Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I think "didn't think" is the important part of that statement

John V. Santore, former Obama campaign organizer and congressional speechwriter, writes: "Obama isn't who I didn't think he was. But he might be." (HT Nealz Nuze)

You can certainly read the whole thing, but don't expect to make any sense out of it. Here's my favorite part:

But ultimately, my true faith was in the man himself. He is different, I
thought. He's had a unique upbringing. He's worldly and uncharacteristically
educated. And I simply could not imagine that a black man in America would ever
be able to fall in line with the same old group of people and policies. His
personal experiences would be too different to allow that to happen.

Because Black People, you know, they're not like us. They're different, man.

Friday, February 6, 2009

So it turns out Bill Gates is kind of an Asshole . . .

From The Daily Mail:

Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft and a renowned philanthropist, let loose a swarm of mosquitoes at a technology conference in California to highlight the dangers of malaria.

‘Malaria is spread by mosquitoes,’ the Microsoft founder yelled at a well-heeled crowd at a technology conference in California.

’I brought some,’ he added. ‘Here, I’ll let them roam around – there is no reason only poor people should be infected.’

He let the shocked audience sweat for a minute or so before assuring them that the freed insects were malaria- free.

But that didn’t satisfy all the attendees.

‘That’s it. I am not sitting up front anymore,’ eBay founder Pierre Omidyar said

Seriously? What a jerk. If I were there, I'm sure that I would have known, obviously, that they weren't infected mosquitoes, but I would have still been pissed! Mosquitoes are gross, and they bite, and it itches. Plus, mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others, and one of those people is me- I can slather myself in OFF and only be outside for a few minutes, and I'll still come back with bite after bite, while they completely ignore my husband.

How much pain and suffering is an intentionally inflicted mosquito bite worth? In some jurisdictions, punitive damages can be based on the defendant's net worth, you know.

Anyway, the point that I wanted to make is that Bill could do a lot more for poor people in Africa if he just used his clout to get DDT policies changed. Heck, with his cash, he could probably just go over there and start releasing it in remote locations and see what happens. But no, I'm sure scaring and guilt-tripping rich people is a lot more fun.