Saturday, September 25, 2004

For months now, I've been bashing President George W. Bush for, well, pretty much everything. And if I hadn't been busy filming a documentary, I probably would have bashed him even more often then I have.

Now, however, it's Senator John Kerry's turn to face my cyber-wrath.

Senator Kerry has been bashing President Bush over the economy and the war in Iraq even more frequently than I have. He's the Democratic nominee for the White House so one has to expect that.

However, I profoundly disappointed in how little he has done to present the American public with a viable alternative. He's done relatively little to give me the sense that he has a plan to do things better or offer us a better solution.

Take the war in Iraq for example. People have been pestering him for details on how he would do things differently ever since he became the Democratic nominee. He finally put forward his plan.

Sort of.

The thing is only 3 pages long; consisting primarily of bullet points and sound bites. Bullet points and sound bites are fine, but you need more than that to convince the American people that you have a plan to win in Iraq.

You need more than that to convince the American public that we're better off with John Kerry in the White House than with George W. Bush.

You need details.

A good 15 - 20 pages of them.

Filled with charts, graphs, maps and, above all else, details about a Kerry Administration would get us out of Iraq better than a second round of Bush II.

You need details.

How would Kerry as president do things differently? He has talked a lot about "internationalizing" the war, but what would he do to get that level of international support for a war that the rest of the world simply wants to abandon?

How would this hypothetical, international contingent operate that is different from the way everything is currently run? If it's the daily operations aren't really any different, how can we expect the final outcome of the war to be different?

Details, Senator Kerry. Details.

When I co-directing my local chapter of Students for Clinton-Gore in 1992, I had a library of white papers at my disposal. All of them showed how then Governor Clinton would provide the American public with a better alternative than the elder President Bush. All of them were much more comprehensive than anything Senator Kerry has put forward.

The whole thing reminds me of an old poltical adage that I heard when I was running my local chapter of the college Democrats way-back-when.

"You can't beat somebody with nobody," the saying goes.

And until Senator Kerry puts forward a lot more detail before he can truly become somebody on a national stage.

It's just a shame that Senator Kerry didn't hear the same lessons in college that I did.

As things now stand, if John Kerry becomes the next President of the United States, it will be in spite of all that he has done during the campaign; not because of it.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

There's a funny thing about porn. When it's good, it's really good. But when it's bad, it's beyond terrible.

I was watching this live web cast earlier today (because I was sick of cranking out yet another meaningless report for work). There was this web cast of an amatuer couple having sex so I tuned in for the heck of it.

The guy never took his long sleeve shirt off (I don't know, maybe that was a blessing in disguise). The chick has obviously not scene the inside of a gym in years.

The two of them spent more time discussing what they were going to do then actually doing anything. And I'm not talking about that hot, steamy bedroom kind of talk either.

I'm talking about conversations about camera angles and room temperature. Boring ass stuff. All said in with this dull, clincial kind of tone.

My thought was, "is the person you're f***ing really that bad that you're gonna think about this stuff?"

After a few minutes of this, I actually went back to filing my company's quarterly tax return. It seemed a lot more interesting.

And that is sad.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Dang, it's been almost an entire month since I've had a chance to post anything in this blog. I've been super busy -- getting ready to film my documentary, dealing with my Mom going into the hospital (she'll be fine), fighting to preserve a historice building that the City wants to tear down and, of course, work.

There've been a few times where I thought of something that I wanted to post about, but, I didn't have a computer handy at the time. (Yes, I know -- I need to get a laptop).

Anyway, I've got a moment now -- but nothing overwhelming to talk about. As a result, this is going to be Random Thought Day. A collection of a few thoughts that popped into my head when I didn't have a chance to post. None of this is connected by anything other than the fact that it's what I think about when I try to remember some of the posts that I wanted to make over the past month.

Every now and then, I think about moving out of Detroit. Chicago is one of the locales that I think about moving to (mainly because they have a vibrant downtown) and I was there in the past month. While driving home, I saw a sign that I thought read IDIOT CONSTRUCTION AHEAD.

"What?," I thought, "y'all are not only making more idiots but you're advertising this fact?!?"

A moment later I realized that the sign actually read IDOT CONSTRUCTION AHEAD. IDOT. As in, Illinois Department of Transportation.

I'm not sure if the is a reason for me to move to Chicago or a reason for me to not move there. One hand, it does make for an easy joke. But on the other, it's a joke that so easy I'd probably feel guilty for using it.

I've also noticed a lot of people who are "pimping out" their cars these days. In my opinion, this is a great idea if you're a pimp and you deliver your hookers is said car. The whole thing makes it easier for johns (and the police) to find you. For everyone else, though, the whole concept just seems damn tacky.

Finally, while working at the Michigan State Fair, my friend/co-worker Augie and came up with a few of our own awards. Biggest Bootie on a White Girl (Under 200 lbs.). Tackiest Outfit. Things like that.

We also came to the conclusion that if a woman weighs more that 250 lbs. then there really out to be a law prohibiting her from leaving the house without a bra on. I actually tried pitching this idea to one of the state reps who came by. He just rolled his eyes and walked away.