Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I bought a 'WM for Obama' yesterday. I'm not sure why I now own a white T Shirt emblazoned with a green gold picture of Mr. Obama's face, even if I can call it a homage to Obey. I mean, if I vote (and yes. that does remain an if, despite being registered here in Virginia now) I will vote for him. But, much like a PostSecret that appeared some weeks ago, I've never felt such peer pressure like what this election has brought. Overwhelming, it seems my generation believes that should Mr. Obama loses, America will go the way of the Island from Lost and just vanish into a theoretical sink hole.

Oh don't get me wrong, I have share few beliefs in common with Mr McCain and his running mate with her 'aw shucks' personality
reminiscint of Dopey , if Dopey switched from playing with friendly forest creatures and mining diamonds to skinning caribou and mining women's rights, beyond our mutual recognition of the importance of oxygen in maining life, and love of a good Chelsea Clinton joke (no, not really. well, yes to breathing, no to insulting the Clintons).

I just don't feel like I have that much in common with Mr. Obama.
Would I love to see a young president? Yes.
Would I love to see an academic president? Yes.
Would I love to see a president who embraces the concept of change? Yes.

Do I think we share political viewpoints?
Not so much.

Then again, I'm pro-women's rights, anti-No Child Left Behind, pro-environment, pro- an eneergy policy that does not rely on coal, gas or oil but sustainable methods, pro-small scale organic farming in cities, anti-Secure Fence Act, anti-lobbying, pro-humanity, anti-dealth penalty, anti-torture, pro-pet therapy, anti-war in Iraq, anti-war on Terror, anti- Patriot Act, anti-nuclear proliferation, pro- fair and living wage, pro-universal health care, pro- gay marriage, pro- higher taxes if it leads to an America where I don't feel that my doctors, lawyers, and police are conspiring to screw me out of my wages, where I can reasonably expect to be taken care of should I need it, pro-
independence, pro-Israel, pro- Palestine, anti- China, pro-stem cell research, pro-choice and sexual health, pro- capping the tuiton costs of American universities and colleges and pro-puppies. Definitly pro-puppies.

The whole thing makes me think of the cows email:

You have 2 cows.

You give one to your neighbour.

You have 2 cows.

The State takes both and gives you some milk.

You have 2 cows.

The State takes both and sells you some milk.

You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows

You sell them and retire on the income.

You have two giraffes.

The government requires you to take harmonica lessons

You have two cows.

You go on strike, organise a riot, and block the roads, because you want
three cows.

You have two cows.

You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and
produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon image called 'Cowkimon' and market it worldwide.

You have two cows.

You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.

You have two cows.

Business seems pretty good.
You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.

You have two cows.

The one on the left looks very attractive.

Monday, October 27, 2008

1: Introductions

Every so often, it's time for a new blog.

And by new blog, I'm transferring (the better) entries from Always Moving and entries from the website here, simply because I can tag entries here. And it's slightly easier to keep on than the mini-blog at the website. Don't get me wrong, I love the webspace. But I'm also a stickler for everything in its right place. Or at least its right stack. Or pile of stacks. I'll be keeping the webspace up of course, and probably still posting to the side links.