Archive for August, 2008

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More on Sarah Palin’s qualifications

August 31, 2008

Here’s a rundown on Sarah Palin’s qualifications vs. Barack Obama’s…link. I don’t know anything about the web sites that signed on to this site…but read it, anyway.

Now, y’all need to know I am NOT a big McCain fan, but lately he’s been saying smarter things – I think his people have figured out he needs to find his base again, and pretty darn soon. While I really was hoping McCain would pick Mitt Romney, Palin’s a pretty darn good pick, and she has a great story. Light on the experience…yeah, but she’s made the most of what she’s had. And she must be a pollster’s dream! Think of all the demographics they can break out and sample now!

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Sarah’s gun video…

August 30, 2008

I’m likin’ her better all the time…

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McCain’s VP Pick

August 30, 2008

 

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

I have to say I’ve been fairly unhappy up to the last couple of weeks with John McCain. I have serious concerns about his conservatism, like many others. I’d vote for him because the alternative is too scary to think about.

Yesterday, though, I think McCain hit one out of the park. He chose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential pick, and announced it the day after the coronation of Obama, on McCain’s 72nd birthday and Palin’s 20th anniversary. Good theater, that!

Others have written more eloquently about Mrs. Palin than I can here. I think for a political standpoint he’s made a brilliant move, finding someone the disaffected hardcore Hillary voters could seriously consider, while also picking someone with good conservative credentials. It also demonstrates he’s not locked in to the Washington insider crew…which Obama tried to promote, then failed with his selection of Biden.

The next few months could be really interesting after all. And the convention could actually be fun, now!

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iTunes has worked just as I expected it to…

August 30, 2008

According to this article, some “artists” (Kid Rock, in this case) refuse to put their music on iTunes because it allows people to download single songs instead of buying the entire album. Poor baby. Apparently he doesn’t like the fact that consumers get a choice – and that he needs to create albums that are good all the way through, instead of having a couple of good songs and ten dogs.

I predicted this way back when iTunes started. There were lots of predictions about how it would “change the industry,” and it has – but to me, the most important point is that consumer choice would rule. Since the days of the LP record album buyers were forced to buy everything on the album, whether they liked the tracks or not. No longer. Some artists have stepped up and released consistently great music. Some have not. The record labels liked to release albums or CDs with a couple of great tunes on them, knowing consumers would buy them for the two or three songs they wanted, but would pay full price. There was no pressure to make all the music on the CD of a consistently strong quality.

iTunes has provided that pressure. It only makes it better for consumers. If musicians have to work harder, I say -as a musician myself – that’s a very good thing. Sometimes the commitment to quality comes from within. Sometimes it has to be imposed from outside!

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Happy 40th, TOP!

August 24, 2008
Tower horns at Universal Studios Florida

Tower horns at Universal Studios Florida

On August 13, Tower of Power officially celebrated 40 years of great music-making! “Tower of Power is a SOUL band playing SOUL music 40 years this year!” – as Mimi would say at the open to “Diggin’ On James Brown.”

Congratulations, guys. You’re still the best. We love ya!

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Pournelle gets it right – again!

August 18, 2008
It's sad...

It's sad...

Jerry Pournelle gets it right again, as usual: “…a new generation seems to have grown up : one that doesn’t understand high technology even though it uses it.” Link

Dr. Pournelle was referring to those in government (including NASA), and even to high school teachers, who do not understand what it takes to develop new technologies – in this case, primarily space access. If you’ve not read his Strategy of Technology, you should, it was written years ago for a Cold War audience but things haven’t changed as much as I wish they had.

I said some years ago that the “older folks”  – in this case teachers like me – who still thought that high school kids were more computer-savvy than we were wrong. They have better eye-hand coordination, for certain. They spend hours and hours honing those skills. However, computers don’t take a lot of time to learn any more, and most kids don’t want to spend that kind of time anyway – not when the games are a-callin’. They may spend a lot of time with computers and other computer-like devices, but they do not spend that time working with traditional computer applications.

Some of those kids have grown up. Many adults now just know that things “work,” and don’t know why. That’s OK if you’re a normal person with a microwave oven – you shouldn’t have to be able to repair it. That’s pretty dangerous stuff.  But those in positions of power and influence need to understand what an investment in R&D is all about, and why we need it, and we have many in Congress, in NASA, and in education who don’t seem to get it.

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Obama and Clarence Thomas

August 17, 2008
Justice Thomas

Justice Thomas

Apparently Senator Obama said yesterday that the Supreme Court Justice he liked least was Clarence Thomas. I’ve met Justice Thomas, Senator, and you are no Clarence Thomas. He is a great man, a humble man, a friendly person who truly wants the Supreme Court to work for the people of this Nation. When I met him he was cordial and shook hands with me, but really wanted to talk to my son, who is in his 20s – he understands how our country needs to grow and develop, with young people with good hearts. I was kind of amazed at how he zeroed in on my son.

Senator Obama, you should talk to Justice Thomas. Get to know him. Get to know more people like him. Then, someday, you might be qualified to be President. Right now, you’re listening to the wrong people.

If we were to elect an African-American as President this year, Justice Thomas would be a far better President than Senator Obama.