Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Old Guy Vs. The Change Agent

Ask people to blurt out their first words about the two presidential candidates and one in five say "change" or "outsider" for Barack Obama and "old" for John McCain, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo! News poll released Monday. Those are not only the top responses for each man but the ones used most often since January, when fewer than one in 10 volunteered those descriptions.

My money is on the change agent.

If you click on the link above, look at the file with all of the poll results. Some of the more interesting reults:
  • The Democratic Party whips the Republican Party but good in terms of folks having a more favorable impression of them. That is probably due to George W. Bush and his very high unfavorable ranking... but Nancy Pelosi doesn't rank very high either.
  • The "if you were going to vote today" questions make the presidential race look very close... closer than I think it will actually be IMHO.
  • The question that comes closest to who'd you like to have a beer with was who would you "MOST like to have at your summer barbecue?" And Barack Obama soundly trounced John McCain there. Unfortunately for our nation, many people seem to vote on those criteria... I hope so this time around though!

Obama's Social Network

A group of more than 20,000 supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama have used his official social network to organize an online protest against his stance on legislation set to be taken up by the U.S. Senate tomorrow.

The users of the social network MyBarackObama.com have organized a grass-roots protest online that opposes Obama's support of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act. The act would continue the controversial surveillance of e-mail and phone calls by the U.S. National Security Agency that started after Sept. 11, 2001, and would likely end lawsuits against the telecommunications carriers that participated in the program. The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the legislation last month.

This is an interesting phenomenon. I hope that these protesters are successful in persuading Obama to change his position on this bill. And while I am critical of Obama's position here, I applaud how this social network makes him more available to his constituents.

Monday, July 7, 2008

A Web Site for Gullible Christians

Hey, have you seen the Gullible Christian Web Site? Oh, wait, that's not its real name. It is called You've Been Left Behind. I wonder how many customers these jackasses have? They sell the gullible, err, I mean christians, a service that will auto-email their unsaved relatives after the Rapture! And for only $40, what a bargain!

Hey, tell ya what. Send me $20 and I'll make sure the e-mails get out after you are raptured. I mean, I'm sure I'll be here, and those holy fuckers running You've Been Left Behind will probably be raptured, too, right? So what if their servers fail? You, up there with your god, and no one to tend to your e-mail! How horrible... give your money to an atheist who is sure to be here to handle your important post-rapture messages... that's the only way it'll work!