"On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points." --Virginia Woolf
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Shepard Fairey Illustration, given to me by Matt, with a special message.
Obama v Clinton Rant
I am so sick of this heinous woman, this Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and I do not care if your automatic response is that I am a misogynist, hear me out on this because this is important, and whoever is reading this now better just give in to rational thought and vote for the only person to come along in decades that actually inspires hope and has singlehandedly been able to break through the more than base apathy felt in my generation and appeal to those who are for the first time in their lives of proper voting age and whose only political knowledge consists of the Onion and Vice magazine and I just had a friend of said variety that went on and on at great length (sure he was stoned and drunk but that's beside the point) about Obama's performance in the California democratic debates and could recite word for word Obama's foreign policy strategies and his health care plan which really, if you knew anything about health care policy and did your homework, you would see that Hillary's plan is weak in that she doesn't understand the underlying constraints (poverty) on people seeking medical attention, she just doesn't see why people or small businesses for that matter do not purchase healthcare plans and in this case the triangulation approach to politics her husband championed and bestowed upon her has come at the cost of her false populist posturing like so many of her other policies and besides, her track record does not give her authority on the matter nor does spending time as someone's spouse, I know beggars can't be choosers when it comes to electing a female president, but do we really want a first lady for first president I sure don't, there just has to be female politicians out there who got to where they are on their own merits rather than supporting their husbands and I know the argument that she was really instrumental 'ole Bill's presidency but honestly I don't want a Bush/Clinton legacy, America is supposed to be a society of meritocracy not "democratic" nepotism and besides that, even if you make the argument that she is more specific in the outlining of her policies than Obama guess what it doesn't mean shit because the only thing you can do is trust your instincts when it comes to electing the next president, if you actually looked back and compared what presidential candidates said they would do for the country to what they actually did once elected, you would see so many disparities it would make you're head spin, and if Oprah, Hulk Hogan and Lawrence Lessig support Obama, that's one hell of an endorsement trifecta and good enough for me and you know what the fact that he's black doesn't even come into the equation for me and I am so goddamn sick of the whole media brouhaha about gender v race with these two candidates; throw in Romney's faith and you can throw creed into the mix, and I will not subscribe to the notion that our nation is playing a collective game of rock, paper, scissors with gender, race, and creed it is about quality of the individual--I genuinely believe that American voters are smart enough to see beyond these factors but on the topic of gender, let me just say that I was disgusted as a woman to see Mrs. Clinton up there on TV crying over how important this race is--I heard an underlying threating tone to that emotional display, as if she were Guiliani on estrogen pills, if she wants to throw in the threat that she's the only person that can truly "defend the homeland" in times like these she can stop while she's ahead because I ain't about to stand for an American version of 'ole Iron Britches Margaret Thatcher, I don't mean to make stereotypes but I'm a little weary when it comes to women who play hard like Thatcher and Condoleeza Rice and feel they need to beef up their military might just to show they have the proverbial cohones and if you don't think that was part of Mrs. Clinton's political misstep for VOTING FOR THE WAR then I don't know what else to say and I'm sorry if my mother won't be able to live to see a female president but by god I do not want that hawk in sheep's clothing in that office--we need an ultimate, superhuman diplomat with a Christian AND Muslim background and with a middle name like, say, HUSSEIN, to really throw jihadists and radical Islamic militants into a tizzy VOTE OBAMA!!!
I am uncommonly mobile; I have circumnavigated the globe eight times, walking amazing distances. Through the South Island of New Zealand to the Southern Alps. From Chile to the Andes in Argentina. Across the Serengeti in Africa. I made 300 ascents of mountains 10,000 ft. tall or more, including the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, and Kilimanjaro. I traveled alone, aided only by my porters, sketching volcanos and collecting wildflowers along the way.