Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ralph Nader has finally once and for all lost his mind

Perennial presidential bridesmaid Ralph Nader has now lost the moral high ground that he once had by suggesting that Barack Obama appeals to white voters because he doesn't threaten white power and because he tries to talk white.

Well Ralph - he doesn't bowl white. So what does any of this have to do with anything anyway? How is Nader's statement not racist? Is there really any political rationale to saying that someone talks white, or black, or like Borat for that matter?

As Obama's communications director Robert Gibbs stated in response to Nader, “It reminds me of the old saying, which I’ll paraphrase: ‘Better to be thought not-so-smart than to open your mouth and remove all doubt,’ which is apparently what Ralph Nader did in Denver yesterday or the day before.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Fair and Balanced?

Fox News is stooping to new lows so far in this election. A recent caption to a story about Barack and Michelle Obama read, "Outraged liberals: Stop picking on Obama's baby mama" and was placed numerous times on the screen under video clips of Michelle Obama. The term "baby mama" is usually used in reference to an unwed black mother.

In other Fair and Balanced election coverage...

In the past two weeks, Fox anchor E.D. Hill has apologized for referring to an affectionate onstage fist bump shared by the couple as a "terrorist fist jab," and Fox contributor Liz Trotta said she was sorry for joking about an Obama assassination.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Word cloud of recent letters I've written

This is a word cloud from some recent email correspondence that I have had with a friend. I like how word clouds create a sense of mood. It's a pictorial representation of what has been on my mind lately.

I think I'm going to include more of these in blog posts. I hope everyone is doing well in this rapidly changing world.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Rural America hit hard by gas prices

Today's NYT has an article entitled, Rural U.S. Takes Worst Hit as Gas Tops $4 Average. I think it's an important read. It says that the American family now spends 4% of their take home pay on gas. But in rural America people are traveling longer distances to their jobs (often in vehicles that get very low gas mileage) while also making less money. Often they are paying closer to 14% of their take home pay for gas. Many are losing their vehicles because they can't make the payment after buying gas.

This has become a class issue. Wealthy city dwellers are still paying less than 2% of their incomes for gas yet the rural poor are being forced to change their diets so that they can keep getting to work every week.

Is the Revolution coming? You know it is. Now we need to focus on making it the Revolution that we want rather than one of desperation and chaos.