My take on the Democratic National Convention

“Never has so many been bamboozled by so few ”

I have to say I originally thought that Mr. Obama would be just the thing this country would need to get it back on track. I still doubt that Mr. McCain is the man but I now have more doubts than ever about the ability of the current democratic candidate to lead anybody let alone this country.

Look, I’ll admit I’m somewhat on the conservative side, but I know ( in my heart) that the Republicans have had their chance and have supremely blown it[remember the contract with america] . I fear that the Democratic party (of which I am a card carrying member BTW) is not really a national party anymore so much as it is a coalition of single issue constituencies. My point is that both parties seem so polarized and so intent to advance their own agenda that they forget what their organizing principal was… namely to serve the interests of the people. Moreover, the next president should lead the country towards creating a better America for ALL of its people.

I am not certain that Mr. Obama is that man. He certainly hasn’t impressed me with anything he has done save for moving the devoted masses emotionally. Don’t get me wrong that takes great skill but its hardly the only quality I want in a leader. In the final analysis, it remains to be seen, at least to me, that he possesses anything beyond that.

I have to admit that I was swayed in the beginning but I started to do the “due diligence” that I think one has to do before voting for a president. I started with his writings; primarily newspaper columns when he held state office, I looked at his voting record in the senate and I even read a couple of law review articles he authored. I cannot say I am happy with what i found. I honestly hoped I would see a more practical and pragmatic leader who was more progressive than Leftist. Even discounting the rhetoric of youth, you can see that the larger trends of what he says and what actually he does to be, well, less than I what can reconcile.

So, what the point of this missive? just a plea to learn more about the man before you vote. The next election is too important to have someone in office that cannot do the job and lead all Americans to a better life.

I’m flattered, Wikipedia wanted some of my photographs to supplement their entry post for Rancho Camulos. The photos are not particularly outstanding but I so surprised anyone would consider any of them for publication.

ok, im over the “turning fifty” thing

ok, I have decided to get over the “turning fifty” introspection. It was severely depressing me anyway. I know that nothing constructive would come out of it anyway.

Well, thats not entirely true. I have learned a few things. I think the best thing about introspection is the PROSPECTIVE it gives you; something that says that in the long view of things,its foolhardy to get upset and depressed about things you cannot change. Things happen for a reason, bad things, good things. and life is really a lot like a card game and that success( whatever that might be) is pretty much always in the hand you hold, the skill in which you can play that game.

to carry that analogy a little further, you should’nt be playing Hold’em the way you would play bridge. its just doesnt work. you have to play the game ( and the cards) in the right context.

I know this might seem like one of those “duhhh” moments; its truly a revelation to me tho.

So here’s to the next hand and to playing the right game.

the Apple Safari Browser for windows

I’ve been using the safari browser (for windows) for a couple of weeks now and I am now considering it my browser of choice despite missing the nice little elements that I had with IE explorer. it has a nice clean design and the navigation of and rendering of my favorite sites have been pretty much flawless. I am impressed with the product despite the training wheels limitations it seems to impose on the users. I will say this seems less a problem than earlier iterations of the product. I think its a great alternative to IE explorer. Check it out.


I did not write this but I agree with it entirely…. I’m sorry, I have no idea of who to attribute

The engineer who most assiduously respects the laws of physics is able to create the most useful machines. The government which best respects the will of the people becomes the most powerful and beneficial. The degree to which a business respects its customers has a direct impact on the success of that business. The forces of nature can be powerful, harsh and potentially destructive. Yet with enough understanding and respect, they can be harnessed and put to positive use. The same can be said of human forces. When you learn to understand and act in harmony with the world around you, the results are much better than if you try to hide from it or fight against it. Most things can be harmful or helpful depending on the amount of respect and understanding you grant them. The things which still work against you, are lessons available to hone your skill and understanding. Heed them well and their substantial power can be yours.

update: This was written by  Ralph S. Marston. its a wonderful sentiment.