Thursday, October 16, 2008

Joe the Plumber

Need I say more?

He is clearly the next Bruce Lee of the plumbing industry.

I mean, really, how does it feel right now to be..."Joe the Plumber"?

It can't possibly be as bad as having to be "Joe Sixpack"...but at least "Joe the Plumber" is a real person. I'm glad there's no such person alive to be Joe Sixpack...bearing the stigma from Palin's association would be a terrible ordeal.

See, Gov. Palin doesn't even represent real people. As in, actual people who exist.

She just makes up make-believe people. No wonder she's out of touch.

But John McCain, Sen. McCain, he cares about real people.

People like...Bill Ayers. Sen. McCain cares a lot about Bill Ayers. He talks about him all the time. Well, actually, McCain just said not so politely in this debate that he doesn't care for Ayers. Well, so much for that.

McCain cares about people like...Jeremiah Wright. Well, at least his supporters seem to. They've kept mentioning him over and over again.

McCain cares for people like...Cindy McCain. Right?

If he is elected, no matter how low his approval ratings may fall, he'll always have the support of his wife.

Then again I imagine, Laura Bush has already asked her husband President Bush if he could please come up with some new kind of coherent plan for alternative energy. She said, "I know you love to clear brush for use as a domestic energy source in Crawford, but I'd rather have you stick around the house and stay out of trouble."

Oh, and I believe that fictional exchange between George and Laura is a paraphrase of Calvin Trillin. I keep thinking that I may have seen some kind of joke that resembled this before.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Return to (or Revenge of) the Internets!

I am back to writing my blog again after a brief hiatus. I want to thank everyone who has been patiently awaiting new entries. I want to assure you that more material will shortly be forthcoming.

Right now I am listening to the song "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield. A classic: a beautiful song with meaningful lyrics.

"There's something happenin' here.
What it is, ain't exactly clear.
There's a man with a gun over there.
Tellin' me, I got to beware.

I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound?
Everybody look what's goin' down.

There's battle lines bein' drawn.
Nobody's right, if everybody's wrong.
Young people speakin' their minds.
Gettin' so much resistance, from behind...

It's time we stop, children, what's that sound?
Everybody look what's goin' down.

What a field day for the heat.
A thousand people in the street.
Singin' songs, and a-carryin' signs:
Mostly say, Hoo-ray for our side.

It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound?
Everybody look what's goin' down.

Paranoia strikes deep.
Into your life it will creep.
It starts when you're always afraid.
Step outta line, the man come and take you away.

We better stop, hey, what's that sound?
Everybody look what's goin' down.
(repeat chorus)....."

Absolutely brilliant song.

-- On an unrelated note, has anyone seen Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) lately? Don't look for him in Michigan.

Yes, the Republican Party still has a candidate running in the race for President. Despite an ever-widening margin for Democratic candidate Barack Obama in key toss-up states causing them to lean in his favor, and an ever narrowing margin in many Republican states causing them to become toss-ups, McCain is continuing his negative, unsubstantive, counterproductive character attacks. And his Vice Presidential candidate is still Gov. Sarah Palin? Really? And he expects us to take him seriously?

Did any of you see the last Presidential debate? Sen. McCain seems to have enmeshed himself in a profound state of confusion. He's trying to be humorous, and failing remarkedly at this task. Fail.

Personally, I believe Tom Brokaw would be a tremendously able Secretary of the Treasury. At one point, Brokaw asked McCain whom he would appoint to the office, and McCain blurted out the response, "Not you, Tom." That's no way to treat an old friend. Kudos to Brokaw: he conducted an impartial debate even though he is friends with Sen. McCain. Yes, and many of you didn't hear about this. But we really shouldn't have. It's a ridiculous action for either candidate to ever complain about the format or the moderator of a debate, because these things are negotiated by the candidates themselves. They only have themselves to blame.