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Archive for April, 2008

John McCain, cold warrior

bad-idea-jeans.jpgNEWSWEEK’S FAREED ZAKARIA calls McCain’s recent foreign policy speech “radical” and “schizophrenic”:

On March 26, McCain gave a speech on foreign policy in Los Angeles that was billed as his most comprehensive statement on the subject. It contained within it the most radical idea put forward by a major candidate for the presidency in 25 years. Yet almost no one noticed.

The radical idea? Basically, President McCain would have us systematically disenfranchise Russia, China and other autocratic regimes we don’t like, who, as Zakaria rightly points out, are the very countries whose cooperation we desperately need to tackle global terrorism and maintain the global economy.

Can we now, as a country, agree that John McCain, war hero and overall war aficionado, is not very smart when it comes to foreign policy? Or do we have to elect him president first and then find out?

[Update: I never meant to become so stridently anti-John McCain on this blog ... ]

Spoonalogism

worseleth.jpgMariah was tired the other night. Trying to convey the extent of her fatigue and its effect on her overall functioning, she said, “I’m pretty worseleth.”

Of course, she meant to say worthless, but she transposed—spoonerism-style—two parts of the word, producing a pretty awesome neologism, one that was way more descriptive of her current state than worthless.

We were both a little slap-happy at that moment, and worseleth threw us into hysterical laughter.

Nerve

CONSTRUCT AN ELABORATE FAÇADE as a straight-talking maverick who battles against the corrupting influence of money in politics.

When your campaign coffers unexpectedly dry up, enter the public financing system and accept the rules associated with taking public funds. Use the funds to keep your presidential aspirations alive.

When donations start to pick up, forget the whole public financing thing (and those pesky spending limits). Raise funds and spend with reckless abandon, taking comfort in the knowledge that even if you’re breaking the law, it probably won’t catch up with you until after the election is over.

With a straight face, continue touting your straight-talking, maverick credentials. And take shots at your rivals for not accepting public funds.

[UPDATE] It gets more ridiculous.

Leave job, take insurance.

WHAT A CONCEPT. And what a politically brilliant way to frame the debate.

Questions

 [In no particular order]

1. SHOULD we boycott the Beijing Olympics? Point: China executes about 20 people per day. Counter-point: What a crappy thing to do to the athletes, who have nothing at all to do with China’s human rights record. Plus, we execute people, too. To boycott on that principle would be a little hypocritical, right? Conclusion: Still unsure.

2. WHY did Michael Johns get booted from American Idol?

3. WHY are we still in Iraq? No, really, why? I want to hear good reasons for staying there.

4. WHAT’S UP with that 28 percent that approves of President Bush’s performance? Sub-question: What would Bush have to do to get their disapproval?

5. WHY are you using Evite when you can use Pingg? I can understand using Evite only if you like poorly designed, shaming invitations that are filled with ugly ads.

Also, while I can’t put it into question form, I thought I’d acknowledge how cool it is that Spain recently appointed Carme Chacon as defense minister. Chacon is the first female to become a top defense official—and she also has a bun in the oven.


You Lost Me, Hillary.

I’M BITTER. I’m bitter about the bitter flap. Bitter that Hillary has made such a big deal about it. Bitter that she’s given John McCain a prefabricated, Hillary-approved bludgeon for the general election.

And I’m confused. If it were still a competitive race, I could understand it a little easier—the Clintons, after all, are ruthless competitors, and we can credit their ruthlessness for ending Republican hegemony in 1992. But this race is pretty much sown up (any scenario in which she wins would surely be Pyhrric for the party), making it clear that Hillary’s will to power is so strong that she’s willing to take everyone down with her.

This isn’t winning at all costs. It’s losing at all costs.

[Update: Frank Rich coins the perfect term for Hillary's against-all-logic drive toward the nomination: "kamikaze narcissism."]

Nothing is obscene anymore …

THE CONVERSATION CONTINUES: My October post entitled “Nothing is obscene anymore” is still generating some comments (not a ton, but significant for this blog) including a rather bizarre one from a conservative pundit named John Lofton.

Add your $.02!

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