Introducing the 2008 Chevy Corvair

Parade of the also-rans:
Ralph Nader

Just when I thought the race was down to two candidates, I realized that I had left out the perennial Ralph Nader.  That’s right, get ready for lots of ballot counting, because Nader has swung into the race faster than an unsafe car to once again capture the heart of the disaffected voter.

Nader is not threatened by fellow also-ran Mike Gravel.  He’s willing to take on the erstwhile Alaskan for the title of weirdest campaign video.  If Gravel can stir up the avant-garde in each of us by staring down a camera, Ralph Nader’s conversation with a parrot can lead us to presidential sanity:

Looks like the Nader campaign is unsafe at any speed…

[This post is fifth in a series on the other 2008 presidential candidates called “Parade of the also-rans.” See the whole series here.]

Hating the Gators from the west

Vols 6, Gators 30

All tied up with GodBlogCon/BlogWorld in Las Vegas, this was the first Tennessee-Florida game I’ve not watched in a decade, and it’s just as well.  Apparently it was all I expected and more.  Last year, I predicted that the massive defeat to the Gators marked the end of the Phil Fulmer era.  Premature, perhaps, but I stand by that statement.

Come on Phil, isn’t it about time to “spend more time with your family?”


GodBlogCon 2008

Just returned yesterday from GodBlogCon 2008 in Las Vegas. It’s a funny name for a conference, but nomenclature aside, it lived up to its reputation as the premiere conference for Christian bloggers. Conference organizer Dustin Steeve and his crack squad from the Biola’s Torrey Honors program ran an excellent show, and made a great first impression on this first-timer.

I’ve seldom attended a conference that offered such a combination of challenge, community, and camaraderie. If you missed it, you can listen to all the speakers at The Scriptorium Daily.

I’d tell you what else happened in Vegas, but you know the saying…

Better off in 2008

Commenting today on John McCain’s “We’re worse off than we were four years ago” ad, George Will observes that the question of being better off should be quantified in terms of more than one’s pocket book:

Unfortunately, the phrase “better off” is generally understood as a reference to your salary, your bank balance, your IRA and the like. But wait. Are you better off being four years older? That depends.

If you are young, since 2004 you might have found romance, had children, learned to fly-fish and become a Tampa Bay Rays fan. In which case you emphatically are better off, even if since 2004 there has been only a 0.6 percent increase — yes, increase — in the median value of single-family homes.

If you are near “the sear, the yellow leaf” of life, in the past four years your expected remaining years of life have declined. But that does not mean you cannot be better off.

Read the whole thing.  It’s George Will at his best.

As someone who has two more children than he did four years ago, I’m certainly better off.  In an election year we must not forget that our prosperity most often has less to do with presidents than it does providence.

Junior League

Vols 24, Bruins 27

In football, experience can make or break you.  The fact that Tennessee had a young, inexperienced team this year was no surprise.  The fact that they were inexperienced enough to lose to a UCLA team that played like a mediocre high school squad was more a disappointment than a surprise.

There were holes all around, undoubtedly camouflaged by Bruin QB Kevin Craft’s 4 interceptions in the first half.  Foster’s crucial fumble,  missed field goals, and missing players. Crompton looked rough, but in all fairness didn’t have much help.  The Vol offensive line — the one aspect of the Tennessee team that had experience — handled UCLA’s blitz as effectively as a screen door on a submarine.

On the bright side, overtime offers some extra experience, right?  Ughh.