May 9th, 2012

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Team Tarvek w00t w00t

Yes, I know Gil is the hero and the one she ends up with, which is why Tarvek is so much fun -- as illustrated by today's Girl Genius.

Tarvek is a fascinating character to me because he *should* be pure scheming evil given his background. But he actually wants to be something better. I suspect it's one of the things he loves about Agatha -- she makes him a better person by giving him a way to use his talents for good.
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Best Statement of Defeated Candidate/Departing Elder I have Seen So Far

Senator Richard Lugar just issued a statement answering some of the critics of his campaign, explaining why he did not wish to run as an independent, and his overall concerns about how our political system is "losing its ability to even explore alternatives." Of what has become a sub-genre of political writing which I will call "the exit of the more moderate elder," this is probably the best I have seen so far.

This paragraph bears repetition:

"Too often bipartisanship is equated with centrism or deal cutting. Bipartisanship is not the opposite of principle. One can be very conservative or very liberal and still have a bipartisan mindset. Such a mindset acknowledges that the other party is also patriotic and may have some good ideas. It acknowledges that national unity is important, and that aggressive partisanship deepens cynicism, sharpens political vendettas, and depletes the national reserve of good will that is critical to our survival in hard times. Certainly this was understood by President Reagan, who worked with Democrats frequently and showed flexibility that would be ridiculed today – from assenting to tax increases in the 1983 Social Security fix, to compromising on landmark tax reform legislation in 1986, to advancing arms control agreements in his second term."

You can find the entire thing below the cut.
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