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Condolences to Barack Obama on the passing of his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, in Hawaii.
It's sad that she cannot witness his success in winning the presidential race tomorrow. (I am an optimist.)
A moment of zenI was listening to NPR on my drive home—-they were interviewing some black people about election, economy and all.
One man said he got a text msg encouraging him to vote, and it said "Rosa (Parks) sat so Martin Luther King could walk. MLK walked so Obama could run. Obama is running so our children can fly."
I got all weepy.
A few minutes later, I went to Salon.com to read Garrison Keillor's weekly entry. Both txvoodoo and Garrison Keillor touched upon what electing Mr. Barak Obama is all about. It is to allow the descendents of American slaves to accomplish what every human being should have a right to accomplish and to finally erase the necessity to add the adjective that describes our looks. A person should be judged for what he or she accomplishes, not what she looks like.
( The thought of replacing the Current Occupant with the Angry Old Man of the Desert and Whoopee the Ice Queen is miserable in the extreme. )
Now, I admit that Keith Olberman is a bit harsh (although not as nasty as Rush Limbaugh), but the truth is that she should know the Constitution. She should know the job description of the position she is hoping to get. When I am applying for a new job, I learn about the job description and make sure that I am qualified to do it. I don't think she did either for the VP position. This is scary, as she is one heart beat away form the presidency.
At final segment of the first video and at he beginning of the second video is the most amazing. Mr. Powell addresses what should have been addressed by everyone, especially by Mr. McCain when he was approached by a woman who said that she didn't trust Obama because he was an Arab or a Muslim. The answer should be, "He isn't an Arab, nor a Muslim. But if he were a Muslim, what does it matter? American-born Muslims should have as much right to become presidents as White-Anglo-Saxon Americans do." Mr. Powell, I love you.
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SOURCE: Star Tribune
I have to chuckle, and, at the same time, I have to stop myself from getting enraged. Why? Because a few months ago, Al Gore made a silly convesational faux pas. He meant to say that he was part of the process of starting off the Internet and, unfortunately, for him, it came out as if he had said that he invented the Internet.
Now, Republican politicians went to town with that remark. Al Gore was ridiculed. Now, McCain is in a similar situation and nobody makes waves. Honestly.
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a top McCain policy adviser, waved his BlackBerry around and talked about McCain's work as a senator, telling reporters Tuesday, "You're looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create."
His argument was, like Gore's, that by working on bills that dealt with the telecommunications industry, McCain helped facilitate conditions that allowed the BlackBerry to exist. I'm pretty sure that's not the definition of an inventor.
When asked for comment, Obama's campaign spokesman Bill Burton said: "If John McCain hadn't said that 'the fundamentals of our economy are strong' on the day of one of our nation's worst financial crises, the claim that he invented the BlackBerry would have been the most preposterous thing said all week." Oh snap, Bill Burton! [Comcast; Thanks, Matt!]
I think not for both questions. Iraq is in turmoil, and life there is now more precarious than before. As far as we are concerned, I think that we opened up the floodgates to terrorists. Why did we have to invade Iraq? Why aren't we after Osama bin Laden? Why did we not concentrate on Afghanistan?
OK, enough political rambling.