Thursday, September 30, 2004

Round I



I confess I could not listen to the debate as well as I would like (and yes, the word 'debate' is stretched here, by both sides). But from what I heard, Sen. Kerry did OK, but did not hit any out of the park.

The President seemed a little reserved to me, but did an otherwise good job. In this match, the effort was mostly on the Senator's shoulders in that he *HAD* to do a good job, and he seemed to have met that challenge.

I'll read the transcripts over lunch tomorrow...




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Debate I

Tonight is the night so many of us have waited for some time. Both candidates have to be themselves in order to scope points. If either man tries to in overboard with emotion they will lose ground that may not be recoverable.

I have a late meeting (but will hear or watch the debate) so I am uncertain if I'll be able to post tonight. Obviously, I am confident President Bush will come away as the clear victor, but as this Blog has said repeatedly: anything can happen.

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Myth of outsourcing



Outsourcing has been a buzz word this election season, but it's overblown, destined to become another hackneyed expression (like 'the GOP wants to kill the elderly, starve school children,' etc.).

But it's not only the DNC that abuses the outsourcing issue; I receive encouragement to point out that the Heinz Company has some 50%-75% of its workforce overseas; that's a non-starter for me, because its obvious the pallet of people around the world is not the same as it is here, and to try to make custom blends of condiments in the US for Portuguese tongues seems short-sighted.

But the outsourcing issue is to big to ignore, especially when you see who the driving force is behind the issue.

Sean at EIKIW points out the facts and myths surrounding the issue. With references most will find hard to dispute, the truth about outsourcing is neatly presented and it is required reading.

The Government Accountability Office has issued its first review of the data, and one undeniable conclusion to be drawn from it is that outsourcing is not quite the job-destroying tsunami it's been made out to be. Of the 1.5 million jobs lost last year in "mass layoffs'' - that is, when 50 or more workers are let go at once - less than 1 percent were attributed to overseas relocation; that was a decline from the previous year. In 2002, only about 4 percent of the money directly invested by American companies overseas went to the developing countries that are most likely to account for outsourced jobs - and most of that money was concentrated in manufacturing.


Read Sean's piece, and then tell me outsourcing is a real problem.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

10 Truths about Senator Kerry


Senator Kerry's 10 Positions On The War In Iraq
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1. October 2002: Senator Kerry Voted For Use Of Force Resolution Against Iraq. Kerry and Edwards voted for the Congressional resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq. (H. J. Res. 114, CQ Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48-1; D 29-21; I 0-1, 10/11/02, Kerry Voted Yea)

2. April 2003: Sen. Kerry Promised Not To Attack President When War Began, But Weeks Later, With Troops Just Miles From Baghdad, Kerry Broke His Pledge And Called For "Regime Change In The United States." (Glen Johnson, "Democrats On The Stump Plot Their War Rhetoric," The Boston Globe, 3/11/03; Glen Johnson, "Kerry Says Us Needs Its Own 'Regime Change,'" The Boston Globe, 4/3/03)

3. May 2003: In First Dem Debate, Sen. Kerry Strongly Supported President's Action In Iraq. SEN. JOHN KERRY: "I said at the time I would have preferred if we had given diplomacy a greater opportunity, but I think it was the right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the President made the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did disarm him." (ABC News, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Columbia, SC, 5/3/03)

4. September 2003: Kerry Said Voting Against The $87 Billion Supplemental Would Be "Irresponsible." Doyle McManus (LA Times): "If that amendment does not pass, will you then vote against the $87 billion?" Kerry: "I don't think any United States senator is going to abandon our troops and recklessly leave Iraq to - to whatever follows as a result of simply cutting and running. That's irresponsible." (CBS's "Face the Nation," 9/14/03)

5. October 2003: Kerry Voted Against The $87 Billion Supplemental Supporting Our Troops. (S. 1689, CQ Vote #400: Passed 87-12: R 50-0; D 37-11; I 0-1, 10/17/03, Kerry Voted Nay)

6. January 2004: After Voting For War And Trailing Candidate Howard Dean In The Democrat Primaries, Kerry Says He Is Anti-War Candidate.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Do you think you belong to that category of candidates who more or less are unhappy with this war, the way it's been fought, along with General Clark, along with Howard Dean and not necessarily in companionship politically on the issue of the war with people like Lieberman, Edwards and Gephardt? Are you one of the anti-war candidates?"
KERRY: "I am -- Yes, in the sense that I don't believe the president took us to war as he should have, yes, absolutely."
(MSNBC's "Hardball," 1/6/04)

7. August 2004: In Response To President's Question About How He Would Have Voted If He Knew Then What He Knows Now, Kerry Confirmed That He Would Still Have Voted For Use Of Force Resolution.
SEN. JOHN KERRY: "Yes, I would have voted for the authority. I believe it's the right authority for a president to have. But I would have used that authority as I have said throughout this campaign, effectively. I would have done this very differently from the way President Bush has." (CNN's "Inside Politics," 8/9/04)

8. September 2004: Kerry: Iraq Is "The Wrong War In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time." "Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry on Monday called the invasion of Iraq 'the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time' and said his goal was to withdraw U.S. troops in his first White House term." (Patricia Wilson, " Kerry on Iraq: Wrong War, Wrong Place, Wrong Time", Reuters, 9/6/04)

9. September 2004: Kerry Says There Were No Circumstances Under Which We Should Have Gone To War, But He Was Still Right To Vote For It.
IMUS: "Do you think there are any circumstances we should have gone to war in Iraq, any?"
KERRY: "Not under the current circumstances, no. There are none that I see. I voted based on weapons of mass destruction. The President distorted that, and I've said that. I mean, look, I can't be clearer. But I think it was the right vote based on what Saddam Hussein had done, and I think it was the right thing to do to hold him accountable. I've said a hundred times, there was a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it. The president chose the wrong way. Can't be more direct than that."
(MSNBC's "Imus In The Morning," 9/15/04)

10. Kerry Said That The Removal Of Saddam Hussein Has Left America "Less Secure." KERRY: "Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who deserves his own special place in hell. But that was not, that was not in and of itself, a reason to go to war. The satisfaction - The satisfaction that we take in his downfall does not hide this fact: we have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At New York University, New York, NY, 9/20/04)



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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Things I've done




Inspired by Gina and Jen, here then is my list.

The things I've done are in bold. Editorial comments in italics. Things with asterick (*) are on my 'to do' list, someday.

Maybe next week I'll compile a list of
Want To Dos.

01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain I'm not talking Everest here, and I used trails but not ropes, so I don't know if that counts. I did not say I did #59, either.
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula.
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone *
08. Said "I love you" and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped *
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea *
14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights *
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten my own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg *
20. Slept under the stars

21. Changed a baby's diaper Heh. 45 minutes ago!
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon *
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse
30. Taken a sick day when you're not ill Only since being a parent
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Enacted a favorite fantasy
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse

41. Rode on a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days *
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking For me, there isn't any other way; I dance as well as I spit, which is why I rarely dance.
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
48. Had two hard drives for your computer My secondary PC has 4
49. Visited all 50 states *
50. Loved your job for all accounts
51. Taken care of someone who was shit faced
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied *
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road-trip
59. Rock climbing
60. Lied to foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice

61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Sky diving *
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan
67. Benchpressed your own weight *
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your records
70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day Not in far too many years
73. Posed nude in front of strangers Trust me, strangers everywhere are glad I haven't
74. Scuba diving
75. Got it on to Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud
78. Played in the rain
79. Gone to a drive-in theater
80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it.

81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better Better?
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn't have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy *
95. Gotten divorced
96. Had sex at the office At my office? No. But...
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Rode a gondola in Venice

101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
105. Got flowers for no reason
106. Masturbated in a public place
107. Got so drunk you don't remember anything
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas *
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
120. Been on a cruise ship

121. Spoken more than one language fluently
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
123. Bounced a check
124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read - and understood - your credit report
126. Raised children Does RAISING count?
127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
132. Called or written your Congress person All three, both ways. Often.
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
134. ...more than once? - More than thrice?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge Does the George Washington Bridge Count? With a full pack?
136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
137. Had an abortion or your female partner did
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived * (I mean, it's on my to-do, as opposed to the alternative....)

140. Wrote articles for a large publication
141. Lost over 100 pounds
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an airplane
144. Petted a stingray
145. Broken someone's heart
146. Helped an animal give birth
147. Been fired or laid off from a job Heh... if you've been reading this blog...
148. Won money on a T.V. game show
149. Broken a bone
150. Killed a human being 'The days not over yet' - City Slickers
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Rode on a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph For a count of 30 seconds on the Pennsylvania Turnpike
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol All three
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Rode a horse
158. Had major surgery
159. Had sex on a moving train
160. Had a snake as a pet

161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours * (I'd even pay for the opportunity, but only once)
164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
169. Been a sperm or egg donor
170. Eaten sushi No, but why would I?
171. Had your picture in the newspaper
172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
173. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
175. Gone back to school
176. Parasailed
177. Changed your name
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read The Iliad

181. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them
183. ...and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself an art from scratch Heh, compared to what I've seen passed off as art, I may well have done so already!
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating * I'm impressed with the lifestyle of Ted Nugent
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
187. Skipped all your school reunions As if there's a reason not to skip them?
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language
191. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream If I am, for the love of God, wake me up now!
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts Built one once, but no longer use
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196: Dyed your hair
197: Been a DJ Ahh... college
198: Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
199: Written your own role playing game
200: Been arrested Er... do you mean in this country?






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Shades of the Gore vs. Bush debate?

Senator Kerry's rumoured facial coloring (tan?) makes me think of the layers of make up Vice President Gore wore during the 2nd (3rd?) debate.

And we all know how well that debate relied on style over substance.

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Says what he means, means what he says


BILL O'REILLY: The "mission accomplished" statement in May 2003, if
you had to do it all over again, would you not have done it?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Well, first of all, the statement said: Thank you for
serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Thank you for being on one of the
largest, longest cruises in our nation's history. Thank you for
serving our country. And we've still got tough work in Iraq.

Now, I'm going to go and thank our troops every chance I get.

O'REILLY: But the press spinned it, you know how they spinned it.

BUSH: Well, they spin everything.

O'REILLY: Me, too.

BUSH: Well, maybe you deserve it more than me, but nevertheless...

O'REILLY: You've taken some heat for that.

BUSH: I take heat for a lot of things...

O'REILLY: Would you do it again?

BUSH: You mean have the sign up there?

O'REILLY: No, no, but go in there with the flight jacket,

BUSH: Absolutely.

O'REILLY: You would.

BUSH: Of course. I'm saying to the troops, on this carrier and
elsewhere: Thanks for serving America. Absolutely.

O'REILLY: OK.

BUSH: And by the way, those sailors and airmen loved seeing the
commander in chief. These kids had been on a very long cruise. They'd
been on a cruise in two theaters of war now, Afghanistan and Iraq. I
flew out there, and said thanks, thanks on behalf of a grateful
nation. You bet I'd do it again.


Read more here.

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Hard to defend

You know you're arguing with an unarmed man when ...

HE: You can't possibly be serious! You're voting for Bush?
ME: Yes, by far he is the best candidate.
HE: What are you talking about? Kerry has more war experience!! He spent 4 years in Vietnam!
ME: Um... you're mistaken; that was 3 months in combat in Vietnam
HE: SEE?? You lie about him!! 4 years! While your guy didn't serve a day in the Air Force.
ME: Um, both of those statements are incorrect...
HE: None of your guys top leaders ever served! Not a day!
ME: What are you talking about?
HE: Go on, name one!
ME: Well, besides the President, there's Secreatry Powell...
HE: Oh he never served a day! You're full of shit!



Here's hoping for the people I know who support Senator Kerry that
people like this aren't the basis of your candidate's support...


(all dialog verbatum, with a wittness present)

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Monday, September 27, 2004

The President in Ohio

A crowd over 40,000 strong at a rally for the President's re-election.

Ohio might not be such an uncertain state!

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Peer Review

"Some said 'They're lynching Dan (Rather). I said if they are he brought his own rope."

ABC News' Sam Donaldson on The Sean Hannity Radio Show.

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Friday, September 24, 2004

Diplomacy, Sen. Kerry style.



Sean at EIKIW gives a snapshot into the foreign policy skills of a would-be President Kerry:

In what we can only assume is a preview of the superior diplomacy John Kerry, if elected, will bring to the office of president, Mr. Kerry accused interim Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi of being nothing more than a flunky.

ABC News
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Thursday that Iraq's Ayad Allawi was sent before Congress to put the "best face" on a Bush administration policy that has gone wrong.


"Sent" before congress, what a sweet talker. Prime Minister Allawi will surely be predisposed to work with Mr. Kerry now. But even this diplomatic coup wasn't enough for John Kerry. He felt the best way to pave the road to future cooperation was to call Mr. Allawi a liar.

"I think the prime minister is, obviously, contradicting his own statement of a few days ago, where he said the terrorists are pouring into the country," Kerry said.


The comments Mr. Kerry so deftly alluded to were made Sunday on ABC's "This Week." Mr. Allawi said, "Foreign terrorists are still pouring in, and they're trying to inflict damage on Iraq to undermine Iraq..." Mr. Kerry probably just didn't hear the second half of President Allawi's sentence. "...And to undermine the process, democratic process in Iraq, and, indeed, this is their last stand, so they are putting a very severe fight on Iraq. We are winning. We will continue to win. We are going to prevail." Overlooking the second half of a sentence is an understandable mistake that an experienced diplomat, and master coalition builder, like Mr. Kerry will certainly repair with a simple, yet elegantly worded, apology.

Right?


The President has built a coalition that has liberated Iraq and is now working on rebuilding it, all while those who oppose liberty try to stop the progress at all costs. No is suggesting Sen. Kerry shouldn't put forward a different foreign policy plan. No one is suggesting the Senator can not have policy disagreements. However, to call PM Allawi a puppet is a disgrace to all who have given their lives - now and in the past - in the pursuit of liberty.

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Tax cuts ARE a good thing

A hat tip to Congress for voting to extend the Bush tax cuts.

Even Democrats see the economic stimulus value in them.

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Thursday, September 23, 2004

WHEW!!




I just left a 90 minute job interview. In an ironic turn of events, the DoD project that I spent over 5 years working on is being opened to bids from competing contractors.

I just interviewed with one of the companies who are on the short-list for winning the maintenance portion of the program and they're looking for System Engineers with experience in the program.

Just imagine ...

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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Um... yeah.



Was at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania this afternoon, and in the elevator was an announcement for an upcoming seminar.

The flyer read, and I am not kidding, as follows:


Firearm Fatalities
and their effect
on Patient Lifespan


Well... I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but I am fairly certain I know the answer to this one.

My much-better-half denied me the opportunity of swiping the flyer as evidence...




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Monday, September 20, 2004

HERE-HERE!



Thank you Gilly!

Things White People HAVE To Stop Saying

"That's fat with a 'ph'!"

"Da Bomb"


And all assorted ebonics, as in 'ight!

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Ever have a relative like him?


The building I work in is one of a 6 that are single level, about .3
of a mile long. They were once warehouses that were converted into
cubicle-farms. Down the center of these buildings is a main aisle,
and to break the building into sections, there is an 'oasis' roughly
every quarter of the way.

Each oasis has a common seating area for impromptu meetings or coffee
clatches, several vending machines, and two big-screen TV's displaying
CNN and FNC (well, at least the latter is balanced).

This morning I stood for a moment in front of one of these screens to
catch headlines. A gent stood next to me for a few. During small
talk (wherein neither of us even introduced ourselves), he asked if I
was on the project long, then where I worked previously, and then the
following took place:

He: You worked for Company-Z? Do you know Carl Long? He's my cousin!¹
ME: I know the name, but I never actually worked with...
He: Isn't he a royal asshole? I mean he is a real prick isn't he??
Me: Um, well I really don't...
He: I mean he just ruins Thanksgiving, do you know what I mean??
Me: Hey, look at the time, I gotta go.


Truth be told: I knew of the man he was referring to, and his
assessment is pretty accurate, but I think it was hardly the place or
time for me to expound my opinions on someone to another I barely
knew.

And as for the Thanksgiving reference? leave me out of it.

¹ The names of the person and where I once worked were changed to protect the innocent (or in this guy's case, the guilty!)

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Sunday, September 19, 2004

You know you're running on empty when...


What a week.

Early in the week I put my primary commuting vehicle into the shop. a 1994 Buick Le Sabre. I know, that's the kind of car my father would drive, but it was a 2nd hand deal that couldn't be passed up, and it's been faithful to me for 3 years now. At about 250,000 miles, the fuel pump apparently started to go. They mount the pumps inside the gas tanks, so this week I've debated whether I should have the mechanic fix it or should I venture to the car dealers looking to replace it with a new one.

In the meantime, I've driven a 1992 Chevy Blazer. This was another 2nd hand purchase to afford easy driving during the recent heavy winter snows, and again a great deal. Well at about 9AM this morning it died on the road. With the help of a fellow motorist with a can of ether and I was back on my way.... only to stall out 30' later. More ether, and I two-footed my way to the mechanic. Probable clogged fuel filter (else, THAT fuel pump as well).

So what I am down to? Well, my much-better-half gets exclusive use of the 2001 RAV4, so I am left with this:



A 1990 Toyota Corolla. Like the RAV, it was purchased new, and has been with us for through thick and thin. 5 years ago I learned Toyota had a 100,000 mile club, and the car certainly qualified back then. In fact, it was over-qualified:



But strangely, they no longer have any info on the club on their website, and quite frankly I've been too busy to follow up on it. I really should, however, since I need a new sticker:



That's right: 319,000 miles. And other than a valve job about 5 years ago, it hasn't had anything other than routine maintenance (and about 6 timing belts).

The A/C is out, and the tape deck still holds a classic recording of The Beatles (and despite Yahoo!'s assertion, it was never called 'The White Album'!). The tape deck fried and I never got around to replacing it (or retrieving the tape!), but it still runs well -- pretty damned well for 319K miles!! Why did I keep it so long, bringing my car count to 4? At its age and mileage, no one is going to pay me much for it, even as a trade in, so for about $250 per year, I add it to my insurance policy and I keep it around for odd jobs.

Last summer I tied down a load of lumber to its roof (before I had the Blazer)... who cares if I scratch the paint?? Tomorrow, it makes the 80 mile trek to NE Philly... should be a good ride for it!

But yes, I do need to think about putting down the Buick. I can't see spending a lot of cash for fuel pump inside the gas tank. Yet another reason I need to find a new job...





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Thursday, September 16, 2004

C BS


Bloggers for Bush weighs in....


Andrew Heyward, the President of CBS, issued a statement today on the RatherGate story.

"We established to our satisfaction that the memos were accurate or we would not have put them on television. There was a great deal of corroborating evidence from people in a position to know. Having said that, given all the questions about them, we believe we should redouble our efforts to answer those questions, so that's what we are doing."


Quite disappointing for a statement that came hours later than it was originally supposed to. Clearly CBS is sticking to its story.

In light of all the mounds of evidence and experts that say these documents were forged, CBS's refusal to back down indicates to me that they are protecting a source who is either high up in the Democratic party, someone deep in the Kerry campaign, or both...


Here's a thought: If Michael Moores says President Bush is a liar for misleading the country into war, would Mr. Moore say CBS is a liar if they have misled the public about President Bush??



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Johnny Ramone, R.I.P.

More later

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

A Message from Sen. Kerry

A message from John Kerry, candidate for President:

Dear C PATpk

We are at one of the defining moments of this campaign -- one of those
points we will look back on when we win. We will remember that George
Bush and Dick Cheney tried to completely ignore reality -- and we will
remember that we stood side by side and refused to let them get away
with it.

George Bush and Dick Cheney wake up every morning with their fingers
crossed, hoping the American people will ignore their miserable
record, forget their trail of failures, and fear the future. But with
your help, we are going to make sure that the American people see
through their bluster and macho posturing, and see what a mess they
have made.


OK, lets remember who always complains about negative advertising,
shall we?


George Bush and Dick Cheney have lost millions of jobs,
made our health care crisis worse, and turned record budget surpluses
into record deficits. They misled America into war, failed to plan for
the peace, and are running up a $200 billion bill at the expense of
America's middle class taxpayers.

And now they are acting like they are doing us a favor by standing for
re-election. They even have the gall to tell the American people how
risky it would be if we turned them out of office.


Lets take these one at a time:
  • Millions of jobs were lost, indeed, but that began with the
    Dot.Com bust in the Spring '00, followed by the worst atrocity since
    Pearl Harbor. What the Senator doesn't mention is how far the economy
    has come IN SPITE of those two facts, and all due to the Bush economic
    plan.

  • 'Health care crisis worse' -- I'm sorry, didn't President Clinton
    solve the health care crisis? If he did, there couldn't be a 'crisis'
    to make worse. If he didn't, then how can the Senator claim the
    President made it worse in just 4 years (especially with this
    illconceived prescription plan that he once heralded)?

  • 'Surplus into deficits' Here's a criticism even Conservatives
    agree with, but the bigger picture -- National Security -- trumps all.
    Imagine, had the recovery not have come about so quickly, imagine how
    poor the Treasury returns would have been.

  • Misled into war, failed to plan for peace: Even Senator Kerry,
    himself, said that knowing what he knows now, the war was a good idea,
    so who is he trying to kid? And perhaps if he had voted in favor for
    the $87B there would have been less carnage after the fall of
    Baghdad.

  • Risk if they loose: Since it's obvious Mr. Kerry's positions
    change with the wind, that sort of indecisive thinking won't make us
    at all safer.


  • The biggest risk to America's future is four more years of
    Bush-Cheney's incompetence, misinformation, and ill
    intent.


    Ooh! More insults!

    Don't let Bush, Cheney and the Republican Party run away
    from their record. Send a "Don't yield an inch" contribution to
    support all our Democratic candidates right now:

    https://www.democrats.org/support/kerry.html


    Excuse me, Senator: Mssrs. Bush and Cheney proudly stand on their
    record. Tell us what you're proud of these last 19 years, if you
    please.


    There are seven critical weeks left in this campaign.
    There will be moments when everything seems to be going our way -- and
    times when we will wish events were moving in a different direction.
    But we will never lose faith. We will never stop working for victory.
    And we will never yield an inch to our opponents.


    I loved that line: 'there will be moments when everything seems to
    be going our way'... besides the week after the DNC convetion, has
    there ever been a single moment when this was true?


    Remember this: they are the ones who are hoping and
    praying that reality does not catch up with them by Election Day. We
    are the ones who are going to make sure that it does.

    The rest of this campaign will be tough. But, we will be tougher. They
    will throw everything they have at us. But we will give as good as we
    get. And when the dust settles on Election Day, we are going to pull
    through to victory.

    Thank you for all you have done to help all Democratic candidates.
    And, most of all, thank you for standing with us through thick and
    thin. Together, we will win.

    Thank you,
    John Kerry


    I'll give him credit, this isn't a message filled with false hope
    of an easy victory. You can tell from the tone that the Kerry team is
    nervous. 48 days left, and anything at all can happen, but I doubt
    the Senator will change his tone in time to make a difference.

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    The Tiffany Network delays

    CBS has postponed their planned noon (ET) statement until 3:30.

    Some suspect it was to keep Rush Limbaugh from discussing it.

    Guess that leaves the analysis of the day to Sean Hannity.

    UPDATE:As of 3:40, CBS will make their statement at 5:00 pm. Perhaps they can't find a vintage typewriter ribbon...

    5:10 ... Still waiting ...

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    Tuesday, September 14, 2004

    The triology of trilogies may yet be



    Ipse Dixit provides news that there may yet be the final three episodes in the Star War series. When I was a kid, I remember figuring out when the Triology of Trilogies would be complete, only later to realize the prequels were delayed (and in the end, so say the critics, they weren't all that good).

    Here's to promises made.




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    Reason #1



    Gilly poses the same question I did back here.

    Reason #1

    Reason #1 why John Kerry will lose this election:

    I am a news and politics junkie. I watch all the shows on all the networks. I roll my eyes as I listen to all the talking points from both sides because they are always so poorly written. I have seen every campaign commercial from each side. Simply put, I am informed about that is going on.

    There are less than 50 days until the election. John Kerry is less than 50 days away from being elected to being the most powerful man in the world. And you know what? I can not name a single Senatorial accomplishment John Kerry has had in his 20 years in the Senate. Not a single one.

    Part of it comes from the fact that the election has revolved around both Iraq and Vietnam. Another part is because the Kerry campaign has been so poorly run since Kerry took the Democratic nomination. The Kerry camp has run a campaign under the naïve idea that a Presidential election can be fueled solely on anger.

    But with the nation so polarized, the Kerry camp can’t have ever honestly believed that they would be able to avoid talking about what Kerry has done for the last 20 years. Many of the failures in Kerry’s campaign have stemmed from the fact that the Bush campaign has done a better job of defining him then Kerry has himself. So you would have thought that by now they would have learned to beat Bush ‘N Co. to the punch and rolled out even one reason why Kerry’s experience over the last 20YEARS makes him more qualified than George W. Bush.

    Less than 50 days. And I can’t name a single thing…I think we should all be afraid.


    I'm not writing off Sen. Kerry's chances, but I confess I am more optimistic than Gilly is on the President's chances for re-election.


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    Monday, September 13, 2004

    So how goes the job thing?


    Well, the job thing goes. I have begun my 2nd month at my job, and
    while there has been little 'joy' to speak of, the extreme dislike
    (some described as bordering hate) has passed. I have a job, not a
    career. I continue to look and remain optimistic. Since taking this
    position I've been to 2 job fairs and 2 interviews (separate
    companies), and I've turned down an offer no better than where I am
    (in fact, less salary). Obviously, I am unable to pound the pavement
    (virtual and otherwise) as much as I did before August, but there are
    no fewer than 10 positions I apply for each week. And the interviews
    I spoke of above came from applications I filed more than 6 weeks ago,
    so this isn't that bad.

    The job still amazes me; what the position is described as versus
    reality is remarkable. Note to self: when all is said and done, I
    intend to blog a piece describing, in detail, the major reasons
    Defense Department hammers (toilets, coffee makers, whatever) cost
    $4,000. Yes, they must meet mil specs, but the overhead is
    incredible.


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    The Waiting

    The waiting is the hardest part
    every day you see one more card
    You take it on faith,
    you take it to the heart
    the waiting is the hardest part

    --Tom Petty


    I am far removed from Florida, but I think the way the media is
    covering the hurricanes this season is more stressful for the
    residents than the actual events.

    Yes, they must be covered, but to what degree? Why, on a related
    note, does every local news bureau in every small town need to send
    their correspondent to some Florida beach to report on the storm?
    Can't their Floridian affiliates -- who, incidentally, LIVE in the
    area -- perform the same task and then forward the feed?

    Hoping for an early passing of this latest storm for all involved...

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    Friday, September 10, 2004

    It's not over yet, but...



    Election day is still 52 days out, and
    anything can happen. But there are certain tell-tale signs in the air already.

    Whether it is the Senator's wife calling his political opponents idiots or the foolishness over these phony reports, Senator Kerry and the DNC are looking childish.


    Somewhere out there, if you listen very carefully, you can hear the fat lady warming up her vocal chords.


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    Thursday, September 09, 2004

    Another blow to '60 Minutes' credibility


    First, all of those interviews with authors whose books were published by a Viacom company -- without disclosing the association; coincidentally the books all bashed President Bush, and most were discredited. Now, the latest in 30 year old memos...

    There are several reasons these experts are skeptical of the authenticity of the Killian memos. First the typographic spacing is proportional, as is routine with professional typesetting and computer typography, not monospace, as was common in typewriters in the 1970s. (In proportional type, thin letters like "i" and "l" are spaced closer together than thick letters like "W" and "M". In monospace, all the letter widths are the same.)
    Second, the font appears to be identical to the Times New Roman font that is the default typeface in Microsoft Word and other modern word processing programs. According to Flynn, the font is not listed in the Haas Atlas--the definitive encyclopedia of typewriter type fonts.

    Third, the apostrophes are curlicues of the sort produced by word processors on personal computers, not the straight vertical hashmarks typical of typewriters. Finally, in some references to Bush's unit--the 111thFighter Interceptor Squadron--the "th" is a superscript in a smaller size than the other type. Again, this is typical (and often done automatically) in modern word processing programs. Although several experts allow that such a rendering might have been theoretically possible in the early 1970s, it would have been highly unlikely. Superscripts produced on typewriters--the numbers preceding footnotes in term papers, for example--were almost always in the same size as the regular type.


    Read the rest of Stephen Hayes's article at The Weekly Standard. Before you dismiss it, read it.


    By the way, CBS: What about Sen. Kerry's Silver Star with Valor, an award the Navy disavows ever awarding to any one, at any time?? How about an investigation?



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    Think it's bad now? Just wait...


    Well we're back rehashing the President's National Guard duty, so what's next?

    Let's see: there's scaring the old people, claiming the GOP will poison the air & water, cut school lunches and (of course) the race card.
    Just wait and see.


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    Thought for the day



    Senator Kerry complains about the deficit, the $200 billion spent in
    Iraq, and how his laundry list of domestic items are unfunded.

    For starters, how many bills has he introduced (or co-authored) for those
    very same items?

    Then as an afterthought: were he able to provide all of those programs,
    wouldn't the deficit he complains about still exist?

    Makes you go hmmmmmm


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    Wednesday, September 08, 2004

    More twists



    I can imagine I'll have e-mail on this, but with such short time tonight here's a quick run down:

  • Ben Barnes claims he helped give Lt. Bush an easy ride in the National Guard. That could be true, however, the same Ben Barnes gave sworn testimony to the contrary in 1999. When should he be believed, then or now (bear in mind: he's a top fund raise for Sen. Kerry today)

  • Yes, the Department of Defense released new data on Lt. Bush. Do you know what the key, underlying reason why they released it? President Bush signed the DoD Form '180' making all of his records public. Despite pledging to do so (on MEET THE PRESS), Senator Kerry still has not done the same. What is he hiding?

  • Despite the rhetoric from the Senator, neither President Bush nor VP Cheney has ever questioned the service of Senator Kerry during Viet Nam. While Sen. Kerry has gone on record stating that should not be a consideration, he continually attacks the President and the Vice President on their service/deferrments. Can you say flip-flop?



  • Despite the help of the media, Sen. Kerry is in for yet another BAD WEEK.




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    Troubled Days on this Blog



    I made several posts on Tuesday of this week, and almost none of them made up. There was a glitch in my datafile, and thanks to the folks at Blogger my Blog is back, albeit a few posts short.




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    A request for help from Sen. Kerry supportes




    I am making an honest plea for help from supporters of Senator Kerry.
    I have two questions, and I am hopeful they are not painted with the
    'hateful' paint brush that so many supporters of President Bush are
    tarred with. These are (I believe) intellectually honest and
    forthright questions, and they deserve an answer.

  • What is the exact position Senator Kerry takes on the war in Iraq.
    I've read his position piece on his website but it did not address the multiple
    positions he's taken: he's for it, he's the anti-war candidate, he's
    in favor of pulling the troops out soon, he wants more troops in, he
    still would have voted for it knowing what he knows today, he claims
    the president was wrong. Can someone compress his position into a
    paragraph or two?


  • What has the Senator done in the last 4 years in office? A lot of
    people go 'big picture' and ask what he's accomplished in the last 19
    or so years; I'll stick with the last 4. Please: a paragraph or two
    describing the bills he co-authored would be wonderful.




  • There you have it: a simple, no nonsense pair of questions. Please,
    provide for me some answers, and perhaps I can believe the Senator is
    viable candidate, because I do not see it in his speeches or his
    website.

    (afterwards, we can tackle the obviously false claim of his awarded "Silver Star with
    Combat-V" that still exists on his website.)

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    Monday, September 06, 2004

    Shout out to all in the wake of Charley, Frances, and now Ivan(?)



    I've been in personal contact with those I know personally in Florida, but this then is a blogging shout-out to all who may hail from that battered state.

    I've been to The Red Cross donation site, and I encourage all who can to do the same as well.




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    Updating site



    Hi all...

    after having been largely absent of Admin duties to this Blog for almost 3 months, I'll begin pruning the BlogRoll this week. I don't mind listing blogs of others, but I've already found more than one dead link.

    I used to start a series of macros and automated procs early in the morning, which is when I did the majority of my reading, and then I'd post comments to blogs and to my own over lunch. Those days, for the time being, are behind me, but I do intend to go back to my own lunch time bloviating soon.

    Also, I know I've mentioned a new template repeatedly, but that's back-burner stuff for now.




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    Best wishes



    I realize I am late in the offering, but the sentiment is not be anything but genuine.

    I realize there's little I have politically in common with President Clinton, but he is a former holder of the most esteemed office in the world. I know, too, how difficult it is for a member of a family to watch a loved one go through heart surgery. So to him and his family, I express the very best wishes and hope for a speedy recovery.






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    Remembering not to forget


    A worthy read...

    No, I would never, ever forget. It's always there, it's an awareness that will never fully end. It's there when I see the cars with their 9/11 bumper stickers, honoring the dead. It's there when I watch the news, it's there on a day like this when the sky is blue and the air is crisp and it's....just like then. It's there, believe it or not, every time the digital clock shows the time 9:11. At all those times, it's like a small, cold hand touches me on the back. I shiver and remember. It's a surge of memories that come out me at once, not one particular picture or sound or memory; it's just a feeling. It's that small, black lump showing itself again. It may have shrunk but it will never, ever disappear.


    A worthy read for all; but not what you may expect.

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    Calling all bloggers! Help a fellow traveller out!



    Julie at Fiddler on the Roof asked if I would spread the word on a questionnaire she has posted regarding pre-marital counseling. The results are to be used in an upcoming article she intends to publish, and being the good egg she is, I am only too happy to help.

    Here's her personal request:

    I'm writing an article about pre-marital counseling, and I want to get as much input, from as many kinds of people, as possible. As a result, I created a questionnaire aimed mostly at twentysomethings, and young thirtysomethings, to help me compile information.

    I would REALLY appreciate it if you would be willing to click to the questionnaire, which can be found here.

    And also click to my post which explains it a little more in detail, which can be found here.

    Thanks for listening (or reading, as the case may be).

    -Julie
    www.fidlerontheroof.blogspot.com
    So there you have it!
    Of course, in my case, the 'pre-marital counciling' ship sailed 15 years ago, and I am too old to fit her demographics, so please lend a hand if you can.

    Go on, start clicking. And allow me to thank YOU for helping!





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    Friday, September 03, 2004

    No surprise here, but an admission that I was wrong about Sen. Kerry


    Time magazine reportedly shows President Bush with a double-digit over Senator Kerry.

    I predicted as much in this space months ago, but that prediction is so far half-right. I predicted both candidates would get a double-digit bounce after their conventions.

    Senator Kerry clearly proved me wrong. Never let it be said I am not intellectually honest.

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    Wednesday, September 01, 2004

    The Convention, and things that come to mind

    So far, we're at the midpoint of the RNC Convention.

    o Monday's speeches have probably been Blogged by many others more
    worthy than I; I find it hard to imagine that critics of either Sen.
    McCain or Mayor Guilianni would hvae much to say against them, but
    somehow I trust people have done just that. The biggest highlight in
    my view: Sen. McCain, an acknowledged friend of Sen. Kerry, saluted
    the President. That's a far cry from Sen. Kerry's DNC Convention
    speech where he seemed to have saluted himself.

    o Tuesday evening the Gov. Schwarzenegger hit one over the fence. By
    promoting, in no uncertain terms, the GOP Big Tent concept, there are
    few who could argue any longer that it isn't so. Adding to the
    Hollywood elite star power of Mr. Ron Silver on Monday night, and the
    likes of Ms. Barbara Streisand must be sick to their stomachs.

    o As I said last evening, the Bush Twins seem to have had little
    public speaking exposure prior to playing at the Garden, but that
    should not mean I am being cruel or critical towards them. In fact,
    two daughters of a President (granddaughters of a President, and of a
    former CIA head) that lack huge public speaking engagements is quite a
    feat, I think.

    o Tonight is Sen. Zell Miller's turn in the spotlight. As any other
    fan of Sean Hannity's radio show know so very well, Sen. Miller has
    caused more than a little consternation for himself with his outspoken
    Conservative views. This, especially, in light of another keynote
    address he delivered on behalf of then Governor Bill Clinton in 1992.

    o All of the above bode poorly for Sen. Kerry. Monday morning, long
    before the first gavel bang in Madison Square Garden, the polls
    declared Pres. Bush had erased Sen. Kerry's post-convention bounce.
    (There was a bounce??). In previous posts earlier this year, I
    predicted there would be days where the Senator would lead Mr. Bush in
    the polls by double-digits, but as of yet I have been shown as wrong.
    It may still happen, mind you, in the next 62 days, but I doubt it
    will happen. Pres. Bush is sure to get a bounce this week, and as a
    debater he will most certainly score even more points going forward.

    o NBC News at 4:30 AM stated Senator Kerry would break with tradition
    and give a stump speech today; typically, the opposing candidates sit
    out the week of their competitors National Convention. This is a sure
    sign the DNC and Sen. Kerry's campaign is in damage control.
    Perhaps the Democratic Party is suddenly realizing they did not
    properly vet Sen. Kerry during the Primaries.

    o In other news, I am still getting matches on my resume, and I've had
    a few interviews in the last 3 weeks. Nothing concrete, but I have
    not resigned myself to this position â?? a position that is perfectly
    legitimate and reasonable, but certainl nothing I've ever considered
    doing for a living.

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