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24 November 2000

"The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law."
-- A teen about to flunk Social Studies? No, no, it's our next president, George W. Bush (Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000). Yeesh.

During the past two weeks of constantly-breaking news, I've been annoyed at MSNBC for frequently cutting away from its own live coverage for ads with no warning whatsoever. The anchors didn't even seem to realize that they'd been off the air for 30-60 seconds. Finally it dawned on me that it was probably the local cable company (Comcast) cutting in with local ads it had sold on its own that were to be shown at specific scheduled times but which MSNBC had decided to forego in favor of important news that Comcast kept me from seeing anyway. Boo, hiss.

Pictures of the National Zoo's new pandas:

My favorite proposed solution so far, from Rogers Cadenhead on Metafilter:

I think the best solution is to have a second Election Day for the 50 percent of Americans who didn't vote on Nov. 7. Let them pick the president -- the rest of us had our chance and failed to pick one of these guys by a decisive margin.

The Republican violence in Miami is inexcusable. Links forthcoming tomorrow.

Everybody should remember in the coming weeks: this was a tied election. The margin of error in the vote counting is far greater than the margin of victory. Think about that for a while. Then look at the accusations flying back and forth.

The only way one side or the other will win is for them to be better at stealing elections than the other side. They both seem to have some practice. Oh boy.

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