Archive for August, 2008

DNC ends with Obama's Acceptance Speech at Invesco

Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2008 at 1:26 pm.

In what was perhaps one of the most dramatically scripted political conventions of our time, Obama gave a speech that detailed some of the specifics of what his campaign means by “change” and framed the issues in this election. For the first half he gave a decidedly partisan rallying cry that the Democratic party hasn’t seen since Clinton in the early 90s or Kennedy in the early 80s. The second half was a more classic Obama appeal to the lofty postpartisan ideals that he seems to have enveloped around himself while still taking on virtually every McCain talking point that has been disseminated the past 8 weeks.

He even evoked at times FDR, Kennedy, Reagan, while deftly creating laughter about some of McCain’s positions while sternly taking to task McCain’s recent negative stunts.

The person who got it the most right was perhaps Pat Buchanan who said that it was a distinctly partisan speech but not a liberal speech which made it a rallying cry for Democrats that did not turn off conservative Democrats or Independents.

He touched topics that are radioactive to Democrats including abortion, guns, and gays by acknowledging that surely there is some common ground to be reached on such topics.

The bar had been set so high for this speech that it was nearly impossible to pull off, but he came in meaning business and finally taking the gloves off and going after McCain.

  • Update: 38 million watched the speech on all networks (excluding PBS and C-SPAN which could push it up to 40-45M), which means it was more watched than the Olympics opening, Academy Awards, or the finale of “American Idol.”  Compare that to Kerry getting around 20M four years ago.

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back in America and into hell…somewhat

Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2008 at 6:18 pm.

So, I’m back in America again, and on to law school.  Thanks to a helpful reminder from Kevin, I’m back in the posting gig.

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Full Circle

Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2008 at 2:06 am.

Today was our first anatomy dissection; I’ve been a bit quiet about med school since my move from Madison, so I figured I might as well use this landmark as an excuse to fill you all in on what’s been going on.

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need MORE computer help…

Posted on Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 at 8:59 am.

Well my technological inferiority does not disappoint. Does anyone have any experience replacing a CMOS battery on the motherboard? Namely, how does one properly ground oneself so as not to fry the the motherboard with electro-static shock?

Obama chooses Biden for his VP on the Democratic Ticket.

Posted on Saturday, August 23rd, 2008 at 1:24 am.

With the convention starting up in a few days, Obama has basically all but officially announced Biden as his VP.  Biden received Secret Service protection a few hours ago and barring some kind of disaster will join Obama to campaign tomorrow at the Old State Capitol in Illinois for a big event.

As an obvious Democratic partisan (to those who know me), I think the choice is pretty solid.  It had to be Clinton or Biden if it was going to be a Democrat or Hagel if it was going to be a Unity ticket with a Republican.

Kaine and Bayh are the “Edwards” type of Democrat.  They give nice speeches, explain the US’ problems well like the whole “two Americas” point, and would be very safe choices, but they can’t function as attack dogs which is what Obama needs on his ticket.  We all remember how Cheney crushed Edwards with his snarling contempt in 2004; the last thing we need is a redux in ’08.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 at 1:41 pm.

Kevin will be happy to hear I have finally decided to wipe and reformat my Dell Desktop.

Problem is I have no experience, and am pretty bad with anything more technologically advanced than a book.

So, I need your guys’ help!

Tropic Thunder

Posted on Sunday, August 17th, 2008 at 4:41 pm.

Movie at a glance:

I was a bit skeptical at first, but this movie is definitely a must-see.  Even with the big headliners that are advertised with the movie, I was really pleased with all the bit parts that other actors had in the film.

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