Thursday, January 31, 2008

More on Clinton Campaining in Florida

Bog Cesca, of the Huffington Post, takes Billary to task for campaigning in Fla. here is the link.

National Journal: Barack Most Liberal Senator

I love the fact that he is so liberal (hence my name), but this can not be good news for Barack.

The Dynastic Question

Kristoff article here

Article Says Clinton, McCain Gain From Dropout Candidates

From McClatchy.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Five Best Senators

1. Biden (D-Del.)
2. Leahey (D-VT)
3. Webb (D-VA)
4. Dodd (D-Conn.)
5. Kennedy (D. Mass.)

Obama needs a Debate Win

Obama needs to win the debate on thurs(?). Despite winning SC, he is still significantly behind Hillary in the Super Tues states. Hillary is arguably a better debater, and has gotten into his head before, but Obama needs to walk a fine line between not letting Billary get away with any of her shenanigans, and staying above the fray, AND deliver sustainable punches. It won't be easy.

Rep. Tom Davis to Retire

Yet another republican calls it quits. I think we may have a Congressional rout in 2008.

Webb for Obama's VP

Jim Webb for Obama's Vice-President. Webb is strong on defense, absolutely brilliant, wonderful, and amazingly affable. Plus, Virginia is now a purple state, and I bet he could pull VA for the Democrats.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Top80s Bands

My all time favorite 80s Bands, in order.

1. Smiths
3. James
4. Human League
5. New Order
6. Bronski Beat (Jimmy Sommerville)
7. Erasure
8. Tears for Fears
9. Flock of Seagulls
10. Depeche Mode


I saw the movie Persepolis. It is brilliant. Do yourself a favor and go see it.

Ted Kennedy Endorses Obama

I think this is huge. Any Democrat would want Kennedy's endorsement. It would be second only to Al Gore's, I believe.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Obama Wins Big in SC

The only county Obama lost was Horry, which is basically, Myrtle Beach. The link is to MSNBC.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Expand the Security Council

Right now, the United Nations Security Council is too heavily Western centric. South America and Africa are not represented. The bulk of humanity resides in Asia, and Asia is only represented by China. So, I propose expanding the Security council, and instead of one veto negating a resolution, it should take two vetoes to ban a resolution.

Which countries should be added? Brazil, Japan and India are slam dunks, as is a rotating seat for Africa--picked from among Africa's countries, (South Africa, Nigeria, and Egypt are natural choices).

Brazil dominates South America econonically, and politically--although it is not Spanish-speaking. Japan is an economic power, and a rising diplomatic power. Similarly India. India, is well, a rising power in all respects. It should be on the security council already. Africa obviously needs a seat to have a voice, but no country really dominates Africa.

Finally, there should also be another rotating seat for the permanent council. This one should be voted on by all the UN members. I envision Indonesia, Turkey, or Germany getting in on the first go around.

So I propose a Security Council with the U.S., Russia, China, UK, France, Brazil, India, Japan, an Africa Seat, and an elected rotating seat.

Jacob Weisberg on Fresh Air Discussing New Book

Jacob Weisberg on NPR Fresh Air discussing his new book on Bush.

French Muslim Women

French Muslim Women agents of integration.

President Clinton's Comments Sting African Americans

Washington Post article here.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Vote For Your Favorite Blog

The Bloggies.

Like It Or Not, Clinton Is Polarizing

Someone please explain to me why so many people viscerally dislike Clinton. Do people not see how polarizing she is? Do people not see how there is an "anyone but Clinton" movement out there? Her supporters might think she is the best candidate, but surely, you have to acknowledge that she will be going into the elections with 47 percent of people who refuse to vote for her, and add to that the millions of african-americans she is alienating/ has alienated, and the many Obama supporters who are just disgusted with her (see front page of washington post today) and peopel will come to the conclusion that her chances of winning the general election are nil to low.

Reformers Purged From Iran Ballot

Reformers purged from the Iran ballot. This is so sad for so many reasons.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Iraq Falsehoods

935 of them.

NY Times's Dowd: Two Against One

Two Against One... Maureen Dowd Column.

Pics of Heath Ledger

Pics of Heath Ledger here. Now when I see the Brokeback Mountain, I will cry for another reason.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The State's Endorsement of Obama

The State's Endorsement of Obama.. in total

Heath Ledger

This is amazingly painful for me. Brokeback Mountain is my favorite film and Heath Ledger is one of my favorite actors. SIGH I am distraught. More thoughts on his work here.

Morrissey Concerts in Israel, Iran

Morrissey angling for concerts in Middle East.

Pakistani TV Personality

Check her out!

SC Primary

While I would love for Obama to win, do not underestimate the prejudice in the South. I am predicting an Obama victory, but it could be close. If Hillary wins, its over for Obama.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Kristoff Article in NY Times

In this article, in the NY Times, the great internationalist columnist Nicholas Kristoff says "one lesson of American history is that length of experience in national politics is an extremely poor predictor of presidential success." The person with the greatest experience is Dick Cheney. "I rest my case."

Supreme Court

Democrats MUST win in '08 for a myriad of reasons. One of the most important is the Supreme Court. How much longer can John Paul Stevens hold out? And I love Ginsburg. I hope her health holds up.

Addressing Obama's Ronald Reagan Comment

Doris Kearns Goodwin on today's Meet the Press, defends Obama on his President Reagan comments. "If you want a transformative presidency you have to have skills that Ronald Reagan had." I have the transcript of the whole show here. It is a must read.

Prime Minister's Question

Every time I listen to the Prime Minister's Questions on C-Span Radio (on 90.1 in DC), I wonder how President Bush would do in similar circumstances. How can we have such a President who can't even debate a kindegarden student well. I think Bush is smart in his own way, however, he IS not articulate.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Unlikely Persian Chef

Johnny's in the DC Suburbs is a hit with the Iranian-American Community

Thursday, January 17, 2008

What is your main weakness?

Mark Shields Slams Clinton on her Nevada Debate statement saying her only weakness is that she cares too much

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

What Happened To Guiliani

I am not counting him out yet, and all bets are off if he wins Florida, but what the heck happened to his campaign. Ron Paul routinely beats him in the primaries. This is probably the best news, and development, I could ever ask for. Guiliani scares me more than anyone in this campaign, mainly because his foreign policy advisors are Norman Podhoretz and Daniel Pipes.. YIKES.. Scary stuff and enough to keep me up at night worrying.

Monday, January 14, 2008

First Post

Woo Hoo. I am about to Blog. This will be a blog on my thoughts and views, mainly on politics and international relations.