I am sitting in Claim Jumper over a steak and a glass of Pinot, reading the news… spent the day in a board meeting and post-board-meeting-meetings, then did a nice ride (yay!) - my second 30 miler this week. The day didn't start well; I almost overslept, I had the ultimate hair on fire awakening… fell asleep last night watching Get Smart, if you can believe that, and enjoyed it (don’t tell anyone) and was up ‘till way too late.
So what's happening? The Ole filter makes a pass...
I missed the third and final debate between McCain and Obama last Wednesday, but it seems to have been the best; the Economist has a nice overview. "The third and final debate, which took place at Hofstra University, New York on October 15th, was a firecracker of a show, as riveting as the two previous meetings were soporific. The candidates discussed substantive issues. They exchanged sharp blows. And, most of the time, they avoided reciting their talking points."
Gerard Vanderleun links an interesting analysis from Zombie: The Left's Big Blunder. "Obama supporters operate on the assumption that individual McCain supporters or undecided voters will in actuality change their minds about who to vote for if they perceive that a majority of people are supporting Obama... I submit that this assumption is a catastrophic blunder. On November 4, they will go into that voting booth, and in total privacy and anonymity, they are free to vote for whomever they want, without fear of social condemnation for doing so." I've wondered about this myself; how many people tell their friends (and pollsters) they are supporting Obama, but secretly like McCain? I don't think this has anything to do with race; it has just become so unfashionable not to support Obama that it is easier to act like you do, too.
Panda's thumb features a baby Geochelone nigra, i.e. a Galapagos turtle. Awww, isn't he cute?