Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The primary frenzy ... again (and a week early)

So I've started filing my posts -- and what a better one to start off with than one about politics?

The New York Times reported today that Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama has sprung ahead of Sen. Hillary Clinton in polls. Apparently, those questioned in the New York Times/CBS News poll believe Obama is the best Democratic candidate to beat out Sen. John McCain in the general election.

As a fierce Obama supporter (and one who's been on his side since 2004), this is good news. The New York state primary may be long over and lost, but there's still hope for Ohio and Texas. Don't forget Rhode Island, either.

How could such a great state -- though the smallest in the Union -- go largely ignored by the general population? With such a great city as Providence (and a great show named after it), Rhode Islanders deserve a lot more respect. And who doesn't love coffee milk, which I've mentioned before?

Before this becomes a treatise on the glories of Rhode Island, I should discuss the upcoming events for the Syracuse for Obama section of his campaign. Next Tuesday, the night of the Ohio/Texas/Rhode Island/Vermont primaries, we'll be gathering once more at the Dewittshire Tavern on Erie Boulevard, in the same area as the Syracuse for Obama headquarters, to watch the results come in. If this gathering proves as fun and exciting as the one on Super "Duper" Tuesday, a good time should be had by all. I'm hoping they recruit John-John again to cater the event. That food was amazing.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Mmm ... (almost) free coffee

Not that I'm associated with or endorse Dunkin Donuts in any way, I noticed (from Slashfood.com, a food blog I frequent) that it'll be selling 99-cent lattes (including the hot latte lite) today (it's 11:55 p.m., so I may as well count it as Tuesday) from 1 to 10 p.m. As the SlashFood post said, it's hard to think of who would buy a latte anytime after 1 p.m., but I'm sure there're those who would, especially on Syracuse University's campus. People are always meeting for coffee or get up so late for class that they need a jolt at 1 p.m. or later. Me, I'll be up at 8:30 a.m., but I'll still wait in line at Schine during my info-desk shift from 3:30 to 6:30 for that 99-cent latte-lite goodness.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The primary buzz

Heather and I have the primary itch, it seems. We've been tuning in to CNN pretty much every time some state votes, and we practically went insane on Super Tuesday. Both Obama fans, we've caught every speech and watched closely as each precinct reported its results for the Democratic candidates. We don't pay too much attention to the Republicans, but we do give them enough mention to make fun of them.

We've even started a CNN "Wall of Shame" and a shrine to our favorite (male) anchors (Anderson Cooper, Rob Marciano and T.J. Holmes, of course). On the Wall of Shame hang ridicularious (remember that word I made up? The combination of ridiculous and hilarity?) quotes from pundits, anchors and even one from Sen. Obama himself.

Which brings me to a type of quandary I've found myself mulling over this past day. One of the pundits we tacked onto the Wall of Shame, a one Ms. Donna Brazile, is quoted as saying, "Barack Obama is no longer just getting the latte-drinking Starbucks kind. Now he's also getting the Dunkin Donuts kind." In many of Obama's speeches, he mentions "the teacher working a second job at a doughnut shop just to make ends meet." (Previously, he'd actually said "Dunkin Donuts" instead of "doughnut shop.")

And today, I see on one of the food blogs I read, Endless Simmer, that Obama was spotted at a Dunkin Donuts in the author's home city (Washington, D.C., I assume?):
Major celebrity sighting this morning at the Dunkin Donuts on 8th St. SE, as an intrepid [Endless Simmer] fan saw Barack H. Obama himself ordering his own coffee! Trying to expand his base maybe?
Coincidence? Or conspiracy?!

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