Archive for October, 2004

Stop the presses!

October 28, 2004

From a sign at the University of Houston – Downtown campus:

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John Kerry and John Edwards in 2004



October 25, 2004

The states of Mississippi and Alabama have both had voting rights in 44 federal elections (Alabama had voting rights a 45th time, in 1868, while Mississippi was still under a Reconstruction government).

The two states have cast their electoral votes for the same presidential candidate in 42 of those 44 elections.

The last time they completely disagreed? 1840.

(In 1960, Mississippi cast all of its electoral votes for the states rights’ candidate, Richard F. Byrd, while Alabama cast only half its votes for Byrd.)

What the $@#% Do We Know?

October 19, 2004

Two parts thought-provoking; one part hippy-dippy silly.

2 > 1.

Go see it.
(Towards the end of the movie, “Someone Somewhere in Summertime” by Simple Minds looped insistently through my mind; but that’s probably an idiosyncracy.)

The World Series I’d like to see

October 16, 2004

It will get me killed here in Houston, but I want to see a Cardinals-Yankees World Series.

Think about it: The greatest franchise in the history of the National League playing the greatest franchise in the history of the American League in the World Series, for the first time in 40 years. Now that’s a series I would watch.

Kenneth Lay: Houston hero

October 16, 2004

The Houston Alumni Organization probably wishes that this ceremony had never happened.

The third debate: quick reaction

October 13, 2004

Looks like four more years.

God help us.

METRORail beware

October 10, 2004

I’ve finally seen one of those new International SUVs, parked in a driveway at Kirby and Stanmore.

Sweet Jesus.

When I say it was “parked in a driveway”, please be aware that I’m using a well-known euphemism for the sake of being understood; a euphemism that doesn’t really express how that behemoth dominated an entire River Oaks front yard.

If one of those things were to make an illegal left turn onto Main at the wrong time, I’d give even odds that the ensuing tow trucks would be for the train.

The second debate: quick reaction

October 8, 2004

I was pleased to see that after talking so much about hard work during the first debate, President Bush actually put some in for the second debate.

I give a slight advantage to Bush, if only because he finally stated his case with some supporting detail. And he didn’t get the taste slapped out of his mouth this time around.

Call it the soft bigotry of low expectations.

Why I support Kerry/Edwards

October 5, 2004

The Democrats put their lightweight in the lower spot on the ticket.

(Does anyone else feel deprived of a Kerry-Cheney debate?)


October 4, 2004

I wonder whether the reason why so many people use “assume” when they mean “presume” is that “when you assume, you make an ass out of u and me” makes so much more sense than “when you presume, you make a pres out of u and me“?

(Jokes about President Bush will not be allowed in the comments. Thank you for your consideration.)