Published 21 January 2009
America , Blogs & Blogging , Politics & Policy , Religion, Spiritualism & Other Make-Believe , Service
Tags: Auroville, Barack Obama, compassion, Dalai Lama, Obama, presidency, unity
This blog is, just now, emerging from a lengthy vipassana (“Do not spit on the footpaths! – Be Happy!”), full of all that clear-headedness and deep insight that only silence can confer. Or that’s the hope — and the story.
If ever there was a day to shake me from my writing stupor – I mean, meditation – it was yesterday. I attended an address by His Giggliness the Dalai Lama in the afternoon and watched Barack Obama become President of the United States late at night. That’s a pretty heady one-two punch.
Continue reading ‘One Fine Day’
John McCain was able to get a last-minute permission slip from his mom – or President Bush, or whomever – and came to Mississippi. By all accounts, Barack Obama slaughtered him in the first presidential debate – all accounts except mine, that is.
Sure, polls of undecided voters immediately following the tête-à-tête showed Obama winning the day by roughly two-to-one. Sure, Obama was smart, confident, well-mannered, and “presidential” while McCain continued to speak petulant nonsense, displaying the same loose understanding of the concept of a “failed state” as he has of the “fundamentals of the economy”. Sure, the talking heads unanimously called the win for Obama. These were sweet accomplishments for the Illinois Senator, who certainly had the more difficult challenge on the evening. After all, what can be tougher than debating a guy for whom language has no fixed meaning.
Still, Obama failed to do the one thing he absolutely had to do to win this election: assure America that he is not black.
Continue reading ‘Obama Pulls Knock-Out Punch and Wins Debate in Unanimous TKO’
Published 26 September 2008
America , Art & Culture , Friends , Politics & Policy , Service
Tags: Barack Obama, clothing, design, Elektra, Elektra Gorski, Elektra Printz, fashion, FIT, gown, Hurricane Katrina, Katrina, Obama, style, T-shirt
Check-out the awesome new Obama-wear created by Elektra Printz, one of New York’s smartest new fashion designers. Never heard of her? You will.
Continue reading ‘Obama Becomes Elektra’
Published 6 September 2008
America , Art & Culture , Politics & Policy
Tags: Ann Wilson, Barracuda, Bill Clinton, Celine Dion, Clinton, copyright, Fletwood Mac, Frankie Valli, Heart, Hillary, Hillary Clinton, implied endorsement, intellectual property, Jackson Browne, John Hall, John Mellencamp, Lanham Act, McCain, music, Nancy Wilson, Obama, Orleans, Palin, piracy, PUMA, Republican National Committee, RNC, Stevie Nicks, Tom Waits, trademark, Van Halen
The McCain-Palin campaign is having a hard time getting its groove on.
For politicians, every public event features a soundtrack of popular music, selected by the campaign staff as anthemic of the message du jour. Bill Clinton used Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow until we all ripped the Stevie Nicks posters from our bedroom walls in violent fits of overload. Hillary Clinton held an internet-based, you-select-my-theme-song contest which, after more than 200,000 electronic votes, somehow chose Canadian schlock diva Celine Dion’s You and I. PUMA must stand for Positively Unlistenable Musical Aesthetics.
But seemingly each time McCain and Palin put the needle to vinyl, they receive a cease-and-desist demand from the recording artists.
Continue reading ‘McCain Doesn’t Rock’
Published 31 August 2008
America , Politics & Policy
Tags: Betsy Jacobs, Bush, Clinton, cold war, Czech Republic, diplomacy, foreign policy, Georgia, international relations, Medvedev, military, NATO expansion, NATO Saakashvili, Obama, Poland, policy, Putin, Russia, Soviet Union, strategy
Russia is, once again, a big goddamned problem for America and NATO.
The invasion of Georgia is just the latest and most unavoidable sign of trouble — and most overt headache — in an international relationship that never gelled, as perhaps it should have, at the end of the Cold War. The recklessness provocation of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili gave Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his sock-monkey, President Dimitri Medvedev, all the pretense required to remind NATO who controls the neighborhood.
Continue reading ‘Mishandling Russia’