September 14th, 2008

Pixel Stained

That's a swell set of values you got there

I'm sick and tired of the implication that I am not possessed of values, or somehow not taking them into account when I vote. I say this because I keep hearing the same old sorry trope that "values voters" favor republicans, didn't vote for Kerry, etc.

It's bullshit. I have values, they just aren't based on hatreds or limiting people's rights. I value choice, opportunity and equality.

On the other hand, reports from the Value's Voters Summit make it plain to me there is a significant portion of them who are racist scumbags.

While Obama Waffles takes aim at Obama's politics by poking fun at his public remarks and positions on issues, it also plays off the old image of the pancake-mix icon Aunt Jemima, which has been widely criticized as a demeaning stereotype. Obama is portrayed with popping eyes and big, thick lips as he stares at a plate of waffles and smiles broadly.

Placing Obama in Arab-like headdress recalls the false rumor that he is a follower of Islam, though he is actually a Christian.

On the back of the box, Obama is depicted in stereotypical Mexican dress, including a sombrero, above a recipe for "Open Border Fiesta Waffles" that says it can serve "4 or more illegal aliens." The recipe includes a tip: "While waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?"

If those are the values they respect, they can keep 'em, and the candidates who court them.

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People have strange ideas of worth

What would you pay for a first generation iPhone?

Because I saw someone offering one (still in the packaging), for $500, another $100 will get it unlocked.

Seems to me (what with the oddities I recall of unlocked iPhones becoming bricked), that's a pretty high price (new, they were $499, and that got rebated. Right now the 3g is (so it seems to me) $160 up front.

Is there some hugely collectible nature to them? Some hidden value for the phone in the box? Because I am just not seeing how it can be worth $600.