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I’m watching $20,000 Pyramid on the Game Show Network (my default
viewing when there is nothing else on), and one of the celebrities
is a young David Letterman. He’s really no nonsense as a clue giver,
focussing on a few very descriptive words. He also stays really
calm. I suspect that’s because he really doesn’t care that much.

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At this moment, the Georgia senatorial race is between Democrat Max Cleland and
Republican Saxby Chambliss. The race has gotten very ugly, and the
ugliness is basically all coming from Chambliss. Recently, he ran an
add accusing Cleland of being soft on “homeland defense”, and then
cutting to footage of Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. I haven’t
actually seen the ad in question. I got an e-mail from MaxMail,
Cleland’s newsletter, referencing this article in the Columbus
Ledger-Enquirer
. In it he makes some very good points about the
long term effects of the current political climate, how cut-and-slash
campaigns poison the well for the future of politics. From the
article:

Cleland teased the children and they teased him back. When he was
through, they wanted hugs. After they were back in class, he talked
about the decreasing affability in politics.

“Did you notice that when I asked them about their dreams, not one of
them said they wanted to be president of the United States? They
talked about winning the lottery or owning a limo. We’re all part of
TV Land and what happens on television affects them. All of us need to
be careful that our ads reflect who we are. We need to generate hope,”
Cleland said.

This current era of public discourse, where the primary mode of
expressing disagreement is to shout down your opponents, is depressing
and sickening. This is why I can’t watch Crossfire or Politically
Incorrect or any of the “sit in a circle and shout” political
shows. It’s all bullshit. Why is it so impossible for philosophical
differences to be treated as such, and not as moral failings for everyone
who believes differently than oneself?

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Interesting article by Kuro5hin about the existence of
God
. Just yesterday, I was thinking about writing up why I am
confused by the whole notion of the “religious right”, since so much
of what seems to be the heart of modern conservative philosophy seems
incompatible with the teachings of Christ. If I can shake off my
malaise, maybe I’ll do that.

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I just got a flu shot a few minutes ago, something I’ve meant to do
every year for many but have never done before. We ended up waiting
about ten minutes past the nominal starting time because the guy was
running to get change. Why didn’t he think about that beforehand? The
shot was $15, so he needed a boatload of fives, but instead he had a
stack of ones. What I’m wondering is why don’t they just price it at
$20? Everyone that got the shot at $15 will get it at $20, they don’t
need to make change so the process will move faster and they will make
more money. These things seem so simple, and yet people so seldom
think it through.

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I’ve been very low energy the last week. With my wife gone, I’m just
moping around the house a lot. I have a gazillion things I need to do,
but I’m going none of them and instead am just being a big depressed
lump. I have been playing this game What Word on
Yahoo games, and doing almost nothing else. I really need to clean my
office, finish my book, and a thousand things large and small. I have
no motivation. I thought I’d use the time by myself to watch movies my
wife would be uninterested in, but I haven’t bother to go to a movie
or rent anything. Inertia is pinning me to the couch.

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I really like Letterman, and always have. He cracks me up, and the
less they do, the more I like it. Just sitting around and talking
nonsense is enough for me. Tonight they had one of my favorite
segments, “Allen Kalter’s People Who Can Kiss My Ass”. One of the
people was Stuart Pankin, someone who bugged the living hell out of me
every time I’ve seen him in the last 20 years going all the way back
to HBO’s “Not Necessarily the News.” He can kiss my ass too, fat
overacting bastard. The opening thing was the statement “and now, the
man who shortened ‘science fiction’ to ‘sci-fi’!” I thought that was hilarious.