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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-05-03 05:15
Subject: [links] Link salad thinks it might be awake
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Here's the voting poll for the panda caption contest — I'll declare a winner on Monday, so get your vote in now.

Review of some of Clarkesworld's audiocasts — Including some love for "Rolling Steel" by calendula_witch and me.

Peering into North Korea — Photos of the hermit kingdom. (Snurched from Dark Roasted Blend.)

Australian 3rd Brigade and their Kangaroo mascot in Egypt in 1915 — This photo will bend your head a little.

Mexico swine flu deaths ebb - but caution urged

Top Republicans kick off campaign to reshape their party's image — Money shot: Mitt Romney saying, "We are the party of the revolutionaries, they [Democrats] are the party of the monarchists." This from the party whose last three presidents have been Reagan and the Bushes father and son. How can a Republican come out with something like that without simply dying of laughter? Or is Romney (and the GOP) so cretinous that they actually believe that stuff?

?otD: What's your favorite color? Provide examples.

Body movement: walking later today
This morning's weigh-in: n/a (traveling)
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville, Julian Comstock by Robert Charles Wilson

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: mmerriam
Date: 2009-05-03 13:32 (UTC)
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Or is Romney (and the GOP) so cretinous that they actually believe that stuff?

That. The problem is, they can get their talk radio mouthpieces to say any old lie and the base will lap it up like it's the gospel.
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User: sheelangig
Date: 2009-05-03 16:48 (UTC)
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It's just advertising! It's Coke vs. Pepsi. The thing is, Americans keep drinking pop.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2009-05-03 13:34 (UTC)
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The GOP is the comedy gift that keeps on giving.
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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2009-05-03 15:22 (UTC)
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By the time 2012 rolls around, Romney will be right. The Dems will have taken control of both houses of Congress, the Executive, and may have a couple more Supreme Court judges.

Monarchy is the spin word; he's utilizing it to conjure staid and stagnant autocratic government by a small, powerful minority. I think that he could be using it effectively, despite the obvious irony involving his own party. The difference between the messages is that in the Reagan/Bush 1 yesrs, the GOP was able to cast itself as the down-home, American values base. It was popular because it SAID it was popular, and sold that image to the American public.

The Dems have never been able to do that, and so public feeling-- positive though it is now-- casts the Dems as smart, elite, and disconnected. I'm going to bet that you'll hear more about monarchies and revolutions in the coming days, as the GOP begins working on their 2012 run.
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Kelly Green
User: saycestsay
Date: 2009-05-03 15:24 (UTC)
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You know me: tie-dye girl, I like 'em all. Easier to describe the ones I don't groove on.

Black. Blah. I've worn a lot of black tees lately because they're forgiving of travel wear and tear but they generally have something, design, logo, icon, to pull them up from the pits of despair that is black.

Gray. I like some gray. Generally not to see (gray sky? you can keep 'em.) But some gray clothes are attractive. I'd never choose gray over blue, for instance.

Brown. Brown is for dead trees and dead lawns and doggie poo. I'm not talking mocha or caramel or mahogany; these aren't shades of brown, they're shades of life. Even chocolatey brownness could use some hue differentiation.

Give me a bright yellow any time, with some mauve highlights and purple outlines. Preferably tie-dyed.

Brought to you by "Rainy Sunday morning at Starbucks in Islip."
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User: csinman
Date: 2009-05-03 21:28 (UTC)
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My hair here is probably my favorite color.

...Ignore the dorky Photoshopping of my eyes. It was a Supernatural joke. ;)
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