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Friday, April 10, 2009

Obama miscellania

First off, I will soon be switching this site over to a new address, so expect more on that soon.

Obviously I haven't been posting much lately, so here are the two most noteworthy articles I've stumbled on over the last couple weeks:

Galbraith (son of famed Kennedy aide) on what to do

The former chief economist of the IMF, whose job used to be getting countries out of economic jams very similar to our own, on what to do

Oh and be aware of the latest nonsense going around: Obama's increase of the military budget is being characterized as a cut (a "gutting"!) because funds are shifted around and some priorities within the military budget are being cut. (such as lazer planes).

And that's enough seriousness for a Friday... now enjoy some Obama miscellania!:



visiting friends:

Dylan on Obama:

BF: You liked Barack Obama early on. Why was that?

BD: I’d read his book and it intrigued me.

BF: Audacity of Hope?

BD: No it was called Dreams of My Father.

BF: What struck you about him?

BD: Well, a number of things. He’s got an interesting background. He’s like a fictional character, but he’s real. First off, his mother was a Kansas girl. Never lived in Kansas though, but with deep roots. You know, like Kansas bloody Kansas. John Brown the insurrectionist. Jesse James and Quantrill. Bushwhackers, Guerillas. Wizard of Oz Kansas. I think Barack has Jefferson Davis back there in his ancestry someplace. And then his father. An African intellectual. Bantu, Masai, Griot type heritage - cattle raiders, lion killers. I mean it’s just so incongruous that these two people would meet and fall in love. You kind of get past that though. And then you’re into his story. Like an odyssey except in reverse.

BF: What else did you find compelling about him?

BD: Well, mainly his take on things. His writing style hits you on more than one level. It makes you feel and think at the same time and that is hard to do.

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