July, 2008


Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Check out the July 28 online issue of THE NEW YORKER for the article by Jonah Lehrer, under Annals of Science, The Eureka Hunt, Why do good ideas come to us when they do?  Here’s a passage from the article that spoke to me:  “One of the surprising lessons of this research is that trying to force an insight can actually prevent the insight.  While it’s commonly assumed that the best way to solve a difficult problem is to focus, minimize distractions, and pay attention only to the relevant details, this clenched state of mind may inhibit the sort of creative connections that lead to sudden breakthroughs.”  

A Prez Race Rant and Redemption

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Is it possible for McCain and his advisors to whine any louder about his press coverage?  We’ve had 8 years of the Main Stream Media (MSM) licking the boots of Bush and his Administration.  The MSM has destroyed itself and its reputation as a result.  Now, here come McCain and the Repubs, crying and babbling about how much coverage Obama is getting on his one week trip overseas.  Excuse the hell out of me…  The MSM has rubber-stamped Bush’s policies for 8 years, the Democrats have rolled over like anesthesized sheep, both barely making a sound as Bush has gotten his whiney way for 2 terms BUT oh no!, we have a candidate, Obama, who is smart and engaging and is being proven right at every turn and OH NO, too much coverage of him.  And when McCain is covered, he invariably forgets, misspeaks, or lies so he should be grateful.  And OH NO, where is the fairness in this, Fox News cries, McCain cries?  Fairness?  Yeah, right.  Fairness is a word that no longer lives up to the musical sound it makes as it rolls off the lips.  Fairness is being relegated to the weak and stupid, the uninformed among us.  Fairness has become a prissy word, it’s no longer hip, no longer mouthed unless out of desperation. 

One of the reasons I respect Obama, and trust him, and support him, is because he doesn’t whine.  He always takes the high road.  He doesn’t need to placate his ego by ripping people to shreds.  (I still don’t get the Hillraisers who blame him for her MSM coverage.)  He is who he is.  And he has had a lot of MSM coverage.  And Blog coverage.  And I’d say more than 1/2 of it has been negative or something I’ve detected recently, “worried coverage,” I call it.  I hear these talking-brainless heads express concern that “he could” say the wrong thing, that ”he might” fall down, as in trip over a cord, that ”he without doubt” will not be well-received by someone or a crowd on his trip.  Surely.  I laugh, what else to do?  Who are these people?  While they fret Obama carries on, moves on, cool as a sea breeze.   

The Prez Race

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

A quick word about the state of the Prez race.  I’m not surprised Obama is losing independent voters in the latest polls.  Changing his position dramatically on the Fisa Bill was shocking and disappointing to me.  Shifting his stance from a willingness to filibuster the immunity given to telecoms in the Fisa Bill to supporting the bill with a “yes” vote is a big shift.  He is paying the price.  I still support him full throttle, don’t get me wrong.  But the Fisa Bill reversal and to a similar degree, the faith-based speech he gave, pisses me off.  On the one hand, he’s no longer the rock star, do no wrong — shining candidate.  He’s fallible now and more of a politician.  On the other hand, that could be a good thing.  I’m just not certain.  I worry that cynicism is winning out in the Prez race and I hoped that wouldn’t happen this time.  I may be naive.  I may have put too much of my personal fuel for change into my idea, my vision of Obama — because I am so sick and tired and worn out from the past 7 1/2 years of Bush II and before that, the 4 years of Bush I and before that, 8 years of Reagan.  I’m impatient.  I’m ready for change on a massive scale.  I guess that’s why I’m a writer and not a politician…       

California Hippie Chic

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Luke and I are getting married on August 9 at 4 p.m.  Carole is officiating.  We decided on a theme for the guests and ourselves.  The theme?  California Hippie Chic.  Think about it.  It works.   

Luke and I went to the Marriage Office this morning in downtown San Diego.  There are countless Marriage Offices in San Diego County.  The woman who processed our marriage paperwork told me that on July 1, the first day it was legal for same-gender couples to marry in California, more than 300 of them bought marriage licenses at the downtown San Diego office.  And on average, she said, 70 same-gender couples per day buy marriage licenses and/or get married in the downtown Marriage Office.  I started doing the math, scanning all the offices in San Diego County, all the offices in all the counties of California, and when I factored in the cost of a marriage license, 50 bucks, it hit me — the gay folk who are getting married might pull Ca Lee Forn ya out of debt.  Could happen…   

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008



Randy elected Mayor of Salem today…

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

My brother is the new mayor of Salem.  And his birthday is in two days.  I’m proud and excited.  Congratulations, Randy.