Political Conventions and General Silliness


I finally have got my wireless network back up. Now that the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention have ended I shall now add my own little bits of commentary in a condensed-because-I’m-tired-as-Hell little post.

During the DNC, I made a small excursion down to the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver because I had been listening to some of the news about protesters on NPR. I wanted to see the crazy people.

I had never seen the 16th Street Mall so packed before. People darted about excitedly and confusedly, street vendors sold Obama T-shirts while employees of Qdoba gave out free “Tacos for Obama” “Taco Salads for Obama” and “Burritos for Obama” shirts. I set off down the street in the direction of the Civic Center. I only saw two protests on the way there…

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forty eight million people watch birds. We have discovered that certain demographics of Bird Watchers are more sexually active than others.The elderly find that bird watching is not strenuous. And this erotic experience can be enjoyed privately through binoculars. Most disturbing are the groups of bird watchers seeking vicarious sexual gratification in the woods.

A psychologist who studies bird watching says: “Adults, disguised as bird watchers mask their debauchery by taking trips in groups. They can then achieve climax in the safety of the woods. Particularly disturbing is the high number of senior citizens using binoculars and telescopes to observe birds mating.

“These horny Peeping Toms satisfy their craving for sex by focusing their debasement on birds. This perversion must be halted, otherwise the entire moral fibre of our nation is going to hell.”.

A former birdwatcher, who recently resigned from his club in Meritt Island, FL, said:“I am sad about the reprehensible behavior of these bird watchers who need to satisfy their pornographic pleasures. Shame on them!”.

A member of Congress, who requested anonymity, is quietly drafting legislature that would levy stiff fines against people caught with bird porn in their possession, either photos or internet images.

From their website, StopBirdPorn.org.

Poe’s Law should be kicking in any time now…

Nope. No Poe’s Law… Godwin’s Law!

The abortion protesters say we should put all 50 million abortions a year up for adoption instead. Make of those protesters whatever you will.

Around the Civic Center there were a few Nader supporters and anti-Bushers.

Damn it, I regret not going to see Barack Obama’s speech. I was listening to it on NPR and hearing about all the fun stuffs and wishing I was there. Loads of the other people I know who went were still talking about it a week later. Even if you don’t support Obama is still must’ve been quite an experience with the 84,000 people packed together and all.

Now for my two cents on the Republican National Convention…

I actually found McCain’s speech quite touching. I know most other people didn’t like his war stories but I liked them… even the ones with him blathering about Christianity and all. They were well told. I think McCain is better at the emotional factor than people give him credit for but…

Ultimately it’s not how well I can relate on an emotional level to the candidates. It’s their stance on policy that matters to me and whether they can get the job done.

Somebody’s going to start talking about how Obama is inexperienced or something but…

Alexander the Great wasn’t that old when he built his empire. I doubt Obama is on a similar level of greatness but if age and experience really were a factor I’d like to know why the hell anybody gives a damn about the opinions I express on this blog.

Perhaps when I look back on this blog once I’ve gone through college I will wince at my youthful ignorance… But on the other hand, as was said once in The Phantom Tollbooth, you can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and not get wet. Maybe, just maybe, I can get somewhat drenched in an hour.

I like to think I’ve gained at least enough wisdom in my fifteen years of aimlessly wandering across our oblong spheroid so that college-graduate-me can be proud of fifteen-year-old-me.

That was an odd tangent.

And now to wrap up my politics post… What the blogosphere has been buzzing about incessantly…

Palin. Bad choice.

  1. Turns off independent voters with her religious rightness and conservativeness. Ick. If McCain wins and dies in office I’m moving to somewhere in the European Union.
  2. It looks like McCain chose her to suck up to women. If he did, maybe he didn’t, but we know what it looks like, then that’s probably going to turn them off as well. At least the Hillary voters for thinking they would shift their support to someone like Palin just because she’s a woman.

That said, so ends my random meshing of politics and stuffs. I want caffeine.


3 responses to this post.

  1. The problem with John McCain is the Republican Party. It has obscured the bi partisan reformer that we had noticed this side of the Atlantic. The Economist recently had a front page headline “Bring back the real McCain”.

    Problem is that he has to pander to the social conservatives in order to have a chance at winning the White House.

    Sarah Palin, much as we may hate to say it, could prove a net bonus for McCain if she reassures his base while he appeals to independents and disillusioned Clinton supporters.

    2 months is a long time. My prediction is that if Obama is not polling outside the margin of error in the closing weeks of the campaign, then a late surge for McCain (which will happen nearer polling) could see him win in the bell weather states and take the White House.

  2. “It looks like McCain chose her to suck up to women. ”

    And to the evangelical crowd. Yick.

  3. Posted by Christian Treczoks on September 10, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    “If McCain wins and dies in office I’m moving to somewhere in the European Union.”

    You’re welcome.

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