Thursday, January 05, 2012

The 2011-2012 Mayoral Debate Series: Question 2

Aaaaaaaaaaaand we're back. Sorry for the delay.

I was going to have a "Rate the Debate" followup to the first question, but I shelved it because a) I think voters should make up their own minds as to who won without input from outside influences who might have an agenda or wish to advance a prefabricated storyline to generate traffic (not that that ever happens in politics), and 2) I didn't feel like writing it.

So let's just say that most polls showed Kevin Ecker taking 2nd place.

RULES: Candidates may answer the following question in the comments to this post, or on their own blogs with a link back to in the comments to this post. I know the typical KAR reader doesn't fully apprehend the concepts of "leaving a comment" or even general engagement, but I have faith that they will somehow figure it out. And no, Ecker, you don't need weapon anywhere in this process.

Please watch the following video:

Can't. Stop. Laughing.
Anyway, here's the question; a two-parter:
The once stalwart Nihilist in Golf Pants blog has devolved into a cheap (and bad) sports betting advice site. Please answer both of the following:
1) What do you think are the causes of its decline?
2) Would you use the MOB Mayor's power of eminent domain to take the blog?  If so, how would you rehabilitate the property, or to what new use would you put it?

No, that video had absolutely nothing to do with debate.  But farting Yoda is awesome and needs to be experienced.


RedSquirrel said...

I am extremely disappointed that question #2 doesn't pertain to the important issue of AJCS (Aging Jedi Crepidation Syndrome). This problem damaged the overall cohesiveness (and the ability to concentrate)among the Jedi, and The Empire used AJCS as a weapon to gain the upper hand. (The original title of "The Phantom Menace" was actually "The Farting Menace").
Among the higher-ups in The Empire, AJCS had a nickname, 'the OTHER force'.
Now, on to question #2. I am usually a staunch opponent of eminent domain: however, when The Nihilist stopped treating us to those terrific Top 10 Lists, I believe that the blogisphere suffered immeasureably. I believe that the discontinuation of those Top 10 Lists caused outrage among The Nihilist's many fans.
But if I could take over this once stellar blog, and renew it, I would remake it as the official pollster of The MOB Mayoral Election. Another idea is to create a site similiar to Minnesota Democrats Exposed (Minnesota Bloggers Exposed). Now THAT would be a fun site. Thank you.

redsquirrel said...

Whoops! I mispelled blogasphere and imeasurably. Damn! I did it again!


Well, anyways....I am confident that The Nihilist In Golf Pants Poll would leave The Rasmussen Poll in the dust....or something.

Mr. D said...

My response can be found here.

Kevin Ecker said...

1) Well obviously he tried to be as good of a prognosticator as I am, and he cracked under the pressure. It happens to everyone at some point.

2) Oh hell no. I'm lazy as hell, and right now his forecasts are the easiest method I have to determine who NOT to bet on. If it weren't for his bumbling ineptitude I'd actually have to think about sports, rather than just get drunk and shoot out my TV screen.

Extra Credit: Actually that video clip has everything to do with these questions. I rather suspect Yoda is demonstrating the process by which NIGP comes up with his predictions....or at least that's how I've envisioned it.

Ben said...

1) I think there are many factors at play. First off he started blogging during practically the stoneage of the blogopshere and doesn't want to put as much effort into it anymore (although you look at my blogging rate, it's kinda the pot calling the kettle black). He just cuts and pastes lines from Vegas sportsbooks and makes his predictions, the top 11 lists (because clearly he didn't want to get sued by Letterman, good move) actually put any thoughts into his posts (once again I have no right to make this claim looking at my recent blogposts but I digress).

2) We should do what the city of Richfield did to that (former) neighborhood off of 494 when they wanted to build the Best Buy IHQ. Get all the elite local bloggers (and Foot) like Mitch, Ed, the true northers and Mr.D and Bill C and Kermit maybe with a sprinkling of Il Duce, swiftee, and Sequel and make it a MEGA Blog. The most informative, offensive, poop joke telling blog ever. We would rule the Blogosphere MUHAHAHAHAHA!

redsquirrel said...

I go back to my original point. We need The Nihilist's Top 10 Lists for the world to make sense. Without them, the world is a more confusing, scary place.

....and I need to make a correction. It's Aging Jedi FLATULENCE Syndrome(AJFS). Thank you.

Ryan said...

I could have sworn I heard Yoda say "Dutch oven," which is of course when I lost it and almost laughed myself unconscious.

LearnedFoot said...


He did indeed say "dutch oven".

Swiftee said...

Since I my dog in the Mayor fight is off the porch to TJ for a tuck and roll job, I will counter your lame fart geekery with some *real* funny shit.

Please watch this video from beginning to end:

Night Writer said...

The answer to question #1 is simple: the second law of thermodynamics, which states states that "in all energy exchanges, if no energy enters or leaves the system, the potential energy of the state will always be less than that of the initial state." This is also commonly referred to as entropy.

The answer to question #2 is, strangely enough, the first law of thermodynamics: "Energy can be changed from one form to another, but it cannot be created or destroyed. The total amount of energy and matter in the Universe remains constant, merely changing from one form to another." Therefore, the Nihilist in Golfpants can't be destroyed, it can only be transformed, and I suggest it be transformed into something of benefit to society, or at least to the attendees of the post-MiLF party. Chocolate cake would be nice.

Otherwise, I suggest asking the Constitutionalist, Mr. D, for another Top 11 list.

Bill C said...

(extremely late to the game, as usual)

Wow. Ben actually thinks of me as an ELITE LOCAL BLOGGER! Lofting me to the same wuthering heights as Mitch and Ed. While I am deeply and humbly (ok...just deeply) honored, that comparison is about as valid as the concept of "the true conservatism of Mitt Romney".

<insert appropriately wet Aging Jedi Crepidation sound effect here...a.k.a. The Wondrous Yodashart>

FJBill said...
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Bill C said...

(oops - wrong ID used on that one)

Ok, I mentioned being categorized as an "elite local blogger" to a friend of mine, and within 3 minutes, he came up with this gem of composition:

Blogs don't have comment systems unless he reads them.

Blog posts are really just written to give him something to comment on.

Blog stands for "Bill Leaves Observations Generously"

He IS the most elite local blogger in the world.

"I don't always comment on blogs, but when I do, I prefer Wordpress. Stay logged in, my friends."

(disclaimer - HE prefers wordpress. I have no preference)