Archive for October, 2004

Georgia Turnout Update

October 29, 2004

My wife had the day off today, and tried to go vote (Georgia has early voting this week). When she arrived at the polling place, she was told the wait would be 4-5 hours.

To repeat what I said earlier in the week: Georgia is no battleground in 2004 (insert William T. Sherman jokes here). There is no question as to who is going to win the statewide races here; Bush and Johnny Isacson are both double-digit locks.

And the wait is still half a day to vote.

Take whatever predictions you read or hear over the next four days with 380 tons of salt. Nobody has ever seen an American election like this before.



Fair-Dinkum Grand-Slam

October 29, 2004

The final vote counts Down Under are over, and Bush ally John Howard’s party has won majorities in both houses of the Australian parliament. He’ll lead the first unified Aussie government in 24 years.

As noted previously, Tim Blair is undoubtably happy, and again presumed drunk.

Cats Are For Sissies

October 29, 2004

For all of us who were repulsed by yesterday’s insufferably-cutesy NY Times bit on catblogging, here’s the indispensible Lileks to remind us that real Americans have dogs.

Necessary Roughness

October 27, 2004

James Lileks lays a MOAB of a Fisking on Andrew Sullivan’s endorsement of Kerry today. A brief sample:

[Sullivan] He knows that if he lets his guard down and if terrorists strike or succeed anywhere, he runs the risk of discrediting the Democrats as a party of national security for a generation

[Lileks] Is it instructive to note which side Sen. Kerry instinctively inhabited in the 80s? Apparently not. Because now he knows that if terrorists strike, he runs the risk of discrediting his party. Got that? Runs the risk. Of discrediting his party. Of all that the theats he might face, apparently that’s the one that seals the deal. Look: The guy voted against the first Gulf War. What else do you need to know? UN thumbs up, global test, allies coming out the wazoo, and he voted no. Because that

This Is Not A Battleground, But…

October 27, 2004

For the first time in a presidential election year, Georgia is allowing early voting–and it’s a smash hit. According to the local fish-wrapper, two-hour lines have been the norm in metro Atlanta since early voting began on Monday. Two observations:

1. There isn’t a competitive race in Georgia this year above the state legislature level. George W. Bush and Johnny Isacson (U.S. Senate) are both lead-pipe cinches to win the state, and by considerable double-digit margins.

2. Regardless of observation #1, state officials are expecting a turnout well in excess of the previous record (72%) for this election.

Michael Barone or Larry Sabato could tell us for sure, but I think I’m safe in assuming that nobody alive has ever seen turnout like this for an American election. I think I’m also safe in assuming that nobody alive knows how to poll or predict the outcome of that kind of election.

If Georgia polls over 75-80%, with both national races clearly in the bag, what will the lines be like in Ohio or Florida, or other places where the outcome is seriously in doubt?

It’s gonna be an interesting six days–and maybe six weeks.

From The Bleachers

October 27, 2004

For those who’re interested, my weekly Auburn football column is up (and has been since Sunday night; my bad for being late with a Vodka-link). This one covers AU’s 42-10 win over Kentucky.

No, no, no! It’s Raptor, not Rattor!

October 24, 2004

Thanks to my job, I know most of the Air Force pilots who fly the F-22.

I can guaran-dang-tee you this story will be hitting all of their mailboxes on Monday morning (most of the senders will probably be their F-15 and F-16 buddies)…

Q: How many drummers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

October 19, 2004

A: Twenty: one to screw in the bulb, and nineteen to insist that Neil Peart would have done it better.

Okay, okay, that’s a very lame way of introducing a neat little college design project, a MIDI-controlled drum robot called P.E.A.R.T. No, it’s not a drum machine–it’s a machine that plays the drums.

I bet it can’t play “The Rhythm Method,” though.

Credit for the link to Slashdot; blame for the bad light bulb joke to a /. commenter…

From The Bleachers

October 18, 2004

My weekly Auburn football column is up, covering the Tigers’ 38-20 shellacking of Arkansas.

Any yes, I am having a hell of a lot of fun this season…

As The Governator Says, “I’m Back”

October 15, 2004

Despite having (inadvertently) arrived at the Orlando airport four hours early for my flight, I’m proud to say that I was the last passenger to be seated for the trip home. Delta got its final revenge, though–we had to circle Macon for a half hour.

Sadly, I was not upgraded, and thus, I am again sober. However, as the wife just left for an orchestra rehearsal, that situation will soon be remedied.

Thanks to all for the commiseration and good thoughts. Oh, and Brian–in addition to the Asteroids Deluxe, I also have a cocktail Missile Command, as well as uprights of Kickman and Eyes (the latter two aren’t working, though). I think my VAPS membership got dropped when I missed an audit a while back…