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Friday, August 29, 2008

No Balloon Drop.

The Democratic Party's National Convention has come and gone, and the most impressive acceptance speech in my life has been delivered in the cool air of Mile High Stadium. Real fireworks are rare in political conventions because of fire danger in enclosed arenas. I noticed the cleanup shots of the Pepsi center in Denver showed massive net balloon tubes (can anything involving balloons be called "massive"?) that hold the latex orbs in anticipation of the ultimate celebration, but weren't used.

My question is: What do they do with those huge net tubes of balloons? I mean they spent $250,000 on those balloons, so now what?


McCain has chosen the Dan Quale of the next generation, Sarah Palin, for his running mate. Ignore her anti choice and rape and run policy of natural resource exploitation. Ignore the fact that she is up to her neck in the corruption that is the Alaskan Republican Party. Ignore the fact that she used the Alaska Governor's Office to get her ex-brother-in-law state trooper fired. Overlook has beauty pageant background or snake handler religion. Pay attention to the fact that she is a young earth creationist, the most anti science position to be found outside the flat Earthers. We sit on the bubble of the probable fall of Western Civilization to the forces of darkness, and she would, if elected, kick us down that black hole of ignorance.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I Watch Fox News So You Don't Have To.

The semi-official news outlet of the Republican Party covered the Democratic National Convention much like a sniper covers the movement of enemy troops. I mean, who hasn't been waiting all week to hear Carl Rove's take on Obama's acceptance speech? Murdoch's ghouls stopped eating live Mexican babies on air long enough to wipe the blood from their jowls and grumble about the uppityness of this colored boy Obama. What happened to the good old days when they were all named "George"? I don't know the names of the thugs Rupert hires to do his evil bidding, but the blond woman was picking around the edges, trying to find a seam with little success. The white haired guy just said 'Liberal' over and over again, and the rest of them just said something like "same old Democrat stuff" over and over again.

There. I need a shower. It's sort of like all those Junior High book reports done on such uninspired tomes as "Mill on the Floss". My few readers owe me big time.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Backyard Politics; Washington Primary Edition

The Libertarian Party, The Green Party, and a few other "Minor" parties got badly screwed in the primary election this last week. I know that the voters of Washington like the "top two" primary system, but the unexpected consequences of this system is to wipe third parties off the General Election Ballot. The Libertarians and Greens aren't going to win any time soon, but that could be said about almost all third parties, early Republicans included. The Constitution guarantees freedom of association and assembly in no uncertain words. A party cannot be forced to take the input of non-party members, and that unambiguous constitutional right is violated by the top two primary system. as a Democrat I object to any old yahoo having input into our party's nomination process. If I were a Republican I'd be just as angry. If I were a member of any other party, and had been shut out of the general election, I would be raging livid and about to pop a vein. The top two primary cannot be allowed stand.

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Olympics Drove Me Nuts

How can an organization as corrupt as the International Olympic Committee oversee an almost pure expression of human athleticism? Sure there are pros in the Olympics now, but they play for their country and sport, and not financial gain. A few athletes will still take performance enhancing drugs, but nothing like the bad old days of the Soviet bloc criminality. China seems to be the only nation making a serious thing out of the medal count. China has a serious inferiority complex thing going on. That will wear off as the Chinese realize their awesome status among civilized nations. I mean, what didn't they invent fer christ's sake?

The take on how Salt Lake City got the winter Olympics is the latest tale of just how a city gets picked. Being an IOC member means you will not pay for lunch or dinner or travel or education for your children for the duration of your influence on the committee. IOC names its own committee members, but will chose corrupt cronies of third world dictators to keep the whole corrupt nepocracy growing and untouchable.

All that said, where else are you going to see a Korean archery team in a shoot out with Japan? Bad blood there and nobody's getting rich. I actually enjoyed a bit of a soccer game. It's still not real football, but they were having fun and getting sweaty. Very sweaty. How did this sport ever become popular in warm climates?

I would not be doing my job unless I commented on China's hosting. I am generally not a fan of Chinese art or design. Everything is far too busy, and covered with gold leaf, jade dragon carvings, tassels, fringe and continental kits. A hundred miles to the East there is Japan, a country that values the understated and spare. The Birds' Nest Stadium didn't look like the work of a Chinese architect, and it really wasn't. As a major player in the international market they should be expected to outsource their design work. I hope the Brits tone the pageantry down a bit. If every country landing the Summer Games feels like they have to outdo the last then we build a monster that will destroy the Olympics. Today there are no African, Central or South American countries who could afford the modern Olympic spectacle. It's all getting down right Roman.


Ok. Barak Obama picked Joe Biden for VP. I can live with that, but I think my choice would have been better.