You Got to Be Kidding Me!

Links for 10/24/2008

Posted in Four Wheels, Politics by Stacy McMahon on October 24, 2008

A lot of political stuff this time:

* Via Ann Althouse, Radley Balko hopes the GOP a) loses the election, b) cleans house and rebuilds around small-government conservatism, and c) therefore becomes a force to overcome leftism in future. I agree that the Republican Party in its current form is useless to libertarian or classical liberal voters, but I’m not optimistic on points b or c. As Glenn Reynolds said the other day, people hoped for that in 2004, too.

* Via Instapundit, some asshat mugger in Pittsburgh decided to get his rage on when he discovered his victim was a McCain supporter. No, this isn’t Obama’s fault. Yes, it hasn’t shown up on AP or Reuters yet.

* John Murtha suddenly has to fight for his seat in Congress. I mean just because you call your constituents a bunch of racist rednecks – don’t “you people” have a sense of humor?

* Military absentee ballots being tossed out right here in Fairfax County, but it’s not a C-O-N-spiracy, just plain-jane government stupidity. Excellent ad-matching – the story came with an ad for an online degree in military history…

* Car Lust is covering one of my high school favorites: the mid-80s VW Scirocco 16v. If only the new Scirocco were that pretty…

* Editor & Publisher asks “Will the skills of ‘real’ reporting still have a place? Or is aggregating everything?”. Logic error: if nobody is reporting, what is everyone aggregating? (submit ‘big steaming pile’ jokes in the comments…)

* And a great explanation of why you should be careful what you say in work emails (or IMs for that matter) – it can come back to bite you in court. Based on my own court appearance, you can safely assume that things can and will be taken out of context to put you on the defensive. Read the article, it says it a lot better than I can.

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  1. tgaw said, on November 23, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Whoops– I missed this post last month. I really like the Merck email example.

    “Oh, shit. We’re screwed. It kills people.”


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