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We’ll miss you, Paul.

Paul Newman passes away.  CNN.  NY Times.

09/27/08 • 10:00 AM • EntertainmentHistory • No Comments

Debate one.

Foreign policy was supposed to be McCain’s strength.  Obama held his own.  Most commentators say ‘draw.’  I say, on a night where the advantage should have been significantly McCain, maintaining parity chalks as an Obama win.

I was disappointed in both responses to Georgia/Russia.  McCain mentioned the Caspian pipeline, and I give him major points for that, but he didn’t dare connect the dots because it was a Clinton initiative.  Obama had a wide-open shot, and never took it.  It’s a debate.  Lunge and finish ‘em off.

Speaking observations:

Obama doesn’t fear the intra-sentence pause, he knows how to use it for effect.  He seems to fear pre-sentence pauses, though.  He needs to eliminate the sliced-up phonetics as he forms his ideas before he speaks on each individual idea. Excellent hand gestures, though.  Just right.

McCain needs to stop telling long-winded stories.  If he said he’d been to Versailles in 1919 ... hell, I’d believe him.  He sounds like a grandfather getting huffy over the behavior of the grandkids:  “Dammit, you whippersnappers, you’re going to listen to my story and learn something useful ...”  I sometimes thought I could hear snores.

McCain was trying to sell experience tonight, yet he threw experience in the bonfire to legitimize Mrs Palin [legitimacy that is beginning to crumble at the foundations]. 

I wonder who will buy tonight’s discounted experience?  After the post-RNC fire sale, it’s not supposed to be worth much.  About equal to those real estate investments on Wall Street.

Later: Fact-checking the debate.  Nothing to fear on the Democratic side.

Even later: While digging through the initial reactions on the Right side of the aisle (and they seem to agree draw, or slight win for Obama), I observe some right-wingers calling Obama a ‘stupid studdering moron’ [sic].  Another sad (and cruel) misperception.  First off, Obama’s verbal tics are not a stutter ... it’s having too much to say, and not being able to parse the bounty into a sentence. We all do it.  Second of all, stutterers have, on average, higher IQ’s than the general populace.  You’d want a stutterer for President, if wits count for anything at all in politics these days. 

09/26/08 • 06:43 PM • Politics • No Comments

Weird bloody weather.

It’s raining cats and dogs, and yet I’m sitting here watching a gorgeous sunset.  Gotta love New Mexico.

09/26/08 • 06:42 PM • NatureSanta Fe Local • No Comments

NY Times Travel:

“Oh yes ... if one could but go to Brighton.  But Papa is so disagreeable ...”  Just watch out for your daughters, when they’re squired about by young men named Wickham.

09/26/08 • 06:38 PM • Travel1 Comment

NY Times:

A Shadowy, Wet World of Squirt-Gun Assassins.

09/26/08 • 06:37 PM • EntertainmentPsychology • No Comments

Did you know ...

McCain won the debate?  Before it was even held?  Before he even announced he was participating?  News to all of us.

09/26/08 • 06:07 PM • Politics • No Comments

Photo shoots and meetings.

Back later.

09/26/08 • 09:36 AM • Personal • No Comments


“When you’re upset or depressed, should you analyze your feelings to figure out what’s wrong? Or should you just forget about it and move on?”  There is a third alternative.

09/26/08 • 08:47 AM • Psychology • No Comments

Washington Post:

Bailout Could Deepen Crisis, CBO Chief Says.  “During testimony before the House Budget Committee, Peter R. Orszag—Congress’s top bookkeeper—said the bailout could expose the way companies are stowing toxic assets on their books, leading to greater problems.  ‘Ironically, the intervention could even trigger additional failures of large institutions, because some institutions may be carrying troubled assets on their books at inflated values,’ Orszag said in his testimony. ‘Establishing clearer prices might reveal those institutions to be insolvent.’”  My italics.  In other words, we’re being railroaded into bailing out stereotypical used-car salesmen and their lemons.

09/25/08 • 02:03 PM • EconomicsPolitics1 Comment

Wall Street Journal:

When She Blows the Alphorn, It’s Not All Mountain Music.

09/25/08 • 02:00 PM • HistoryMusic • No Comments

NY Times Asia Pacific:

China’s Milk Scandal Now Seen as Risk in Europe.  Not just Europe.  “The United States this year has imported 2 million pounds of a milk protein called casein and other powdered milk proteins that are used as ingredients in many processed foods, according to FDA figures. This includes 293,000 pounds that were imported in July, when some Chinese authorities were aware of the contamination of dairy products with melamine.  The Food and Drug Administration did not immediately return calls for comment.”

So, if you’re in the habit of chugging back creamers and such, you might want to have that lower back pain checked out.  And take your kid in for a check, if you’ve been using powdered milk products.  If it’s cheap, everyone’s using it ... and they’ll only let you know after they’re caught.

09/25/08 • 01:36 PM • ConsumptionFoodHealth • No Comments

NY Times Media & Advertising:

Get Off the Internet, and Chew Some Gum. Clever.

09/25/08 • 01:31 PM • ArtsChildhoodComputingConsumptionPsychology • No Comments

NY Times Business:

Strikes me, if you’re a bank getting bailout cash, and you’re not loosening your purse strings to get credit flowing, that taxpayer cash flow should stop.

09/25/08 • 01:26 PM • EconomicsPolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

The new Santa Fe Community Convention Center opens today.  I’ll bet the hotels are breathing a sigh of relief.  18,000 square feet of main ballroom space, 8,000 sq feet of separate ‘breakout room’ space.  Personally, I would have specced a bit larger and more breakouts, but then I’m used to larger shows.  That it sits atop a 512 space parking garage is excellent.

09/25/08 • 01:19 PM • EntertainmentSanta Fe Local • No Comments


Ex-bankers on pushing customers to rack up debt.  You’re the mark, the person on the phone is the shill.

Random observation: Once upon a time, it was fashionable to dump on lawyers.  Now, it’s bankers.

09/25/08 • 01:17 PM • EconomicsHome & Living • No Comments

Ah, the joys of flying.

Peaceful, calm ... quiet.

09/25/08 • 01:13 PM • Photography • No Comments


China banks told to halt lending to US banks-SCMP.  I bet right about now the deregulation Republicans are letting the water fall on the floor.  If Japan stops also, then no more deficit spending. 

If any of ‘em comes up with the old ‘balanced budget’ canard, I’ll blow my top.

Later: See the comments to this post, before judging the news item.

09/25/08 • 07:55 AM • EconomicsPolitics1 Comment


Frank Says House, Senate Democrats Have Financial Rescue Deal.  Another interesting article, in addition, on the ratings outfits: “I view the ratings agencies as one of the key culprits. [snip] They were the party that performed that alchemy that converted the securities from F- rated to A-rated. The banks could not have done what they did without the complicity of the ratings agencies.

09/24/08 • 08:33 PM • EconomicsPolitics • No Comments


U.S. gasoline inventories lowest since 1967.

09/24/08 • 05:41 PM • ConsumptionEnvironmental • No Comments

NY Times Politics:

As Homes Are Lost, Fears That Votes Will Be, Too.  “But the number of people who have moved, through foreclosure or for any other reason, far exceeds the number of people who have notified their election boards. In Ohio, 375,000 people filed change-of-address forms with the Postal Service, but when state officials sent them cards asking for updated registration information, only 24,000 responded. In Missouri, where 250,000 people notified the Postal Service of their move, only 22,000 told the election board.”

09/24/08 • 04:54 PM • Home & LivingPolitics • No Comments


King Richard II’s recipe book to go online.  “Forme of Cury, which was written in 1390 in Middle English, details more than 200 recipes that were cooked in the royal household, including blank mang (a sweet dish of meat, milk, sugar and almonds) and mortrews (ground and spiced pork).”

09/24/08 • 01:54 PM • ArtsBooksFoodHistory • No Comments

NY Times Politics:

McCain Seeks to Delay Debate.  He knows he’s seriously down in many polls, and needs to do something that looks ... Presidential.  Two more votes (his and Obama’s), a passel of grandstanding, will do little to push Congress either way.

Interesting timing, however.  Read this.

09/24/08 • 01:35 PM • Politics(2) Comments

NY Times World:

Marie Antoinette’s refuge at Versailles reopens.  Note, you don’t have to dribble cake or brioche crumbs as you visit.

09/24/08 • 01:25 PM • Travel • No Comments

As “The English Patient” has a tragic ending,

I hope another drama in the Gilf Kebir has a happier one.

09/24/08 • 11:20 AM • Human RightsTravel • No Comments


Had some server issues, ate up all my weblogging time.  Later, taters.

09/24/08 • 11:11 AM • Personal • No Comments
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