Monday, November 19, 2007

Dad Loves Kid, Campus Hates Bush

The omnivore kid returned home this weekend for turkey week. She spent the evening with your humble blogger last night and had a friend over to watch a movie. What does this kid do as the movie starts playing?

She fires up her laptop and turns back to me, "What's your access code?"

referring of course to the encryption key necessary to access my wireless Internet.

I give her the ridiculously long string that looks something like


and then she watches the movie, manages cyberspace, and interacts with her friend at the same time. Some readers may consider this rude regarding said friend. Well, an avid gamer (I would be safer trying heroin, I suspect, but then again, I don't know) and omnivore himself, he participated with in said cyberfare as they spoke and enjoyed the film.

Her fella (the significant other at Stanford) is majoring in Public Policy, whatever that means, but it includes knowledge of politics. Dad and daughter discussed politics very briefly, but long enough to establish the following.

The college crowd DESPISES George W. Bush and Lord Cheney. I've not seen research disaggregating political sentiment by age, but the smell is strong. Individuals under 30 that think our president is anything other than an eggplant are few and far between, probably in Kansas and Texas.

The rest of the country, and even more so, the world, regard the current administration with complete contempt.


Blogger Dustin said...

I can do many things at the same time, but watching a film while surfing the net is not one of them.

Over time I traded many of my vices for the one videogame vice. smokes, booze, none have lasted as long or become as deeply rooted. It was cheaper, and less likely to lead to death. But things change, and now I'm having a hell of a time shaking it. damn, I need to read more, maybe once I finish infinite jest I can resume my normal reading pace.

11/19/2007 11:16 AM  
Anonymous The Navigator said...

x4mr - FANTASTIC image. In particular the side view of the Apple laptop. Just exquisite.

Videogame addiction is more serious than our culture currently recognizes. There are individuals who spend five, six, or more hours per day playing games. You can buy very customized machines specifically built for gaming.

That world can consume a life.

I'm with x4mr and don't go near them.

11/19/2007 11:35 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

What does your daughter think of the Democratics predidential candidates especially Hillary?

11/19/2007 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget Idaho, where the Republicans are not gay and the sheep are scared.

11/19/2007 12:27 PM  
Blogger Dustin said...

"Videogame addiction is more serious than our culture currently recognizes."

Tell me about it. On it's face videogame addiction seems farcical. Having been addicted to other things, I can tell you, it is real. The behavior pattern fits, even if the physiological ones don't (i'm not too familiar with the medical science behind addiction). Of course any activity can be addictive given a certain predisposition. All of that said, I don't think that videogame addiction is the menace some would have us believe.

On topic,

Don't most college campuses have a resident college republicans organization or some analog?

11/19/2007 2:10 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...


Regarding the campus GOP clubs, absolutely, and they appear to be heavily swayed towards Ron Paul, at least at the University of Arizona.


Regarding my daughter and Stanford, your sense is accurate. They are not too fond of Hillary and would prefer Obama. Hillary is not perceived as a "change" candidate or particularly trustworthy. Some doubt she would even end the war and would find an argument for staying there. If the Stanford student body elected the next president, Obama would win.

My daughter says that while Republicans exist at Stanford, their profile is low and and she has not really interacted with them.

Even among conservative thinkers, the consensus is UNIVERSAL that Bush is a complete idiot and total disaster. Awhile back, some event would have put Bush on Stanford's campus (a meeting I believe with Shultz).

Students found out, and although I don't know details, they organized and got the meeting away from the campus.

The extent of the animosity towards the Bush administration is understated in the press. He has passed Nixon in terms of contempt and disgust. The mainstream media downplays how bad it's gotten.

If you pay attention, you will notice that Bush will now only go to and address the most screened and "prepared" audiences like a military academy, certain religious organizations, etc..

Perhaps Yale, because he's an alum, but I don't think we'll see Bush on any prestigious campus anytime soon.

I have heard Lord Cheney has grown so paranoid and screwed up that he keeps his location more secret than any elected official in US history. Obviously I have no idea if that's true, but I wouldn't be surprised.

11/19/2007 3:33 PM  
Blogger Dustin said...

"Regarding the campus GOP clubs, absolutely, and they appear to be heavily swayed towards Ron Paul, at least at the University of Arizona."

I wondered if that was the case. I know that republican and bush supporter are not the same thing. It would not surprise me to learn that ron paul would be favored among college republicans nationwide.

About bush polling worse than nixon, I wondered when that would happen, and now that you mentioned it I did see that a few days ago.

11/19/2007 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Navigator is right.

That image is worth framing. Your blog is worth a daily visit for the images alone.

You're an artist. I love the side view of the white Apple. How did you think of that?

11/19/2007 8:04 PM  
Anonymous The Navigator said...

Anon, you only scratch the surface of the depth of artistic genius that occurs here.

For example, examine the title of this entry: "Dad Loves Kid, Campus Hates Bush."

See the symmetry? x4mr adores his child and clearly has a great relationship with her as she asks for his encryption key, symbolizing the trust and bond between father and daughter.

However, the children of the country (the campus) hate and utterly distrust the president, the "father" of the country.

If x4mr has Premiere, then he must have Photoshop, and he is a certified webmaster, Sun Microsystems certified Java programming instructor, ABD doctorate in math and education, and his kid is at Stanford.

I don't mean to stroke x4mr's ego or occur as a groupie (I am not), but as I've said before, this blog is not superficial and is multi-layered. Seriously, think about the title of this particular story and its content. You think that happens by accident?

11/19/2007 8:55 PM  

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