Thursday, July 29, 2004

Two days after the speech and I still feel jazzed about it. It's just an inspiring speech... it's too bad we can't have more leaders who can speak of a vision of a better America tomorrow...

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Echangster and I sat around last night watching parts of the post - Democratic National Convention evening show because I wanted to catch some of Barack Obama's keynote address. I've been reading about him for about a week now and from what I had read, I was impressed. So impressed that yesterday I posted that he could be a future POTUS (President of the United States). Well, Enoch and I caught the tail end of the speech and suffice it to say, we were blown away.

If you didn't have a chance to hear Barack Obama's speech, here are some snippets and a the link above can take you to where you can find the entire text or watch the speech at C-SPAN.

Snippets from his speech last night:

"Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation, not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

"That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams of its people, the insistence on small miracles. That we can tuck in our children at night and know they are fed and clothed and safe from harm. That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe or hiring somebody's son. That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted-or at least, most of the time."

"For alongside our famous individualism, there's another ingredient in the American saga. A belief that we are connected as one people. If there's a child on the south side of Chicago who can't read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child. If there's a senior citizen somewhere who can't pay for her prescription and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it's not my grandmother. If there's an Arab American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties. It's that fundamental belief-I am my brother's keeper, I am my sisters' keeper-that makes this country work. It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family. "E pluribus unum." Out of many, one."

"Yet even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America-there's the United States of America."

"There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America. The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States; Red States for Republicans, Blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States."

"There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America."

"In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation; the belief in things not seen; the belief that there are better days ahead. "

Monday, July 26, 2004

Dare I say it? Future POTUS?
Nick Van Exel for Dale Davis + Dan Dickau... well, the Warriors got rid of Van Exel and his huge contract... in exchange, we got a couple guys with contracts expiring next year. Davis will most likely play lots of minutes at Center and at PF for us and Dickau, well, Dickau can be a 3rd string PG who could one day be an adequate backup (maybe).... the good news is, next summer, the Warriors could sign a superstar to a max contract! A glimmer of hope...