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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Gramps gets philosophical

I've come to expect all kinds of brain-twisters from the GOP-ers this presidential season, but I hadn't thought I'd come across one that was actually thought-provoking. Here's something that the angry old man threw out yesterday:

"What I don't know is what the unexpected will be."

I've been thinking about this all night and I still don't get it. Does that mean he does know what the unexpected currently is, but he's a bit lost about what it will be tomorrow?


Blogger km said...

Dude. Could we possibly have had a duller debate than the one on TV last night? I got so disgusted by the speech-baazi that I went to sleep at 9:30PM.

Point of comparison: C-SPAN was playing old debates last night and Slick Willie was battling Papa Bush (and Crazy Man Ross). It was an assembly of geniuses, I tell you. Very little sloganeering, lots of good content (and Perot's head-scratching homilies, of course.)

My vote may be going to the Rock Star but I am not very happy about it.

10/08/2008 11:05 PM  
Blogger Szerelem said...

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10/09/2008 1:02 PM  
Blogger Szerelem said...

TR: But how can we ever know what the unexpected will be? Is it not by definition not knowable?

km: Haha - it was such a DULL debate. Really, the only one worth listening to in this campaign is Biden - at least he brings the laughs.

(So many typos in the past comment - sorry)

10/09/2008 1:03 PM  
Blogger Rahul Siddharthan said...

It's clear enough. For example, "I don't know economics. The unexpected will be economics." Clearly the crisis was unexpected to him (I wonder why).

There are lots of other things he doesn't know (eg, that Iranians are mostly Shia, that Czechoslovakia is no more, that Pakistan has no border with Iraq...) I think we can anticipate more unexpected events.

10/09/2008 11:17 PM  
Blogger Falstaff said...

All it means is that the unexpected is part of the unknown unknowns.

10/11/2008 10:44 AM  
Anonymous anasuya said...

hey tr, it's been a while since i dropped by (obvious from another comment i just left on your post for richard wright), but so true. and unlike obama, i'm not sure cindy mccain can help.

falstaff: i wasn't sure donald rumsfeld would rear his known unknown head in this election, but then things just went beyond the palin. sigh.

10/13/2008 2:12 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

and yet, how important it is... :-|

oh no, the only one worth listening to is the mooseburger - if you have the stomach for it. for instance, rachel maddow did a number on her today (on youtube.

i like how they've started using the word "erratic". has a zing to it. can't wait to see how mccain acts on wednesday.

now you're sounding like kathleen turner.

ohh cindy mccain can *always* help. want a beer?

10/14/2008 12:34 PM  
Blogger Rahul Siddharthan said...

Reminds me of Yes Minister, after Hacker has an embarrassing public display of drunkenness. It goes something like
"What did the papers say about me?"
"They said you seemed overwrought."
"Well, that's not so bad."
"Overwrought as a newt, actually."

Word game: erratic as a ____?

10/14/2008 2:05 PM  
Blogger Szerelem said...


Sorry, just needed to say that.

10/14/2008 9:57 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...


hmm. if only her face wasn't so crooked.

10/15/2008 10:36 AM  
Blogger Szerelem said...


10/15/2008 11:04 PM  

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