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Saturday, May 27, 2006

So This Is What We Do With Democracy

Sorry, Nevsky. American Idols really do get more votes than American Presidents.
Taylor Hicks, 29, emerged as the winner in the finale of the TV show on Wednesday night in which 63m votes were cast. It is the biggest single voting night in the five-season history of the show. In the 1984 US presidential election, 54.5 million voters backed Ronald Reagan - the most votes obtained by a president. The Guardian
The Brits wouldn't lie to me, would they?

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Your Ideal Pet is a Cat

You're both aloof, introverted, and moody.
And your friends secretly wish that you were declawed!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Commentary

I'm going to move this up to the top in case you want to weigh in on the comments appended to my Galbraith post.

Anonymous said...

Just to set things straight from the beginning, I am a libertarian. Now, I would like for you to consider this fact: Galbraith was THE person who set liberalism on its path to destruction. For proof, look at the quotations you included in your post. They drip with contempt. His books and speeches were wildly successful. And through them, he taught an entire generation of intellectuals to despise Joe Six-Pack. During the early part of his career, Galbraith taught the liberal-left democrats to snap their fingers and laugh at the average American. In the movie Hoffa, Nicholson tells the DiVeto character – “Never slight a man, he will never forget it.” Americans did not forget the slight -- the arrogant flouting of Galbraithian distain for the ordinary American on the part of Democrats everywhere. Our political system requires two equally strong contending parties. The effect of the demise of the Democratic Party on the Republican Party is evident every single day. This will not change until liberals come off their high horse and come to have faith in ordinary people. I don’t look for that any time soon. In fact, I believe that after the Democrats fail in ’08, the political contest will be between the Republicans (who have moved far to the left, almost to the point of espousing every single principle of the liberal creed) and the Libertarians. These two parties have, not just faith, but trust in the American people, and they express that faith in every kind of way.

May 12, 2006 9:01 PM
CmdrSue said...

Thanks for coming by. If you really want to get wound up I guess you could check my side bar for the Liberal Values Index. I can see that you feel Galbraith tipped over into the intellectual effete.

One thing that I begin to wonder from your posting is - do you consider yourself to be an average American? Do you think that you have faith in ordinary people?

Because you have accidentally tipped your hand. By attacking my viewpoint rather than asking me about it you have revealed that either you a) do not consider me to be an average American and/or have faith in me as an ordinary person, or b) have no faith in the ability for average Americans to think through things and make their own decisions. Isn't that curious considering your point?

You have no way to know this, but I am one of those people who fits everywhere and nowhere. I can hang out with "Joe Six-Pack" or debate with an intellectual - leaving both of them with the feeling that I don't quite fit in but I'm an ok person. I've seen first hand the generosity of a desperately poor woman in Mississippi and the miserliness of a wealthy man in D.C. Unlike you I don't think that there is such a thing as an ordinary American ("not exceptional in any way" WordNet). Everyone is unique. Everyone is extraordinary. My frustration usually comes from the fact that we can't all discuss things together and come to some truth among us. Life becomes soundbites, platforms, and cautiously guarded beliefs.

I'm sorry that Galbraith and/or intellectual snarkiness is apparently a sore point for you. However, if you aren't open to accepting others and working with their beliefs then you have have become a victim of the arrogance you profess to despise.

May 13, 2006 11:03 AM

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Notes from the Blogosphere

The Notorious ADB gets his satire on with The NSA Has Already Read This Post.

INFP: We know who we are, even if you don't

I may have mentioned before that in a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) class the teacher badgered me a bit about whether or not I was really an INFP since I had tested so close to the F/T (Feeling/Thinking) line and really, so often women who are Ts are socialized to think that they are Fs and shouldn't I consider the possibility that I might be something else?

No.

Eventually she saw the look in my eyes that said any minute I would pull my War Mace +3 against intrusive Extroverts and wandered away.

People at work also have a hard time believing that I'm an Introvert because I'm so freaking friendly and perky and do presentations and meeting facilitation. One ISTP who is also something of an MBTI expert tried to argue me point for point on how I was really an ENFP. We eventually agreed to disagree.

Admittedly, when I read INFP profiles I always feel that they are a bit "off." Sometimes I even question myself. Then I read all of the other profiles and reconfirm that INFP, although not perfect, is the closest to being me.

So tonight I was very excited to find an INFP profile written by INFPs. It is much, much better. One person from the group that drafted it said, "The INFP list has developed our own profile of the INFP personality type, as we were unhappy with the profiles that were already out there on the Web. I personally find the other ones deeply unsatisfying and disturbingly inaccurate in some essential ways." Amen, sister.

Thursday, May 4, 2006

People - Use the Force
of a mouse-click to follow this link

Star Wars Weekends.

You know you want it.

Update: I didn't mention that we went in 2005 and it totally rocked. Even lining up at 7am with all of the other goofballs is fun. (You spend the couple of hours before the gates open trying to figure out where you fall in the geek spectrum.) We're not going to make 2006 but we will DEFINTELY be there for 2007 with all of our closest, geekiest friends.

Click it, you will. Yes, click it you will.

Monday, May 1, 2006

Immigration Day

In Chicago, illegal immigrants from Ireland and Poland marched alongside Hispanics as office workers on lunch breaks clapped. ~ AP
I'm fourth generation American on my father's side, with family coming over from Ireland in the late 1800s. As such, I'm mostly Irish with plenty of other stuff peppered in (German, English, a touch of Norge, and the rumor of some Native American on my paternal grandmother's side).

How about you?