May 23, 2008

Friday Ruminations

Just some thoughts on things going on before the long weekend.

* The Gazette had an interesting editorial about whether we need a Lt. Governor. I get their point. My own take is yes we should have a duly elected second in command, but that person should also take on responsibility for running an agency or something like that. For example, pick an LG who could serve at your Department of Labor Commissioner and that's their day except on those rare occassions when they have LG functions (whatever that may be.)

* The NYTimes had a piece about Governor Paterson and Joe Bruno being in a state of detente and wrote in a way that made this seem amazing. Well, this is they way things used to be. Elections should be fought at election time and in between, the political warfare should at least tame down to get some stuff done. It was the Steamroller who thought that you could negotiate with your loyal opposition while you were trying to destroy them at the same time.

* Rumor has it that the Democrats will endorse Don Hobel of the so-called three-minute crowd to run against Senator Maziarz. While I assume you're expecting me to take a shot at the Dems here, I'm actually applauding Hobel for going from consistent critic to someone willing to step forward and try to do something about it.

* I read that the Fox Network (Channel 29 locally) is now the most watched network in the country, beating ABC, CBS and NBC for the first time since its inception in 1987. Wow, the network has come a long way since it's lineup included Herman's Head, the Tracy Ullman Show and Married With Children.

* There's just something that feels sleazy in Hillary Clinton's attempt to get Michigan and Florida delegates seated at the convention. If HRC had been a constant critic of disqualifying these delegates from the get-go then her argument would have some merit. Even one of her staunchest suppoters, Governor Paterson, called her out on this yesterday.

* In the midst of mowing your lawn, eating hotdogs and unpacking patio furntiture this weekend, take a second remember there is a reason for Memorial Day...from wikipedia...

Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed in 2008 on May 26). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.

11 comments:

Larry S said...

Glad to see you included Memorial Day. The day has turned in to a reason for drinking and partying, which is fine, but take a moment to remember exactly why we have this day. Even if it requires you to put down your beer.

Anonymous said...

Hobel has had his name on the ballot several times over the years on the Conservative line for Wheatfield Supervisor.

Perhaps you should run Hobbes? Put your misperceptions on display for the voters to judge.

gop shill said...

I think your idea on the LG is a good one. Get some real work out of that position. You could probably do the same thing with the VP.

Hobel will get crushed. For all the Democrats vitrol toward Maziarz you'd think that one of their heavy weights would step forward and take on this battle, especially in what looks to be a Democrat year. So much for Danny's whining.

I like the Fox Network just as I like Fox News. Good for them.

Lancer said...

I also give Hobel credit for doing most people won't. Unfortunately for him, he's a one-trick pony, to the point of if you ask him what color the grass is, his response will be "the IDA did it". Leffler has told him repeatedly to stop beating the same horse, but obviously he doesn't want to concern himself with anything else than the IDA. I can't wait to hear his in-depth positions on Wick Law and Scaffold Law.

Anonymous said...

You know you're part is in trouble when your candidate, Don Hobel, makes you wish that Chris Srock was avaiable.

Maybe they should ask Scott Schultz to run, he can go for four straight losses.

clemenza said...

Lots of insider stuff on this thread. I want to comment on the Florida/Michinga debacle. On one hand, it's funny that "count all the votes in Florida" has again become a rallying cry. But how do you justify changing the rules in the middle of the game. Heck, only Hillary kept her name on the Michigan ballot.

The Clintons are willing to make up the rules as they go along and the country is sick of it. Go Obama, go.

Richard Strongbridge, Ph.D said...

I can't wait for Chelsea to run in 2016! The more Clinton's the better....No wait....

gop shill said...

Know Bill's, um, prowess with ladies, I'm sure there's some more Clinton offspring running around who can run for office some day.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of democratic candidates, I just had the pleasure of viewing an Academy Award performance by the Dem Party leader, Dan Rivera on their official website video blog. After viewing it I had to change my pants after wetting them as it made me laugh harder than John Candys performance in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Now I know they are both about the same size but if Candy was still alive he would not have to worry about Dan stealing his roles from him. I guess this goes to prove why Dan has never put his own name on a ballot as I would have to give his performance the same grade he always wants to give the NC Leg, a "BIG FAT FFFFFFFF." Take a public speaking class or even Dale Carnegie and see a Dermitologist about the big mole on your cheek.

Anonymous said...

I guess personal attacks are only allowed on the opposite party, oh well we all know hobbes is just sloma's personal ball washer.

Larry Castellani said...

It seems it’s important in remembering those who sacrificed at war to accentuate as well what they died for. My fear is it’s all too easy to forget they died for a unique if not radical approach to liberty and equality. And it’s all too easy to forget continuing to question whether we’re really living up to those ideals and thereby only then fully honoring and remembering those who died for them. … I think the popularity of Fox has a lot to do with their News, if you can call it that. Somebody like O’Reilly is a threat to journalism, objectivity and rationality. Fox News has unabashedly exploited the vulnerability of the American consciousness post-9/11. And its “exploitative” at best. It’s possible to have a perspective while keeping open the possibility that you could be wrong. He and the Fox pundits don’t really do that, do they?