The Shot Heard 'Round the World
There's no doubt about it. And we need to place the blame firmly where it belongs. In this case, with two people.
1) Victoria Snelgrove
2) Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen M. O'Toole
Why these two?
Ms. Snelgrove was an adult. She was 21 years old and obviously had a decent head on her shoulders, Emerson does not take idiots into its class rooms. She was in the Boston area last year, and two years ago when the Patriots won the Super Bowl. She knew the type of things that could happen there. She was a journalism student, how could she not? She wasn't even at the game. She went down to the area after the game ended. They had been showing the asinine things people were doing almost from the time the final out was called. She made the choice to walk eyes wide open into what she knew was a nasty, potentially dangerous situation. I feel sorry for her family, but she was a grown up and responsible for her actions.
As for O'Foole?
What kind of stupid, concieted, selfserving bimbo undermines the very people who are walking straight into the lions den? This was disgusting, and i do agree that she needs to go. The sooner the better.
In short he gives loads of reasons why he'd not vote for Bush, but some are a bit long winded....
As i've said...
Well I feel better.
This one just awes me. A three week old baby had his identity stolen....
Lets see what the post debate wrapup says, eh?
Remeber kids, this is why you should respect your elders.
Around the Web...
(Almost) Beer magnate Peter Coors and Ken Salazar (I wonder how often he's asked about directions to Hogwarts?) are battaling over a Senate seat in Colorado. Either they are infavor of allowing the children adopted by gay couples to get drunk really young or i've somehow been bored to incoherance by the fact that No One Cares!
Hmm, it appears it takes the presence of minions of the man some cosider the last bastion of communisim in the western hemispere to get US attention paid to one of our friends in Latin America who just happen to be the 4th largest source of oil for the US. Apparently some hypergenius with an IQ that can only be properly measured through the arcane application of; Triginomitry, geomerty, algerbra, liberal applications of of pi, dancing sky clad and widdershins to Tiny Tim, while burning chocolate scented incesnce thinks that the Despot of the Carribean _might_ harm democratic process in Venezuela.
Completing the Curse of the Cape:
Superman star (among other movies) Christopher Reeves has passed away.
In an act of willful self delusion the Iraqi Goobermint-to-be has decided that the five day truce in Sadr will result in the peaceful hand over of 'hundreds' of weapons from rebels.... Really, i wanna be these guys accountants. Just sign on the line next to where it says SUCKER.
My fave Webcomic starting here: http://somethingpositive.net/sp12192001.shtml and continuing all the way to here: http://somethingpositive.net/ and beyond is still going strong!
And finally, one of my friends has some interesting art work, and poetry (most of which goes over my head) located here: http://www.firehazel.com/index.php
I now return to my regularly avoided work!
Bush: He looked, sounded much, much, more confident, and relaxed. He did not make the same amount of eye contact with either the audience or the camera that Kerry did, and his body language seemed angrier than I’ve seen him on the election circuit. His tones were also notably harsher than Kerry.
Kerry: Seemed as animated as I've ever seen him. While he tended to enunciate his speech with hand gestures, they were more expansive than exclamatory. Tones and eye contact were on target.
Bush: Had mostly the same lines, with much better delivery as last time. He also had a lot more in the way of facts and figures than he did in round one. Not the same level as the Jr. Senator from Ma, but notable improvement none the less.
Kerry: Why did Kerry pull way ahead of his competitors in the Democratic Party? You saw the answer tonight, and last week. Preparation, preparation, preparation. He had all the minutia down to sway not just local voters, but he creates the impression (how fact backed it is is anyone’s guess) that he knows not just about St Louis and Show Me State folk and their lives and times but about 'your' life and times as well.
I'd call the debate a draw.
I'm not sure which candidate this is better for; on one hand, Kerry clearly was again not beaten by the President. One the flip side, the President held his ground to a much closer degree this time around.
Stupid lines of the night:
Bush: And so, I don't think the Patriot Act abridges your rights at all.
That may just be the most abhorrent law passed in America since the days of the Jim Crowe Laws.
Kerry: General Shinseki, the Army chief of staff, told him he was going to need several hundred thousand. And guess what? They retired General Shinseki for telling him that.
Shinseki had announced his retirement prior to ever uttering the lines that appear to have been disregarded.
Round three next week. Will we see a knockout punch, or more of the same?
Round two. The 'Pregame Show'
MSNBC barely acknowledges the Kerry lead, and continues the media mantra tonight on "jobs, jobs, jobs". http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6191353/
Fox doesn't acknowledge any lead but just calls things a dead heat. As far as the mantra of the evening, Et tu Rupert! http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,134839,00.html
Live free or die?
1) Why isn't Dick Cheney President instead of George W. Bush? He's clearly miles and away the more intelligent, personable, and articulate.
2) Why aren't the moderators of the two debates thus far better known? In my almost humble opinion, they stole the show both times.
3) Why do we have nonevents like this? This was seriously an event where both sides were fighting not to lose. Yes, both men through some heavy hits, but neither one went nearly as far as candidates have in past debates, and they spent as much time repeating the overcarders as saying anything intelligible.
Can someone answer these please?? And while you're at it please tell me where the real candidates are?