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All right.  After a brutal training run this morning, where the humidity topped 80% before 10 AM and the thermometer is set to hit 85 here in NYC, I did some thinking and analyzing of the world as we know it today:  Saturday, September 13, 2008.  

Follow me to the promised land of my own mind below....

Hurricane Ike is doing a number on Texas today.  As with Gustav, the media seems to be in love with the idea of a disaster.  But, I have to give the authorities credit for reacting with proper warning to get people away from the path as quickly as possible.  

Or, at least there was none of this BS like with Gustav, where the meteorologists talked about the storm weakening as it went over Cuba as a reason for people to not necessarily get the hell out of dodge.  

(For the record, storms weaken over land.)  You can borrow that and send it to your local meteorologist, just in case they seem a little confused.  

Sarah Palin had a little sit down with Charles Gibson, and ABC may just stretch out the interview through the end of the year, to get a ratings boost.  

It is slightly encouraging to see the ladies over at "The View" getting feisty with John McCain and actually questioning him on his positions and his choice of Governor Palin.  

My BS meter shot off the charts at the insinuation that McCain is only going negative because Obama wouldn't do town halls all over the country.  Like the town halls would be some kind of hippy love in where McCain and Obama would take questions, batter each other's stances, question each other's positions on the issues, and then, throw their shoes and socks off, sit Indian style in the middle of the stage with all of their campaign advisors and sing Kumbaya while the crowds filed out.  

I loved the question from the gentleman in New Hampshire yesterday..."When and how are you going to start fighting back against attack ads and smear campaigns?"

I have to admit that the answer, left me slightly perplexed....

“Here’s what I can guarantee you: that we are going to be hitting back hard,” Obama said. “We have been hitting back hard, but we’re hitting back on the issues that matter to families. I’m not going to, I’m not going to start making up lies about John McCain.”

Senator Obama's campaign staff sent out notes on a new, tougher strategy against Senator McCain.  Yet, Senator Obama still seems to be thinking that he can nice guy his way through this election in some ways.  

I do applaud him for saying the truth, he isn't going to make things up and I don't think he should, but earlier in the week a columnist wrote that Obama doesn't have to make anything up, but he does need to show a little "righteous rage."  

And I kind of think "righteous rage" is a good way of putting it.  

I, for one, wouldn't mind seeing Senator Obama getting a little pissed off about some of the BS that McCain and Palin are slinging and I am sure he can get pissed and still not sling mud.  Because, after all, if they are slinging crap and people are believing it, that just shows their contempt for the American people and if Obama isn't going to stand up for them now, what was the campaign all about anyway?  

Very excited about college football today.  My school, Alabama, goes for 3-0 today against Western Kentucky.  There is also a huge game, supposedly, between Ohio State and USC.  I really see USC winning about about 30, but that is just me.  

Final homestand at the house that Ruth built gets rolling today too.  Rays, White Sox, Orioles and then the wrecking ball.  

I can't wait for the love fest that will be next week's interview between Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin.  That should be the most substantive interview since Beth O and Tyra Banks talked about fashion on Tyra's show.  

Finally, I was glad that Howard Stern cleared up that misunderstanding about him auctioning off some woman's virginity.  I would never have imagined that he would have done something so offensive.  Who does he think he is, Howard Stern?  

Originally posted to dwakeman on Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 09:55 AM PDT.

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