John McCain’s prickly interview

My dear friends, the following is the latest interview that Senator McCain gave to Time magazine (see here).

Lets talk about temperament. Do we want another angry George Bush (and a female Cheney) for the next four years? He actually believes that Senator Obama does not have honor and there is no way to change his mind once he has decided on something. Shades of King George?


Just to educate my continental friends about Snow White

Snow White (AKA Sarah Palin) is a total unknown in national U.S. politics. So, for my continental friends who are wondering who she is, I am enclosing a blog from a fellow Alaskan that may answer some of your questions. Click here. Thanks Mudflats.

[UPDATE: Here is the list of duties that Snow White had to do while being mayor of Wasilla, Alaska:

“1. Preside at council meetings. The mayor may take part in the discussion of matters before the council, but may not vote, except that the mayor may vote in the case of a tie;

2.    Act as ceremonial head of the city;

3.    Sign documents on behalf of the city;

4.    Appoint, suspend or remove city employees and administrative officials, except as otherwise provided;

5.    Supervise the enforcement of city law and carry out the directives of the city council;

6.    Prepare and submit an annual budget and capital improvement program for consideration by the council, and execute the budget and capital program as adopted;

7.    Make monthly financial reports and other reports on city finances and operations as required by the council;

8.    Exercise legal custody over all real and personal property of the city;

9.    Perform other duties required by law or by the council; and

10.    Serve as personnel officer, unless the council authorizes the mayor to appoint a personnel officer.”]

HUH, maybe she can be vice president. But, president?

Why McCain pick Snow White? She has foreign policy experience

OMG (and I usually don’t scream here). Republican party pundit is shown in this F** news clip explaining why Senator McCain chose Gov. Snow White (yes, her nickname). She has foreign policy experience because…


[UPDATE] All kidding aside, I dread what will happen if Senator McCain gets elected. As we all know, he is not a young chicken. If something happens to him, and the heartbeat next to him becomes president, then what do we get? A born-again Christian who is pro life. I am sure a lot of fundamentalist Christians are now overjoyed about such a prospect.

This is not a decision to go after the Hillary base. This is a decision to steer totally to the right; on the belief that this choice for vicepresident will ignite the hard right conservative base that has been hohum about John McCain.



Heading to Oakland for dinner. Pray for me

My niece has invited me over to Oakland for dinner. It is to celebrate a belated birthday. I like belated birthday celebrations. If I time them correctly, I can have free birthday dinners constantly. She wants to take me to a Peruvian restaurant (see here).

Anyway, I feel like I am going to a combat zone. Restaurants on the east side of San Francisco Bay have been experiencing a rash of takeover robberies (see here). It is quite disconcerting and, sooner or later, will create a tragedy if a robber fires his gun.

While thinking about solutions to this latest crime wave, I started to remember when California had a rash of carjacking incidents. That kind of crime has diminished. Why? California changed the criminal penalty for such a crime. Now, anyone convinced of carjacking faces a minimum of nine years in prison. While I am not an advocate of populating the prison system with the rejects of society, I believe that an increase in the prison penalty for takeover robberies at restaurants will certainly act as a deterrent.

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge with my Buddy

Today was the day that I finally had to ride my Buddy International scooter to San Francisco in order to get the first maintenance service. Also, I wanted to install the GIVI topcase, which finally arrived after a long long wait. It seems scooter accessories are in short supply, given the increased sales. Everyone wants a cheaper mode of transportation. I was lucky that I caught the wave early on and did not have to wait for delivery of the scooter.So, I was dreading this day because it was going to be the first time I actually took the scooter on highway 101. There were a couple of stretches that I had to enter the highway, a short stretch in which highway 1 joined highway 101 (between Mill Valley and Sausalito) and then crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. I dreaded the most crossing the bridge because it is notorious for cross wind. Given that, I decided to be there around 9:30AM, after the morning commute and before the winds kicked in.

At least for today, everything went according to schedule. It was a sunny, cool, morning. The scooter behaved superbly. It took me about an hour and half to reach the dealership in San Francisco. I loved the stretch of road along the Presidio. I dreaded a bit about street traffic, but San Francisco motorists seem to be more attuned to scooters and motorcycles. It is also more fun when you see scooters around. I felt that I was not alone, which is sometimes how I feel around here.

The scooter dealer knew that I needed to return early, before the afternoon commute rush hour. They were quite efficient and right during lunch; I received a call stating the scooter was already serviced. The return trip was a bit tiring because of the heat and my head was swelling within the helmet. There was only one stretch of the road that I felt uneasy, and that was at the end of the Golden Gate Bridge, on the Marin County side. It was there that the winds started to whip. The scooter still felt secure but my body felt being whipped by the cross winds. Luckily, all I needed to do was to take the exit right after the bridge.

My opinion, so far? The Buddy is a nice scooter for casual cross-town rides. It is a very easy scooter to use, with enough torque across the RPM band to keep me away from cars. It is also quiet and has a great horn. Life is good.