Saturday, August 21, 2004

Class Warfare

That's why you've got to be careful about this rhetoric, we're only going to tax the rich. You know who the -- the rich in America happen to be the small business owners. That's what that means. Just remember, when you're talking about, oh, we're just going to run up the taxes on a certain number of people -- first of all, real rich people figure out how to dodge taxes. (Laughter.) And the small business owners end up paying a lot of the burden of this taxation. George Bush, August 9, 2004 [More]

OK, Bush talks to "the people" and tells them that the rich just get out of their taxes, so there's no reason to raise taxes. That's pretty odd - combined with the people saying that they couldn't afford to work if the taxes went up. I seem to remember many of those very same people working (and working hard) under the Clinton Administration's crushing taxes.

I've also worked for someone who ran an S Corp. (which the prez was talking about). It ticked me off, because everyone in the company basically served him. I was hired to code and do some network administration, but ended up having to go out to his house to fix his home computer a couple of times. I've also been advised against S Corps any time I considered making a corporation in favor of LLCs. So I'm not sure exactly who he's trying to help here.
My prediction? Kerry Landslide. In fact, it'll be the Democratic tide, with Dems winning the White House, Senate, and possibly the House, but at least making a serious dent in it. What are the stakes on this again? Are we betting money?

Thursday, August 19, 2004

The Seventh Seal

Hey kids! Do you know your Seven Seals (signs) of the coming Apocalypse?

You should! It's easy, it's fun, and it'll give you something to do while CNN covers the collapse of the Dome of the Rock!

Let's start!
  • The First Seal - Religious Deception and Persecution
  • The Second Seal - War
  • The Third Seal - Famine
  • The Fourth Seal - Pestilence
  • The Fifth Seal - Tribulation and Martyrdom
  • The Sixth Seal - Signs In The Heavens
  • The Seventh Seal
    "When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets." (Revelation 8:1-2)

Would a guitar do instead of a trumpet?

And you thought that Demi Moore was going to have something to with this! Didja know she was once an entire limb of Michael Moore?

My $0.02 worth

Mentally I predicted Kerry as the winner about a week ago. I haven't changed my mind. So it's time to say it out 'blog'. John Kerry is going to be the 44th president of the USA. It's gonna be a razor thin margin with shades of Florida all over again.

Why is he going to be President? This guy is a walking talking Zaphod Beeblebrox. And people seem to be buying into it. Hell when I voted for 41 I didn't have to hold my nose nearly as much as the Kerry crowd is going to have to.

Let's face it, aside from John Kerry, no one really likes Kerry. And despite this he is still holding his own in the polls.

Brian has already predicted W by a landslide.
Terry predicts Kerry by a razor.

Your turn Shawn.

Mozilla Webgoat

And now for something completely different guzzles 36 beers, passes out at campground
Best Quote:
"They set a trap using as bait some doughnuts, honey and two cans of Rainier Beer. It worked and the bear was captured for relocation."

Mozilla Moongecko

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

The Late 1990's - Before Bushitler Seized Power

  • Gay Marraige was legal in all fifty states.
  • There was 100% employment, all workers enjoyed health and retirement benefits.
  • The United States was a signatory member of the Kyoto Protocols and committed to the reversal of global warming.
  • Arab and Islamic Scholars taught our children about respect for other cultures, obedience to the government and the need for world peace.
  • Abortion was available on-demand, twenty four hours a day, in every state.

  • Jews and Palestinians had agreed to make Jerusalem as a World Heritage Site and began to get down to some serious miscegenation.
  • The Milky Way was observable 180 nights a year from downtown L.A.
  • Writers lived without the fear of being locked up in the Gulag Archipelago and often times scripted powerful anti-governmental screeds.
  • Entertainers would perform live sex acts on stage, often times at local children's theatres to show how important it was to have tolerance for all sexual persuasions.
  • Women had achieved 100% parity in the workplace. Fifty percent of all men chose to remain at home on paternity leave so that their wives could return to their rightful place in the Boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies.

  • Abortion in any trimester was subsidized by the government.
  • Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon were known for their roles in comedies.
  • Iraq was a full member of global society - they enjoyed free elections, unrestricted trade with their neighbors and a comfortable lead in the World Cup.
  • Karl Rove ran a small porno shop in Muncie, Indiana, specializing in barely legal teens and Japanese imports.
  • Clinton's CIA and FBI were running down and squashing terrorist networks globally.

  • Political donations were made only by philanthropists, unemployed multi-media developers and schoolchildren. It was illegal for Corporations to donate to a political candidate.
  • Osama bin Laden was a minor Islamic scholar, unaware that in August of 2001 he would have to drop everything and plan an attack on the U.S. while the president was on vacation.
  • Howard Stern was a respected humorist, on a par with Garrison Keillor and Bill Cosby. He had never been fined by the FCC, ever.
  • It was the official policy of the U.S. Government to prevent the browner nations from having tech sector jobs. All ex-colonials were to work in the fields, under straw hats.
  • Pre-emptively invading Afghanistan would have been a good idea to prevent the NYC attacks, but pre-emptively invading Iraq to prevent the Orlando attacks would have been a bad idea.

I have been waiting months to post this - the first draft was written in March of this year and was last updated in June.

We can all sip from the Kool Aid from time to time.
A far more interesting reply wouldn't be a point by point refutation of each absurdity, but rather a post on the election problem we started to discuss.

Drink Deeply

I wish I had the kind of time it takes to experiment with mind-altering drugs.

Monday, August 16, 2004

My First Stargate Post

I don't watch Stargate.

However, I have, recently, been charged to find a problem with the Patriot Act.

Here it is.

I think we can all agree that fan sites are good. I think that we can also agree that jack-booted thugs are not wanted. I also think that we can agree that MPAA and RIAA can go screw themselves.

Under my dictatorship, MPAA and RIAA would be declared terrorist organizations.
Our hatred of MPAA and RIAA is shared also, isn't it?

Two Salient Points

OK, there are two things which must be pointed out:
... Bush treats bin Laden a lot like those wizards in the Harry Potter books treat He Who Must Not Be Named.

Since the beginning of 2003, in fact, Bush has mentioned bin Laden's name on only 10 occasions. And on six of those occasions it was because he was asked a direct question.

In addition, there were four times when Bush was asked about bin Laden directly but was able to answer without mentioning bin Laden's name himself.

Not once during that period has he talked about bin Laden at any length, or said anything substantive.

During the same period, for comparison purposes, Bush has mentioned former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on approximately 300 occasions.

The last time Bush spoke protractedly about bin Laden was at a March 2003 news conference. Bush was asked then by Kelly Wallace of CNN why he so rarely mentioned bin Laden, and whether bin Laden was, in fact, dead or alive [...]

[Bush's answer:] "So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you ... I truly am not that concerned about him."


"A generation shaped by Vietnam must remember the lessons of Vietnam: When America uses force in the world, the cause must be just, the goal must be clear, and the victory must be overwhelming."
—George W. Bush, accepting the Republican nomination for president, August 3, 2000

I hate to vote against someone, but I am willing to do it this year. A comic recently characterized this race as Dum-dum vs. Seabiscuit, and I can see how both candidates look equally repulsive, but I have to reflect on a few things:

  1. The United States was never more secular than in the mid-to-late 90s.
  2. I never had trouble finding work during the mid-to-late 90s.
  3. The worst abuse of government power during the mid-to-late 90s was either a wacko nut's compound burning down or a Cuban kid being legally returned to his father.

I would like to return to a government similar to that of the mid-to-late 90s. I am not registered with either party. In the last two national elections, I voted third-party. In the off-season elections, I voted third-party.

This time? I'm going to vote block Democrat. How the hell did this happen? How did I get so pissed off that I'm willing to violate my third-party principles to make sure that Republicans are out of power?

The answer is as easy as Bush.
So much for our summer of love.

So you mean I've got a shot?

Well, I'm not really interested in being a spiritual leader. I will, however, be spending some time at the Dem. Duval County Headquarters tomorrow morning. That'll be a change from my usual waking up around noon and then getting online and listening to Air America while I "work" online all day.
Better than claiming to "practice law" all day. Sheesh. If I was "practicing" all day, you'd think I would finally be able to do it for real.

Ok, that's jealousy talking. I'll be the first to admit it.

The New Pope

You heard it here first - the new Pope will not be a European.
Some of you good Germans probably didn't consider the current one a European

Belly Hunting

Telegraph | Opinion | Kerry can't shoot deer or stop terror: "He was in Wisconsin the other day, pretending to be a regular guy, and was asked what kind of hunting he preferred. 'I'd have to say deer,' said the senator. 'I go out with my trusty 12-gauge double-barrel, crawl around on my stomach... That's hunting."
Yep that's how us regular guys do it, we crawl on our bellys. This guy is so full of shit. But, at least he is able to speak in complete sentences.
Thanks Brian, I'm glad you took care of that Volleyball stuff for us. You beat me to it.

Let me just get this out of the way . . .

Then we can resume normal blogging.

The majesty, the spectacle, the commitment of the athletes. I'm just proud to honor each and every one of these juicy, err, phenomenal athletes.
Now I can get back to work

Sunday, August 15, 2004

An Historic Moment

This is why this blog exists:

I agree, in principle and general, which Brian's last post.

The details need to be worked out a little more, but I agree on the general qualifications and deconstruction of electioneering. I get a little disgusted at anywhere near 25% of the time a candidate spends in office is spent campaigning. That's sure as hell not why I voted for them and it's not why I pay their salaries.

Let's put the "servant" back in public and civil servants.
Another historical first: my uncharacteristically short post.

Mona Lisa Smile

The sad state of American Politics, sadly, is the result of the unparalleled success of American Politics. Let me try that again.

Used to be that simply by tossing your hat into the ring as either a GOP or DNC candidate would simply guarantee you 30% of the vote. It was calculated that 60% of Americans simply cast a straight ticket and that you, as a named party candidate, would get half of it. The campaign was over the remaining 21%.

I was called by a push poller from the Kerry campaign a few weeks ago. Spent a very enjoyable 20 minutes on the phone saying over and over again, "The war. I'm mostly concerned about the war."

When it was over with, the poller took my vitals - White, non-hispanic, male, 30's, family, self-employed professional, zip code 54501, you want my what?

"Your street, sir."

"Like hell."

She's punching all this stuff into a computer and that computer is deciding where to call next, where to send solicitations, and maybe even where to send door knockers.

They've figured out most of that remaining 21%. They're probably working on the remaining 3% - and the polls bear this out. Notice that almost all reputable polls are hip deep into their margin of error? Those 3% would be the uninformed, and at this point, uninformable voters. Shit, if you can't decide within the first six months of the campaign cycle, why even bother having the second six months?

Two ways to go about this in my mind: Option #1: Ban *all* electioneering within two months of any non-primary election. Hold the primary through the mails. Shoot whoever wins. Move to Venezuela.

Option #2: Draft people for elected office. Nobody should want to be elected to anything greater then city council or county board.
  • The Executive Branch: one six year term for anyone with an IQ greater then 120 and a graduate degree.
  • The US Senate: A single four year term. Elected from members of the State houses, just as the founders intended. These can still be morons and felons.
  • US House of Representatives: A single two year term. Anyone with a college degree or better. IQ at least 100.
  • Local elections: nothing that would effect the selection of National Office holders should be elected.

Beyond that, go nuts. Go feudal, anarchist, republican, theocratic, democratic, gynocratic or paleocratic. If the locals don't like, it, they can freaking leave and move somewhere to their liking. (Which is already happening)

Look, the bureaucracy in this nation is enormous - bigger then you can imagine. And they figured out somewhere around 1970 that all they have to do is skate along between elections and they get to keep their jobs. I'm not happy about this, but it works. The highways get built, the aircraft carriers get launched, and the little old ladies get their pensions. These are everyday feats of our bureaucracy - and there is no reason to stop that big machine from working.

Is this workable? I think so. The requirements for office should probably have to be juggled and I haven't even deal with the issue of salary and benefits - but anything would be better then the gravy train that service in Congress and the Executive branch has become.
Post is way too long. And I've edited the damn thing three times now.