Monday, October 6, 2008

Raving and Ranting

  • What I'm Watching/Listening To/Reading:
    • As always, Heroes thoughts below.
    • On SNL's "Weekend Update" this week, Will Forte (who is always so good) sang a song where he implied that there were, for the bailout, 538 voting members of the House. It's 435, dummy.
    • I had been sleeping on a great new amusement, but no longer! I read a certain number of blogs every day: 538, Pollster, Sullivan, Ambinder, TPM, Politico. All of them that have opinion slants (so Ambinder excluded) are leaning towards Obama (even Politico's Jonathan Martin does a bit), so I'm reading the same stuff I've been thinking. Frankly, it's getting a little boring. So today, I decided to check out what was going on at one of the many conservative blogs, specifically the commenters. The bloggers themselves are a little annoying and self-important (ahem, all bloggers are), but the comments are where the real crazies hang out. Is there a word that means awesome and hilarious? Awesilarious? Hilarisome? Is it the people who say that the polls are all lying because the whole world wants to suppress GOP turnout? Those who legitimately want racism in order to win the election? Is it the daily prayer thread, where people can ask God to help McCain in the debate? Or the absolute inability to believe anything other than that their favorite VP candidate (who's always referred to by only her first name) is the key to winning the whole thing? I can't wait to read their predictions of doom for the country on election night!
  • Random Thoughts/Links:
    • Dana Milbank's piece in tomorrow's Post includes a line where someone at today's Palin rally, when hearing about Obama, yelled, "Kill him!" Of course, this video has been making the rounds today where a McCain rally attendee yells that Obama is a terrorist (props to McCain for his obvious visceral reaction). There are crazies on all sides, but campaigns need to think before they unleash attacks. Not everyone sees them as desperate and unserious stabs in the dark.
    • You might have missed Jim Cramer on Today this morning where he said that people should divest themselves of the stock market immediately if they need the money within the next five years. I'm going to let people with more expertise in market futures determine whether that statement is perceptive or irresponsible. I know where I stand on it. However, people who have put money in stocks that they may need in the next five years have been led horribly astray by either their advisor or the freedom of the internet. I don't care if the market is going up; stocks are essentially gambling. I've written about this before (a year ago, long before this mess), but stocks are great for long-term investment and not much else unless you can afford to lose what you're wagering. It's another example of overly bullish people reaping what they sowed.
  • Heroes Questions/Comments of the Week:
    • Nikki was told that Jessica was her sister who died young. Apparently not the case, since Nikki was one of a set of triplets. So where's the third one, Barbara?
    • Why didn't future Peter heal when Claire shot him? Maybe because the Haitian was there, but wouldn't he heal when present Peter knocked the Haitian out?
    • Which side is really the villains? That's obviously going to be one of those questions that will be answered, but not until the end of the season.
    • I know Daphne has super speed, but how did Knox and Claire get to the Bennett house so quickly? Also, the whole strength through fear thing is a pretty cool power.
    • The parallels with the first season continue with Nathan as President and Sylar going nuclear (the episode title was a quote made famous by Oppenheimer).

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