Monday, March 31, 2008

My favorite sportswriter, Joe Posanski asked readers to send in short essays on politics, he chose mine!

Ben: Whatever Change Means, Obama Unites

When discussing Obama's candidacy, from any and all ends of the political spectrum, we are presented with words like "change" and "hope". Many critical of Obama's candidacy have disparaged these buzzwords, pointing out (not entirely unfairly), that these nebulous terms are rarely well defined. I am not particularly concerned with what Barack Obama means by change. What concerns me, what thrills me, is that people are excited by it. People may not know what he means by change, and they may not know what they mean by change, but they know that they want it, and they feel that Barack Obama can provide it.

As a 23 year old, my first opportunity to participate in the democratic process was the election of 2004. I voted for John Kerry, but I felt little pride in casting a vote for someone I viewed as a middling moderate, a man I supported for no real reason other than to try to protect the this country, and the rest of the world, from the chaos our current Commander in Chief has it plunging into. I voted, but a great many young people did not vote, a great many African-Americans did not vote, a great many poor people did not vote. They felt that their voices would not be heard, and they were right, they have been right for many years.

For the first time in my lifetime, these socially and economically disenfranchised feel very strongly that they may play a role in forming a government which truly cares about who they are, and about what they need. They feel that Barack Obama is the man to bring this government about. At the end of the day, the importance of this election rests less on the issues and policies, then on what the outcome truly means to these people, who have been so long without hope.

Should Barack Obama become our President, these individuals and groups will be validated. When we talk about united Americans, we aren't really talking about Red and Blue, we are talking about rich and poor, minority and majority. We are talking about elevating the position of those who have, for too long, been pushed aside to a point of equality.

If these voices are heard, it will be a day of tremendous importance for the future of this nation. If these voices are denied, they will feel that they were right all along, no one ever cared about what they had to say, about their struggles and about their lives. And this final disillusionment , seems to me, far more damaging, than any presidency.

Ben Feldman

damn, I can't believe I forgot to add this classic shot of Adam.

miss you buddy.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

I miss my friends

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sorry, couldn't find pictures of anybody else.

we went to see matt's play

There were three actors

Matt played a gay character ( I haven't seen him perform as a heterosexual since college)

me and billy, hanging out, getting ready for opening day.


Monday, March 24, 2008

phew, I Was really worried about the war until i read this

Bush: 4,000 deaths 'laid foundations for peace'

updated 1 minute ago

Bush: 4,000 deaths 'laid foundations for peace'

President Bush today said U.S. deaths in Iraq had "laid the foundations for peace for generations to come," one day after the military announced its 4,000th death since the war started. The Democratic presidential candidates also noted the grim milestone, each calling for an end to the war. full story

NOTE: the article doens't mention Iraqi casualties; I can only assume they're fine.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

the onion

Black Guy Asks Nation for Change

Black Guy

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

bang bang he shot me down.

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

If you have a gun, I say join a militia or shut the fuck up.

If you wanna do that shit you gotta go all the way.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


This was posted on my website by writer Tim Wise

According to a newspaper in Torrance, CA, Geraldine Ferraro, former NY Congresswoman, and 1984 Vice-Presidential Candidate has told them that Barack Obama would not "be in this position" if he were a white man or a woman. Right, because, ya know, black men always get such a free pass in this country. Of course!

Really now, for Geraldine Ferraro to accuse another candidate of getting where they are because of identity???!!! That's like Mickey Mouse telling Goofy that he'd be a nobody without Walt Disney. As if anyone believes she was chosen to be the VP nominee because of her bevy of experience dealing with, say, international affairs?? Gimme a break. Mondale and the Dems wanted to make a statement in '84 and good for them--no shame there. It was time; it was past time. But surely to God she doesn't believe that she was chosen merely because she was the next logical person in line within the Democratic Party. I have yet to meet anyone, then or now who thought that, even those of us who supported Mondale/Ferraro and were inspired by her inclusion on the ticket (and far more than we were ever inspired by Mondale himself--a nice guy, but someone for whom the word "inspiration" was created, as an antonym).

Anyway, and back to the point, for Ferraro to blast Obama this way--I mean at least he's getting VOTES from people for God's sakes, he wasn't just picked by someone else to be on the ticket, which is more than can be said for her--is beyond reprehensible.

But will Clinton repudiate Ferraro, who is one of her top advisors and a major fundraiser? Of course not, or at least not strongly. These kind of hit-and-runs are part of her (and her husband's) shtick; their collective modus operandi. This is, in short, how she rolls and how her supporters roll.

It's how Gloria Steinem was rollin' in that putrid op-ed for the New York Times a while back: the one where she said she didn't want to take sides in the debate over whether racism or sexism was worse, but, oh, by the way, it's sexism; and this she knew because black men got the vote before women did, never mind that whole grandfather clause/literacy test/lynching-if-you-try-to-actually-cast-a-ballot thing.

And it's how Clinton has been rollin' with the red phone ("Beware the incompetent black man who poses a threat to your sleeping white children") TV ad in Texas, and the "hey, maybe I'll let him be my understudy" b.s. of the past few days. The thinly-veiled racism of she and many of her white supporters, no matter how liberal they claim to be, is so vile, so rancid that I can say without hesitation that I would never vote for her in the fall. Never. Under. Any. Circumstances.

I would literally rather have McCain than this faux-progressive, over-entitled, slash-and-burn, lying, second-wave white-privileged pseudo-feminist, and her even more venal spouse back in the White House. That's it. At some point, we have to say no. For me, this is that point. Unless David Duke or Pat Buchanan pulls a stunner and somehow captures the Republican nomination at the last minute, I will sit out the election in the case of a Clinton nomination. This kind of politics--the kind that the Clintons have symbolized for as long as they have been in the public eye--is deserving of utter and complete repudiation. If we allow it to succeed, to win out in spite of how much it disgusts us (or because we're paralyzed in fear by McCain), we will never, I mean never get off this train to nowhere. Progressive politics will be done and buried for good. Clinton will choke it off, all in the cause of personal ambition.

To the Clintons, they are more important than grass-roots movements, they are more important than mass mobilization, and if the destruction of Obama and the movement his candidacy has spawned are what it takes for them to be in charge, then that's just fine by them.

Well, it's not fine by me. She is not entitled to my support just because she's friends with Marian Wright Edelman, or because she once saw MLK speak and got weepy, or because she gave a really neat commencement address at her college graduation, or because she's pro-choice. Perhaps it's the Rodham blue-blood, making her think folks owe her somethin'. But as for me, the only thing I feel for her, or for her campaign is contempt. If she and her acolytes are the best the Democratic Party can do, then it is time for the Democratic Party to die. The quicker the better.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

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Saturday, March 1, 2008