Obama baffles pundits by trying to keep his word

March 26, 2009

I just heard somebody point out that most of the current criticism of President Obama is based on the fact that he is mostly doing what he promised to do during the campaign.  Details here.

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“What I’m telling you now used to be a lie.”

March 11, 2009

If you don’t read Mark Evanier’s blog, you probably missed his comment about the latest celebrity feud:

I must admit I’ve been enjoying the spat between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer, partly because it’s funny and partly because Stewart is doing something that doesn’t happen nearly enough in the media today. He’s pointing out when so-called experts were dead wrong. There seems to be no penalty — no recognition, even — when what happens is precisely the opposite of what was predicted. Erroneous punditry is shrugged off, not just by those who make the bad calls but by their peers and even by the viewing public. I believe this is called The William Kristol Syndrome.

Even more than the flu, this syndrome seems to be what’s going around these days. Everywhere I look, people are asking me to believe what they’re telling me now and forget about what they told me before that turned out to be wrong. It’s especially hard to swallow when the speaker is someone whose entire job is to tell you things that you can reliably trust.

The Republicans are taking this to the extreme.  The things they said before that they want you to forget about, that turned out not to be true, are exactly the same things they’re still saying today.  And they act like they still expect you to believe them.

And Mr. Evanier goes on to say:

Mr. Stewart and his crew may be Liberal on most issues but those like Joe Scarborough who think he doesn’t ridicule Democrats and the new White House occupant haven’t been watching the show. (I think some of them are foolishly expecting or hoping to encourage that Obama in his first fifty days be mocked as much as Bush was in his last fifty days.)

I saw Joe “Banjo Boy” Scarborough’s comments.  He thinks The Daily Show is biased in favor of Obama when they’re actually biased against stupid behavior. Based on that, of course they spent more time ridiculing Bush.


It’s easy

March 8, 2009

It’s easy to keep an optimistic outlook.

It’s easy to maintain a firm grip on reality.

It’s nearly impossible to do both at the same time.


Candygram for Mongo! Sign here, please!

March 5, 2009

Have you ever wanted to approach a favorite celebrity to ask for an autograph?  Good luck with that, and don’t forget to bring your wallet.  Cartoonist Tom Richmond tells why in his report from the WonderCon fan convention in San Francisco.

Several pretty big names were present signing autographs, including Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher of Star Wars, Adam and a few others. It is unbelievable what these people charge for their scrawls. Mark Hamill was charging $100, but cut you a break for a second signature… that was a mere $90. They also sold pictures and stuff to get signed, which you have to buy as they will charge you more to sign your own item. Carrie Fisher charged only $35.00, but refused to sign anything but her provided pictures at about $50 a pop. Adam [West] was charging $50, but would sign anything for that, and if you wanted you could buy one of his pics but it wasn’t mandatory. In their defense I am sure that some of those items are going to end up on eBay, but still… Mark Hamill and Adam at least went out of their way (from what I saw) to make the purchaser feel like they were appreciated and gave a few moments of interaction with each. I heard Fisher, on the other hand, barely said hello to most and no pictures with her. I guess we all have to make a living, but that’s still a lot of money to charge for a barely legible scribble.

I actually have a lot of respect for Carrie Fisher as a writer; she’s very sharp and funny.  But now I can’t help but wonder if she’s writing those books as a way to promote a lucrative autographing business.

Frankly, I am the most starstruck person I ever heard of.  In theory, I understand the concept of having a normal brief interaction with a celebrity.  In practice, I have been rendered speechless by the unexpected appearance of a random local radio personality.  Sometimes it’s the radio people who get you the most, because often you don’t realize who you’re standing next to until they speak.

Even so, I rarely see the point in asking for an autograph.  I only have a couple, and I didn’t ask for either one.  I got a gift once of a book by a local author and it came already signed.

And I once sent a fan letter to Stephen King and got a typed reply with a signature.  I prefer to believe that he typed it himself, and the signature matches the imprint on some of his books.

Yes, when it comes to well-known personalities I’m a total Kenneth the Page.