Republicans blow off the smart cities with the counterargument that they win the exurbs — the frontier of new homes, young families and the fresh middle class. And it’s true, in 2004, George Bush won 97 of the 100 fastest-growing counties in America.
That will not happen this year. Polls show McCain is losing 20 percent of self-described moderate Republicans. And new registration figures and other polls indicate that Obama will likely win such iconic exurban centers as Washoe County, Nev., Loudoun County, Va., and Wake County, N.C.
But in the kind of pattern that has held true since McCain went over to the stupid side, his brother recently referred to suburban northern Virginia as “communist country” and a top adviser, Nancy Pfotenhauer, said it was not “real Virginia.”
Here in Seattle, it’s become a one-party city, with a congressman for life and nodding-head liberals who seldom challenge a tax-loving city government. It would be nice, just to keep the philosophical debate sharp, if there were a few thoughtful Republicans around.
That won’t happen so long as Republicans continue to be the party of yesterday. They’ve written the cities off. Fake Americans don’t count, but this Election Day, for once, they will not feel left out.
There’s a certain level of geeky connection that comes from naming a computer or a device. Some people seem to have naming schemes and consistent themes. I generally don’t. So Tumblr, what do you call your machines?
At Vimeo, all the dev machines are named after secondary Top Gun characters. Merlin, Cougar and Hollywood so far.
all of my devices i name after cheese.
my laptop is roquefort, my mac mini g4 is gouda, my iphone is cheddar, my ipod shuffle is provolone, and my external hard drives are ricotta (250GB), parmigiano (250GB), and mascarpone (500GB).
Apple, based out of Cupertino, California, is publicly opposing the ban on gay marriage in that state. According to their news site, “[W]e strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.”
i’m trying to write the essay for my photography project overview but i’m also trying to write it without sounding like a dick or a pretentious art fag. here’s a line that’s got me questioning why i think i might sound like one:
The where, so to speak, is magnified by this confinement of the urban large against the magnitude of the personal small.
too much like an artsy douchebag? or just enough panache to get into a gallery showing?
Today, the McCain campaign decided that linking Obama to terrorism wasn’t despicable enough, so they should probably start referring to Republican areas of the country as the “real” parts of the country, be it “Real America” or “Real Virginia”:
Gov. Palin: We believe that the best of America is in these small towns, in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the “Real America”…. these hard working, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation.
McCain spokesperson Nancy Pfotenhauer: The Democrats have… moved into northern Virginia. But the rest of the state, ‘real Virginia,’ if you will, I think will be very responsive to Sen. McCain’s message.
Keith Olbermann sums up my views on this matter quite nicely in this opinion piece:
Olbermann: Governor, your prejudice is overwhelming. It is not just “pockets” of this country that are “pro-America”. America is “pro-America.” And the “Real America” of yours, Governor, is where people at your rallies shout threats of violence, against other Americans, and you say nothing about them or to them. What you are seeing is not patriotism. What has surrounded you since your nomination has been the echoing shout of mob rule.
Or perhaps Jon Stewart responded most succinctly when he noted, “Fuck you.”
* Sharks tend to thrash prey around to tear chunks out of their prey, so if the person attacked essentially “hugs” the shark (latching onto it), they sharply reduce the risk of having large quantities of skin or limbs altogether ripped off of their body. Also, doing this prevents the bitten area from being stuck even more in the shark’s mouth, as shark teeth are pointed inward to lock in their prey. Another technique, used in coordination with the previously stated method, is the person keeps some part of his/her body over the shark’s gills. By depriving a shark from oxygen, it will likely realize what is causing it and, by instinct, let go of the person it was originally trying to eat.
A lot of the time I find things that I want to post, but are NSFW. They are always hilarious, but involve n00dz. I have started a group for hilarious NSFW picture called NSFW, Unless Your Job Allows Blowjobs. Click here to join.
You’re the owner of one of the world’s largest companies. You’re interviewing prospective CEO candidates. Into your office shuffles the next applicant. To your surprise, it is an angry old man. He tells you he’s 72 years old, a multiple melanoma victim, and that he cannot lift his arms above his head. He brags to you that for six years he lived in a cage in the jungle. “Well, thanks for coming in,” you say, cutting the interview short. “You’ve really helped make our decision an easy one.”