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Newsweek’s ‘Hackers and Spending Sprees’

Newsweek.com has some inter­est­ing tid­bits about the recent­ly com­plet­ed pres­i­den­tial elec­tion between Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin:

  • Palin’s “rogue” shop­ping spree was greater than the ear­li­er report­ed $150,000.
  • Oba­ma didn’t choose Hillary Clin­ton for the VP slot most­ly because of her hus­band.
  • Palin appeared with noth­ing on save for a tow­el, when McCain aides and strate­gists came to her hotel room to brief her at the Repub­li­can Con­ven­tion.
  • Oba­ma thinks some debate ques­tions are stu­pid.

More will be released on Newsweek.com in the com­ing days.

No Want!

No Want!

Katya gets involved in the party planning. (Photo by Lisa)

More Pho­tos from our V.P. Debate Par­ty »

Obama is RESTful

Corey Ehmke wrote up a fun­ny com­par­i­son of the tech­nolo­gies used by the Oba­ma and McCain cam­paigns on their web­sites. His con­clu­sion? Oba­ma is REST­ful.

McCain’s Optimum Look

Can a type­face tru­ly rep­re­sent a pres­i­den­tial can­di­date? Yes­ter­day on the Times’ Cam­paign Stops blog, Steven Heller invit­ed sev­er­al design­ers and crit­ics to com­ment on John McCain’s use of Opti­ma for cam­paign col­lat­er­al.

Is it dat­ed? Clas­sic? Does it con­vey strength? Or, quirk­i­ness? The replies run the gamut; many of them fun­ny or tongue-in-cheek. Michael Beirut notes the font’s resem­blance to the one used to carve the names on the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Memo­r­i­al, and Matthew Carter mus­es about how the type­face will hold up with the addi­tion of a run­ning mate this sum­mer. But, my favorite judge­ment comes at the end, from Rudy Van­der­Lans:

What does Opti­ma say about Sen­a­tor McCain? Noth­ing. It prob­a­bly says more about the design­er than any­thing else. Who, except design­ers, would judge a can­di­date by the type­face?

Oh, and ear­li­er this month, Heller did a sim­i­lar dis­cus­sion with brand­ing expert Bri­an Collins, on Obama’s Gotham-heavy design scheme.

New Hampshire

It’s New Hamp­shire Pri­ma­ry Day, (already?!), but I’m not going to make any pre­dic­tions. Hillary? Oba­ma? McCain? Huck­abee? The polls have swung dra­mat­i­cal­ly in the past week or so, in both par­ties. And, it seems that the coun­try is com­ing to one of those cul­tur­al tip­ping points that only occur once or twice per gen­er­a­tion.

Some have com­pared this cycle to the elec­tion years of 1992, 1980, 1960… But, per­haps it’s more like the first months of 1968, before the assas­si­na­tions of Bob­by Kennedy and Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. derailed all hope, as well as the cam­paign of Eugene McCarthy. We find our­selves in an unpop­u­lar war that nobody knows how to get out of, sad­dled with an lame duck Pres­i­dent with low approval rat­ings, and no sit­ting Vice Pres­i­dent in the race, and we’re fac­ing some eco­nom­ic uncer­tain­ty ahead. Still, there is hope on both sides of the aisle.

Is it a gen­er­a­tional tip­ping point? Are we as a nation head­ing toward a year much like that annus hor­ri­bilis of 1968? Nobody knows at this point, but maybe it’s best not to look back for com­par­isons – every­one across the polit­i­cal spec­trum is eager to move for­ward.

Con­tin­ue read­ing ‘New Hamp­shire’

Schilling is Shilling for Bush?

It already seems like a dream—the Red Sox reversed the 86-year curse, by sweep­ing the World Series on Wednes­day night, and I haven’t post­ed yet. I got­ta say, it’s been a great thing for this town, and for its decades of great teams that just couldn’t win it all.

Schilling, Pedro, DLowe, Ortiz, Man­ny, Foulke… all heroes. Can’t wait to great them at the parade tomor­row.

But what is up with Schilling, shilling for Bush ? Some­one needs to tell him that there are two Evil Empires—the Yan­kees, and the Bushies.

This is Ker­ry coun­try, Curt. We love the way you pitch, and we put up with all your “I love Jesus” talk, but nobody cares if you’re for low­er­ing your own tax­es, and not every­body else’s. Keep that to your­self.

Appar­ent­ly, his “doc­tors” instruct­ed him to can­cel the appear­ances with Bush in New Hamp­shire, today.

Wick­id Smaaaht…

VP Debate: Edwards won, Cheney lied

UPDATE: Anoth­er fun­ny note, if you go to the URL pro­vid­ed by Cheney in the debate last night, factcheck.com, it for­wards to George Soros’ anti-Bush site. The Soros site claims not to be behind the re-direct, so some domain-squat­ter has a sense of humor.

As usu­al, kos, atrios and the oth­er Lib­er­al weblog­gers are fact-check­ing where the major media out­lets will not. Here are some of Cheney’s asser­tions in the debate, and why they’re lies:

  • CHENEY: “Your home­town news­pa­per has tak­en to call­ing you Sen­a­tor Gone.”LIE
  • CHENEY: “You’ve got one of the worst atten­dance records in the Unit­ed States Sen­ate… I’m up in the Sen­ate most Tues­days when they’re in ses­sion… The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight.”LIE and LIE
  • CHENEY: “Well, the rea­son they keep men­tion­ing Hal­libur­ton is because they’re try­ing to throw up a smoke­screen. They know the charges are false. They know that if you go, for exam­ple, to factcheck[.org], an inde­pen­dent Web site spon­sored by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia, you can get the spe­cif­ic details with respect to Hal­libur­ton.”LIE

Also, the DNC post­ed a 1-minute video, Cheney vs. Real­i­ty. Good to see the good guys punch­ing back.

Kos also has a good round-up of reac­tions from the Lib­er­al news­pa­pers, and Salon calls out the Hard­ball crew on MSNBC.

Lazy, lazy media… they com­plain that weblog­gers aren’t always pru­dent­ly jour­nal­is­tic, but it’s clear that they are bet­ter than reporters at dig­ging up the facts.

The Vacuum

Jeb steals anoth­er
I wrote a very crude fea­turette on yesterday’s elec­tion dis­as­ter on suckahs.org:

…I’d like to say that I don’t believe that Democ­rats should be look­ing for any kind of sil­ver lin­ing out of this. I sup­pose you can talk about 9/11 and the reeval­u­a­tion of Amer­i­can val­ues, but in every race that I was pay­ing close atten­tion to… the Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­date just plain screwed up.”

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