Scripting News for 11/8/2006

AP: “Democrat Jim Webb won Virginia’s pivotal Senate race Wednesday, unseating Republican George Allen and giving the Democrats total control of Congress.” 

Naked Jen: “Ding dong Rumsfeld is gone!” 

NY Times editorial: “The Democrats won a negative victory, riding on the wave of public anger about Republicans.” 

AP: “Dennis Hastert announced Wednesday he will not run for leader of House Republicans.” 

Dan Fost: Hacking the Web 2.0 Conference

Doc Searls in Berkeley, after hearing that Rumsfeld is going. He’s one happy dude! :-) 

Robert Gates will be the new Secretary of Defense.  

Burns & Allen are the losers in Montana & Virginia. 

Dave Griffin: “The Rhode Island vote now means there will be a Whitehouse in the Senate.” 

UPI: “It was a thumpin’, Bush said Wednesday.” 

I’ve reserved thumpin.org, thumpin.net and thumpin.us. 

thumpin.com, already taken, is a porn site. 

Click here to see related blogs. 

XML.com makes a couple of mistakes here, criticizing software made by my company for a flaw it didn’t have. I wish they’d check their facts. And this grudge they have about me is so old, so tired, so irrelevant. GIve it up, okay? 

Scott Rosenberg, Berkeleyite, observes new Republican spin.  

“Former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert.” I love the way that sounds. We’ve now gotten rid of Tom DeLay and Hastert. Whoopee.  

Doc’s here, we’re watching CNN before going out to breakfast. We’re playing a neat game called Spot the Republican. When we see a Republican on CNN, I decide what form of punishment we’re going to give them. Usually it’s the death penalty of some form. Hanging, firing squad, dismemberment, lethal injection, burning at the stake, disembowelment.  

TheoDP: Amazon Patent Reform Timeline

jkOnTheRun: Now NTP wants a piece of Palm

NY Times: “Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives and defeated at least four Republican senators yesterday, riding a wave of voter discontent with President Bush and the war in Iraq.” 

Washington Post: “The political pendulum in American politics swung away from the right yesterday, putting an end to the 12-year Republican Revolution on Capitol Hill and delivering a sharp rebuke of President Bush and the Iraq war.” 

15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by HvI on November 8, 2006 at 8:30 am

    re” When we see a Republican on CNN, I decide what form of punishment we’re going to give them.

    Sounds like a great podcast.

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  2. Posted by Klark on November 8, 2006 at 9:41 am

    > Usually it’s the death penalty of some form. Hanging, firing squad, dismemberment.

    Jeez. Grow up.

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  3. Posted by ndbutter on November 8, 2006 at 9:56 am

    “I’m neither a Republican or a Democrat. I’m what they call an Independent…”

    – Dave Winer, 11/6/2006

    Come on, Dave. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck…well, you know where I’m going with this. I don’t care what you are, but at least be honest with yourself and your readers.

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  4. [quote]When we see a Republican on CNN, I decide what form of punishment we’re going to give them. Usually it’s the death penalty of some form. Hanging, firing squad, dismemberment.[/quote]

    Wow, you should join Saddam… He tortured my friends family – you guys would probably get along (unlike Saddam, I’m sure YOU are just joking, however). I posted awhile back about my friends experience and why Saddam needed to be out (it was actually a pretty sad story, but you felt the need to delete it).

    Dave, I’m going to be honest. I used to follow your technology writings and regarded you very highly in the technological community, but you try too hard to impress your political views on everyone. I don’t like politics one bit (like MANY others), yet you constantly throw it in people’s face.

    I happend to take my friends side and agree that Saddam should have been ousted. My other friends and family signed up for the military in support of our efforts, and have DIED trying to change Iraq for the better. You may not agree, and may even joke that they should be “tortured”, but don’t tell us that it was the wrong decision.

    Feel free to (again) delete my post, but I think doing so morally wrong.

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  5. Posted by jeremyw on November 8, 2006 at 12:44 pm

    The scripting.com RSS feed is spewing old entries again. This time from January 2004.

    Why is this happening?

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  6. Re: hacking the conference – This exactly what Podshow did again this year at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo in Ontario. Hired a suite in of the hotels in the middle of the action (but then Podshow were turfed out for getting conference room rates I heard) then moved to a hotel up the road and ferried people back and forth in a stretch hummer – for ‘unditions’ with D&D and Burcell etc..

    I thought it was a crafty idea.

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  7. lol.
    So when RSS works it ‘FEEDS’.
    But when it’s broken it ‘SPEWS’🙂

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  8. Posted by Dave Griffin on November 8, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    Re: Burns & Allen
    As long as you’re going for the puns… The Rhode Island vote now means there will be a Whitehouse in the Senate.

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  9. Posted by jeremyw on November 8, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    Kosso,

    Sure. Sounds right.

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  10. Anyone else note that the first news organization to report that Rumsfeld was to resign was…

    Comedy Central?

    Impressive.

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  11. RE: “XML.com makes a couple of mistakes here, criticizing software made by my company for a flaw it didn’t have. I wish they’d check their facts. And this grudge they have about me is so old, so tired, so irrelevant. GIve it up, okay? Permanent link to this item in the archive.”

    I wouldn’t worry so much about such small things if I were you. I’m in R&D for a top five web site and I know who drove RSS, and who almost single-handedly drove the whole blogs concept. Big Cos like mine are still scrambling to catch up to you, and will be for some time.

    This paints a target on you. Relax and enjoy your successes, and remember the wisdom of Dr. Seuss: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

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  12. To ndbutter:

    Apparently, a lot of people quacked Democrat, even though they may not be, in fact, Democrats.

    I, for one, considered myself an independent, at one time. But I can honestly tell you that I did NOT vote for Ralph Nader in 2000, because I actually DID see a difference between the two candidates.

    Independence, from a political standpoint, is a nice idea, but it’s naive until our laws are changed. I think it was Lou Dobbs who pointed to the ridiculous increase in professional (officially registered) lobbyists who now haunt Washington D.C.

    I have a very silly fantasy website (http://thegoreyears.wordpress.com/) that speaks to a possibility, that none of this had to happen, but I write much of it tongue in cheek because, a), I have to in order to stay sane, and b), because the reality of American politics would not allow for the things I “project” to actually happen.

    The truth is that the goreyears makes Gore a modern-day FDR. This is not possible in American politics today, thanks to lobbyists. And it’s not even that I fantasize about a modern-day FDR. I don’t fantasize about internment camps. I do fantasize about imagination in government.

    It’s a fantasy. That’s all it is.

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  13. Even with 51(*) senators, ‘total control of congress’ is a stretch. There’s nothing they can do about a veto with fewer than 60.

    (* We’re really counting Lieberman? Seems a little presumptuous to assume he’ll vote with the pack.)

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  14. 51 Senator controls the committees and sets the agenda.

    The majority get to choose what is voted upon. The GOP has worked hard to dismantle the checks and balances afforded us by having independent executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.

    I think this is less about the democratic legislature actively passing stuff rather than preventing the executive branch from being the sole branch of governement.

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