Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Hello. I guess it's a fairly typical Tuesday. Last night I had dinner with Ryan, Jamie, and Nicole at Waterloo Icehouse. We tried to go to Serrano's, it being Cinco De Mayo and all, but the wait was too long, so we left. I was fine with an American food dinner, though, since I'd already had a Mexican lunch with Jennifer and Kim Bloom at Curra's (which was very good).
In following a thread from yesterday's blog, the NYT ran a sort of op-ed piece today about horseracing injuries and their prevalence throughout the entire sport (not just among the extremely high dollar circuit in which the Kentucky Derby takes place). Apparently 15 horses at 39 racetracks across the country failed to finish races this past Saturday due to medical reasons. According to trainers and some of the more knowledgeable people involved in the sport (as opposed to myself, who admittedly knows next to nothing about the care and training of horses), there are, in fact, steps that can be taken to significantly reduce the chance of injuries (including, apparently, simply allowing th horses to get older and more mature before beginning to train and race them). The author of the article notes that it will be difficult to get owners and trainers to change their ways, but it sounds like a lot of race fans are very interested in seeing some positive remedial actions take place. I hope that the media and the fans continue to put pressure on the sport in a way that helps to protect these animals. I hope.

And it's primary day again in North Carolina and Indiana. I...just...want...it...to...end. Truly. You know what? If one of the Democratic candidates was willing to drop out of the race today, for the greater good, in support of the party, and in order to help fulfill the goals of Democrats as a whole (in giving us more time to prepare for the general election), I would say that we should instantly give the nomination over to the candidate who was willing to step down. That's the kind of wisdom that worked for King Solomon, and I'd say it's appropriate today as well (you know- reward the person who shows that they're really into this to help the party and the people rather than themselves).

On a more pragmatic note, I don't really understand the math involved in all of this, but is there even still any chance that Hillary is going to pull ahead in the actual delegate count? If not, then that means that, at best, Hillary's just fighting to close the gap so that she'll lose by an even slimmer margin, and people are going to be even more pissed off when a final decision has to be made (and I've heard that she's just trying to sway superdelegates, but I think that if the superdelegates actually end up producing a result which is contrary to the result of the popular vote, than that could be something which truly will create a schism within the Democratic party). Barack might do well to consider a vice presidency role, though, too (I'm just saying that Hillary's not the only one who might want to consider bowing out). He's young, he could build up immeasurable good will by showing that he's in this for the greater good, and he might build up an impressive record for himself before making another run for the presidency in his own right (then again, eight years is a long time to wait, and a lot could happen in that time). I don't care. I like them both just fine. I mostly just want it over. We still have a long way to go, and it's going to be pretty sad if the whole party is too tired (or too poor) to take the fight to the Republicans because of all the energy that was expended in the primaries.

Gotta run. You guys be good.

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