May 15th, 2008


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Competing With Themselves

John Gruber makes an interesting point about Apple:

Apple doesn’t wait for someone else to knock one of their hit products off its throne or slowly run it into the ground (cf. the Motorola Razr) — they do it themselves. For six years pundits have been declaring that competitors would “soon” catch up to the iPod, but the iPod has never been a static target — over the same six years Apple has released significant new iPods every year.

But it is frustrating, buying the latest best-of-breed product in order to have bragging rights over all the poor saps who don’t have the latest, coolest thing, and then seeing it made less cool when the same company releases something even cooler only a few months later.

Airy Persiflage

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Simply Not Their Kind of Guy

The Daily Show on what went wrong for Obama in West Virgina (some crude humor):


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The Mot Juste

If Obama’s looking for a fighting running mate, maybe he should consider Joe Biden:

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joe Biden, D-Delaware, called President Bush’s comments accusing Sen. Barack Obama and other Democrats of wanting to appease terrorists “bulls**t” and said if the president disagrees so strongly with the idea of talking to Iran then he needs to fire his secretaries of State and Defense, both of whom Biden said have pushed to sit down with the Iranians.

“This is bullsh*t. This is malarkey. This is outrageous. Outrageous for the president of the United States to go to a foreign country, sit in the Knesset … and make this kind of ridiculous statement,” Biden said angrily in a brief interview just off the Senate floor.

“He’s the guy who’s weakened us. He’s the guy that’s increased the number of terrorists in the world. His policies have produced this vulnerability the United States has. His intelligence community pointed that out not me. The NIE has pointed that out and what are you talking about, is he going to fire Condi Rice? Condi Rice has talked about the need to sit down. So his first two appeasers are Rice and Gates. I hope he comes home and does something.”

On CNN, Biden just said he shouldn’t have used that word. I think he’s wrong. I think it’s high time Democrats call it like they see it on this administration.

I try to avoid “bad language” myself, but sometimes the situation calls for it. Sometimes it’s exactly the right word.

Tell it like it is, Joe.

Update: from Daily Kos:

Obama doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t) do all the pushback. That’s what surrogates are for… and Bush just did his Great Uniter bit to help unite everyone in the Democratic party behind Obama.

I’ve been wrong. Bush is good for something.