“We’ve Replaced His John McCain With Some Fred Thompson. Let’s See If He Notices.”

So I have my problems with the Honorable Gentleman from Arizona — amnesty, Gang of 14, class warfare rhetoric in opposing Bush’s tax cuts, Gitmo idiocy, that execrable McCain-Feingold, etc. — but something strange is afoot. See, I somehow got onto his direct email list and some rather funny things have been slipping through the past few days, such as a little ditty on Tax Day that included the following:

I believe today, as I have always believed, in small government, fiscal discipline and low taxes. I believe that tax cuts work best when accompanied by lower spending. And I make the promise to you that if elected president, I plan to make the present tax cuts permanent, lower corporate rates from 35% to 25% and end the Alternative Minimum Tax, which will affect millions of middle class families.

Then I got this beauty this morning:

My Friends,
This week, I laid out an economic plan aimed at providing immediate and long-term relief for all American families. One of the key components of this plan is a suspension of the federal gas tax on gasoline from Memorial Day to Labor Day of this year.
The effect of this “gas tax holiday” will be an immediate economic stimulus – taking a few dollars off the price of a tank of gas every time you fill up. And because the cost of gas affects the price of food, packaging and just about everything else, this immediate step will spread economic relief to every family in America.

Both of these proposals are remarkably similar to policies that (my original choice for Pres.) Fred! D. Thompson was talking up, back before his implosion. Seems I’m not the only one thinking that way, either.
So who replaced my cranky candidate with a shiny happy person, anyways?
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That’s Just About The Size Of It

On my commute home this evening, I noted a car ahead of me bearing a very well-worn Fred Thompson 2008 campaign sticker in the lower-left of their rear window. Tucked in next to the Fred! sticker was a far shinier, far newer Mitt Romney 2008 sticker. Now, if only the owner would post a “Soul-Crushing Sense of Defeat and Resignation to at Least 4 Years of Statist Government, Regardless of Party 2008” sticker next to the Romney bit, they’d pretty much have my progression through this wretched race nailed. Heck, I may just try to sell some of those myself on Zazzle. Might sell as well as the McCain ’08 Hold Your Nose Plugs.

Well, Crud.

That sound you just heard was the sound of me staying home this November, as my options are now down to Democrats that are at least honest about their desire to mess up my country and take my money or Republicans that want to mess up my country and take my money while lying to my face about it.

My Choice For President In Just Over A Minute

I’ve recently had to explain my objections/reservations to Mike Huckabee as the GOP nominee this year to several friends, a process which has been fraught with misunderstanding and a lack of true clarity on my part. Fortunately, my choice for president, Fred Thompson, did an excellent job of defining Huckabee at last night’s GOP debate in South Carolina:

Ouch. Very ouch, baby.
The brilliance of this statement is that, not only does it define Huckabee, but it rather explicitly defines what Thompson is not and therefore gives a very good insight into just what Thompson represents. Of course, you could just look at his campaign’s site to see just what he thinks about the issues and what his core beliefs are.
Here’s hoping the electorate of SC sees through Huckabee’s transparent “Evangelical” pandering and sends Fred on to bigger and better things.

Let’s Get This Post Off The Table, Shall We?

Y’all know the routine: every once in a while (read: more than strictly necessary), I get a whole mess of links just sitting there in my browser, asking to be posted. So, let’s get to the linkage, shall we?
First off, it’s simply not fair to have so much awesome being used up by the forthcoming Indiana Jones LEGO sets.
Did you want to see all the awesome portions of the recent Simpsons game, but just couldn’t be bothered to buy and play it? Well, this collection of YouTube videos has got your freeloading behind covered.
The GeForce 9800 GX2 — my wallet just hurts with sympathy pain.
A fireworks safety PSA from the Netherlands using an al Qaeda-esque bumbling terror organization to make a point: highly politically incorrect, but oh-so-hilarious:

I’m not quite sure what to make of The Brick Testament. Funny, yes. Disturbing, maybe. Heretical, perhaps.
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Burning The Midnight Oil At Both Ends, And Other Mixed Metaphors

I’m sitting here at work at ~9pm EDT waiting for several servers to finish their upgrade processes and realized that I had quelle shock! horreur! forgotten to post, so busy was I all the livelong day. Consider this my penance: Fred! Thompson’s site is live and living large — it reportedly brought in over $200,000 in Internet contributions in the first 18 hours of its existence. And you know what would go great with a donation? That’s right! An Admiral Painter ’08 t-shirt.
And while you’re at it, go defend U2 from that faithless heathen nobrainer. “Greasy”, my left foot!

Get Bused, Get Omnibused

It’s that time again — time for some bigtime link aggregation. So strap in and enjoy the ride, y’all.
PA liquor laws are stupid, unpopular. Sky blue, Pope Catholic, Queen English.
I pride myself on being a bit of a geek, but getting the real Boba Fett to show up and object to your Star Wars/Labyrinth-themed wedding is just off the charts.
USA Today writers: tragically unhip, they pine for earlier days and shake their fists impotently at those “darn kids”.
Rope-less jumprope? Stupidest. Idea. EVER.
Christopher Hitchens has a brother and, wouldn’t you know it, they’re polar opposites. What a weird world we live in.
A former police chief and retired USMC captain restrain an unruly airline passenger to applause, excepting the chief’s wife who

barely looked up from “The Richest Man in Babylon,” the book she was reading.
“The woman sitting in front of us was very upset and asked me how I could just sit there reading,” Katie Hayden said. “Bob’s been shot at. He’s been stabbed. He’s taken knives away. He knows how to handle those situations. I figured he would go up there and step on somebody’s neck, and that would be the end of it. I knew how that situation would end. I didn’t know how the book would end.”

The Movable Type 4 beta has been released and MT4 will be licensed under an open source license. I’m downloading as we speak and will eval it ASAP.
The Camino browser hit 1.5 today. Excellent browser, much more Mac-ish than Firefox. Still no Firebug, though…
Those jihadi sons of motherless goats have introduced a new weapon in the Iraqi theater. Oh, the hubeer-manity!
I love liberal columnists. A philandering, faithless Chief Executives that lied under oath to a Federal grand jury, hey, no problem! An ex-VP and Presidential candidate takes to the Convention stage and lays a huge, creepy, tongue-filled kiss on his wife? More’s the better! But let a GOP Significant Other or two show off their natural assets and you’d think the whole country were headed straight into the toilet.
Screencast-o-Matic: nifty idea, “meh” implementation.
A Q & A with lots of A’s with two of the writer/producers of NBC’s Heroes. Well worth the time investment to read.
Plotr: quite a handy JavaScript-based graphing tool. Very cool.
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, serially uncool:

A history of video games:

I give it an “A” for concept, a “C” for actually including decent/ground-breaking games.
Fallout 3 is coming. Hooo boy!
New MacBook Pros are out, and man!, are they spiffy.

Well, There Goes My Support For Giuliani

I have been wrestling with whether I could support Rudy Giuliani in the upcoming GOP Presidential primaries and had decided that I could most likely hold my nose and vote for him based upon his Basically Right stances on most issues, but then he had to go and restate his 1989 position that abortion is a Constitutional right and should be publicly funded in an interview with CNN. Reprehensible, absolutely reprehensible.
C’mon, Admiral Painter – run!