Monthly Archives: February 2007

Senator President

Somebody recently told me that Barack Obama can’t be elected president because in the past 100 years, only one sitting Senator has won a presidential campaign. Every year, I hear this argument advanced against one candidate or another, and it never makes any sense to me. This year it makes even less sense.

For one thing, 100 years is way too far to go back. In 1907, women couldn’t vote, TV hadn’t been invented yet, and nominees were actually chosen during the party convention. What does that have to do with modern-day America?

The Voice of the People

In an effort to encourage participation in democracy, the British government is having a trial of an electronic petition system. Many of the most popular ones are for frivolous causes like changing the tax structure or repealing certain laws.

Fortunately, there are some Britons with their priorities straight. Among the fifty most-popular petitions is this one, signed by 3060 patriots:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to stand on his head and juggle ice-cream.

The World Revolves Around Me

This New York Times article is about two old friends of mine, one of whom was in my college comedy improv troupe and went on to work with me on Dennis Miller Live. The article (which was brought to my attention by one of the troupe’s founding members) is written by yet another former member of my college comedy improv troupe, and it ends with a reference to Jose, who is another of my former Dennis Miller Live co-writers.

Home Town Teams

For several years, the UK-based Aardman Animation has had a partnership with the LA-based Dreamworks, which has resulted in Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, among other classic films.

This week, the partnership ended.

The LA Times opened their article on the news with, “Battered by the box-office failure of ‘Flushed Away,”‘DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. said Tuesday that it had formally severed ties with the movie’s British maker, Aardman Animations.”