30 October 2007

My Political Rant for 2007

Okay, okay, this is gonna be really boring for those of you that hate/can barely tolerate/avoid/don't understand/are apathetic about politics, so don't read this if this is you cuz you'll fall asleep in a pool of your own drool i promise you. . . .

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HERE IT IS. . .

1. I really like the fact that barack obama, as explained in his myspace political forum tonight, would include republicans in his cabinet. i like this because:

a. There are some smart republicans out there, some of whom are willing to cross political lines in order to make a difference for a democratic administration
b. As long as our cabinets follow this winner-take-all paradigm, this country will remain divided, switching back and forth between politico-cultural polarizations, neither of which will get it right by itself as long as it alienates half of the country
c. I agree with obama's thinking that we want the best people for the job, and sometimes, that's not a democrat
d. People would embrace politics more if they didn't feel forced to swallow 1 of 2 either/or fallacies
e. It's inclusive and syncretic
f. It pre-empts partisan critiques later on
g. Strategically, this makes obama potentially appealing to liberal republicans
h. Though I respect her tremendously, Hilary clinton--love her, hate her--is culturally divisive because of the power and history of her name, and obama's inclusiveness culturally and politically will end up being one of his greatest assets, and counter-attacks
i. Politically, obama will achieve greater success working with congress because it will no longer matter who controls the house and senate anymore

2. That squirrely guy on "hannity on colmes" who is supposed to be representing MY quasi-liberal views, just plain sucks. he never says the things i want him to say to the real dickheads, he wastes his time badgering dick morris over his blatant anti-clintonism when he could be picking his brain about election strategy, or asking him to deconstruct the republican ticket, and he approaches everything like a trial attorney.

3. The conservative party of 2008 isn't conservative at all:

a. There is nothing fiscally conservative about this administration (both spending and deficits are high)
b. The size of our government is absolutely bloated
c. Republicans are traditionally non-interventionists (Ike was elected on this platform, bush criticized clinton for his foreign policy and promised to reduce american foreign policy abroad and avoid nation-building and peace keeping at all costs)
d. The GOP used to be a pro-environment party: the EPA was invented by nixon, teddy roosevelt fostered one of the strongest conservation efforts in history
e. Jesus--the moral imprimatur and archetype par excellence for conservatives--would NEVER justify exploiting nature, defending the death penalty, killing innocent civilians, dumping chemicals into public rivers, embracing markets and companies over families and individuals, invading sovereign nations
f. Once upon a time, conservatives embraced international law and all of its international organs
g. They practice isolationist policies that are disobedient to the same free markets they place all their faith in
h. The bush administration is the most diplomatically inept administration ever, and usually international relations is a republican forte

4. The dem's are trying to buy everyone a coke (get some fucking balls!) and the repubs are trying to out-macho each other by out-quoting Regan for christ's sake! they're both getting on my nerves

5. Newt gingrich--believe it or not--actually published a book recently that embraces sustainable green policies and alternative energy sources. and though he places way too much faith on market solutions to environment crises, and even though he underestimates the power of government to introduce, subsidize and initiate practical sustainable energy policies that give incentives to companies, businesses and states to follow suit, still, for one split second, i agreed with him. it's about TIME A REPUBLICAN EMBRACED THE ENVIRONMENT.

6. I think that pascal's wager works perfectly with the global warming theory. more on that later

7. Where's wellesley clark?

08 October 2007

Dangerous Running

Today was a record high AND record low for chicago: 87 degrees, taking out 86 in 1947. in fact, it was so hot today that they called off the Chicago Marathon and 10,000 runners didn't run, another 10,000 didn't finish, and 300+ runners are in the hospital for heat-related injuries, and one runner died today. i guess erika and i should have see that presage for what it was, but like all runners, we didn't.

Tonight, LB and i ran 8 miles, and two blocks from our finish line, we noticed 2 kids walk up to this large guy. at first we thought they were just playing around. it looked like two kids playing a prank on the fat friend. but by the time we were a half block away, we realized they were mugging him, and the kid in jean shorts was pointing a gun at him. instinctively, i stopped erika, who couldn't see what was going on--her eyes are terrible--and then we started to turn around, but i didn't want to leave that kid all alone, so i turned around, erika was like, jackson, what are you doing? and i ran over to him, tried to make sure he was okay, and then together, all three of us ran to a main intersection. he called 911 on one payphone, i called on another. officers came, asked us for descriptions, it was all so blurry, i felt so bad for this kid and i realized i recognized him from our walks with zoe, when i saw him before he seemed artistic, maybe a gamer or a dystopic poet, he usually walked around here with a hat covering his eyes, listening to a walkman. as we left, he thanked us, we shook hands. erika was kinda scared after that, but we walked zoe anyway. and then the officer taking notes called us just a few minutes ago and asked us what the second teenager looked like, but neither of us could remember.

i wish we could have been more help. stealing is really the stealing of our identity, which is based on the objects we carry, the way we use them, the experiences they produce and recreate. i hope that kid gets his memories back.

07 October 2007

PAWS 8k Race Results

Ah yes, the results are in for PAWS run for their lives 8k race:

Erika came in 474th, with a very respectable time of 50:37, with a pace of 10:11 per mile.
and i came in 191st, with the time of 43:41, with a pace of 8:48 per mile. top 30th percetile.

But really, i feel bad for--and yet also completely admire--sara stellfox, who came in 633rd. dead last. but she should be proud of finishing the race. just doing that is an accomplishment.

A few pieces of humble pie:

The winner finished the race in 21:06, which is LESS than half of my total time. by the time i was halfway though my 3rd mile, this dude was already done.
a 12 year old and a 14 year old finished 7th and 8th respectively. yup. erika and i got smoked by tweens.

For sceptics, check out all the results here.

Tonight, we're going on a nice long run. 8 miles. should be awesome.

Another :: Entry

ND football: finally.

USC losing: hee hee.

Eating tempura udon at mitsuwa last night, along with crappy kamaboko, weird (tasty) corn snacks, and salty salmon: body says no.

Reading lots of ES manga: くそだよ。ぼくそれが大好きだよ。

Meeting my brother for tea and conversation today: therapeutic.

Eating うなぎ、お親しい、and キュウピ and ご飯: おいしかった mothafuckas!

New novella idea involving characters looking through windows/glass/transparent barriers: foutrement génial.

New publication in fringe magazine's december issue: sweet.

The cubbies losing: sad times but not really.

88 degrees in october: over it.

Mi vida loca: loca.

01 October 2007

Chariots of Fire + Primatology

Today erika and i both ran in our first race. we ran 8k for PAWS (pets are worth saving), a no-kill, no-cage animal shelter here in chicago that saves the lives of stray animals by picking them up at the pound and giving them shelter, offering them up for adoption and also providing free spading/neutering to loving ownders. and i have to say, this was one of the coolest and most empowering things i've done in my life. i've always wanted to run in a race but i've never been in shape. but erika and i followed a modest regiment, and we built our weight up from 2-miles runs until we could do a 6-mile run easily.

Erika clocked in at 51:14 (474th) and i passed the finishing line at 44:18 (191th). we're sore as hell, but it was worth not only the experience, but also the cause. it makes me sleep well at night knowing that we raised almost a 100 dollars to help protect, and reduce the suffering of, other sentient beings. Mashallah.

Here's erika in her running outfit:

And here's me:

And here we are as team "Zoe's Friends":

Here are some of the mutts, doing what they do best, standing on their feet like communists in animal farm:

And here's the reason that erika and i did what we did:


Little Zoe and Her Daddy

Afterwards, erika and i walked through the LP zoo. erika insisted we go inside the primate house so we walked inside, and there we watched a mother carrying her little baby in her arms, and an adult ape, masturbating right there in front of a bunch of families. Ah, nature. . .

Chariots of Fire + Horny Primates

Today LB and i both ran in our first race. we ran 8k for PAWS (pets are worth saving), a no-kill, no-cage animal shelter here in chicago that saves the lives of stray animals by picking them up at the pound and giving them shelter, offering them up for adoption and also providing free spading/neutering to loving ownders. and i have to say, this was one of the coolest and most empowering things i've done in my life. i've always wanted to run in a race but i've never been in shape. but erika and i followed a modest regiment, and we built our weight up from 2-miles runs until we could do a 6-mile run easily.

Erika clocked in at 51:14 and i passed the finishing line at 44:18. we're sore as hell, but it was worth not only the experience, but also the cause. it makes me sleep well at night knowing that we raised almost a 100 dollars to help protect, and reduce the suffering of, other sentient beings. mashallah.

Here's erika in her running outfit:

And here's me:

And here we are as team "zoe's friends":

Here are some of the mutts, doing what they do best, standing on their feet like communists in animal farm:

And here's the reason that erika and i did what we did:

Little zoe and her daddy

Afterwards, erika and i walked through the LP zoo. erika insisted we go inside the primate house so we walked inside, and there we watched a mother carrying her little baby in her arms, and an adult ape, masturbating right there in front of a bunch of families. ah, nature. . .