God in the Machine

Literally "God in the machine", Deus Ex Machina originally referred to Greek plays, where the "gods" would be lowered onto the stage with ropes in order to provide a quick resolution to the story. Today, Deus Ex Machina refers to any improbably and/or overly convenient character or mechanism that comes out of nowhere and saves the character(s).


"I don't get it, Big Dan..." -George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Saturday, May 15, 2004

No media bias here...

THIS passes for political news over at the aptly-named Yahoo today...

John Kerry proved himself to be a decidedly heavy tipper in Little Rock, Ark., this week when he dropped by Does's Eats Place, a renowned, if decidedly downscale, local eatery.
Accompanied by retired Gen. Wesley Clark and former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, Kerry entered to the applause of the 20 or so diners.
"I've been here 12 years since the early Clinton years," said manager Nick Rule. "As a matter of fact, the more trouble he got in, the busier we got."
The place is renowned for chili and tamales, and Kerry got several tamales and some chili to go. The tab came to $20.26, and Kerry paid with two $20 bills.
"Keep it," he told Katie Eldridge, whose family owns the place, as they started to get change.

Stop the presses!

And to think I was THIS CLOSE to voting for Bush. I see now what a fool I've been. How can you vote against a man who's such a good tipper?

The only thing the story missed was a closing line stating that "We at Yahoo are sure this had nothing to do with the election, and he probably would have tipped more if he wasn't embarrassed by all the unwanted media coverage."

I'm holding my breath for the next story which will no-doubt claim Bush once stiffed a pregnant waitress at the D.C. Denny's.

I'm just saying - vote for whomever you like, just play fair.



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