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Posts written solely by Adam.

Your welcome, Barack!

[I really hate to keep on talking about politics here, so this will be the last time before the elections, I promise…]

I know Mr. Obama is a busy man, so I’ll go ahead and preempt his thanks to me by saying, You’re Welcome!  Clearly, he thought highly of my flowchart posted a week ago because he followed it to the letter last night even better than ever before.  Glad I could be of help!

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Barack Obama’s Debate Flow Chart

With Palin’s debate flowchart flooding teh internets, I thought it would only be fair to post Obama’s flowchart.  I couldn’t do Biden’s because his debating style actually makes sense.  I found it a lot easier to listen to him than Obama.  I also didn’t have time to make it pretty, but oh well, here it is:

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Barack Obama Debate Flowchart

1. Is the question about a problem? Yes – Goto 2a. No – Goto 2b.

2a. Blame it on President Bush Goto 3.

2b. Spin it into a problem and blame it on President Bush Goto 3.

3. Say that John McCain as President would do the EXACT same thing as Bush. Goto 4. *

4. Does the question have anything to do with your next note card? Yes – Goto 5a. No – Goto 5b

5a. Give your response making sure to pause after every word for dramatic (read: annoying speech behavior) effect. Goto 6.

5b. Your agenda is more important than the moderators, talk about what you want. Goto 6.

6. Promise that you will fix every problem the nation in such a way that it will involve CHANGE and will be the exact opposite of Bush/McCain.  It must also involve spending.  It involves CHANGE, so it must be the right solution, right?  Right?  Go CHANGE!  Goto 7. **

7. Is the ninety seconds filled? Yes – Goto 8a. No – Goto 8b.

8a. OMG! You’re the most over-aggrandized political figure in recent memory! Next question. ***

8b. Make a statement about all the starving, under-insured, complete-wreck-of-a-life citizens whose life will be blessed by having the opportunity to have you as president. Oh, and be sure to pause every word for dramatic (read: time-wasting) effect. Goto 8a.

* This really should be attributed to Joe Biden who said in the last debate that John McCain’s policy “is the same as George Bush’s” in every way. Rubbish and outright lies, much like everything else that comes out of a politician’s mouth.

** According to Barack Obama, nothing currently works.  I’ve only ever heard him talk about change.  I’ve never heard him mention a program or policy that is currently adequate.  Thanks to him, I’ve added a note to my list of attractive qualities in a candidate:  Look for someone who can identify things that are working and use those to make things that aren’t working, working.  If someone can only identify problems, they aren’t likely to be able to resolve them.

*** Can I just say that Barack Obama is so overly built up by his fans, that everytime I hear him speak, I am completely underwhelmed.  I have no love for McCain.  He has shown during this campaign that he employs pointless tactics that group him up with almost every other campaigning political slimeballs out there, but Barack Obama is exactly the same way and bears no distinctive trait that sets him above the pack.

Longest Day

I know that whole longest day thing was all ready happened, but let’s all keep in mind that either today or tomorrow (depending on your location) is the day with the latest sunset time, which is all that I care about.  For Edmond, Oklahoma, tonight marks first of 7 days where the sun will set at 8:50pm, the latest time all year.  The longest day, June 21, set at 8:49pm.  1 minute, sure, but still.

Make the most of the next week while you have the most daylight in the evening to work with.  Over the course of the next month we will actually lose only about ten minutes of that sunset time, but it will taper off more quickly after that.

Here’s the calculator:

Gaisma.com

Hope in Afghanistan

As kind of a follow-up to my last post, I wanted to share some more thoughts about hope.  On the way home from church, I was listening to NPR and heard some reporter talking with the wife of the Ambassador to the United States from Afghanistan.  They were with a cook making a traditional Afghani dish, and interspersed in the food talk was discussion about the state of Afghanistan as well as what it was for her growing up.

Towards the end, the reporter asked her how the current state compares to what it was 30 years ago when she was growing up (which she had described as ideal, before Russia invaded).  She responded with this quote:  “I just think it is so unfair when you hear the media just criticizing everything.  You don’t see the positive side. […] We have major accomplishments.  Why don’t you talk about that?”  In the middle of that quote she cited several indications of positive change and progress in Afghanistan, but she’s right, you hear nothing of this in the media.  It is just about suicide bomber this, dead American troops that.  Those are important, but without the positive things, you lose HOPE.

Isn’t that what Barack Obama wants?  Then why is it that he never mentions these signs of progress.  It shows that “hope”, that is supposed to be his message, is in fact not contained in his message, just empty promises that he can fix the world.  As one commenter just noted (thanks Jillian), we have to individually fix our world.  No one man or woman or administration can do that.  Let’s get to work!

Here’s the link to the story.  You’ll need to listen to it to hear what I’ve talked about as it hasn’t been fully transcribed.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91710829 [npr.org]

Misguided Hope

Just a quick vent. Obama: Candidate of Hope. Hope? As in “I promise the world will be a better place because of my work”? Shouldn’t you need serious credentials to say something like that? Obama has 8 years in a state senate and a little less than 4 years in the U.S. Senate. State Senates are valuable learning opportunities, no doubt, but hardly enough to qualify as proving grounds. That leaves him with less than one full term as a U.S. Senator. This is our evidence of his ability to make significant, positive change in the world? I have no doubt he will try hard, and I’m sure he could do at least a passable job as President (supporting his ideals, not mine to be sure), but offer a promise of hope? No, I don’t believe he has any right to offer that. He needs to prove he is capable first.

Yet, the slogan works for him because it resonates with American voters. The voting mentality of the general American populous right now is “Life is hard for me. I need someone to blame. Must be the President. Let’s get someone different.” Because they are “uncomfortable” right now, the fickle American people want change. Enter Barack Obama – Hope-mongerer. He plays off people’s baseless desire for change with empty words. I think we would all benefit if he just called his campaign what it really is. Obama: Candidate of Something Probably Different from the Current President Even Though It Will Still Be Just As Criticized in Four Years and We’ll Want Someone Different Again. I guess he didn’t figure that would fit on the yard signs.

My Little Experiment

I’ve needed to eat less for a while now. A few months ago, I decided to do a multi-day fast after hearing some co-workers describe its positive effects on the mind and body. I was most desirous for the effect of reconditioning my mind to know what it really needs to survive (in terms of food). I knew I ate too much, and I knew I should change my ways. Heck, I even wanted to change my ways, but it just wasn’t happening.

Enter the fast. It made sense that not eating for several days and still feeling ok and being able to function normally would help improve my chances of being able to curb my appetites. My only obstacle was that I felt I needed to go to the doctor to get his input on it; unfortunately, I procrastinate few things more than visiting my physician.

Well, the good news is that I went to him last week, and I started my fast yesterday! The last time I ate was Sunday night, and I will not eat again until Friday morning. Each day I will drink LOTS of water, about 24 ounces of juice, and a very little bit of low calorie Gatorade for electrolytes. I will try to live my life in a normal fashion to prove my original point.

I was going to wait until after the fast to post an entry so that I could sum up all I learned and felt, but I had an interesting insight that I didn’t expect: I really LOVE eating good tasting things! Obvious, I know, but I miss tasting all the things I take for granted every day. Forget the nourishment, I miss the taste! Hopefully, after this is over, I’ll take a little more time to enjoy my food instead of “horking it down”. Besides, I’d probably eat less.

Feeling Like a Criminal

I haven’t had many chances to feel as if I am offensive to the law, but I was recently put in such a position. We had to go to the bank recently to deposit some checks. Normally, we go through the drive-through or ATM, but we needed to meet some people inside. While waiting in line, I kept the checks in my coat pocket so as not to appear pretentious.

When my turn arrived, I reached my hand towards the checks (in the inner pocket next to my left breast). As I was making that motion, the teller, very subtly, lowered his hand from the level of the bottom of his ribs to his hips, just below the rim of his counter. As I pulled my hand out of my pocket unarmed and holding only checks, he, just as subtly brought his left hand back to its original position, away from what I can only presume was an alarm button that surely would have ruined my day.

It didn’t bother me too much in the moment, but in reflecting on the situation after we left, I felt deeply troubled that I had been viewed as someone capable of committing such a crime. I wouldn’t wish that feeling on anyone. If nothing else, it left me having a greater resolve to give others the benefit of the doubt and see them in the nest light possible.