October 15th, 2008


Stupid brain

This is the second day in a row that i've spent at least five or ten minutes longer in the shower than i should have because i got distracted thinking about my two Changeling character ideas for the upcoming campaign.

Therefore, it's all coraa's fault ;)

(Of course i'd probably spend less time thinking about it if i wasn't trying to flesh out two ideas at once, but they're both really cool and i haven't been able to decide which i like better yet. Of course i may have to end up scrapping both ideas, or at least heavily modifying one of them, unless someone else comes up with a character who has at least a sideline in healing. Hint, hint: Levels 1 and 3 of Eternal Spring, to anyone who hasn't figured out their character concept yet! ;)
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Backseat politicking

What i'd like to see at the debate tonight:

Regardless of whether or not the moderators give them a chance to make an opening statement or not the candidates always take the time to do a little intro, if necessary by responding to the first question with something like "that's a good question and i'll answer it in just a second, but first i'd like to thank you for inviting me here and giving me the chance to debate the issues with my opponent, and i'd like to thank the audience for showing up to listen to us..." etc.

After finishing the obligatory thanking everyone bit Obama's ought to continue on with something like "I'd really like to talk about the important economic issues facing the American people today, but [turning to McCain] I would like to know John, are you going to insist on discussing the lies spread by your ads and by Governor Palin, or are you willing to dismiss them as the lies they are so we can discuss the issues that really matter to the public?"

He could say it better than me i'm sure, but something direct and confrontational at the beginning, stating that he wants to discuss the economy and forcing McCain to choose between diverting the discussion or giving up the Ayers and such attacks. If he lets McCain bring the issue up at some later point of his own choosing McCain _might_ be able to work around to it without actually looking like he's trying to sideline the entire debate.

So force McCain to choose up front, and either acknowledge that he's avoiding the important topics, or discredit any attempts to bring it up later. And if McCain _does_ bring it up, either at the start or later on, then Obama should respond quickly and in series with the "i was 8 at the time" bit, and ask him about his relationships with Keating during the savings and loan scandal and why he hired an advocate for Saddam Husein as a campaign adviser and why Palin is lying about the findings of the investigation into her ethics, but then follow that up with "but these aren't the issues the American people want to hear about, they want to hear about how the economy is going to be fixed." He should always respond to the attack in force but then try to get the topic back onto the economy, so McCain gets all the "credit" for changing the subject.

(no subject)

Right before the debate started they were asking their uncommitted voter panel what questions they wanted the candidates to answer before they could make up their minds. My question for the uncommitted voters, particularly the self-declared republican and democrat ones, why is it that with three weeks left to go and after two and a half debates that you don't feel you know enough to decide on someone, and how do you possibly feel like they can manage to address that in the hour and a half of the last debate? =P

You know, i'm really not expecting that much from this debate. I have a very vague and general idea of what i think would be a good idea in foreign policy. I have no idea what the best way to fix the economy is, and i expect both candidates to put forth ideas that sound like they might be plausible but which i don't really feel like i can judge =P And i don't really expect either of them will stick to any promises they make at this point about the economy in general or spending in taxes in particular.

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And Obama gets the last word of the last debate! Go coin toss! He was a little weaker than i expected, but it still seemed to go over well.

And McCain does another little dance afterwards trying to get around the table.

Not as many comments for this one as i expected.

Book meme!

Seen it posted by several people, but just now is the first time i read it while i was actually near a book :) The only question i have is, if the page starts halfway through a sentence does that count as the first sentence or the zeroth sentence?

Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

The closest book: "Whatever their reasons, most relish an opportunity to make the enemy run scared, if only for an evening or two."

The book i'm currently reading: "'Major,' he said, once he was confident he had control of his voice, 'I've just had a nasty thought.'"

Okay, that one is a little weird too, because the sentence ends in the middle of a quote.

Useless warnings

When presenting a public opinion poll on the debate: "One warning, this poll is only of people who actually watched the debate." Damn it! I wanted to hear the opinion of people who hadn't watched it and were just guessing at how it went! Good thing they warned me! :)
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