Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A change in Tune

I have been negligent from the Blog for a few days. But I have a good excuse as I have been incredibly busy finishing school work for the term, packing, and organizing. Now I have some good news to show for it:

1. I finished my last paper for the term on Monday. It wasn't my finest work, but I am fine with that.

2. I got an interview at Georgetown for a reference position in their library! Yes, that Georgetown. I am so excited, that I have even forgiven their basketball team for knocking Carolina out of the NCAA tournament last year. My interview is on April 18, which doesn't give me too much time to prepare a presentation on a fascinating subject of reference work. However, they did want to do the interview on April 3, which absolutely would have been a nightmare. At least this way I have a few weeks to prepare when I get back from Florida.

3. This piece of good news has absolutely nothing to do with my own merit, but it is closely related to the last item. I am so excited for North Carolina in the tournament that I can barely contain it.

4. This is also closely related to the last two posts - in the past week, there have been postings for jobs at Wake Forest and UVa. This means that if I don't get the Georgetown job, then at least I can be excited about other potential jobs. Oh, and there were some jobs posted for CUNY in New York as well. All is not lost, even with a sour economy.

5. I have so much packing and moving to do, but at the end of it all, on Saturday I am leaving for Florida. Even if it was just for the weather alone and a chance to get out of the Seattle gloom I would be estatic, but the fact that I am going to get married and see my family and so many great friends means that I am even more excited.

So how is that for a happy, upbeat post for a change?

Monday, March 17, 2008

Read This

Op-Ed, William Kristol, NY Times

Best lines about Obama in this op-ed:

"This doesn’t mean that Obama agrees with Wright’s thoroughgoing and conspiracy-heavy anti-Americanism. Rather, Obama seems to have seen, early in his career, the utility of joining a prominent church that would help him establish political roots in the community in which he lives. Now he sees the utility of distancing himself from that church. Obama’s behavior in dealing with Wright is consistent with that of a politician who often voted “present” in the Illinois State Legislature for the sake of his future political viability.
The more you learn about him, the more Obama seems to be a conventionally opportunistic politician, impressively smart and disciplined, who has put together a good political career and a terrific presidential campaign. But there’s not much audacity of hope there. There’s the calculation of ambition, and the construction of artifice, mixed in with a dash of deceit — all covered over with the great conceit that this campaign, and this candidate, are different."

Wow. I couldn't have said that better myself.

I have to get back to writing my paper now so I can actually contemplate having the time to finish everything else that I need to this week.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Eh?

Not to spend too much time pointing out the completely hypocritical, but if Geraldine Ferraro can be demonized because she has pointed out that Obama's race has been helpful in his campaign (and not solely because of identity politics, but because of the hope of many Americans to move beyond racial identity politics and the fact that Obama, for whatever reason, appeals to many Americans for that reason), then why aren't there more news articles examining why Barack Obama has belonged to a church for seventeen years where the pastor race baits all of the time?

I am trying to process this and what America's messages about the role of race are these days. There is an excellent editorial in the Wall Street Journal today about the Obama campaign and how they have used race in this presidential race. The last thing we need is a president who isn't subject to any criticism for his policy positions (or lack thereof), because to do so would be to be branded a racist (or a sexist for that matter).

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Mississippi, the day after

Hillary lost. No surprise there. However, she did exceed my expectations. I said she would be lucky if she received 30% of the vote. It looks like she got about 38%. Not bad in a state where African-Americans made up 65% of the electorate and went went 90% to 9% for Barack Obama. Mississippi and race...it just goes on and on and on that way.

Although Barack won Walthall County with about 62% of the vote, Hillary did win Lamar County with about 61% of the vote (I like to think that I had something to do with that by convicing my cousins to go vote). In fact, she won most of the counties in Southeastern Mississippi, which were also the counties deeply affected by Hurricane Katrina. It appears that they know who they trust in responding to a crisis. Hillary also won most of the counties in Northern Mississippi as well. That isn't so surprising because their demographics mirror Tennessee more than the rest of Mississippi. You can see the map of the

Anyone who doesn't think that identity politics isn't playing a huge role in some of these primaries are fooling themselves. It certainly plays out that way in the South. Republicans frequently vote for someone because of their religious affiliation, Democrats vote based on race.

How far away are we from countries like Kenya and their votes based on ethnic identity? It is hard to say sometimes.

Sptizer resigned. I don't really want to say too much about it, except that man spent approximately $80,000 on prostitutes. To spend $80,000 on anything is pretty crazy, but to spend it betraying his family when he could have been saving it for educational expenses for his daughters is just disgusting.

Monday, March 10, 2008

How Depressing

I hope that I am not the only one who is completely depressed over this Elliot Spitzer business. Elliot Spitzer was one of the few politicians that gave me hope that politics could actually be an honest business. When he was the Attorney General of New York, I wholeheartedly supported him. I thought he would be a great governor. It turns out, he has no problem being as hypocritical as the next guy. While prosecuting prostitution rings, it turns out, he was also utilizing them. I can't imagine the immense hubris of someone who thinks that he can get away with it and thinks it is okay for him to do something that it is wrong for someone else to do.

His hypocrisy is one thing, but another thing was his response, characterizing his illegal choices as a "personal matter." Perhaps if it was just some run of the mill affair, he might be able to get away with saying that it was a "personal matter." But he broke the law.

What bothers me also about his "press conference" today is what bothers me in general when these sex scandals break - the wives of these politicians standing there beside their husbands. It happened with Senator Craig that way; it even happened with Governor McGreevy that way. Just for once, in the middle of these press conferences I would like the wife to just lose it and start yelling at her husband about what a liar he is in front of the media.

I also would note, you don't see these walks of shame for female elected officials. For whatever reasons, women in political office aren't complete idiots when it comes to sex. And that is another reason I will prefer the lady candidates.

Even the self-proclaimed ethical can fall.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

I Love Being Right

I predicted the North Carolina victory over Duke on Saturday. And it always feels great when they beat Duke, even if it was on a sad day for the Carolina community. I hear that Peyton and Eli Manning were at the game. I just hope they were cheering for the Tarheels! Otherwise, what would happen to my love for the Manning brothers? I get the feeling they are just sports fans. Here is a picture of them (Check out Eli's boots).

Bring on the tournament! I think the 'Heels are ready.

In other news, don't go see the movie Vantage Point, unless you want to be preached to about the ineptness of all Americans. I think it is a movie that Michelle Obama might like.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Friday, March 07, 2008

A War of Words

This time the war is between Duke and North Carolina. Roy Williams is always right.

I do like the illusion to Linus's "Sincerest Pumpkin Patch" in this article. It is a favorite analogy that I like to make as well.

Poor Ty Lawson is injured again though. This makes me sad, because once again, it is right before the Duke game tomorrow. Nonetheless, I am still going out on a limb and saying that North Carolina will prevail at Cameron Indoor tomorrow.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

For All the Boys...

So, now that the wedding is three weeks away, I thought I would pause for a moment and pay homage to all the boys that I have kissed in my life now that I will only be kissing one boy for the rest of my days.

So here are some of those boys that I have kissed (identified by their first names only to protect their identities from any potential embarassment of having been identified as having kissed me) and the name of the game is to match them with the song identified with that particular person/moment/relationship. I will post the results later.

1. Jack
2. Drew
3. Ted
4. Kevin
5. Ivan
6. Ty
7. Brooke
8. Zack
9. Jay
10. Ben
11. Elliot
12. Yancy

A. "Love the One You're With" - Crosby, Stills, and Nash
B. "Brown-Eyed Girl" - Van Morrison
C. "Sample in a Jar" - Phish
D. "Zombie" - the Cranberries
E. "They Can't Take that Away from Me" - (as sung by) Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
F. "Seeing Other People" - Belle and Sebastian
G. "Karma Chameleon" - Culture Club
H. "Tommy the Cat" - Primus
I. "Jackass" - Beck
J."Hurt" - Nine Inch Nails
K. "Someday, I Suppose" - The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones
L. "The Dance" - Garth Brooks

In some cases, I realize the music choices date me terribly...

Do we need any more the evidence??

That caucuses are so problematic (no one actually knows what they are doing at them) - Texas was full of problems last night. And after my own experience with the mess that they call a Democratic Caucus in Washington State, I think that caucuses have about the same democratic value as a Homecoming Queen Election held in a Middle School Cafeteria.

Oh, and then the Obama campaign attorney hijaking the Clinton Press Call on the problems they identified with the caucusing last night in Texas, really classy move. Listen to the conversation here. It just really shows how obnoxious the Obama camp has gotten in trying to control the media message.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Remember the Day?

Remember the day when my only obsession in the month of March was basketball? Sigh, those were good days. To that end, here is a great article about Tyler Hansbrough. That guy is such a hard worker. I love the work horses. Also, interesting not as talked about fact - Tyler's brother, Ben, plays at Mississippi State. I love this interesting coincidence - my Mom went to Carolina, my Dad went to Mississippi State, the Hansbrough brothers represent the Streets, yo.

Speaking of Mississippi, tonight, I spoke to some of my Mississippi relatives. Even though it is pretty much a foregone conclusion that Obama will win the Mississippi primary next week, I just would like for the percentage of his victory to be as small as possible (which is a tall order, I am aware). I think that I convinced some people to vote in the Democratic Primary next week, even though they are all Republicans. How, you ask? Well, I just told them Obama was a Muslim. No, that was a joke. I didn't do that. In fact, my cousin Danielle asked me if that was true, and I told her that absolutely wasn't true, that Obama was a Christian. In fact, I referred them to the Trinity United Church of Christ website so they could see first hand that Obama's church is a Christian Church.

The interesting part that my dad was telling me is that two of his collegues, who are African-American, at work were talking about how they feel no obligation to vote for Obama because he is African-American. They don't think he has enough experience to be President. I like hearing that it is possible, even in Mississippi, for people to move beyond racial politics.

It has been a long time since "Here's to the State of Mississippi..."

Here is an older article from the Houston Press, from a reporter who has a long history with Obama, that I found fascinating. I don't think that his arrogance is a recent attribute acquisition.

Winners and Losers

After Hillary's victories last night, the Washington Post published their winners and losers from yesterday's primaries. They left one person off under their losers' list:

Me.

As happy as I was with Hillary's victories yesterday, I am a loser because this means I still can't put this political obsession behind me and focus on other things. And this is a huge, huge problem for me.

Another problem for me: my knee isn't getting any better. Sure, the scrapes are healing but there is a huge knot right below my knee and radiating pain coming out from there when I bend my knee. I think I am going to have to go to the doctor.

Monday, March 03, 2008

I SWEAR I WILL STOP!!

But I can't help but post this email that David sent me just a few minutes ago regarding some under-reported poll numbers that should be of interest:

The news I wish the media would report on...
Polls from the last couple of days:

General Election - Rasmussen- McCain 47, Clinton 44; McCain 47, Obama 42
Pew Research - McCain 45, Clinton 50; McCain 43, Clinton 50
Basically Hillary and Barack do the same at the national level.

However, here are a few state contests I found interesting.
Texas: WFAA/Belo TrackingMcCain 50, Clinton 46; McCain 49, Obama 42
New Jersey: Mason-Dixon McCain 39, Clinton 50; McCain 45, Obama 43
Tennessee: Middle Tennessee State McCain 45, Clinton 38; McCain 50, Obama 36
Florida: Mason-Dixon McCain 49, Clinton 40; McCain 47, Obama 37

It just seems that with Hillary, she is doing better in the swing states and is actually more competitive in the quasi-swing states like Texas and Tennessee. I think with Hillary, states like Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee become harder for the Republicans to defend - I actually think she wins Arkansas and Nevada and would not be surprised to see any of the others fall in her collumn. I also think she does better in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania than Obama would. I will give that Obama makes states like Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi more competitive, but I still think they go to McCain. I believe that states like Missouri and New Hampshire are a wash on Obama or Hillary - they do about the same. To be honest, I would take being competitive in Texas over all of the states in which Obama could be competitive.

Okay, no more political posts from me for at least the next 24 hours. Unless it is about British politics. I just watched that ABC Special on the Queen, and oh man, I love that lady even more.

One More Day

I tried to spend most of the day avoiding politics via the internet. Nonetheless, I am now posting a few links to some articles that I found particularly interesting (as if anyone else but me has time to read all of these articles).

From Politico - this article highlighting Politico's interaction with the Obama campaign over one particular article about Obama's difficulty winning support from Catholic voters was particularly interesting. I don't know if it is just me, but I feel like the Obama campaign is getting "to big for its britches."

From the Wall Street Journal - this opinion piece about Obama's Chicago political connections is also well worth a read (in tribute to Mr. Rezko's corruption trial beginning today, I suppose).

Always a treat, Paul Krugman's column today.

Here's a link to Caryl River's op-ed piece in the Boston Globe today on the double standard in the news media, and hearkens back to my thoughts on the sexism inherent in this presidential race.

Finally here is the Washington Post's fast checker, in follow-up to the story about the Obama campaign's NAFTA double-speak.

Alright, I guess that is enough linking for today. I know that this just seems like I am so hard on Obama. The truth is, I would have more respect for Obama if he stopped claiming to be a different type of politician and just admitted that he was a politician. I can't stand what I perceive as the inauthenticity that he is selling to the American people.

Hillary and woman Part 2

I realized that I haven't yet posted a link to Robin Morgan's essay, Goodbye to all That (#2) which I have been thinking about in follow-up to my post from yesterday about why Americans still have difficulty talking about sexism in an honest way.

Anyway, I thought this was an excellent article, posted some time ago.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Bridging the Divide?

See the David Ignatius column in the post.

I seem to be quoting conservatives alot these days (but these articles do bring up some good points). Sigh. But there is still time for Hillary to win, so I can't help it.

That time may be ending shortly, though. To that end, I post a link from the UK's The Guardian that has me thinking about things. I don't want to write up a eulogy for the Clinton campaign, so badly, and yet, the realistic side of me that led me to support Hillary so strongly believes that the time is coming. I wanted to post a link to this article because for whatever reason, European media can discuss gender and politics in a much more authentic way than American media can. And since this race began, I have been struggling to wrap my head around why so many educated, articulate women hate Hillary Clinton so much. Perhaps as women, we all have a little to much self-loathing going on.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

I shan't editorialize

I shall let this editorial "Obama the Messiah of Generation Narcissism" by Kathleen Parker editorialize for me, because it actually is very similar to the feeling I get about why the kids these days love this guy so much.

And just because I can't help myself, here is an article from The Nation on the Obama campaign's snafu with telling the people of Ohio and a high ranking Canadian official two different stories about his intentions for NAFTA. Regardless of what you think about NAFTA, this story is very interesting on the issue of Mr. Obama's sincerity.

My moratorium is horrible these days, I am aware. But being all tripped up with an injury has seriously limited my ability to do much of anything (and I am upset beyond measure that I can't stick to my exercise routine that I had been so diligent about).

Don't worry, it probably will all be over after Tuesday. And once Hillary is out, I seriously will probably not care so much what happens after that.

Jack and Hill

Lest we think that all celebs that support Obama, I thought this diddy was pretty funny, also (particularly the last quotation used).