Saturday, May 27, 2006
What will the next candidates propose for Iraq?
Last time, only Kucinich proposed a withdrawal from Iraq, and he never scored above 10% of the Dem vote in a primary. Even Dean, whose criticism propelled him to faux front runner status, never proposed an exit strategy. So given that none of the GOP candidates will propose anything besides stay the course, I'll make my predictions for probably Dem candidates:
- Stay-the-course: Hillary, Kerry, Edwards, Bayh, Clark, Biden
- Cut-and-run: Warner, Bredesen, Richardson, Easley, Gore, Feingold, Vilsak
Any cut-and-run cadidate gets my vote; any stay-the-course Dem has me voting 3rd (or is that 4th?) party again.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Friday Night Pelligrino - return to LA edition
Sunday, May 21, 2006
16 down - 32 to go 2nd attempt
The GOP coalition is showing its contradictions - how long could small government types & pork barrellers co-exist? Libertarians & nanny-staters. Outside of low taxes, what do they have in common?
- Doha's not looking good & fast-track expires in little more than 1 year.
- Iraq deaths continue to be well above 20/month (looking like 65 for this month), so no improvement there.
- Deficit - anonymous earmarks continue which says everything about this Congress & its fiscal discipline.
- Some blogger on the left had a funny posting handicapping the 2008 election (sorry, but lost posting). He didn't think that Hillary despite her assets could win & said that Warner didn't stand a chance so he predicted Gore. Don't know about that prediction, but will concede that Warner's just not looking that strong.
- Given the continued violence in Iraq I can't see any major troop reductions this year.
Next elections - despite the hullabaloo, I can't see the Dems picking up more than 4 Senate seats (max) & 8 House seats. Some pundit called that the best scenario as GOP will be blamed for the 2-year lame duck Congress. Don't know if I agree, but still hope that the Dems can position themselves for majority status in 2008.
Friday, May 12, 2006
Friday Night Pelligrino & Schubert blogging
Initial opinion - Unfinished Symphony is far superior to "The Great" symphony. Not sure why Schubert finished his 9th, but not his 8th symphony, so I'll turn to Wikipedia "In 1838 Robert Schumann, on a visit to Vienna, found the dusty manuscript of the C major symphony (the "Great", D.944) and took it back to Leipzig, where it was performed by Felix Mendelssohn and celebrated in the Neue Zeitschrift. There continues to be some controversy over the numbering of this symphony, with German-speaking scholars numbering it as symphony No. 7, the revised Deutsch catalogue (the standard catalogue of Schubert's works, compiled by Otto Erich Deutsch) listing it as No. 8, and English-speaking scholars listing it as No. 9." Well I guess that answers that question.
Pretty impressive that Schubert could produce both the Unfinished symphony & Death & the Maiden in 31 short years - obviously a superior talent & who knows what he could have produced if penicillin had been in existence back in the early 1800's.