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Morning Feature – Giddyup! (Meta Monday)

April 23, 2012

Morning Feature

Morning Feature – Giddyup! (Meta Monday)

The resident faculty left a Kentucky Derby preview form outside the mail room. The staff hope it was a clue. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, the Squirrel discussed the trust deficit roots of The Buffett-ing Storm in Furthermore!, addisnana mused on the new season of Minnesota Sprinter in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan saw how an Acidic Ocean Kills Oyster Hatcheries in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive explored why An Etch-A-Sketch Won’t Stand Up to the Right Wing in Morning Feature, we criticized how Radical Judges Assert ‘Economic Liberty’ Right in Furthermore!, readers collaborated on Tuesday’s Tale: Leave It to Beavers in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan described A New Way to Learn: the Visual Cortex in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive asked Questions for Mitt Romney on Guns and the NRA in Morning Feature, addisnana shared tales from The Diner in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan reported on Emperor Penguins: Census by Satellite in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we began a series on Sustaining Hope with Looking Back in Morning Feature, triciawyse brought us Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee, and Smartypants offered polling insights on Obama’s Advantage in Evening Focus.

On Friday, we continued the series on Sustaining Hope with Looking Forward in Morning Feature, triciawyse shared Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan found IceCube Studies Origins of Cosmic Rays in Our Earth.

On the weekend, we concluded the series on Sustaining Hope with Talking Around Hope in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked Want Cheese with that Whine? with Sunday’s Morning Feature, and winterbanyan brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

Note: Please share your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week.

Thus we return to the Kentucky Derby preview form left outside the mail room by the resident faculty, as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. As Ms. Scarlet doesn’t wear hats and we’ve never seen her or any other resident faculty sipping mint juleps, the staff decided this must be a clue.

The Squirrel quickly began tapping on his Blewberry. Soon both he and his tail twitched upright. Pootie the Precious texted on her iHazPhone to ask what was wrong. The Squirrel replied: “Two jockeys are going to ride two horses each, and two other jockeys are going to ride three horses each.”

Chef thought that ridiculous and checked her laptop. Sure enough, that was the latest report. The Professor of Astrology Janitor said those must be preliminary jockey assignments. “I hope so,” the Squirrel texted. “If not, those horses better run really close together.”

“I still don’t see why the resident faculty would care about a horse race,” Chef said. No sooner had the words left her lips then the thought came to her. “Except for that other horse race.”

“Da Bleakness?” Pootie the Precious asked.

“I think you mean the Preakness,” the Squirrel replied. “But Chef was talking about the presidential election horse race.”

“Dey haz 2 ride horsez now?” Pootie the Precious texted. “Will dey chase spongee ballz nekst?”

“It’s a metaphor,” the Squirrel explained. “It means talking about the election in terms of who’s winning or losing, day by day.”

“But no 1 haz voted yet,” Pootie the Precious typed. “How can dey B winning or losing alreddy?”

The staff agreed that Pootie the Precious had a point, and we hope this week the resident faculty will explore and challenge the horse race-style election coverage. Some weeks, it really does seem like “Da Bleakness.”


Happy Monday!

  • glendaw271

    Hey, when you own a 24-hour news station, there has to be lots of news, right? So, if you need news and there’s an election coming up, why not have a story about that and keep things hopping. Otherwise, politics might not be newsworthy for the next few months until the national conventions.

    This way, if something newsworthy doesn’t occur, there is still something happening in politics that makes it necessary to have multiple 24-hour news stations.

    Actually, writing this comment gave me new perspective on what MSNBC does on the weekends. Maybe it’s not so bad to see those Lock-ups instead of repeats of pundit shows that were on during the week.

    • NCrissieB

      It’s partly that, Glenda. It’s also partly the pundits’ desires to tell and the audience’s desire to hear ‘inside’ strategy stories. And there’s the scoreboard aspect: polls and people wanting to know if their candidates are winning or losing.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • addisnana

    I like the Bleakness description. I’m sure the Republican delegates at the MN 1st district nominating convention that spent 14 hours and 23 ballots to not endorse someone probably felt the Bleakness even more.

    It must be hard to be a pundit and wonder if anyone gives a sh*t about all your analysis and puffery.

    • NCrissieB

      I was a bit surprised to read that Minnesota doesn’t require primaries when more than one candidate from a party enters a race. I’m sure their nominating convention qualified as The Bleakness.

      As for the travails of punditry, I hadn’t thought before about whether they worry about whether people take their analysis seriously. I know they care about job security, but that isn’t quite the same. You’ve given me a thought-worm – like a song you can’t stop hearing in your head – and I’ll probably be noodling it all day. 🙂

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • addisnana

        If the candidates agree to abide by the party endorsement then no primary. If one of the bunch wants a primary then there is one. Gov. Dayton did not seek the party endorsement and beat the endorsed candidate in the primary.

        This is what democracy in MN looks like…either that or it’s a plot by people who rent out meeting spaces to fill them every couple of years.

    • Gardener

      I’d imagine that sort of introspection is lacking. Just a guess….. 😉

  • winterbanyan

    Considering how fast those polls swing around, it makes for easy grist for the pundit mill. I’m getting to the point where the “dire” news in political races is leaving me yawning because next week it’ll have changed.

    Although I’m still annoyed at Romney’s rudeness over those cookies. And that had nothing to do with horse races. 😉

    Looking forward to discussing this method of discussing politics. I suspect few people are really tuning into the scorecards yet, but I may be wrong.

    • NCrissieB

      We’ll talk about the polling swings in some depth. A preview: if a poll shows Obama over Romney by 48-43 with a margin of error of ±3, statistically that means: [1] a 95% probability that, [2] when that poll was taken, [3] Obama’s support was between 45% and 51% and Romney’s between 40% and 46%, [4] among voters in the demographic model used by that pollster.

      We’ll unpack each of those four points in detail later this week.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Jim W

        I hope we don’t find dirty linen when we unpack.

        I found this sentence when I went looking for point [4].

        Another source of error stems from faulty demographic models by pollsters who weigh their samples by particular variables such as party identification in an election.

        Does another source of error magnify an existing error?

        Detergent ready! 😉