Alright, well, I know I’ve been really crappy about posting lately, but dangit, I’m trying to rebuild a life here, cut me a break. Also, Google is not sending out the RIC emails properly for some reason. It very well could be Blogger’s fault, since Blogger is a big fat idiot a lot of the time.
I’ve got a number of Very Important Meetings this week to see what I can drum up business-wise in East Texas. You can flip a coin to determine my odds, I’m not really hopeful, but seeing as I’m here, I might as well try. By the end of the week, I’ll know for sure exactly how long I’m going to be staying. As it now stands, I’m still returning to South Florida on November 22nd.
Which reminds me, I need to get my rent on my place in Florida paid. Dangit. Sorry. I must be a bit stream of consciousness today.
Also, I just recieved the logs to the latest few adventures of the Fellowship of the Corpse from iRP – thanks to GM Sixkiller on those. Look for the latest chapters up here this week probably. As to the book with the actual publishing deal, I haven’t had a chance to finish the editing given my transient state. I’m going to set up a computer here soon, so I’ll be able to get back to work on it. Until then, I’m borrowing everyone else’s computer to do the work I need to do.
To the news!
Live Presidential Debate last night
Like most of my posts, the type of analysis you’ll see here you won’t find everyone else. I did a little surfing this morning on the West Wing Debate analysis in the blogosphere and was surprised with the narrow range of responses people had to say about it. In case you missed it, NBC’s show West Wing is entering the election phase, or more accurately, ending it’s election phase. Last night was the time for the debate show, which in my opinion didn’t hold a candle to the Bartlet/Richie debate a few seasons back. NBC decided to do something very War of the Worlds-ie due to it being sweeps month.
They trotted out Forrest Sawyer, and used betamax cameras, and actually did a live (but scripted) debate complete with the NBC News stamp in the bottom right corner of the screen. First of all, and I definately want to get this out of the way first, this shows you exactly what has become of the credibility of network news, where they know they can’t possibly damage their reputation any further, so they have no qualms about showing a drama show with their news logo on it. Furthermore, they have no qualms throwing out a recognizable newscaster during this primetime debate and pretending the whole thing’s real.
At least in the Richie/Bartlett debate, the realistic debate segments were cut into the dramatic sections to remind the causal channel surfer that this in fact is not a real debate.
No such visual cues on this one.
Aside from the irresponsibilty of the whole thing, the debate itself decent, although the typical responses seem sort of canned and fall into a few specific categories. There are those who think that the responses were all canned sounding, even in their ‘spontaneous format.’ There are those that wish that all debates were like that debate, even though every time throughout history a political debate has been without rules, it’s generally devolved to insults and physical violence (or the threats of physical violence). The biggest faux pax of formless debate that comes to mind was the Gore Vidal/William F. Buckley debate that completely devolved into personal assaults.
On the other hand, I do not enjoy the ‘joint press conference’ style of current debates. Some middle ground is there to be had.
All in all, I think this was not the West Wing’s best work, but it was a good attempt.
Hatchet Jobs on Conservatives
If you are a conservative blogger and/or write, you need to pay attention. Curiously, the name David Brooks showed up recently on the Technorati top ten. I’m usually not too interested in names I don’t recognize in teh technorati list, but I clicked on this one, and I followed a trail of accusations down to the source to see what the truth of it was.
The basic summary of what I found was that David Brooks and Steve Sailor are being accused of racism in the extreme. From what I understand, David Brooks writes for the New York Times, and Steve Sailor tends to write for the National Review, and the National Review Online, which links my site fairly consistently on my entertainment articles.
The basis for these accusations are the scientific articles that Steve Sailor tends to quote support unpopular racial stereotypes. Stereotypes like black people on average have lower IQs but higher phsyical agility. Stereotypes like Jewish people have higher IQs than most white people, but lower physical ability. If you go check out VDare.com, you can find a list of his articles, most of which, quite honestly, bear out logically in my mind.
The problem is in our society, where it’s ok for a liberal to make racist generalisations and invoke Hitler at the slightest provocation, but it’s not ok for a conservative to reference statistics that coincide with stereotypes that certain demographics might not be proud of.
While I was on disaster vacation, Alan Greenspan named his successor, as well as raising the mortgage rates. The new guy is named Ben S. Bernanke. I’ll post a short bio here, and come back with an extended on later on this week.