Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

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Maybe Bush Has Watched Too Many Marx Brothers Movies?

November 15, 2004

Marxism of the Day: Lyrics from “Laws of Administration” in the film ‘Duck Soup

If any form of pleasure is exhibited.
Report to me and it will prohibited.
I’ll put my foot down,
So shall it be.
This is the land of the Free.

The last man nearly ruined this place,
He didn’t know what to do with it.
If you think this country’s bad enough now,
Just wait till I get through with it.

The country’s taxes must be fixed,
And I know what to do with it.
If you think you’re paying too much now,
Just wait till I get through with it.

I will not stand for anything
That’s crooked or unfair.
I’m strictly on the up and up,
So everyone beware.

If anyone’s caught taking graft
And I don’t get my share,
We stand ‘em up against the wall…
And pop goes the weasel!

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Maybe it’s not as bad as I thought…

November 9, 2004

Over on MSNBC, Keith Olberman has been investigating some possible voter fraud issues.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6210240/

Hmmm…maybe the majority of my fellow Americans aren’t as blind as I had feared.

Trying to forget about politics, I’ve been working on getting us moved to Maine. It’s less than a month away and I still haven’t gotten a really good start on all the tasks to be done. I’m not worried, really. I’m good at getting things done, even at the last minute. (Not that I plan to wait until the last minute…)

The past few weeks have been odd at work. Normally, I’m cranky because I know that at least once, I’ll have to talk to or correspond with a dolt that calls himself/herself a customer. The problem is, where I work, we only hear from the trouble-makers and thieves, so it’s never pleasant when that phone rings.

However, the past two weeks, I have been basically on ‘stand-by.’ Someone else is doing customer support and I’m here to help out if something should go wrong or if the new CS person gets stuck. I’ve been given separate projects as well, but nothing major.

It’s been really nice and I haven’t been nearly as cranky. It will be nice if I never have to deal with problem customers again. They piss me off.

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It’s 1984, all over again…

November 8, 2004

This past week has been a rough one for me. I’ve been rather depressed and feeling that almost everything is pointless and/or hopeless. I’m trying to put that behind me, because nothing is hopeless but it’s been rather difficult.

Why am I so depressed, you ask? Simple: Half of the people that make up the country I love voted for a man based on ‘moral’ issues.

Moral issues. Yeah, right.

2 gay men getting married is worse than over 1000 dead US citizens fighting a war under false pretenses?

All children getting left behind (unless you can afford high-priced private schools) is better than one stem-cell being used for research?

It sickens me that anyone could put their personal dogma above the personal freedoms of a fellow US citizen. You can’t convert by force and making law based on religious views is a dangerous road to take. It can lead to terrible things and in the end, the ones left in power will be telling you how to conduct every facet of your life. And what if the ones in power do not adhere to your personal belief system? What if they want you to pray to Mary as well as Jesus, or decree that only immersion baptisms are valid?

The United States of America is a very diverse place containing many diverse cultures within it’s borders. Diversity, although it can create conflict, is a healthy, productive thing. It causes us all to think, to consider different possiblities and to open our minds to new experiences.

I have yet to understand why this is so threatening to so many people. It doesn’t devalue your own culture, your own belief system. It only shows you that there are people who can and do think differently than you. Is the ‘moral majority’ so thin-skinned, so shallow, so narrow-minded that they think learning and accepting new ideas will corrupt them and turn them to the dark side of the force?

I’m certain that many of my past ‘church’ friends think this of me – that I’ve been corrupted. I know that many have stopped corresponding with me after I asked them to stop sending me emails urging me to vote for a church-supported candidate or sign a petition making sure certain materials were banned from public view because they’re ‘offensive.’ I’m sure they even think I’ve stopped believing in God. That’s the furthest thing from the truth. I simply do not (and have never) believed that my COUNTRY should be telling me what God to believe in or what morals to adhere to or what materials are proper for me to view.

I’ve never wanted to live in a fascist country. Unfortunately, I now do.

Thank you so much, my ‘moral majority’ friends. You’ve taken us back to 1984, in more ways than one.

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It’s Now or Never

November 1, 2004

In an hour, it’ll be November 2nd and in 8 hours, the last voting day will begin.

Like me, many have already voted, opting to use either an absentee ballot or the early voting system available in several states.

If you haven’t, this is it. It’s your last chance to make a difference. And yes, one vote CAN make a difference so don’t ‘not’ do it because you don’t think it’s worth your while or because you’re just plain lazy. If you’re registered, get out there and do it!

It’s been a nasty election year and I highly doubt it will be over tomorrow – or a week from tomorrow, for that matter. I sincerely hope that I’m wrong, but I fear that the worst is just starting.

I’ve been running a Michael J. Fox fan site for 5 years now (http://www.mjfdb.com) and I’ve received more mail through the site in this past month than I have in the past 5 years combined.

Unfortunately, I have only heard from the jerks, morons and assholes – and not because they disagree with Mr. Fox’s views on stem-cell research – but because they can’t behave like civil human beings. They can’t just disagree and cast their votes to reflect that. No, they have to hurl insults, make nasty comments and behave like spoiled, bratty children who can’t even entertain the fact that someone might just disagree with thier narrow world view.

In the past few years, it seems to me that the only people you hear from, on any topic, are these people. Decent, intelligent, civilized human beings are being drowned out by the radicals, the extremists and the ignorant zealots. Probably because the smart ones know that nothing will change the mind of the zealot. That’s why they’re called zealots.

It makes me sad and sometimes ashamed to be a human being.

A famous ‘musician’ (I use the term loosely) is using the slogan ‘vote or die.’ I think I’ll sign off by saying, ‘Shut up and vote.’

–Kerry in 2004, woot!

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Bye bye Frances….hello Ivan

September 9, 2004

Ugh.

I’ve always said that living in Florida sucks. Turns out I was wrong.

It blows…really hard.

We survived Frances and we even survived it without any damage done to our belongings. A tree came too damn close to crushing Chris’ car and we lost power for two days, but we were very lucky. We pulled through safely, the pets are still sane and we’re…well, I’m not sure we were ever completely sane.

Ivan is coming and as of right now, it looks to be heading for the west side of the state and maybe even further out in the gulf.

That’s good for us, but it doesn’t really make me feel any better. The west coast has already had a hurricane of it’s own (Charley) and I have friends in Texas so I don’t want it to go over there either.

Stupid hurricanes.

If you’re interested in what a hurricane can do, visit this page that I set up:
Sandpiper Cover (our apartment complex): After Frances (Link removed on 8/16/06 because the page is gone. You can see the pictures once I upload them to the Picture site. They’ll be in the August/September 2004 Albums)

I have a short list of things I like about Florida and one of those items is Banyan Trees. Our apartment complex was full of them. Unfortunately, they have shallow roots. Most of the Banyan trees are now uprooted and fallen over. The ones that are left are stripped of leaves and branches.

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Brandi’s political/movie post of the day:

A new film is coming out on September 17, 2004. It’s a not-very-subtle stab at the Bush Administration and the official website is set up like a political candidate site. The film has an all-star cast and the candidate (‘Dim’ Dickie Pillager) is played by Chris Cooper, someone I have just recently begun to notice.

Check out the site. It’s sure to make you laugh or really piss you off.
Silver City: The Official Site

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Once again religion held hostage to politics…

August 24, 2004

Tony Isabella posted an excellent article on his message board by By Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate and guest columnist for the New York Times that was posted in the Ohio Beacon Journal about the current detestable mixing of religion and politics.

EXCERPT:
“Religious Americans have every right to insist they shouldn’t have to be religious in the closet. But that doesn’t give public officials some free-floating constitutional right to exercise their religion at the expense of everyone they ostensibly serve.”

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Some things never change…

August 8, 2004

I was watching TCM the other day, waiting for a Bob Hope/Bing Crosby ‘Road’ picture to come on. (Oops, better change that to Bing Crosby/Bob Hope ‘Road’ picture. Bing always got top billing, save for one movie.)

TCM often plays one-reelers between their movies and they played a very interesting short called ‘Mr. Blabbermouth.’

It was a WWII propaganda film, telling viewers to shut their mouths, stop asking questions and trust that the government has everything under control.

WWII was a completely different situation than the war that we are involved in now, but I found it a little eerie to see that things just never change.

On a more uplifting note, TCM is having a ‘Summer of the Stars’ promotion this month where they play movies starring one particular performer for 24 hours. Today’s star was Clint Eastwood, so my husband enjoyed wathing ‘Hang ’em High’, a film he hadn’t seen for quite some time.

I’m personally looking forward to Wednesday’s star – Jean Harlow. I’ve only been a fan of Harlow’s for about a year now and have only seen a few of her films. ‘Hell’s Angels’ is playing at 8:00, which is the only color film that she made. However, only one segment of the film is in color and it was shot using the 2-strip color process, which wasn’t nearly as ‘true’ as the later three-step technicolor process.

And speaking of classic films and that wonderful, rich Technicolor, Warners is finally releasing a Special Edition DVD of Gone With the Wind. For those of you who have avoided seeing it becuase it sounds over-rated, I encourage you to give it a chance. It’s highly celebrated for good reason and is more than a soap opera. (I also encourage you to read the book, which is quite different from the film.) The DVD is going on sale in November of this year and I’ll definitely be picking this one up on it’s release date. Click here for more details.

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..and forever in peace may you wave

July 7, 2004

It was a tough Independance Day for me this year. I love my country – or, more correctly, the potential that it has. Day to day, I’m finding it hard to keep that ‘love’ in my heart as I see things done in my country’s name that appal me.

I wanted to celebrate my country’s birthday, but found it hard to be a what so many others are – a mindless flag-waver, ready to forgive any sin my country may make just because it is my country. That’s not love, that’s laziness and an indulgence that will ruin us all. I do love my country, but like any good partner in a mature relationship, I will continue to hold it to the high standards that I know it’s capable of. Right now, it’s not living up to those standards and a childish bully is leading it ever downward.

I heard a great quote about blind patriotism this past weekend: “Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrals.” It was credited to a Dr. Samuel Johnson, but the person I heard it from was…Wonder Woman. Yes, Wonder Woman – Ms. Red, White and Blue herself. You know, the woman who wore our flag before it was fashionable? (Anything looks good when Linda Carter is wearing it.)

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You want your vote to count, right?

June 2, 2004

I just received the following email from MoveOn.org. Whether you’re Republican or Democrat, Liberal or Conservative, getting all votes counted correctly is very important. Please read the following and consider signing their petition. I did!
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We all remember the election of 2000. Because of faulty and mismanaged election systems, George W. Bush won Florida’s electoral votes and the presidency. And now look at the mess we’re in.

People demanded improvements, and now states are spending millions to buy new voting machines. So far, so good. But many key states, including Florida, Ohio and other battlegrounds, are installing “black box” voting machines — computer voting terminals that don’t produce a paper ballot.

Without a paper ballot, there’s no way to know if our votes are counted correctly. Also, computers are vulnerable to malfunction — how often does yours freeze up?

It’s time to take action to protect our votes. Join our call for Voter-Verified Paper Ballots, at:

http://www.moveon.org/protectourvotes/

If ATMs and gas pumps can print receipts, then voting terminals can print paper ballots. Every voter should be able to make sure that his or her vote will count as it was cast, by verifying a paper ballot that can be audited and re-counted. And wherever electronic voting terminals are used, backup paper ballots should also be available, so no voters will be turned away from the polling place if the terminals aren’t working.

Over the past few weeks, MoveOn members have been calling legislators and officials in many states to demand Voter-Verified Paper Ballots. And along with other citizen’s groups, large and small, we have won important victories.

A month ago, our side won its biggest victory yet. California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley decertified 14,000 black box voting terminals made by Diebold Inc., and said that this November, every California voter will be able to vote on a paper ballot.

Every voter in every state should have the same right — to verify that his or her vote was recorded correctly, with full confidence that it will be counted correctly. We shouldn’t have to hand our elections over to manufacturers like Diebold and blindly trust them with the results.

This is not about partisan politics. It’s about the foundation of our democracy: our votes. There’s no reason Americans should have anything less than the most accessible, secure and reliable voting system possible.

Join our campaign by clicking this link:

http://www.moveon.org/protectourvotes/

Thank you, for everything you do.

Sincerely,
–Carrie, Joan, Noah, Peter, and Wes
The MoveOn.org Team
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

P.S.: See our website for helpful background information on this issue.

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HA!

June 2, 2004

I saw this over on BartCop and couldn’t resist posting it here:

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