November 7, 2008
I have no idea how I managed to stay quiet during the entire 2008 election. I think it’s partly that I was more interested in watching commentary and hearing what other people thought and really didn’t have the energy or even desire to voice my own opinions. And part of it is probably laziness.
So here we are with President Barack Obama.
I really don’t know how we got here. I suppose there are more than a few Republicans thinking “Oh! I get it…a community organizer is a person that is probably pretty good at organizing a community. That might be a handy thing in a general election.”
There are a few topics I’d like to discuss in the next few days. I thought maybe breaking them up would be a better idea than spewing everything into one post. It might also help me get into the habit of writing consistently. Today, I would like to discuss the 2008 election in general terms.
The main point I’d like to touch on today is one that I’ve been dying to write about for months, but I’m a Cubs fan, so I’m a very superstitious person that always experiences that impending sense of doom. I didn’t dare talk about a possible Democratic victory. But now that Barack Obama has begun selecting cabinet members, it is safe for me bring this topic up.
Four years ago, after George W. Bush defeated John Kerry, I heard conservatives claim that it was the death of the Democratic Party. After the 2004 election, the Republicans controlled the White House, had a 17 seat advantage in House and a 3 seat advantage in the Senate. Even in victory, Republicans aren’t honest with themselves. Bush claimed this victory was decisive enough to give him a mandate, and he planned to spend that capital. After all, Bush received more votes than any other president in American History. Of course, John Kerry, in defeat, received more votes than any president in American History, as well. Bush beat Kerry in electoral votes, 286-251. If Kerry would have won Ohio, Read the rest of this entry »
July 28, 2008
I know that you can’t expect any sort of legitimate news coverage from Fox News. Nor can you expect them to report on something without adding a little opinion at the end of a story. This type of “reporting” and it’s bias goes unnoticed because cable news has become so opinion-oriented thanks to the talking head shows that litter the networks.
I flipped on Fox News, only because it is channel 39 and the Cubs were on channel 40. They were doing this story about a guy from Orlando, Florida who is selling his body for a tattoo on Ebay to any corporation willing to buy his ad-space. He seemed like a decent enough guy. He recently got laid off and is married with 2 kids and another on the way. He talked about how he has turned in his resume to 30 employers and has not gotten a call-back.
So, at the end of the story, they go back to the “newscasters”. This is how they end the story:
Woman: “I wouldn’t buy his body.”
Man : “I don’t know about all that.”
Woman: “Yeah, I mean, get a second job”.
Man: “Yeah, I hear McDonald’s is hiring”.
So first, let’s explore the fact that apparently the woman did not even pay attention to the story. He lost his job, that’s why he’s trying to make ends meet by allowing some corporation to tattoo their logo on his body. This was not some dude looking for publicity. In fact, he tried to keep it a secret and somehow it got to the media. But yeah…common sense tells you that you can’t get a second job until you have a first. Plus, she was obviously commenting Read the rest of this entry »
June 7, 2008
There has been a ton of traffic to this blog recently apparently searching “Cubs”.
So this might be a good time post the link to the Cubs blog that I write for again.
April 15, 2008
I have started a Cubs blog called Ivy Envy. There are going to be six life-long Cubs fans writing for the blog. It’s started, but is nowhere near finished. Check it out and if you know anyone that might enjoy it, spread the word.
April 1, 2008
The temperature struggles to hit 40 degrees and a blanket of cold rain smothers the Midwest. It must be opening day for Major League Baseball. I am a Cubs fan. I root for the team that has now gone 100 years without winning the World Series. I’m the type of Cubs fan that is optimistic about an upcoming season, but before the ivy has turned green and the first pitch has even been thrown out, I have already prepared myself for a disastrous outcome. Read the rest of this entry »
March 28, 2008
Why not dive into the world of sports with some predictions for the 2008 MLB season? Read the rest of this entry »