Posted in Humor - General, Politics - General

Seven Key Takeaways from RNC 2012

I came up with this list after going through a very long process. The validity of these key takeaways is subject to the individual’s perspective. Needless to say, if you don’t have a humor nerve in you, never mind going past this period.

  1. Apparently the best way to get voters out to the polling stations to vote for Romney is to plant them with a fear – Do you want to go home safe from your high school dance?
  2. If you want to highlight what your weakness is, go the extra mile and perhaps even overboard to showcase it with the hope that people will think that is in fact your strength. But the risk is that it will come across as if you are trying too hard to do this. Case in point being Romney’s desperate effort to show his popularity among women. All the 33 women who attended the RNC convention (excluding those who belong to Romney/Ryan’s family) were made to stand when Romney was walking the aisle before his acceptance speech, so that Romney could shake hands with them, Jay Leno style. Needless to say, it was too obvious.
  3. If you want to show that your party is not to be ‘left’ behind when it comes to Hollywood or Celebrity support, then do not bring the oldest man in H town to deliver a speech. He may have been the quintessential gun toting macho maverick of his days, but today he is an old, crochety dude rambling along with no clear target in his mind.
  4. If I am responsible for the convention, I would demand all the prime time speakers (especially the keynote speaker) submit their speeches ahead of time and let me whet them (the speeches) before they can deliver them. Else, you will have a Chris Christie with an inflated ego, walking in “weighting heavily” on himself and talk all about himself but nothing about the nominee. Get it?
  5. We Built It” theme – Really? Who came up with that? Even if you wanted the other side to stop the blame game, by this “We built it” theme, you have actually successfully managed to remind everyone again that you in fact were the reason for this economic mess and that you built it.
  6. I know the elites of the Republican Party are expected to have read Ayn Rand and pretend they actually understand her. The part that RNC hosts may have failed to understand is that, Ayn Rand’s ideology/philosophy works great in fictional books, specially in those where the reader is more caught up with the literary chase Rand gives through her complicated sentence structures than the actual basics of the ideology. But to run the most powerful democracy of the world using that ideology?? Hmmmm..Either one must be really dumb to propose that or simply doesn’t understand Ayn Rand.
  7. Condoleezza Rice was the only primetime speaker, I think, who refused to use Obama’s name during her entire 15 minute speech. Being the only dignified-sort-of person to grace the podium during the 4 nights of RNC, you should have let her be the highlight of the evening. Instead you brought in a bag of lies called Paul Ryan and ruined it for her. Where Rice carefully maneuvered through her Secretary of State days, which, looking back were only filled one disastrous foreign policy missteps after another, trying to perhaps talk about how GOP “also” can keep you safe, you had Ryan walk in a few minutes later and fire up the base with his lie filled speech. Shame on him for ruining Rice’s evening! Yes, just like Eastwood ruined Romney’s speech the following night with his empty chair rambling.
Posted in Podcast, Thamizh (தமிழ்)

Independence Day Podcast

My first attempt at Podcasting..

Happy Indian Independence Day.

Here is the text of the message..

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சுதந்திரம் என்பது ஒரு நிலையே. சாதனையன்று.

ஆயினும் சுதந்திர தினத்தைக் கொண்டாடுவதில் தவறில்லை என்ற கருத்தைக் கொண்டவன் நான். அப்படிச் சிந்திக்கும்பொழுது, எந்த முறையில் கொண்டாடுவது சரியென்கிற கேள்வியெழுகிறது எனக்குள்.

நான் பார்த்தவரை, கேட்டவரை, உணர்ந்தவரை, இந்தியாவில் இன்னும் பலர், தமது தேசிய சுதந்திர தினத்தை, 100,200 வருடங்களுக்கு முன்னால் நடந்த சம்பவங்களை நினைவு கொண்டு, அவற்றை மட்டுமே நினைவு கொண்டும், கண்ணீர் சிந்தியும், சிலைகளுக்கு மலர் கோப்புகளிட்டும், அச்சம்பவங்களைச் சார்ந்த இதர பல செய்கைகள் மூலமாகவும் கொண்டாடுவதையே இத்தினத்தின் இழைமானமாக ஆக்கிவிட்டார்களோ என்ற ஐயம் எனக்குள் எழுகிறது.

நடந்து வந்த பாதையை நினைவு கொள்வது நன்று. அது அவசியம்.
ஆனால் அது முடிந்து போன கதை.
நாம் முன்னால் நடக்கக்கிவிருக்கின்ற பாதையைப் பற்றி யோசிக்காமல், நடந்து வந்த பாதையின் பெருமையைப் பற்றிப் பேசி, பேசியே காலத்தைப் போக்கினால், நாம் அடுத்து எடுத்து வைக்கும் அடி தவறான அடியாக இருக்க சாத்தியங்கள் அதிகம்.
ஒருவேளை அச்சாத்தியக் கூறுகளினால் வரும் பயத்தாலேயே அடுத்த அடி எடுத்து வைக்காமல் போய்விடுவோமோ என்ற பயம் கூட உண்டு எனக்கு.

எது சரி என்று சொல்கிற தெளிவு இன்னும் எனக்குள்ளிலெங்கிலும், பழங்கதைகளையும், நம் நாட்டை, நம் நாட்டாக்கியச் சரித்திரதத்தையும் கொஞ்சம் நினைவு கொண்டு, நினைவு மட்டுமே கொண்டு, அடுத்து நாம் என்ன சாதனைகள் செய்ய ஆயத்தமாகிக் கொண்டிருக்கிறோம், அதற்காக இப்பொழுது நாம் நம்மை எப்படித் தயார்படுத்திக் கொண்டிருக்கிறோம் என்பதே சுதந்திர தினத்தின் மெய்ப்பாடாக இருக்க வேண்டும் என்பது என் எண்ணம். கொண்டாட்டங்கள் அனைத்தும் அவற்றைச் சார்ந்ததாகவே இருக்க வேண்டும்.

அனைவரும் புதுச்சாதனைகளை நோக்கிச் செல்ல என் சுதந்திர தின நல் வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

Here is an attempt to translate the above:

Independence is a state of living and not an achievement by itself.
Yet, I have no qualms celebrating Independence day. In that context, I question myself as to what kind of celebrations are apt for Independence day.

From what I have seen, experienced and heard, most people in India tend to celebrate Independence day only by remembering events & incidents that happened 100 or 200 years ago. They do that perhaps by shedding tears, garlanding statues and doing things that are somehow related to those events. I doubt if they have made such a tradition alone define the characteristic of that day.

It’s good to remember the path that has brought us here. It’s important.

But that’s history.

If we continue to relive in the past by cherishing our past glory instead of our path forward, then the the probability of the next step we take being a misstep is high.

And I also doubt that we may not take the next step at all, for the fear that arises out that probability.

Even though I don’t have the clarity to say what is right and what is wrong, I feel, as a country we should start thinking about our future goals and how we are preparing to achieve those goals, while continuing to remember our past glories (just remember). This, in essence, should define how we celebrate Independence Day. Our celebrations should focus on that aspect.

Wishes to achieve glorious feats in future. Wishes to all those who celebrate Independence Day.

Posted in Sports - General

Olympic Notes – Week 1

1) The US basketball team should have qualified for the final directly. Scores like 156-73 are simply insulting…(to all parties involved :))

2) The GB athletes may belong to the rare group that prefers not to sing its national anthem during the medal ceremonies. But then it isn’t surprising given that that it may be the most cringeworthy national anthem ..right?

3) Apparently peeing in the pool is more prevalent than what everyone thought. I wonder how anyone even manages to find the time to pee while in the middle of a 100m or 200m competitive swim?? Ok. Ok. I get it…:)4) Simply amused by the spoiler alert disclaimers all the news channels were forced to do and got tickled by how many times they bungled in the process. (Like the Fox News spoiler alert before announcing a Phelps gold. The anchor asks the viewers to mute their TVs if they don’t want to hear the results..and then while the anchor goes about announcing the Phelps gold, there goes a bold ticker at the bottom of the screen “MICHAEL PHELPS WINS GOLD ********” or something like that..)Why? Why? Why do we want to warp ourselves in this time bubble and expect others to respect our imaginary timeline? Will never figure this one out.

5) The organizers probably didn’t think through the beach volleyball schedule (yes women’s), especially after IOC revised their attire rules..night games, outdoors, 55 deg F weather, etc. What were they thinking? Of course, the stands continue to be full is a different story..

6) As someone joked, babies who were born at the beginning of the Federer-Del Potro 3rd set were already in college by the time the 3rd set ended. What an epic match it turned out to be!
7) And finally Mr. Olympics, Michael Phelps has won as many medals in total as India has in Summer Olympics put together. But the real question is has he won any medal in shooting? Talking about Shooting, every time I wonder if it really should be an Olympic sport, I get reminded of India’s medal tally and I stop wondering.