Daily Archives: November 5, 2008

Dear GOP: Please Do Make Sure That Your Next Vice-Presidential Candidate Can Pass a Fifth-Grade Geography Test

Apparently Sarah Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent. Just… just… oh, hell. I can’t even pretend that I’m surprised. You know, after I watched this, I walked into the other room, where my nine-year-old daughter was watching television. “Athena, what is Africa?” I asked. “It’s a continent,” she said, and then look at me […]

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RIP, Michael Crichton

He died last night, of cancer. I always liked his work, which was eminently readable and always featured interesting ideas, even if he tended to present them in alarmist fashion (because presenting them in alarmist fashion helped to sell books). I met and interviewed him once, during the release of the Jurassic Park movie, and […]

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Random Thoughtery, 11/5/08

Some various thoughts I’m having about the election. Don’t worry, I’ll move on to other things soon. But, hey, I just had another slice of Schadenfreude Pie and now I’ve got a hell of a sugar buzz going. * First, could someone call North Carolina for Obama, already? 100% of the vote is in. He […]

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Reality Check

For those who need it: 1. It was Obama who won, not necessarily the Democrats. Which is why, while the Democrats gained in both the House and the Senate, they don’t appear to be having the blow-out additions to their numbers some folks seemed to think would happen (note that at least a couple of […]

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