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Monthly Archives: June 2008

I was going to discuss George Carlin’s passing today–I realized my words cannot possibly compare to anything this brilliant satirist has said himself. so instead of reading  what I have to say, I have included some clips of the mad genius himself

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It has been said  that a society is best  judged by it’s people and  their accomplishments. If that is so, our  society has had some people to be proud of. Like all of us, no one of us is above making mistakes or showing bad judgement, strength comes from recognizing mistakes and doing what one can to correct them. I could sit here and praise Tim Russert easily and without much dispute. That is, if I were the type to just wax poetic about any subject I wish to delve into. Tim Russert was not one to wax poetic , unless he was discussing sports and the teams and players he cheered for. admittedly  I am that way about sports too. 

The sudden passing of Tim Russert has left me feeling great personal loss. and no I did not know him personally, though I am sure it would have been my priveledge . He was the one political pundit who would ask the questions that people of intellect and seeking the truth would actually want asked. And he would do so regardless of who he was interviewing. Were there times when he “drank the kool aid” being offered by the government? yes there were. He accepted the notion of Iraq having nuclear weapons of mass destruction as if it were fact. When in fact it was not so. Has he supported people that are or have said truly dispicable things? yes he did. he was essentially silent when his good friend Don Imus callously degraded  the Rutgers womens basketball team. So no he is not perfect. Where he excelled was in taking on political issues in a devils advocate way, with great research, and great preparation. It was not easy to feed Tim the Kool Aid. but as stated above, not impossible, just damned hard, and you got the impression when he was fooled or lied to he would take it personally. My anecdotal example of this was when Tim confronted Vice President and liar extrordanaire  Cheney on on 2006 episode of Meet The Press. On the other hand one of Tim’s great virtues was his loyalty to friends, despite the afforementioned Imus comments, Tim never publicly took the sleazeball to task, he surely would have had he not been a guest on Imus show a multitude of times. The point being –is having a loyal friend (from Washington of all places) that stands by you regardless of what you say a bad thing? or is loyalty unquestioned the virtue many people think is? I honestly cannot answer that one. it is too damned complicated, apparently, in the Imus case neither could Tim.

In closing, I know that here in the USA we are a poorer country today because of the loss of Tim Russert. People or a country cannot easily or possibly ever replace someone that is the very best at what they do, regardless of the vocation. Tim was the best at what he did, Like Tiger Woods is the best and Roger Federer is the best, losing the best, especially in such a sudden and  painful way hurts us all.

Rest in peace Tim. And may Your family and friends feel the love and respect that the rest of us who don’t know you, and have never met you feel.

As of a few moments ago Hillary Clinton continued to indicate, or expouse that  she would still win the Democratic Party nomination. It seemed kind of sad to see her best speech of the campaign be her last one as a nominee. She went out with dignity, class and and with many disappointed followers.

As a person that has always found politics facinating, I can never recall a primary process that I found more bread and less meat in my lifetime. Most of this blame, of course goes to how long the primary season was. Too much food can make you sick, too much politics can make you even sicker, although its much easier to avoid politics than eating thankfully.

So now I will present my perception AKA the facts as “I” see them in regard to the campaign. O where must thee begin. well… Mrs. Clinton truly had the upper hand as it began, she, along with her team of mis-advisors did herself no favors, Many of the AD attacks on her opponents were ill-advised and in many cases beneath contempt, Yes! I know politics breeds contempt, but even a person such as I have a limit. Mr, Obama’s ADs were simply a classic case of buzzworditis .The word “change” was used by him more often than the grand total of  all nurses working in pediatrics departments. The effect was hypnotic to some, subliminal to others, and proof that he had no “specific” issue to hammer home to a group of other people. It did prove effective ,and he deserves major credit for saying so little and accomplishing so very much.

It is also my belief that race and sexism played a very major role in the process. The Clinton camp, led by her husband used racism in  very tasteless ways, If I did not know better, I would have thought Karl Rove was advising him by using the old “appeal to the lowest common denominator of our people”  method and expoit away. very disappointinting. In many way Bill may have cost her the nomination, what should have been a great asset became a constant situation of her minions explaining what Bill said to alledgedly what Bill meant to say, either way it was a disaster.Again very disappointing.

The sexism charge clearly falls on the lap of political pundits on the air (Chris Mathews, David Shuster.and take your pick of Fox pundits) and in the press all around the country. It was unseemly and disgraceful.

So here we are Obama vs McCain in 2008 . My cynical nature leads me to believe the attacks on McCain will focus on his age, his support of our currently inept President, and his temper. The attacks on Obama will be more insideous and harder to actually “see”  (racism)  along with the usual “he is too inexperienced, among other attacks that the GOP Rove types will shortly manufacture,

I will close this by stating that as a person I genuinely like McCain, despite being in the same party, he has never feared attacking the inept administration for the many blunders they have blessed us with. He is however, now embracing the support from this motley crew and to me that is hypocrocy and sickening and also politics as usual. I cannot see myself supporting  him.

As for Obama, he has shown that he can handle mudslinging very well. Can he handle it from a party that has a masters degree in it will remain to be seen. My guess is yes. His biggest hurdle will be the “covert” racism that exists in this country. While most people will say all the right things about how great it is to have an African American running for the highest office in the land, it concerns me that when they get in the voting booth, the true colors (pun intended) of the voters will be tested in a way that cannot be foreseen. I STRONGLY recommend that you ignore exit polls after the voting. few voters will state that they voted for McCain for the racist reason that they did. They will say anything but.

America has a chance to prove its greatness and enlightenment in the upcoming election. Here is hoping they take that chance.

Hi,

I spent a part of the day last week in the borough of Brooklyn , USA. Its where is was born a few months back 😛  ..OK maybe not a few months ago. All I can say is, it has been many moons since I wandered about my old home town–and all I can say Is WOW– its amazing what the city has done to spruce up Flatbush avenue on the Grand Army Plaza side of Prospect Park. It looks like Greenwich Village in parts, with coffee bars (not named starbucks)  boutiques , and nice restaurants. When I left Brooklyn this area was damn near in complete shambles. Before I get told I was using “code words” to describe the area, let me add this- the diversity of cultures thankfully STILL exist there, as the improvement goes on, so you can spare me your cynicism.

The construction being done on the way to the Manhattan Bridge is in full force , I can only imagine the area after the Nets move in from the hell hole they play in in NJ. I added some pictures of the area including pictures from the newly upgraded Prospect Park and its zoo.

I had a fun day a week or so back at the Bronx Zoo. Its sweet to say how much more civilized the animals in the zoo are treated these days. A far cry from the days when animals had barely enough room to stand up or walk around the cage. Its not perfect yet, but its still a cool place to visit in NYC. Check out the photos, there will be more to come.

Thanks for visiting