Archive for October, 2008
Well said General Powell:
I have been steaming through Obama’s first book, Dreams From My Father. I must admit I am somewhat in awe. Obama has a great life story that he has captured in a beautiful piece of writing. I find it amazing that a man whose father grew up in a farming village in Kenya may be the next president of the United States. I encourage people to read this book, especially if he becomes the next president.
I just read the “Talk of the Town” in the most recent New Yorker. The article is called The Choice, and lays a very clear argument of what is riding in this presidential election and the reason that Obama should be the next United States President. The article begins by stating:
Never in living memory has an election been more critical than the one fast approaching—that’s the quadrennial cliché, as expected as the balloons and the bombast. And yet when has it ever felt so urgently true? When have so many Americans had so clear a sense that a Presidency has—at the levels of competence, vision, and integrity—undermined the country and its ideals?
This strikes me because in the past I have voted Green because it seemed the right and the left were sometimes hard to tell apart. Now I think differently. The Bush administration has showed the dire effects of an incompetent and arrogant leadership. The New Yorker article goes on to give an excellent overview of why Obama is the man to take the job and McCain is not. I encourage you to take the time to read the article, especially if you are an undecided voter.
Well, I have been wanting to write about a few things but the election has just been consuming my time on the internet. I have been keeping an eye on the Washington Post Political Browser and the Washington Post election blog, The Trail. Also my brother-in-law recently turned me on to this blog that is giving great commentary focusing on the Alaskan political scene with a focus on Gov. Palin.
In other news I have wanted to mention that India has passed a new smoking ban that went into effect on October 2nd. Having spent time in India I find it rather funny that India is trying to enforce smoking bans. Many Indians smoke bedis constantly and I don’t see them stopping in public places. But at least the Ministry of Health is trying to do something about it. Here is an article discussing the ban.
Another current news story I am interested in is the Somali pirates that have hijacked the ship with 32 Ukrainian tanks and additional small arms. Here is an article with the latest from this episode. Apparently they may be close to a deal in which the pirates receive 8 million dollars. It sort of makes me happy that pirates still exist in this modern age.
This is sort of a long YouTube video but I think it is important that McCain’s past financial scandals be remembered at this time.
Addendum: Here is an interesting interview with commentary.