How can you resist that face? And what UW department ever had a... lamb puppet? Perhaps more importantly, if some UW department did have a lamb puppet, why did they decide to release it as surplus? Had it lost its effectiveness? How does one measure lamb-puppet effectiveness? Is that even what it is? Maybe it's some sort of festive rural golf towel? BUT FOR WHOM?
So many questions. Anyway: Even if you don't need a three-dollar plaid-ish lamb-head, there's always a ton of other cool stuff at UW Surplus (especially furniture-wise) every first and third Tuesday from noon to 6pm—and the prices are still better than at Boeing Surplus, which seems to somehow get lamer with every visit. Alas, Boeing Surplus.
If you can find a way to transport it, the UW store also has (or had?) a sweet, old green safe for a few weeks now, like about 5' tall, bank-style, two doors, with a big combo lock (broken, though, I think), and it's been repeatedly marked down to $80 now. The line will start forming a little before 11:30 today....
Hey, I'm blogging again! Sorry, had to take a break after my four thousand election posts.
So, perhaps boringly, this is what has occupied too many minutes this a.m.: I got a relatively generic "announcement" e-mail from TypePad, and they unbelievably link to the "Featured TypePad blog" of Marc Horowitz—who, while he may be a nice guy and all (if he exists)—is part of a cynical and overproduced campaign from Edelman et al. The TypePad e-mail feigns guilelessness saying, "He calls it an 'experiment.' We call it entertainment." I call it, "You people are whores what's wrong with you why are you in my inbox."
Anyway, I was compelled to complain:
Wasn't Six Apart a good-guy company? Like Movable Type and TypePad are both great products, and I've always felt a very ethical, DIY, authentically nerdy vibe from my communications with them. So what up with this?
Er, back to work. More useful posts soon! That's my post-election blog mission: usefulness. Like here's something useful to know: Mrs. Butterworth’s® distinctive grandmother-shaped bottle not only represents a fun image to families with children but also provides strong point-of-purchase brand identification.
Bipartisanship! Divided government! This is all I ever wanted:
With that in mind, there is a chance the 110th Congress could begin on a bipartisan note. Democrats have vowed to move quickly to tighten ethics laws and require offsets for new spending -- two plans many Republicans will probably support in light of yesterday's results. Democrats also plan to push next year to raise the minimum wage, increase spending for cargo inspection at ports and reduce rates on student loans, all issues likely to draw some GOP support.
Seriously. I've been worried that a dirty bomb could come into the Port of Seattle, and now cargo will be searched for that. Nice job, Republicans, on predicting my fear re: that in the last five years, but wholly shitty follow-through on addressing those fears in concrete ways that don't involve a land invasion of Mesopotamia.
The first Republicans up against the wall in this revolution s/b the so-called party "grown-ups," who never should have let their honorable and intellectually admirable movement and party be so thoroughly humped and compromised. Conservatism rocks, but the Bush GOP is Nero's Rome.
Finally, a chance to literally ask: Dude, where does it *end*? Apparently, Fox made a "fair and balanced" edit to the close of the Simpsons Halloween episode this Sunday. Watch the footage on YouTube to see the difference. If you were watching in Canada—or happened to see the "Review Purposes Only, Final Air Version"— you heard a different final line, "This sure is a lot like Iraq will be," while looking at this scene:
I mean, in context, the Iraq analogy in the end of the epsiode is pretty clear already, even w/o the line. So is this kind of censoring really even necessary? Can viewers/voters not handle a provocative line? And what the hell is Fox thinking? As usual, America is one country pretending that it's another country—a country that doesn't censor, torture, suppress voters, ignore science, promote a single official religion, sell legislative favors for cash and gifts.... Er, G-O-T-fucking-V, people.
I know that I've bitched as much as or more than my share about MoveOn, but they've put together a pretty ingenious calling program: You don't need to truck out to a local Dem offfice, but rather you can just volunteer to make calls at some stranger's house—I mean, a *Rock the House (and Senate) Phone Party*—near you.
Seriously, the host lists look very cute, in a progressive way: one guy reserved the "club room" at the Cristalla downtown and is providing snacks; somebody in Greenwood is opening up his house ("not handicap accessible, unless you want to be in the basement, which is furnished and heated and would be fine"); likewise with another guy in Redmond ("fairly nonallergenic; those hypersensitive to cat dander may wish to avoid the ghostly echo of our dear departed kitty--but she was not allowed in our upstairs, so if you're allergic we'll put you there").
If that's too personal and weird, the MoveOn.org Seattle HQ will no doubt be a good time, too. Heidelburg and I both worked down in Portland in 2004, and I've got to say that calling is a little intimidating at first but quickly becomes easy and satisfying and fun. Watching returns after making phone calls, standing in the rain with signs, or doing other GOTV stuff is an entirely different experience.
(By which I mean losing then just totally underlines your feelings of profound personal insignificance. But tomorrow we won't lose! If you suck it up and go make some calls in the cat-ghost house, that is.)
I'm trying to figure what else I can do, aside from showing up to volunteer tomorrow—just because I'm so angry about the robocalls and all the other unethical GOP bullshit underway. The robocalls, by the way, are paid for by the RNCC but pretend to come from Democrats, at all times of day, even calling people on the federal "Do Not Call" list.
They're part of a voter-suppression scheme, and they go something like this: you pick up the phone and an upbeat recorded voice says, "Hi, I'm calling with information about Democratic candidate Rob Lightner!" Then a pause ensues, during which most reasonable people hang up, having already received 70,000 automated calls this month. The same robocall then calls back again many, many, many times (some people report over 20 times), until you finally hate Rob Lightner so much that you call his office and say, "What the hell! Stop calling or I really won't vote for you!"
Poor Rob Lightner's staff explains that they're not making the calls—and if you had listened to the *rest* of the robocall message, you would have heard that Rob Lightner really is a horrible person, commited to creating gay cyborg hookers using stem cells and parts from home-schooled children and seized firearms.
Anyway. The Republicans are still worried about the House (not so much the Senate anymore), and they're not above any dirty trick or misrepresentation to get a few more points—which is all they need in many races. To spread the word, I whipped up these homemade 8.5x11 posters, featuring some of my favorite GOP mailers from this election cycle. I want to Kinko and staple some up in my neighborhood, but I don't know if they'll be that useful here in the 7th, given how polls are going (with Cantwell and I's 920 and 933 looking pretty good).
Of course, please feel free to print out and use them yourself, wherever you are: