If people don't like the advancement ladder at my company they can go get a job somewhere else. If the promotion ladder is so undesirable that I can't attract quality workers my business will go under. It seems fairly simple. In fact, I can make the case that if you want to have less men and women as being street prostitutes then the first step is to allow this so that they can get higher quality jobs with benefits.

I would also like to add that all promotions are based upon quid pro quo, just not necessarily for sex. The standard promotion criteria as I experienced it is "you make me look good, and I'll promote you." This is a quid pro quo scenerio. Why do we as Americans view sex so differently?

I have heard the argument before that the sex is coerced. Sleep with me or you lose your job. We have become a society that views everything as coerced. It is still consensual sex, but the woman might feel that the less undesirable outcome is engaging in sex to unemployment. That is still her choice. I might add that noone stops to wonder if she would even have a job if the employer wasn't interested in the prospect of potential sex?

I'm rambling a bit now, but I want one of my friends who is for legalized prostitution to let me know why they support that, but believe that this type of "sexual harassment" should be illegal.

Okay, I have to get back to work since working from home has become such a problem.

Bye.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

 

Just getting back into things

I haven't posted in forever, but in my defense I have been working quite hard and when I'm not working I'm playing the new GTA game. I thought I should take a couple of moments to post though.

First a note of pride on my part. My favorite twins in the whole world got invited to an academic thing that let them debate Justice Kennedy and my Tiger as I like to refer to her decided to utilize the opportunity to quote Rand. I'm still waiting to find out when they will air the thing on C-Span, I just hope I didn't miss it.

Now for my two cents on the election. I hope this election will finally shut up all those cry babies from back in 2000 who went on and on about the popular vote and how that is what really matters. It is a nonsensical argument to begin with since the choice of voting rules effects the actual outcome so if we did have a system where the popular vote was the determinant it is extremely unlikely we would have had the same number of votes cast for each of the candidates. A perfect example is California where I know many Republicans just don't vote because the election gets called for the democrats literally the second that the polls close anyway so it is a waste of time. In any case, I hope this will finally put a rest to the idiocy that whatever happens with the popular vote matters and I can almost guarantee that this will put an end for at least the time being to calls from democrats to do away with the electoral college.

For those who think that a 2% margin of victory is really small, it's alot more than Gore beat Bush by in 2000 when everyone was up in arms about his winning the popular vote. We are talking about 3.5 million votes. All I keep hearing now is how Bush won by so little that he shouldn't take this as a sign that he has real support and I find that absolutely amazing considering that Clinton tried to get Nationalized Healthcare through without even getting 50% of the vote. Okay, time for me to digress.

As some of you may know...I am not a Republican. I'm technically a Libertarian. That being said, I have a suprising amount of sympathy for Bush. I think that he has often been unfairly maligned (as was Clinton) and I have become disenchanted with the Libertarian Party on some issues of foreign policy. I believe the war in Iraq was exactly the right course. I don't understand the alternate view. We should have gone back into Iraq and taken out Saddam the second he refused to live up to the agreement of surrender from the first Gulf War. The fact that we waited over a decade is a national travesty that has devastating consequences in the national arena. What kind of credible threat can you make to anyone when everyone knows that we won't do anything even to Saddam who so clearly failed to live up to his obligations either to the U.S. or for those of you who care, the U.N.? I've probably commented on this before, but I just don't understand the other side in this argument.

Despite my sympathy for Bush, I'm definitely concerned about what the next four years might entail. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I believe that if Kerry had lived up to half of his promises than we would be worse off under Kerry than we will be under Bush, but with the republicans picking up seats in the house and the senate I'm worried that even when the Republicans do the right thing and make hard choices, they will get all of the blame and when they do the wrong thing there won't be enough opposition to stop them.

I have to bring up the day before the election and my experience listening to NPR though. It was a bizarre day full of the most unabashed bias I have heard in quite some time. An interview with Rather on media bias and how "right wing" the major press is was particularly annoying since the interviewer never asked Rather about the 60 minutes story with forged documents. On this American Life they did all four acts about how evil or stupid republicans are. I'm seriously not exaggerating.

South Park is on and its about Walmart so i have to go...more tomorrow...

Night

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