RO: Rice University is hosting a Mayoral Forum discussing Land Use and whatnot tonight at the Contemporary Arts Museum. Land use is apparently going to be a big issue among the candidates. Thoughts on the race? Who've you got? Why?S: All I have to say about the Houston Mayoral Race is that the the next mayor is already picked. Will it be Peter Brown, Annise Parker, Gene Locke or Ben Hall? Whoever is willing to be a puppet for the "Machine." Yes, I said it: we the people do not pick the next mayor. The wealthy interests - a.k.a. "Machine" - provide money and a [foolproof] media-marketing campaign in return that their "Chosen One" signs off any building permits, tax breaks, and whatnots that they see fitting. Bullshit runs a marathon, so if you happen to see one of these canidates running for a cancer, Lou Gehrig's disease or HIV/AIDS fundraiser, know that Soledad warned you. RO: Are you positive about that? Because we're pretty sure that's one of the basic pillars of democracy, sir. What about Obama? Was that all a ruse so as to keep the people from revolting? We think the fact that Americans will never, ever revolt against anything is evidence enough that that's not true. S: Come on now. Unless you have been under some rock since the days of George Washington, then you know each Commander in Chief is hand-picked. In Obama's case, he was brought in to the give the American people hope. After eight years of George W. Bush, which brought on a rise in unemployment, foreclosures, corporate embezzlement and 9/11 (an inside job), the "Machine" needed to activate a "Change Campaign."