|One more reason to avoid Cleveland...|
I don't really put much stock in these made-for-television events, but I do wish we as a nation could break the habit of calling them "debates." What will get televised this evening is basically a couple of joint press conferences. The candidates will stand at their lecterns and field questions from a panel of newscasters. The candidates will try to give non-controversial responses and, if the questioners let them get away with it, bits of their "Vote for Me!" shtick as well. So far as I am aware, there will be no interactions between the candidates, no opportunity for any candidate to respond to another candidate's answers, etc. Of course, the candidates may try to manufacture such exchanges, but with so many people on the dais at the same time it will not be easy. And, to be frank, I don't think any of them really wants to do that anyway. After all, the whole point of the exercise is to be seen and heard by voters without committing a "gaffe" (famously defined by Michael Kinsley as "when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say"). And of course, when it is over, the major news media will gleefully tell us that the winner was...
|Rosie the Socialist.|
|"Don't sugar-coat it, Shu, tell us how you really feel."|
Yes, I Really DidAfter I sold my 1979 Camaro (which I wrote about here), I decided to give an alternative mode of transportation a try, so I bought one of these...
|Of course it was red. Of course it was.|
What can I say? I was young and stupid (a redundancy, I know)...
For the RecordThere is apparently something in the American character that likes a good dichotomy: Republican vs. Democrat, Ford vs. Chevy, Coke vs. Pepsi, Fender vs. Gibson, Spy vs. Spy, etc. Hell, we've even split into opposing camps on the issue of how to properly hang a roll of toilet paper (which is silly, since under is clearly the correct method).
|It isn't even a close race.|
In the Great Water Filtering Wars, I have always been firmly in the PUR camp, and look with both disdain and pity on those poor, benighted individuals who settle for Brita.
That said, I wish PUR would stop embarrassing its loyal users by associating us in people's minds with this twit...
|Fire your advertising agency, PUR. Do it today.|
99 Percent of People On the Internet Are Bucky Katt
From the hilarious Get Fuzzy comic strip by Darby Conley, which you should read every day.