Hi. Hope you guys are hanging in there.
Stayed home last night. I watched an episode of Frontline about the Marine Corps shootings in Haditha, Iraq. (I ended up thinking that it was a messed up situation in which some bad decisions were probably made, but that it was nothing like the "massacre", with American troops mercilessly, and cold bloodedly executing Iraqi civilians, that had initially been portrayed in the media)
I also watched an episode of Independent Lens called Banished, which was about the expulsion of black residents from towns across America from the 1860s to the 1920s. Descendants of the black families who were chased out of these towns are now seeking reparations, and a number of the towns which banished black residents remain almost exclusively white, even up to today. Once again, a pretty messed up situation.
I also watched a bit of Anthony Bourdain's show, No Reservations. Bourdain was eating his way across China, and despite the fact that I had already had dinner (i.e., a Subway sandwich), I had to turn the show off because it was making me incredibly hungry.
So, obviously I didn't do much last night.
Obama seems to be continuing to gain momentum in advance of tomorrow night's debate here in Austin. The intricacies of the delegate counts for the Democratic nomination continue to confuse me, but I would guess that the Texas primary remains more important than ever in deciding who the Democratic candidate will be. Anyway, I like Obama, and find him charismatic, energetic, and (dare I say it?) a little bit inspiring. On the other hand, as my dad pointed out on the phone last night, Hillary seems like a bit more of a "safe bet" in terms of the fact that I think most Americans feel like they know her and have a feel for how she would run the country (at least to some extent). So voting for Obama seems to bring the exciting possibility for change, along with the somewhat less exciting possibility that he might be a much better campaigner than a leader, while voting for Hillary gets you more of a proven commodity, but someone who's probably going to carry on very much in the tradition of her husband's presidency (which I don't think is a bad thing, personally).
I gotta go early vote this week.