A test for you


Take that little 33-question civics test and see how you do.  I scored 32 out of 33, 97%.  The average citizen scores 49%. 

The average elected official?  44%.

I guess this means I’m overqualified to hold elective office.

(Hat tip:  The inimitable Marty over at One Pretentious Bastard.)


Camille Paglia on the election

The one good thing that Salon comes out with these days is Camille Paglia’s column.  No, I don’t agree with her on political things very often, but she’s got a perspective that I find very different and interesting.  Her column this month is on the election, Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn, Sarah Palin, and a bunch of other stuff, simultaneously showing joy for the results of the election and annoyance in the media’s handling of it:  Obama surfs through.

No one knows whether Obama will move to the center or veer hard left. Perhaps even he doesn’t know. But I have great optimism about his political instincts and deftness. He wants to be president of all the people — if that is possible in so divided a nation. His natural impulse seems to be toward reconciliation and concord. The big question will be how patient the Democratic left wing is in demanding drastic changes in social policy, particularly dicey with a teetering economy.


Liberal Democrats are going to wake up from their sadomasochistic, anti-Palin orgy with a very big hangover. The evil genie released during this sorry episode will not so easily go back into its bottle. A shocking level of irrational emotionalism and at times infantile rage was exposed at the heart of current Democratic ideology — contradicting Democratic core principles of compassion, tolerance and independent thought. One would have to look back to the Eisenhower 1950s for parallels to this grotesque lock-step parade of bourgeois provincialism, shallow groupthink and blind prejudice.

Just a little Halloween night fun

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you a candidate for Idaho’s Mother of the Year award for 2008:

The case against Brutsche-Ely started on Oct. 31 shortly before midnight when Hailey police were called to The Mint nightclub on Main Street on reports of a woman stealing beer from other patrons, exposing herself to the band, trying to start fights and refusing to leave the establishment.

Hailey officer Shelly Pharis wrote in a probable cause affidavit that when she arrived at the bar she found Brutsche-Ely, completely unclothed, outside and in front of the nightclub yelling at Mint security personnel and patrons who had followed the fracas outside.

Brutsche-Ely was charged with four crimes for things she allegedly did in or outside of the Mint. The misdemeanor indecent exposure charge alleges that Brutsche-Ely illegally exposed her private parts in public, while the misdemeanor battery charge alleges that she kicked Mint security man Mike Kimball in the groin.

But what really makes this whole story is the mug shot:

I don’t know about fat, but I think she’s got the drunk and stupid part down pretty good.

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So here I sit…

…at 1 o’clock in the morning, looking at my brand-new copy of Wrath of the Lich King, shiny little DVD poking out of its paper sleeve, account properly upgraded, patches pre-downloaded and ready to go.

Meanwhile, my computer is downloading the 1.9 GB content of the Lich King expansion from Blizzard, which even on a good cable connection like mine, will probably take another hour.


Because my freaking DVD-RW drive door won’t eject so I can’t put the DVD in.


PS:  The download just stopped at 432 MB out of 1.9 GB.  Go me.

I am not prepared…

…oh, never mind, that was last expansion.

Yep, tonight, about 11:30, I will brave the predicted yucky cold rain here in Nifongville and head over to the mall to hang out with the other losers awaiting the midnight release of World of Warcraft:  Wrath of the Lich King.

The sad part is, I won’t even be able to play it tomorrow.  I have to work like a good little family provider.  I’ll get it installed in the morning before I leave and then sit at work all day wondering whether most of my WoWfriends will be level 71 when I get home.  That’s assuming Arthas doesn’t one-shot the servers into a pile of ichor, the way they’ve been the past two days.

Northrend, here I come.

PS:  Gharr, go the hell to sleep.

Bipartisan stupid

In the tradition of reaching “across the aisle” after a political campaign, may I present two fine examples of first-degree criminal felony stupid from last week’s headlines.

First, in Barack Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago, we have this young lady who went to Obama’s Grant Park celebration, but didn’t take away the correct message:

Celita Hart, 19, stood silently in court today when she appeared for a bond hearing.

Prosecutors said Hart, who is black, yelled ” ‘White [expletive], [expletive] McCain–you white police can’t do nothing anymore.'”  With that, she reached through the window of a squad car and slapped a white male officer in the face, according to Assistant State’s Atty. Lorraine Scaduto.

And meanwhile, in Texas, a University of Texas football player proves that drunken Facebook posting isn’t a really smart thing to do:

According to those who saw the Facebook page, Burnette updated his status shortly after Barack Obama was elected president Tuesday night and wrote that hunters should get their guns. One of the people who claimed to have seen Burnette’s original post said it also included a racial slur. Others saw what Burnette wrote and posted comments on other sites, encouraging their friends to shut down his page.

The alleged original comment?  “Gather up all the hunters.  We have a n—– in the Whitehouse.”

As if people needed more reasons to root for A&M and Texas Tech instead of UT.

Drinking the Haterade