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Month: January 2010

If You Are a Racist Politician, You Just Might Be a Liberal

Obama, Reid, PelosiHey, can you do me a favor?  Can you remind me just which American political party is the one that’s always portrayed in the media and during debates as the one filled with horrible, filthy racists and elitests?  I don’t see any Republicans making the news lately for absolutely beyond-the-pale outrageous statements aimed towards President Barack Hussein Obama.

No, I’m not even talking about former KKK kleagle Robert Byrd.  Not this time, at least.

Let’s start with the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, he of the vow towards creating the “most ethical Congress in history.”  Apparently, he has some theories as to why and how Obama became the 44th POTUS.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid offered an apology on Saturday to President Barrack Obama after making off color race remarks.

Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, was quoted in a new book as having said that Obama did not have a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” and that he was popular because he is “light skinned”.

Not to be outdone, though, former Democrat President Bill Clinton — he of countless scandals, alleged corruption, and his own rhetorical stylings of being the “first black president” — apparently longs for the good old days of segregated country clubs or perhaps even the plantation lifestyle.

[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill’s handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

A lot of the liberal mentality, as held by the masses that populate the coasts and other urban areas, is genuinely rooted in a (misdirected) means towards promoting equality and justice for all persons, of all faiths and colors.  Make no mistake, though: the ruling class that these liberals elect, though, share no such dream.  They know that they only way they can maintain power is to promote policies that actually incentivize poverty and welfare and inhibit increased distribution of prosperity.  Given that the unfortunate racial makeup of these downtrodden communities, one cannot help but wonder who the true racists are.

Poor Design: Time Warner Cable

Undoubtedly, when I return to the office tomorrow, I’ll hear cries and wailing anguish from the Powers That Be about how they know so much more than I do about Web design, communications, and marketing — despite the fact that I’m the only one with a masters degree (sort of) and a decade of experience in the field.  But it’s all good.  In this digital day and age, a Web site is a company’s primary public relations and messaging vehicle, so a little “heat” comes with the valuable territory.

That being said, sometimes issues present themselves that, in fact, are the fault of the company and present a bad face to the outside consumer.  These issues, from poor interface to technical snafus to simple matters of infrastructure, are ultimately as important as whether or not the Flash movie on the homepage is called a “leaderboard” or not, and, without prompt resolution, render all other debates moot.

Today’s journey across the Web begins with Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey.  Approximately one year ago, TWC did a fantastic job of upgrading its Web site and online account information into an aesthetically pleasing, Web-2.0 look and feel, complete with colorful prompts, modal windows for user interface elements, and a crisp, simple, elegant design.  All in all, the site is a joy to use and pay my monthly bill on — and let’s face it, eliminating as much of the pain as possible for the customer when forced to fork over large sums of cash ultimately cannot help but improve the overall accounts receivable outlook for any organization.

Too bad the darn site just doesn’t work in my Web browser of choice, Google Chrome.  By this, I don’t mean it merely displays a little wonky or feels a bit “off,” I mean the site literally shuts down and tells you to get the fuck out:

[Editor’s Note 01/17/17: As far and as long as I have searched through my own personal archives, this image appears to be lost forever. Which renders the whole post moot, of course, but I repost anyway for the sake of history and to one day build a comprehensive archive.]

 

I won’t pretend that, as a Chrome user, I’m not a tad on the bleeding edge of early adopters when it comes to browsing software.  That being said, the days of dominance of Internet Explorer are slowly coming to an end, and whereas a Web team could once build sites and programming solely for Microsoft’s platform of choice, today the line is becoming a bit more blurred.  The decision to “close off” the entire site is also somewhat perplexing: there are any number of PHP, .NET, JavaScript, Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, and Cold Fusion sites that work across any system — I browse (or have helped build) hundreds of them every day.  What sort of weird, proprietary client-side code is Time Warner running that just completely renders a non-standard browsing experience a total failure?  That must be a bear of a code base to maintain and update.

Poor design.