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Let's agree not be crazy.

Neoceocon has a great article on avoiding the dangers of Obama Derangement Syndrome. I have already been accused of this, in essence if not in name, for asserting that I will not vote for Obama in 2012. (Apparently it's prejudicial to disagree with a political agenda and believe that you'll still disagree with it in four years.)

Her basic argument is that we should not take counsel and direction from our fears about what an Obama presidency will do, but instead focus on evidence as it arrives. It's good advice.

Here's the first batch, from a since-removed Change.gov posting of President-elect Obama's agenda for urban policy:

Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn't have them. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.

The bitter gun clingers at NRA-ILA have a summary here, along with a cached copy of the agenda so you can read it yourself.

The cached page also had the bit about raising the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. Let's have a moment of silence to admire the stupid.

I was going to buy a pistol, but now I'm wondering if I shouldn't save for a so-called assault weapon before they skyrocket in price--and then become unavailable.

Sig

Well, crap.

Oh well. It happens. On the positive side, I am unlikely to be called up to help put down riots in Seattle or Olympia, so that's something.

Sig

Wisdom for the day after

From this post:

So, if the other guys wins the election this year, what I hope you will do is acknowledge that he is your president, and wish him well in guiding the nation through the next four years. Be in opposition, but be a loyal opposition, with your loyalty to the Constitution and the nation it allows to be.

The republic will not end tomorrow, nor in January on inauguration day. But if it does, our response to that stimulus should be an interesting test of character, so that's some consolation.

Sig

Voted

There were a few races with more compelling arguments from the (D) candidate, but given my expressed concerns about the composition of the coming government, you'd pretty much have to be a serial killer to be an (R) and not get my vote for the federal Senate or House--and even then, it might depend on who you were targeting.

The Case Against Senator Obama

In which Sig spends a lot of words just to link to somebody else who did a much better job of explaining why not everyone feels the Hope and Change.

We're a geeky family.

Some people do wacky recreational things on their holidays, or visit family, or go on outings. We stayed in and installed new aftermarket batteries in our venerable (but still viable) iPod Minis using instructions found here and batteries found here. $9 each, plus exorbitant shipping, but far cheaper than a new iPod, no?

Sig

The NSA is listening to your phone sex.

In which Sig does not reveal state secrets.

[11Oct08 Update]Is it unreasonable to expect the media, when reporting on a story potentially very damaging to the credibility of a national agency involved in the war on terror, to at least acknowledge the connection between sources of the story and prominent anti-war groups?

We have forward motion.

As of yesterday, we have confirmed, sustained forward motion by the now self-propelled Siglet. I have some poor video on my cell phone which was rendered even poorer by YouTube, so we'll hold off on that for now. We REALLY need to find the power cable for our video camera, which we purchased just a week prior to his arrival and have only used a few times. Also, we need a FireWire card for the computer so we can do direct video upload. Anybody have make/model recommendations?

Sig

Debatable

My wife stopped by to talk to my parents last night and drop off some Mary Kay Kult stuff for Mom, and they got talking about plans for the weekend and whatnot, and my dearest mentioned that we were heading over to her parents' house tonight to watch the recorded debate. Apparently, this idea for a fun Saturday night was met with stunned disbelief.

Look, if it helps wrap your brain around our oddities, pretend it's the playoffs for a sporting even that you care about. Except that our sport only has playoffs every few years, and it actually matters who wins. And sometimes the winners get to invade other countries. Take that in your pipe and smoke it, Super Bowl.

Sig

Addendum: Seeing the media articles calling it a "tie" or having "no clear winner," I'm going to predict that I'll call it a clear win for McCain after watching.

Leadership FAIL.

It's like he's somehow beyond performing mere senatorial duties because of his higher calling to run for the presidency.

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