Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cancel the Debate?

Whatever the result of this news, there must be three presidential debates, and there must be one vice-presidential debate.  If the debate on September 26th does not go forward, the fourth debate whether presidential or vice-presidential should occur in the October 20 - 27 range.  Enough time before the election, and enough time after the third debate.

But this doesn't smell right to me either.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Paper Topic

The grade in my Banking Regulation Seminar will be decided by a paper on a topic chosen by me.  In that I have a new burning interest in all things european, I thought I'll write about european banking.  Pretty fancy i know.  However european banking is no smaller a field than american banking, so I must narrow further.

A natural dovetail from european banking could be the ECB, or European Central Bank.  All I know of this bank is it manages monetary policy for the eurozone, is headed by the Jean-Claude Trichet (ok i had to wiki that) and is at least vaguely similar to the Federal Reserve.  Too much else is beyond my capabilities right now.  I am pretty confident they can raise prime? rates and the like.  

A work in progress...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Political Prohibition

So, I am on a self imposed weeklong prohibition from watching or reading or hearing anything related to the residential campaign, because I was getting too worked up.  I would just be furious all the time, and I didn't want to be furious anymore.   This article explains why:

Please nation, get some sense into your fucking heads.  We are not electing a high school class president, this is not homecoming court.  This is not MTV's Sweet 16.  This is an election for the PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.  The most powerful and dangerous positions in the world.  

Now you make think, dangerous?  Consider if I had a machine gun, and I walked into a crowded place determined to kill as many people as possible, how many people would I kill?  100?  200?  Liberal estimates I think.  Now think of all the people in the United States who will die in the next four years unless they do not obtain adequate healthcare.  With 40 million Americans without healthcare, and millions more with healthcare that doesn't cover their health, any president who doesn't change this situation is dangerous. 

Think of all the people, American and otherwise, who will die because of unnecessary wars waged by this country, unless we stop waging war out of preference and reserve war for only those extreme times when our families, our land, and our lives will be taken without resort to war.  Any president who doesn't change this situation is dangerous.

Obama offers a specific set of policy initiatives that breathe new life into the American experiment and offer hope to millions of Americans for whom the experiment has failed, is failing, and will continue to fail these millions and millions more should nothing change.

What is John McCain going to do?  How will he fix healthcare, and how is that different from everything else that has been talked about by previous president up until now?  How will his plan result in all Americans obtaining health care?  How will his plan ensure that Americans not just have healthcare, but healthcare that covers their health?  How will he do it?

What else will John McCain do?  How will he ensure that American does not enter into wars that should not be waged?  How is his plan different from the current president?  What criteria would he use when considering whether to deploy our armed forces?

I think the only answers are respectively, whatever it takes, and extreme caution.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sweater and So On...

Today Micki and I went to Banana Republics to look at things.  Micki got a 30% off email, so we thought we would check it out.  I am looking for nicer things than the normal t-shirts, cargo shorts, and jeans. 

We were there and after looking at things for Micki, I looked a the Jon section.  I saw polo shirts on the sale rack, and grabbed a black one to try on.  They had this green wool zip sweater jacket with buttons.  I was looking more for a large black or gray long coat, but with Micki's urging I agreed to try it on.  After trying the polo and the wool sweatery thing on, as well as several others, Micki and I agreed the two items had to be bought.

I had fun at the store...  Trying on clothes with Micki there to balance me out.  She helps me decide if something is too ambitious, or tip my hesitance over the edge (like the sweater).  The 30% off meant we got the sweater and shirt, as well as a last second tie, for only the sticker price of the sweater.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


I am engaged to a beautiful woman.  So beautiful.  Her name is Micki.  I love Micki.  I will always love her, and I will love her every day, each day, so much until my heart gets tired and I need to go to sleep.  I sleep in her love and I wake up every day invigorated with passion, and drive, and the ability to hold myself up to my destroying mind, because with her I'll be fine.

I love Micki.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


I have already mentioned one obsession on Jinklets, and here is another, travelling.  I fear becoming defined b my obsession, which I feel is a reasonable fear.  Obsessions, or those general fields I spend a large amount of time in and around, are things I spend a large amount of my time, my life, in and around.  In any event so far as Jinklets is concerned, I am a politico traveller.

I enjoy going on trips.  Who doesn't right? Right, but most people are not obsessed with it, so what is the difference.  Travelling to me is more than leaving Omaha for a short time.  It is education, enriching, interesting, independent, and growth. 

It is freedom, freedom I do not have otherwise.  It is life, it is living, as freely as possible.

Back to School

I got a haircut last week and began class!  I have theme days.  Monday-Wednesday-Friday is business day, and Tuesday-Thursday is international law day.  I didn't plan the days this way, but that way they are.  I am almost different people on the different theme days.  I wear a tie on business days, like a businessman, because I work on those days.  On the international days I wear t-shirts, and shorts.  I will become Batman.  The haircut is awesome!