The above is a scan of a limited edition screen print created by Noel Waggener (in life, it is 20" by 26"). I feel like I can show it here because I bought one of the prints when I was in Marfa, and it will soon be up on my wall.
Well, here I am watching the Red Sox and Yankees play what will likely be the final series between the two at this Yankee Stadium. I find it hard to get nostalgic, since there's nothing wrong with the current stadium, except that it apparently doesn't make the team enough money. So, they'll make a nearly identical one, but put in more of the expensive luxury suites, and charge more for all the seats. If the place was falling apart, that would be one thing. As it is, the nostalgia is forced as a result of a business decision. That doesn't tug on my heart strings.
The game is tied 1-1 right now. The Yankees are looking to sweep to continue to have a chance in the playoff race. So I'm just hoping the Sox win tonight, to shatter the hopes and dreams of millions of asshole Yankee fans. Yes, I hate them. Thank you for asking.
The Dodgers suck, though they are currently closer to the playoffs than the Yankees are, thanks to the less-than-stellar play in the N.L. West. Following a four-game sweep at the hands of the Phillies over the weekend, the Dodgers are now in Washington, D.C., to face the Nationals. If the Dodgers do not sweep, the season is pretty much dead. Hell, even with a sweep, the season might be over. But with the Diamondbacks looming after the Nationals, a sweep in D.C. is the only way the Dodgers can head to Arizona with a little bit of confidence.
The Yankees just scored in the second to make it 2-1.
Despite the bad news in my sporting world, I can feel nothing but hope. Why, you ask? Well, because of my last post. And because of that man Michelle Obama married. In 2004 and 2006, before the major elections, I wrote emails to my friends (many of them Republicans), imploring them to vote Democratic so that we might actually see some positive change in this nation. I went over the issues, and explained why the Democrats had the upper hand on most of them. Obviously, those emails worked out well (okay, I guess things turned out okay in 2006).
This time, instead of listing the issues, I'm just going to put it simply. Are you better off than you were eight years ago? Or are you more afraid, and possibly poorer? Do you have fewer rights and civil liberties than you had eight years ago (if you think the answer to that one is "no," you ought to do a Google search with the words "habeas corpus Bush," or even just "Patriot Act Bush")? Do you believe the economy is struggling? Do you worry about the possibility of more wars?
These are legitimate questions, and the thing about McCain is that he doesn't give a crap about any of them. He doesn't believe anything is wrong with this country. He has been quoted as saying he thinks the economy is fine. He follows the Republican manifesto, which says that it's unpatriotic to suggest that maybe America isn't always the greatest place on earth. And a general rule is, if you don't believe there are any problems, you won't do anything to affect change.
Obama loves this country, but he can see its faults. And if you think he's just some glorified speechmaker, consider this: what is a president if not a unifier? His job is to bridge the gap between the parties, to be the man who makes people work together for the greater good. And doing something like that requires a person who is well versed in the art of communication.
(Youkilis just doubled home Ortiz to tie it, 2-2).
He speaks well, but people wonder if he'll be able to turn that into anything concrete. Hard to say, but I find myself believing more and more everyday. (Youkilis just scored on a Bay single. 3-2, Sox). He's done a fair amount as a Senator, and the only way to know if he can accomplish something as the president is to elect him to the office. My thinking is this: even if Obama fails 90% of the time to make things better for this nation, doesn't it make you a little bit hopeful to think about someone trying? Doesn't it make the world seem a little brighter when you consider that there is someone out there working for the best interests of the nation, instead of just closing his eyes and hoping for the best?
You can call it rhetoric if you want, but for the first time in quite a while, I'm feeling hopeful, I'm not cynical about politics, and I believe in the candidate my party has nominated (or is about to). There is something to be said for what Obama has done to many, many people in this country, all before even officially being named the Democratic nominee.
Oh, and as an aside, don't you think these "he's the biggest celebrity in the world" commercials McCain is putting out are ridiculous? Can you see the thinking in the war room for this campaign? It's like they thought, "Oh, I can't believe how popular this candidate is in a nation where we vote for our leaders. Let's harp on that again and again, so people will see how crazy it is for the voters to actually like a candidate for president. That'll show 'em. I mean, yeah, everyone hates our guy, but at least he's..."
And that's where they trailed off, because there's no ending to that sentence. Except for maybe "...old," which isn't what you want to be saying about your guy.
Bottom line: vote for anyone but McCain, or you'll simply be re-electing Bush for a third term.
Here's some fun video. Compare and contrast.
Senior moments (best part might be around 3:45, but at the end, when McCain is yelling for Congress to get back to work, please keep in mind that he is a Senator himself, albeit one who has missed more than four months of work, and 100+ votes):
Answer the question, grandpa:
Now for a little hope (the best part begins at 9:08, and really heats up at 10:52):
Sox are up 6-3 in the fifth as I finish this post.