Even Wolf Blitzer was left scratching his beard on this cromulent answer.
From Happy Valley news:
The dead have not returned to life to feast on the flesh of the living (Note to self: double check on this!!)
US inflation rate is still lower than Zimbabweâ€™s.
California has not literally â€œfallen into the oceanâ€ (though it has burnt to a crisp a few times).
Vampirism is on the decline.
(via Gerry Canavan)
I’ve spent most of my weekend (and Friday) avoiding the internet and media so I’m behind on the bailout fiasco. Gerry Canavan has rounded up some great opinion links for people who are behind on this as I am.
Sam Harris on Sarah Palin and Elitism:
Then came Palin’s first television interview with Charles Gibson. I was relieved to discover, as many were, that Palin’s luster can be much diminished by the absence of a teleprompter. Still, the problem she poses to our political process is now much bigger than she is. Her fans seem inclined to forgive her any indiscretion short of cannibalism. However badly she may stumble during the remaining weeks of this campaign, her supporters will focus their outrage upon the journalist who caused her to break stride, upon the camera operator who happened to capture her fall, upon the television network that broadcast the good lady’s misfortuneâ€”and, above all, upon the “liberal elites” with their highfalutin assumption that, in the 21st century, only a reasonably well-educated person should be given command of our nuclear arsenal.
The point to be lamented is not that Sarah Palin comes from outside Washington, or that she has glimpsed so little of the earth’s surface (she didn’t have a passport until last year), or that she’s never met a foreign head of state. The point is that she comes to us, seeking the second most important job in the world, without any intellectual training relevant to the challenges and responsibilities that await her. There is nothing to suggest that she even sees a role for careful analysis or a deep understanding of world events when it comes to deciding the fate of a nation. In her interview with Gibson, Palin managed to turn a joke about seeing Russia from her window into a straight-faced claim that Alaska’s geographical proximity to Russia gave her some essential foreign-policy experience. Palin may be a perfectly wonderful person, a loving mother and a great American success storyâ€”but she is a beauty queen/sports reporter who stumbled into small-town politics, and who is now on the verge of stumbling into, or upon, world history.
Before you ask the obvious question: YES, that’s really British comedian Ricky Gervais, fronting his ’80s pop-synth band, Seona Dancing.
It’s hard to get beyond the obvious Depeche Mode feeling to the video and really study his face, but that’s Gervais circa 1984. Sure, he’s obviously still a few helpings of bangers and mash short of his look today, but wow, the guy could sing!
Step 1) Buy $700 billion of big shitpile at inflated prices
Step 2) ..
Step 3) Profit!!