Posts from November 1, 2004

Sick and evil

Sick and evil

: Once again, sick and evil Palestinian terrorists send a child to kill and be killed.

Dear Mr. Hitler, so sorry

Dear Mr. Hitler, so sorry

: The German tabloid Bild demands that the visiting Queen Elizabeth apologize for bombing Germany.

Hmmm. Sounds like those who say we should be sorry for liberating Iraq.

The Post-Election Peace Pledge

The Post-Election Peace Pledge

: I take this pledge (inspired by a few of the posts below below):

After the election results are in, I promise to:

: Support the President, even if I didn’t vote for him.

: Criticize the President, even if I did vote for him.

: Uphold standards of civilized discourse in blogs and in media while pushing both to be better.

: Unite as a nation, putting country over party, even as we work together to make America better.

What did I miss?

Care to take the pledge?

: Michele’s counter-pledge:

I hereby pledge that after the election is called, I will run naked through the streets, smeared with war paint, stinking of Jack Daniels and screaming obscenities at my neighbors.

I will do this even if my candidate wins because drunken, naked cursing is fun no matter who the president is.

That’s what makes America great, damnit.

: UPDATE: Commenters ask me what I mean by “support.” Right question. I do not mean blind support, love-it-or-leave-it support, with-him-or-against-him support. I mean acknowledging that the president is the president and especially in a time of war, we need to stand together against our enemies — namely, Islamofascist terrorists — and not act, as too many have during this administration (and the one before it) that the enemy is in the White House. No, we’re on the same side.

But this is why I quickly follow with the pledge that we should criticize the President — even if he’s the President we voted for — because this is not a love-it-or-leave it nation; this is a democratic nation where the wisdom of the crowd is often wiser than the wisest man (and certainly than either of these candidates). So I don’t want to see people blindly attacking or blindly supporting the president.

It will feel so good when it stops hurting

It will feel so good when it stops hurting

: I can’t wait until this election is over. I just pray that it’s quick, for I’ve had it with all the spit and bile and venom. People are getting their last spits in everywhere. The tone of the comments today is particularly off-its-meds (I’ve killed some posts and I won’t hesitate to kill more, by the way). I fear a crescendo of nastiness online and on the talk shows and in the bars over the next 36 hours. But then let’s hope it quiets down. It won’t go away, but at least it can quiet down. As I said below, I am prepared to support (and also criticize) either man when the election is done. I just want it done.

Indtv starts staffing up

Indtv starts staffing up

: The Al Gore/Joel Hyatt network I visited in San Francisco is starting to hire its executives. [via IWantMedia]

Voters of tomorrow

Voters of tomorrow

: Trendcentral‘s newsletter reports (no web link) on a survey of 400 youths 14-18 on politics. First, the good news:

Politics are on the lips and minds of teens:

Exit polls that don’t end

Exit polls that don’t end

: Just wondering…. Does the extended early voting in Florida and other states mean that networks’ pollsters now have to stake out the polls for days on end? What about states where mail voting is allowed — how do you perform exit polls? In a year when there are so many new voters without statistical history, what’s all this going to do to the projections on election night?

The web and the world

The web and the world

: I’ve just signed up to attend the Internet + Society confab at Harvard’s Berkman Center on Dec. 10 and 11, including much attention to international blogging with appearances by Hoder (who finally gets a visa!) and possibly some Iraqi bloggers.