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Unlike many of the recently disappointed, my personal honeymoon with president Obama ended quite a bit sooner; my dreamy vision of him melted away with his support for FISA legislation. Of course, he really didn't have much of a choice in the matter; it was--politically speaking--his only option. Regardless, it was a disappointing day.

My hope had just a bit of its shine restored after reading about the Obama presidency's decision (after much criticism) to ditch Youtube as Obama's online vehicle of choice. Admittedly, this was an issue that probably would never have occurred to me, but I was fortunate to stumble upon this great article from Chris Soghoian. Mr. Soghoian lays out an excellent argument detailing the privacy concerns implicit in the president using Youtube to deliver his addresses. I got really worked up about the article for a while, telling all my friends about it. This was usually met with blank stares that landed somewhere between "what the fuck are you talking about" and "do something better with your time". Then I would log in to my Google Analytics account and give them a crash course in all the spooky shit you can learn about a person that visits your webpage. If I was lucky, their initial apathy changed (if at least a little) to concern.

The helicopter I have now seems perfectly adequate to me. Of course, I've never had a helicopter before. - President Obama


What excites me about this move is that it is the first time in my life that the president listened to his constituency. Holy. Shit. People complained about something the president did, and he rectified the situation. Of course, in a perfect world, this would go without saying. But, my friends, we do not live in a perfect world; we live in a world where cops beat 15 year old girls and Nickelback sells tickets. So, in lieu of utopia, I'll take this as a start. Just last week, under fire from John McCain, it seemed as if Obama was willing to consider canceling the upgrades to the White House helicopter fleet. Political posturing or not, it seems that this presidency is willing to admit (or at least quietly accept) that it isn't, as a matter of course, always right. That decisions can be changed in light of new information. If previous administrations had been willing to admit their own fallibility, we might not still be sacrificing our soldiers to the god of war in Iraq.

1 comment:

USpace said...

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The shoe clearly dribbled off her foot. Effin dirty scum monkey pigs. These pigs are scum of the Earth, they're screwed and she's rich. They deserve to go to a nasty 'Federal-pound-you-in-the-ass' prison.
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absurd thought -
God of the Universe loves
cowardly bully pigs

getting off easy
after beating little girls


absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
outlaw photography

filming state violence
is a crime against the state
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USpace
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