June 16, 2010
Former House majority leader Dick Armey has two pieces of advice for Republican candidates: don’t self- identify as a tea party candidate and stay off of MSNBC. This advice makes sense.Why would anyone in their right mind self-identify as a member of a band of people who have no understanding of the issues and limit their thought to simplistic bumper-sticker slogans? As for the second, it makes sense that Republican candidates avoid difficult interviews which would show they have no understanding of the issues and limit their thought to simplistic bumper-sticker slogans.
While the fundamentals work in favor of the Republicans in the upcoming off-year election, it is likely any gains will be a dead cat bounce unless Republicans take some additional action. Here’s some more advice I’d like to offer to them:
- Don’t call yourself a supporter of small government and then support policies which increase the influence of the government in the lives of individuals.
- Don’t call yourself fiscally conservative and then increase spending on credit while simultaneously cutting taxes for the ultra-wealthy.
- Don’t run on national security credentials until you understand that going to war should be reserved as a last resort, and should not be done based upon lies.
- Don’t talk about socialism unless you are really talking about socialists, and not centrist politicians such as Barack Obama.
June 16, 2010
It has become very easy to find polls which show that whichever party you prefer now has the momentum going into this November’s elections. I tend to discount such polls as I don’t believe the vast majority of people (as opposed to blog readers) are even paying that much attention to politics yet or have made up their minds. That said, for those who are looking for good news for the Democrats, an Associated Press-GfK Poll shows that a majority want the Democrats to retain control of Congress by a 46 percent to 39 percent margin.
While I don’t believe such polls are terribly predictive, this does help counter the conventional wisdom of a Republican resurgence. This is the second straight month in which the Democrats win a majority compared to April when when 44 percent preferred Republican control as opposed to 41 percent for the Democrats.
June 15, 2010
The main blog reopened on the old site this morning. This evening I have moved to a new host. As it sometimes takes time for such changes to propagate it is possible not everyone will see the new site immediately. The old site will probably be closed Wednesday morning, and hopefully by then most people will be picking up the new site.
June 14, 2010
The main blog is now down due to problems with the hosting company. I’m currently working on moving the blog to a new company but don’t know how long this will take. New items will temporarily be posted here until the old url is moved and working, and as time permits I will also copy some of the recent posts to here.
The posts from the main blog may include links to older blog posts which will not work correctly until the blog is restored.
Update: I have the main blog temporarily back up on Tuesday but it will be down as of Wednesday morning, and possibly sooner if I can get things completed to make the move.
June 13, 2010
There’s just a quickie edition of Scifi Weekend this week while I’m out of town. American viewers of Doctor Who saw the first of a two part story in which the Doctor met some beings from down under. The BBC had the doctor try to fit in among normal people, including a game of soccer. This was far more fun than the World Cup.
Next week (BBC): The Pandorica opens.
The big news of the week was reported in a separate post: Torchwood to return with a bigger budget as a joint venture between the BBC and Starz.
True Blood returns, meaning more hot vampire sex. Anna Paquin discussed her nude scenes with Entertainment Weekly:
Anna Paquin (who plays Sookie Stackhouse) is certainly used to getting naked on the show, but says the graphic love scenes are the least of her concerns. “It doesn’t really bother me,” she admits. “I’m really close with all of our cast, and we’ve all seen each other in various compromising and odd situations.” The actress is, of course, particularly close with fiancé Stephen Moyer (who plays Sookie’s vampire lover Bill), and Moyer says their real-life romance definitely adds to their love scenes. Jokes the actor, “I think that one great bonus is we don’t need a fluffer.”