I wish the candidates would stand during the Democratic debates. And they should put some space between them so they don’t have to turn their heads awkwardly when the other is speaking. CNN probably likes it because a) easier to get both candidates in the same shot and b) if they’re close to each other it looks like they are debating instead of delivering speeches—even if they are really delivering speeches.
Turns out the seven-time Tour de France winner is an atheist. This took me by surprise because I thought he was close with President Bush, but it turns out he’s at least implicitly opposed the war in Iraq:
“Funding [for cancer research] is tough to come by these days,” he says. “The biggest downside to a war in Iraq is what you could do with that money. What does a war in Iraq cost a week? A billion? Maybe a billion a day? The budget for the National Cancer Institute is four billion. That has to change. It needs to become a priority again.
Chairman Silvestre Reyes of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence replies elegantly to Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell and the Bush administration’s questionable arguments for the extension of FISA changes.
We cannot allow ourselves to be scared into suspending the Constitution. If we do that, we might as well call the terrorists and tell them that they have won.
Def.: Republicans that support Barack Obama.
“Sometimes they whisper to me when I’m shaking hands, they’ll say ‘Barack, I’m a Republican, but I support you.’ We call them Obamicans. We’re going to get some Obamicans in this election.” (source)
I used to name all my computers and gadgets with a “silver” theme. ….
I’m fascinated with the idea of naming hardware with themes (most people tend to do this), and I’d love to hear some of your crazy hardware names.
I set up a new system of kiosks at the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. There are three Mac Minis that display to touch screens. They are wirelessly connected to a server computer in my office. Also, I’ve written a backend webapp through which I update the server’s database. Because there are three kiosks, and as a nod to my hometown of Santa Maria, CA, I decided to go with a Christopher Columbus theme.
So, the three kiosks are:
- Santa Maria
- Niña (my favorite kiosk, as this was Columbus’ favorite ship)
The wireless network is named “Atlantic,” the wireless base station “The New World,” and the server “Columbus.” Finally, the update app that I wrote is called Ferdinand.
P.S. The non-admin user account on Columbus is “Deckhand.”
US Olympic Committee Caterer, Wary U.S. Olympians Will Bring Food to China - New York Times
This is a compelling reason for why the Olympic Committee should not have chosen China as the site for 2008. What does this do to poorer countries? Not every country can ship thousands of pounds of food to Beijing before the Olympics, but if they eat Chinese chicken they risk being exposed to steroids?
She’s lowering expectations for tomorrow’s caucus, and then campaigning hard. Any “decent” loss then becomes a win.
A similar question to the following was on Reddit today:
from Pepper - Matt, Nick, and I are watching Super Tuesday returns and have come up with a question: if you were born on a US military base abroad /or/ within a US embassy abroad—both technically US soil by popular account— do you meet the “born in the USA” test that qualifies you to run for the presidency? Or must you be born exactly in one of the 50 states?
Article II of the Constitution says “No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
Of course, how to define “natural-born citizen” is not clear cut. However, it is my understanding that McCain was born to two American parents, which might qualify him.
This is disappointing, but she seems to have a clear lead.
A thought on my previous post re: Edwards’ votes: Slate reported earlier that approx. 1/3 of Californians vote absentee, so that 10% supporting Edwards must be absentee voters. At least one CNN analyst has said he thinks that Edwards supporters have been voting for Obama in other states, so the Obama camp cannot be happy about the delegates they may have lost because of absentee ballots.
Edwards is drawing 10% of the vote in California. FYI, he left the race. If I can keep myself from voting for Joe Biden then I’m pretty sure you too could have picked one of the remaining two candidates.
Update: I’m an idiot, this is obviously from absentee ballots mailed in before Edwards left the race. Thanks squashed for pointing this out.
I didn’t see Sen. Clinton’s speech tonight, but Sen. Obama’s was pretty dang incredible. Doesn’t look good for him so far in California, but seems this race is far from over.
Here’s a good breakdown by county from the LA Times.
If you are male, and your sole reason for voting for Obama is because he has a Y chromosome, then you are sexist. If you’re a woman, and you vote for Obama, you are breaking ranks with your gender.
I just looked at Gmail’s markup in Firebug. It’s such a clusterfuck of nested DIVs. I’m looking to make a CSS skin but not sure if I have time to deal with that mess.