A political comment – enough already

A political comment – enough already: Despite blogging a political convention and a visit with a noted politician, I typically avoid the topic of politics here as it is so well-blogged by others. And, frankly, the content of this blog sometimes gets blurred with my day job by some Google users. And, well, as hard as it is to believe, some of the fine employees of Hammock Publishing don’t necessarily want to be associated with the political views of this blogger.

But I want to be on record as agreeing with Jeff Jarvis that at some point, this whole gotcha campaigning crap has got to stop. I know the history of American presidential politics is filled with mud-slinging and rumor-milling that makes the Kerry-Bush accusation-duel look like a kindegarten squabble. But still, enough already.

Who cares who served in Vietnam…or avoided it? Didn’t the election of President Dole, the WWII hero, over Bill Clinton, the draft dodger, settle that as an issue? And frankly, if Kitty Kelly’s book claims that back in the 1980s, George W. Bush performed abortions at Camp David while dancing naked on a table, drunk and on cocaine, it won’t influence my vote. And frankly, if some veteran steps forward tomorrow proving John Kerry cut himself shaving and tried to leverage that into a Congressional Medal of Honor because he thought it would help him get a date with Jane Fonda and would look good on his campaign resume, it won’t influence my vote. Hell, you could tell me that John Kerry and George Bush were once secretly married to each other in a private Skull & Crossbones ceremony at Yale, and I would be too desensitized by this campaign to give a rip.

Is anyong actually going to vote this November based on something that happened during the Vietnam war or based on decades-old DUIs or anything other than the economy or the threat of terrorism or a personal conviction related to a specific public policy isisue? No one.

Bottom line: George W. Bush has served as president for the past four years. We’ve all had a front row seat to how he’ll likely serve if he’s re-elected to the office. Vote against him or for him based on what you, yourself, have observed and based on your personal convictions. Or vote for or against John Kerry based on your perception of his service in the Senate and on what you think of him today or if you are convinced that he’ll be a better president. Or vote for someone else if you think neither of them is fit for the office.

All that other crap is noise.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…: Those new to this weblog need to be forewarned. From, say, now until, say, about February 6, 2005, there may be, from time-to-time, a post-or-two regarding one of my favorite topics. As I know there is at least one Oakland fan among this weblog’s vast audience of seven readers, I will try not to gloat too much as the season progresses. Unfortunately for my hometeam, having ones placekicker out for an entire season — the second entire season in a row — is not the best way to kick-off things.

Comparative study

Comparative analysis: According to a study appearing in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the top three magazines in six categories (African-American, Men’s, Women’s, News, General, and Health) with the highest circulation have “relatively few” articles providing in-depth information about prostate and colon cancer screening compared to articles appearing about breast cancer screening.

What they see

What they see: According to eye-tracking research of 46 people for one hour each, the graph above is the typical pattern a web user follows when looking at a typical news website. Below, you can find the rexblog’s instant research of one weblog user, me, that shows how my eye works when reading a weblog, which may explain my theory on why a weblog format is better than a typical news website format. (via BoingBoing and Dan Gillmor.)

Neighborly link

Neighborly link: A guy who lives a few blocks from me in Nashville is profiled in this 12,000-word New Yorker piece. Funniest line is this remark from the subject’s wife after the writer notes their matching Apple G4s: “What did you expect?” she said. “I live with the man who invented the Internet.” Note to neighbor: Invite me over an I’ll help you set up a blog.

(Thanks, Charlotte)