Sunday, October 8, 2006

Sunday night thoughts
Alright, I'm done working for the night and I figured I would put together a post. Thanks to all the new people who have been visiting the site lately. Here are some of the things I've been thinking about lately, in no particular order.

Good band names
I mentioned recently that I thought Tina Fey's Scar would be a cool band name. Well, I found another one from this band who is on Fenway Recordings: Cold War Kids. That kinda tells you what the band is thinking about when they came up with the name. Another one? Bullet For My Valentine. I think they are a metal band. Don't know a thing about 'em but you can see something dark and violent in that name. There are others, I'm sure, but those are just a couple I've seen recently.

Gloating Dems
The Mark Foley scandal has unleashed a bit of over-confidence over at DailyKos, IMHO. The Dems are just giddy about their prospects in the mid-terms and that almost always leads to disaster. The Kool-Aid drinking crowd are so obsessed on their computers, they could miss the big one again. Can anyone say President Howard Dean?
But why shouldn't they gloat a little? It's been a rough couple of years. And maybe it is time for a major shift after watching what the Republican-led Congress has done to the nation. But, as Jesse Jackson once said, "Now is not the time to gloat!"
The biggest fear I have from watching all these folks is that they are so caught up in polls and noodling on their computers that they are probably aren't investing the time they need to in the field organizations of their candidates. It is the lifeblood of politics - not blogs, not ads, not goofing around in chat rooms - but ground assault field organizations.

Speaking of Dean
If the Dems take back the House, it won't be because of Rep. Nancy Pelosi and it won't be because of Rep. John Murtha and it won't be because of Bob Woodward's book or the admissions in it and it won't be because of the GOP stumbling all over the place. It will be, however, because of DNC Chairman Howard Dean's insistence that the Dems run a 50-state strategy. This strategy laid the groundwork for people to have at least a second choice in most Congressional districts [they should have four or five choices but that's a discussion for another time ... or probably another decade at the rate we are going]. It effectively put the Dems in play in many places which they would have normally not run a candidate. As part of the 50-state strategy, Dean also put all available monies into hiring campaign staff in red states to build field organizations in places where Dems haven't been competitive. If the House shifts to the Dems, and they only need 15 seats, Dean will be the one that Democrats can thank for thinking ahead and planning the assault.

'Beam me up, Scotty!'
I don't know if anyone else saw this but it is pretty cool: ["Scientists teleport two different objects"]. Science is so cool.

FCC Roundtables
One of the things which was brought up at the NAB Radio Show by the two FCC members in attendance was the fact that they were going to be meeting with a number of people around the country who are concerned about media consolidation. It seems as though the first one of these meetings has happened: ["Consolidation in Media Is Called Stifling"]. And this one, on becoming the media: ["Pirate radio challenges U.S. officials as it proliferates"].

Frist: Give it back to the Taliban
Just in case you were wondering what we were fighting for in Afghanistan, Majority Leader Sen. Bill Frist believes we should let the Taliban have a role in the Afghani government: ["U.S. Senate majority leader calls for efforts to bring Taliban into Afghan government"]. Of course, this is the same Taliban who gave comfort to Usama bin Ladin and the same people who are killing our troops as we try to stabilize their government and economy ... and get the UNOCAL pipeline built. Unbelievable ... but actually not that unbelievable if you really think about it.

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