February 28th, 2012

politics, Kerry Edwards

Rick Santorum is a big honking doofus

So ex-Senator Rick Santorum went and said that President Obama is a snob for wanting Americans to get college educations.

It's almost hard to know where to start....

The president never actually said that -- what he said was that Americans deserve the best schools, and the fact that Santorum is speaking out against it just adds to the already-considerable pile of lunatic positions he holds: he is nauseated by the separation of church and state, thinks that Africa is a country, blames the mortgage crisis on rising gas prices, accuses President Obama of deliberately inflating unemployment, not to mention his despicable views on women and homosexuals.

But my favorite is the fact that his latest comments ripping into the president's education policy actually has Republicans coming out in favor of President Obama! That takes a special talent....

I'm appalled that this guy actually has to be taken seriously, and it's a sad commentary on the Republican nominee field that this garbanzo's actually got a shot at winning the nomination.
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TNG Rewatch

Star Trek: The Next Generation Rewatch: "Suddenly Human"

Wes is splurted in the face with ice cream, as the TNG Rewatch does "Suddenly Human." (Yeah, okay, some other stuff happened with a kid and Picard being stabbed and Sherman Howard shouting a lot, but mostly? WES IS SPLURTED IN THE FACE WITH ICE CREAM!)

An excerpt:
Jono and Worf have only one scene together, which is a lost opportunity in an episode filled with them. After all, Worf and Jono were in similar situations, but their responses to it were 180 degrees apart. Though raised by humans, Worf did not assimilate, remaining true to his biological heritage. Nowhere in the episode is this blindingly obvious parallel even mentioned. Worf would’ve been a much better person to act as Jono’s father figure than Picard precisely because he also was orphaned at a young age after an attack on the colony where he was living.
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    "Sweet Dream" by Jethro Tull
politics, Kerry Edwards

President Obama fires the first shot

On the day of the Michigan Republican primary, President Obama delivers a speech rightly described as a barnburner, pointing out how the auto industry bailout actually worked, and also generally reminding everyone what Governor Romney or Senator Santorum or Rep. Gingrich or Rep. Paul or whomever actually has to face once there's a nominee. This is the first real salvo of the Obama re-election campaign, and if this is a hint of what's to come, it's not going to be much of a challenge for him to win reelection in a walk.

Mind you, this speech is full of the usual bullshit and hyperbole and manipulations that one comes to expect from a politician's speech. My admiration is far more for the oratorical aesthetics than what he's saying. Although he is correct in castigating the right for ripping into his plan to bail out the auto industry -- in particular he quotes the headline of Governor Romney's November 2008 op-ed piece in the New York Times, "Let Detroit go bankrupt," though he does not cite Romney as that piece's author (he doesn't have to, not to that crowd) -- only to turn around and rewrite history now. The bailout did work, and it worked so well that right-wing demigod Clint Eastwood practically had an orgasm about it in a Super Bowl commercial.

Once Moe, Larry, Curly, and Shemp finish fighting it out in Tampa and a winner stands alone over Labor Day, that winner's going to be in for a fight, especially if the president uses this deliberately timed speech (I mean, c'mon, a speech to the United Auto Workers Union on the day of the Michigan primary? yeah, that wasn't planned....) as a blueprint: focusing on what he did right and how the people he's running against said it wouldn't work. (SEE ALSO: the allegedly-weak-on-terrorists Democratic president being the one who finally made good on the promise made in mid-September 2001 to nail Osama bin Laden.)
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    "A Week of Moments" by Ian Anderson

reviews of Q & A and Compulsions

Did a bit of ego-Googling, and found two nifty reviews: On the Comixverse, "thedeenslist" reviews Farscape Volume 6: Compulsions, while "Mondyboy" reviewed Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q & A on The Hysterical Hamster blog.

Money quote:
This is the Q we know and love and he’s being his old impish self. At the same time there’s something BIG going on. What makes it all cleverer is that Keith somehow (and I’m still not sure how) ties in all of Q’s previous appearances (and I do mean all… I’m sure he also references other Q books and comics, and probably playing cards, fan fiction, musing from mates and something he heard someone say at a bus stop one day) in this book. And it’s bloody clever.
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