February 10th, 2010



As you'll recall from yesterday's post - I'm stuck off island (I stay with my parents, thank goodness, or that would be a really expensive motel bill) again, as we struggle with ice-blockages and floes and blah-blah-bitchety-whine.

So, I was expecting to be able to go home this morning or tomorrow, but apparently the Coast Guard did not cutter yesterday as reported as the plan. Instead, from what I can read/hear, it will be done tomorrow {er, today} (hilariously for us with no kids, the school bus is planning to pick the children up to take to school, but freely reports to parents that they won't be able to bring them home because of the imminent fairy shutdown - WTF??) instead.

"Just received word from Algonac Community Schools that the ferry will close tomorrow at 10 AM. Busses will pick up students on the island in the morning, but there is no guarantee the ferry will open in time for them to be bussed home."

You cannot believe how pissed this makes me as I could have spent the night at home if I had known. I'm mostly just sick & tired of Mother Nature's Winter Games though, and I completely realize how useless that is.

So, in order to lift my mood, I'm reading Ken Begg's reviews of the JAWS series which get funnier as the sequels degrade in quality.

I'd like to link to one of my favorite movie reviewers' takes on the series, Lyz at And You Call Yourself a Scientist, but alas her linkages are broken.

She responded to my email reporting the issue with some information about it and she is trying to reconstitute the lost data, but obviously she is also focusing on her here & now reviews and her day job. If the reviews are ever returned I'll post links as part of my JAWS review.

So... basically, I'm saying I have nothing new to post, but I'm hoping to be in the mood to type of the Angel After the Fall, issue 8 review late tonight/early tomorrow (and maybe even issue 9 - but let's not get wild with the [usually empty] promises). If anyone has any interesting or amazing linkages (that are safe for work viewing) pass 'em along to harsens_rob@livejournal.com - and if you have a webpage (who doesn't these days??) include it to me and I'll include it in a post about your awesome recommended site.

And also...  Hug.


Nate Silver, an expert in statistics and analysis, whose site I link to on my journal page (upper left side under 'updated political news') has this post from yesterday that was interesting... if you're generally anti-GOP which I've become since the 2008 elections (at the national level, anyway - I'm still interested in the Michigan GOP candidates).

Republicans -- Not Obama -- More Often on Wrong Side of Public Opinion

by Nate Silver

One of the more commonplace assertions among pundits on the center-right -- made rather carelessly by Victor Davis Hanson and more thoughtfully by Jay Cost, is that agenda put forward by Obama and the Democrats is overwhelmingly unpopular and that Democrats are simply getting their comeuppance for having pushed such a liberal set of reforms forward. These claims, however, rely on selective evidence, invariably citing policies like health care and the GM bailouts which are indeed unpopular (strongly so, in some cases), while ignoring many other issues on which Obama has been on the right side of public opinion.

(Go to the link, to click his linkages for V.D. Hanson & J. Cost)

Now, while this may be technically true, Mr. Silver has divided the topics with polling data into 25 rough categories. Obama is polling more good than bad on 14...  14 outta 25.

Seems to me that even if Republicans are doing worse than is generally portrayed by the alleged MSM Leftist Conspiracy, the WH isn't exactly making friends with the American public either... and since they're the ones in nominal power (it's hard to tell) he and by extension the Democrats are still in some deep doo-doo come Mid-terms, which are rapidly approaching. And, that makes me sad and anxious.

The problem with the Democratic Senate members, of course, is that it isn't so much about party as it is about ideology - Conservative (the blue dogs) vs. the Liberals (what we usually consider DNC members in Congress). Is it any wonder that the Democratic Party has trouble when it comes to passing legislation over the Republicans - they're too busy battling each other. And it appears by this analysis that the Blue Dogs are taking the right tack on the bare majority of issues, or that messaging is utterly failing on that bare majority of issues that a more Progressive agenda is better for America's prospects.

It appears to me that both parties are generally hated right now, and that makes pundit-crowing on either side and hot-air speeches by either party's members specious, to say the least. I think this really just confirms some general feelings I've been having that it's not so much Pro-Conservative or Pro-Progressive sentiment that is important for choosing candidates who can win this election cycle - it's Established Politicians that are the bigger problem for the both parties. People are tired of the status-quo, back and forth arguing between professional politicians and Washington insiders... I'm thinking that both parties could only enhance their profiles by throwing up new names and fresh faces right now rather than re-running current faces.