clinton and winning

Gary Hart makes some interesting comments in his column, over at The Huffington Post:

It will come as a surprise to many people that there are rules in politics. Most of those rules are unwritten and are based on common understandings, acceptable practices, and the best interest of the political party a candidate seeks to lead. One of those rules is this: Do not provide ammunition to the opposition party that can be used to destroy your party’s nominee. This is a hyper-truth where the presidential contest is concerned. By saying that only she and John McCain are qualified to lead the country, particularly in times of crisis, Hillary Clinton has broken that rule, severely damaged the Democratic candidate who may well be the party’s nominee, and, perhaps most ominously, revealed the unlimited lengths to which she will go to achieve power. She has essentially said that the Democratic party deserves to lose unless it nominates her. As a veteran of red telephone ads and “where’s the beef” cleverness, I am keenly aware that sharp elbows get thrown by those trailing in the fourth quarter (and sometimes even earlier). “Politics ain’t beanbag,” is the old slogan. But that does not mean that it must also be rule-or-ruin, me-first-and-only-me, my way or the highway. That is not politics. That is raw, unrestrained ambition for power that cannot accept the will of the voters.

(my emphasis added at the end) I practically quoted the whole article, but there is more. Clinton is, in my opinion, acting more in her own self interest than the interest of the Democratic party or the voters. If you would like to see the Clinton comment, you can view it below.

perspectives on why the chicken crossed the road

GEORGE W BUSH:
We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

DR. PHIL:
The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on “THIS” side of the road before it goes after the problem on the “OTHER SIDE” of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not taking on his “CURRENT” problems before adding “NEW” problems.
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OPRAH:
Well I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.
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GEORGE W BUSH:
We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.
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COLIN POWELL:
Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road…
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ANDERSON COOPER – CNN:
We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.
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JOHN KERRY:
Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.
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NANCY GRACE:
That chicken crossed the road because he’s GUILTY! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
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PAT BUCHANAN:
To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.
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MARTHA STEWART:
No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.
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DR SEUSS:
Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.
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ERNEST HEMINGWAY:
To die in the rain. Alone.
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JERRY FALWELL:
Because the chicken was gay! Can’t you people see the plain truth in front of your face? The chicken was going to the “other side.” That’s why they call it the “other side.” Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like “the other side.” That chicken should not be crossing the road. It’s as plain and as simple as that.
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GRANDPA:
In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.
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BARBARA WALTERS:
Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.
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JOHN LENNON:
Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.
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ARISTOTLE:
It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
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BILL GATES:
I have just released eChicken2005, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your check book. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken. This new platform is much more stable and will never
cra…#@&&^ ( C \ …. reboot.
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ALBERT EINSTEIN:
Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?
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BILL CLINTON:
I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken?
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AL GORE:
I invented the chicken!
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COLONEL SANDERS:
Did I miss one?

Compliments of non-blogger Deirdre

music & light show

I tried to resist,… I really did, but when I got an email similar to this video I couldn’t help but smile.

I tried to resist the hype,… I really did, but when I got an email similar to this video I couldn’t help but smile.

You can find out a little bit about Carson Williams (the artist?/author?) and his fantastic Christmas lights display in Mason Ohio on the CBS web site. I especially liked the peace symbol.

If you liked the music (Wizards in Winter) go to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra web site, where an excerpt is played, or go to iTunes and download it.

Enjoy.

goodnight moon

A friend of mine sent me a link to a New York Times Op-Ed piece, with the following intro:

“Goodnight Moon,” the children’s classic by Margaret Wise Brown, has gone smoke free. In a newly revised edition of the book, which has lulled children to sleep for nearly 60 years, the publisher, HarperCollins, has digitally altered the photograph of Clement Hurd, the illustrator, to remove a cigarette from his hand. HarperCollins said it made the change to avoid the appearance of encouraging smoking.
– The New York Times, Nov. 17

The author of the column, Karen Karbo, then precedes to list the things in the illustration that could use improvement, such as (my favorite):

F. Given proximity and brightness of stars and moon, it’s apparent that Bunny’s room is in a high rise. Both windows lack either locks or any type of window guard or restraining device. Suggested change: To avoid the appearance of encouraging children to peer out of unsafe windows, and thus tumble to their deaths, digitally remove windows. Bunny can easily bid goodnight to a moon painted on the wall with nontoxic, lead-free paint.

It’s a hilarious column, with an accompanying illustration from the original book, conviently labeled. Give yourself a fun break and go read it.

hmmmm…

I’ve been coming across a lot of “tests” lately. They’re fun to take, so I tried this one:

What Kind of Kisser Are You?


***You’re an Expert Kisser***

You’re a kissing pro, but it’s all about quality and not quantity
You’ve perfected your kissing technique and can knock anyone’s socks off
And you’re adaptable, giving each partner what they crave
When it comes down to it, your kisses are truly unforgettable

And I know it’s all true, ’cause it was on the internet.

i’m just unloyal

My postings have been rather sparse lately due to the intrusion of non-virtual life. But in catching up with all I’ve missed (NetNewsWire is a great program) I came across this loyalty test.

Bush Loyalty Quiz:

“Your score is 0 on a scale of 1 to 10. You hate Bush with a writhing passion. You think he is an idiot, a liar, and a warmonger who has been a miserable failure as president. Nothing would give you greater pleasure than seeing him run out of the White House, except maybe seeing him dragged away in handcuffs.”

(Thanks to Povertybarn for the link.)