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Wednesday, July 28, 2004
I was told there would be no math.

Paul - I hope you're not too disappointed at the lack of physics. I'm just a radio host, and Sean did give you fair warning.

Well, my little world is consumed with politics, so I am going to spend one more post on that topic. Chicago is all abuzz over the success of Barack Obama's speech last night. I don't know how many of the blog's readers are from Illinois, so little bit of background on Obama. He's running unopposed (as of now) for Senate here, because his opponent dropped out after the release of some scandalous divorce records. There were accusations that he made his wife go to a sex club and wanted to have sex with her in front of other people. The republicans have yet to replace him. so Barack has had about four weeks to campaign with no one else out there.

So, without even holding a federal office, the guy gets to be the keynote speaker at the national convention (I guess the keynote spot has turned into the "Best New Talent" prize). The feeling here seems to be elation - everyone I talked to thought the speech was thrilling. I've actually never heard that kind of a reaction to a political speech. One friend even said that he was watching the speech sitting on his couch, and by the time it was over, he was on his feet and hadn't even remembered standing up. Quite a thing, I think.

OK. Now I will swear off politics for the rest of the week (if I can!)


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