Friday, November 19, 2004

New toy

Well, I finally broke down and got a new computer. It's an HP and I love it so far. I have to g used to all the new play things on it but, I'm having fun.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Something to think about

I want to share with you part of a discussion that has been going on in a board I belong to. Though the subject is about judicial nominations, I think what your about to read goes far beyond that subject. Copied with permission from the author, Amber.

I think that the goal behind your argument is short-sighted.

Whatever chicanery that's gone on in the past is irrelevant, unless you are proposing that we continue to permit our legislators to run the government like a school yard feud rather than the very serious business of governing the nation.

We can’t just live in the *now*. While I understand the temptation to slide through every conservative agenda that’s been bogged down by the liberals in the past, conservatives would be doing themselves and their constituents a disservice. The purpose of the government is to represent the people. Our representatives fail in this very important job when they for _partisan_ reasoning do everything in their power to force their agenda.

Look at this election. 49% of the nation did not support Bush. Look at the individual Senate races, most particularly where Daschle was unseated. The race was unbelievably close. What does that tell us? That while the majority won the seat, that the “minority” is not much of a minority, considering the size. These people are still deserving of representation.

The importance of the ideal becomes even more crucial when we are talking about judicial appointments. These people are in their seats until they resign or die. A great disservice is done to the people when one side uses its majority power to nominate and especially install judges whose judgment is not remotely representative of the other 49% of the people. No matter what spin we put on it, no matter how many cases we resurrect of it being done in the past, it doesn’t make it right.

You said:

“…how do you think we got so many liberal judges in the 1960s? It was because Democrats controlled both the White House and Senate. That is how it is SUPPOSED to work. The culture of our country does swing like a pendulum. Why shouldn't it continue to do so in the same way it always has?”

I couldn’t have stated my case any better. The culture of our country shouldn’t swing like a pendulum, from one extreme to the other. Like some drunk tooling down the highway of politics. It should drive vigilantly forward, watching for obstructions. It should with care and consideration swerve gently to the left of the right, depending on the obstruction, then return to the lane of moderation and continue on its way, in a prudent forward progression.

You said:

“Note that if Democrats had a majority in the Senate, president Bush would HAVE to pick judges that they would approve of. Why should he also have to do the same thing when Democrats DON'T control the Senate?”

To reiterate, we are not talking about Democrat vs Republican. We are talking about elected officials representing their constituency. How do you effectively represent a 49% Democrat constituency by pushing only hard right ideals?

Again, look to the future. There will come a day in our lifetime that the Democrats will be back in power. Or perhaps another political body other than Republican or Democrat. Republicans have an opportunity to set the wheels in motion to alter the political climate. There will never be a better opportunity as we would be extending that gracious olive branch from a position of power.

Although I disagree with what Amber wrote about the judicial nominations, I think that the rest of this post is fantastic. Reading around right-wing blogs and reading right-wing groups, you would think that this past election was won by a super majority. Guess what folks? It wasn't. This country is basically split right down the middle. OUR representatives need to take that into consideration. This is a time when conservative can REALLY reach across the aisle. It's also a time when ALL of our representatives need to really look at the whole of the country. Most people aren't far right or far left, they fall right down the middle. Both sides of the aisle need to pay attention to that. This is not a time to reach out to those who are on the fringe, this is a time to look at those in the middle, in other words, most of the country.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Why the liberals lost and will continue to

Have you all noticed the near frothing of the mouth of those on the left since the election? Boy, I have. I've been called everything but a child of God over the last week and a half. I've been looking for something that puts the liberals argument into one article, I've found it. Below you will find that argument(s) and my thoughts on each one. It was written by leftist comedian Adam Felber, sorry, no link.

Concession Speech

[Former candidate Felber, flanked by his family and supporters, steps
up to the podium in the bright autumn sunlight. Cheers and applause
are
heard.]

My fellow Americans, the people of this nation have spoken, and spoken
with a clear voice. So I am here to offer my concession. [Boos,
groans,
rending of garments]

I concede that I overestimated the intelligence of the American
people.
Though the people disagree with the President on almost every issue,
you saw fit to vote for him. I never saw that coming. That's really
special.

And I mean "special" in the sense that we use it to describe those
kids
who ride the short school bus and find ways to injure themselves while
eating pudding with rubber spoons. That kind of special.

And the left wonders why a good amount of people can't stand them. Not only does this guy insult the intelegence of half of the country, God forbid they have minds of their own and can think for themselves, he also insults handicapped children.
I concede that I misjudged the power of hate. That's pretty powerful
stuff, and I didn't see it. So let me take a moment to congratulate the
President's strategists: Putting the gay marriage amendments on the
ballot in various swing states like Ohio... well, that was just genius.
Genius. It got people, a certain kind of people, to the polls. The
unprecedented number of folks who showed up and cited "moral values"
as their biggest issue, those people changed history.

Ha! This is a big laugh. Seems that Felber forgets that over 70% of the country, including the Democratic candidate, are against gay marriage. Even California, not in the least a conservative state, has laws banning gay marriage, but, he, of course, forgets this.
The folks who consider same sex marriage a more important issue than war, or terrorism, or the economy... Who consider tolerance-of-diversity to
be "immoral" while their own crime and divorce and domestic violence rates - DOUBLE
those of Massachussetts - are somehow just peachy.

HA! Another good laugh. Take a look at this article. Go ahead, it will only take a minute. See some hings that stick out at you? Let me help.
When "moral values" was included in poll questions, it was named more often than any other issue. But when voters were just asked to name the issue most important in their vote for president — without being given a list of answers — moral values trailed the war in Iraq and the economy, according to the Pew survey.

"The advantage of the open-ended question is it tells you what's at the top of mind for voters — what they're thinking," said Cliff Zukin, a veteran pollster and professor of public policy at Rutgers University. "Much too much has been made of the moral values answer."

Intersting let's look at some of the research. When no choices were given, moral values only got 9%, Iraq got 27% and the economy got 14%. When choices were given 27% chose moral values and 22% said Iraq. So, depending on how the question was asked, the results changed.
The Pew poll found that voters' reasons for picking "moral values" varies. Just over four in 10 of those who picked "moral values" from the list mentioned social issues like gay marriage and abortion, but others talked about qualities like religion, helping the poor, and candidates' honesty and strength of leadership.

"We did not see any indication that social conservative issues like abortion, gay rights and stem cell research were anywhere near as important as the economy and Iraq," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center. "'Moral values' is a phrase that's very attractive to people."

Ah but, the meme lives on.

Next,
I concede that I put too much faith in America's youth. With 8 out of
10 of you opposing the President, with your friends and classmates
dying
daily in a war you disapprove of, with your future being mortgaged to
pay for rich old peoples' tax breaks, you somehow managed to sit on
your asses and watch the Cartoon Network while aging homophobic
hillbillies
carried the day. You voted with the exact same anemic percentage that
you did in 2000. You s*uck. Seriously, y'do. [Cheers, applause] Thank
you. Thank you very much.

Yes, everyone who voted for Bush are "aging homophobic hillbillies". 50 some odd million people have no clue. Yep, you keep telling yourself that. Oh, and keep insulting the young voters, there is already a trend with the youth showing they are more conservative than their parents so, go ahead, keep pushing them over to this side.
There are some who would say that I sound bitter, that now is the time
for healing, to bring the nation together. Let me tell you a little
story. Last night, I watched the returns come in with some friends
here in Los Angeles. As the night progressed, people began to talk
half-seriously about secession, a red state / blue state split. The
reasoning was this:

We in blue states produce the vast majority of the
wealth in this country and pay the most taxes, and you in the red
states receive the majority of the money from those taxes while
complaining about 'em. We in the blue states are the only ones who've been
attacked by foreign terrorists, yet you in the red states are gung ho to fight
a war in our name.

I will have to do some research into the first part but, aren't the people on the left the ones who think that tax money should go to those who "need" them. What's your bitch then? You are getting exactly what you have asked for over the last 50 years.

As for the last statement, yes, New York was the "only" place hit by terrorists. That is, if you only count what happened on September 11. This country has been attacked with impunity for well over 20 years. The terrorist finally figured out that to get our attention they had to hit our land mass. They did it in a spectacular way. But listen very closely, moron, you are NOT the only target, you were an easy target.I live in an area with military bases all around me. I have a base for the Atlantic Fleet, a Naval Air Station, a submarine base and the largest Air National Guard base in Florida within 30 miles of me. Grow a brain.
We in the blue states produce the entertainment that
you consume so greedily each day, while you in the red states show
open disdain for us and our values. Blue state civilians are the actual
victims and targets of the war on terror, while red state civilians
are the ones standing behind us and yelling "Oh, yeah!? Bring it on!"

Yes, be proud, your industry is based on lying for a living.
More than 40% of you Bush voters still believe that Saddam Hussein had
something to do with 9/11. I'm impressed by that, truly I am. Your
sons and daughters who might die in this war know it's not true, the people
in the urban centers where al Qaeda wants to attack know it's not
true, but those of you who are at practically no risk believe this easy lie
because you can. As part of my concession speech, let me say that I
really envy that luxury. I concede that.

So? People have a habit of not paying attention. That includes yourself. You seem to forget that this wasn't just about Al-Queda, this is about a global war on terror. It has been from the begining and you seem to forget that, because it fits into your long winded diatribe that is full of shit. Do you pay attention? Did you actually listen to the President after 9/11? Of course not. It doesn't fit YOUR preconcieved notions.

The next two paragraphs are repeats of the above and then, we come to this
So that's why I'm asking for your vote in 2008, America. I'm talking
to you, you ignorant, slack-jawed yokels, you bible-thumping, inbred
drones, you redneck, racist, chest-thumping, perennially duped
grade-school grads. Vote for me, because I know better, and I truly
believe that I can help your smug, sorry asses. Vote Felber in '08!
Thank you, and may God, if he does in fact exist, bless each and every
one of you.

This is EXACTLY why liberals will continue to lose. They have no true understanding of the "heartland" of America. You are all just stupid drones, unable to think for yourselves. The funny thing in all this is, they think they are right. THEY are the only people with any TRUE understanding of what is really going on. You are just a pile of meat that should do what they want.

The above article, as I said, was written by a comedian but, you can hear the same thing from your liberal friends, liberal columnists, Dan Rather, Kos and anyone else on the left side. They truly believe you should vote for candidates that feel the exact same way as they do. Ah, well, maybe one day they will learn. I somehow doubt it.

Monday, November 08, 2004

My first thought was, he lied in every word

For those of you who are fans of Stephen King, the title of this post will look familiar. Of course, it is the first sentence in the first stanza of Robert Browning's "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" and the inspiration for the Dark Tower series of books that King has been writing over the last 30 years. Well, after 18 years of reading the series, I finished the last book last night, no I won't tell you what happened.

It's kind of funny but, as much as I have wanted King to finish these books, I feel sad that it's over. If you aren't a big reader you will never understand that. You really get into the characters in these books and then, it's over. Oh well, all things come to an end.

Blog Note

Okay, Blogger is ticking me off lately. I haven't been able to get on to my account since last Wednesday. I did want to let you folks know that I MAY be a little hit and miss over the next month or so. I am remodeling my kitchen, dining room, living room and office, for right now, and it is taking a lot of my time and energy. For my regular readers, please keep checking back, for those who just come in for a look around, you keep coming back too.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

America has spoken

Well America, you spoke and you spoke loudly. John Kerry has just graciously conceded the election. I'm not going to go into the details of all that happened last night, you've probably been reading and listening to it all day.

Not only did Bush win but he won with a mandate. The Republicans also picked up seats in the House and the Senate.

As I said, America has spoken and I think what they said is loud and clear. They don't want a far left government, and whether Kerry voters like it or not, that is what they would have gotten with Kerry. There has been a SMALL shift to the right in this country and people think that Bush will do the better job. As I said in my endorsement, I voted for Bush because of taxes and the War on Terror. Hopefully, in this term, Bush will learn how the veto works and start cutting the size of the government. We will have to wait and see.

To the democrats among my readers, 2000 is over, the President has won, let's move on with the job of being Americans. I'm not saying there isn't room for descent, that is always a good thing. What I am saying is, Bush won, he won the Electoral College and the popular vote, by 3%. Let's just move on now.

To the Republicans, don't let this get to your head. Yes, you have won desisively but, it's time to cut the far right rhetoric and move on with proving to the world and, more importantly, to ourselves, that we can stand united as a country. Yes, we will disagree on some things but, we ARE Americans and it's is far past time started acting like it.

The election is over, thank GOD, let's put aside the insults and the rhetoric and act like the civilised nation that we are.

Now, I got that over with I do have to do a happy dance. Tom Daschle lost. HA HA HA HA HA!!!! Good work South Dakota.

Okay, back to being civilised.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Thank God

15 hours until the polling places open on the east coast. I don't know about you but, I am so stinking tired of this election cycle, I'll need four years to get over it.

Prediction: Bush by 5%. Dems will send out lawyers in three states and lose every case.

I may take tomorrow off but, I don't want to say for sure. I have a feeling that my polling place will be interesting and if something happens, I'll let you know. See ya Wednesday.

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE.

The Electoral College

Last night I gave my endorsement, it can be found here, and in the comment section Allan wrote this,

But this is the price we pay for an electoral college as opposed to a true democracy. The electoral college emboldens the two party system thereby making a third party at best non-viable. At worst, irrelevent.

First, I have to remind Allan that, we are not a democracy, we are a republic, a republic is
A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them.

a democracy is
The common people, considered as the primary source of political power.
Majority rule

Two different concepts.

Secondly, while there are some down sides to the Electoral College, mostly it was a good idea, let's look at exactly what the Electoral College does
Each State is allocated a number of Electors equal to the number of its U.S. Senators (always 2) plus the number of its U.S. Representatives (which may change each decade according to the size of each State's population as determined in the Census).

The political parties (or independent candidates) in each State submit to the State's chief election official a list of individuals pledged to their candidate for president and equal in number to the State's electoral vote. Usually, the major political parties select these individuals either in their State party conventions or through appointment by their State party leaders while third parties and independent candidates merely designate theirs.

Members of Congress and employees of the federal government are prohibited from serving as an Elector in order to maintain the balance between the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.

After their caucuses and primaries, the major parties nominate their candidates for president and vice president in their national conventions traditionally held in the summer preceding the election. (Third parties and independent candidates follow different procedures according to the individual State laws). The names of the duly nominated candidates are then officially submitted to each State's chief election official so that they might appear on the general election ballot.

On the Tuesday following the first Monday of November in years divisible by four, the people in each State cast their ballots for the party slate of Electors representing their choice for president and vice president (although as a matter of practice, general election ballots normally say "Electors for" each set of candidates rather than list the individual Electors on each slate).

Whichever party slate wins the most popular votes in the State becomes that State's Electors-so that, in effect, whichever presidential ticket gets the most popular votes in a State wins all the Electors of that State. [The two exceptions to this are Maine and Nebraska where two Electors are chosen by statewide popular vote and the remainder by the popular vote within each Congressional district].

On the Monday following the second Wednesday of December (as established in federal law) each State's Electors meet in their respective State capitals and cast their electoral votes-one for president and one for vice president.

In order to prevent Electors from voting only for "favorite sons" of their home State, at least one of their votes must be for a person from outside their State (though this is seldom a problem since the parties have consistently nominated presidential and vice presidential candidates from different States).
The electoral votes are then sealed and transmitted from each State to the President of the Senate who, on the following January 6, opens and reads them before both houses of the Congress.

The candidate for president with the most electoral votes, provided that it is an absolute majority (one over half of the total), is declared president. Similarly, the vice presidential candidate with the absolute majority of electoral votes is declared vice president.

In the event no one obtains an absolute majority of electoral votes for president, the U.S. House of Representatives (as the chamber closest to the people) selects the president from among the top three contenders with each State casting only one vote and an absolute majority of the States being required to elect. Similarly, if no one obtains an absolute majority for vice president, then the U.S. Senate makes the selection from among the top two contenders for that office.
At noon on January 20, the duly elected president and vice president are sworn into office.


So, contrary to popular belief, the electoral college votes for the popular vote in their respective state.

But, we hear, that the overall popular vote should be what counts. I'd like to ask the people who say that, why should two or three states make the choice for the rest of the country? New York and California do not represent the whole country. For our elections to be fair, the will of ALL of the people should be counted, not just the states with the most people in it. Without the EC, we would really have no choice in who our President is. Without it, we would get the choice of New York.

I consider the system we have to be far better than any other countries out there. Sure, we have problems but, as a whole, the system works and the will of ALL of he people is counted.