January 2008 Archives

Stumbled Upon This

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Try this, people:

While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

Now, while doing this draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand.

Your foot will change direction and there's nothing you can do about it.

Whoa. Found on reddit.

Recent diggs and del.icio.us

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The Onion Rocks It

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A Good Laugh

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Cay turned me on to this.

Found on Feministe.

I'm on a Rollercoaster

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the cyclone, originally uploaded by The Cay.

Strike. Agreement? Strike.

Clinton. Obama. Clinton again.

Markets up. Markets way down.

Never thought my life would be this crazy.

It's way better than a ferris wheel, though. (What movie am I stealing that from?A prize awaits in the comments section.)

London Street Artist

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Untitled3, originally uploaded by the decapitator.

This guy goes around London pasting his own art over ads.

Found on The Wooster Collective.

Via Kottke.

I still love my iPhone, though.

James Whitmore Speech for Barack Obama

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The venerable actor James Whitmore gave a speech in support of Barack Obama yesterday in downtown Los Angeles.

Cay and I had the pleasure of being there for his impassioned plea for change.

The following is a very rough transcript as best worked out by myself and Cay:

I’ve admitted before that hope is on the horizon. It depends on how we handle it.

There’s a political magic going on right now. I can’t explain it. I don’t know what it is.

I’m 86 years old and the last one I remember that was magical was when FDR, during the height of the Depression, when it looked like the experiment of America was gonna fail, and he said - you all know - “The only thing you have to fear is fear itself.”

I’ve been waiting a long time, ladies and gentlemen. For the American people to say “I’m mad as hell... and I’m not gonna take it anymore!”

All the years I’ve been around, and I said there are 86 of ‘em, some of them I actually, you know, made full sentences and stuff.

And I’ve also, who you know, once voted for some awful good presidents. Awful good presidents. Really.

I missed Washington and Lincoln. By a few years.

Then I got an opportunity to play a couple. One of them is Teddy Roosevelt. A Republican. And Harry Truman. Played Harry. And he was the one, you know, they said “Give ‘em hell, Harry.” And he said “No, I’m not gonna give ‘em hell, I’m just gonna tell the truth now and that’s their reality.” Yeah. And now we had some other good ones, too.

I wanna say this about, after researching those gentlemen, trying to get to know them the right way - they were good men. No question about it. Well educated, you know. Teddy Roosevelt was a Harvard man. I was a Yale man. So we could get along.

But I’ve got to say this to you in a considered and quiet way today: None of them had the education experience that Barack Obama has. Folks, it’s staggering. Harvard law. (We forgive him.) And then on to teaching constitutional law. You know that’s, that’s the roof over us, folks.

That’s what we’re supposed to live by.

And they spit on it.

And he taught at one of the best, toughest schools in the world - the University of Chicago.

And then he could have gone, of course as you know, could make business at the <....? > ... many of the large corporations. He chose to go on the street. On that street. Not that one, but the one in Chicago where politics is a life and death game.

He tried to get people to take their lives into their own hands.

So we meet today, as I say, with some strange thing going on right now - at least in Iowa... Continuing. Continuing.

I don’t want to be the ants at the picnic. But. Now somebody said the other day to me “Well, boy, Republicans are just a dead man walking.”

And I said “Hold it right there.” No. They’re very shrewd. Bright. And I wouldn’t so long and so forth.

Men talking. They’re gonna talk. They’re gonna get everything in their arsenal to take the magic out of what’s happening to all of us right now.

And I will now say before you leave here I don’t see enough buttons. You know folks we’re walking billboards. We are. And you gotta a button. Get a button. No, I’m serious. I really mean it.

You go to the grocery store. You go to the drug store. You go to get gas. And someone says, “Oh, you’re for the young kid.”

Well the young kid happens to be five years older than Jack Fitzgerald Kennedy was when he was elected president of the United States. That’s how young he is.

And he’s more than that. Beyond his education.

I met him twice, read both of his books, 'cause my wife insisted on it. No, really, I thought he was flavor of the week. I thought he was another Pet Rock or what.

I read his books. And he’s got something, ladies and gentlemen, that I certainly do not possess.

It’s called wisdom. And what that means is that he understands the complexity of life. Not only in America, and on the streets. But in the world. And it’s the most valuable thing a man or woman can have. And we don’t have too many of them.

The only other fellow, or woman, whatever, I know on this earth today would be Nelson Mandela. But it took him 27 years of losing one <..?job...> 27 years ago he came out the other side he was no longer a boxed boy. No. And he was no longer in a boxed career in terms of his motivation.

He’s the guy who simply said we’ve got to get together.

And in a political campaign that word is so misused.

What do they mean? They mean <...?boxed?....>

We’ve got to get everybody together.

And when you leave here tonight please get a button. Walk around. Talk about him. Earn some votes.

Get his name noticed. <...Okay for sure...?>

See my previous entry for a video excerpt from his speech that I shot with my GL-1. I'm working on posting a video of the entire speech on YouTube. Stay tuned here for details.

BTW Cay bought us buttons and I got a T.

Shot the above when Cay and I went downtown to see an Obama event the morning after he won Iowa.  I had received an email from the campaign and I misconstrued it so that I thought Obama would be there giving a speech.

There were about 150 people there and no security. I was excited at the prospect of seeing him so up close. It didn't dawn on me that he wasn't going to be there until people left after several speeches given by local politicians and supporters.  Ah well, at least we had lunch at Clifton's Cafeteria which was unreal.

Look for the full speech video and transcript to be published here soon.

I Support Barack Obama for President

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I've not done much political blogging in a very long time but with the Iowa caucuses happening tonight I had to get my own take on this election out here on my blog.

Let's start with the Republicans:

Mike Huckabee - I can see why simple, middle-class, and god-fearing Americans are drawn to this guy.  He spoke well in the debates and he's gone full blast for the support of Christian conservatives.  If you watch him on C-SPAN every other word out of his mouth is "God," "Jesus," or "Religion." Believers have no one else to vote for except maybe Fred Thompson.

Mitt Romney - When I saw the first Republican debate, I predicted that he would win the nomination of the GOP.  I am still holding to that prediction despite his drawbacks as a candidate (Mormon, flip-flopper).  Republican voters are going to come to his side because of his decent record as a governor of a leftie Northeastern state and because he has good looks.

Rudy Giuliani
- Too much baggage.  Too much creepy factor.  He can't win the South or the Midwest.  Murdoch's News Corporation will not be able to propel him to the White House no matter how hard Roger Ailes works to rig the system.

John McCain - The only possible dark horse to defeat Romney.  I think his age and appearance are serious drawbacks as is his gung-ho hawkish attitude toward the war in Iraq.

Ron Paul - Despite all the money and hoopla he has raised and the strong Internet presence this guy gets, he won't win the primary.  I think he may run as a Libertarian or Independent and this will only help the Dems.

Fred Thompson - LOL. Are you f***ing kidding me?  It's like he's not even trying.

My take on the Democrats:

Barack Obama - He's got charisma out the yin-yang and he excites people with his message of hope.  I think people may shy away from him because of his age and "lack of experience" but only time will tell if the the people of this country are ready for real change.  I'm hoping he gets the nomination and the presidency since for me he represents and embodies what we need most in a leader.

Hilary Rodham-Clinton
- The "safe" candidate.  The triangulator.  Bill's wife.  She has the strongest chance of getting the nomination but there are many complicating factors that might way her down in November if she's on top of the Dem ticket.  Aren't people sick of political dynasties?  What are we? A freakin' monarchy?

John Edwards - He could win Iowa tonight but he doesn't have broader support in the East, West, and the more populated states.  Despite his appeal as the strongest anti-corporate candidate (Nader supports this guy!), I don't think the country wants another Southerner to rule.  The balance of political power has shifted away from the South and I think that's a very good thing.

Joe Biden - Possibly the most qualified for the job but people are put off by his brash manner and sometimes high-mindedness.  He won't be in the top three tonight so look for him to bow out early.

Bill Richardson - Also a highly qualified candidate.  He was my early favorite back in the late Spring and early Summer of this past year.  He won't get the nomination but I'm looking forward to a high cabinet position for him - possibly Secretary of State.

Chris Dodd
- Charming and intelligent guy but his media exposure has been lacking for no good reason.  He'll be out of the race pretty quickly and I hope he throws his support behind Obama.

Dennis Kucinich - The one candidate whose positions I agree with most.  I'm a hardcore liberal and so he's my guy.  Too bad the media has relegated him to side show status.  I'm glad to hear that he has decided to ask his supporters to caucus for Obama if he doesn't get 15%.

Comments welcome.  I wouldn't feel right if I didn't provide one link to Obama's campaign which asks for donations that will be matched by another donor.  You can have an effect on this world and its impact will be doubled if you act today.

Gratuitous link is here
.  Nudge nudge.  Wink wink.  Say no more.

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Who the hell shops the day after New Year's Eve? Ah well, they are paying me time and a half all day so that's wizard.

Happy New Year!

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