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  1. Wednesday, November 09, 2016:
    Despair Is Not a Long-Term Solution    When Clinton and Trump applied for the position of US President, I did my due diligence as hiring manager. In Clinton, I saw a career politician with strong policy credentials and an inability to prevent self-inflicted political wounds. The email controversy, while serious, was no worse than established practice of other politicians before her (although her flippant comment about wiping the server with a cloth incites Hulk-levels of rage in me to this day). In the "Miscellaneous" portion of her resume, I liked the symbolism of electing the first woman president.   In Trump, I saw an erratic, ineloquent businessman with no experience in politics. His actions and words showed clear racism and misogyny, and he used...
  2. Thursday, October 20, 2016:
    Debate Analysis    Trump's debate style is to fire shotgun blasts into the negative space around a coherent argument and hope that people can deduce what his argument was intended to convey.    Clinton's debate style is like a GPS that sends you down every back road through the suburbs when everyone knows there's a six-lane highway leading directly to the point.    Country unity depends on the Gregory Brothers to create an auto-tune version of "You're The Puppet", starring Franklin from  Arrested Development .   
  3. Tuesday, October 04, 2016:
    Debate Analysis    Tim Kaine is easily the warmest, most inoffensive Muppet that Jim Henson ever created.    Mike Pence's stark facial features suggest a man who has overzealously drained his lifeforce into a Horcux in his quest for immortality.   
  4. Monday, September 26, 2016:
    List Day: 10 Facets of My Voting Bloc      I am solidly upper middle class in a double-income no-kids household. I have no debts, other than a small mortgage that will be paid off in the next five years.    I have two bachelor's and a master's degree (unless they took it away because I never use it).    I work as a government contractor in software engineering. While my immediate job is dependent on government spending, my career as a whole is not.    I like to believe I make decisions grounded in science and fact rather than emotion.    I have historically voted for Democratic Presidential candidates but do not vote blindly along party lines. I think John McCain probably would have been just fin...
  5. Tuesday, July 26, 2016:
    Vote BU 2016  Having trouble deciding who to vote for in the upcoming election? Take a look at the BU party platform and consider voting for me! When I'm elected as 45th President, these are the changes you can expect to see enacted:     Arnold Schwarzenegger will be my Vice President.      Representatives of the great state of Virginia will get 1 extra vote in each roll call.    Evite will no longer include a "Maybe" option on invitations.    Funding will be provided to immediately reshoot the endings of  Dexter  and  How I Met Your Mother , with updated DVDs distributed to anyone negatively affected by the original endings.    ...
  6. Thursday, October 29, 2015:
    Loudoun Election Cheat Sheet, Part III of III   Chairman, Board of Supervisors         Phyllis J. Randall (D)   Charlie L. King (R)   Thomas E. Bellanca (I)   Scott K. York (I)         "Radically anti-illegal immigration"  No  domestic violence charges      No domestic violence charges     Lost (by a margin of 30%) to York in 2011  No domestic violence charges     Washington post endorsement  Doesn't mind domestic violence charges  Doesn't know what a "one-sentence statement" is.           Sterling Supervisor       ...
  7. Wednesday, October 28, 2015:
    Loudoun Election Cheat Sheet, Part II of III   Clerk of Circuit Court         Eileen M. Tagg-Murdock (D)   Gary M. Clemens (R)         Lost (by a 37.8% margin) in the 2011 School Board race  Lives in Sterling, the jewel of Loudoun County  Positions aren't much different than the other guy    Incumbent  Has increased the level of automation and electronic access to Loudoun records  His teste is stamped on my marriage license           Commonwealth's Attorney         Robert J. Ohneiser (D)   James E. "Jim" Plowman (R)         Can't be...
  8. Tuesday, October 27, 2015:
    Loudoun Election Cheat Sheet, Part I of III  It's often difficult to cut through the macrame potholder of misinformation that stretches across the loom of general elections. With district boundaries resembling modern day Nazca lines, it can be a chore just figuring out who's eligible for your vote and which voting station to report to (dropping in unannounced on a random elementary school is frowned upon in this day and age).   As a public service, the URI! Zone is offering side-by-side comparisons for every race. Currently, this data is limited to my direct voting area because I'm but a one-man political team with no revenue stream and my district is the only one that matters. If a comparable resource does not exist for your area, you should seriously consider movi...
  9. Tuesday, October 06, 2015:
    Missing the Point  I try not to descend the spiral staircase of futility into political discussions as much anymore, but I was truly disappointed by this quote from  an article  about Carly Fiorina's unpaid debts from her failed Senate campaign:    "People are just upset and angry and throwing her under the bus," said Jon Cross, Fiorina's operations director for her Senate campaign. "If we didn't win, why do you deserve to get paid? If you don't succeed in business, you shouldn't be the first one to step up and complain about getting paid."    I'm sure that this operations director would say the same thing to his loan shark if he borrowed a million dollars and then bet it all on RG III surviving more than tw...
  10. Tuesday, November 05, 2013:
    Vote for BU   Ken Cuccinelli is using "think of the children" as an excuse for laws about my penis. Terry McAuliffe looks like that douchey senior from the high school crew team who probably has at least one DUI concealed by his dad's lawyer. Robert Sarvis is getting the obligatory praise usually reserved for the one-legged track star earning a participation trophy. One might say that we have reached the end times, if one wanted to be all biblical about it.   In harsh conditions like these, you might as well throw away your vote on me! I'm pretty sure I could get at least 1% of the vote, and as you can see below, my platform is eminently appealing:     No more sales tax on Amazon.com purchases.   &...
  11. Friday, November 09, 2012:
    2012 Election Recap    In case you missed my live-blogging of the 2012 Election on Facebook last Tuesday, here is a transcript. I tried to include a little something for everyone, regardless of their politics:    div.fbBox { background-color: #ffffff; border-color: #ced6e7; border-style: solid; border-width: 1px; font-family: 'Tahoma'; font-size: 10pt; margin: 4px; padding: 5px; -moz-border-radius: 6px; border-radius: 6px; } div.fbTime { color: #999999; margin-bottom: 5px; text-decoration: underline; } div.fbLikes { background-color: #edeff4; font-size: 8pt; padding: 2px; margin-top: 5px; }     7:00 PM  Breaking News: Voter fraud suspected as irate Hunting...
  12. Monday, November 05, 2012:
    List Day: 10 Ways to Recapture My Election Attention in the Next 24 Hours    Hurricane Sandy is discovered to be a WMD. We invade the Caribbean and storm the beaches of Jamaica to control the world's rum supply.    Each candidate posts a 5 minute campaign rap on YouTube, personally written and performed. Romney may not rhyme "sequestration" with "equestrian". Obama must rap in the style of Busta Rhymes.    Candidates finally flesh out the fiscal cliff metaphor by clarifying whether we're driving off the top or crashing into the base.    Hackers subvert all of the electronic voting machines in Virginia and give Virgil Goode 104% of the popular vote.    A mysterious cabal of fast-food interests reveals that Michelle Obama and her health...
  13. Thursday, October 04, 2012:
    The Ladder of Opportunity  Fill in the blank with the name of a presidential candidate of your choosing, such that the cartoon accurately depicts your preconceived (yet totally correct and awesome) world view.   
  14. Monday, February 20, 2012:
    Presidents Day  Because it's Presidents Day and I'm still working a ton, here are some rare political thoughts:     It is impossible to create a scalable solution for any problem from the federal level. No matter how well-meaning or well-documented it is, there are too many points between the top and the bottom where the money gets leeched or the message gets altered.    It is impossible to change the country from the grass-roots level. However, this is the only level where you can have an impact. The most effective approach would be for normal people to ignore the federal circus and start improving their local burgs while the federal government gets out of the way of solutions that are working.    Soc...
  15. Thursday, October 27, 2011:
    Electable Me  As a highly patriotic member of my community, I plan on running for Sterling District Supervisor in the upcoming election. Please do your part by printing out my signs and posting them for maximum visibility. Suggested legal spots include: the side of your pet, the bulletin board in the lunch room where your coworker guilts everyone into buying Girl Scout Cookies, some place on the Twitter, or secretly printed on the back cover of the pamphlets from your local Jehovah's Witnesses.                                                   ...
  16. Wednesday, November 05, 2008:
    Vote Day   I left the house at 9:42 AM yesterday to perform my Honda Civic 1  duty by selfishly voting against new fire houses in western Loudoun County. Although I brought a book for the anticipated wait, there was no line, and I was out the door and back at home by 10 AM.   It was slightly harder for Booty and Amber (a.k.a Fernando and Alexis Uri) to vote, since I had to convince the voting officials that they were dependents born in 1989 with an uncontrollable furry condition, and that their silence was because they did not speak English (not uncommon in Sterling). Nonetheless, they soon voted and were presented with the obligatory voting stickers which are highly prized because all voters are twelve years old and o...
  17. Friday, October 03, 2008:
    Friday Failures    ♠  Unnecessary Use of "Scream" at Halloween : The fact that Halloween is approaching doesn't mean you can put "scream" into any phrase and make it topical. The ABC network becomes  AB-Scream!  for a month, which doesn't even make sense. Busch Gardens hosts Howloscream! which seems redundant to me. (Do something about that, Philip). I suppose it's better than the half-assed Hallowscream that most other venues host.    ♠  Joe Biden : Despite his obvious knowledge of the issues and confidence in his answers, he sighed loudly into the microphone on multiple occasions, which means we'll have to listen to conservative pundits nitpick this for the next four weeks as an example...
  18. Monday, November 06, 2006:
    Vote URI!   As an Eagle Scout, he not only earned the Citizenship in the Community merit badge, but also the Citizenship in the Nation and Citizenship in the World merit badges. This makes him a prime candidate for public office.   He has a three point platform, and triangles are the most stable structure in the natural world.   Once while on a camping trip, a coyote threatened his family. He punched that coyote in the face and sent it packing. He would do the same for you when the terrorists come.   He has a winning or undefeated record against every foreign nation he's ever declared war upon.    He is a Pro at Life.   He is Korean (the good one not the evil on...
  19. Wednesday, November 09, 2005:
    Untitled Post   I removed the bandage from my finger last night to find that the gaping wound was healing nicely, although my finger smelled like death after three consecutive days of being covered.   Speaking of things that smell like death, I voted after work yesterday. I'm sad that Levi Levy did not run for anything this year   . I, too, am concerned about the possibilities of typhus spread by wharf rats, and I was not a resident of Virginia the last time he ran for office in 2003.  I find it amusing that the sample ballots those clowns distribute outside of the voting centers not only show you how to vote for candidates along the party lines, but also how to vote on referendums too. I apparently went ...
  20. Wednesday, November 02, 2005:
    Untitled Post   In an effort to muddle up the more salient issues by introducing several new ones, President Bush has requested $7.1 billion in emergency funding to combat the possible bird flu pandemic which has been rumoured to be lurking in the shadows for several years now. After ten minutes of giving shout-outs to his dogs (but no nominations this time around), Bush gave a doomsday speech at the NIH which sounded vaguely familiar    . Some conspiracy theorists note that the speech is identical to the one kicking off his war on terrorism, replacing the words "terrorism", "Iraq", and "insurgency" with "pandemic influenza", "China", and "outbreak". I'm always amused when Bush tries to talk in technical jargon, but luckily there...
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