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Why The Democrats Will Lose

By slowasigo, published on Sep 1, 2008

The Democratic political platform has for the past 50 years, been rooted in altruistic and long term projects with hard to define timelines to completion: women’s rights, civil rights, equal representation for gays, a fix for the environment, protection of domestic jobs, etc.

The problem with this as a political platform is none of these ideas or problems can be solved within the next political cycle. Equal pay for equal work for women will not happen within the next four years.

Republicans have consistently defined their platform by expeditious platitudes, lower taxes, defense... (more)

Tags: iraq, environment

Duh Na. Duh Na.

By slowasigo, published on Aug 31, 2008

Twenty years ago I sat in a Disneyland amphitheater as a member of the Southern California Youth Symphony. Playing second trumpet doesn’t typically afford inspiring solos nor dramatic musical interludes. This performance was different. We were performing music by John Williams. As an uncooperative student of classical music, two instruments, and neighborhood beat downs, playing such popular music as Star Wars, Superman and Raiders of the Lost Ark was geek-squad equivalents of dunking a basketball, kissing a cheerleader or owning a car.

John Williams is one of the most prolific... (more)

Tags: basketball, harry potter, disney, movie, california, superman, hollywood, music

They Eat Their Young! They Eat Their Young!

By slowasigo, published on Aug 31, 2008

After the election buttons and placards of the 2000 presidential contest had decomposed in the landfills of America, pollsters vigorously dissected the results to find a spoiler other than Bush, the recount or the Supreme Court decision. It was widely reported that Ralph Nader had siphoned off votes that would have given the Al Gore the presidency. 2,992,955 people voted for Nader. This is how the numbers would have broken down had he not been on the ballot.

1,326,159 (46%) would have picked Gore 893,716 (31%) would have sat out the election. 663,080 (23%) would have favored Bush.

... (more)

Tags: gay, bill clinton, al gore, obama

The Cuban Missile Crisis Minus The Cubans

By slowasigo, published on Aug 21, 2008

After a year and a half of negotiations the U.S. Government and Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski of Poland signed an agreement allowing the United States to place a missile defense system in Poland.

Since the U.S. successfully tested (9/2007) its missile system, designed to counter a nuclear first strike capability, Russia has issued threats against its neighbors who might contemplate hosting this technology.

Last week Russia directly threatened Poland saying because it had accepted the missile defense shield its response would “go beyond diplomacy.” General... (more)

Tags: russia

That Pain In Your Chest Maybe Something Else

By slowasigo, published on Aug 16, 2008

Turns out the black face masks worn by the American cyclist team on their entry to China were not a bad idea. A recent study produced by the American College of Cardiology reports that airborne pollution directly damages the blood vessels.

Utah cardiologist Dr. Jeffrey Anderson commented in a recent KSL report saying that the damage to vessels and the heart is obvious and recognizable. Commenting on the pollution and ingesting process he commented, “they are so small that they can exchange into the circulation of the blood as they pass through the lungs, circulate around, and... (more)

Tags: los angeles, fashion, china

I'm Taking My Suitcase Nuke And Going Home

By slowasigo, published on Aug 15, 2008

In northern Iraq a 17 year old girl got hers. In love for the first time, she made the same mistake nearly all girls do….she liked a boy her Dad didn’t. A few calls were made and uncles joined her brothers and Dad as they dragged her outside. It took thirty minutes for eight or nine men, in front of a crowd,to throw enough stones at her head before she died.

Killing a person has not always been easy. Killing a LOT of people can be downright hard to do.

Prior to the 13th century if you wanted to off a political opponent, a neighbor, or your daughter’s prepubescent... (more)

Tags: iraq, police, traffic

Green Power: The Unfulfilled Wet Dream

By slowasigo, published on Aug 14, 2008

In 1712, Thomas Newcomen built the first workable device that could harness the power of steam. Yet, at a measly 15 RPM, and because his valves wouldn’t always close and open correctly, it was hardly better than the 14 year-old donkey being coaxed in a circle to pump water out of the mines.

Current technology has not really changed in 300 years (an oversimplification perhaps). In nearly every application of power generation the process remains relatively the same. Cook something, gas or oil, boil water, create steam, spin a turbine, generate electricity. There have been a few... (more)

Tags: california, fashion

The Black Man, The Woman, The Senior Citizen, The Mormon.

By slowasigo, published on Aug 14, 2008

I spent the day at the golf course yesterday with a friend that I had not seen in 20 years. Immediately, trying to foster common ground and justification for spending the $79.00 for green fees at a less that notable golf course we hurriedly began to recount the past. Stories were told. Friends in common from long ago were mocked and others revered equally. We spoke of Boy Scouts, camping trips, high school sports, over-bearing mothers, and girls we purported to have known in a biblical sense, (most with a chest thumping arrogance neither of us actually believed.)

What bore reflection... (more)

Tags: football, golf, fashion, obama

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