Coffee with Scott Adams: VP Debate

What does Scott think of the persuasion shown on last night’s debate between VP Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris? Get some coffee, sit down and see.

On Debates

I did watch last night’s Presidential Debate and was extremely disappointed, mainly with the moderation. Both candidates interrupted each other and talked over each other. Thus I mentally tuned out. The cacophony was too much.

I hold the moderator and network responsible Laura Ingraham does a much better job when two strong, loud people are battling for airtime.

In the future, I’d implement control over the mics. When it’s someone’s turn to talk, their mic is on. If they want to counter a claim, they’d have a device that they could type with and whatever they want to say would appear on the bottom of the screen.

The idea of the open time was a major failure because both candidates just talked over each other.

I usually watch the evening news and some follow up commentary shows. Not today. I just want to move on.

Chris Wallace may be a fine interviewer, but as a moderator he failed. He couldn’t keep order and his voice has a screeching pitch so that made things worse. I’d get James Earl Jones to do the job. His voice is commanding. Someone could give him the questions.

Chen Guangcheng Speech

When I lived in China, activist for the disabled Chen Guangcheng was under house arrest and escaped from his home in my province, Shandong. He made it to the US Embassy in Beijing and applied for the US to take him in as a human rights refugee.

We did take him in and NYU offered him a position.

I followed this story as it happened and found this speech riveting at the RNC a couple seeks back. I’m impressed that he could read Braille in English and give a speech in a second language at such a big event.

Chase Sapphire on Main Street

Sundance Film Festival 2020

After my long day shifts at Sundance, I had some days off (and nights on) when I could explore Park City’s Main Street where lots of the festival festivities are held. Without a doubt Chase Sapphire’s space with it’s sophisticated hygge vibe is my favorite. It’s got locked cubbies where you can charge your phone or tablet, panels with filmmakers in the basement. Midday there’s free tea, hot chocolate and appetizers. At 3:00pm there’s a whiskey tasting. It’s a great place to recharge or chat with fellow festival goers.

I got to see two film panels when filmmakers discuss their work. On Monday I heard the cast of Downhill starring Julia Louis Dreyfus and Will Farrell and Tuesday I heard the cast of Charm City Kings, a flick set in Baltimore that focuses on a teen who’s an expert in dirt bike racing.

I also loved the food and drinks offered each day and the opportunity to chat with other festival goers.

Too Long

Tonight the first of two Democratic Presidential Debates will be broadcast. Though I strongly believe in our political system, it already seems like this campaign has been going on for ages. The first primaries aren’t until January. The election isn’t till November next year.

I do wish that the time to throw your hat in the ring was August of the year prior to the election and that the first debate was at the end of September or even early October.

Hats off to countries like Japan that vote for their leaders within in a 2 week time period. I do realize they use the parliamentary system, which is different, but this campaign “season” seems to have started the day following out last election.

I don’t blame people if they don’t watch yet since several of the candidates are virtual unknowns and might not make it past New Hampshire.