Thursday, December 11, 2008

Now that is politics

The Senate just shot down the bailout bill for the automotive industry. While 52 voted for and 35 against, it required 60 to bring it up for a vote. The votes were pretty much along party lines ("Yes": 40D, 10R & 2 independents. "No": 4D and 31R)

What amazed me about this is what Harry Reid said immediately afterwards. The following is from the NY Times:

"It’s over with,” the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said on the Senate floor, after it was clear that a deal could not be reached. “I dread looking at Wall Street tomorrow. It’s not going to be a pleasant sight.”

Mr. Reid added: “This is going to be a very, very bad Christmas for a lot of people as a result of what takes place here tonight.”


Sounds pretty straightforward for a Democrat... except then I checked out the roll call that was published by the Associated Press.

Turns out that Reid voted against it.

So, how much do you want to bet that the talking points from the Democrats will be about how it's the Republicans fault for voting against the bailot, and nobody is going to bring up the fact that the same guy wailing and gnashing his teeth about it didn't vote for it either.

Now that's the kind of a chutzpah that you see in politics.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Good riddance, Rep. Jefferson


First Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and now Representative William Jefferson (D-LA). Goddamn, this has been the best election I've ever experienced.
While it costs the Democrats a vote in the House, removing from office incumbent scumbags who perpetuate criminal behaviour transends partisanship. IMO, it's more than acceptable loss. (That, and the Democrats have a huge majority in the House, so watershed event, this ain't.)
NEW ORLEANS — Representative William J. Jefferson was defeated by a little-known Republican lawyer here Saturday in a late-running Congressional election, underscoring the sharp demographic shifts in this city since Hurricane Katrina and handing Republicans an unexpected victory in a district that had been solidly Democratic.

The upset victory by the lawyer, Anh Cao, was thought by analysts to be the result of a strong turnout by white voters angered over federal corruption charges against Mr. Jefferson, a black Democrat who was counting on a loyal base to return him to Congress for a 10th term.

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With all precincts reporting, Mr. Cao, who was born in Vietnam, had 49 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Mr. Jefferson, who had not conceded as of late Saturday night.

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Mr. Jefferson, 61, awaits trial on federal counts of soliciting bribes, money laundering and other offenses. Prosecutors contend that he used his Congressional office to broker deals in African nations, and say he received more than $500,000 in bribes."
Now Mr. Jefferson can spend his full time and energy working on his trial, and leave the legislating to less corrupt members of congress.
Woo hoo!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Photo slideshow

Layoffs at Wizards of the Coast


Wizards of the Coast, the publishers of Dungeons and Dragons just announced some deep layoffs, just in time for Christmas. ~24 people laid off, cutting the WotC staff to around 100, so around a 20% workforce cut. The people laid off include art directors, editors, designers, etc. Two icons at WotC (Jonathan Tweet and Dave Noonan) were among those who lost their jobs.

I wish these folks the best, and now I'll be very interested to hear how the industry fares during the current downturn.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Draft GURPS Dark Sun GM Screen




Meh. I'm not thrilled with it... but it's the best I have this iteration. I'll revisit it later, but now I need to spend more time working on the game itself.