Thursday, May 29, 2008

Oh boy

On the Today Show this morning, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said George Bush authorized the leaking of Valerie Plame's CIA identity to the press. Yes, the President was accused of treason today. AND...word on the street is Henry Waxman has issued a subpoena for Scott McClellan.


Saturday, May 17, 2008

So, just for starters

I have a degree in History which means I like old shit and am kind of afraid of new technology. The fact that I can take a photo with my phone and email it to myself fucking blows me away. So here is the latest photo taken with my phone:

I'm pretty sure they have abandoned the initial business plan at "24 hour" fitness.


This comes on a night when I heard two memorable lines while walking the streets of Seattle:

"Yeah, seafood is pretty good" and "I've been thinking about Toxic Avenger a lot recently."

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

This is Very Telling

The Key Arena (where the Seattle Supersonics play) couldn't hold all the people who wanted to see Barack Obama last time he visited Seattle. Hillary Clinton's rally wasn't as big, but it was free, as was Obama's. This was just before the Washington caucuses, but even that didn't force McCain to have a free event. He addressed a few people at the Westin hotel...for a fee. Now that McCain is the Republican nominee, he can comfortably go back to Republican elitist politics as usual. Tonight, he's in Bellevue (one block from my work, oy.) and here is what his website has to offer: (italics are mine)

"Tickets for a Photo Opportunity Reception are $10,000 per person or couple (Raise or Contribute). Tickets for a VIP Reception are $2,300 per person, and tickets for the Main Reception are $1,000 per person. Tickets for the Victory Dinner are $33,100 per person or couple. The photo opportunity reception begins at 5:00 p.m., and the VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m.. The main reception begins at 6:00 p.m., and the victory dinner begins at 7:00 p.m."

The average annual income today for a male in his 30's is...$35,000.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Oh, Hillary.

Hillary Clinton continues to play the race card. Her latest last-ditch effort to stay in the race is to claim more uneducated white people vote for her than Barack Obama. She says these voters are necessary for a Democratic victory in November and that Obama can’t get their support. Clinton won 6 of every 10 white voters in Indiana. Uneducated whites will help back up Clinton’s claim when she wins the upcoming West Virginia and Kentucky primaries, two states that are full of uneducated white people and will both give all their electoral college votes to John McCain this November. Oregon’s primary is coming up as well and anybody who has ever spent time in Oregon knows that there are a lot of white people there. Obama is leading in the polls in Oregon. Washington State Democrats voted 68% for Obama to 31% for Clinton. Washington State has 3% of its voters listed as African-American.

Here’s my point. Obama continues to campaign on the issue of change and one of those changes is not campaigning the old fashioned way by saying what demographics can we win and who can we afford to lose. Clinton used to think working class whites mattered more than blacks. Obama narrowed that gap in Indiana and now Clinton says its uneducated whites that matter. Basically, blacks don’t win elections; whites do, according to Clinton. Obama thinks that large numbers of Democrats showing up on November 4th wins an election. Traditionally, nominees campaign in states they think they can win. Republicans don’t spend much time during the national campaign in San Francisco and Democrats don’t schedule a lot of rallies in Houston or Dallas. But, I think we are going to see this change with Barack Obama. While Hillary continues to throw out the “I’ve won the big states (with lots of white people in them and never mind the fact that these states will most likely vote for the Democratic candidate whoever that might be) strategy, Obama continues to inspire hope in Americans from all walks of life and it seems to be working. If the sheer number of Democrats showing up for the primaries, show up in November, McCain will back in the Senate chamber in January.

Monday, May 05, 2008

I really don't have much to say

So here are some pictures of projects around the house:

I have slowly been replacing the pea gravel walkway in our front yard with Pennsylvania Bluestone


A bigger job is replacing the 103 year old furnace:


With a new gas furnace:

new furnace