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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