Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Republicans Electing Micheal Steele is the same as Obama winning the general election

A Variety Post

I don’t think I have any one topic that I want to write about and my internets are very slow (next step in the technological solutions here at the bear cave), so I will just put it all here, smattered.

First off, I think this Obama guy has it going on.  While there are problems here and there and people like Ann Althouse think any explanation is in fact and excuse, I can understand — as most can — I’ve come into nice cleanly transitioned positions and I have come into messes.

Which brings up Gitmo.  I’m waiting for the time that the Obama Administration (how cool is it to type that!) explains that not all of the people at Gitmo are terrorists and that the Bush Administration made mistakes with the vast majority of those who are there.  There’s no reason to resort to the fact that both Bush and McCain expressed a desire to close Gitmo — that doesn’t matter.  It’s on Obama now, and his interview with Arab television will go a long way in solving that problem . . . that Bush left.

Then there is this strategy of Obama’s.  I love that he is calling out Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.  It’s the same as saying Sean Hannity’s name during the campaign.  Shining a light and then pre-empting what they might say, as well as basically forcing errors is all good.  While Rush decided to present a stimulus plan that is a farce right after Obama called him out, he’s done the same thing with Fox News Sunday.  Will they ever get it?  Oh wait, Obama has only been in office for a week.

Mike Gallagher tried to paint the King family as greedy and for this past week Kathleen has been arguing with a commenter about why African Americans won’t join the Republican party.   That’s an interesting read — here.  I feel sorry for the commenter since he is doing the equivalent of punching a plastic clown.

Lastly (I think), The News Hour has changed it format and it is even better than before.  It is a tight broadcast and every little bit of it is news.  If I hadn’t already made a $630 contribution (by donating my truck), I’d give them more money.  Compared to the profit national news, the News Hour is way ahead.  The discussion tonight about the economic problems of the states was snappy and all of the contributers were well informed.  The segment about the effect of Obama going to Capitol Hill today was great.  The portion about John Updike made me cry.  It was great television.  And Jimmy Carter will be on tomorrow night.

Those Who Oppose the Closing of Gitmo on the Same side as Al-Qaeda

From WaPo:

With Obama, al-Qaeda faces an entirely new challenge, experts say: a U.S. president who campaigned to end the Iraq war and to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and who polls show is well liked throughout the Muslim world.

It looks like Al-Qaeda and the right wing have decided that attacking Obama is a good thing.

No Surprise

Local tv news (KHOU) is reporting that a high school in San Antonio broadcast a video (closed circuit) that stated the White House is now the “Black” House and that they should give a “ghetto” kid a hug and showed a student from NOLA getting a hug.

Moments afterwards, the principle issued a statement and there is an investigation.

Circuit City Today

When I first heard about their closing, I didn’t want to go.  It’s been my store, much like Sears and Target.  I bought both of my tv’s there, two of my laptops, a DVD/VCR for my mom, and just after New Year’s, my converter box.  It has always been my shop of choice for everything electronic.  I’m a loyal shopper.

After I got my converter box and realized that I wouldn’t be able to record broadcast tv after the HD change over, I decided that I should get a DVR.  At first I thought to look online.  It was frustrating because none of the DVR’s stated clearly that I wouldn’t have to get another converter to make it work.

Today I decided to go get one — at Circuit City — and then that’s the last electronic purchase I will make for a while (unless I got back at the bitter end to see if I can get another computer).

I went with Roberto and we found a DVR that fit the bill and then got some DVD-RW’s and then decided to pour through the movie section.  Taking our time, we wer able to find a couple of double dics that we really wanted. 

While we were waiting in line, the security guy at the door confronted a teenager who wanted to leave.  the security guy told him to go back over to a place by the other cash register.  The teen was reluctant, but the security guy relented.  The teen join two other teenagers waiting — embarrassingly.   We watched them as we stood in line.  When we got to the cashier, I joked about them, and the cashier expressed sympathy for them.

When we were leaving,  the same security guard said, “Ya’ll alright,” when we showed our receipts.  There was a police car at the front of the store as we drove away.

At home, the DVR didn’t have everything included, but it’s ok.  I’ve got enough cables and it’s more than I could have hoped for.  It has it’s own tuner and can record anything and then shows what has been recorded in little previews, so you can choose.   No more scanning VCR tape!  One giant leap for me into the new century ( even though I maintain my no cable no satellite stance).

It’s really fun.

The Last Dose

Before I go to bed tonight, I will give Tammy her last chemo.  It’s a long shot, since the first two, as well as the previous chemo didn’t work on her original tumor.  If it works, she will be with us for a while longer.  If it doesn’t, she won’t last.

Through all of it she has been the same, except for a couple of times like when she snapped at someone at the vet early in her intravenous chemo and how she growls more now.  Back in the day, when she was just in the backyard by herself, she would at times run manically in figure eights, growling.  Now she growls when I come home and more so when she doesn’t want Murphy to take her toy.  Her growls are a warning.  She is still a very strong girl even though she is very sick.

Earlier tonight, Murphy got the one Nylon bone all three of them focus on.  She sat in front of him for a bit and then started cleaning him.  He got distracted and she took the bone away.  When Murph realized the ploy, he got mad and started yelping at her.  A few growls from Tam convinced him (for the moment) to lie down next to her. 

Tammy has never asked much of us.  She was meant to live here;  I just thought it would be for a while long than it has been.

My Favorite Musician Played for Obama Today

I had almost forgotten to write about it.  Last week during a piece on Yo-Yo Ma on CBS, I found out that Gabriela Montero was part of the quartet to play earlier today at the moment Obama became president.

Last year, I gave one of her CD’s to a co-worker.  He reminded me today that I had and said that it’s his favorite now.  She is incredible.  She improvises all of the classics and in her live performances, takes requests from the audience (and on her web site, too!)

Even though I missed her performance, I’ll get to see it later, I’m sure.