Posts from April 26, 2005

Flying over the shark

Flying over the shark

: Now everybody‘s going to have to blog from an airplane to say: wow, you’ll never guess where I’m blogging from: an airplane. (See also the airborne email in Meeker’s PowerPoint.) And then they’ll IM. And then they’ll Skype. And then they’ll land.

The cup will put you to sleep but the coffee will wake up you

The cup will put you to sleep but the coffee will wake up you

: I missed this before but 601am belatedly wakes me up to the news and I hadn’t even noticed because the brown this-cup-is-too-hot-for-human-consumption thing covered them up but Starbucks, ever in search of a new form of cultural pap, is quoting grande celebs (that is, merely medium) on its cups, and some of them include: Al Franken, Goldie Hawn, Ken Auletta, Yo-Yo Ma, Keith Olbermann, Melissa Etheridge , Ken Burns, Jonah Goldberg, Po Bronson, Quincy Jones, Chuck D, Deepak Chopra. Gag me with a double latte.

Noah benShea’s quote: “Do not kiss your children so they will kiss you back but so they will kiss their children, and their childrenís children.” That belongs on a doilie, not a cup.

And Goldberg’s: “Everywhere, unthinking mobs of ìindependent thinkersî wield tired clichÈs like cudgels, pummeling those who dare question ìenlightenedî dogma. If ìviolence never solved anything,î cops wouldnít have guns and slaves may never have been freed. If itís better that 10 guilty men go free to spare one innocent, why not free 100 or 1,000,000? ClichÈs begin arguments, they donít settle them.” That is here because it wouldn’t fit on a Hummer bumpersticker.

Anybody for a new agenda?

Anybody for a new agenda?

: A few polls indicate that Bush hasn’t picked the right agendas out of his hat.

: ABC News/Post poll on Social Security:

“Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling Social Security?”

April ’05: Approve – 31 percent, disapprove – 64

Sept. ’03: Approve – 43, disapprove – 46

Not a good trend line, eh?

“Would you support or oppose a plan in which people who chose to could invest some of their Social Security contributions in the stock market?”

April ’05: Support – 45, oppose – 51

Sept. ’03: Support – 64, oppose – 31

“Who[m] do you trust to do a better job handling Social Security: Bush or the Democrats in Congress?”

Bush – 32 percent, Democrats – 50

: ABC News/Post poll on judicial appointments:

“The Senate has confirmed 35 federal appeals court judges nominated by Bush, while Senate Democrats have blocked 10 others. Do you think the Senate Democrats are right or wrong to block these nominations?”

Right: 48 percent, wrong: 36 percent

“Would you support or oppose changing Senate rules to make it easier for the Republicans to confirm Bush’s judicial nominees?”

Support: 26 percent, oppose: 66 percent

Try energy policy, George. And health care.

: UPDATE: Ankle Biting Pundits is growling over the polls.

: AND: I repeat my wish for open-source polling.