Archive for June, 2008

Breaking a self-imposed ban on blog memery

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Normally I work hard at avoiding reading or participating in blog memes, but this one was pretty funny:

1. Take out your iPod (or Zune, I guess…really, who buys a Zune?)
2. Press shuffle songs.
3. Answer the following: a) How many songs before you come to one that would absolutely disqualify you from being President? b) What is that song?

First up on iTunes for me was Bob Dylan’s “On the Road Again,” which is probably no longer controversial enough to be scandalous. At #3 was “Wishful Thinking” by the Ditty Bops. Lesbian pop might cost me the GOP nomination, but wouldn’t kill overall Presidential ambitions, I’m guessing. #6 was “Californication” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but still seems like not enough to cost me Ohio in the general election. #12 was “God Smack” by Alice in Chains, which I suspect would nail me for good. If there was any support left #34 was Roger Waters’ “Too Much Rope,” which would definitely finish me.


For the gamer geeks

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

As Scott Jennings put it: “Roll for initiative, Claudius”

Ancient Roman gaming die

(From a 2003 auction.)

Too bad the original paperback rules for Catacombs & Chimerae appear to be lost to history.


This, Too, is a Family

Monday, June 16th, 2008

My post on same-sex marriage finally becoming legal in California, was going to be a lot different, more edgy, more challenging. Then I went back East to do the baby-naming ceremony for the youngest child of my wonderful friends Kix and Cathy. And I realized there is only one thing I need to say.

This, too, is a family:

Who has the right to deny it?

Congratulations to all the couples who will finally be able to make true before the State of California what has been true in their hearts, many of them for decades.

Blessings all,



I can has General Election now, plz?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

So, Big Media is finally declaring what’s been obvious for weeks: Obama’s the nominee. Finally, and damn am I glad that’s over.

I hope most of the Clinton supporters are like this and don’t go as far as some of the more obviously deranged ones who’ve been making the news with threats of convention fights, voting for McCain, and other similarly self-destructive acts.

Now that we’ve put Mark Penn, Harold Ickes, Rahm Emmanuel and many of the other Democratic sleaze merchants and weak-ass opportunists out to pasture, can we get on with the important business of debunking the McCain-as-maverick BS and drive a stake through the hearts of the Roger Stones, the Swift-boaters, and all the other demons the GOP will summon up from the depths to lie, smear, obfuscate, and divide us?