Monday, March 31, 2008

When the term "private property" is meaningless to idiots

Over the weekend someone made an inquiry about my being so private online, in which the theory that the threat of identity theft may have had something to do with it. Indeed, while someone trashing my credit score could actually lead to my termination from work, I have been private for years before ID theft became part of the vernacular.

This morning I read the following and it certainly struck a chord:

TechRepublic: A hoax Craigslist advertisement resulted in an Oregon man losing a sizable chunk of his possessions as hoards of bargain-hunters descended upon his home in a free-for-all grab.

A number of ads apparently popped up on Saturday afternoon, claiming that the owner of a Jacksonville home was forced to take leave in a hurry. As such, all his belongings, including a horse, were now free for the taking. The problem was that the victim, Robert Salisbury, had no such plans. In fact, if not for a call he received from a concerned do-gooder, he could well have returned to his home to find it totally cleaned out.

Excerpt from Seattle Times:
On his way home he [Salisbury] stopped a truck loaded down with his work ladders, lawn mower and weed eater. “I informed them I was the owner, but they refused to give the stuff back,” Salisbury said. “They showed me the Craigslist printout and told me they had the right to do what they did.” The driver sped away after rebuking Salisbury. On his way home he spotted other cars filled with his belongings. Once home he was greeted by close to 30 people rummaging through his barn and front porch.


The obvious Monday-morning humor aside, this poor guy got fleeced by some one's hoax, possibly because he annoyed them somehow. Heaven knows, not everyone agrees with me and the positions I take on this blog (and in comments to other blogs), so I will continue to be anonymous online, where possible.

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The economy

The economy is in a slow-down, unlike any seen in last several years. Despite the frequent calls over the last few years, in particular, we've never been in such a state in many a year (i.e. more than 20).

Think of all the jobs created in the last 7 years. Think of the low inflation rates, the record low interest rates, the textbook definition of full employment.

Think of the abundant wealth that ALL people have shared in the last 7 years: yes, I do mean ALL people, for how many people have had disposable income to afford DVD players, MP3 players, GPS devices and one of the popular home video systems? Quite a number of ordinary people have enough cash to afford at least one of these (if not two or three). That speaks to our overall wealth as a nation.

How many people afforded new homes in the last 7 years? Sure, the talk these days is all about the sub-prime mortgages that people cannot afford, but when you consider that a firm 95% of all mortgages are being services on-time, the mere 5% that aren't can be seen in an appropriate light.

This doesn't mean, however, our economy hasn't had challenges over the last 8 years. President Bush started his first term facing a recession that clearly began prior to his administration. The nation then took a huge hit on September 11th. Then two wars, and hurricane Katrina. Along the way was the tremendous outpouring of aid and donations to those affected by the tsunami. All of these events weighed heavily on our nation's economy and the overall disposable incomes of the citizens. Yet where there were valleys in our economy, peaks were often close by.

So what has happened to cause the current valley to run do deep? What has been demonstrably different in the last 16 or so months that has been unlike the previous 7 years?

A particularly glaring difference is that we now have both houses of Congress under Democrat rule. While the only sizable legislation they've been able to pass is raising the minimum wage, that alone certainly does nothing to strengthen the economy (but certainly does hurt employment levels). However there is continued talk of raising taxes, which makes investors nervous. There is the ongoing drumbeat of new, huge government programs, which are the bane of sound economies.

You say you're sceptical of my conclusion? Answer the following: what as the price of a barrel of oil 18 months ago? What were new home sales 18 months ago? How many foreclosures were there 18 months ago? Compare each of those answers were 18 months ago to now and then ask what has changed in that time. If you can point to something more significant thab the Democrats taking over both houses of Congress, then speak up.

I'd like to hear your theory.


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Friday, March 28, 2008

Earth Hour

Alright, calling all carbon-consuming eco-terroists out there!

This Saturday night is the 2nd annual . At 8PM this Saturday (in your local time zone), everyone is supposed to shut off all non-essential electrical devices as a way to help save the earth.

As a parent of 2 boys (12 and 5) I find myself channeling my own father, as each day I hear myself reminding my sons I do not work for the power company (a decidedly archaice and inaccurate statement, as my cousin is an executive for NY's Consolidated Edison, and he pays for his electricity, too). So while I am well aware of the money saving potential of shutting off unused lights, it is absurd events such as this one that encourage me to tell my sons to turn on every light in the house (for that hour). This whole concept is like those e-mail urban legends about not buying gas on this specific day as a way of protesting Big Oil and sending them a message; nonsense.

Neither the utilities nor the environment will even NOTICE that the workd turned off their lights for an hour. It's more feel-good activitites that amount to propaganda and produce nothing.

On the other hand... there are several dozen rack mounted servers, tape drives, modems, routers, and related equipment in each of 4 server rooms connected to my job. I suppose we should pay someone to come to work Saturday evening and power them all down in time for 8pm, then restart them all. So let's see: I could take that job: I'll drive my car 110 miles (one way) to get to labs by 6:30PM (it takes just over an hour to have an orderly shut-down), shut them all down, wait the hour, then refire them all. So with the 4 hours of travel time, about 2 hours of work time and the one hour of 'lights off' (all billed at the weekend rate), I should make a fair amount of cash.

I wonder to whom I should send the bill for my time and expenses?

Find more on this nonsense here.

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Post #2000

Welcome to post #2000.

According to Blogger, this is the 2,000th post to this humble blog. Oh sure, I realize not every one of the previous 1,999 posts are particularly noteworthy... indeed some are less worthy than others. And then there's the questionable worth of a self-gratifying post, like this one.

Yet something brings an average of 60 hits per day; certainly not enough to make any income, certainly not as many hits as Matt Drudge gets, but I welcome each and every reader.

Thanks to all who visit, and to those who keep coming back.



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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bullet Time

There is a self-gratifying reason to blog. You can look back and point to events you personally chronicled and recall the details simply by reading your post at the time. And by making detailed posts about specific events, you have a great historic reference.

Now, keep in mind, the blogger's own honesty is called into question. For example, I could simply pre-date a post right now, predicting the demise of the ' 2007 season, and say See? I knew it!

Be that as it may, I find myself lately looking back at what I blogged 4 years ago, and find how many similarities to matters being discussed today, in the current election cycle.

This week we all learned, much to many people's chagrin, that embellished (OK: lied) about events surrounding a visit to Bosnia 12 years ago. That she lied doesn't shock me. But what struck me as peculiarly odd was the recent silence of .

Ms. Clinton has been in the thick of her mom's campaign for some time now, and has even given speeches of her own and met with the press. And yet she remained silent as her candidate, her mom, reported being under gunfire. And Chelsea was there, with her, under fire.

How did Chelsea, the 28 year old campaign advisor, not say Um, Mom? When you were running from the snipers, was I there with you? I mean, are you thinking of somewhere else? Which begs me to wonder whether she's even paying attention to her mother's campaign, or if she somehow knowingly remained silent on this point (and if she was quiet on this point, on what else has she held her tongue?).

If nothing else, was happy to have a distraction from his campaign; I personally have trouble understanding how a vacation to the Virgin Islands helped his campaign under fire in regards to his mentor/former pastor/former campaign advisor and his hate speech. But Mrs. Clinton rescued him by providing headline fodder that took the focus off Obama.

You'd think this would be a lesson to all politicians to blog themselves, even if not publicly, so they can check back on what they did when, before they speak of their participation in notable events.



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Monday, March 24, 2008

She hearts Ken Lee... and so can you!

There's a reason why I don't watch , or any of the knock-offs. Take this example from Bulgaria:

Wait for 1:20; trust me. It's jus the gway the story go....

She's not the specific reason, mind you, but she's a good example.

h/t Daily Flog

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Passport Breaches

The news just over the wires is that all 3 candidates have had their passport files breached.


Big whup.

Last night CNN & MSNBC made Sen. Obama's passport fies being accessed as something of a breach of national security. I watched Andrea Mitchell on Keith Olberman scratching their heads trying to figure out why someone accessed the Senator's files on days immediately after primaries. I am not a reporter (nor do I play one on TV.... =wink=) but even I can deduce that people saw Obama's name in the headlines the day after the primaries. And some of those people work as government contractors, like for the State Department.

Need I spell it out any further?

Is it a crime to access passport data without cause? Probably. Should they be prosecuted? Sure, to whatever extent is applicable. Unless you can prove it wasn't simply a case of star-struck curiosity (for all we know, these people are fans of the respective candidates), this matter is dealt with. It's not a high-crime, but it does get Sen. Obama's pastor off the front page.



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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Holy Thursday


Lyrics




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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hypocrite: (n) see Sen. Obama

on :

ABC NEWS 11-Apr-2007 "I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus," Obama told ABC News, "but I would also say that there's nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude.

"What we've been seeing around this country is this constant ratcheting up of a coarsening of the culture that all of have to think about," Obama said.

[A]s a culture, we really have to do some soul-searching to think about what kind of toxic information are we feeding our kids," he concluded.

Sen. Obama on enabling hateful remarks:

HOT AIR:

video


So, a talk radio host who is far from being ingrained in the Obama family, is not to be enabled, not to be 'fed' to his kids.

But a pastor preaching hate is exactly the kind of role model he believes his children should be exposed to?

Don Imus said what he said in a foolishly failed attempt at humor, and he paid the consequence. Can the same be said of Reverend Wright? Or of Sen. Obama, for naming him to his campaign of Hope, all the while knowing what hate the pastor spewed?

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Double standards, yet again

More on Sen. Obama's speech yesterday:

Jay Tea at Wizbang notes the following:

So, for well over four years, has been spouting his racially divisive message. And during that time, honored him with a book title, extensive portions of his books, praised him in public, sought his counsel before running for the Senate and making other crucial decisions, and named him to his presidential campaigns.

I am reminded of another incident involving a United States Senator, just a few years ago.

Senator was having his 100th birthday party. In attendance were many notables and luminaries, but the most remembered moment was when Senate Majority Leader took the stage and said the following:

"When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over the years, either."
Not the smartest thing to say, considering that Thurmond ran on an explicitly segregationist platform in 1948. But how significant was it in December of 2002?

I took it not as a confession of racism, of a calling for the return of segregation, but a man saying something nice for an old man who, in all likelihood, would be dead soon. (And Thurmond did, indeed, die barely six months later.) It was in the spirit of "don't speak ill of the dead," a couple of months early.

That didn't matter. Lott was branded as a bigot and a racist, and he had to resign.

Likewise, while I am interested in what Obama has to say about Wright now, I am more interested in what he said before Wright's beliefs and statements got out into the general public. (Through the incredibly devious and underhanded tactic of buying magazines and DVDs that reproduce his sermons from the , which sells them as fundraisers.) And those are fulsome praise, unabashed and unconditional respect and affection and camaraderie.

Obama's actions also speak loudly. As I noted above, right up until word started getting around, Wright was a key member of both Obama's campaign and his life in general.

Trent Lott had to resign his Senate leadership position barely two weeks after he made his remarks.

Will Obama have to pay any sort of price for his long-standing association with Wright, or will his repudiation -- which only came out after the general public learned what those who were closest to Wright must have known for years -- prove sufficient?

The standard has been set.


I've posted a lot on this very same double-standard, and it never fails to amaze me how a Democrat can be inexorably tied to a racist (or racist words, actions, etc.) and get away with it, but a Republican can be tarred with a broad brush, with no direct ties to anything racial, and pay a hefty price for it in the end (including admonishments from his own party, as did Sen. Lott).

Incidentally... a colleague of mine asked me why I thought should be president. She was surprised to learn I don't, since (as she put it) I wanted to crush Obama.

I don't wish to crush anyone. I merely expose hate speech, hypocrisies and policies which likely to hurt my family and (I believe) the country as a whole.

If that fits the description of wanting to crush someone, that's your definition, not mine.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sen. Obama's Speech: A more perfect union

I read 's speech and then listened to it live.

A very well written, well read speech. One glaring issue cannot be ignored:

I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.

==snip==

Given my background, my politics, and my professed values and ideals, there will no doubt be those for whom my statements of condemnation are not enough. Why associate myself with Reverend Wright in the first place, they may ask? Why not join another church? And I confess that if all that I knew of Reverend Wright were the snippets of those sermons that have run in an endless loop on the television and You Tube, or if conformed to the caricatures being peddled by some commentators, there is no doubt that I would react in much the same way.

All of this sounds wonderful until you consider that the very caricatures being peddled by some commentators existed on the Trinity UCC website until this week. Sweetness and Light used the Wayback Machine to compare today's Trinity UCC webpage with images of the past. As recently as January, the website had some very definite views that can be seen as racist by many:

We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain “true to our native land,” the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.

I am having a problem in rationalizing these two very distinct positions. Sen. Obama claims the snippets have been magnified, yet the webiste tells a different story.

Sen. Obama's hope is for the next generation. Yet if his own children hear the same hate-filled words from the pulpit, how will they learn that while the scabs and the wounds of segregation run deep, they'll never heal if they're constantly picked at?

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Sen. Obama finally getting some scrutiny

Some weeks ago I gave several policy reasons why should not be president. Back then I had an inkling of the kind of inflammatory rhetoric his pastor used, but withheld it since I wanted to focus on what Sen. Obama, himself, had said.

The words of pastor , however, cannot be ignored. His church's website speaks in racially divisive tones, but few people (save ) picked up on it. Then the video of his inflammatory sermons started to make the rounds, and the media couldn't ignore him any longer.

Remember: Rev. Wright has played an integral part in Sen. Obama's campaign. Forget that the Senator has been in his church for 20 years, that the Pastor married Michelle and Barack, or that he Christened their children: I discount all that in that I could be in a church for that long and have had the pastor Christian my kids but I may not agree with everything he preached from the pulpit.

Let's focus on the Senator's keynote address from the 2004 Democratic Convention, and his book, both of which the senator credits Pastor Wright for his inspiration. Let's remember Rev. Wright was to be with the Senator when he first, formally announced his candidacy for president, but at the last minute removed him from the program. Let's remember that the pastor is a spiritual advisor to the campaign. All of these make Rev. Wright more than just a pastor of a large congregation that the Obama family happens to belong.

And then let's consider the words of Democratic strategist , who on This Week with George Stephanopolis stated that Rev. Wright's rhetoric is comparatively moderate to what she's accustomed to hearing.

Starting Friday, the good Senator began making the rounds of the Cable News programs to claim that he is against the inflammatory words of his pastor.

No, no, no, not God Bless America. God Damn America. - Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Is it any wonder is only now beginning to be proud of America?

Obama leads a double life. He's got the life before he decided to run for president -- a year and a half or two years ago -- and he has the decades of life prior to that, and that life we're not supposed to ask about.

Taken all together, it is hard to believe Sen. Obama is only now learning of the racist rants of Rev. Wright.

In other news:

  • Sen. Obama's campaign states the senator is on friendly terms with William Ayers, late of the radical Leftist terrorist group The Weather Underground (a/k/a The Weathermen) who successfully bombed the Pentagon (among other public targets in the US) while calling for a violent overthrow of the US Government.

    Friendly? How friendly is he with this lunatic?

  • The trial of Tony Rezko continues, but we seldom hear of the connection between the Senator and the accused. Mr. Rezko is facing charges of extortion, money laundering and fraud. In the interest of full-disclosure, Mr. Rezko has been tied to both Senators Clinton and Obama, yet little is heard about this trial.

  • Sen. Obama wants us to believe he would stand up against all threats to country (foreign and domestic), yet he still avoids Fox News Sunday:




Ask yourself this: were Sen. Obama a Republican, do you think the media would be so silent about all of these casual acquaintances and outright avoidance of a major media outlet??

Wizbang has the breakdown of how Pennsylvania's upcoming primary will shape up, a state where Sen. Obama is running radio ads encouraging Independents (and others) to register as Democrats in time for the April primary. Remember that the next time someone says Rush Limbaugh adversely influenced the Texas primary.


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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Old traditions, a new survey and blogs

Growing up in a Catholic household, traditions have always been a part of my life. As this is the Easter season, and today in particular, many of those traditions come to life.

One of them is Palm Braids my father has tried to instill upon his kids and grandkids. Overall, he's been successful with my brothers, and their kids, but I have miserably to learn the technique for more than a few hours. And while my 12 year old son picks up on it well, he always needs a starting run to find his groove, and I am always unable to provide it.

And, let's be real, my dad won't live forever. So I decided to do the next best thing: I recorded to DVD him making his 2 favorite braids, talking his way through the process. And let me remind you: this man has been legally blind most of his life, and totally so for about the last year. Yet his hands worked those branches like a surgeon.

He was very pleased to know the tradition will continue in my home, in spite of my ineptitude (my description of my abilities, not his). He even told me to put him on YouTube, but only if he gets 10% of whatever royalties I make.

Clearly, what I have now is priceless.

Check out Anne's Tiny Kingdom and participate in an online survey; who knows, you may win a prize! I did, and came to a realization I had been hedging about. I have a second blog. No, you haven't read it, and oddly enough you aren't likely to do so, even if you wanted to, because it isn't in the public domain (I do so hate the term blogosphere).

Anne's survey, for BlogHer, inquired if I wrote for blog(s) and if so, how many, and I found myself hesitating but then realized I have been cheating on my own blog (this one) since January. The other blog started as an experiment and wasn't supposed to last long, yet I posted to it this past week.

Don't ask for permission to see it; you won't get it. But I will ask you something: have you ever written a blog that no one (or a select few) ever read? Is doing this sort of a diary, and if so, is there any long term point to it, or is it merely an exercise I'll grow weary of in time?

Just curious, that's all...



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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Inside outside, leave me alone

Inside outside. Leave me alone.

Inside outside. Nowhere is home.

Inside outside, Where have I been?

Out of my brain on the five fifteen.

Yeah, I've been offline a bit. Even missed National Pi day yesterday. This last week I managed one post, and if you were to assume my criticism of a cell-phone prohibition of use while driving was posted while I was behind the wheel in NJ -- well, let's just say I have no comment.

Ironically, the hits keep coming, demonstrating that my observations on (or celebrations of) pop culture are treasured more than my other posts.

This is not like October's sabbatical; I'll be back next week.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It's 10 days into New Jersey's ban on cell phones
and I see even more people holding phones.

It's a silly law that is being ignored.

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Geek Porn


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QUESTION OF THE DAY

Today's QUESTION OF THE DAY, Category: Work Place


Who eats ⅔ of a doughnut?


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Thursday, March 06, 2008

ZIff-Davis files for bankruptsy


The first stop in my post-collegiate career was a continuation of my banking career. I started as a teller and worked up to becoming Unit Supervisor and then Internal Audit clerk. By the time I was the Head Teller, I was working 35-40 hours a week and carried 15 credits. So when I decided I had to leave the outer boro of Queens, I focused on banking in Manhattan. A rather large savings bank (back in the days before deregulation became mainstream), I was hired because of my major (Computer Science) and Auditing, so I was a natural.


The job called for experience in Lotus 1-2-3 (for you youngins out there, 1-2-3 was the predecessor to Microsoft Excel. I still know how to use WordStar, too -- yep, I am old). But I didn't know 1-2-3; they assumed every graduate with a BS CompSci knew every piece of software on the market. (Truth be told, PCs were reserved for incoming undergrads when I was in my last year). But I bought a book on Lotus, read it cover-to-cover, and became an expert.

So what does this have to do with Ziff-Davis. Little, really. Besides reading the book on Lotus, I subscribed to the Lotus magazine, which contained articles with spreadsheet design, templates, tricks and trades.

Lotus magazine went belly-up in the early '90s, but I soon found all I needed in ZiffDavis Publishing. PC Magazine was my favorite: the reviews, opinion pieces, tutorials. Every month there were many choices of which article to save.

But about 5 years ago, I stopped renewing my subscriptions. Everything great to read about could be found in a few mouse-clicks. I suppose a lot of folks thought the same way.

Tonight, WIRED reports ZD has filed for chapter 11. Another stalwart is fading away, but that's what happens in an advancing world.

PC Mag, ZDNET.... they're like old friends to me, and they taught me a lot about my career over the years. They will be missed.



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You gotta love those last minute tasks

Sitting at my desk yesterday afternoon, at about 2:45. The Project Leader is at an all-day, off site meeting, and with his #1 off (he takes the day off for his birthday), I'm left watching the fort. All it means is while I have no real authority outside my assigned tasks, I'm the guy anyone who has any immediate issue comes to for discussion.

Yeah, I know.

So the phone rings; it's Bob, the Senior Manager (see previous reference).


He: Charlie... are you in the middle of anything right now?

Me: Nothing that can't wait. What do you need?

He: Quick, jot this down.

Now when someone says to me jot this down I immediately grab a pen and start to write on my desk calendar/blotter. Big page, mostly lined, lots of space, handy calendar, etc. right? So I am scribbling away as he's reading off to me what sounds like a status report.

He finishes his dictation and briefly tells me that he has a herniated disc in his neck, and he needs to see his doctor.

He: Now I need you to sub for me at the weekly status meeting for senior managers at Corporate.

Me: Why, thank you for the trust! So when is it?

He: If you leave now, you'll only be about 5 minutes late.

Terrific. So I hang up, grab my blotter and --- no, I didn't take it to the meeting... I'm not that daft -- ran to the copier. Punched up "11x17 reduced to 8x14" and had at least a manageable sized page.

Grabbing what I needed for the end of the day - I generally work until 3:30, don't forget, and I am off. At the obligatory traffic lights, I am trimming the page down to something less than 8x11 so it won't look terribly obvious what I was reading from in the meeting.



Obvious voids are specific data
that has been redacted for this post.


As I round the corner to the conference room, I hear the VP say I can't imagine what could be keeping Bob..." I entered, made Bob's apologies and my own, and sat down at about 3:07.

This morning was typing up the notes I took for Bob. Since I hadn't a clue what he needed to know, I naturally took down everything. When it came time for Bob's status, I read off my notes, and even handled some Q&A where I could.

The meeting lasted just over an hour. That chicken scratch above is typical of my handwriting style - much to the chargrin of the Catholic Nuns of my youth. Yet I turned that crap into about 4 minutes of (apparently) sailent status.

Man, there better be a salary bump in the future for me...

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Fat Lady hasn't sang yet

So many people planned on securing the nomination last night. Didn't I tell you not to count out ?

Now, Pennsylvania's primary suddenly matters. This will also curtail the hemorrhaging of other SuperDelegates, such as David Scott and John Lewis, from changing sides and pledging their support to Sen. Obama. Endorsing a candidate is always a risky proposition: those who do so early are heralded as being a leader (at least at first); midway through any campaign, those who jump on risk the opposition candidate gaining ground (not unlike how Sen. Clinton is still a contender), and those who come on board just before the polls close aren't particularly noticed.

The main problem these two Democrat candidates have, as I've said in this blog before, is that there's barely a difference between the two of them. THAT'S why it's been so close from the beginning. Yes, Sen. Obama claims he'll pull out troops from Iraq... sure, and President Clinton pledged that middle-class tax cut, too, remember? If Sen. Obama does win (and that remains a pretty big 'if'), he'll soon learn the political realities of the region. Else he may well cause a complete collapse of the fledgling democracy, quite probably including genocide, and then he'll blame it all on his predecessor.

The campaign for the Democrat Nomination is not over yet. not by a long shot. Wait for the legal challenges to Florida and Michigan; don't believe for a second Sen. Clinton will let those go by the wayside. Remember, this sort of legal challenges aren't new: remember 2002, when an indicted Sen. Robert Torricelli had to drop out of his senate re-election bid (in late September!) and the Democrats went to court to fight against the existing laws governing nominated candidates just so they could prop up Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Remember, also, 2000, when the DNC went to court to change the Florida election laws --- after the polls were closed.

Remember, also, 1984, when VP Walter Mondale worked hard, behind the scenes, to encourage the allegedly pledged delegate for Sen. Gary Hart to switch sides -- yet another example of Democrats truly counting the votes.

This nomination process will go to the Convention - if not beyond - before we know who the Democrat challenger to Sen. John McCain will be.

And by then, the Democrat candidate will be battered and bruised, and Sen. McCain will be waiting.

As a political junkie, I am loving this!


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