Alas, No : Fact-checking Donald Trump

I have seen a fair amount of commentary following last night's debate around the question of why Hillary Clinton did not press Donald Trump on the various lies he told during the course of the debate.

Here's the thing: Fact-checking someone like Donald Trump is a fool's game. He is a bullshit artist. He lies for a living. Knock down one lie, and two more will sprout in its place. Yes, Clinton could have spent more time pointing out that basically ever fact Trump cited during the debate was wrong, but to what end? So that we can all have a laugh about it and post YouTubes of the take-downs on Facebook? She would come off looking small and petty, the smarty-pants, pointy-headed liberal who can't see the forest for the trees, and Trump will just keep lying anyway.

What Clinton did instead was let him go on and on, and then fairly efficiently took him apart on a higher level. The political commentariat talks a lot about "temperament," but what it comes down to is this: Who do you want as president–the crazy shouty guy, or the person who can quickly figure out how to manage him and put him in a box where he can't hurt anyone?

That, I think, is what Hillary Clinton was after last night, and from what I have seen and read of the debate, she did a pretty good job of it.

By Pete Brown

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  1. The first debate
  2. Don't get your hopes up that Trump will pay a price for his continued birtherism.
  3. Most parenting advice is terrible.
  4. Not everyone gets sick days.
  5. Hillary Clinton's secret policy trove
  6. "A six-foot-tall painting of himself"
  7. Justin Trudeau, "a living TED Talk"
  8. Missing the entire point of *ST:TNG*
  9. "Looking presidential"
  10. Tim Murphy's *Christodora* is the best novel I have read so far this year.
  11. The party of Lincoln
  12. Getting rid of comment sections
  13. "The transformative potential of deliberative democracy"
  14. Clinton calling out the entire GOP might have been more satisfying, but probably less effective.
  15. Cal Newport on Kentaro Toyama's Geek Heresy
  16. A few things have happened since the Civil War and Robert Byrd.
  17. Sports and patriotism displays are sort of creepy.
  18. Keeping books on shelves
  19. Good times at Fukushima
  20. Of *course* Trump isn't going to bother with building anything.
  21. Uber opens the company store
  22. Blogging didn't die. It was killed.
  23. Call me crazy, but I think Clinton probably knows what she's doing.
  24. Atrios on Uber
  25. Trophies for participating
  26. Adventures in disaster recovery
  27. "If we look at Column AK on Tab 3 of this list of open tickets…"
  28. Clay Shirky on protest voting
  29. Blair Witch
  30. We are broadcasting from the year 2016…
  31. Your third party won't save you.
  32. Nathan Robinson on voting for the lesser of two evils
  33. And this is the book that made Trump famous.
  34. Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas
  35. Michael Arnovitz on Hillary Clinton
  36. Not every problem is a software problem.
  37. The second most terrifying thing about this election
  38. Profiles In Courage, featuring Speaker Of the House Paul Ryan
  39. Describes most of my Facebook these days…
  40. A reminder that writers and readers of tech blogs are not ordinary people
  41. Martin Longman on voting v. organizing
  42. Josh Marshall on New York's closed primary system
  43. Rutger Bregman on universal basic income
  44. Jurgen Appelo on why information radiators don't work
  45. Ulysses app is kind of nice
  46. Democrats
  47. If your solution is to shuttle employees to the main office on a supertechnotrain, you're doing it wrong.
  48. Paul Ford on free but kind of crappy hotels
  49. I might trust the algorithm if I thought it were any good.
  50. Iowa
  51. On Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
  52. Audiobooks, podcasts, and the challenges of building stuff oneself
  53. There is no such thing as a structureless organization.
  54. God-damned Internet of Things
  55. Switching to Reeder for RSS
  56. Stringing small tools together wins again.
  57. Spoilers
  58. "Egalitarian" organizations and internalized control
  59. Richard Kaufman on *The Thing*
  60. Benjamin Brooks on working from home
  61. Laurie Ruettimann on open floor plan offices
  62. I really hope Bimodal IT is intended as descriptive, not prescriptive.
  63. There is a reason that stuff happens.
  64. The grand evasion of gun control
  65. Zach Holman on remote-first vs. remote-friendly
  66. Feeling kinda meh about the X-Files trailer
  67. Is the pope Catholic?
  68. Right-wing kook likes right-wing kook
  69. Sure, Google—blame the humans.
  70. Yep, we're fine on the schedule, except that everyone hates the schedule.
  71. If it walks like a Trump and quacks like a Trump…
  72. It's not just politics. The tech community's objectivity is a myth.
  73. Larry Lessig's plan is ridiculous.
  74. Nuts-McCubbins 2016!
  75. Those impolite protesters
  76. "The Other Sixties"
  77. Why I (mostly) stopped using Linux
  78. Trump trump trumpity trump
  79. Education and the health of democracy
  80. Yeah, still not feeling the Bern.
  81. Trump's "campaign" is the perfect illustration of the GOP circus and its media enablers.
  82. So, Conway, Jevons, and Sturgeon walk into a planning meeting…
  83. LastPass (and basically any other password manager) is still more secure than your homegrown password scheme.
  84. Maybe throwing out the Agile bath water is a good idea, regardless of what's in the tub.
  85. The insistence that children be forced to learn harsh lessons early is bizarre.
  86. The diminishing returns of the GOP welfare circuit
  87. "This OS is buggy because my upgrade failed!"
  88. Single-issue voting, or "Rand Paul is still a nutcase."
  89. Decentralizing GitHub
  90. The doofus dad stereotype is bullshit and needs to be tossed in the bin.
  91. Funny definition of government oppression you've got there…
  92. A great post about continuous delivery of infrastructure services
  93. Uber is terrible, Part… oh, I've lost track now.
  94. But this method doesn't work with a tomato.
  95. My prediction for tonight's *Mad Men* series finale…
  96. Who will explain the explainers?
  97. Cormac McCarthy's *The Road* and manipulative storytelling
  98. The uselessness and vacuity of David Brooks
  99. I seriously doubt that the culture wars are over.
  100. Meanwhile, in the great state of Texas…
  101. Now if only we could automate the automation.
  102. What's good for me must be good for you.
  103. The police state and its enablers
  104. A new Craw Kickstarter
  105. It's weird how all these spontaneous riots keep happening.
  106. Sometimes you are just wrong.
  107. The White House Correspondents Dinner is pathetic.
  108. People are not resources.
  109. Chewie, we're home.
  110. As usual, the private sector makes everything better.
  111. Expecting Hillary Clinton to un-jerk-ify the GOP is stupid.
  112. Oliver Queen learns some odd lessons.
  113. Book: *The Luminaries* by Eleanor Catton
  114. It can't be entirely about what the customer cares about.
  115. Why it is a good idea to listen to experts
  116. Happy birthday, Merle!
  117. I'm glad Terry Gilliam didn't make *Watchmen*.
  118. Bigots gonna bigot
  119. "…but the implementation is only the first step"
  120. "Tax reform" is whatever you need it to be.
  121. Mike Pence has a funny definition of "hospitality."
  122. No, Indiana's RFRA is *not* the same as those 19 other states.
  123. TV - *Bloodline*
  124. Maybe they should just start using square-quotes around "partner."
  125. So Mr. President, if you want to close Guantanamo, then close it.
  126. Why I like minimalist art.
  127. Book: The Wars Of Reconstruction
  128. No, the Republicans in Congress have not committed treason.
  129. Marilyn Frye on what politics is
  130. Comics: *Descender* No. 1
  131. Meetings and email are symptoms, not causes.
  132. NoEstimates as a protest movement?
  133. A new Aliens movie?
  134. Devops certification and the problem with buying expertise
  135. The new Dan Deacon album is out today.
  136. Pipelines v. trains is a false dilemma.
  137. Great post! Too bad it was delivered via 47 tweets…
  138. Do yourself a favor and go read some Malcolm X.
  139. Review: Ann Leckie - *Ancillary Justice*
  140. Buzzkill alert: This snow is no joke.
  141. Tech pundits need to get out more.
  142. Pizza crust will destroy the universe.
  143. If you don't like the law, then fix it.
  144. Peter Singer, eating meat, and the ethical treatment of animals
  145. SAFe is better than nothing, but only marginally so.
  146. Rand Paul is a kook.
  147. Due is a nice reminders app.
  148. Left-wing conspiracy theories are still conspiracy theories.
  149. Dan Burton, still a moron
  150. I think maybe these people have read too much sci-fi.
  151. Getting mad at Brian Williams is kind of missing the point.
  152. Why photo-sharing companies never seem to be able to make a go of it
  153. Reform conservatism is snake oil and Jeb Bush is a terrible person.
  154. The new *Star Wars* comic is pretty good.
  155. In which I am skeptical that the GOP will pay any political price for tanking the ACA
  156. John Carpenter - *Lost Themes*
  157. If your architecture is a mess, rapid deployment is probably the last thing you need.
  158. The *Daredevil* trailer looks good.
  159. The new Terminator movie looks alright.
  160. No, blogging is not dead.
  161. Good article on the creation of AllMusic
  162. Scott Walker is terrible.
  163. I installed and then deleted the new iOS Outlook app.
  164. Revisiting the BBC's *Ghostwatch*
  165. Jonathan Chait bravely defends the rights of whites guys to say they think. Apparently Marxists are to blame.
  166. Someone needs to do a Kickstarter for a *Quantum Leap* movie.
  167. This certainly is easier than sifting through the ninety-nine cent CD-ROM bin at Microcenter.
  168. Link Dump - 2015-01-13
  169. Phrases that should be banned
  170. No, populism is not actually a political position.
  171. A novel twist in gameplay
  172. An entrepreneur in every pot
  173. Link Dump - 2015-01-10
  174. Yes, tell me again about the terrible discrimination against religion.
  175. Title II for ISPs looks slightly more likely.
  176. From the vaults: Jets To Brazil - *Orange Rhyming Dictionary*
  177. I can't believe Apple released Yosemite with that bug that kills puppies.
  178. Serial and the problem of knowledge
  179. Maybe next week I'll dig up a CD player and tape deck.
  180. First-world problems in the twenty-first century
  181. So long, 2014.
  182. Net Promoter Score, or, "The problem with trying to quantity people"
  183. Personal trauma and systemic oppression
  184. "Irritating people making bad decisions"
  185. NYPD v. de Blasio, and NYC politics
  186. Comics: *Lazarus*, Volume 1
  187. Flash photography
  188. I know we are supposed to be terribly outraged about any threat to freedom of expression, but…
  189. My new favorite comic: Rachel Rising
  190. Anti-GMO rhetoric
  191. Ms. Marvel, Volume 1
  192. Uber needs poor people.
  193. The problem with Radiolab
  194. NERD+SPOILER ALERT: The Flash mid-season finale
  195. I will loan you my copy of The Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
  196. The Star Wars teaser
  197. Link Dump - 2014-11-27
  198. Ferguson and *Nixonland*
  199. *Countdown City* by Ben H. Winters
  200. It's morning in America.
  201. My *Serial* think-piece
  202. Cod vacations
  203. Link Dump - 2014-11-22
  204. Railing
  205. Found a sunny spot
  206. 1970s Legos
  207. DANZIG!
  208. Link Dump - 2014-11-21
  209. Just keep screaming "BENGHAZI!" even louder.
  210. It's not really a "dog whistle" if everyone can hear it.
  211. Paul Smith & Peter Brews - *Frozen By Sight*
  212. Link Dump - 2014-11-20
  213. Clearly, I am just a statist stooge lacking any perspective or self-awareness.
  214. Link Dump - 2014-11-19
  215. A very helpful related search
  216. "Jack Deth is back, and he's never even been here before!"
  217. Anyone need a 16MB memory card?
  218. Link Dump - 2014-11-18
  219. "…and the rest of the team should be focused on project work."
  220. Comics I'm reading: *Wytches*
  221. It was a bad idea to even suggest the loan program should be profitable in the first place.
  222. Link Dump - 2014-11-17
  223. Because who needs public infrastructure?
  224. Dilbert is not funny.
  225. Pink Floyd
  226. Link dump - 2014-11-16
  227. Mobile friendly
  228. Dave Winer's Radio3
  229. Resistance to change
  230. That pope
  231. Twitter's strategy statement, or Why we can't have nice things
  232. Happy birthday, Hedy Lamarr
  233. Your data-mining sucks.
  234. Started reading *Locke & Key*
  235. The biggest threat to the coming Democratic majority is the Democrats.
  236. I think I am going to need some new running shoes soon.
  237. *A Nightmare On Elm Street* turns 30
  238. *Foundation* trilogy maybe coming to TV?
  239. "I believe the FCC should reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act."
  240. For the eleventy-billionth time, pointing out racism != "playing the race card."
  241. Nobody likes paying taxes, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have them.
  242. Just give me a goddamned RSS feed already
  243. Marvel Unlimited is not so great.
  244. My in-depth analysis of the 2014 mid-term elections
  245. Massachusetts Republicans
  246. Birthright #1
  247. *Phase IV* is on Netflix!
  248. Kids these days
  249. *Aliens* documentary
  250. Don't run, Elizabeth! Don't run!
  251. New album from I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness!
  252. I suppose it is proof of *something*, anyway…
  253. Jack Bruce
  254. You seem to have missed something.
  255. Why monitor something you're not going to do anything about?
  256. Meg & Mog
  257. Gandhi never said that, and even if he had, it doesn't make any sense.
  258. Airmail 2.0 seems like it might be cool.
  259. Plato, Popper, & word processing
  260. Technological change vs. cultural change
  261. Mark Lanegan Band - *Phantom Radio*
  262. Sleater-Kinney
  263. BE AFRAID!
  264. Medium's on it, bro!
  265. Why have no white leaders come forward to speak out against this culture of violence?
  266. Predicting the future without knowing the past
  267. "Free v. Not free" is overly simplistic.
  268. Little pink houses, for you and me.
  269. Surprise! Tort reform doesn't work.
  270. A useful roadmap
  271. Not much longer now…
  272. Good intro to David Fincher's visual style
  273. "Text is the most powerful, useful, effective communication technology ever, period."
  274. "Don't feed the trolls is a cop-out.
  275. Childhood traumas: The can lid
  276. Deliberately missing the point
  277. Jose Saramago on writing via keyboard
  278. Freshman year of college is calling.
  279. Jargon needed: The opposite of "solutioning"
  280. Started reading Jane Smiley's *Some Luck*
  281. Trail map - Highland Park, Temple Woods, & Poet's Seat in Greenfield, MA
  282. What's the worst that could happen?
  283. Field Report - *Marigolden*
  284. Both sides do it.
  285. You may have built part of it, just not the whole thing.
  286. With friends like these…
  287. Neil Killick on slicing heuristics
  288. Oh, like that could ever happen.
  289. It's a luxury not to have to worry about racism.
  290. Hell #9438
  291. I think it's time for Batman to take a break.
  292. Caribou - *Can't Do Without You*
  293. The right-wing carbon-copy machine
  294. War forever
  295. Finished Jeff VanderMeer's *Authority*
  297. Agent Cooper and the Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull
  298. Disconnecting pay from performance
  299. Hosting my own stuff
  300. All Ebola, all the time
  301. The kids these days
  302. Laboratories of democracy!
  303. Ridley Scott's new movie sounds terrible.
  304. *Gotham* is a pretty disappointing show so far.
  305. Again with Heidegger and the Nazis
  306. Experimenting with posting from Drafts
  307. The new phone is here.
  308. Crap Architecture
  309. iPhone Parking Lot
  310. Starting Proust
  311. *The Conspiracy* (2012)
  312. Immigration reform & deficit hawkery
  313. Facebook: Evil, dumb, or both?
  314. The Apple tech press is weird.
  315. VHS v. Betamax
  316. The answer is always "n + 1".
  317. Conservative intellectuals
  318. Zappos is creepy.
  319. Your phone is not the problem.
  320. Deconstruction
  321. Inspirational
  322. Process improvement
  323. Thanks, but finding interesting stuff to read is *my* job…
  324. Sorry, but writing down all your passwords on a piece of paper is a terrible idea.
  325. People like the idea of privacy and security.
  326. Complicated things are complicated.
  327. The Prometheus sequel might not suck.
  328. That technology thing you like
  329. Priorities, people
  330. WAR!
  331. Heidegger's *Schwarzen Hefte*, or "Leaving Godwin's Law in the rear-view mirror"
  332. Because why spend money on keeping things from exploding and falling apart?
  333. Nice public broadcasting you've got there
  334. Vladimir's Big Adventure
  335. 42
  336. Remember, the government can't do anything right.
  337. Sure, there are ways that *Batman Vs Superman* might not suck.
  338. CVS is getting out of the cigarette business.
  339. Trying out Beats Music
  340. Fine, we'll offer a tablet if we have to, but we're not happy about it.
  341. The synthetic unity of experience
  342. No, we shouldn't go back to Project Management 101.
  343. You should go read *The Unwritten*.
  344. The Pope's Blood Is Missing!
  345. State of the Union predictions
  346. Childhood traumas: "The Shadow Man"
  347. Yay! You hit your KPI. Too bad no one cares.
  348. I want to like *Helix*, but…
  349. I'm sure ACORN is somehow to blame for this.
  350. Yes, your explanation is simpler if you toss out the complicated parts.
  351. Mike Huckabee, expert on women
  352. Thinking before you write
  353. *Wildewoman* - Lucius
  354. Bringing the Catholic Church into a year that has four digits
  355. "Do what you love" and unexamined privilege
  356. Perhaps your secret sauce is a bit too secret.
  357. Hate the show, not the venue.
  358. In which I end my brief career as an employee engagement consultant
  359. FUD As a Service
  360. Yes, clearly your belief system is threatened by all 2% of us.
  361. Crippling injuries build character.
  362. *Wolf Hall* - Hilary Mantel
  363. Saving bookstores
  364. I'm not sure there is a good answer to the technical problems of social media.
  365. In which I kick off my new career as an "employee engagement" consultant
  366. Internet activism
  367. *Grasshopper On the Road* by Arnold Lobel
  368. Syfy's *Helix* seems like a mixed bag.
  369. The things one thinks about in the wee hours
  370. GMOs and the Monsanto boogeyman
  371. Your tax dollars at work
  372. let.ter - Taking minimalism a bit far
  373. Holacracy
  374. Yes, people really do still blog.
  375. Healthcare is expensive because people are trying to make money off of it.
  376. Duck Dynasty
  377. No one cares about your private cloud.
  378. Organizational "culture" discussions are mostly empty
  379. bell hooks on Sheryl Sandberg's *Lean In*
  380. So there's a new Death Angel album...
  381. No, Lacan is a just a bad writer.
  382. Money is speech
  383. Clearly
  384. Parking
  385. Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut
  386. It's like when we were all going to boycott Facebook.
  387. It depends on what you mean by "free will."
  388. Unhelpful advice
  389. ZOMG! Fingerprints!!!
  390. People don't scale
  391. No–stronger encryption is not the answer
  392. Movies that scared me
  393. Epistemology
  394. Bespoke
  395. Califone, *Stitches*
  396. Yes, deals with Mr. Morden are likely to end badly.
  397. We want INFORMATION!
  398. Passive-aggressive politeness
  399. Agile is not always the answer to everything.
  400. *My Amityville Horror* is not a great documentary, but it's worth watching.
  401. Google cars
  402. Grant Hart, *The Argument*
  403. Really, DC? REALLY?
  404. Washed Out, *Paracosm*
  405. Suspension of disbelief
  406. This is why bookstores are a niche business.
  407. True Widow, *Circumambulation*
  408. Personal experience v. policy
  409. Concern-trolling Gmail and "the cloud"
  410. Phosphorescent, *Muchacho*
  411. The Washington Post and AWS
  412. St. Patrick’s Day
  413. "You are wrong, and here are the reasons why."
  414. I find it unlikely that VMWare is going to suddenly embrace commodity cloud.
  415. Sometimes a methodology can be taken too far.
  416. "Let's just stick with what we've got..."
  417. What is good about *The Walking Dead* will also be its undoing.
  418. I'm not even sure your enterprise private cloud *could* succeed.
  419. If you haven't already, go watch *Dredd*
  420. The new How To Destroy Angels album
  421. A bit more regarding meetings, and how they suck
  422. Meetings
  423. And next, our plan for when we fail to plan
  424. Finally looked at the NYT's Snow Fall thing
  425. Time-tracking
  426. Prophecy
  427. More guns
  428. Guns
  429. Bold Leadership
  430. Hanlon's Razor
  431. That legacy stuff
  432. It's not about what box someone wants to put it in
  433. Tuhin Kumar on content in a digital era
  434. Money, politics, and Machiavelli
  435. I am skeptical that your tax plan will work any better.
  436. No, that's NOT the definition of insanity.
  437. The Walking Dead, now with more zombies
  438. The original Prometheus script seems interesting
  439. Commonplace is kind of nifty
  440. That Kant was a smart guy.
  441. Petraeus
  442. The World War Z trailer
  443. You should have bicycles
  444. The technorati fallacy
  445. One of my favorite types of requests
  446. The Lucasfilm thing
  447. The hermeneutics of automated configuration management
  448. I kind of agree with Descartes that philosophy should be done later in life
  449. It's not political discussion if you're just yelling at me.
  450. Complicated things are complicated (October 2012)
  451. The forest, the trees, and the DVDs
  452. Undecided voters
  453. David Quammen's new book seems good, but not sure I'll read it
  454. Found a new philosophy podcast
  455. Yes, pitty the poor billionaires and their thankless lives of toil.
  456. The ongoing adventures of Walter Bishop
  457. One can do a lot worse than "good enough."
  458. Is that a missile in your yard, or are you just trying to deter something?
  459. That's fine, but Aristotle still makes for tedious reading.
  460. Nevermind came out 20 years ago today
  461. Messing around with OpenPhoto
  462. Safety nets
  463. So, the Romney thing
  464. Your data-mining sucks
  465. Started watching Homeland
  466. The Clint Eastwood thing
  467. Enjoy the current plethora of music streaming choices while you can
  468. I invoke Sturgeon's Law
  469. Why would the FTC have anything to say about Twitter?
  470. The Lance Armstrong thing
  471. Actually, I expect Todd Akin to announce his candidacy for President any day now
  472. A lot of Can
  473. Finished the first series of *Downton Abbey*
  474. So Paul Ryan is Romney's VP pick
  475. Writing apps
  476. Distorted markets
  477., or, why it's still tough to compete with free
  478. Unfortunately, gun ownership and car ownership are not the same thing
  479. A bit more on the HBO thing
  480. OS upgrades
  481. Or I could just go listen to the album
  482. Monster Movie Week!
  483. As goes Sparrow...
  484. Why is Twitter more interesting to me than Facebook?
  485. Fantastical + Entourage + Exchange = WEIRDNESS
  486. Network neutrality, obviously a communist plot
  487. Nope, advertising just sucks
  488. Reading
  489. Interesting, but seems like asking for trouble
  490. Who needs it!
  491. Advantage, Mutt
  492. Do you want the answer, or not?
  493. ACA coverage and systems failure
  494. To-do lists
  495. So long, Weather Underground
  496. Checked baggage
  497. The challenge of spending any amount of time in Boston
  498. From the $2 bins at the record store
  499. I haven't seen *Prometheus*, but....
  500. The HBO thing
  501. It shouldn't matter which device I'm using
  502. Not exactly random, but good listening
  503. The Dark Knight... meh
  504. Because Kubrick is a good director, and Ridley Scott is not
  505. Country Roads, Take Me Home
  506. Memorial Day
  507. The revolution will not be Harvardized
  508. Chrome + Google Reader + space bar = ANNOYING
  509. Oddball behind-the-scenes photos
  510. The Times-Picayune, and chasing the wrong problem
  511. Experimenting with Pelican
  512. Readlists
  513. The classroom as an open, iterative project
  514. Yes, the Michael Wolff article
  515. Jevon's Paradox and the Cloud
  516. War Hazard Eliminated!
  517. Unintended Consequences
  518. Limbaugh blah blah blah
  519. You’re playing their game
  520. I highly doubt that AppleTV will magically kill the cable companies
  521. Breitbart
  522. I’m not sure I follow *you*, Mr. Romney…
  523. Maybe they think I’m going to buy another one?
  524. A bit more on The Shining
  525. Obviously, The Shining is *really* about the capitalist oppression of the working class
  526. 47 days of music seems like not that much…
  527. Regrettably, a post on campaign finance reform
  528. Why stop with in-app purchases?
  529. Opera would have saved the Lindbergh baby
  530. Actually, I would prefer not to deal with a human
  531. Ip Man
  532. Yes, but I’m still one one who has to decline the meeting invite
  533. Bogeyman
  534. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *The Blob (1988)*
  535. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: *Isolation*
  536. Good streaming stuff I've found on Netflix: The Crack In the World
  537. BASIC
  538. In which I am paid back for 10+ years of scoffing
  539. The Comcast/Netflix thing
  540. My power is beyond your understanding!
  541. Out-stupiding the TSA
  542. I see what you did there
  543. The problem with *Stargate:Universe*
  544. That "15 albums" thing
  545. Pedestrian v. motorist v. bicycle
  546. Sorry guys, it's still just a hobby
  547. Sunny side up, hold the overflowing manure pits
  548. That's an interesting definition you have there
  549. James Cameron v. the philistines
  550. Sometimes zombies and politics do mix.
  551. Damn hell ass boobies (2006)
  552. Whither censure?
  553. Stealing TV, Part II
  554. OCTOBER?!
  555. Chasing boogeymen
  556. Nice vetting job, folks
  557. In a move that gives bootlicks and sycophants everywhere a bad name...
  558. As goes South Dakota... well, hopefully not
  559. A discovery that should surprise exactly no one
  560. And no, I don’t care what anyone was wearing
  561. The worst idea I’ve ever heard
  562. Once again, ladies and gentleman, the professionals at work
  563. Supporting the freedom-haters
  564. Why I’m glad I’m not a miner
  565. Say it some more, because that will make it true
  566. Music update - February 2006
  567. The Corporation
  568. Watching TV without having TV
  569. Google strikes again (2006)
  570. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
  571. Touchy subject
  572. Take my ports. Please.
  573. NUTS!
  574. One year older than I was at this time last year
  575. Gaim 2.0 beta is surprisingly unannoying
  576. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
  577. Lewis Black
  578. Uhhhhhhh...
  579. The Yes Men
  580. And again, my apologies
  581. I did it for you, Damien
  583. The site may be slow today
  584. Electronic mediocrity
  585. Maybe they are better off...
  586. Angry Dick strikes again
  587. Capote
  588. The gang that couldn’t shoot straight
  589. Why I don’t believe in a lot of stuff
  590. Wherein Pete despairs
  591. A long overdue return to an old favorite
  592. The Plame Name Blame Game Revisited (with pictures)
  593. Meanwhile, in TV Land...
  594. Hide your puppies
  595. I like VoIP
  596. From the “Oh, ya THINK?!” Dept:
  597. More good stuff (hopefully) from the Beeb
  598. The Monkey and the Sock Puppet, Part VI
  599. So, Mr. Attorney General—what questions will you answer?
  600. The hearings are on.
  601. Apples and oranges
  602. And in somewhat less serious news...
  603. Tune in tomorrow. For nothing.
  604. War in name only
  605. What? Something good from Cincinnati?
  606. Lookee here—I got me a domain!
  607. I will gladly pay you on Tuesday for a scandal today
  608. I suppose that’s one way of putting it
  609. Hooray for books I’ve never read
  610. The State of the Union (in Happy Happy Gumdrop Land)
  612. Flirting with the dark side
  613. Countdown to a big waste of time
  614. What if you had a demonstration and no one cared?
  615. When the hair was big and the booze flowed like water
  616. Weekend music update
  617. The New York Times finally throws down
  618. Today’s project
  619. What not to be looking for on a slow Friday afternoon
  620. The broken record continues to spin
  621. Long time, no music
  622. Yes, I’ve gotten sucked into Battlestar Galactica
  623. At least someone is putting up a fight
  624. More legal contortions
  625. More on Iran
  626. It’s not playing politics when we do it.
  627. Only 20 more hours to go
  628. Original intent
  629. And Iran, Iran so far away, Iran all night and day
  630. You say Alito, I say whatever
  631. Tick, tick, tick, tick
  632. I don’t want to live with the bears
  633. Quick TV update
  634. Still nowhere on the wiretapping
  635. Alas Kermit, we hardly knew ye
  636. Reading too much into The West Wing
  637. A question, sir...
  638. Blogging about blogging
  639. A few changes
  640. HOWTO: The Straw Man
  641. Year-end music round-up
  642. Again with the wire-tapping
  643. The Great Wire-Tapping Caper That Almost Was
  644. King Kong is a giant piece of shit
  645. I’m genuinely shocked
  646. If only we were this interested in our own elections
  647. Angry Dick
  648. The Fellowship of the Wardrobe
  649. Sorry for the delay
  650. The time grows near
  651. Site news - October 2005
  652. Quote of the Day
  653. Serenity
  654. Stop! You’re killin’ me
  655. I want something like War of the Worlds, but on TV
  656. Forensic Show #23
  657. It’s TV time again
  658. Nothing to see here
  659. Going from bad to worse to...
  660. The Return of the Puzzled Chimp
  661. Google Talk
  662. The Crummy Governor vs. the Worst Newspaper on Earth
  663. Liquid Television strikes back from beyond the grave
  664. Voting != Democracy
  665. He’s not lying
  666. Trying to maintain my sense of perspective
  667. The perfect album?
  668. Movies, movies, movies
  669. Yes, Becky, there really is a new post
  670. A bit of background
  671. Leaving, on a jet plane
  672. He also likes puppies and helps crippled children
  673. Consequences of spending two straight days in the rack room
  674. No one ever said beggars can’t be complainers
  675. Again with this story
  676. Music update - July 2005
  678. Whither Rove?
  679. How quaint.
  680. Intellects vast and cool...
  681. and... They’re off!
  682. “I have a secret plan to win the war...”
  683. I’m back
  684. You say quagmire, I say... well... quagmire.
  685. Thank you, FARK
  686. ZOMBIES!
  687. On second thought...
  688. Worst... Interviewer... EVER.
  689. Not with a bang, but a whimper
  690. So it actually didn’t suck
  691. More on the filibuster debate
  692. YES!!
  693. Going nuclear/constitutional
  694. Worth a listen?
  695. Music update - May 2005)
  696. Well, at least it’s not wooden...
  697. Who would have guessed I’d make two posts about the National Weather Service in as many weeks?
  698. Because the government doesn’t have anything better to do...
  699. More on taxes
  700. Happy April 15th
  701. Normally, I welcome change, but...
  702. Long live the Death Tax
  703. Damn hell ass boobies (2005)
  704. Woohoo! It’s Windows Update day!
  705. Wherein Pete refuses to throw his lot in with the fanboys
  706. METAL!!!
  707. The Republicans step up their war on the judiciary
  708. This is the coolest thing EVER
  709. Your tax dollars at work - April 2004
  710. April Fools Day
  711. Groundhog Day, Part II
  712. The devil movies always get me.
  713. IM Annoyances
  714. Wherein Pete attempts to give Congressional Republicans the benefit of the doubt.
  715. What the hell?
  716. I suggest we start a pool...
  717. Drill, drill, drill!
  718. This is getting out of hand.
  719. I, for one, say “Woohoo!”
  720. the gates... THE GATES!!
  721. More “indecency”
  722. And again...
  723. Where have I heard this before?
  724. Anybody want gmail?
  725. Dirty, dirty titties
  726. It’s true because I say it’s true.
  727. Odds bodkins! It has failed again!
  728. One man’s Conservative...
  729. Google strikes again! (2005)
  730. wah-nah NAAHHH nah-nah
  731. More on the latest $80 billion circling the drain
  732. You just can’t write stuff this good.
  733. Argh, I say.
  734. A rose is a rose.
  735. I’d say good riddance, if only I didn’t fear something even worse
  736. Sorry...
  737. “Horse?” asked the Cart, “I don’t need no stinkin’ horse.”
  738. Amusement
  739. The bottom-end of 2004
  740. How Bush Won
  741. New Music
  742. Foolishness
  743. Good news, I think...
  744. The first of many, I’m sure...
  745. Numbers, numbers, numbers
  746. Remember that thing I said yesterday?
  747. We have answered your question, now please go away.
  748. Alright, we’ve fixed that problem. What’s next?
  749. Site news - November 2004
  750. A brief tale of political shenanigans
  751. More good web radio
  752. Another post-election site
  753. If we say it enough, that makes it true, right?
  754. Sorry, everybody
  755. What the hell *is* an activist judge, anyway?
  756. Apologies
  757. Nonsense
  758. Some new music
  759. Your argument is very convincing… if only it were not a tangled web of lies.
  760. The music is back online
  761. What is wrong with our culture, summed up in a single amusing anecdote
  762. Odds and Ends
  763. SCIENCE!
  764. Making a bad situation worse
  765. Derrida, Part II
  766. From the “It Couldn’t Happen To a Better Bunch of People” Dept.:
  767. The Faith-Based Presidency
  768. I am rather disgusted at the moment
  769. Two weeks, man… two weeks…
  770. It’s been fun, Linux, but I just don’t think this is going to work out.