Georgy Russell for Governor Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2004
 
This takes linux bashing to new heights!
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
 
Go Bears!
pretty cute
 
Don't Trip(pi) on the Way Out!
Sorry Joe - Didn't know Howard was reading this.
Monday, January 26, 2004
 
Dean Mothers
I saw a photo of Howie's mama in the NYTimes and my first reaction was, "This woman looks rich." So I told a friend that, and searched for the article on google news. I find this. Please tell me, who says that kind of stuff?

Sunday, January 25, 2004
 
It’s no wonder “Judy Dean” kept her maiden name. I would have too, especially if it meant my medical practice was on the line. An angry doctor? I had one of those once. He was an ear doctor. I asked him if what he was going to do would hurt. His response, “Are you going to have babies?” My answer, “Well yes someday I hope to.” And suddenly he simultaneously put me in a lot of pain and said “That’s going to hurt a lot more than this!” Really, Howard is no longer a doctor, so I’m being unfair.

A few days before the big whoopsies, I realized that I’d never seen Howard Dean kiss a baby, and that, moreover I couldn’t imagine him doing so. I’m not sure why. I think it really has nothing to do with his personality, and more likely, it’s because he always wears those scratchy looking gray suits. The fabric is just wrong - too cheap, too harsh, and too dull next to the delicate softness of an innocent child.

This baby issue was just another hint at a bigger problem I’d seen with the Dean campaign – media mistakes, over and over. The New York Times magazine cover article was a the first in a series of coverage, which made me go “Uh oh, either these guys are totally not in control, or they don’t know what they are doing." Who lets a volunteer get in front of a reporter (and a times reporter at that) and tell her that he once laid in the fetal position in his underwear (still not sure if they were tightie whities or boxers) sipping from a carton of orange juice amidst a sea of cat hair to which he is allergic only to be pulled from the throngs of depression by none other than … the Dean campaign!!!!!!

If this guy is telling a reporter this, he’s probably told a few others. Or maybe not , maybe it was just a really good reporter. In any case, who says that?! Not your average twenty-something. Not you average heart broken twenty something. There had to have been warning signals. And even if there weren’t blatant clues that this guy just might spill the beans, there had to have been other oddballs running around dropping breadcrumbs. To avoid a caption which reads “Jilted techies for Dean” (translation to average readers “losers for dean” … jilted techies are in no way shape or form cute, cuddly, or seemingly successful) you make rules. NO TALKING TO REPORTERS.

So that one was pretty bad, and the list goes on. Joe Trippi appears on CSPAN over the weekend looking perfectly slimy. His hair is greasy. He needs a shave. And, worst of all, his shirt is slightly unbuttoned, he’s not wearing a tshirt, and what do you know the man reveals a little more chest hair than I’m interested in seeing. So he’s a campaign manager, not a candidate, but still, GROSS!

And another thing, when people think you’re off your rocker, don’t derive the moniker for your supporters from the word MANIAC.

As for the big one, yeah well, maybe Howard should stop rolling up his sleeves from now on. I’ve never knew someone could so fervently roll up his sleeves. I also didn’t know rolling up sleeves was a prerequisite for presidents. Dean made it on The View though. (Yes, embarrassingly enough I watched that show yesterday morning in the hotel gym.) After a segment on where to look for jobs, they showed some of the worst jobs in America. Along with Relationship Counselor to Britney Spears, they had Anger Management Advisor to Howard Dean! Whoopsies!

Ironically enough, this Howard Dean, who criticized Bush to no avail is now trying to be like Bush. “They’re writing his obituary and stuff, but I remember when McCain beat Bush in New Hampshire and everybody said Bush was dead. Check his address now.”
This one was just a little hard for me to swallow. We get what he’s saying. You don’t have to win Iowa or New Hampshire to win the presidency. But, first of all, it draws an analogy between the two, one that I’m certain no other Democrat wants to see extend beyond patterns of elections. It also assumes Howard will lose New Hampshire before the primary takes place. I say pick up a baby, and a couple of cashemere sweaters, and maybe a muzzle or two for the volunteers, and Dean's good to go.


Sunday, January 11, 2004
 
General Clargyle
In General, Argyle I like

I saw Clark last week in this NYTimes article donning an argyle sweater, in attempt to appeal to female voters. I don't particularly like it, I think it would have been better with fewer colors, or at least fewer contrasting colors. The green AND the maroon are just too much. In any case, today I read Dowd's column, here, criticizing the General's fashion statements, and political fashion statements in general. Dowd posits argyle is as annoying as Paris Hilton wearing the oh-so-trendy Kabbalah bracelets. While I did find Clark's choice pretty close to one of the ugliest argyle sweaters I've seen in a long time, I like argyle, in general. I didn't say On General I like Argyle, or I like argyle, on General, but argyle socks, yeah, I wear them all the time. Argyle sweaters - once in a while, in fact I'm on camera in one here (scroll to the bottom). More important than my penchant for argyle, though, is what Ms. Dowd neglected to mention, that is, argyle was popular this year, for women. JCrew, Banana Republic, and Benetton all carried the sweaters. FOR WOMEN. I know this because I saw them at the stores, and, note that these are not stores where argyle is always in. So, while Clark picked an ugly argyle, we should not dismiss his choice, or that of his stylists, without first acknowledging the possibility that Clark is just trying to be in with the season. Despite Ms. Dowd's awareness of the Kaballah craze and of the army fatigue obbsession, she's neglected to mention that argyle had its hand at a comeback. Who is it then, that's behind the times? It would perhpas be more apt to say, that even though leopard prints or flares are in FOR WOMEN (they aren't really) it doesn't mean Clark needs to wear them to appeal to women.
Thursday, January 08, 2004
 
AWOL
I'm back. I took some time off to pursue my next project. My next possible project. Have to tell you about that one later.

Annnnywayyyyyyy...

First of all, the "out of control site" is a fake. Thank you to my responsible readers for first of all taking so much pleasure in it and secondly for letting me know it's an urban legend. Unless urban legend is an urban legend. But whatever.

Secondly it looks as though Dean is doing pretty well out there, but I've finally decided I'm a Kucinich supporter. Yes, he is totally unelectable. But, in the primary there really is little excuse for not supporting a candidate because he is "unelectable." I've seen the guy in person and he's not half as bad as I thought he was going to be. So in that sense, he was impressive! Plus, he wants to cut defense spending.

Why is he unelectable? I mean he's not REALLY 'cause he got elected to Congress. He's just not Presidential electable. "Americans would rather have strong and wrong than weak and right." Clinton said that. Kucinich is right on a lot of things, and I'm sure many people would say he's "weak" in one way or another. If you think about it, strong certainly is a common complement to wrong, guess it helps to be forceful and stand your ground when you aren't going to get anywhere on your idea alone.

Friendster, fun while it lasted? I'm getting a ridiculous stacktrace when I login. And I keep getting it. Quite humorous, actually. Here is an excerpt:

Connection was closed due to the following exception: ** BEGIN NESTED EXCEPTION ** java.sql.SQLException MESSAGE: Communication link failure: java.io.EOFException, underlying cause: null ** BEGIN NESTED EXCEPTION ** java.io.EOFException STACKTRACE: java.io.EOFException at com.mysql.jdbc.MysqlIO.readFully(MysqlIO.java:1242) at com.mysql.jdbc.MysqlIO.reuseAndReadPacket(MysqlIO.java:1428) at com.mysql.jdbc.MysqlIO.checkErrorPacket(MysqlIO.java:1775) at com.mysql.jdbc.MysqlIO.checkErrorPacket(MysqlIO.java:1752) at

This goes on for pages. Does that look like $13 mil of VC funding to you?!?! Hmm maybe?!!! How much did six degrees get? Probably a lot more :)

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