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The Presidential Campaign Is An Industry That Consumes Your Time For Little Return

The ongoing Presidential campaign is an industry that consumes your time for little or no return, and ebbs your life energy with relentless stupidity. It’s a processed pre-fabricated product.

( Above is picture of facility similar to one where the campaign may well be produced.)

The campaign is about jobs for consultants and staff, finding material for 24 hour news channels, and winning over the 5% of all voters who are both undecided and living in a swing state.

Nothing of relevance is going be discussed in an honest fashion. Mr. Obama, who I support, and Mr. McCain, who I do not support, are going to gear every word to a narrow segment of the electorate.

And the campaign goes on and on and on. It steals your time. It informs you of nothing you did not already grasp.

The outcome does matter. It’s important who wins. But the process is a mess. Unless you are volunteering or donating on behalf of Mr. Obama, you’d do well to stay away from it all as much as possible.

August 6, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics | , , , , | 2 Comments

Texas Progressive Alliance Bloggers Swarm & Storm On To Houston Chronicle Homepage

Each week Texas Progressive Alliance bloggers select posts they feel have merit for a blog round-up. The Texas Progressive Alliance is a coalition, loose but connected, of liberal and progressive politics bloggers in Texas. This week, and in the weeks to come, I’ll be running the round-up on my personal blog and on my space at the Houston Chronicle. I’m one of eight featured political reader- bloggers at the Chronicle.  

I encourage readers at both spots to get to know these bloggers and to take an active part in helping win back Texas from years of Republican misrule.

Here is this week’s round-up—  

Last week on Bluedaze , Big Oil threatened TXsharon. In “Big Oil” Threatens Harm to My “Lovelies” and Me she calls out the abuser and includes a new PR plan that will save Chesapeake Energy millions of dollars and help clean up Big Oil’s act.

Mike Thomas of Rhetoric & Rhythm is critical of a campaign to knock off Blue Dog Democrats , even if it means electing Republicans, all in an effort to punish Democrats for failing to hew the line on certain progressive issues.

refinish69 from Doing My Part For The Left has always heard that What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas or does it for Pete Sessions?

Burnt Orange Report went on strike last weekto raise $1000 for Chris Bell’s State Senate campaign. 12 hours later, 15 donors raised $1,075 for Bell and the BOR team is back to blogging.

jobsanger opines about the lack of Democratic leadership from Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Pelosi: Where’s The Leadership?, and lets us know the Nanny State is alive and well in The “Nanny State” Strikes Again.

The Texas Cloverleaf is on a strike for change! Help raise money for selected candidates. What do we want? Donations! When do we need them? Now!

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August 6, 2008 Posted by | Blogging, Books, Campaign 2008, Houston, Politics, Texas | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Excellent Band Called Black Kids

It’s rare when I find a contemporary band I want to hear. Most music I play in my car was recorded at least 20 years ago. The only current bands I always purchase a new release of are Interpol and The Chemical Brothers.

However, I’ve now found a third current-day band I like. They are called Black Kids. I bought the Black Kids CD. It’s titled Partie Traumatic. The album is strong start to finish. It has a distinct Cure sound. That’s fine by me.

I’ve posted the Black Kids video of the song “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You.”

The song and video are good-natured. The young women in the band are dressed like normal people and not skanky or in anyway removed from the people they appear to be in real life.

I’m glad I’ve found a new band to enjoy.

August 6, 2008 Posted by | Music | , , , , , | 2 Comments