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Having A Wild Weekend

2008-08-25 - 12:49 p.m.

Geez, whatta weekend.

Friday night, Obama picks Joe Biden as his running mate. In this AP article, there's this mention:

So the question is whether Biden's depth counters Obama's inexperience - or highlights it?

After all, Biden is anything but a change agent, having been in office longer than half of all Americans have been alive. Longer than McCain.

And he talks too much.

On the same day he announced his second bid for the presidency, Biden found himself explaining why he had described Obama as "clean."

And there's the 2007 ABC interview in which Biden said he would stand by an earlier statement that Obama was not ready to serve as president.

It seems Obama is worried that some voters are starting to agree.

Biden has been in the Senate for 35 years...and remember, Obama once criticized McCain for being a "Washington insider".


Then, Saturday and Sunday.

After work, I'd come home and spend time cleaning the apartment. Now, anyone who knows me knows I'm a slob. But it was pointed out to me that it had really gotten bad and I needed to get the place tidied up. So I went to work.

The kitchen is now almost spotless - and I say "almost" because there are a few dishes in the sink. We're talking sweeping, vacuuming the small carpet, mopping the floor (and scrubbing what the mop couldn't get), removing everything from the counters and cleaning all the surfaces, scrubbing the stove, and so on. Roommate Jim came home Saturday night and declared the kitchen to be "amazing". Since I had mop water, I also mopped the bathroom.

Sunday I dusted, vacuumed, and removed junk from the living room. I also scrubbed the shower and cleaned the shower curtain.

There's still much more to be done - I haven't even gotten close to the bedroom yet. That will probably be Thursday or sometime next weekend.


On top of all that, the Angels won two games out of four against the Twins, splitting their series. Frankie Rodriguez picked up his 50th save Sunday, placing him within fairly easy reach of the record (57 saves in one season).

The Seattle Mariners' elimination number is 2, which is the lowest in all of baseball. Any combination of Angels wins and Mariners losses that add up to 2 will mathematically eliminate the Mariners. So it could happen as soon as tonight.

The Angels "magic number" is 16, meaning any combination of Angels wins/Texas Rangers losses that add up to 16 will clinch the division for the Angels. It would be interesting if it were to happen on September 11, which will be the game Brin and I are attending.


And now, just a bit of government news.

This article from the Wall Street Journal talks about how Medicare may have paid out as much as $2.8 billion in fraudulent claims in 2006. That's a 31.5% error rate. Democrat Pete Stark says it's all Bush's fault.

Uh huh. But Medicare is supposed to be the basis of "universal healthcare". Do we really want the government to run that?


It seems the "mortgage crisis" has some new victims in Florida: teenagers and a family pet.


Are you a teenager in Texas who skips school a lot?

Boy, are you in for a surprise.


Okay. There's still so much to get done.

One more week of the summer season at work.

Be seeing you.


1 comments so far

Bob - 2008-08-26 00:28:12 -
If the bracelet is an invasion of privacy, then here are two other options: 1. The truants are remanded to a boarding school, and since you're inclined to waste teachers' time, you go to school seven days a week. Or, 2. Since it's implied that you get a public education on the taxpayer dime, if your kids are ditching school, then you owe the rest of us money. Pay up, shut up, or be a parent and get your precious little darlings to show some responsibility.


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