Hello, I’m a Mac…

Halloween may be a couple of days away, but thanks to our ward’s Trunk-or-Treat last night, we have already been swarmed with children begging for candy.  In case you cannot tell from the picture above, Theresa and I went as Mac and PC.  I think we did a pretty good job, but the “Best Adult Costume” contest was stolen from us by the Mensens.  Sure, their Ketchup and Mustard costumes were clever, but they just put on some red and yellow clothes and taped a Heinz logo to their shirt – Theresa and I meticulously researched and planned our outfits.  I’ll just have to assume that since we were sitting on the opposite side of the Gym as the stage, the judges didn’t get a chance to see us.  

Also, if there was a prize for the best decorated trunk, we might have won that one too, judging by the reactions our set-up produced.  The parents generally thought our “dead person legs” were fun, while the kids often seemed quite disturbed.  Some were so frightened by the legs that they rushed past our car without even stopping for candy, which made the decorations a resounding success in my books.

Finally, because Theresa’s costume included a pair of my kakis, we have continued the halloween tradition we started last year of wearing each other’s pants.

RELLS’ Bells

For anyone who has been reading my blog since the very beginning (Sept 2006), you may have noticed one particular topic that frequented my early posts but are completely absent from my current ramblings.  That topic is softball, and I’d like to mention it once more today.  Since we last visited the North Grounds Softball League, I have taken up the position of captain for the Rex E Lee Law Society’s (the LDS organization) Softball team, who I affectionately refer to as the RELLS’ Bells (or, should that be ‘belles’?)  This team name is not official, nor is it used – or even known – by anyone besides myself.

I would like to publicly say that I am very happy of out team’s performance this year.  Sure, we may not have won a single game, but we played with spirit and class.  We are like the NGSL’s very own Chicago Cubs – the lovable losers that lose.  From Brady’s unnecessary outfield dives to Bill’s amazing leaping catch at short stop to Derek’s insistence on putting out his own teammates when filling in for the other team’s catcher, we certainly are lovable.  Definitely more lovable than that guy who takes Law School Softball so seriously he full-out tackles the unsuspecting pitcher who is covering home plate during a close play; a pitcher, I should add, who amazingly holds on to the ball for what should have been an out if the umpire actually knew what she was doing.

During our last game on Friday, we toped off the season with probably our best showing yet: a one point loss!  Which, for RELLS, I consider a victory.  Great season guys!


Encourage Your Friends to Vote

Want to encourage your friends to vote?  Try sending her a customizable video through this website.  It is probably the funniest thing I have seen in 17 months.  Click here to see the video I customized and sent to myself, and then send it to your friends.  Seriously HILARIOUS.

For the Seven-Year-Old Socialist-American

Barack Obama has faced numerous rumors and attacks.  One persistent idea is that he is a Muslim.  I really appreciated Colin Powell’s response to this rumor:

“[Obama] is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? ”

Another only-frightening-in-america adjective now being launched at Obama is so offensive that the media has taken to calling it simply the s-word.  Socialism.  I think another Powell-esque answer is in order.  Which is why I would like to direct your attention to the blog of my friend and fellow Canadian-in-America, Peter.  I think its funny that ‘socialist’ is the word McCain used to smear Obama after ‘terrorist’ didn’t work.

UPDATE: In other news, the global financial crisis has boosted sales of Marxist Literature.

Broken Social Scene + Land of Talk

Broken Social Scene    

Last night, I was able to see Broken Social Scene live in Richmond.  BSS is definitely one of my favorite bands, although I should probably not even call them a “band,” since they are more like a constantly-expanding loose collective of musicians from various other musical groups that come together in various configurations to record their albums and go on tour.  But whatever BSS is, they can sure put on a good show – and a long show (their set lasted 3 full hours and included an impromptu second encore featuring a hastily-assembled cover and a song from one of the member’s side projects).

Opening for the band was Land of Talk, which I also enjoyed.  I highly recommend both “bands”.

Land of TalkOne interesting thing I noticed was that the Land of Talk bassist was sporting an Obama button, and BSS endorsed the democrat more then once.  What is interesting about this, is that both bands are Canadian.  So my question is, considering that most Americans consider Canada a socialist (or at least a very liberal) country, would an endorsement from a Canadian make an American more or less likely to vote for Barack?

Which quadrant are you?

Probably because of my coverage of both the US and Canadian elections, I recently was asked the question of how do the Canadian and American parties compare to each other on the right – left axis.  Based on politicalcompass.org, the simple answer would be thus (listing the parties from left to right, Canadian parties in red, American parties in blue):



Not surprisingly, considering I called that the ‘simple answer,’ there is more to the story.  The website I cited, political compass, is based on an idea – an idea I agree with – that the standard right-left discussion of politics is incomplete.  Instead, they propose a 2-dimensional system where the X-axis represents economic concerns (left being communist and right being capitalist) while the Y-axis represents social concerns, which measures government power (with the bottom being libertarian, and the top being authoritarian).  This system gives a much more complete picture of people’s political views.  I’ve included below their analysis of the current political parties in the US and Canada, which I found very interesting.  And of course, you can take their test to explore your own political views.  Now, I think people should say stuff like, “George Bush is so ‘second quadrant.'”

Canada General Election 2008



US Presidential Election 2008

US Presidential Election 2008

The Results Are In

Sephen Dion: With this attitude, no wonder he lost

Congratulations to the Conservative Party of Canada, for winning the election this year, but too bad that you weren’t able to grab that Majority.  Better luck next election, which, by the way things have been lately, should occur mid 2009.

And Congratulations to Linda Duncan for winning(?) in Edmonton-Strathcona, the only non-conservative MP in all of Alberta.

I must say though, all the “Canada is like America’s weird brother” jokes are getting old.