Friday, November 07, 2008

Obama Dance Party in the streets of Seattle

Random thoughts while watching this clip:

- This is the exact thing that McCain would've called the cops on. "TURN OFF THAT RACKET YOU CALL MUSIC AND GO HOME"

- If this were the Republicans celebrating, you know that they would've had the non-inclusive "this is a private party" vibe to the festivities, because, you know, in the GOP, you're either with us or against us!

- For the Democrats, we just want to party man! Come join us! There's room for all!

- I love living in this city!!!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

One final thought on the elections

Well, for today at least, it's my final thought!

Two points we have to keep in mind here:
  1. It wasn't the Democrats that won the elections, it was Obama. Make that very clear. It's a very clear distinction, that it was the Dems who rode on Obama's coattails and got the momentum they needed to get a few extra seats in Congress. That is made very clear by the fact that the Dems were not able to get the clear majority that they needed to become filibuster proof.
  2. It was Bush who had made the Republicans become the big losers of these elections. I can't think of any one other President in the history of the United States that had become such a liability on his own party, that any association to him, however near or far, almost meant the kiss of death for the candidates in all races. It's true that there were a lot of Republican incumbents that made it back into Congress, but those mostly came from Republican country where being a Democrat is tantamount to being a leper. Bush's legacy will be as a highly divisive leader, whose ideas of empire building were squashed by Obama's historic run to the White House.

One other thing, and I heard that on NBC during one of the interviews they had, that electing Obama does not make America post-racial, it means that a black man is elected President. I think that there are still a lot of racial problems and tensions in America that will take years and generations to heal and resolve.. if at all.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008



This is amazing!


Now let's get to work. Let's fix this. Let's undo the damage done over the last 8 years.

Time to turn the page.

And, of course, time to PARTAY!

A note on the election coverage

I feel most comfortable with watching Brian Williams of NBC News than anyone else. I just did a quick channel surfing exercise and checked out ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, and even Fox News, but Williams gets my vote!

Gibson and Sawyer were almost fighting for more air time, Couric I still can't see her as more than the Today Show host, and the other channels had nutjobs from both sides and too many talking heads. Brian Williams shows everyone on NBC that "hey, I'm the top dog and everything flows through me, got it?"

Although, curiously enough, Fox News were the only channel at this time that called Virginia for Obama! Nobody else did but them, giving Obama 220 electoral votes, where every other network had him around 207.

Go figure!


No, that's not the prequel to the movie 300.

That's how many electoral votes Obama has as of 6:30PM PST.

He needs 70 more to get to the magic number of 270. Between WA, OR, CA and HI, that's more than enough!

It's still early to celebrate, but the excitement is growing! Especially after Ohio went for Obama. 20 big electoral votes in a swing state. All fingers are crossed at this time.

I voted for.. Elmo??

My 15 month son got so bored with the election coverage on TV, that he almost put on a riot, so we decided to put on Sesame Street for him. So now I'm down to having to click refresh on the MSNBC site to see if there are any new updates.

It's 4:45PM in the Pacific Time Zone, and no new updates.

Kentucky, Vermont, already called

Kentucky went to McCain, Vermont to Obama.

And away we go!

Stock Market Hearts Presidential Elections

It seems Wall Street was energized today by the elections, all indexes closed up, some considerably so.

The Dow Jones is up 305 points.

Nasdaq is up almost 76 points.

The S&P is up 39.5 points.

It will be interesting to see how the markets react to the new President Elect tomorrow morning, but if Wall Street enjoys a good election day, let's have everyday be election day! God knows Americans love to vote.

Still pretty slow

Little bits of news here and there are trickling in, but nothing of substance:

  • Democrat Barack Obama came up a big winner in the presidential race in Dixville Notch, N.H., where the nation's first Election Day votes were cast and counted early today.
  • A funny thing happened when Michelle Obama voted, Barack said that she took a long time to fill out her ballot, that he had to look and see who she's voting for!

Besides that, nothing much. Oh, that new buzzword, Hispanic, came up in yet another interview on MSNBC. Not sure why they are pushing that, must be a trend that they are seeing. Also, not sure what that means, but it basically is good news for Obama, since most Latinos turned against McCain when he turned against his OWN immigration policy to stick to the party line. Yep, that's a mavericky thing to do.

Not much going on

They are just showing video of people lining up to vote around the US. I guess that we should start hearing things in about 4 hours time when the first polls start closing on the East Coast. They are interviewing people and pundits on the news networks, which is very boring, so we've switched and are watching the Ellen show! Well, it's on, and I'm working on the laptop and so is my wife on hers.


The new "it" demographic

Apparently, in this election, the new "it" demographic is Hispanics. They may turn the tide for Obama in a lot of states including New Mexico and Colorado, states that normally vote Republican.

I don't know about that. Definitely the Hispanic vote is an important voting bloc, but I'm not so sure that they're the new "it" crowd. Well, we'll see. And if it's true, more power to them, especially if it means that they vote Obama!

OK, here we go!

So, today's the day for Change!

The day of reckoning!

The elections are today. I will be online and posting some updates and news items and general thoughts throughout the day, so stay tuned!

Oh, and GO OBAMA!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Happy (Belated) Halloween

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Stolen from an email from my friend Youbie!


BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!

JOHN McCAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to insure right from day one that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then this really isn't about me.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your definition of chicken?

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?