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August 28, 2008

Labor Day Marathons

Filed under: Entertainment,TV — CPav @ 6:27 pm
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If you’re holed up in a hotel room riding out Gustav, or just want to celebrate Labor Day with no labor, the link below will take you to a list of television marathons that will be taking place this weekend.


Interesting Pile: Labor Day Weekend 2008 TV Marathons

The 300 Project: 13/129


ONYD – Uninsured? What Uninsured?

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 6:20 pm
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John Goodman — not the actor, but the president of something called the National Center for Policy Analysis and a policy advisor for the McCain campaign — says that since everyone in the country has access to emergency rooms, no one is technically uninsured, so the Census Bureau should stop describe anyone as uninsured.

The policy that Goodman advises McCain on? Health Care.

The McCain camp’s response? They don’t consider him an official adviser. Note they don’t say he’s not an adviser, just that he’s not an official one.

And people think this will be good for the country? Part of the reason health care is so expensive is that hospitals have to cover the costs of those people who use their services without having insurance. So apparently, it’s okay with this guy that our premiums keep going up, as long as we don’t actually call anyone uninsured.

Original article

The 300 Project: 12/128

August 26, 2008

What You Mean “WE”, White Man?

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 7:36 am
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I just saw a John McCain commercial for the umpteenth time where he distorts Obama’s tax plans (the plan does NOT call for taxes on families until their combined income reaches $250,000, no matter how many times McCain says it does), but I was struck by one word in the ad. The narrator is saying how Obama doesn’t get it with the plight of the ordinary family, “but we do”.

That word “we” bothers me.

  • John McCain owns between 7 and 11 houses and condos (exact counts depend on if you count the two guest houses on one property as separate houses), but he has to ask his staff how many. I own one house.
  • John McCain spends $250,000 a year on household help. I don’t have any household help that doesn’t live under my roof, and I certainly don’t pay them. In fact, I don’t make $250k in two years, so I couldn’t pay it for my household help in one.
  • John McCain doesn’t know what kind of car he drives. I drive a beat-up 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage, and have to make sure to tuck the rubber insulation back into the rear driver’s side door when I close it.

So I’m not sure which “we” John McCain is talking about. Near as I can tell, the only “we”s we’re both part of is Americans, white guys and politicians. And I’m pretty sure none of those are it.

Well, maybe the white guys. But that comes later in the campaign.

The 300 Project: 11/127

August 23, 2008

The Keys to the Convention

Filed under: Politics — CPav @ 9:05 pm
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Huffington Post has a great idea for injecting some fun into the Democratic Convention, and making a point at the same time:

Hint: Remember the opposing team’s free throws in high school basketball games, or the opposing team’s kickoffs in football?

Howie Klein: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

The 300 Project: 10/126

August 20, 2008

The Future of…Tom Cruise?

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 6:48 am

I was among the people who really loved Tom Cruise’s cameo in Tropic Thunder, and was intrigued by the counterpoint it offered to much of his recent career.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an extensive article concerning the career turning point at which Cruise finds himself.

The 300 Project: 9/125

August 19, 2008

Brad Meltzer’s Book of Lies

Filed under: Books,Entertainment — CPav @ 9:53 pm
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Brad Meltzer is one of my favorite writers, whether of comic books (Identity Crisis, Justice League), novels (The Book of Fate), or television shows (Jack and Bobby). He’s got a new book coming out September 2, and there’s an intriguing, movie-style trailer that’s been put out to publicize it, with such luminaries as Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity), Damon Lindelof (Lost), and Brian K. Vaughn (Y The Last Man).

The video is embedded below. There’s also an extensive web site at




The 300 Project: 8/125

McCain’s “Cone of Silence” — Can You Hear Me Now?

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 7:33 am

John McCain and Barack Obama made a pseudo-joint appearance on Saturday night, and Rev. Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church. The two men were interviewed separately by Warren, sharing the stage only for a moment as Obama left the stage and McCain came on. To insure fairness, McCain was supposed to be isolated on-site, so that he didn’t have access to the questions prior to hearing them. In fact, Warren assured the audience that this was the case, and when he came out, McCain joked about it.

Only problem was, he wasn’t in the “cone of silence”, at least for part of Obama’s questioning. And his campaign, when asked, was very careful to say that McCain had “heard” none of the questions. They said nothing about the possibility of aides receiving the questions via Blackberry (or some other method) and briefing him on it.

A small matter? To be sure. But it goes to the honesty of the candidate, and his honoring his agreements. And it potentially goes a long way toward explaining how McCain was, by many reports, ultra-prepared and precisely on-message in his answers.

A large part of my problem with the story is not that it happened, but with the McCain camp’s response to it. When NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reported the story, the McCain campaign complained to NBC that they felt the NBC news division was biased against them. That’s right, they were exhibiting bias by reporting the facts of a story. And, when asked about McCain’s isolation, one of his spokeswomen answered “The insinuation from the Obama campaing that John McCain, a former prisoner of war, cheated is outrageous.”

What does McCain having been a prisoner of war have to do with anything here? And the insinuation that a former prisoner of war would never cheat is in and of itself outrageous. Just ask his first wife.

Full story here at the NY Times: Despite Assurances, McCain Wasn’t in a ‘Cone of Silence’

The 300 Project: 7/124

August 17, 2008

Filed under: Entertainment — CPav @ 10:38 pm

I would urge everyone who considers themselves a conservative and is considering voting for John McCain to read Frank Schaeffer’s post on the Huffington Post this evening. Schaeffer is a conservative who was at the heart of the pro-life movement in the 1970s, and makes a number of well-thought out points about his support of Barack Obama.

The article is available at

The 300 Project: 6/123

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