February 14th, 2009

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BuzzFlash buffoonery update

BuzzFlash headline: "Main Street Jobs Creation Act" Passes Senate with 60 Votes. Obama Will Sign Shortly. Generally, Senate "Compromise" Version Prevailed.

The buffoonery is in the failure to note that Barack Obama’s bipartisanship has been a remarkable success in this case, especially if you include Republican governors, and even more so if you read the following McClatchy headline linked to by BuzzFlash itself: GOP lawmakers tout projects in the stimulus bill they opposed. And the buffoonery is in the failure to admit error.

So far Brent Budowsky and Kathy Kemper, both over at The Hill’s Pundit Blogs, make up the list of commentators I have read who rightly praise Obama for his success (in both cases rather glowingly).
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Frustrations with English

Sometimes I wonder how many people only appear to understand the English language. Today in the Perrspectives blog, it was declared that the Republicans had presented a ‘unified front’ against President Obama’s stimulus bill—the very stimulus bill that Barack Obama is going to sign Tuesday morning, having gotten it passed with Republican support. What in the world does ‘unified front’ mean to this writer? (And, if you think about it, how hard could it have been to bully Arlen Specter into voting against the bill, if the Republicans had even really, really wanted to attain just a ‘unified-enough front’?)

Another case occurred several days ago. In that case the writer was criticizing another commentator’s suggestion that Dick Cheney had implicitly admitted to crimes. The criticizer goes step by step through the things Cheney said, in none of which does Cheney admit to crimes, but merely admits to acts that one might suppose were criminal, and the criticizer says these are explicit admissions. My head spun, because this is a textbook example of an implicit admission.

Maybe I’m a player in a political satire and just don’t know it.
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!#?!!@!!

Python tells me that lists and associative arrays are ‘unhashable types’!!!

Somebody explain that to me. Here, by the way, is some Icon code using hashes of associative arrays:

link ximage
procedure main()
a := table()
b := table()
a[b] := "Hello!"
write(ximage(a))
end

And here is the output:

T1 := table(&null)
T1[{T2 := table(&null)
T2}] := "Hello!"

Why can’t Python do that, just do it????
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Rachel Maddow's star power

See http://www.motherjones.com/media/2009/01/rachel-maddows-star-power

I point this out to complain that recently Rachel has reverted somewhat to her habits of repeating things several times, and that this is a first stage in falling back upon a habit of not getting to the point. But one expects some regression, and here’s hoping she continues to improve. Thirty-five is pretty young, after all. (Anyone for shuffleboard or bingo?)