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Just one Guy's personal blog of thoughts & sense--common, non, and otherwise--of the world in which we live.

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Location: Nipomo, Central Coast, California, United States

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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Happy Halloween


Happy Halloween from Nipomo! Pumpkin courtesy of Ryan. The alternative is truly scary!

Friday, October 29, 2004

All We Are Saying . . . . Is Give Peace a Chance


Our youngest Democrat! Go Kerry! Ryan's Halloween get up for school today.

I Am Not That Concerned About Him



So claimed w on March 13, 2003 in a
White House Press Conference. For the relevant excerpt see here. Then, true to form, he LIED about saying that in the third Presidental debate. So, w went from wanting bid Laden dead or alive to, I'm not concerned about him. Now four days before the American election he rises from nowhere to tweak w, America and the world, reminding everyone that the former dictator of Iraq, who had nothing to do with 9/11, sits captured in a jail cell, while Osama, well dressed, healthy, and free somewhere in Pakistan lectures us from behind a podium. In the interim the holy "jihadists" who didn't exist in Iraq before our "catastrophic success" in March 2003, are murdering our fine service men and women on an almost daily basis. What is wrong with this picture? It is time for regime change right here at home. It is time for a catastrophic success at the ballot box. Go vote on November 2!

Stop Bush



Monday, October 25, 2004

The New Yorker Speaks

In a must read endorsement of Senator Kerry, one of New York's finest, The New Yorker breaks with 80 years of precedent (of no endorsements) and endorses the Senator in this well written piece. Exerpts below:

This Presidential campaign has been as ugly and as bitter as any in American memory. The ugliness has flowed mostly in one direction, reaching its apotheosis in the effort, undertaken by a supposedly independent group financed by friends of the incumbent, to portray the challenger—who in his mid-twenties was an exemplary combatant in both the Vietnam War and the movement to end that war—as a coward and a traitor. The bitterness has been felt mostly by the challenger’s adherents; yet there has been more than enough to go around. This is one campaign in which no one thinks of having the band strike up “Happy Days Are Here Again.”

As a variety of memoirs and journalistic accounts have made plain, Bush seldom entertains contrary opinion. He boasts that he listens to no outside advisers, and inside advisers who dare to express unwelcome views are met with anger or disdain. He lives and works within a self-created bubble of faith-based affirmation. Nowhere has his solipsism been more damaging than in the case of Iraq. The arguments and warnings of analysts in the State Department, in the Central Intelligence Agency, in the uniformed military services, and in the chanceries of sympathetic foreign governments had no more effect than the chants of millions of marchers.

The damage visited upon America, and upon America’s standing in the world, by the Bush Administration’s reckless mishandling of the public trust will not easily be undone. And for many voters the desire to see the damage arrested is reason enough to vote for John Kerry. But the challenger has more to offer than the fact that he is not George W. Bush. In every crucial area of concern to Americans (the economy, health care, the environment, Social Security, the judiciary, national security, foreign policy, the war in Iraq, the fight against terrorism), Kerry offers a clear, corrective alternative to Bush’s curious blend of smugness, radicalism, and demagoguery. Pollsters like to ask voters which candidate they’d most like to have a beer with, and on that metric Bush always wins. We prefer to ask which candidate is better suited to the governance of our nation.

This is just one more validation of the obvious: This election is like no other.


Elvis Has Returned to the Stage


Over 100,000 voters came out to greet the former President and future President. I don't remember any such crowds coming out to see the other guy. Good to see Bubba again--he's looking good. If he were running, this thing would be in the refridgerator, with the door closed, lights off, eggs cooling and the butter getting hard!

Nine More Reasons to Vote for Kerry


Aside from all the other critical issues facing America's future, the next President's power of appointment to The Supreme Court hangs heavy over this election, with Justice Rehnqusit's cancer disclosure. Odds are, based on the current court makeup that up to four Justices could retire and need replacement within the next four years. Who would make the better appointments?

John Paul Stevens, age 84

William Rehnqusit, age 80. Currently hospitalized for thyroid cancer.

Sandra Day O'Connor, age 74. Cancer survivor.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, age 71. Cancer survivor.

Antonin Scalia, age 68

Anthony Kennedy, age 68

Stephen Breyer, age 66

David Souter, age 65

Clarence Thomas, age 56

AWOL


So that's where that missing Texas Air National Guard pilot went. I say reactivate him, and send him over to Iraq, with a real flight jacket!

Father Ted


Giving absolution to Evangelicals who vote Kerry

Quote of the Day

Well, ok yesterday....But, it's just too good to pass up!

"Yes, Kerry is liberal. But what's to fear from a liberal president? That he would run big deficits? That he would increase federal spending? That he would expand the power of the federal government over individuals' lives? Nothing Kerry could do could top what President Bush has already done in those realms."


The Des Moines Register's endorsement of Senator Kerry.


Sunday, October 24, 2004

Hydrogen Hummer . . . . Hmmmm


Oh sure...a Hydrogen Hummer. But, like Arnold....it's pure Hollywood....all show and no go. Don't get me wrong--I think people ought to be able to drive what they can afford, and what they want to drive. I'm not one of those enviromental nut cases who believes in letting birds keep people off beaches, and torching SUV's I actually own an SUV, and I'm proud of it--I can take our scouts wherever we need to go; however, if you're going to make promises, even environmental ones--there ought to be more substance to them than another Terminator movie.

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary . . . .


For whom will your vote go?

Farmer's for Kerry


Now that's what I call get out the vote!

Sign of the Times


Enough to give one pause.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

More Kerry Endorsements

The newspaper of record for the nation's capitol, The Washington Post endorsed Senator Kerry in its 10/24/04 edition. An editorial well worth reading. This brings the total number of endorsements to 67-57 in favor of Senator Kerry; however the circulation number disparity is much larger--11.4 million readers to 6.9 million readers. Senator Kerry also picked up the surprise endorsements of the Chicago Sun Times and the Los Angeles Daily News. Thanks to Editor and Publisher for these statistics.

The Great Escape

Over the last several weeks we've heard how w apparently "outsourced" the task of capturing bin Laden to the Afgan warlords. Well, it's more than just political rehetoric. A must read article from the Christian Science Monitor outlines the facts here. Another article from the Washington Post further confirms these facts. I can't help but observe after reading these articles how much it appears that w had allowed the national security interests of the United States of America to be relegated to foreign powers--a criticism he has leveled at Senator Kerry all political season. It's just mind boggling to read these things. If this isn't Alice in Wonderland---I don't know what is.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Pat Robertson Warns Bush on War Casualties

In a stranger than truth exchange between Pat Robertson (a very loyal Bush supporter), and w, Pat forewarned the "war" president before the March 2003 Iraqi occupation :

And I warned him about this war. I had deep misgivings about this war, deep misgivings. And I was trying to say, Mr. President, you had better prepare the American people for casualties.
w's reply:
Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties.

Read the entire article here. Not going to have any casualties? If this sounds familiar it should--because it comes from the same egocentric maniac who can't think of even one mistake on his watch (see also here, and here). Sorry w--but two words come immediately to my mind--Miserable Failure. Ladies and Gents....11/2/04 is the time, we are the people, and the voting booth is the place to admit last election's mistakes, and send this guy back to Crawford. Let's do our duty! VOTE for regime change!

Beyond The Polls

The volatile pre-election polls leave this season a political maze. Fortunately we have historic trends to which we can refer to help us find our way. These trends are pointed out by Tom Ball from Political Strategy's Blog. A very interesting read---you should check it out, and watch to see how it all unfolds just under two weeks! Go to the real polls and vote 11/2/04!

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Papers, Polls and Such

Well, if newspaper editors could vote, as Chick used to say, this thing would be in the refrigerator, with the door closed, the lights off, the eggs cooling and the butter getting hard. Unfortunately it’s not going to be that easy. I have to confess, after Kerry swept the debates 3 to 0, I thought the fridge had closed as well. Recent polls, however, suggest that Bush may be staging at least some resurgence (sort of like those insurgent types in Iraq–they just don’t seem to die).

My feeling on polls, is one of mass confusion. They have been volatile all political season, at least the post-primary polls. I've already posted what I think are two links to credible daily polling information, which I'll repost here as well. They take a daily pulse on all polls across the country, and filter them through an electoral college projection; however, it has swung from Bush to Kerry, and may go back again.

My hope is that that these recent polls are nonsense and that Americans all over this country who have not voted in years and have not been captured in the "likely voter" net will be moved in mass to institute our own regime change. It is just inconceivable that America would re-hire George Bush after he has squandered the surplus he inherited, tortured the truth to invade a sovereign, country, that had not threatened or killed American citizens, alienated our most traditional allies, and sent thousands of innocent people to their deaths, all because he can’t admit even one mistake in the face of overwhelming evidence and reality to the contrary. This last link is to the New York Times Magazine article (a must read) Without a Doubt, by Ron Suskind. If you are a thoughtful and praying individual, now is the time both to think and pray.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Casualties in Iraq

Here's a sobering reminder for all of us about another cost of w's Iraqi war. Take some time and reflect that these are more than numbers: They are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and children.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Et Tu Jenna?


Dad puts them all to sleep--even Jenna. Good thing this thing is about over!

Best Bush Debate Performance


This photo reflects by far the best Bush performance at a debate. Unfortunately, the networks kept focusing on w's scowls rather than the beautiful Bush babes.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Equal Time


For all my Republican friends (mostly from Church), and some not--I'm going to show my non-partisan spirit here by posting some of w's (aka Furious George) memorabilia for this election. Let it never be said partisianship has blinded my judgment.

Friday, October 08, 2004

The Latest Great Debate

A much better performance by w; however, when you're at the bottom of the pit--there's only one direction to go. Still, the more presidential of the two was clearly Senator Kerry. w looked agitated, sounded loud, and over anxious. Kerry keeps his momentum, which you can gauge here and here. Both of these sites offer great daily tracking of the electoral college projections for the election. Should be a very interesting three and one half weeks.

A Bush Joke:

How many Bush officials does it take to change a lightbulb?

None. "There's nothing wrong with that light bulb. It has served us honorably. When you say it's burned out, you're giving encouragement to the forces of darkness. Once we install a light bulb, we never, ever change it. Real men don't need artificial light." - from Steve Chapman, via lotsa people.

Thanks to Off The Cuff for this tidbit!

And, check out w's debate notes from the first debate. Finally, check out w's own global test---looks like someone may have to stay after the debate tonight!

Grammarians for Kerry


It just doesn't get better than this does it?

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

TKO

Ok....Here's the deal. The Veep debate was essentially a draw in that Edwards held his own against the incumbent, long resumed Vice President Cheney. Translated this means BC 04 crew did not knock Edwards out of the ring. Given pre-debate expectations and hyperbole, Edwards wins with a TKO under the circumstances. As an update to this post, here's some of the anaylisis of the "pros" See here, here, and here, and here.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Help . . . .


Is on the way!

Register to Vote Online, click here. Deadline to register in California is 10/18/04. Make sure your voice is heard!

The Truth About Tort Reform

This will likely be a longer post, and will take me some time to complete. I hope you will check back often to check on my progress, and provide commentary and correction if necessary. I find the topic compelling in light of the current election cycle and political discussion (much of it uninformed) on the subject.

Tort reform has been thrust into the presidential campaign by so called limited government conservatives, the irony of which defies logic. According to w, “Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country.” It must naturally follow then, that the entire country needs tort reform to keep those OB-GYN’s in the “love” business.

The current tort reformers theorize there are too many frivolous lawsuits. Jury verdicts are too high. As a result, corporate America suffers, and “good docs” go out of business. Of course, such conclusions are simplistic and uninformed.

A little history is in order. The right to a jury trial traces back to the British Magna Carta of 1215. The right to a jury trial in civil tort cases in California is guaranteed both by the California State and the United States Constitutions. Article 1, Section 16 of the California Constitution provides that “trial by jury is an inviolate right and shall be secured to all . . . .” The Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees, “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Scout Camp, Whitsett July 2004


Scout Camp 04 This is our Troop 432 at Camp Whitsett, July 2004. As you might imagine we had a great time. I'm trying to figure out how to post photos to the blog--hence the reason for this one at this time. More later. . .