U.S. Can’t Find Its Ass

The BBC reports some shocking news this morning; the United States has officially given up its search for Weapons of Mass Destruction. No, seriously. However, O.J. Simpson continues searching for the killer of his ex-wife and her friend on the golf-courses of America.

Will this affect the Iraqi elections held later this month? I doubt it. It didn’t seem to matter the folks here in the States, and I doubt people dodging suicide bombers much noticed the headline. Barnum was right, you can’t fool all the people all the time…

MeetUp… For What?

Well, I just returned home from the December meeting of the Richmond Democratic MeetUp. This is the second one of these Meetups I’ve been to, and I can’t decide which one dissapointed me more. The first one was nothing but myself and four others sitting at a local coffee shop complaining about individuals in power we obviously hadn’t voted for. I’m sure you heard about it on the news that evening, given all the sea-change in politcs that ensued.

The reason I went tonight, and the reason I had my hopes up again for this, was becuase tonight’s meeting was at the Viginia Democratic Party Headquarters. I thought this would be begin with a fiery Carville-esque speech to motivate the troops followed by a grassroots brainstorming session on electing Lt. Govenor Kaine to the Govenors seat in ’05. Then we’d all be given signs and bumper stickers to pass out, call-lists, talking points, etc.

I got there about 5 minutes late due to a couple of accidents en-route (not mine, thank goodness). Tim Kaine’s campaign manager, Mike Henry, was taking comments from the group… none of which I heard were of any use to this campaign. I didn’t hear anything that was making this guy say anything other than “yes, good idea, we’ll consider that.” Next, after some blather by the group (about 12 people), one of the other Democratic politicos asked for any other questions or comments. Then came a rant by one of the members complaigning about never even having a Dem. to vote for on the ballot. I feel her pain, but the party individual said they didn’t have a “warm body” policy for running candidates; that the party only would run viable candidates to win. Money, people, time are all limited. Now this complaigner went on to question what is viable? Well, why doesn’t she run for office then? I bet she’d tell you ‘oh, I wouldn’t win.’ Well, that’s not viable.

I just got the follow up e-mail for the meeting. It goes on about the groups optimism. I think Kaine will win, but not becuase of this bunch.

Passive Aggressive Hilarious

I saw a link for this and thought I’d find out more. I imagine that if everybody in America bought a FOXBlocker, the average IQ would go up about 10 points. This is simply an inline cable filter. While the device itself doesn’t really do any more than my never watching that channel; the company sends an e-mail to Fox’s top 10 advertisers letting them know there’s one less customer in that market. No that would make a dent. I suppose at some point the marketing gurus there would figure out that anyone who bought one was probably already watching the BBC News, PBS, or just listening to NPR because they never had cable in the first place.

I Suffer From Outrage Fatigue

I noticed a comment on a headline at George Hotelling’s 90% Crud blog this morning that rung true with me. He noted that he was suffering from Outrage fatigue over some news article about rigged e-vote machines in FL. I don’t know anything about the story, I don’t necessarily trust the source (BlueLemur, that is), and I’m not addressing that right now.

I am writing about Outrage Fatigue, though, which is something I’m suffering from, along with being completely over-news-ed. I’m mad as hell: about the election, the state of the union, terrible political news sources, and pretty much anything political at this point. But I’m so overwhelmed at this point, I just don’t care anymore. I suppose they’ve got me right where they want me, but seriously, what the hell am I supposed to do about it?

There is a site that has been really been bringing me up, lately: SorryEverybody.com. I understand that it’s been getting little press stateside, and not much of it good. I can even see why, if you haven’t checked out the site. However, this isn’t at all about hating America no matter what they want you to believe. It’s all about unity and humility. It’s also kind of like liberal ‘Where’s Waldo?’. Speaking of which, see if you can’t find my post… (hint: it should be the very end, as I’m in a following, not leading mood lately). I still can’t find, thought I submitted a photo days ago. Maybe that’s a good sign, since there’s currently over 28,000 photos. The best, in my opinion, are from other countries showing support. Some are really crafty. Some are just plain moving.

Anyway, this site is all about what the internet is really good at, despite what some might say: bringing the world closer. You might think I need a hug right now, being that I’m a tree-hugging, bleeding heart liberal; but I’d much rather go out for a beer, be you from the left or the right. What d’ya say?

Jason Didn't Vote For Bush

Update 2005-3-19:
Well, here it is. Now, feel free to leave comments about the fact that we’re going away to France next week. I’ve been told by a number of people that if you at least try and learn a little French, most Parisians will meet you half-way and are considerably nicer. Well, I have been learning some:

Je n’ai pas voté pour Bush. Je suis une bonne personne.

And just in case you were wondering…

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