Alas, No : Martin Longman on voting v. organizing

The Voting Mentality vs. the Organizing Mentality by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly:

Elections come at the end of a long process. Elections always involve choices that were made for you by politically organized people. Controlling the choices is most of the battle, and thinking that you’ve lost your influence because you couldn’t get off work to attend a caucus is a bit misplaced. If you want to make a difference, you’ll organize a dozen people to attend the caucus that you couldn’t attend yourself.

This is the difference between passively participating in the election process and in actually getting power.

I feel like these two things have been conflated and confused as people battle over how the nominees are selected.

If you want to choose between options, then go vote.

If you want to really change things, that’s going to take a lot more commitment, and not everyone is going to have an equal amount of time, energy, and resources for that. That’s not a flaw in the system. That’s just an inescapable reality.

By Pete Brown

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