What I would rather be doing today

Over the holiday weekend, I spent a lot of time listening to my old cassette tapes and mp3s that I have made from my old LPs.  A lot of that stuff was from the early 80s and got me to thinking about my early high school days.  I’m not one of those people who get to their 40s and romanticize their teen years.  I absolutely hated being a teenager and remember how bad it was.

However, it wasn’t all bad.  The music was pretty cool.  Joe Jackson’s ‘Stepping Out’ still gives me chills with its beauty.

Today, I am scanning a bunch of paperwork to make PDFs.  I hate scanning paperwork to make PDFs.  I would much rather skip work today and go play games at the arcade.  Yes, I know there aren’t any arcades anymore, but it’s my workday fantasy so just run with it.

The games that I like are the ones that I was semi-proficient in.  Star Castle, Robotron, Galaga and especially Tempest.  I never got too far in any of those games, but I was a lot better at them than I was at Defender or Stargate.

The World Bank refuses to help Myanmar

According the The Voice of America news website, the World Bank is refusing to give loans to Myanmar because the military government hasn’t paid any outstanding debts since 1998.  Once again the greedy and incompetent junta that runs that country are causing damage to their people at a time when they can no longer afford to be damaged.

I am seriously afraid that within five years, the next time Myanmar will be in the news is when a lot of people are massacred during an uprising.  Either the generals will all be killed by angry mobs or the military will kill protesters in the streets.

Funny how things work out

Maybe I am seeing conspiracies where there are none, but there was a turn of events in Detroit politics that I think are mighty funny.  If you know anything about the city’s politics, then you know that Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is in a bit of trouble.

One of his most vocal supporters on the Detroit City Council is Monica Conyers, wife of US Representative John Conyers, Jr.  Another huge supporter is Rev. Horace Sheffield.

On Tuesday, May 13, 2008, Rev. Sheffield announced he was running for the US House of Representatives in the same district as Rep. Conyers.  As soon as I heard about the announcement, I thought there might be a little trouble there.

On Friday, May 16, 2008, Rev. Sheffield announced that he was NOT running for Congress and the only reason he had considered doing so in the first place was because he had heard that Rep. Conyers was having problems getting enough signatures to get on the ballot.

Right.

California Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage

California’s Supreme Court is going to rule on the legality of the state’s ban on gay marriage.  It’s about time.  There’s too much work for the United States to do to worry about whether or not two people who love each other can get married or not.  Ridiculous.  In the grand scheme of things it wasn’t that long ago that Patti and I wouldn’t have been allowed to get married.  Let’s get this over with so that the nation can move forward on fixing a myriad of other social, economic and political problems that we find ourselves mired in.

Now China is in trouble

First, Myanmar gets hit with a cyclone that left 1 million homeless and almost 100,000 dead. Now, China gets hit with a major earthquake (7.8 on the Richter scale in one portion) and it turns out thousands have been killed.  Of course this is just the initial estimate; it will probably end up being much higher. 

China and the US haven’t always been the best of friends, so I wonder how much of a factor politics will play in the nation requesting and getting aid from the US.

Then you get nothing, like you’re supposed to get

Last year, Michigan and Florida party leaders (Republicans and Democrats alike) got together and decided that their states didn’t have enough say in the selection of the presidential nominees so they decided to move their primaries up from wherever they were to January.

This ticked off the national party leaders on both sides.  The Republicans told both states that they would lose half of their delegates in the summer convention and that was that.

The Democrats told both states that they would lose ALL of their delegates and told the candidates not to campaign in the states or have their names on the ballot.  Hillary Clinton didn’t campaign in the state, but her name was left on the ballot (I forgot the reason why.  Let’s me generous and say it was a paperwork error).  Barack Obama didn’t campaign in the state and his name was NOT on the ballot.  The voters were told NOT to write in the name of any candidate, doing so would invalidate their ballot.  IF they didn’t want to vote for any of the candidates on the ballot, then they were to vote Uncommitted.

Fast forward a few months, and the Democrat presidential nomination process is as tight as it has ever been.  Now, the Democratic Party leaders of Michigan (I’m not sure about Florida) want to get back into the process that they violated a few months ago.  They have whined about the people of Michigan not getting a say in the process (when they are the ones who took that away from the Michigan voters) and are trying to come up with a "plan" to get the Michigan delegates recognized at the summer convention.

The plan included splitting the delegates in a way that upsets Hillary Clinton, who if you remember wasn’t supposed to be on the ballot in the first place (but who likes to include the Michigan and Florida delegates when she makes the case that she is in the lead).

I have a solution:  Hillary Clinton gets 0 delegates, Barack Obama gets 0 delegates, the Michigan and Florida delegates stay at home, the Michigan and Florida Democratic Party leaders resign in shame, and future Party leaders in states that want to mess around with their primary schedule learn a lesson:  No means no.

Myanmar Update 5/9/2008

As outrageous as I have found the behavior of the Myanmar generals who run the cyclone ravaged country (see amateur video below that was linked from the BBC’s news site), I found it even more reprehensible that the junta is finally accepting foreign aid, but not foreign aid workers.  Here are links to stories from Reuters and the BBC.

I can understand (sort of) that the country is very isolationist and they don’t want foreigners running all over the country unescorted, but to take the food and not let the people giving know where it is going just screams of corruption to me.  I could honestly see a situation where the junta leaders are keeping the food from the people who need it so that they can hold on to power a little tighter.  I know that millions of people are going to want to help the Myanmar survivors, but I wonder how much of their donations will be going to help the Myanmar generals.

Here is the video:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7389645.stm