So I just read an article about the comments made by Geraldine Ferraro, Clinton campaign staffer (and former state rep/VP candidate), opining that Obama would not have gotten as far as he has without being black. I must say I'm shocked by such a comment and Clinton has now pretty much lost my vote even if she does make the nod to run for President. The fact is staffers don't make comments like this, and staffers with as much experience as Ferraro certainly don't, without the knowledge and consent of the boss running the show. What this comment boils down to is the same dirty tricks Mr. Clinton pulled during his first run at President...which turned me off to him then and certainly turn me off to Hilli now. I warmed up to Clinton during his second run at President and during his second term (despite his scandals) but on top of the fact that I'm disinclined to vote for Hilli as I don't like dynastic political families in general - aka Kennedys and Bushes running around being professional politicians - bleh. This latest round of bs really puts the possible final nail in the coffin. Of course, as we move into the summer and Clinton becomes more desperate, there could be many more nails to follow.

A little bit of humor...

Ok, I know I've been kinda bitchy lately in my posts. I can't help it though, I'm prone to crankiness when the sun is not out. Well, this week it's bright and sunny so I thought I'd share a wonderful blog a good friend from college spammed me with (you know who you are)...

Stuff White People Like

Please's all in good is.

Gov. J

Crap like this..

burns me. Today's article in the NYT about possible government bailouts of folks who bought more homes than they could afford, while unsurprising, really pissed me off.

Not one of the folks profiled in this article sounds like anyone who truly needs government assistance in paying their mortgage. They might be losing money on the deals they made but they are not claiming any sort of fraud in their mortgage or home loan...they just don't like the deal they got into. I see no reason why a couple making over 250k, a granny making over 100k, and a couple with 100k in savings should be coming to taxpayers for a handout. It's simply amazing how much our country has bought into the notion of the "privitization of reward but the socialization of risk". You can bet your bottom dollar if the tables were reversed and these folks and made a "killing" on their "investments" in their homes they would have bitched to high heaven about the taxes, if any, they had to pay on that "investment". Yet now that they are over extended on a deal that didn't work in their favor...woe is me. Bleh, articles like this make me ill.

The lawyer couple extensively profiled in the article are one of the true wonders of modern America. Over 250k a year in income and they can't get their financial act together? Oh wait, apparently they've breed like rabbits, gotten divorced, fleaced their cars, ran up credit card debt to all hell and, last but not least, taken a view of their finances that makes one seriously wonder if bailing them out will help at all (“I used to think,” Mr. Breakstone said, “that I would pay the piper later and enjoy life now. I’ve totally reversed that view.”) And I'm supposed to feel sorry for them?

Rant is over...

Just how jacked up are real estate prices in the Bay Area?

From this article

The cost of homes in the Bay Area is so high, it takes much more than the median income to afford one.

County Residents who own homes (column 1); Income needed to afford a home{+1} (column 2); Households spending over half of income{+2} (column 3)

Alameda 57.4%(1) $148,450(2) 18.8%(3)
Contra Costa 72.0 138,715 18.6
Marin 65.0 218,902 20.5
Napa 62.5 145,408 19.6
San Francisco 39.3 196,878 19.6
San Mateo 63.2 191,768 19.2
Santa Clara 60.6 170,352 17.4
Solano 65.9 103,185 20.7
Sonoma 63.9 124,114 19.5

{+1}With a 5 percent down payment on a median-priced home
{+2}To pay for homes

I don't have the stats right on hand but I can guarentee you the median household income levels for all of these counties are well below what is necessary to meet the income requirments. Last time I looked, Marin had the highest household income and it was somewhere in the ballpark of $164000 a year.

Too funny - overheard conversations "quotes"

The SFChron ran this article today quoting parts of overheard conversations related to dating and love. I found most of them to be rather humorous:

First, individuals contemplate imaginary prospects:

-- "I get attractive ... after six drinks." (Woman on the dance floor at office Christmas party, overheard by Mark Larson.)

-- "I'm not a bad guy ... a little creepy maybe, but not a bad guy." (Man to man, overheard walking near the UC Berkeley campus by June Vonich.)

-- "I need to find a boyfriend because I need to argue with somebody." (Woman to woman, overheard on Hayes near Fillmore by Ronn L. Robbins.)

-- "I'm so tired of dating people who don't have decent jobs or career goals or lives, or can put themselves together or even have their own car. From now on, I'm only going out with people who have the 'tions: compensation, transportation, motivation, ambition, attraction." (Woman to man, overheard by Tim Wu.)

-- "If I were a vegetarian, I'd brag about it. I'd probably get laid a lot more often." (Man to man, overheard on Telegraph Avenue by Christina Tuccillo.)

-- "He wants to have kids, so he's going hetero." (Guy on a bicycle to another guy on a bicycle, overheard while leaving AT&T Park by Ricardo Morrissey.)

-- "I don't have a relationship with a man, so I decided to have a relationship with my hair." (Woman at the Fairfax Theatre, overheard by Shae Irving.)

-- "It's not that that I'm afraid of, but the broken heart afterward." (Woman to companion, overheard at Nordstrom in San Mateo by Sam Ainsworth.)

-- "I'm looking for a green man: high productivity and zero emissions." (Overheard in Macy's in Corte Madera by Jon Dreyer.)

-- "If only I was 20 years younger and lesbian." (Woman speaking about her yoga teacher, overheard by Elaine Geffen.)

-- "Call your wife first. And then call the contortionist." (Fifty-something male to companion, overheard at the ESPN zone for NBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas by Anthony Passanisi.)

Next, they meet flesh-and-blood versions of those prospects. This is called "dating":

-- "I'm glad you're meeting someone interesting. It must be that new medicine you're on." (Female nurse on cell phone, overheard at Kaiser in San Francisco by Peter Washburn.)

-- "How is it that I get set up on a blind date with the one guy in Santa Cruz that's a Republican?' (Woman on cell phone, overheard on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz by Amy Wolitzer.)

-- "Well, he lives in the Lower Haight and works in Marin. He's like a jock-thug-hipster." (Woman on cell phone describing her new love interest, overheard on the 22 Fillmore by Rachel Huysentruyt.)

-- "In human relationships, there's a male energy and a female energy. ..." (Woman to woman, overheard on the Claremont Canyon fire road in Berkeley by Mike Palmer.)

-- "Every new boyfriend makes you get rid of the things the last boyfriend made you buy." (Woman overheard at Cafe Flore by Brian Bringardner.)

-- "I'm supposed to meet him here but I can't remember if he's hot. Is he hot?" (Woman on cell phone, overheard on Chestnut Street in the Marina by Mark Pitta.)

-- "I'm not going there to get laid, but I might have to leave early to avoid it." (Self-assured young man to friend, overheard near the UC Berkeley campus by Marilyn Pon.)

-- "I don't know if we'll get along. He's a liberal Democrat and I'm a communist." (Woman at Caffe Trieste, overheard by Donna Bero.)

-- "She'll probably talk about you on her blog tomorrow." (Overheard hiking up the Eagle Peak Trail on Mount Diablo by Mike Palmer.)

-- "I don't see us being a girlfriend-boyfriend thing. I mean, we could be, but it's so obvious to me we won't that I felt I should mention it." (Boy to girl, overheard at Jupiter in Berkeley by Dave Bourdon.)

-- "He can't get totally wasted because he's gotta donate sperm tomorrow." (Young woman to young woman, overheard on the 33 Stanyan by Tom Canaday.)

-- "It's not every day you find yourself dating a bullfighter." (Woman to friend, overheard in front of the Conservatory of Flowers by The Chronicle's Anastasia Hendrix.)

-- "Yes, I told him I have a boyfriend and a girlfriend. I mean I live in San Francisco, don't I?" (Person on cell phone on Montgomery Street, overheard by N. Stricker.)

-- "The first time she tried to break up with him, they weren't even going together." (Teenage girl to teenage boy, overheard in Alamo Square by Donna Laemmlen.)

-- "I'm glad you asked. Yes, I was once charged with attempted murder." (Couple on what seemed to be first date, overheard at NOPA by B. Stormont.)

If all goes well, they get down to business:

-- "So I told him, 'If she's standing close enough to kiss her it means she wants you to.' " (Man to friend, overheard at Pasta Pomodoro on 24th Street by Gerald Nachman.)

-- "Even my hips hurt the next day." (Woman to companions, overheard at Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves in Sonoma by Leslie McLean.)

-- "So I told him, 'I don't want your phone number! I just want to make out.' " (Young woman on cell phone, overheard at City College in San Francisco by Hallie Strock.)

-- "We tried a popsicle cover, but it broke." (Teenage boy to teenage boy, overheard on the 43-Masonic by Dedo Tres.)

-- "Did she de-virginize him?" (Man on cell phone, overheard on Guerrero Street by Walter Gorman.)

-- "Barack Obama. We've made it our new safe word." (Woman to woman, overheard at the bar at Cafe Rouge by Desmond Yen.)

-- "Two small regulars." "Regulars?" "Yeah, I have a different lover this morning." (Young man talking with barista, overheard early morning at the French Hotel Cafe in Berkeley by Robin May.)

-- "I had to get a king-size bed. I'm dating a couple." (Customer overheard at White Horse Bar in Oakland by J.T.G.)

Love Joni!

This song is one of my favorite songs of all time. Before you spit out your cereal and call me on the phone to ask what happened to Stevie...she's still around...but Both Sides Now has it's place in my heart too. One of my favorite memories in recent times is listening to it with my mom sitting on our couch. She hadn't heard it in years and just sat there and smiled.

I first heard Joni Mitchell's works on an American Masters' PBS Show. Beasty actually watched the show with me and agreed she was a true master.

Of course, Joni has nothing on Sara by Fleetwood Mac:


Oh this is just too much

I had a free moment so I was randomly reading articles on the net and this one caught my eye:

Clean up crews can often tell why eviction happened

Now the title is not really on point with the contents of the article but the article was pretty funny none-the-less.

The best line though by far was:

"He once found a diary in a home in Bainbridge Township in Geauga County. It detailed crazy sex parties that were held in the house and the female writer's pledge to return to a life of celibacy. Her vow ended eight days later.

'I could have took that journal and turned it into a book,' Sanders said."

Mr. Sanders...please, turn it into a book. That would be a great read!

President Bush

Unfortunately, I missed the State of the Union address last night. Being on the West Coast has it's (dis)advantage in that respect given the time difference. However, I thought I'd take a moment today to see what was all said and what if anything of interest came out of it.

In short, this NYT article pretty much summed up my feelings without going way overboard. The Bush Presidency has been a hopeless failure. It's really sad to think about all the missed opportunities, incompetence, and just general nastiness.

In the end the article reminded me of a conversation with an in-law during the Christmas Holidays which generally centered on the failures of the current administration. This person, being a die hard Republican, was quick to point out the lies told by Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal. I pointed out that I felt truly betrayed by Clinton in those moments but in the end, nobody died because of his lies. Most importantly, I felt the matter in that scandal was truly one that did not strike at the core of what government is all about - whether or not someone had an affair. On the contrary, the lies told by the Bush Administration regarding Iraq and the need to invade really struck at the heart of what the government's core purpose is - to use force, if necessary, to protect this country. These lies also have resulted in 1000s American soldiers and 100,000s of Iraqi citizens dying. In response, I got silence and the conversation moved on to less contentious topics (thank god). In the end, I didn't feel like I had won any point but merely pointed out something that needed to be pointed out to make sure we were all on the same page about the matter we were discussing. Both betrayed a certain sense of honesty, but one lie was much more important than the other.

So coming back to the article at hand, the NYT did a great job of really summing up what I feel about this State of the Union. It's not so much about what was said...but what wasn't said because of who was doing the talking.