More Political Horror Stories… I can't wait until November 5

I was reading some online political Blogs tonight while passing out candy. This is a very scary Halloween.

 
As an African American who considers himself an independent I voted for Obama for several reasons. The first and primary reason is that the US really needs a break from the way the good ole boys club has run this country. My first choice for a president would have been a black woman, second choice a white woman, third choice a black man. Obama is a break from the past presidents because of his bi-racial heritage and his choices of how he lived in the US. This country needs leaders who can thin outside of the box when it comes to solving problems.

I voted for Regan on the same idea that I voted for Obama. I believe that Obama like Regan will not be insecure about not being the brightest person in the room. I believe that all great leaders surround themselves and seek out the advice from experts in their fields and then build a solution from a consensus of experts. Obama has proven that he can build up a national organization and make an effective run for the office of president of the US so in a sense he has proven that he can lead a large organization.

More Political Horror Stories… I can't wait until November 5

I was reading some online political Blogs tonight while passing out candy. This is a very scary Halloween.

 
As an African American who considers himself an independent I voted for Obama for several reasons. The first and primary reason is that the US really needs a break from the way the good ole boys club has run this country. My first choice for a president would have been a black woman, second choice a white woman, third choice a black man. Obama is a break from the past presidents because of his bi-racial heritage and his choices of how he lived in the US. This country needs leaders who can thin outside of the box when it comes to solving problems.

I voted for Regan on the same idea that I voted for Obama. I believe that Obama like Regan will not be insecure about not being the brightest person in the room. I believe that all great leaders surround themselves and seek out the advice from experts in their fields and then build a solution from a consensus of experts. Obama has proven that he can build up a national organization and make an effective run for the office of president of the US so in a sense he has proven that he can lead a large organization.

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, TX

This post is about using a lot of Google stuff.  There are a lot of folks that are calling applications like Picasa and Chrome Cloud applications.  I am using Chrome for the first time to write in my Blog.  I also used Picasa on my computer to organize my images and upload them to web albums.  I can embed Flash slide shows in my posts with out doing any programming.  Check out the images from my trip to the Cadillac Ranch.

I am planning on upgrading my free Google storage account so that I can load all of my 21GB of images on Google servers.  Thsi will be a backup and a way to publish my images when I want to on my Blog or other web sites.

Palo Duro 50K (30 mile) Trail Run

I ran my first 50K trail run this past weekend. It is the longest run that I have done in my life.  I ran from 7 AM in the morning until 2:44 PM. My total time on the course was 6 hours and 44 minutes.

The run started in the dark.  I was really excited to do this run.  My friend Stephanie had told me that this trail run was really cool.  When we started out of the starting gate it took about a quarter of a mile before we could all start running.  It was a congested group of runners with flashlights and head lamps shuffling along down a path that got narrower and narrower until it was single track.  For a few seconds I felt like I was in the crowed exiting ACL on Sunday night.

As we ran through the early pre-dawn I was in awe of how the colors of the canyon walls started to slowly fill with color.  I was running with a green flashlight and I felt like Flash the Green Lantern as I hopped and danced over an occasional rock on the red dirt trail. I only hoped to have this much energy at mile 25.

I ran the first six mile loop without any effort.  I was amazed that I had just completed a 10K and did not break a sweat.  The conditions for the run were just perfect.  It was not too hot or too cold and the sky was clear.  The trail was moist from several inches of rainfall.  There were some muddy spots but I did not get any mud on my shoes during the run.

There many signs along the trail.  One of the ones that I really got was
Adversity does not build character, Adversity reveals character

I got loopy at about mile 25.  I felt my feet hurting and I started to walk up really low hills.  I felt like stopping.  I kept running towards my last visit to the los locos senoras aid station.  My first trip through I did not stop to appreciate the disco music.  After I ran the down and back loop as I approached the aid station the third time I heard the music and I told myself to lighten up and I started to dance my way into the aid station.  One thing that I started to realize as I ran was that it is really easy to focus on what is wrong with your tired body, but it takes a good positive attitude to keep running.

I was about three miles from the finish when I met a girl that was walking in the opposite direction away from the finish.  I recognized her because I had passed her earlier because she had run the 20k.  She told me that I was almost finished and that there was only one mile to go.  I knew that this was not true, but I made my body believe it.  I knew that I was about 2 miles from the finish but I decided that I would run really fast until I crossed the finish line.  I remembered the speed training that I had done in August with RunTex and how I ran from mile zero to the Barton Creek Bridge and back really fast.  I thought that this would be a chance to do a stress run so I started to build up my speed.

I finished the race strong, but I was really tired when I sat down.  I was really inspired to cheer on all of the 50 mile runners as they passed by as I watched.  It took me a half an hour to get my shoes and socks off.  My leg muscles were almost cramping.  I was glad that they held out for the 30 miles.

Why I support Obama

http://lickingcalcutta.blogspot.com/2008/10/viral-e-mail-from-marlene-about-obama.html

Always research what you hear or read from unverifiable sources.

http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2008/10/antiobama_virus_hits_home.php

Anti-Obama Virus Hits Home

I was pretty surprised when I got an e-mail this morning from a friend who’s a sophisticated figure in the local music scene. The e-mail amounts to a long conspiracy theory meant to suggest that Obama has questionable Muslim connections who may have funded his college tuition and other endeavors. Then I got the same e-mail today from a Fort Lewis-based sergeant I know serving in Iraq. It begins like this:

“Around 1979 Obama started college at Occidental in California. He is very open about his two years at Occidental, he tried all kinds of drugs and was wasting his time but, even though he had a brilliant mind, did not apply himself to his studies. ‘Barry’ (that was the name he used all his life) during this time had two roommates, Muhammad Hasan Chandoo and Wahid Hamid, both from Pakistan. During the summer of 1981, after his second year in college, he made a ‘round the world’ trip. Stopping to see his mother in Indonesia, next Hyderabad in India, three weeks in Karachi, Pakistan where he stayed with his roommate’s family, then off to Africa to visit his father’s family. My question – Where did he get the money for this trip?”

I had a hard time believing this paranoid rant came from the people I know and so I e-mailed them both to ask if they had sent it. I’m still waiting to hear from the sergeant but my friend in the music biz said absolutely not. Apparently it’s a virus (you can also find it on an array of Websites, including this one debunking it) and, in the last weeks of the election, it’s raiding the computers of some pretty different types of people.

CNET Report: Palin, Obama lead in election-related spam

The amount of spam that mentioned Obama beat out that of his rival, Sen. John McCain, by a ratio of 6 to 1 during the month of September, according to a study released by Secure Computing. Likewise, Palin outranked her opponent, Sen. Joe Biden, by a ratio of 6 to 1. The results were published Friday in a PC Magazine report.

Sarah Palin

The numbers don’t mean much in terms of who actually wins the election, but they do show that spammers are staying on top of what names are hot among Internet users. A “surge” of Obama spam apparently occurred around September 3, about the time of the Republican National Convention, according to PC Magazine.

“Though the

spam message content itself is nonsensical, the basic themes of the Obama e-mail content does tend to revolve around the shallow factors that are espoused in the mainstream media as central campaign issues: race, disputes with Clinton, messianic oratory, and Fox news smears,” Secure Computing said in its study. “The McCain spam subjects are equally driven by shallow media propaganda, revolving around age and wealth.”

Also last month, security firm Sophos warned that a malicious e-mail was making the rounds which claimed to have a link to a sex video of Obama but which was instead spyware. Clicking on the link downloaded an executable file that played an amateur porn video, but Obama obviously wasn’t in it.

Lonnie’s comments

When you hunt animals you may trick them into a trap or use a deer feeder to get them to come to you.  Well the Internet is full of traps like misinformation that is in disguise as spyware and just made up stuff.  When you forward an email it is always best to make sure of the facts before you send it.  The current information that you forwarded is in fact a spammers rue to get folks to spread it around.  The same email is also posted on some bogus web sites all over the Internet to make it look legitimate.

While I can appreciate the ability of folks in our country to support the candidate of their choice in an election I cannot tolerate spreading misinformation about any subject.  Every time I get a forwarded email with information that I suspect to be untrue I always check the facts on the Internet and eventually I will get a legitimate site that I trust to verify the statements in the email or de-bunk them.

 

Barack Obama

So for the first time we are talking politics.  I have always avoided discussing politics with you but since you want to discuss this issue I’m willing. I support Obama for several reasons but I will start with the obvious.  This country has been run from day one by a bunch of old white guys.  If I had my choice the next president would be a women of any color.  I believe that this country needs a radical change in direction.  It is very clear that if we keep doing the same thing and expect different results we are just going to wind up crazy.  It is for this reason, Change that I support Obama. I believe that the next president needs to have a world view and needs to have a background that is not based on the white homogenized American point of view.  The leadership of this country cannot continue to generate policies of rubber stamping the white western way of thinking all over the globe, it is just not a sustainable way to being part of the world.  If the United States is going to continue to be a leader in world politics then our leaders are going to have to adapt to the possibility that one size does not fit all.  We are all in this together and we cannot continue to have the good ole boys club calling the shots in a back room and then expecting everybody to play by their rules.