Archive for August, 2008

Biden: Nice Choice

August 24, 2008

I am pretty happy with Obama’s choice for a running mate; Joe Biden. Of course he is a polatrickster like the rest of them, but he seems a little more genuine than others. He’s got the foreign policy experience and talks sense. Check out this CCN interview:

Washington Post has a nice page with different reactions to Biden, from the right and the left. His Wiki page gives some good info. I think his background and life experience speak a lot. I also believe he will be able to lead a good attack on McCain. This is the guy I was hoping Obama would pick.

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Guessing Game

August 21, 2008

Just played this game at the Washington Post sight where you make your predictions for the 2008 presidential winners state by state. Below is the link to my predictions. You get a prize if you choose right. I just went through the states very quickly and mostly went with what the ’04 results were. I chose Louisiana to be Blue because they are still pissed about Katrina. We’ll see come November!

Here is the link to my map.

Caucasus Cirsis

August 14, 2008

Just been doing a little reading on the Russian invasion of Georgia. Seems Russia was waiting at a chance to put this little county that has been kissing lots of American Ass in its place. This Washington Post piece gives a good account of the current action. This piece shows that oil and gas do have a major role in this military action. Below is a map of the separatist areas of Georgia, but Russia has invaded cities beyond these areas.

Candidate Personalities

August 11, 2008

I heard a reporter sum of the two presidential candidates as one who “thinks but does not act” and the other as someone who “acts but does not think.” Can you guess which is which? Which would you rather have as president?

McCain’s true colors

August 6, 2008

Laid Back

August 4, 2008

Taking a break in Gabon

Back to Reality

August 2, 2008


To remind myself of what is Real I read some scripture this morning. This comes from the Yoga-Vasishtha, a series of discourses between the sage Visishtha and Rama.

Bhringi said to Shiva:

‘Lord, I am overwhelmed with sorrow at the sight of the boisterous waves of this deep and dark world we have been buffeted so long, without finding the calm and quiet harbor of Truth. Tell me, Lord, what is the certain truth and inward assurance whereon we may rest and repose in this shattered mansion of the world?’

The Lord Shiva replied:

‘Always place your reliance in unshaken patience and neither care nor fear for anything else: strive to be foremost in your renunciation of all passion and activity.
He is said to be the greatest actor who performs deeds as they occur to him, whether joygiving or otherwise, without any fear or desire for fruition.
He is said to play his part well who performs his duties without fuss or anxiety, and maintains his reserve and purity of heart without taint of egoism or envy.
He is said to perform his part well who is not affected by any person or thing, but regards all objects as a mere witness.
He is the greatest actor who looks at his own birth, life and death, and upon his rise and fall, in the same light, and who does not lose equanimity of mind under any circumstance whatever.
He is said to enjoy himself best who observes the conduct and behavior of mankind as an unconcerned and indifferent spectator, and looks on, without choosing anything for himself.
He is called the most satisfied man who sustains all the ups and downs of fortune with equal fortitude, as the deep sea contains the boisterous waves in its fathomless depths.
He to whom salt and sugar are alike and who remains unaltered both in happy and adverse circumstances – he is the best of enjoyers.
He is the best of renunciates who has given up thoughts of his life and death, of his pleasure and pain, and has firmly dismissed his merits and faults from his mind.
His said to have made the greatest sacrifice who has sacrificed his own mind and endeavors at the shrine of self-abgenation.
Meditate always on the everlasting and immaculate Spirit that is without beginning and end. By thinking in this way, you yourself become immaculate and are absorbed in the self-same Brahman, where there is all peace and tranquility.
Know the one undying Brahman as the soul and seed of the various productions that emanate from Him. It is His immensity which spreads throughout the whole of existence, as it is the endless sky which comprehends and manifests all things within itself.
It is not possible for anything at all, whether of positive or potential existence, to subsist without and apart from the universal Essence. Rest secure with this firm belief in your mind, and be free from all fears in this world.’

O most righteous Rama, look to the inner soul within yourself, and perform all your outer actions with the members of your body. By forsaking your sense egoism and personality, and being thereby freed from all care and sorrow, you will attain supreme felicity.

Campaign Junky

August 1, 2008

I have become a little obsessed with following the presidential campaign. I have been listening to the Washington Post Political Podcast, a free daily political news show with Ed O’keefe, who does his reporting in a 1920s fast pace style. You can find the podcast on Itunes. I have also been reading this Washington Post Campaign Blog.

I was in India during the entire ’04 election and was happy to not be a part of the bombardment of media spouting bullshit on a daily basis, but for some reason I am embracing this race whole heartedly. I think a lot of it has to do with Barak Obama. I am so happy to have a guy who I can truly respect and believe in. I am aware that he a politician and therefor a trickster, but at least he is a trickster that I want to be tricked by. This guy was a constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago. Can you imagine Bush trying to teach constitutional law? This New York Times piece: Teaching Law, Testing Ideas, Obama Stood Slightly Apart, shows what kind of a teacher he was. Don’t neglect the syllabus and exams on the side bar. The article ends with a quote from one of his former students:

So even some former students who are thrilled at Mr. Obama’s success wince when they hear him speaking like the politician he has so fully become.

“When you hear him talking about issues, it’s at a level so much simpler than the one he’s capable of,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “He was a lot more fun to listen to back then.”

Another aspect that excited me about Obama, is an opportunity for the US to gain back a little more respect among the international community. Bush has dropped US standing in the world to an all time low. I still vividly remember a night in Kashmir when an old Muslim Kashmiri man was so sure that Kerry would beat Bush that he was willing to bet me a Kashmiri rug on the outcome of the election. I took him up on the bet, but I still haven’t seen that rug. The international community was so sure that Bush would not be re-elected to a second term and the American population let them down. But now there is a chance to regain some credibility!

I guess I haven’t been posting on this blog as much lately because I have been spending too much time following the election. I am going to try and spend a little less time reading about the latest campaign news and dedicate my next post to William Blake.

Go Obama!