June 2008

Italian architect Dr. David Fisher announced on Tuesday the launch of a revolutionary skyscraper in Dubai dubbed as the “world’s first building in motion,” an 80-story tower with revolving floors that give it an ever-shifting shape.

Call me crotchety, but buildings should not be in motion.  In general, a building in motion is a distinctly suboptimal state of affairs.


Remember when Obama ridiculed Hillary for voting for the Iraq war even though she was against it?  Remember how very bright-line he made it seem?  If you’re against the war, then vote against it!  Duh.  It’s what he would have done, if he’d been there to vote.  No-brainer!

Oh, If only politicians could vote according to their consciences.  Unfortunately – as I’m quite sure he knows well – they often can’t.  As he himself recently could not, on the FISA bill telecom immunity.  What?  If you’re against it, why didn’t you vote against it?  Duh.


What was that?  That was Obama boomeranging on NAFTA.


You know how the Rocky Horror Picture Show Timewarp dance goes, right?

It’s just a jump to the left
And then a step to the right …

This article gives yet another example of Obama’s back-and-forth shuffle, depending on what audience he’s addressing. 

If the topic is Cuba, and the audience is Illinois voters, it’s a Jump to the left – We will end all sanctions on Cuba!  Libertad!

Same topic, conservative Miami voters?  A step to the right.  We will maintain the embargo.

It amazes me that so many Obama supporters still think he’s some kind of amazing, principled social leader, rather than a politician.  He’s going to hold firm, he’s going to convince people of the “truth”, blahbity blah.  Somehow the Obama magic will bring us all together, and the lions will lay down with the lambs, and corporations will put aside their own interest in favor of the common good, etc. 

They just don’t seem to understand that even if he wanted to act according to his ideals – and I’m increasingly starting to believe his only ideal is self-promotion – he has to, and will, compromise. 

Compromise, and pander shamelessly.  I’d like to believe he feels a twinge everytime he panders?  But the more I see of him in action … I just don’t think he does.

It will be interesting to see the effect of the inevitable reality check of the general campaign on Obama supporters, when Obama drifts to the right.  And sad, too, in a way.  People wanted so much to believe.  People wanted a hero so badly.  And he’s knowingly leading them on.