Photo of the day

Among the recent decisions I’ve made that’s paid the highest dividends… following Wired magazine on Facebook.  Multiple fascinating links show up per day, plus some very cool photo galleries.  What’s not to love about a gallery of surfing photos (this one’s for you DJC):

Photo by Morgan Maassen

The circle of life

A pretty awesome simulation of births and deaths in real-time.  Seriously, check it out.  Here’s a screenshot:



Today in cynical campaigning

The simple truth is that voters clearly love to hear about how a new president will change things in “broken” Washington DC, work with the other party to find the mythical “common sense” solutions, etc.  Thus, that’s what we’re now getting from Hillary Clinton:

NORFOLK — In recent stump speeches and policy remarks, Bill and Hillary Clinton have offered sharp criticisms of the partisan gridlock paralyzing Washington, signaling a potential 2016 campaign theme if Hillary Clinton chooses to run for president.

The Clintons’ critiques in recent days have been explicitly aimed at congressional Republicans, who helped spur a 16-day government shutdown and potential debt default in October. But their remarks also seem to contain an implicit rebuke of President Obama’s failure to change Washington as he pledged when first running for the White House…

At campaign rallies and other recent appearances, both Clintons have called for soothing partisan tensions and have espoused a vision of governing by compromise. Barnstorming Virginia this week with longtime friend and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, Bill Clinton repeatedly assailed ideological politics on both sides of the aisle.

“When people sneeringly say, ‘McAuliffe is a dealmaker,’ I say, ‘Oh, if we only had one in Washington during that shutdown,’ ” the former president said at a rally here in Norfolk on Monday. “It’s exhausting seeing politicians waste time with all these arguments. It is exhausting. People deserve somebody who will get this show on the road.”

Such themes of change and comity are particularly ironic for the Clintons considering that one or the other has held public office in Washington for the past two decades. Bill Clinton’s tenure in office was also marked by fierce partisan battles that roiled the nation, including an impeachment fight and two government shutdowns.

Ironic indeed.  And Bill and Hillary of all people absolutely, positively no better than this.  But obviously, have concluded (and, rightly I think) that this is what voters want to hear.  In reality, of course, Obama has put forward moderate common-sense solution after moderate common-sense solution only to be rebuffed by Congressional Republicans at every turn.  Hillary Clinton absolutely has to know she would not magically fear differently on this score.  At this point, real change in Washington will require the voters waking up to the fact that a radical extreme has taken over the GOP and giving them ≤217 House members and ≤40 Senators.

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