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Endorsements: Writers Overwhelming Back Barack Obama

I know you're dying to know who major American writers are supporting in the upcoming presidential election. According to Wikipedia, Barack Obama is the overwhelming favorite among writers. Wikipedia notes 26 major writers have come out for Obama, including:

Toni Morrison

Tobias Wolff

Alice Walker

Maxine Hong Kingston

Stephen King

Garrison Keillor

In contrast, only 3 major writers have come out for Hillary:

Ann Rice

Maya Angelou

Erica Jong

And for John McCain? Zero.

Information courtesy of:

Happy Birthday, Joe Heller

Read Catch-22 and then tell me you support the Iraq War.

Not much time to write today, but relish these great insights from The Man -- all from Catch-22 :

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.

Justice is a knee in the gut from the floor on the chin at night sneaky with a knife brought up down on the magazine of a battleship sandbagged underhanded in the dark without a word of warning. Garroting. That's what justice is.

War ... it paid well and liberated children from the pernicious influence of their parents.

Maybe a long life does have to be filled with many unpleasant conditions if it's to seem long. But in that event, who wants one?

Insanity is contagious.

Complete Your Computer's Keyboard

So I walked into my office on Friday, and I saw that my computer keyboard had been upgraded with a "damn it" key. How handy!

Apparently, there are a lot of new function keys coming out, including "oops," "duh," and "panic."

Perfect. Finally some keys that I will actually use!

Eating an Elephant

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time, of course.

Moving sure seems like eating an elephant, and over the past two weeks, I've been doing it one car load at a time. The good thing is, our new house is just four miles from our apartment.

Our official move date is Friday, and I'm hoping to have everything except what won't fit in the car moved by then.

Anyone want to help us move on Friday? I'm buying the beer and pizza. :)

I Like Chinese, Or: What Do the Chinese Think of Americans?

We've bought a house, and that means we have to buy a bunch of "stuff" to go with it.

As I'm sure you know, most "stuff" these days comes from China, and yet, most Chinese don't use any of the stuff that they make for Americans.

That led me to wonder: What do Chinese think of Americans? Can you imagine making a bunch of products, never being able to use or benefit from those products yourself?