• comment on a post Corporate personhood over 4 years ago

    "Lessig" not "Lessing"

  • comment on a post What Krugman Said over 5 years ago

    Just wanted to take this opportunity to suggest you all check out the "Paul Krugman goes all Christian Bale" YouTube mash-up:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd-IsWJs8 Po

  • comment on a post Sam Seder for MSNBC's 10:00 PM ET Slot over 5 years ago

    Here we go again - such fun!

    # 1. Tavis Smiley
    # 2. Harry Shearer

    And while we're on the subject, MSNBC: How about Ray Suarez for 7 pm eastern?  Or 6 pm for now, if you can't yet easily free up the 7 pm slot!

    In other words, how about a little diversity, a little more humbleness, and a lot more respect for our communities' community-minded contributors?

  • As Jim Ringer used to say, radio is tv with a "no-inch" screen.

    But I whole-heartedly agree -- I encourage any interested public access channel producers out there to also be thinking creatively how to mark/celebrate this momentous turning.

    And if any of you all here know any of them, as well - PLEASE - pass along your suggestions ASAP.

    Your local access channels are there for your voices and visions.  What a great kick off for the new world to start using them like never before!

  • Link doesn't seem to work for Mac OS X.  Got one that does?

  • Very nicely said!  Thank you.

  • Thank you.  I completely agree - no one means offense when they use this phrase.

    I stayed out of those MyDD Dem primary flame wars a while back, wholly detesting the rancor.  I've no intention of pissing anew in the pool; I respect everyone's engagement and participation too much to be "always with the negative waves."  And yes, there are MUCH more urgent issues upon us.  So, I won't be arguing this point, beyond making this small observation.

    Earlier this election season many of us winced, some of us deeply convulsed, when the terms "lynching" and "assassination" were prominently brought to the fore by two national personalities.  In charity, I'll allow that neither speaker meant any offense or intimidation.  Nonetheless, many still live for whom those words stand for all too recent and unforgettable terrors.  Blessings on those who find ways to say what they need to without summoning such horrific and lasting acts of hatred.

    I think the difference here is that the origin of the 'reservation' phrase is in a past so distant that most of us actually have to be reminded that it too represents the same level of tragic hatred.  For most of us, perhaps -- but not for all.

    However, even if the evoked terrors were from many long centuries ago, beyond all memory, I think the concern would remain.  For example, Monty Python jokes about the "Spanish Inquisition", but if that term were constantly, thoughtlessly, and callously used by pols, pundits, and the public, wouldn't some of us mourn, if only in a few brief moments of quite reflection, the coarsening of our life and times?

    At the Free Press National Conference on Media Reform last June, I videotaped Chickasaw Nation Industry's Geoffrey Blackwell speaking on a spectrum policy panel about the challenges of bringing broadband access to the reservations  (http://blip.tv/file/1252530/) .

    Later in the session, a fellow panelist, whom I've worked with occasionally and deeply admire and respect, said, regarding municipal wi-fi policy, something like, "Well, I guess I'm off the reservation on this issue."  He instantly understood the implications of his comments, and in collegial friendship, apologetically placed his hand on Geoffrey's shoulder, stammering.  He understood then the meanings of that phrase, like perhaps he never had before.  

    Moi aussi.

    Again, in the future I'll not go on at length about this here - please carry on.  But here, or on Huff, or on OpenLeft, or any other fora I may be on, I'll probably continue to gently remind contributors who use this phrase of the blessed grace in retiring it.

    I noticed an NBC newscast this summer where Bryan Williams colloquially used the phrase.  As I said previously, I expect leadership especially has a responsibility for helping point us to a higher path.

    On the sunny side,
    Rob McCausland  

  • I expect better from the leaders here.  Seems like I'm gonna make myself a pest on this one; I repeat verbatim my post 9 days ago in response to a mydd poster on a Bachmann thread:

    Again with the "off the reservation."  Come on, people - this is an offensive phrase.  Here's a Daily Kos thread on the subject from 2005:

    Can we stop with "Off the Reservation"?
    by opus
    Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 07:24:15 PM PDT

    I'm not normally one for excessive "PC-ness" -- and I don't even usually get upset about things like the names of Sports teams...but this expression bothers me. Our country perpetrated a crime on all these people and now we casually use an expression that derives from complaints about them not knowing "their place"?

    Am I alone in this?
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/2/28/ 222415/862/734/95899

  • comment on a post Over by 9-11 pm? over 5 years ago

    Those who really wants to play with such a spreadsheet probably by now have made their own.  However, I've gone ahead a prepped a smaller version of it, and figured out how to format it for posting here (leading zeros for single digit numbers, for example).  To get your own spreadsheet from this, copy and paste the table into a txt file, and then open it in a spreadsheet, choosing fixed-width.

    Again, the vote assignments are based upon the polling data as reported at http://electoral-vote.com (10/26) - these are NOT projections - and the poll closing times are from http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G08/closin g.phtml?format=ec

    In multiple time zone states with asynchronous closing times, I've only included the final time zone.  All times listed are Eastern, not local.  Bold face indicates those battleground states where Obama is less than 10% ahead or less than 5% behind.

    In my first post, I made the assumption that the news will call a state based upon exit polls as soon as its polls closed.  I neglected to take into account that there may be numerous instances where for sometime the race will be too close to call based upon the exit polls.

        ST    EV    BO    JM
    7:00               
        GA    15    0    15
        IN    11    11    0
        KY    08    0    08
        SC    08    0    08
        VA    13    13    0
        VT    03    03    0
    7:30               
        OH    20    20    0
        WV    05    0    05
    8:00               
        AL    09    0    09
        CT    07    07    0
        DC    03    03    0
        DE    03    03    0
        FL    27    27    0
        IL    21    21    0
        MA    12    12    0
        MD    10    10    0
        ME    04    04    0
        MO    11    11    0
        MS    06    0    06
        NH    04    04    0
        NJ    15    15    0
        OK    07    0    07
        PA    21    21    0
        TN    11    0    11
    8:30               
        AR    06    0    06
        NC    15    15    0
    9:00               
        AZ    10    0    10
        CO    09    09    0
        KS    06    0    06
        LA    09    0    09
        MI    17    17    0
        MN    10    10    0
        NE    05    0    05
        NM    05    05    0
        NY    31    31    0
        RI    04    04    0
        SD    03    0    03
        TX    34    0    34
        WI    10    10    0
        WY    03    0    03
    10:00               
        IA    07    07    0
        MT    03    0    0
        NV    05    05    0
        UT    05    0    05
    11:00               
        ND    03    0    0
        CA    55    55    0
        ID    04    0    04
        OR    07    07    0
        WA    11    11    0
        HI    04    04    0
    1:00               
        AK    03    0    03

  • on a comment on Over by 9-11 pm? over 5 years ago

    Mike Allen wrote about this in Politico last week: Nation could face short Election Night

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/100 8/14660.html

    The quandary is highlighted by Virginia... There is no realistic McCain electoral college strategy that does not depend on winning the Old Dominion.  If it is clear on Nov. 4 that Obama has won in Virginia by the time polls there close at 7 p.m. -- it will still be daylight west of the Mississippi -- the obvious conclusion will be that Obama is headed to the White House.

    But executives are already mulling how clearly they would want their anchors and analysts to state the obvious, since networks have been criticized for depressing turnout by calling elections while polls are still open for several more hours. But they must also decide how they are going to fill air time, since networks are planning to be on the air until 2 a.m. on the East Coast.  Paul Friedman, CBS News senior vice president, said he has started to think "about what we could do to augment our Senate and House coverage on election night if the presidential story is over."

    "As to the presidential race, it's pretty simple: We will try to call a winner in each state as soon as possible after the polls close in each state," Friedman e-mailed. "If that adds up to 270 for someone before the polls close in the West, there's not a lot we can do. If there are not enough electoral votes for one man to win it before the Western states close, but we're pretty sure how they're going to fall, we will be ready with language which states the obvious without being too obvious. We can't be in the business of pretending to be stupid."

    Network political experts do not expect a candidate to reach the winning threshold of 270 electoral votes before 11 p.m. Eastern. "Nearly a mathematical impossibility," one network official e-mailed...

    Friedman said that in case of a landslide, "We could say something like, `Given the number of electoral votes Obama already has, and given what we know about the voting so far in various states where the polls have not closed, it is going to be very hard for John McCain to win.' I would sincerely hope that kind of language would not discourage people out West from voting."...

    A night of early surprises would be a gift for John King's "Magic Wall" of computerized maps. Feist said: "If we know early in the evening that Barack Obama wins a critical state such as Virginia or Florida, we'll have a conversation about what John McCain would have to pull out of his hat now," such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Mexico, Colorado or Nevada.

    And that kind of "what's this mean now" question is why I went searching for the list of poll closing times.  Why let the TV talking heads have all the fun, and drive our conversations that night?

  • on a comment on Over by 9-11 pm? over 5 years ago

    I quite agree.  No triumphalist me!  I merely did this exercise to create a fun "follow-along" tool for that night - marking where and when the tight spots were, and adding the actuals as they come in (well, the "called" actuals based on exit polls) to the total of remaining projecteds.  

    Watching Chuck Todd and John King playing with their own toys just isn't enough.

    I also believe I'm slightly mischaracterising the electoral-vote.com data.  His numbers are not actually projections - just reports of where the races are as of current polling. He's not claiming these numbers won't change, nor am I.

    It is a fun tool, though - one I'll be updating daily as new poll results come in.  I've sent the file to Votemaster, suggesting that he may want to present such a table on electoral-vote.com.  We'll see.  Thanks for the comments, y'all!

  • on a comment on Over by 9-11 pm? over 5 years ago

    Last polls in Alaska close 1 am eastern.

  • Again with the "off the reservation."  Come on, people - this is an offensive phrase.  Here's a Daily Kos thread on the subject from 2005:

    Can we stop with "Off the Reservation"?
    by opus
    Mon Feb 28, 2005 at 07:24:15 PM PDT
    I'm not normally one for excessive "PC-ness" -- and I don't even usually get upset about things like the names of Sports teams...but this expression bothers me. Our country perpetrated a crime on all these people and now we casually use an expression that derives from complaints about them not knowing "their place"?

    Am I alone in this?
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/2/28/ 222415/862/734/95899

  • This is pretty much how I feel - and several others, too, as seen further down this thread.

    McCain now knows he can't win, and recalculates that this is not the way he wants to go out, or to be remembered.  This is not the state in which he wants to leave the Republican party, nor, more importantly, the electorate/citizenry at large.  (Not that if he thought he could win he wouldn't do whatever he thought was necessary.)

    I believe now that he thinks winning is impossible, he's thinking differently.  While naked ambition is not a mortal sin, hate mongering, however - intention follows the bullet - can be.  

    I do not see today's statements as a ploy to win this election - that's gone and he knows it.  Rather...

    "God - he stole the handle, and the train it won't stop going, no, it won't slow down."  It may be way too late to stop this train now.  God help us, everyone.

    He'll probably console himself that the engine's energy was latent, anyway... he just callously pitched in a few more shovelfuls of coal.  Sadly though, there's no salvation there, for him, for us, or for the planet

    I sense there are boatloads more drama left in this passion play.  Pray all, please, for the best - it actually could be GLORIOUS... Calling all angels!

    Hey, John... you could just say, "No contest.  I'm supporting the Democratic ticket, and I'm asking my party to do the same.  It's way past time to work together."

    What a cross-the-aisle action that would be!  Hand-in-hand toward the future!

  • comment on a post Todd's Debate Thread over 5 years ago

    And Sara Palin - none?  Hmmm...  

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