Jan 31, 2008 Politics
Since both of the candidates I’d previously considered supporting dropped out of the Republican race for President, I sat down to last night’s GOP debate on CNN to see what I could learn (aside from stuff I’ve already read) about who’s left. In so doing, I watched John McCain’s credibility and honesty crumble to dust.
I’d explain what happened, but Redstate.com already has, and has taken McCain to task over it. Go have a look.
Between this debacle of repeated and deliberate mischaracterization of Romney’s stance on Iraq and his stance on amnesty for illegal aliens, I can’t cast a primary vote for the man this Tuesday.
(American Idol blogging should be along as soon as possible, hopefully later tonight.)
Sometimes, the best thing to do isn’t to keep trying to revive the dead horse but instead to clone a new horse.
I have no idea what that means, but can somehow be interpreted to link to this: the two previous TV shows I was trying to blog kinda fell behind and have been quietly abandoned. I’m going to try to start over tonight with the season 7 premiere of American Idol. Tune back in later tonight for my comments as I watch the episode. I may try to semi-liveblog, in which case I’ll publish as I see stuff, then add more later.
Jan 10, 2008 Brainwaves
Wired magazine tells “the untold story” about the creation and release of the iPhone:
The demo was not going well.
It was a late morning in the fall of 2006. Almost a year earlier, Steve Jobs had tasked about 200 of Apple’s top engineers with creating the iPhone. Yet here, in Apple’s boardroom, it was clear that the prototype was still a disaster. It wasn’t just buggy, it flat-out didn’t work. The phone dropped calls constantly, the battery stopped charging before it was full, data and applications routinely became corrupted and unusable. The list of problems seemed endless. At the end of the demo, Jobs fixed the dozen or so people in the room with a level stare and said, “We don’t have a product yet.”
The effect was even more terrifying than one of Jobs’ trademark tantrums. When the Apple chief screamed at his staff, it was scary but familiar. This time, his relative calm was unnerving. “It was one of the few times at Apple when I got a chill,” says someone who was in the meeting.
Interesting read, go have a look.
Surprisingly, a news publication has recognized the work General David Petraeus has done in Iraq to help improve conditions and make it a better place for Iraqis to live, naming him Person of the Year.
Unsurprisingly, it was not a U.S.-based publication.
…the reason for picking Petraeus is simple. Iraq, whatever the current crises in Afghanistan and Pakistan, remains the Westâ€™s biggest foreign policy challenge of this decade, and if he can halt its slide into all-out anarchy, Gen Petraeus may save more than Iraqi lives.
A failed Iraq would not just be a second Vietnam, nor would it just be Americaâ€™s problem.
Click through to read further.
Interesting results on this one…
84% Mitt Romney
82% Fred Thompson
80% Tom Tancredo
70% John McCain
68% Mike Huckabee
66% Ron Paul
65% Rudy Giuliani
40% Bill Richardson
27% Hillary Clinton
26% Barack Obama
26% Chris Dodd
25% John Edwards
24% Mike Gravel
17% Dennis Kucinich
16% Joe Biden
2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
I’ve been leaning toward Fred, but I should at least give Romney a look (hadn’t really done so yet).