Friday, September 19, 2008

What kind of gadgets would the presidential candidates be?

I meant to publish this on Sept. 19; somehow I saved it as a draft instead.

CNET News has a poll on what kind of gadget would McCain be. Last week they had one for Obama: iPhone - 43.3%, Windows Vista - 27.5%, Facebook - 19.3%, and Baby's First Walkman - 10%

This week's poll on McCain is at

and the choices are

Panasonic Toughbook (ruggedized laptop)


Leatherman multi-tool

Presto (HP's device that receives and prints e-mail for those that don't have a PC)

I chose phonograph because it is so dated (yeah, I still have one and lots of LPs, but hardly ever use it). The result when I voted was over 56% out of over 1440 votes.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Today is Constitution Day

I bet you didn't know that. I know I didn't remember it until yesterday. The Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787.

It is really a shame that the most important event and document gets short shrift. We are distracted with flags and memorials rather than sober consideration of our past and our future. If we reflected on the Constitution more, then we might hold our presidents and representatives more accountable.

Here's one. The Founders were leery of standing armies because their very existence made wars easier to start. They gave the power of declaring war to Congress, not the President. They made the President the Commander-in-Chief but gave him no army. Now we have a large standing army, and ...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

If Republicans think a comedian is unqualified... be a U.S. Senator, why are they acting more like comedians with their attack ads and other remarks than like serious politicians who have a serious view of policy?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Politicians and Weather Forecasters are alike

They all tell different stories.

For Duluth, MN we have the following weather reports for 1700 today:

current temperature, tomorrow's high and low

52 60 47 CNN
64 64 48 AccuWeather 64 64 48
66 62 53 Yahoo
61 Our back porch thermometer

At least they all agree there will be rain tomorrow.

Monday, September 01, 2008

God told the Republicans to tone down their convention

Let's see, if God creates the weather, then Hurricane Gustav is God's handiwork. If the Republicans are responsible for doing something about weather damage, then they can't spend a lot of energy and money on the hoopla of a convention now. So, it must be God's will that the Republican's not hold their convention, at least not in the traditional way.