November 24, 2008

A friend sends an email comparing the impact of the Iraq war compared with how things might have been had the sanctions continued.

My reply;

I used to raise the issue regarding the UN report stating 100,000 children were dying annually on account of the sanctions, but no one who disagreed with the war in the first place cared. That fact along with many others simply don’t matter to most people in forming their opinion of the worth of the war.



November 24, 2008

A friend sent a link with the following note:

Are they really so stupid that they didn’t see this coming? I don’t mean Emmanuel in particular, but did they really think they had any pull?

My reply:

When I read the term, “stupid” in your email, I reflexively thought you were referring to Republicans. Off topic, but worthy of note.

There are a lot of people who are hoping that Obama will end America’s pro-Israel stance. I think Jesse Jackson said as much recently. I love the line in the article which talks about being open to other views on the Middle East conflict. Sadly, I can’t help but believe what those people really mean is be open to the destruction of Israel as a state.

Obama banked on ambiguity to get where he is, and the people put their faith in him. Reagan got there through clearly defining himself, and the times became right for him; kind of like Churchill.

We’ll now get to see how well Obama’s approach works.


A friend writes:

We survived Carter. We’ll survive Obama. That’s the best I’ve got. How about you?

My reply:

Other than that the only thing I can think of is that Al Franken may not be in the Senate for the next six years.

November 4, 2008

A friend comments on Obama’s grandmother’s death:

I believe this may be the most important event in determining the kind of president that Obama (if elected) will be.

It’s the ideals that he believes his grandmother represents that will be his guiding principles.
His grandmother and my grandmother were of the same generation, and I have heard him talk of her in much the same way as I have spoken of my grandmother: strong, hard-working, self-reliant, frugal and self-sacrificing.

I find it odd that a similar influence has led me to work hard, be frugal, self-reliant, and self-sacrificing, while he has come to believe that people can’t do it on their own; they need the government to provide for them.

My reply:

The only time I know of that Obama referenced his grandmother was in his speech on race. You remember the one the press heralded as the one for the ages, that didn’t stand the test of four weeks?

“I can no more disown him (Reverend Wright) than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”

So, she sacrifices for him, loves him unconditionally and he uses her as a political prop for his own ends. Oh, and he calls her a racist too. He did the same in at least one of his books. I think that pretty much sums up his respect for her and that generation. There may be documented evidence (I don’t have time right now to look it up) when someone is looking forward to an event, they’ll hang on just that long. I see the timing of her death as karmic payback.