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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Caesar's Bath

Ed Brayton, taking a cue from John Coleman, has a list of 5 things that he "just doesn't get." These are things that Ed's peer group holds in high esteem. I thought that I would make my own list:

1. Reality TV Shows

Ed and I agree on this one. I don't think that further explanation is necessary.

2. Angelina Jolie

I just don't see it.

3. Jam Bands

By playing all of those long solos, taking up time that could be used for other songs, aren't they stealing from me?

4. Michael Vick

Who wants a quarterback who can't pass?

5. President Bush

People get really agitated about Dubya, but to me he's just another mediocre to poor president. He does some things well, and some things poorly. He's certainly not my favorite president, but it's not hard for me to imagine someone worse. I just don't understand what it is about him that gets people so riled up.

9 Comments:

  • Jam bands are definitely stealing from you...I once saw Phish bassist Mike Gordon rooting through my garbage. He must be an identity thief.

    Agreed on Angelina Jolie. I think she'd be a lot less sexy to the general public if her name was Angie Voight.

    By Blogger Ace Cowboy, at 1:25 PM  

  • Mine would be,
    1) Sushi

    It's not that it tastes that bad, it just doesn't really taste like anything and you have to put so much in your mouth at one time. I'm from Milwaukee, I like my sushi deep fried with tarter sauce and rye bread.

    2) Shaking hands like an ass hole.

    Why can't people just shake my hand? Why do they have to do some little 3-part handshake that we havn't previously agreed on?

    3) Reality TV

    Yeah, I have to agree on that. It sucks. It's Seinfeld's fault. When his show went off the air, the sitcom dies.

    4) Watching Basketball

    Okay, so by the end of the third quarter the score is 65 to 64. Why did you even play those three quarters? Why not just have one? So you'd think that the fourth would be exciting, but noooo. The teams have to call time out or foul every 10 seconds. Has that shit EVER worked?

    5) Playing Basketball

    Why would anyone want to play a team sport INSIDE?

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 3:21 PM  

  • Oh, and Video Games. I don't get those either. Why sit around with your friends and not even talk to them?

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 8:48 AM  

  • Michael Vick can't pass? Ok, maybe he doesn't pass as much as other good QBs, but to say he can't is a bit of a reach I think. I'll take him.

    As for W, I'm not sure what you think he does well, I sure haven't noticed anything, and the things he does poorly, he does so poorly it's scary.

    By Blogger John Howard, at 1:58 PM  

  • See, this is what I'm talking about with Vick. The falcons won in spite of him, not because of him. He had 14 TDs to 17 TOs. Not a good thing.

    Last season he was worth 18 points less than a replacement level QB (Note: I'm a SABRmetric football stathead), and ranked 36th in defense adjusted value over average, behind guys like AJ Feeley, and Patrick Ramsey. (Peyton Manning, at #1, was worth 170 points more than a replacement level QB, in perhaps the greatest offesnive display in NFL history.)

    Source:
    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/qb.php

    He's been remarkably consistent as a bad passer too. Maybe if he gets a decent receiver he'll improve, but right now he's more Rodney Pete than Donny Mac.

    You state categorically that Bush has done several things very very badly. Examples, please?

    Good things: Not a lot, but a few.

    Foreign policy of democracy promotion. This is a good thing, showing tangible results.

    Environmental policy. The only people who criticize this don't know what it is. He has been a strong advocate of cap and trade regulations replacing prescripitve regulations. He also instituted strict Diesel fuel restrictions. Both good things.

    Econ policy:

    I'm not a Keynesian, but his expansion of government debt during a near recession was in line with Keynesian economic thinking. I don't think it's a good thing, but some people do, and it certainly has some scholarly support.

    Bad things:

    Big expansion of government debt. This is bad, but not any worse than any previous administration. Clinton's spending was not as great, but it was still too much. Bill was also faced with better econ conditions. This is not meant to insult Bill either, his mostly Laissez-Faire apporach paid dividends.

    Torture, and expansion of Executive power:

    This is fine in war time, but I think that many of these features will remain permanent. It is worth mentioning that the much maligned Patriot act is a paper tiger in this regard, and most of the power grab came from sheer executive force of will.

    As far as torture and illegal detainment go, I believe that transparency in at least some of these matters is desirable. Torturers should be heavily punished.

    Lack of Vetos.

    To my knowlege, George still hasn't vetoed anything. If I was President I would veto almost everything.

    FCC policy - Still only a potential threat, and largely McCain and Feingold's fault. But troubling nonetheless.

    None of these are any worse than some of the bad policies practiced by every president in my lifetime.

    These lists are not exhaustive, but time is a scarce resource.

    I understand not liking Bush, I don't understand the degree of hatred.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 2:33 PM  

  • Wow, I thk you took the three worst things and put them down as good things. His foreign policy is terrible, alienating allies and the UN while starting preemptive wars based on lies, even if the end result is a democratic Iraq, the way he's gone about it has been horrible, and even if you agree with what he's accomplishing (which I don't), clearly he could have went about it much better. And anyway, he's the President of the US, not Iraq, hopefully the war will turn out OK in the long run (I doubt it), but it doesn't make things any better for America.

    I'm not sure how anyone can say Bush is good for the environment with a straight face, it's simply ridiculous.

    His economic policy is basically that he doesn't have one, he'll spend whatever he feels like spending on whatever he feels like spending it on, and at the same time will give tax cuts to make sure that he has no money to pay for it.

    As for Vick, I'm not saying he's Peyton Manning, but you can look at how the Falcons have done with him and without him in the last three years and it gives a decent indication of his worth.

    By Blogger John Howard, at 3:10 PM  

  • "His foreign policy is terrible, alienating allies and the UN while starting preemptive wars based on lies, even if the end result is a democratic Iraq, the way he's gone about it has been horrible, and even if you agree with what he's accomplishing (which I don't), clearly he could have went about it much better."

    Terrible? A bit of an overstatement don't you think? You cite a bunch of negatives, which is fair enough, but you also ignore a bunch of positives, including new accountability on the UN, the elimination of much corruption, the liberalization of Lebanaon and Palestine (and I don't mean to understate the incredibly lucky break of Arafat dying on his watch, but those are the breaks), and disarming Libya. All very good things.

    "Lies?"

    If the war was based on lies, than anytime you are incorrect about anything you have told a lie. What lies is the war based on? Lack of WMDs was not a lie, it was a mistake, and a failure of intelligence. Incidentally, even that may turn into a positive if intelligence gathering improves.

    "And anyway, he's the President of the US, not Iraq, hopefully the war will turn out OK in the long run (I doubt it), but it doesn't make things any better for America."

    A stabilized middle east, and a stabilized Iraq, are good for America. You can reasonably argue that the costs involved are not worth this development, or even that this will not be the end result, but if it is the end result, it will be a good thing. And better for America.

    "I'm not sure how anyone can say Bush is good for the environment with a straight face, it's simply ridiculous."

    I gave you examples after stating that those who criticize him don't know his policies. You have provided no examples of poor enviromental policy. Why not?

    "His economic policy is basically that he doesn't have one, he'll spend whatever he feels like spending on whatever he feels like spending it on, and at the same time will give tax cuts to make sure that he has no money to pay for it."

    I stated his econ policy. It is what almost all presidents do in times of recession. Increasing the money supply. His failure to restrain that extra spending upon economic recovery is a failure, and is a concession to special interests. That fact, however, does not mean that he did not handle the downturn well. Bush's econ team are a bunch of toadies, but they are pretty bright toadies, and they do have a plan. I don't agree with most of it, but it is there.

    "As for Vick, I'm not saying he's Peyton Manning, but you can look at how the Falcons have done with him and without him in the last three years and it gives a decent indication of his worth."

    This speaks more to the terrible nature of Doug Johnson, Kurt Kittner, and the other Atlanta backups. Vicks value is almost exclusively in his running, which is largely counteracted by his propensity for the turnover. The Falcons passing game is a mess, and asking their terrible backups to play with those receivers is suicidal, but it is also the reason Vick looks even better. His running is has amplified importance due to their lack of passing.

    The bottom line is they won with defense and running. Their passing, with or without Vick, was terrible. Their passing with Vick has always been terrible. There has been no improvement yet. He is, at best, an average QB, undeserving of all of the hype.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 3:35 PM  

  • I cannot believe that I'm about to type what follows, but here goes...I agree *choke* with *gasp* DANNY! Re: the video games, not on anything else really. Ok, maybe the Seinfeld comment, but that's it I swear. I feel dirty.

    Paul, I'm pretty stunned that you think Bush has good environmental policy just because he's done a couple small things, arguably, right. I certainly don't see him promoting any sort of responsible energy policy and he's definitely not routing any of his rich friends' money into environmental enforcement. Add onto that the continued push toward ANWR and I'm pretty non-plussed.

    Well that and the overwhelming arrogance of the guy--he turns my stomach but then again so does greasy food. I wouldn't say that I "hate" him. More of an intense dislike--very similar to my feelings on greasy food really. Strikingly so. While there might be some things about Bush that sound good, overall he's not worth the calories or the inevitable indigestion.

    By Anonymous Andrea, at 8:27 PM  

  • I cannot believe that I'm about to type what follows, but here goes...I agree *choke* with *gasp* DANNY! Re: the video games, not on anything else really. Ok, maybe the Seinfeld comment, but that's it I swear. I feel dirty.

    Paul, I'm pretty stunned that you think Bush has good environmental policy just because he's done a couple small things, arguably, right. I certainly don't see him promoting any sort of responsible energy policy and he's definitely not routing any of his rich friends' money into environmental enforcement. Add onto that the continued push toward ANWR and I'm pretty non-plussed.

    Well that and the overwhelming arrogance of the guy--he turns my stomach but then again so does greasy food. I wouldn't say that I "hate" him. More of an intense dislike--very similar to my feelings on greasy food really. Strikingly so. While there might be some things about Bush that sound good, overall he's not worth the calories or the inevitable indigestion.

    By Anonymous Andrea, at 8:28 PM  

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