Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Starbucks Shrinks

The massive carbon footprint that is Starbucks is actually going to close some stores. I can't believe I might have to actually walk across the street now to go to a different Starbucks. Well, actually, I do my best to avoid them and patronize my local mom and pop coffee store, Primo Espresso, corner of Hall and Durham, excellent brew and great staff.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Social Networking Study

Survey on social networking. Worth 10 mins to be entered to win an iPhone!

McCain Clinton Lovefest

According to Bill Clinton, Hillary and McCain are close friends. He predicts a civilized election if Hill and John are the nominees.*

Actually, it would be fun to see the Clinton Machine try to be civil in a political fight. Ask Barrack how civil the D primary has been so far. (Or John Edwards after he got trashed in last minute robo-calls from the Clinton Machine.)

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Worst Clinton Precedent

A pretty good argument for why Hillary as the first female president would set a bad precedent.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Who's Leading the Republican Primary?

Here's a question for you. Who is leading the Republican Primary so far? Get an answer in your head and then look down below.



Wait for it.



Wait for it.



OK, here is the actual delegate count (which includes estimates for a couple smaller states) as it sits today, according to this article from National Review Online's David Freddoso:

"As of today, the delegate count runs as follows, including the CNN estimate for Iowa and the Wyoming results:

Romney 30
Huckabee 21
McCain 10
Thompson 6
Paul 2
Hunter 1
Giuliani 1
Note that this count includes five ex-officio delegates from states that have not voted yet."

So, did your perception match your reality? With all the spin from campaigns and the media, one would think McCain or Huckabee due to their wins in Iowa and New Hampshire. Now, certainly, they might have perceived momentum (or actual in McCain's case), but as Freddoso points out "most of the early states award delegates proportionally or by congressional district." Thus, even though Romney's second place finishes in Iowa and NH weren't considered impressive, he still scored delegates. And he also did in the less publicized Wyoming caucus.

Freddoso's article is a good read and explains how the Republican race is still wide open.

Gives me hope that my vote in Oregon's May primary might actually matter.

OK, maybe not.

For my Democrat friends, you can check out the D delegate count at CNN.com. And, like the Republican race, it's wide open. Even Edwards looks respectable with this list!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Twin Cities Rock Atlas

This is, in particular, for the Frozen One, Mr. Sank. A map to rock and roll sites across the Twin Cities.

Why Hillary Won and Obama Lost

Very good analysis from Karl Rove. Regardless of what you think of him, he's got a sharp political mind. This paragraph is a good summary:

"But more interesting than dissecting the pollsters is dissecting the election returns, precinct by precinct. Sen. Hillary Clinton won working-class neighborhoods and less-affluent rural areas. Sen. Barack Obama won the college towns and the gentrified neighborhoods of more affluent communities. Put another way, Mrs. Clinton won the beer drinkers, Mr. Obama the white wine crowd. And there are more beer drinkers than wine swillers in the Democratic Party."

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Women Love Hillary Clinton? Don't Tell...

...my wife or my female cousin. They'll either choke on their own vomit or punch you. Hard.

Yet that is the spin from Clinton's surrogates like Sen. Diane Feinstien:

"For the first time women could conceivably elect the next president of the United States," said Feinstein, adding that there "is a great emotion connection between women and Hillary."

Must be the faux crying.

Happy New Year!

Yawn, stretch...break is over. Here are some items of interest I've been reading/thinking/noodling on:

Portland Trail Blazers: Such an amazing turn around this year. Early December, about mid way into their 13-game winning streak, I pulled the trigger and bought a 20 game ticket package with my brother-in-law. Deal was too good to pass up, $5 a seat per game. Yeah, we're in the 300 level but that is where the REAL fans are! This column by Oregonian sports columnist John Canzano really sums up the reason for the resurgence: The Fans. It's also a great look at how the MARKET can work. In this case, the fan market in Portland which sent a loud and clear message to the Blazers to clean up their act or we aren't coming to games. And it worked. I am proof, I've never purchased any kind of ticket package before but support what they've done and who this team has become.

A Whole New Mind, by Daniel Pink: I just finished reading this today. I'd actually started it months ago, gotten about half way through, and then got distracted by other books and things to do. Glad I finished it, though. Easy read, but insightful look at right brain v. left brain and how the right brain will be essential to future success (in business primarily) since many left brain functions can be done by computers or more easily outsourced. In addition to examining several areas related to the right brain, he gives exercises/ideas for ways to stretch and strengthen your right brain. Interesting read.

Politics: Presidential campaigns, and campaign generally, are like sport to me, which I realize is kinda sick. My wife dreads even numbered years. So, of course, I am closely following the primaries but not just rooting for a preferred candidate. I watch the spin, strategy, media coverage etc. New media has made this even more interesting. I am following online political guru Patrick Ruffini (Bush/Cheney online mastermind for '00 and '04) both at his blog, via his 2008 Presidential Wire (which aggregates blog posts and ranks them by views) and via his Twitter updates. Another fun way to watch is via Politweets, which aggregates all Twitter posts that contain the name of a presidential candidate, organizes them by party and even ranks the candidates by volume of Twitter posts. Crazy addicting. I am also following Time Magazine's The Page political site written by Mark Halperin and the Campaign Spot at NationalReview.com, written by Jim Geraghty. He did a fabulous job in 2004 on the presidential election.

Race and Election Polls: Along the same lines, this article quoting Gary Langer earlier this year is a must read on how race impacts polling results. Following the results from yesterday in NH, where the polls missed the outcome by a ton, questions about polling methods and even voting fraud (we are talking about the Clinton machine afterall) abound. Langer is the pollster for ABC News. He addresses the NH disparities in a post today at the ABCNews site. Some have suggested that one of the reasons the turnout in Iowa and NH was so dramatically different is that the Iowa caucus is a PUBLIC ballot, you pick a candidate and stand in a group for them, while the NH primary is a SECRET ballot. Could the pressure to no appear racist have influenced some Iowa Democrats to stand up for Obama while the secret ballot in NH gave Dems there the chance to vote Clinton without some perceived racist implication?