Archive for August, 2008

Palin Choice a Learning Opportunity

Posted August 29, 2008 By Dave Thomer

I have been trying to wrap my head around John McCain’s selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential nominee today, and I’ll be honest, I’m having no luck. I don’t know if it will help or hurt McCain, or what exactly it says about the state of our politics. I know that […]

Why Obama?

Posted August 26, 2008 By Dave Thomer

I’ve been telling myself for months that I should write a post about why I support Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. And I think that what it comes down to is that over the last ten years or so, I have become deeply pessimistic about the present state of American democracy but almost equally optimistic about […]

Up in the Air, Not So Much?

Posted August 17, 2008 By Dave Thomer

Very interesting article at The New Republic about the possibility that air travel – and air freight – might be getting a whole lot more expensive over the next several years. The basic thrust (hah!) is that air flight requires enormous amounts of fuel, and there’s no equivalent of the Prius or the electric car […]

Voting for a Person

Posted August 14, 2008 By Dave Thomer

The major thoughts rattling through my head after the John Edwards news last week seem to be as follows: Good thing the Democrats didn’t nominate this guy. Man, I feel awful for the Edwards supporters who feel let down or worse. If Obama ever does something this dumb, you’re gonna need to keep me away […]

I’ll Always Have Sports Night

Posted August 13, 2008 By Dave Thomer

I have to say I was pretty disappointed reading this interview with Aaron Sorkin on GQ’s site. Sorkin’s work on The West Wing was one of the big pushes that motivated me to start Not News. And even when I lost interest in that show, and when Studio 60 turned into a major disappointment, I […]

Beijing: Reviving the Julio-Willie

Posted August 6, 2008 By Dave Thomer

Back when Not News had a message board, I said that we should have an official award for things that seemed like a good idea at the time. I was motivated by hearing the Julio Iglesias/Willie Nelson duet “To All the Girls I Loved Before,” so I suggested the award be named in their honor. […]

Enjoy a Lovely Beverage

Posted August 6, 2008 By Dave Thomer

A brief aside here – I’ve been bemoaning the lack of lemonade in my fridge this summer, in part because I don’t like the taste of a lot of store-bought juice, in part because I’ve been trying to cut down on the high fructose corn syrup, and in part because the price of lemons has […]

Can We Afford to Keep Taking the Long Way?

Posted August 4, 2008 By Dave Thomer

This NY Times article on rising shipping costs is worth a read, if only for the examples of head-scratching activity that somehow makes sense given our current energy and economic policy. When I think of the effort that is required to ship something from China to the US, it boggles my mind that it is […]