Archive for January, 2007

Another Shot of Price Lake

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Blogger to the Rescue

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Rob Huddleston might be headed for a seat on the Knox County Commission. I hope he takes it. Rob would do a great job helping to clean up the mess that is Knox County politics.

Journalistic War

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

It looks like Fox News and CNN are fighting over a report that Barack Obama attended a madrassa in Jakarta as child. I heard this story, and thought it sounded pretty far-fetched. Turns out it isn’t true. Check out this link from Music City Oracle about Obama’s background. Like MCO, I have no intention of voting for Obama, but I also don’t like having my intelligence insulted.

It is good to see CNN and Fox News feuding, however. With several cable news networks now, it is much harder for one network to run misleading or untrue stories, as another network might well expose them. It’s good to see this is happening, and I hope it continues to happen, from both Fox and CNN.

State of the Union

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

A few thoughts:

Pretty good overall. I though Bush handled the Iraq situation pretty well; sticking to generalizations most of us can agree on (”you didn’t vote for failure”).

Interesting that Bush now sees global climate change as a serious threat. Flip flop? Perhaps, perhaps not. It’ll be even more interesting to see what policies he supports to deal with it.

Based on the reaction from Congress, it looks like we might well see comprehensive immigration soon.

A balanced budget without a tax hike? I hope so. Less government? Not likely.

I was happy to hear Bush mention Darfur again. Something needs to be done. Will it be? We can only hope.

Not as much about Iran as I’d expect. Perhaps this indicates we won’t be attacking anytime soon.

Good to see mention of ending our dependence on foreign oil, but I doubt anything will come of it.

UPDATE: Jim Webb sounded like a stereotypical body-builder, and borrowed a page from John Edwards. Economic demagoguery, here we come.

Apparently Brownback is a Social Conservative

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback is apparently trying to challenge Mitt Romney for the social conservative vote, to the point that he almost disregards fiscal conservatism. This is a shame; the race for the White House needs a good limited government candidate. Apparently, it won’t be Brownback.

Blog Research

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Those of you interested in reading research on blogs should check out this page.

A Mountain Home

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Moses H. Cone House, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Some Votes More Equal Than Others

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Congressional Democrats are considering giving partial voting rights to delegates from the District of Columbia, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Island, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa. It’s interesting that of the five delegates that would receive voting rights, only one – Puerto Rico’s Luis Fortuno – is a Republican.

But before anyone gets to excited or angry about the proposed change, it’s worth nothing that it would be meaningless:

The rule that existed briefly a decade ago let delegates vote in what is called the “committee of the whole,” a term for the procedures the House uses when debating and amending a bill before going to a final vote. But the rule also stipulated that if a delegate’s vote has a decisive impact on the outcome, the committee of the whole disbands and the full House votes on the issue without delegate participation.

Thus, the votes of these delegates would only count when they didn’t matter. Looks to me like it’s an attempt by the Democrats to inflate the numbers on certain votes. If you’re going to give the delegates the right to vote, do it. Don’t just halfway do it.

Blogs Vs. Starbucks

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Interesting article in the Christian Science Monitor about Chinese blogs and their fight against a Starbucks located in Beijing. While I don’t like seeing symbols of capitalism come under fire, it is clear that blogs have gained power in China:

Freedom and interactivity have typically not been the Chinese government’s favorite flavors, but cyberspace is never easy to police.

“The government still really wants to control opinions in the blogosphere, but the essence of the blog phenomenon is that it is uncontrollable,” says Hong Bo, a well-known blogger whose site focuses on technology and Internet issues.

Ironically, it appears that it is globalization itself that is allowing people in China to fight one of the greatest symbols of globlization.

The Year of YouTube?

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

If 2004 was the year of the blog, then 2008 might end being the year of YouTube:

But if last year was the year of the rogue videographers, the already-underway 2008 presidential campaign is likely to be remembered as the point where Web video became central to the communications strategy of every serious presidential candidate.

Playing defense is only one use of Web video. Equally important, the candidates and their staffs see Web-based video as an inexpensive and potentially significant tool for telling their campaign story without the filters of the traditional media.

Call it the YouTube effect, and it is only growing. The video-sharing site, which less than a year after its founding was bought by Google for $1.65 billion, has revolutionized the transfer of information via video, spawned a number of imitators and forced candidates to recalibrate choices, from their announcement strategies to their staffing decisions

Very interesting. In my opinion, the power of YouTube lies in leading the MSM. George Allen’s infamous “macaca” moment made a splash because it was picked up by CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. But without YoouTube, it never would have happened. Politicians will have to watch what they say, now that virtually everywhere they go, they will be filmed.