Archive for June, 2008

prescient

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

From almost exactly a year ago: a post on Andrew Sullivan’s blog about Obama. Sullivan is a conservative, but even in the early days of the Obama campaign he was seeing that something fresh and needed was coming.

And today, it’s looking like Obama will be able to claim the majority of delegates in the Democratic primary and the word is that Clinton will wind down her campaign and acknowledge him as the presumptive nominee. Either of these candidates would have been history-making as a Presidential candidate for who they are, a woman and an African-American, and they are both super-human in what they have gone through and survived over the past months. I have no idea how they have done it, or how exhausted they must be.

Tonight Obama is appearing in the Twin Cities – specifically in the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, where the Republican party will have their convention in a couple of months – an act of considerable chutzpa seeing as when the schedule was announced late last week the final pieces of the campaign (decisions on the Florida and Michigan pseudo-primaries; the final primaries today in South Dakota and Montana; and today’s flood of super-delegates) hadn’t fallen into place. Unfortunately I’m not able to go, but I would hope that there will be other rallies here. My feeling is that even if you’re not for him, this is quite a moment in history.

yes i expected it

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

I’m sitting in the sandwich ago with Toby before his swimming class. Outside there is a small retail space for rent with a sign advertising the leasing company and the slogan “when you lease expect it…” [emphasis and ellipsis not mine]

No details on what you might not be expecting or why you might not be expecting it. Possibly worst slogan ever?

what are they thinking?

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

The new mayor of London implemented a decree that drinking alcohol should no longer be allowed on public transportation in the city – buses, trains and the underground. So a bunch of people arranged for a big party for the last night when drinking was legal, with predictable consequences – read about it here.

Most annoying and immature quotes:

Peter Moore, 35, a sailor from Brighton, said he had downed a can of beer in 10 seconds. “It’s sweaty on there, but I’m going round and round until I vomit,” he said.

and, more annoying because it’s from someone in a position of leadership:

Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) general secretary Bob Crow said: “Boris Johnson should apologise personally to all those who were assaulted and abused last night…”

Um, because a bunch of hooligans assaulted police officers, drivers and other transportation workers? That’s the Mayor’s fault how?