Sunday, June 08, 2008

Monday Musings

So, Barack Obama has finally locked the Democratic nomination, and the media is chilled to the bone at the grandiosity of the moment. This is a blog, so I’ll briefly summarize the weekend news reports

He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! He’s black! History in the black black black black black!

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This also serves as a handy synopsis of his qualifications. Rest assured, we’ll be reminded of them ad infinitum until November.

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I’m obviously not due for a restaurant top-ten list, but I should give a shout out to Jasmine 26. Jasmine Deli’s swankier younger sister (hmmm… that’s a creepy way of putting it) boast upscale digs, $3 taps (we’re talking Sapporo, not Pabst) and above average service. Many of the dishes sport a considerable Thai influence, without becoming nebulously Asian. Any joint that can get me raving about the cheese wontons deserves a shout out.

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The corner of Nicollet and 26th now sports a trifecta of reasons to get your car stereo stolen. One could theoretically pop into J-26 (forgive me) for an entrée, mosey over to Black Forest for a Liter of strong drink and then, the truth no longer in you, stumble over to Little T’s for really greasy stuff. As a nightcap, stand outside Azia and watch the sad people who don’t know they’re sad.

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In my North Minneapolis neighborhood, the city is moving hell and highwater (to mix metaphors) in an effort to somehow improve our water supply. This has been going on for more than a year. At first, I thought that this was just a standard thing that cities do when water systems, such as they are, need improvement. But I have never seen such a project anywhere else. Nobody is tearing up half of Uptown to improve water quality by 8%. I have some hypotheses.

1) This project is being sponsored by the Victory Memorial neighborhood. Victory Memorial is the Edina of North Minneapolis, only the people don’t know how to clean up after their $900 dogs. What better way to stave off the foreclosure boom than to gut Shingle Creek, the only other livable neighborhood on the north side?

2) Did we actually elect that idiot who ran for the head of public works on an anti-war platform? I guess I just assumed we hadn’t.

3) This being North Minneapolis, nobody bothered to make even cursory updates to the water system after the infrastructure was built in the 1950s.

4) Nobody actually knows that this project is taking place.

5) All of the above.

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I watched The Diving Bell and the Butterfly the other night. Normally, I am eager to jump down the throats of those who will not tolerate foreign films (or, more succinctly, subtitles). A plurality of the dialogue in this film, however, consists of people reciting the alphabet. In French. Out of order. After a half an hour I thought “the hell with it, I’m just gonna drink my wine and look at the pretty pictures.

And that’s just what I did.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Mike Payne said...

That brilliant black man is about to wallop the shit out of your pasty, old white hope in November. As someone who has watched Obama closely for 6 years, voted him into the Senate and later caucused for him in Iowa, I'm excited to see him drop a hope bomb on McCain's wrinkly ass.

http://www.thingsyoungerthanmccain.com/

1:19 AM  
Blogger Ted said...

So the great argument for Obama is that he is younger that McCain?

So are you for Euthanasia because you are basically using that standard for your own voting purposes. Also, way to bash an American who fought and suffered at the hands of our enemies to give you the freedom to post on blogs. If you don't like him for president that is your choice but lets not degrade someone who spent years in a POW camp while fighting for The Stars and Strips.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Haynes said...

Also, Diving Bell and the Butterfly isn't a foreign film, it just has french people in it. It was actually made by Americans. Fun fact.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Marc Conklin said...

"Also, way to bash an American who fought and suffered at the hands of our enemies to give you the freedom to post on blogs."

I didn't realize that John Kerry was running again this year.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Ted said...

Marc, you got to get to a coffee shop with some internet access.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Kevin Sawyer said...

Haynes,

That is interesting given how they chose to execute the alphabetical sequences.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Mike Payne said...

"Also, way to bash an American who fought and suffered at the hands of our enemies to give you the freedom to post on blogs. If you don't like him for president that is your choice but lets not degrade someone who spent years in a POW camp while fighting for The Stars and Strips."

Hey Ted,
Thank God McCain's service in Vietnam saved me from our Vietnamese Overlords who would have stripped me of my freedom to post on blogs. Those heartless bastards.

Mike Payne
Staff Sergeant, USMC

2:51 AM  

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