Archive for July 17th, 2007


A Shameless Plug

July 17, 2007

Well, there’s nothing wrong with cashing in on a great piece of work, and I’ve stated before that Sisyphus should get “Post of the Year” honors for it ( Heliocentrism is an Atheist Doctrine ) , so….why not?

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Heliocentrism Bumper Sticker Heliocentrism Hat
Heliocentrism T-Shirt Heliocentrism Clock

I’m not sure if a blog post has ever been marketed before, but there you have it.


Anyone Else Watching The All-Night Session?

July 17, 2007

I’ve got C-SPAN2 on right now.  Been watching for about an hour.  Lets see how much of it I can handle.


Update: OK these roll calls can put you to sleep. Just a warning.

Update:  If your cable company doesn’t have C-SPAN2, you can watch live here.

Update:  I think Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) must have said “up-or-down-vote” 50 times.

Update:  Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) has a nice New England accent.

Update:  It’s just about 2AM here in MN, and McCain is fired up!  I was kind of impressed with him there actually.  I might be having a change of heart here as I watch these guys.

Update:  Ya know, the more I watch this, the more indifferent I become.  I know, it’s terrible to think this way, and maybe I’m just tired.  I can’t help but think about how avoidable this mess was.  But as the debate goes on, I think the Repubs are making some good points.  Specifically, the fact that they voted for this surge strategy, and giving up on it early would, on the surface, appear to be a premature flip flop.   Basically, they voted for it, so live with it.  On the other hand, a line must be drawn and a stand must be taken somewhere on this ever changing mission we find ourselves in.  A money pit that, so far, has really benefited the contractors more than anyone else.  What a friggin mess.

I type this as McCain talks about the regional implications of a withdrawal (in sort of domino theory fashion).

Update:  Holy crap does Hillary look tired!  She need an espresso or something…stat.  I suppose it is understandable given the fact that it’s 4AM ET.

BTW-  I hate when Hillary fails to mention that she voted for this war. 


Ron Paul And YouTube Duke It Out…

July 17, 2007

…for the top spot on technorati’s search:

  • youtube youtube
  • ron paul ron paul
  • noelia noelia
  • skyblog skyblog
  • myspace myspace
  • harry potter harry potter
  • iphone iphone
  • frank rich frank rich
  • bebo bebo
  • music music
  • I could have sworn that yesterday Paul was ahead.  Anyway, it’s been like this for weeks.  I don’t think I’ve seen Ron Paul lower than #4 on this list.  With all the buzz he’s been getting on the internet, however, it doesn’t seem to effect actual poll numbers.  From a recent USAT/Gallup poll:

    Giuliani has the support of 30% of “Republicans and Republican leaners,” vs. 28% a month ago; Thompson comes in with 20%, vs. 19% in June; McCain has 16%, vs. 18% a month earlier.

    Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney remains in fourth, at 9% vs. 7% in June.

    The current numbers for the rest of the Republicans included in the survey: Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, 6%; former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, 2%; Rep. Duncan Hunter, 2%; Rep. Tom Tancredo, 2%; Sen. Sam Brownback, 1%; Sen. Chuck Hagel, 1%; former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, 1%. Neither former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore nor Rep. Ron Paul registered any support.

    No support?  Yesterday, I saw that Paul was ahead of all the the other GOP candidates in campaign contributions from members of the armed services.  

    What the heck is going on?


    Here’s A Headline You Don’t See Everyday

    July 17, 2007

    Ya know, for a guy who isn’t running (wink wink), Fred Thompson has been in the news quite a bit lately:  Contemplating a Run for Office Can Complicate Television Reruns

    Hoping to avoid violating a Federal Communications Commission provision that would force the network to provide equal time to other candidates running for president, NBC chief lobbyist Robert Okun has reached out to the GOP presidential campaigns of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, among others, to inquire whether they would make a major issue out of Thompson being featured in reruns this summer.

    Under the equal-time rule, if a network gives time to one political candidate, it is required to provide the same amount of airtime to his or her opponents. In other words, if Thompson appeared on a “Law & Order” episode for 10 minutes during prime time, NBC would have to give Thompson’s rivals for the Republican nomination 10 minutes of prime time each.

    If Thompson waits until fall to announce, however, he’ll essentially have NBC putting his Arthur Branch persona on prime-time TV for free (or, better yet, residuals?).  Considering that Republicans aren’t really liking any of the current GOP front runners right now, I think Thompson is safe to wait it out a bit.