Obama and Rahm, good cop/bad cop?

This is running viral over the Internet. It is of President Obama roasting his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel in 2005. It is fun watching this, but it also shows the kind of politics we may be seeing during the upcoming years.


Kiss and make up?



Today I peeked at the White House’s website. Quite a refreshing new look, but most interesting is the details of what President Obama aims to do. Finally, I do see some concrete specific steps as to what his policies will be. So, as to the concerns of members of my tribe, here are some of the finer points:

  • Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples:President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions. These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other employment benefits, and property rights.
  • Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage:President Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006 which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or other unmarried couples.

You can see the whole agenda under the civil rights section (check here). I think it is time for me to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt. Still, I am not happy regarding the invitation of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation. Thankfully, my television has a mute button and I did not listen to what he said.

My first Ebay sale and it has become an adventure

antarctica1Given the state of the economy and feeling a bit poor, I decided to sell one of my cameras that have been collecting dust. I had never used Ebay to sell stuff, but just to buy stuff. So, it has been a learning experience on my part as to how to list the item, how to track the auction, how to link the auction to PayPal, how to answer the endless inane questions. Ordinary matters, right?

Well, yes and no. I had been careful as to who can bid, requiring confirmed PayPal address and other prior auction activities. After all that, the highest bidder had a stellar record, with 100% positive feedback. So, I send him an invoice and waited for payment to my PayPal account.

Soooo? Nothing happened for one day. Rather than just wait, I decided to message the potential buyer and said that I am willing to cancel the transaction and I gave him a deadline so that I can start requesting Ebay for a credit for my fees. Well??? When I was away from home, I got an Email from PayPal on my mobile phone stating that I was paid and gave me an address to ship. So, ok, I went ahead and shipped it.

This is when the fun starts. I return home and check my Ebay account. There is a message from the buyer. He apologized for not communicating earlier because…he was on his way to Antarctica. Instead of his home address, he wants me to send it all the way to the South Pole. Darn! I just sent the package based on the email from PayPal. But, I decided to make an extra effort (this guy is in Antarctica, no?) and returned to the post office to check if I can retrieve back the package. Interestingly, I was able to do so. My partner was also surprised. Maybe this works in small town post offices, where everyone knows everyone. I doubt that would happen in a big city post office.

So, I hope the buyer enjoys the camera. It seems this camera, which I had already taken to exotic tropical countries, will continue its own adventures. But in a slightly colder environment.

Mr. Obama goes to Washington and all I got is this lousy…

Invitation. LOL!


LOL! No location, just any presence at any of the public events. I am sorry, but I guess I am not a big shot like all those Right Wing conversatives with whom he is dining nowadays. Lesson? Mr. Obama listens to you if you oppose him. Oh, and on top of that, he wants me to buy junk stuff:




Anyway,  Happy New Year everyone.  Sorry if I sound a bit annoyed. But as President-Elect Obama starts conquering this country, I got this impression that he is leaving his core behind. It is his decision. It is also my decision not to care.