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September 4, 2008 / chrisisgross

God Loves The Working Man

I’ve been trying as hard as I can to avoid over ranting about politics, but it has my total attention right now. There is such a plethora of unbelievable stuff coming out right now that I can hardly contain myself.

As I mentioned there is way too much about Sarah Palin( a whole blogs worth at least) that I am just going to let that go for now. I know that all of this mentioning of the truth just plays into the Republican’s hands in terms of there beloved liberal media bias, but there is just a never ending stockpile of material. Again the Democrats are no angels either see: Obama and Tony Rezko, but they are not staking their party on being just like you and me i.e. the guy you wanna have a beer with. As asinine as that is it is how they run a campaign; well that and character assasination.

On that note here are Cindy McCain and Laura Bush just two average gals and the wardrobes they picked out for the convention via Vanity Fair

Laura Bush
Oscar de la Renta suit: $2,500
Stuart Weitzman heels: $325
Pearl stud earrings: $600–$1,500
Total: Between $3,425 and $4,325

Cindy McCain
Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000
Shoes, designer unknown: $600
Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100

Now there is some arguing in the comments of the Vanity Fair article about the valuations on the outfits, but if any of them are even 25% accurate Cindy McCain’s necklace is worth more than all the clothing that I own. Now in fairness there is no reference point to how much Michelle Obama’s outfit was put your guess in the comments, but I would guess it is somewhere closer to Laura than Cindy.

September 4, 2008 / chrisisgross

Hypocrisy

I know this is like shooting prejudiced misguided fish in a barrel, but just watch.

September 3, 2008 / chrisisgross

Sarah Palin Night

I have been reading all of the same reports that everyone else has and there are so so so many issues bundled into Sarah Palin that I am only going to touch on a few.

Since the announcement it has come out that McCain really wanted Lieberman and was forced into another choice in the end. So what does he do being the “maverick” that he is, he goes with a woman that nobody knows and that his campaign has not vetted.

What happens. Kaboom! Non-issue after non-issue being brought out. From trying to get her ex-brother in-law fired to having a child with a child. None of that really matters to me personally. Humans are flawed; indiscretion does not affect ones ability to govern see: William Jefferson Clinton.

That being said Sarah Palin is really a terrifying thought on issues and McCain’s big issue “experience.”

She has been governor of a state with a population that is less than the city I live in(San Francisco) for two years. When your own campaign mentions your credentials as being the point guard for your college hoops team and PTA president maybe your resume is a touch thin.

Than onto to the issues: Wow. She is more conservative than McCain could even dream to be and not in the fiscal conservative Libertarian way, but in the government tells you what to do way. The way that says we as government make your choices for you and we will not give you any assistance because of it. To be blunt it says to me: unwed mother you have to have that baby that you don’t want, but we the government will not help you with this child nor do we care about this child after it is born. It is an appalling way of thought.

With McCain’s health history Sarah Palin is knocking on the door if they are elected and that is not a realistic option.

There is so much about her that is troubling. I am looking forward to her speech tonight. I am sure I will cringe. I just hope she can turn off enough people that their campaign will be idling until November.

August 29, 2008 / chrisisgross

Sarah Palin?

As excited as I was about Barack Obama’s pick of Joe Biden as VP I am equally confused by John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin. I will have to learn a lot more about her before I opine more about it.

What I noticed as I was doing said research was this poll that the Chronicle ran. I know that the Chron is not trying to or even pretending to be the newspaper of record, but really this condescending poll is the best that you can come up with.

August 28, 2008 / chrisisgross

Jon Stewart and Reading Newspapers

Now since I do not have cable I am not a regular or even interested watcher of the Daily Show. What I have seen is funny, but the show is just that a comedy show and the level of awe that the show generates sometimes dumbfounds me. That being said this article that I came across in the Chronicle yesterday really made me smile.

Stewart was at a breakfast for journalists at the convention, in fact some major players in media, when he made mention of the lack of quality reporting in modern media. He points out some of my gripes with the 24 hour news cycle; news is now distilled to sound bites and that now all news is breaking news(the most important thing on tv ever!) with conjecture replacing reporting.

My favorite quote was this:

“We’ve fallen into this false sense of urgency that they create,” Stewart said. “That idea that everything is breaking news and that if you’re not watching us, you’re going to miss this thing.

“But nothing they’re saying is of any import because nobody filters it. (Print reporters) are able to step back for a moment and think. They’re not. They’re just pointing a camera and saying, ‘What do you think that is? I don’t know. Let’s go to ‘The Situation Room.’ “

It is so much easier to read multiple news sources thanks to the web. On any given day I am able to peruse as many newspapers as possible and I usually read anywhere from 5-7 every day. Yet it’s cable news that rules the day. News that is in “The No Spin Zone” or whatever stupid tagline they are using( I no that is Bill O’Reilly but it is the one that annoys me the most) has replaced news that is never spun it is, reported.

That’s right reported by a trained professional who is able to distill all sides of the story and present it clearly, concisely and thoughtfully. The fact that it takes a comedian to point this out to us says something about the state of media and our dying intellect. We are afraid to be elite(another topic touched on in the article) instead we are all trying to be the lowest common denominator. Everyone should strive for what they want, but never lose sight of who they were.

August 28, 2008 / chrisisgross

A Long Two Weeks

It’s been two weeks since I last posted largely due to the whole no laptop thing. Since then however a bunch has happened.

So here’s the short recap.

Got a  new and in fact better Mac to replace the one that was stolen courtesy of a wonderful co-worker of Julie’s who wanted his old one to have a good home. I am typing this post on it, it’s name is Basil, and we are getting to be good friends. The only question that I have about it is whether the name is pronounced Baz el or Bays il. Is this Macbook English or just a tasty herb.

Finally got my Ipod back from the Geek Squad after a month of them being unable to fix it. So I got a brand new one for free which is great except for the fact that I now have no music to put on it since all that went away with the stolen laptop. At least the broken one had some tunes. If you have a well stocked library I could pillage I would greatly appreciate it. I might post a list of some of the things that I had or want. Feel free to come to my rescue.

Went to Sonoma with the family and got really drunk. Really Really Really drunk. My palate was shot by the end of the weekend. Bought some wine though not for me(it’s all for my laptop savior, but its sitting in my house tempting me while he is at Burning Man).

Finally, one thing upcoming. If you happen to be in town this weekend on Sunday come to the ciclovia which apparently is Spanish for cycle something or other. It’s all about closing a major thoroughfare to cars and allowing it to be an urban playground. There are tons of activities and one in particular that I am pumped about; getting to run the bases at ATT Park. I am timing myself and will take on all comers.

August 14, 2008 / chrisisgross

Tales of Mere Existence

After having my laptop stolen yesterday things have been pretty normal. Only unusual thing for me was getting locked out of my house when I went out for a run. I took the wrong key, but I was saved by the same neighbor who most likely saved the rest of our stuff from being stolen. He let me in through his apartment and than I walked down the stairs to the back of my house where luckily my key opened both locks. I was worried that the key only worked one of the locks and that my new vigilance for safety was going to trap me for a few hours with no phone or money.

Thanks to my girlfriend I am using her other laptop til I figure out what I am going to do about my newfound laptop free situation. So blog updating will not be stopped.

On that note I thought I would mention one of my new favorite comic strips. I have always been a newspaper fiend since I was a little kid(I know it sounds lame, but I love em) and what started me out were the serial strips in the paper. I liked comic books, mostly X-Men and The Punisher, but I was never as interested in them as I was on the strips.

One of my new favorite Internet strips is Tales of Mere Existence. It reminds me a lot of Jim’s Journal a comic I used to love when I lived in Madison, WI which was written by Scott Dikkers who co-founded The Onion combined with Matt Groening’s old strip Life In Hell both of which I read in the University of Wisconsin student papers my dad would bring for me. The humor is very dry and sometimes very open ended with the jokes not necessarily having a set up or even a punchline if that is possible.

Here is the one that ran on Sfist today it was a nice pick me up after the stress of yesterday.