Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

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Wow…this is a first

January 13, 2008

For the first time that I can remember, I took an online quiz and it gave me the results I expected.

Over here is a quiz that will match you up with the appropriate presidential candidate. Of course it’s a short quiz and it’s multiple choice so it isn’t perfect, but I think the list it gave me is pretty much right on the money, with one exception.

The candidate I most agree with: Dennis Kucinich with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in second and third place. John Edwards is lower than I think he should be (6th) but like I said, it’s not an extensive quiz.

The person who was dead last on my list? Mike Huckabee – and that’s where I think he should be. Living in Arkansas while he was the Reverend Governor was bad enough. I do not want to suffer his presidency.

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Mark Twain was cool

July 12, 2007

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Made me smile…

June 28, 2007

Today has been a very, very bad day. (See HERE for details. I can’t write it out again)

But this actually made me smile.

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Halloween, Thanksgiving and more

November 19, 2006

Well, Halloween has come and gone. For our anniversary we went up to the in-laws camp and stayed there for four days. We didn’t see another living soul, we watched movies, read books, kept a nice fire going and despite the terrible weather, we didn’t lose power once. It was a nice vacation – something we’ve had trouble having. The only thing that marred the long weekend was the fact that China got so homesick. We can’t figure out what she was missing, but she wanted to go home from day one.

Thanksgiving is this week and despite the fact that I have to work half a day on Friday (why in the world does a lumber company think it has to be open the day after Thanksgiving? If I remember correctly from last year, it’s not exactly the first place people stop at for their Christmas shopping) it’ll be nice to have the long weekend. I’m making the turkey for Thanksgiving and I’m going to try to make a pumpkin pie from scratch – yes, using a real pumpkin (assuming there are any pie pumpkins left at the supermarket tomorrow night). I’m going to buy canned pumpkin as well, in case I screw it up, but I want to try it.

Healthwise, things are so so. I’ve gone two weeks without missing any work, so that’s a good thing. I’m still having headaches, but that could just be from the dry air.

My spirits have been uplifted somewhat by the election results. I don’t really have any more faith in the american public than I did before, but there’s only so much screwing over that people will take. I’m sure that in two years, the right-wing nutjobs of the general public will be back out in force and the Presidential race is going to be nasty and possibly rigged – again. Hopefully, the new electees will do a good enough job so that those out there who want a theocracy will be somewhat ignored.

I can only hope.

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New Rule from Bill Maher

October 17, 2006

Sometimes I wish we could get HBO just to listen to these rants. Ladies and Gentlemen, Bill Maher:

And finally, New Rule: If you think the worst thing Congress doesn’t protect young people from is Mark Foley, then wake up and smell the burning planet. The – the ice caps are cracking, the coral reefs are bleaching, and our poisoned groundwater has turned spinach into a “side dish of mass destruction.” Read the labels on your food. It turns out the healthiest thing you can put in your body is Mark Foley’s penis.

But that’s America for you: a red herring culture, always scared by the wrong things. The fact is, there are a lot of creepy, middle-aged men out there lusting for your kids. They work for MTV, the pharmaceutical industry, McDonald’s, Marlboro, and K Street.

And recently, there’s been a rash of strangers making their way onto school campuses and targeting your children for death. They’re called military recruiters. More young Americans were crippled in Iraq last month than any month in the last two years. And the scandal is that Mark Foley wants to show them a good time before they go?

When will our closeted gay congressmen learn, our boys aren’t for pleasure, they’re for cannon fodder? Why aren’t Democrats and the media hammering away every day about who we’re supposed to be fighting for over there, and what the plan is? Yes, Mark Foley was wrong to ask teenagers how long their penis was. But at least someone on Capitol Hill was asking questions.

You know who else is grabbing your kids at too young an age? Merck, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline. By convincing you that your kids are depressed, hyperactive or suffering from ADD. In the last decade, the number of children prescribed anti-psychotic drugs in America increased by over 400%. Which means either that our children are going insane-which we might look on as a problem-or more likely, we have, for profit, created a nation of little junkies.

So, stop with the righteous indignation about predators. This whole country is trying to get inside your kid’s pants, because that’s where he keeps his wallet.

I don’t care – I don’t care if Mark Foley had been asking boys to describe their penis because I have some sad news for you: your kid is so larded out on Cheetohs and YooHoo, he can’t even see his penis. So many of our kids are fat drug addicts nowadays, it’s almost as if Rush Limbaugh had puppies!

So we can pretend that the biggest threat to our children is some creep on the Internet, or we can admit it’s us. Because when your son can’t find France on a map, or touch his toes with his hands, or understand that the ads on TV are lying, including the one where the Marine turns into Lancelot-then the person f***ing him…is you.

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Global wha?

August 21, 2006

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No, not dead. Yes, still a liberal.

August 12, 2006

You’re on Notice!

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Again…

September 1, 2005

I’m feeling very sad, hurt, frustrated and angry. I haven’t felt this bad since September of 2001.

Funny, that was the first September of Bush’s first term. And here we are in the first September of Bush’s second term. History does repeat itself, doesn’t it?

No, I’m not saying that the hurricane is Bush’s fault. However, I do blame his administration for at least part of the devastation that has occurred as a result. And for anyone who knows me and how I already felt about him before I started reading about the gutting of the New Orleans Corps of Engineer budget to help fund a war based on lies, I’m sure you can imagine how I feel towards the man now. Click here for more details

For those who don’t think now is the time to ‘politicize’ this you may be right, but considering the attention span of the everyday American, this might be the only time they’re going to pay attention to the disturbing facts coming forth now. There’s no rule that says people can’t be compasionate and learn something at the same time. Hell, it might help them become even more compasionate.

Listening to the reports of what is going on down there are very disturbing. Some people are behaving like animals – looting for looting’s sake (and not for essentials), shooting at rescue helicoptors, shooting each other, raping 10 year old girls in shelters. And the police are so overwhelmed and under-equipped that they can’t do much about it.

A reporter for the Netherlands covering this situation voiced his shock that a country as rich and powerful as the USA could let this happen. It’s been four days and some people have received no help whatsoever. We helped Tsunami victims faster than that, and that was in a different freakin’ country!

Aargh. I had hoped venting would help, but it’s just making me angrier.

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Politics Alert!

January 24, 2005

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I thought it was us liberals who were supposed to be the freaks?

Q: How many Bush Administration officials does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: None. There is nothing wrong with the light bulb; its conditions are improving every day. Any reports of its lack of incandescence are a delusional spin from the liberal media. That light bulb has served honorably, and anything you say undermines the lighting effect. —- Why do you hate freedom?

— Eric Alterman

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Posterity…or…The Future Isn’t Soon Enough

November 16, 2004

Marxism of the Day:
Why should I care about posterity? What’s posterity ever done for me?

Searching for my Marxism of the day, I found the above quote, which reminded me of something that I read yesterday that put this whole gay marriage thing in an entirely different light for me.

First off, if you’ve read any of this blog, you have probably guessed that I am for equal freedoms for everyone, regardless of sex, color, sexual-orientation, etc. etc. etc. Bush winning the election was bad enough, but the thing that made me even sadder – and quite frankly, sick to my stomach – was the fact that so many states voted to BAN gays from marrying.

Can you believe it? People actually VOTED to take rights away from someone else. Thousands of men and women have died fighting to ensure that we have the right to vote, and what do these people use it for? To restrict others – to deny others what to most people is a basic right.

Anyway, I digress.

So, the article I was reading (I can’t even remember where now, but it’s not important) was written by a gay man who is obviously quite upset with the election results. His basic sentiment was that he was tired of hearing, ‘Just wait. It’s a matter of time. The gay community will eventually have all the rights that everyone else has.’

He said that some vague ‘future’ is not soon enough for him. He’s a citizen of the United States of America, he’s not a criminal and in all aspects he’s a functioning, productive member of society. Why the hell should he have to wait for something that most people in this country take for granted?

Here’s why:
A) Homophobic assholes feel ‘icky’ about the whole thing.
B) Zealous ‘christian’ assholes feel it’s their duty to baby-sit and scold the entire country (hell, the world) based on their own belief system, and will use their vote to do so.
C) Ignorant assholes have allowed themselves to be brain-washed to believe that if gay marriage is allowed, the whole institution of marriage will come crumbling down and become rubble.

And to that, I’ll add another Marxism: Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?

My answer: Who cares? If the institution exists, EVERYONE should be allowed in? The more insanity the merrier, eh?

So, what about this ‘whole new light’ thing that I mentioned? I’ve often made myself feel better by thinking that someday everyone will have equal rights. I can’t let myself be soothed by that thought and, as a result, quit fighting. When you quit fighting, it takes all that much longer for the desired result to come to fruition.

So, my new motto: Freedom is For Everyone — Not just white, straight, religious males.