I woke up this morning to watch my beloved Detroit Lions on my iPad and my beloved President Obama debating Romney on CNN. The Lions couldn’t do a lick against the Bears and are on track for another frustrating season. Obama was a smooth operator and pretty much won the debate, but it’s still frustrating every time I see him now to think about how he let Romney back into the race with a shitty first-debate performance, and now I have to read articles like this one about how Romney is surging and has all the momentum. Biden and the return of Obama were supposed to staunch the bleeding and stop the momentum, but that hasn’t seem to have worked. Super frustrating.
And also, the hated Giants won the NL pennant. Pretty bitter morning, even with the strong debate. I sincerely hope I am overreacting…
Some political group called Citizens Against Government Waste has wasted a bunch of their citizens’ money by paying for Asian actors and a green screen set for a rightist propaganda shoot that will no doubt scare a ton of people into voting Republican next week. Never mind that the “great recession” mentioned in the clip was a direct result of financial scammers and speculators being unleashed into the great unregulated void of American capitalism. Asian actors in dark lit rooms with old Chinese music playing in the background are scary! The downfall of America’s greatness is scary! That this political ad will be so effective to so many people is the scariest of them all!
Ok, so people here in China are going apeshit over the fact that some Filipinos are posing in front of the hijacked bus that ended up being the tragic death-site of 8 Hong Kong tourists. Yes, it’s totally disrespectful and inappropriate, but don’t tell me for one second that if the situation was reversed that the Chinese would be mournfully respecting the area around the bus like that. The ratio of Chinese group photos and competent hostage-rescuing police officers would be something like 10 billion to zero.
Obama’s speech to West Point graduates about unilateralism and diplomacy as the way our desired international good:
“Yes, we are clear-eyed about the shortfalls of our international system,” the president told graduating cadets. “But America has not succeeded by stepping outside the currents of international cooperation. We have succeeded by steering those currents in the direction of liberty and justice, so nations thrive by meeting their responsibilities, and face consequences when they don’t.”