Saturday, August 9, 2008

Presidential Choices

After a year of campaigning, we are left with two Socialists. One who says things which are occassionally a little more to the right, while the other when not talking about hope and change is almost always saying something vile.

I do not have much to add to help determine which way you should vote. But I am still leaning towards abstention, while simultaneously rooting for a McCain loss. However, Myraf has posted several items that are well written and thought out:

10 Reasons Obama Might Not Be Such a Bad President

...And a Few Reasons Obama Might Not Be Such a GOOD President

Ammendum on 8/10/08
On this same subject here is a great post by One Reality:
Note to the Republican Platform Committee

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bernini's The Rape of Proserpina

This piece, and I believe this particular image, was my first introduction to fine art. I was in a Latin class my sophomore year of high school, when I was shown this picture for the first time.

It's not that this piece just turned me on to art, but much more importantly this piece reinforced my existing view of the world, and turned me on to man's potential and my unbelievable capacity for creating beauty -- which in turn made me a fan of sculpture for life.

To those who speak of being awed when looking at the Grand Canyon or the ocean or some silly mountain range... I submit that there is much more to be inspired by in the details of Pluto's hand on Proserpina's leg than in all of the Mountain Peaks in the Alps and the Himalayas combined.

From Wikipedia:

The Rape of Proserpina is a large baroque marble sculptural group by Bernini executed between 1621 and 1622. It depicts Proserpine being seized and taken to the underworld by Pluto.

The Rape of Proserpina is on display at the Galleria Borghese in Rome, Italy.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

What's Wrong With Obama

I am now the proud owner of and

As I wrote in my very first post, part of the reason for starting this blog was to have an outlet for my future frustration with the next president. I have come to like my blog more that I expected, and hope to continue blogging for quite sometime. However, I would like to have a larger forum. One were I can spend more time on specific issues, and use some of my other talents.

For the past few weeks I have been trying on several websites -- testing the depth and conviction of my current interests. One of the ideas on the top the list is a large art website (devoted to all the arts). However, the idea that has got a hold of me right now is 'What's Wrong with Obama'. I acquired both and My imagination though is most fascinated by the prospects of what I can with a site if McCain loses. I envision the site as part humor, part critic, part town crier and part forum for the proper philosophical and political ideas.

I will post updates here as they happen.

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Evil that is My Favorite Vacuum

I know that Obama is nothing in particular, and I know that there have been many worse speeches and ideas presented as profound insights, but Obama's Energy speech today in Michigan truly highlights how far we have fallen.

We should give every working family $1,000 energy rebate, and that we should pay for it with part of the record profits that the oil companies are making.

The layers of evil in the above could inspire volumes, but those evils are obvious. What is almost beyond comprehension is that NOTHING at all is being said about it. In fact, Obama received immediate and spontaneous cheers and applause.

Of course oil companies are not evil for making a profit; of course Obama and the government have no right to tax/steal the oil companies profit; of course significant portion of the oil company's profit are caused by inflation (governmental increase *devaluing* of the money supply), but that he was cheered and then this quote was forgotten as just another self-evident statement from the Apostle of Change.

The change we can believe in: a complete loss of the understanding of what made this country possible.

Ammendum on 8/10/08
On this same essential subject here is a great post by One Reality:
Obama Tests the Waters for Nationalizing the Oil Industry

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Religion and Environmentalism, Oh Joy!

I can't recommend the following enough. A great series of lectures on the current state of the culuture, the potential marriage of environmentalism and religion, and how we should go about creating the world we want to live in.