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Friday,  08/29/08  10:00 AM

Awesome choice

Sen. John McCain today announced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate, calling her "the running mate who can best help me shake up Washington." Palin says she "was just your average hockey mom in Alaska," before getting involved in politics.

I like her already.  She's 44, a first term governor, and a conservative Republican.  "Her past occupations included being a commercial fishing company owner, outdoor recreational equipment company owner and sports reporter, according to Congressional Quarterly.  She is blunt, outspoken and charming.  And don't assume she can't stand toe-to-toe with Joe Biden.  She is a great debater.  And she was runner-up for the Miss Alaska title, won Miss Congeniality in that contest, and plays the flute."  She'd be considered too inexperienced except by comparison with Obama (!)  Her nickname is "Sarah Barracuda"; it will be interesting to see her debate against Joe Biden :)

If the reaction in my household is any guide, this was an inspired pick.



Friday,  08/29/08  11:18 PM

Amazing how the Gov. Palin announcement dominated the news and the blogosphere today... Obama's speech last night is a distant memory.  I'm wondering how Hillary Clinton feels about all this - pissed, I would guess.  She worked so hard and now it looks like someone else is going to have that shot instead of her.

My main reaction surprises me: I'm really happy a woman was nominated.  I have four daughters, all the genes I'm sending into the future are on X chromosomes.  Breaking the glass ceiling does matter.  Plus, she seems pretty solid, although I am worried about whether she's a creationist; that would be unfortunate.

Interesting: how a college sophomore won Sarah Palin the VP slot

John Dickerson: huh?  I think all the "huh?" reactions are wishful thinking; she was a pretty inspired pick.  Over the next few weeks the excitement will fade, but she'll still be an excellent choice. 

Wired: Mazda building a Volt of its own.  The difference between GM and Mazda is that Mazda will probably ship, and probably ship on time.  "What makes this especially interesting is Ford owns a big chunk of Mazda, which means anything Mazda builds could appear in showrooms with a blue oval on the hood. Looks like the race is on."  Good - for everyone... 

This looks really cool: Blaupunkt nav overlay on live video.  Excellent. 

Remember Elementeo, the board game about Chemistry?  "In this action-packed game, two or more players wage a chemical war with just one goal in mind – destroy their opponent's electrons to zero! Armed with their arsenal of elements, compounds, and nuclear reactions, these young chemists strive to create, combat, and conquer the world!"  It is finally out, get your copy today... 



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