Archive for November, 2008

Tue 4 Nov 2008 2:53 pm   //   Posted in: In the news, Movies

Citizen McCain

A classic film clip to keep in mind as you’re watching the election returns tonight:

(Direct link.)

Tue 4 Nov 2008 11:09 am   //   Posted in: New York is different, Right now

Election day

My sense of things: New York (and my community in Brooklyn in particular) is more electrified about this election than any event in recent memory. The enthusiasm level is much higher than when the Giants were in the Super Bowl, for example.

Mon 3 Nov 2008 11:02 pm   //   Posted in: In the news, Media, TV

Channel Z

“All static, all day, forever!” – Channel Z by The B-52’s

This election season, I picked up an odd habit. At the gym in the mornings, I’ve started watching Fox & Friends. I’m totally obsessed with this show. I know, weird.

Fox & Friends is beamed from a newsroom in another galaxy where everybody is batshit, spit-flying, crazypants. There is an election happening in this parallel universe, but it bears no resemblance to any election happening on planet Earth. For one thing, there only seems to be one candidate.

This candidate, Fox & Friends tells us, is a closet socialist, a terrorist sympathizer and a con artist. His head is so clouded by messianic ambition that he spins outrageous lies about his own tax plan. An endless loop of talking heads appears via satellite every morning to denounce him as a conniving snake. But alas, everyone agrees this candidate is predestined to win, thanks to the all-powerful and all-biased mainstream media. His opponent is practically irrelevant, seldom mentioned, never pictured.

Occasionally, the Fox & Friends storyline drifts from this villainous character to the world’s only other news story – The War. In this war, proud generals strut through hallways, helicopters fly low over sand-hued cityscapes, and important men shake hands. A well-oiled defense machine hums with purposeful confidence. It is a great war. May it never end.

I have been trying to psychoanalyze why I find Fox & Friends such compelling television. For one thing, it is broadcast live and has shockingly sloppy production, so watching for goofs is part of the fun. It also stokes my ego when I realize I know more about the news than a professional news anchor. But those are superficial satisfactions. Bottom line, I think it helps me exercise better. As I watch this show on the elliptical or the treadmill, I am thinking: I have to be faster, smarter, stronger and better than the schlubs who take Fox & Friends seriously. I owe that to my country.

So thank you Steve, Brian, Gretchen, and friends for helping me stay fit!

Below, please enjoy some Fox & Friends video from this morning’s show – a conversation about the rich and the poor that practically could have been written by Joseph Heller.


Mon 3 Nov 2008 7:57 am   //   Posted in: In the news

Why I’m voting for Barack Obama

This has been a long campaign, but it had to be. Because he is black, Barack Obama had to prove himself twice over any white male candidate. Consider how long it took this country to sort out that his name alone doesn’t indicate a lack of patriotism!

All the while, Obama has proven himself worthy of the office with a graceful campaign that has stayed true to his message of hope. He has played fair. In his public speeches, he has elevated this country’s discourse on politics, especially on race relations. If he wins, Obama will stand for more than just the Democratic party in the White House. He’ll be a symbol of things going right in America. Every kid who’s growing up a minority, or gay, or poor, or unfairly marginalized for any reason, will be able to look to Obama as an inspiration. This is more important for America than any tax policy or war strategy. That’s why I’m voting for Barack Obama tomorrow.

You haven’t heard many people on TV making this argument because it welcomes the charge of being an affirmative-action voter, picking the black candidate because he’s black. Voters are allowed to do that of course – and the chance to make history is a fair motivation – but that’s not reason enough. Because Obama has demonstrated good judgment, intelligence, a spirit of cooperation, and a willingness to use our government to help the less fortunate, he deserves our votes. And if that doesn’t work for you, consider the alternatives. There are no signs that Obama would make a worse president than George Bush, or John McCain, or Sarah Palin.

America was built to be run by representatives of the people, not by dynasties. The spirit of the country is encapsulated in the cliché that anybody can grow up to be president. For much of our history, that promise was a lie. I’d like to think it isn’t any more. A vote for Barack Obama tomorrow is a vote for that basic principle. In that respect, it’s probably the most conservative vote you can make.

(P.S. – Obviously this is my personal opinion. Per my standard disclaimer, this blog is separate from my full-time job and has no connection to the company where I work.)

Sun 2 Nov 2008 8:12 pm   //   Posted in: Photos

Vote Obama

Photo of Obama Building New York City

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, October 31, 2008