Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Colin Powell's stunning endorsement of Barack Obama

You can watch Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama below. I think the most profound part of Colin Powell's endorsement came 4:28 into the video and it says:

I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim; he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian.

But the really right answer is, "What if he is?" Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated [with] terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

People I Like

Today it was my job to fetch lunch for people at the office. I went for Teriaki. While I was waiting I noticed two soldiers eating lunch there. I don't know what branch of the military they were in because I generally don't pay attention to that sort of thing -- in fact, I am against all war. One of them was a black woman and the other was an asian man who looked hawaiian. I could tell that the black woman was an officer by her uniform and she was decorated. I was wondering what she did to earn those decorations when one of the customers waiting for his to-go order received it. He began walking toward the door and before he left he turned and politely interupted the converstion of the two soldiers, shook their hands and thanked them for their service. I don't know why but this brought a tear to my eye. And I could tell that the soldiers really appreciated the thanks too.

I like people who are thankful.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Bailout: Will there be vigilante justice?

I was listening to the Dori Monson radio show today and he was talking about the bailout. I like listening to Dori's show but I seldom hear much that I agree with. However, when it comes to the bailout we are both madder than hell -- and many people are even madder. One listener called in to talk about the week long retreat taken by AIG excutives to the to the St. Regis Resort where they pampered themselves to the tune of $443,000 just a few days after tax payers forked out $85 billion dollars to bailout AIG. The listener suggested finding these executives and lynching them. If I were one of these executives I would be in hiding right now. Same thing goes for former Washington Mutual CEO Alan Fischer, former Leman brothers CEO Richard Fuld and a list of other robbers.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

What does Warren Buffet have to lose?

Warren Buffet said,

If we don’t get it [the economic crisis] solved next week, I may have to go back to delivering papers.

He has also made a $5 billion investment in Goldman Sachs and a $3 billion investment in General Electric.

So what does this mean? I don’t know. Does it mean that the ultra rich have a lot more to lose from this economic crisis that the average Joe? What will the average Joe really loose if we let the crisis happen? And what will he gain? I wish I knew.